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Prevent Mozilla Firefox from Updating

Why would someone want to do this? Some of the applications that we use only function with certain earlier versions of Mozilla Firefox. Also, newer versions of Firefox have enhanced security features that automatically disable Java and media-rich content. While a boon for security, these features often negatively impact web-site functionality. The Qualtrics survey and analysis site is one such example of Firefox's new security features negatively impacting functionality.

Tip: Quicken the Windows 7 UI

Windows 7, with all of it’s cuteness in Aero Glass, is aesthetically pleasing, but at a cost. Transparent windows and floating, appearing menus can impact Explorer’s performance. I, for one, do not care for all of the eye candy. One way to trim all of the fat from the UI, for sake of performance is to set Windows’ appearance for best performance.

From the Control Panel, go to the System applet and choose the Advanced System Settings link. This will open the Advanced tab of the System properties window. 

Tip: Windows 8, Quick Search

Microsoft's burgeoning operating system offers a completely new user interface (UI), forsaking the Start menu. The new UI is called "Metro". Getting around Metro is tedious, even for power users. One trick I discovered by accident is search-related. 

From the Metro home screen (the one with all of the tiles), start typing the name of the object you are looking to find. 

There is no dialog box in which to enter text, just type. 

As an example, I entered "c-o-n" and Windows Search brough up a list, on top of which was the Control Panel.