Lifehacker has an amusing and helpful article about the Annual Family Computer Fixing event – that tradition wherein we go home, eat turkey, sip wine and re-combobulate the parents’ hard drive. Among the suggestions: Switch the default browser to Firefox (which I actually just talked my Mom through,) do a spyware/adware sweep, defrag the hard drive, clean up the start menu and more. Very apt, and very helpful. Next week I’m planning to install XP on their computer (we’ve still got them using Windows 2000,) renoberate the desktop and teach a quick lesson on HTML and Dreamweaver.

Somewhere in there I’ll have a little turkey.

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