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Missing DLL 

by on June 20, 2006

Q: Windows says I am missing a dll what can I do to get the missing dll installed?

A: Sometimes in the process of deleting a program using the add/remove programs feature built into Windows you will be prompted if you want to remove a shared dll. Most people select yes and nothing ever goes wrong. Sometimes, however, something does go wrong. You have another program that needs that dll that now wont work because it is missing and you get an annoying “Cannot find name.dll” so your program will not start.

You have probably lost the install CD as well so reinstalling is not an option either. Luckily this happens to hundreds of people a day so a few sites have been created to help. There are two good sites that can help dll-files.com and dlldump.com. We recommend dll-files.com mainly because of it’s tutorial explaining how to get the dll file where you need it. There is a good chance you already have a zip program on your computer and if you do not you can use winzip for free so I would not suggest buying the zip program they recommend.

Now you should have your program working again so enjoy!


Bill Gates stepping down 

by on June 16, 2006

Q: What effect will Bill Gates stepping down have on Microsoft?

A: Back in January of 2000 you might remember that Bill Gates stepped down as CEO to hand the position over to Steve Ballmer. At that point in time Bill Gates moved over to become the chairman of the board and chief software architect. As chief software architect Bill Gates would be the person in control of all the software the company would make; although I am willing to bet he has always been so he really was just changing his title and letting Steve Ballmer do a lot of the Microsoft face time.

Some people will probably remember the whole “monkey boy” incident . That is what Bill Gates stepping down as CEO and Ballmer taking over gave us, among other things of course.

So the transition from CEO to chief software architect, which happened over 6 years ago, went smoothly. How will the transition from chief software architect to just chairman of the board go? I predict it will go smoothly as well for a number of reasons.

The first, and most important reason is that it will happen over a 2 year period in time. This is important because Microsoft is about to release some big software titles and Bill Gates will still be there day to day over seeing those titles while at the same time training his new apprentice.

The second, and also an important reason in and of it self, is that Bill Gates has always surrounded himself with some of the brightest minds in the world. While I personally don’t care much for Microsoft you have to admire a company that starts up in a basement and grows the way they did back when they did.


AskAGeek.com Redesign 

by on June 10, 2006

As many of you have noticed we have redesigned our site. We hope everyone enjoys the new design. We have many more exciting features coming shortly so we hope you all visit often and submit all your questions so that we can keep helping everyone.

We have tested the site as much as possible in all browsers’ possible but that does not mean you wont run into a problem with the site. If you do run into a problem with the site please let us know right away by adding a comment to this post.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated as well!