Getting rid of GoogleUpdate.exe

April 22, 2009

mechanicI’m a stickler for keeping my system running at top speed, so I hate it when unnecessary background applications are running on my system. One such process, GoogleUpdate.exe, seems to appear frequently on my Vista desktop PC. I did a quick Google search (ironically) and found the answer for removing this pesky background process.

Basically, you need to bring up the Task Scheduler on your system and delete or disable the Google Update process. On my Vista System, I went to:

Control panel -> Administrative tools -> Task scheduler -> Task scheduler library

and deleted the GoogleUpdate scheduled process. I also went into Task Manager and manually deleted the running GoogleUpdate.exe process. So the next time I reboot my system, I shouldn’t see GoogleUpdate.exe running again!


Corral Your Desktop Icons

April 22, 2009

fencesOften times I need a temporary place to keep a file or document, so I simply put it on my desktop. As such, my desktop screen now looks like a graveyard of icons. I’ve got so many icons, that it takes me up to one minute to find the icon I’m looking for. What a mess! I try to group icons by category and function on my desktop, but whenever I plug my laptop into a docking station or connect to a video projector my screen resizes and the icons are moved around randomly.

Luckily, I found a very cool freeware application called Stardock Fences. It’s a great application that allows me to sort out and group my desktop icons into small bounded regions on my screen. The image below shows an example of what Fences looks like on your desktop screen:

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It’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing, and very easy to use. In fact, you can easily hide all the desktop icons by double clicking on the main desktop screen, and bring them back by double-clicking again. And best of all, it’s free!

So if you’re a neat freak and want to group and contain all your desktop icons, I highly suggest you give Fences a try!


I don’t get Twitter

April 19, 2009

confusedI just don’t get it. A lot of people seem to love Twitter, and it just seems stupid to me. From what I can tell, Twitter allows people to post a short, one sentence text message to their web page. When I see a page full of Twitter comments, it just seems like a bunch of disjointed thoughts. Very confusing.

I just think, “who cares?” It seems that celebrities like to post with Twitter because they have fans that just live on their every word. Maybe I’m just getting too old, but the brevity of the postings just hurts my head!