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Turn VAIO Gate On, Turn VAIO Gate Off

Yesterday I was working on our landlords computer which was a Sony VAIO and at one point I needed to turn off VAIO Gate which is similar to the Windows Sidebar. Turning off VAIO Gate is fairly easy via the X in the right corner of the VAIO Gate drop down and you can easily set it to not start when Windows starts. I describe both of these items as well as how to start VAIO Gate automatically.

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Dell Inspiron 1525 Base System Device Driver Windows XP

Earlier today I reinstalled Windows XP on a friends Dell Inspiron 1525 and while working through the custom Dell drivers I ran into a minor issue. The issue was related to some devices showing up in the Windows XP Device Manager called Base System Device. Typically these are chipset devices but I thought I had installed all of the necessary drivers so I was a bit confused. In reality I forgot to install one of the chipset drivers called Ricoh. Below is information on how to install the drivers for the unknown Base System devices on a Dell Inspiron 1525.

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whois de Domain, Use whois For .DE Domains

Recently I wrote an article about using dig and whois on Windows 7. If you want to review the previous article click here. A question recently came up about how to whois .de domains. For each TLD or Top Level Domain such as .de, .co.uk, .mil, .ru, etc. you will need to use a different whois server. Below there is information about attempting to run whois against google.de without specifying a different whois server followed by information using the proper whois server.