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T Clock Light - Great Add on for Windows Taskbar

TClock Light is a very handy applications that allows you to modify the clock on the taskbar in Windows.

Highly recommended!

Free download here

1. download
2. unzip to a directory (e.g., C:\Program files\TClockLight\)
3. create a shortcut to tclock.exe in your START | All Programs | *Startup* folder
4. reboot
5. right-click on your taskbar clock and select "TClock Properties", then "Clock | Format"
6. Configure to your liking.

Paying by Fingerprint at the Supermarket

Customers of a German supermarket chain will soon be able to pay for their shopping by placing their finger on a scanner at the check-out, saving the time spent scrabbling for coins or cards.

An Edeka store in the southwest German town of Ruelzheim has piloted the technology since November and now the company plans to equip its stores across the region.

"All customers need do is register once with their identity card and bank details, then they can shop straight away," said store manager Roland Fitterer.

The scanner compares the shopper's fingerprint with those stored in its database along with account details.

Edeka bosses said they were confident the system could not be abused.

Fingerprint templates are stored on a local server which manufacturers say cannot be accessed from outside but some consumer groups are concerned about security issues.

"We see the risks that arise from the data-gathering and also the insecurity factor which is inherent in this process, as more serious than the advantages," said Evelyn Kessler, spokesperson of the Consumer Advice Centre in the Baden-Wuerttemberg region.

Source: Fingerprint billing for Germans

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Slim Down Your System Tray

Got a lot of programs running in the system tray on the right end of your taskbar? Want to prevent some of them from loading every time Windows starts up?

These days every program seems to put its icon in your system tray. The icons do more than just fill up the taskbar. Each system tray icon represents a running program that's using system resources.

To identify a program, hold the mouse over an icon until a title pops up. Ask yourself if you need that program running all the time. If it's a firewall or an antivirus program that does something constructive while in the background, yes. But if it's a little AOL icon or something that helps ou launch something, you can do without it.

Right-click the icon and examine the menu that pops up. There's often an Exit or Close option. When you select this, you may be asked whether you want the program to restart the next time you restart Windows; tell it you don't. (You can turn off AOL's system tray program in this way.)

If that doesn't work, examine the pop-up menu for an option named 'Preferences' or 'Options'. Or open the program itself and check its menus for an option that will prevent it from loading on start-up.

It the program doesn't include a way to turn itself off, you can do so through Windows.

In Windows 98, Me, or XP, click on Start, Run, type msconfig, press Enter, and select the Startup tab; uncheck the box for anything you don't want starting up with Windows. Recheck the box to change it back again.

Want to learn more? Read these articles:

Reduce Windows Clutter, Improve Performance


System Resources Tune-Up


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