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Shutdown Manager

The Windows "Turn off" buttons are three or more steps away from the desktop work area, depending on your personal settings. This can be not only inconvenient, but downright bothersome at times. These programs can power down the computer, in just one or two steps.

VB 6 and USB Flash Disks

Learn to determine whether or not a disk is plugged in. Also, learn how to make the disk Autorun, similar to CD drives, and, how to run a normal VB 6 program from this disk, without needing to install it on the client machine.

Program Launcher

Learn about a simple utility to launch files/folders by pressing a combination of keys, irrespective of which application is active.

Working with File Type Associations

File type associations can be used in Windows to automatically start up a particular program every time someone double-clicks a file with a particular extension. This article shows how to do exactly that, using Visual Basic and the WIN32 API.

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MFC Integration with the Windows Transactional File System (TxF)

The Transactional File System (TxF), which allows access to an NTFS file system to be conducted in a transacted manner through extensions to the Windows SDK API. MFC 10, has been extended to support TxF and related technologies. This support allows existing MFC applications to be easily extended to support kernel transactions.

LINQ to Objects Refresher

LINQ is not only for database access; it’s useful in all manner of scenarios. Read this quick refresher to learn more.

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