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Comments on Thursday 14 November 2002:
Geek time again. Windows Media Player won't play some video files I have, but a different player will; it should be all about codecs, so there should be no way for WMP to fail if others succeed. Tsk. In other geekery, I'm somewhat pleased with The Startup Control Panel, which does for Win2K what "msconfig" does for Win95. And Startup Monitor, by the same person, is nice for the "advertware begone" aspect. Not that you can't do the same thing manually with the startup control panel, but being immediately alerted is nice; it's like a firewall for the system internals. I expect there's some Norton product that does the same thing, but Norton products frighten me. [16:25]

C. Copperpot
For older versions of Windows, one could use Fire Start, a small, free (as far as I know) utility from www.firebolt.com.
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