Most of us use Firefox having dumped Internet Explorer a long time ago. I use Firefox for the faster browsing speeds I get and plus it takes up less memory and not slow up my computer unlike Firefox. So Ryan at TechCounter gives us an awesome tip today on using Firefox.  If you are still stuck using Internet Explorer, you can now

Most of us go visit multiple websites in one session. Instead of going to them one after another like AskStudent, then CNN or SI.com or wherever your journeys might take you, how about a tip that could launch all of them in tabs whenever you open Firefox.

All you need to do is

Step # 1: Go to FireFox Tools menu.

Step # 2: Hit Options then under options select Main or General(for older versions of Firefox)

While the User Account Control in Windows Vista enhances security on your computer, it is highly annoying and people comfortable with it should turn it off. There are a number of ways you can disable the highly annoying User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista. You can do it through the Registry, through an advanced system option called MSCONFIG, but here we will tell you how to disable the User Account Control in Windows Vista using the easiest of the methods … through your Control Panel. Two clicks and you are all set.

Disable User Account Control in Windows Vista

Step # 1: Open Control Panel

Step # 2: In the search on top right in control panel, type in User Account. Double Click on user accounts

open user accounts in windows vista

What is User Account Control?

User Account Control (UAC) is a major security component in Windows Vista. Windows Vista is the most secure version of Windows that Microsoft has ever developed and UAC is a major part of it.  Unlike previous versions of Windows like Windows XP , Windows 2000 and beyond, when an administrator logs on to a computer running Windows Vista, he logs on as a regular user without admin rights. The Admin rights are only invoked when a user needs to perform a task that requires administrator privileges, such as when you wish to install and application or running setup files.

While UAC is an important enhancement for Windows Vista, protecting users from malware which might get installed silently, it is highly annoying as almost every other task you do invokes administrator rights. For home users, it is a lot fo additional clicks everytime. Also, if you are giving a presentation in front of a class or in front of a meeting, you might want to disable UAC otherwise you will see something like the image below.

disable User Account Control in Windows Vista

How to turn off User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista

Method # 1: Use MSCONFIG to disable UAC

Step # 1: Open Run command either by pressing <Windows Key> + R or through Start and type in command in the search

Step # 2: Type in msconfig (you should see the UAC pop up asking whether you wish to continue)

Step # 3: Click the Tools tab. Scroll down till your see Disable UAC. Click on it and press the launch button below.

disable UAC in windows vista through msconfig

In this article, we will show you how to manually restore to your previous version of the Windows Operating System on your computer before you installed Windows Vista.

To perform this procedure, you will be using the Windows Command prompt. The steps are outlined in detail and easy to follow especially for a beginning to intermediate computer user.

You may find it easier to follow the steps if you print this article first.

Steps to restore a computer to a previous Windows installation after you install Windows Vista

Step 1: Determine whether there is a Windows.OLD folder and whether there is sufficient free space on the Windows hard disk
a. Click Start, and then click Computer. 
b. On the View menu, click Details.
c. In the Free Space column, note how much space is available for Local Disk (C:) under the Hard Disk Drives area.
d. In the Hard Disk Drives area, double-click Local Disk (C:), and then determine whether the Windows.OLD folder exists.

Note: If the Windows.OLD folder does not exist, you cannot follow the steps in this article to restore the previous Windows installation to this computer.
e. Right-click the Windows.OLD folder. 
f. Windows Vista will determine the size of the folder after several seconds. 
Determine whether the Windows.OLD folder is smaller than the free space that is available for Local Disk (C:) in step 2.

Step 2: Start the Windows Recovery Environment
a. Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the DVD drive, and then restart the computer.
b. Press a key when you are prompted to restart from the disc.
c. In the Install Windows window, select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard input method or other input method, and then click Next. 
d. In the Install Windows window, click Repair your computer. 
e. In the System Recovery Options window, click the version of the Windows Vista operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next. 
f. In the System Recovery Options window, click Command Prompt. 
The Command Prompt window opens, and it displays the command prompt. The command prompt is where you will type the commands that are described in the following steps.

Step 3: Rename the Windows Vista folders
Note When you type one or more of the commands at the command prompt in the following steps in this section, and you then press ENTER, you may receive the following message:
The system cannot find the file specified.
If you receive this message, go to the next step in this section, and then type the command in that next step.

Vistawired had an excellent tip yesterday on how you can increase the number of simultaneous downloads using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7.

IE7 currently has a limitation on the number of simultaneous downloads at 2. This can be a problem for those who do not use any Download managers or Mozilla Firefox. Firefox does not have this limitations and considered a more secure browser. Now, you too can

In order to remove this limitation, follow the guide below where you need to make some small tweaks in your registry and increase the number of simulaneous downloads in Internet Explorer.

Step # 1: Click on Start. Go to run and type in regedit. If you are using Windows Vista, type regedit in the search bar. Or best tip, type in <windows key> + R to launch the run prompt and then type in regedit

launch the registry editor using the run prompt

Online University Lowdown has an excellent article on the 25 best colleges for nerds and some of the cool courses being offered at these colleges.

From colleges with video game design majors to artificial intelligence, to majors in ‘ethical hacking’, colleges around the world are starting to appeal to the nerds in all of us.  This list of 25 courses and programs offered at colleges around the world identifies some of the nerdiest coursework, starting with the most obvious, and winding up with the most obscure…

Note: Most of the courses listed below are full 4 year courses. Also, clicking on the links below will take you straight to the course listing whether at physical universities or online schools. A lowdown according to them …

# 1: Game Software Design and Production at DigiPen Insititute of Technology

# 2: Ethical Hacking at the University of Abertay in Dundee, Scotland and InfoSec Institute

# 3: Open Source Development at University of California Berkeley and online equivalent at University of Illinois

# 4: Cryptography at Stanford University, MIT and University of Washington

# 5: Network Security at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and an online equivalent at The American Intercontinental University