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Everything You Need to know about Google Keep @ ThinkComputers.org
     Tue, Apr 09 2013 | 8:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For many mobile users, note-taking apps and services are an indispensable tool to keep track of their schedule and tasks. In fact, Apple mobile users have long been enjoying the built-in Note feature on their devices for creating basic to-do list, while others refer to Evernote and Workflowy for more elaborate note-taking tasks. Fortunately, Google is jumping into the bandwagon. With what appears as a long overdue reply to Evernote and Apples built-in Note feature, Google has just unveiled its own note-taking service app called Keep, giving Android phone users a faster way to make and save reminders and notes."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

[Tech ARP] ActiveX Filtering In Internet Explorer 9 and 10 Kills Flash Player
     Sun, Apr 07 2013 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I recently upgraded to Internet Explorer 10 and promptly discovered something odd - Flash Player seemed to be broken. Whenever I tried to access a Flash application or video, it would tell me that an Adobe Flash Player upgrade was required. Take a look at these examples... At first, I thought that perhaps the new Internet Explorer 10 required a newer Flash Player, so I downloaded and installed Flash Player - nothing happened. I restarted Internet Explorer 10, and tried again - it still asked me to upgrade Flash Player!"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

How to Enable 64-bit Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 7
     Sat, Apr 06 2013 | 4:16P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For compatibility reasons, Microsoft designed IE10 to run in 32-bit mode by default - and unlike its predecessors - there isn`t an obvious option or shortcut to launch the 64-bit version. It took us a while, but we finally found a way to run IE10 in 64-bit mode."
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ.COM

How To Install Windows 8 Guide
     Sat, Apr 06 2013 | 4:16P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Setting up your user account is different from prior versions of Windows where the account was typically local. In Windows 8 you can have it tied to your Microsoft Account, and you need it to be if you want to use the Windows Store to download and manage applications. Of course you will need an Internet connection to sign into your account, but if for some reason one is not available, you can use a local account. Local accounts are more limited in what they can do because they cannot access to the Windows Store, but if you are worried about privacy or just do not want data syncing to your Microsoft account, this is what you will want. For this guide, I chose to use a Local account."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and RAID 5: how do they actually work?
     Fri, Apr 05 2013 | 1:52P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We published an in-depth article on how the different RAID configurations work, what the advantages are, and what the disadvantages are for each type. We also included an easy step-by-step guide on how to set up your own RAID array. You will find all details in the links below. If you think this item will be of interest to your readers, a link or news mention would be much appreciated.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Replacing an APC UPS Battery
     Fri, Apr 05 2013 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
e problem you may face with an XBMC Linux installation (or appliance running XBMC) is connecting to and scraping your media that resides on a NAS. You have to do a little tweak to your Diskstation to get XBMC (and some other appliances) to work.
  FULL STORY @ XBMC

The Do-It-Yourself All-In-One Computer Standard from Intel @ Hardware Secrets
     Tue, Apr 02 2013 | 3:54P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
All-in-one computers, also known as AIO, are systems built inside the same case as the video monitor, designed to remove clutter from your desk. The problem so far is that parts for all-in-one computers are not standardized, meaning that each manufacturer uses its own design and choice of components, which may not be compatible with an all-in-one from another manufacturer. To solve this problem, Intel is leading the industry in creating a standard for all-in-one components. This way, parts designed for one system will fit in another, making the life of AIO manufacturers easier. This standard also allows users to build their own all-in-one computers from scratch."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

 
It's World Backup Day: Time to Protect Your Data
     Mon, Apr 01 2013 | 4:57P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In honor of World Backup Day, our man Rob put together a detailed post with some guidance and recommendations for backing-up personal data using various tools in Windows and Linux, with a dash of Mac OS X info thrown in for good measure as well. Come on by and take a look...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Backing your Apple Mac up with Time Machine
     Thu, Mar 28 2013 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
How to back your Mac up with Apple`s Time Machine"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

[Tech ARP] How To Update The Firmware Of Your Astro Byond Decoder
     Thu, Mar 21 2013 | 3:23P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When they installed the dish and decoder, I noticed that the decoder they gave me was manufactured way back in 2010. Astro assured me that it would work just as well, and if anything went wrong, they would replace it FOC. When I started it up though, I noticed that it had a very old firmware - v1.2S. After waiting for over a week, the decoder was still stuck with the firmware from 2010. Maybe the auto-update feature isn`t present in that firmware version. In any case, I eventually learned a very useful trick from Astro - how to update the firmware of the Astro Byond decoder. Check it out!"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

MOS Magnetic Organization System Review @ TestFreaks
     Thu, Mar 21 2013 | 9:53A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we have a quick review of a novel product. Kickstarter has helped bring many new and exciting products to fruition and today we will look at one of these ideas come to retail The MOS, Magnetic Organization System. This device is one of those ideas that will make you say why didnt I think of that? "
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS.COM

Replacing an APC UPS Battery @ OCmodshop
     Sat, Mar 16 2013 | 12:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While being outperformed in the standard load test, she was still a meaner creature when it came to snacking on heat on an overclocked CPU. So while the Shark isn’t the absolute best, it’s certainly near the top of its food chain.
  FULL STORY @ EVERCOOL

Light Virtualization Software Review and Guide: Shadow Defender
     Thu, Mar 14 2013 | 10:28A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to Light Virtualization very few programs perform as well as Shadow Defender. This lightweight program is easy to use, bloat-free, and light on system resources; yet it possesses the power to fully contain some of the sturdiest of malware within its buffer and fully undo the damage with just a simple reboot."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

How to Maximize Storage Space Guide
     Wed, Mar 13 2013 | 9:53A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When I installed 8 GB more RAM in my machine, Windows swelled the pagefile to match the 12 GB of total RAM and it took all of that from the my OS drive. To keep that drive lean, I went into the Performance Settings, which is under the Advanced tab of the computer`s properties, next to the System Protection tab, and changed the settings. Like the restore points, you are able to control the amount of space allocated for the pagefile and the specific drive the pagefile is stored on. Instead of keeping it on a small SSD, it may be wise to move it over to a larger but slower HDD."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

How to Generate Floppy Disks for Old Macintosh Computers @ Hardware Secrets
     Mon, Feb 11 2013 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Did you buy an old Macintosh computer such as the Macintosh 128K, the Macintosh 512K, the Macintosh Plus or the Macintosh SE on eBay, Craig`s List, or a garage sale, but it didn`t come with the floppy disks for the operating system and programs? Let`s see how you can generate them and bring your old Macintosh back to life."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

Case Smithing: Getting Started with DIY Cable Sleeving
     Tue, Feb 05 2013 | 11:50A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
John Williamson aka Pwnography6 is back again with another case modding guide. This time he shows you how to sleeve the cables of your power supply and cooling fans."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
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A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
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  28. Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
  29. Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
  30. Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC
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  46. Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
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  48. Linux Part 3: New Software
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  53. Optical Drives & Recording Formats
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  55. Overclocking the Videocard
  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
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  60. Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
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  63. Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery
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