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What to Do When Your Computer Freezes Up Solid
Every once in a while, Windows just drops the ball and wanders off somewhere to sit under a tree. You're left looking at a computer that just looks back. Panicked clicks don't do anything. Pressing every key on the keyboard doesn't do anything - or worse yet, the computer starts to beep at every key press.
When nothing on-screen moves except the mouse pointer, the computer is frozen up solid. Try the following approaches, in the following order, to correct the problem:
This action usually doesn't work, but give it a shot anyway.
If you're lucky, Windows Task Manager appears with the message that you discovered an "unresponsive application." The Task Manager lists the names of currently running programs - including the one that's not responding. Click the name of the program that's causing the mess and then click the End Task button. You lose any unsaved work in it, of course, but you should be used to that. (If you somehow stumbled onto the Ctrl+Alt+Delete combination by accident, press Esc at the unresponsive-application message to return to Windows.)
If that still doesn't do the trick, try clicking the Shut Down button in the Windows Security Window and choosing Restart from the pop-up menu. Your computer should shut down and restart, hopefully returning in a better mood.
In some cases, you have to hold the Power button down for 5 seconds.Dummies.com (http://www.dummies.com) Copyright 2004, Wiley. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
B U Z Z W O R D S O F T H E D A Y
MEETINGS: Meetings have become so tainted they now go by a number of other names. These definitions from a recent Jared Sandberg column in the Wall Street Journal were so accurate BuzzWhack decided to share them with its readers:
Now here's a special end-of-the-year gift to you for having read this far. We've collected the complete text and audio files from Project Gutenberg for two of our favorite Sherlock Homes stories: A Study in Scarlet (in which Dr. Watson meets Sherlock for the first time) and The Sign of Four (which begins with Sherlock shooting up cocaine!).
Open up the U:/ directory and look for a folder named Sherlock Holmes. (U:\Sherlock Holmes) There you'll find separate folders for each story. Each folder contains the following.
Accessing these files at "Holme" is elementary, my dear Watson. Go to this page for links to most of these files. While the text files would easily fit on one floppy, you'd need to burn a CD to contain all the audio files. Enjoy!
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