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Turn Off Error Reporting + 20 Years Ago Today

When Windows XP or a piece of Windows software crashes or hits a snag, it usually displays a bothersome message asking if you want to report the error to Microsoft. To prevent these messages, turn off this feature as follows:

  1. Right-click on the “My Computer” icon in your Start Menu or on your Desktop.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. When the window opens, click on the “Advanced” tab.
  4. Click the “Error Reporting” button in the lower-right of the window.
  5. Select the “Disable Error Reporting” option, then click OK to exit this window, and OK to exit the next window.

This tip and many more can be found in Geeks On Call's "Windows XP 5-Minute Fixes", available on and in many bookstores, including Borders and Barnes & Noble.

It was 20 years ago today…

As we reflect on the twentieth anniversary of this company, we thought it would be fun to remember what computers were like back when we were getting started. Here’s a comparison of a "state of the art" business PC then and now:

Computer ModelIBM PC-XT Model 286Dell Dimension 5150
Processor80286 running at 6 MHzPentium D (Dual Core) 3.0 GHz
Memory640 KB1 GB
Removable Storage1.2 MB floppy driveCD / DVD Burner
1 GB USB flash drive
Media Card Reader
Hard Drive20 MB80 GB
PortsSerial and ParallelUSB, Firewire
Input DevicesKeyboardKeyboard, Mouse
Monitor12” Monochrome (Green; 1 color);
a 16-color model was available but
could only show 4 colors at a time
19” flat panel LCD capable of displaying
more than 16 million colors
SoftwareMS-DOS or Windows 1.0
WordPerfect by SSI Software
Lotus 1-2-3
Windows XP Home
Microsoft Office
Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware

Wow…that's a lot of change in just one generation.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

     -- Arthur C. Clarke