Excellent suggestions, Beldaraan. I can tell your hubby knows his stuff, and you've clearly learned a lot yourself! I've learned everything from my hubby too. It sure comes in handy being married to a computer wiz, doesn't it?! (This site wouldn't have happened, otherwise!)
I hate programs that hijack your preferences, and are difficult to uninstall! MSN messenger sounds like a pain in the butt. Real Player is another example. It's probably the most invasive program ever made (it's almost virus-like!) which is why I have a link to a Real Player Alternative, instead of the original, on the front page of this site.
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