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Upgrading Google and tweaking the motherboard

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I will be using that great search engine, Google until, inevitably, someone suggests something better. But it is a pain having to type in 'google'and then simultaneously hit Ctrl and Return to get the site and its search bar up on screen.

The good news is that you can have the Google link built into your Internet Explorer or Netscape toolbar.Have a look at www. google. com and decide whether you want a complete Google toolbar or buttons for Google Search or GoogleScout which you add to the Links toolbar adjacent to the Explorer 5.5 address window. At the homepage, below the search box, click on Google Toolbar for the toolbar and follow the instructions. For the buttons, type in www. google. com/options/buttons.

html. Follow the instructions but all you do is drag the underlined names from the site onto your Links bar. Great. I know it says that Explorer 5.5 people should install the Google Toolbar, but the buttons take up less space.

If your computer decides to die or do something foolish, and the bloke you laughingly know as your IT person is away for a fortnight of mindless hedonism in Ibiza, you might try some DIY and consult http: //search. support.microsoft. com. This is the 'Knowledge Base Search' for all Microsoft products and their known problems. On the other hand, you might think it more sensible to use someone else's machine or, better, wait around the coffee machine for the expert to return. Then you slyly ask whether he has upgraded the bioses of your motherboard and graphics card yet.

Bios is the bunch of codes which makes these bits of hardware work. If he goes pale, sneer - because any self-respecting IT person is always on the lookout for the latest stuff to makes your kit run faster.

Especially when it involves no more than a free download from the relevant manufacturer. OK, this is really a lever for the maelstrom of office politics, because the couple of times I have upgraded any motherboards there has been no noticeable difference afterwards.

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