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It would probably be a computer utopia if everything you ever need to spend on while using the computer is hardware, electricity, and your internet connection.  At the same time, your system is still running in tiptop shape.  As an essential step to that, a little help from Lifehacker is nice.

It may be the year 2008, but a whole lot of sucktacular software still rears its ugly head on PC’s everywhere, even when better-behaved options are freely available. Whether it’s molasses-slow bloatware, shameless adware, anemic default apps, or “Your trial period has expired!” nagware, it’s time to replace stinky Windows software with its superior (but lesser-known) alternative.

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Last semester while doing research for our thesis writing course, citing web sites was a lot of trouble. Authors and dates of publication rarely showed up. I had to bring up Google Desktop’s scratchpad widget to take citation notes if I was able to catch some of that fish.

Enter Zotero. This Firefox extension sniffs out citation notes from web pages. Well, not all pages. Apparently a web page has to be constructed in some way that makes it readable by Zotero–something like the meta tags that Google uses to find out information about that page.

Right now, there is still not much research going on in my academic life.

I be trying out Zotero next semester for our undergraduate thesis.

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Just a while ago I finally found the solution to this problem. It’s in post #4 by Anonymous.

I had long been a “non-fan” of Windows XP’s user interface. With all that unnecessary eye candy and emboss effects, it seems to take up too much screen real estate.

So I began using FlyakiteOSX, a transformation pack which turns your XP world (albeit only visually) to a Mac world. Well, this basically means that I’m sort of a frustrated Mac fan, since I couldn’t afford it as of now.

What problem was that I was just talking about?

Windows Update KB925902 and FlyakiteOSX cannot coexist at a certain FlyakiteOSX configuration. Calc.exe stops working. So do some other applications (e.g. Qumana) and some setup programs. They display a dialog box that says “Illegal System DLL Relocation” and mentions user32.dll and shell32.dll.

Some solutions suggest installing KB935448, but it didn’t work for me.

I presume you’re here because you already have FlyakiteOSX installed, and everything is set up the way you like it. Based on the solution I just found, here’s what I did:

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