Copyright Michael Karbo, Denmark, Europe.

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    Superuser Windows XP - tips & tricks


    "Computers of the future may only perhaps weigh 1 tons". That's what it says in an article in the periodical "Popular Mechanics" in 1949. Another quotation, this time from 1977:"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home", Ken Olsen, president of Digital Equipment said.

    It is unbelievable to think that just 30 years ago a computer was an extremely specialised piece of technology, which was only found at universities, in the army or in the absolutely largest companies. Most people today use computers for everyday chores and juggle quite effortlessly with digital texts, images and sounds.

    But many super users have on their way been through a long educational process getting used to Windows, a lot of different kinds of hardware, diverse Office programs as well as innumerable other big or small applications. You need to know a lot about computers if you are going to service them with:

  • Several versions of software with constant updates.

  • Internet with masses of viruses and other kinds of malware (malicious software).

  • Constantly increasing amounts of data, which have to be protected in one way or another.

    All this needs knowledge, skills, strategies and well-qualified tools! But who are these super users, we require so much of A research report was published in 2001 from Palo Alto Research Center about the use of computers in the home. It concluded, in fact, that system administrators are found all over the place.

    Lots of ordinary users, without any IT education, many of which haven't even taken a course, take care of advanced operations like the assembling and installation of hardware and software, error finding and general maintenance of computers in private homes and enterprises. Just twenty years ago these tasks were taken care of by highly educated system operators. Nowadays, in principle, anyone at all can acquire the role of a super user.

    This book is written for the thousands of users, who keep a great deal of the society's electronic processing system going and in good condition. For good or bad they have had a life, as I have, full of hardware and software for almost twenty years and I would like to here pass on a handful of my experiences and tips!

    I believe that it is necessary to know and understand how Windows is constructed. Not least the loopholes the different components and settings, which have to be controlled with a steady hand. On top of that you have to have a clear strategy for the protection of your computer in the broadest sense. This requires data discipline and makes demands on both your hardware and your software.

    Windows XP is a perfectly complete program package but a super user will, nevertheless, have to invest in a number of small utilities, different sorts of help programs, which are absolutely indispensable when you have learnt to use them. If you can live up to these expectations, then it is quite possible to keep up the maintenance of computers with Windows!

    The booklet is structured in 27 chapters, which can, in principle, be read independently of each other. The individual chapters throw a light on selected areas of Windows or describe other programs and conditions, which super users ought to know something about. Altogether I hope they will give inspiration to the continuous struggle with computer machinery.


    Kolding, September 2004 and August 2006
    Michael Karbo

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