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December 2003 Efficiency Newsletter

Technology does not create productive people. We do.

What a busy month for SET! We had a number of successful public events as well as much work with new and existing clients. We also released our completely revised website. Please take a look and let us know what you think! www.setconsulting.com

Thank you to those of you who attended and helped to create dynamic and informative seminars at the Maryland State Bar Association ("I Didn't Know My Computer Could Do That!") and Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce ("Before Buying a Computer"). If you missed them, don't worry: these and other seminars can be delivered over lunch at your office and may qualify for continued professional education credits (CPE/CLE/etc.). Contact us for more information.

Tip of the Month

Turn off that annoying (and sometimes embarrassing) startup/shutdown sound

Have you ever turned on your laptop in a quiet room or seminar and been blasted away by the Windows startup theme? Maybe you turned on your PC late at night when others were sleeping and woke someone up? The startup sound serves no practical purpose and will get many laptop users in trouble one day. So take five minutes to put an end to this annoyance.

For Windows 98/SE/ME:

  1. Go to the Start Menu and select Settings->Control Panel

  2. Double click on “Sounds”

  3. In the scrollable box titled “Events,” scroll to and then click on “Start Windows”

  4. In the drop down menu at the bottom titled “Name,” select the top option, “(None)”

  5. Repeat step 4 & 5 for the “Exit Windows” event

  6. Click OK

  7. Close out of the Control Panel window

For Windows 2000:

  1. Go to the Start Menu and select Settings->Control Panel

  2. Double click on “Sounds and Multimedia”

  3. Click on the “Sounds” tab

  4. In the scrollable box near the bottom titled “Sound Events,” scroll to and then click on “Start Windows”

  5. In the drop down menu at the bottom titled “Name,” select the top option, “(None)”

  6. Repeat step 4 & 5 for the “Exit Windows” event

  7. Click OK

  8. Close out of the Control Panel window

For Windows XP:

  1. Go to the Start Menu and select either Settings->Control Panel or just Control Panel (if available)

  2. Double click “Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices”. If that is not available, skip to the next step.

  3. Double click on “Sounds and Audio Devices”

  4. Click on the “Sounds” tab

  5. In the scrollable box near the bottom titled “Program Events,” scroll to and then click on “Windows Logon”

  6. In the drop down menu at the bottom titled “Sounds,” select the top option, “(None)”

  7. Repeat step 4 & 5 for the “Windows Logoff” program event

  8. Click OK

  9. Close out of the Control Panel window

If you decide not to follow these steps and are in a situation where you don’t want to disturb, a neat trick is to put headphones in your audio jack as Windows is starting...Enjoy!

Tool of the Month

ACDSee 6.0: Digital photo editing and organizing software

Have a new digital camera? I haven't found an easier or more effective way to work with digital photographs than this $50 program. Not only does it have the usual red-eye correction, brightness, and similar adjustment features, but ACDSee allows you to resize or rotate hundreds of pictures at once without any programming knowledge. Its organizational features are also second-to-none.

After listening to friends swear by this product for a year I searched around for a product for my father, who recently purchased a digital camera. Nothing else met his needs, which are most users' needs, so quickly and easily. Download a free trial at http://www.acdsee.com.

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