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You guys probably wouldn't have guessed it, but ol' Dickie has a soft spot in his heart for
Valentine's Day in 1984. I was a sophomore at East Lancing Prep when
on that horrible V-Day I didn't get a single card from anyone in my class.
While a lesser man-child would have cried like a little baby, I got
productive and started working on our class computer, a TI-99/4.
There's nothing like a little Parsec or Pirate Adventure to
smother one's love woes.
What does all this have to do with this month's scintillating tip?
Well, I absolutely love many things about Windows XP Pro. For
example, the network Quality of Service feature is great at the
office. It prohibits any one person - (cough) Suzy from Accounts
Payable - from wasting all the company's bandwidth by downloading 'NSync
videos. How? By reserving 20 percent of total available bandwidth of
But what do you do if you're a home user who prefers the Pro
version? Personally, I want to take full advantage of my 1.5Mbit
SDSL line. Well, luckily, there's a fix. To unreserve your 0
percent of bandwidth, first log in as the actual Administrator (hold down
Ctrl-Alt-Delete at the login screen if yo're a wanker who uses the Fast
User Switching screen). Now go to the Start Menu and select
Run. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter. Expand "computer
Configuration, ' then go to "Administrative templates," then
"Network," and selct the "QoS Packet Scheduler."
Double click the "Limit Reservable Bandwidth" key, and check the
"Enabled" item on the Settings tab. Change the "Bandwidth
limit %" to 0, then click Apply and exit gpedit.msc. If you
still ahve QoS enabled on your network, this should free up that 20
Sign. I think I'm gonna go watch something from my library of
Whitney Houston concerts now.