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How Has Windows Search Improved Since Win2k? Hint: It Hasn’t!
     Fri, Nov 09 2012 | 1:14A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last weekend I was feeling a bit nostalgic and fired up Windows 2000 on my home computer. Win2k has a special place in my heart. Sadly, due to planned obsolescence it's no longer possible to use this fantastic operating system with the latest software available. Be that as it may, what annoys me even more are the "improvements" made to Windows search through the years. The search box in Windows 2000 is very powerful, there are no cute animations and there are no exclusions. It's just no-nonsense search, as you would expect it to be. I'm afraid to say, Windows search has got worse, and not better over the years, 8 included.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

How to Secure Erase an SSD Easily Within Windows
     Thu, Nov 08 2012 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you have been frustrated with trying to wipe your SSD to a fresh state with secure erase, check out this easy method you can do in Windows easily. Works every time!
  FULL STORY @ HARDCOREWARE

Windows 8 Consumer Preview with the painful Metro UI disabled + Start Button
     Wed, Oct 31 2012 | 7:29P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Want to know how to bring back the Start button to Windows 8 Consumer Preview and disable the painful 'metro' user interface? PCSTATS tells you what you need in today's Facebook Post. Check it out on the PCSTATS FB Page...
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  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

SysAdmin Corner: 7 Network Security F-Ups Small Offices Make @ Techgage
     Mon, Oct 29 2012 | 3:53P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It`s easy to overlook that huge corporations are far less dangerous than the small business you deal with each and every day with regards to information theft. Some institutions have treasure troves of info on you that can far exceed the big fish. If you work in a SMB, you can`t afford to have your info stolen, so read on for some important tips."
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE.COM

F1 2012 Tweak Guide @ Rage3D.com
     Sun, Oct 28 2012 | 11:23A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We run Codemasters` latest racer through the ringer to show you which settings impact performance and visuals the most. If you need some assistance tweaking, this will help you on your way."
  FULL STORY @ RAGE3D.COM

SysAdmin Corner: Demystifying RAID @ Techgage
     Thu, Oct 25 2012 | 11:06A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Interested in RAID, but not sure which option is right for you? The goal of this article is to clear up any confusion you may have. We discuss what RAID is, what it isn`t, potential dangers, differences between popular RAID levels and last but not least, what you need to get yourself up and running with your very own RAID."
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE.COM

How to install Windows 8 Release Preview using Oracle Virtual Box @ Rbmods
     Sun, Sep 02 2012 | 9:14A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the advent of desktop virtualization becoming more mainstream, it gives the computer enthusiasts and IT professional to test different operating systems easily. One product that is used quite often is Oracles Virtual Box. Virtual box is an open source type 2 hyper-visor that uses the hosts resources to run a virtual machine in an isolated environment. This gives the ability to test beta and release candidate operating systems without impacting your production workstation."
  FULL STORY @ RBMODS.COM

 
How to Make Your Own Cat5e Network Cable @ Techgage
     Fri, Aug 17 2012 | 10:05A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
* Despite their simplicity, pre-made networking cables are expensive - especially if you`re in need of outfitting your entire house. Luckily, making your own cables isn`t only far less expensive, but easy, and perhaps even a little bit fun. If you`re still unsure, read on as we explain the entire process from start to finish."
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE.COM

How To Remove Other Data From Your iPhone @ ThinkComputers.org
     Thu, Aug 16 2012 | 4:59A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Over the past year or so I have noticed when syncing my iPhone with my PC that data labeled as Other was taking up quite a lot of space. Im not talking about just a few megabytes, Im talking almost 3 gigabytes! When your iPhone is only 16GB losing 3GB or more is definitely a lot and does not go unnoticed when your iPhone is filled with music, apps and photos. There are many different things that actually could cause your Other data to pile up. So in this guide we will go over different solutions to minimize or completely remove the Other data on your iPhone. These solutions should also work with your iPad, iPod or any other iOS device."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

How to Add a Move to Trash Button in Wordpress
     Tue, Aug 14 2012 | 4:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are frequently making changes to your WordPress blog, you have have become tired of having to go through a bunch of menus to delete an out of date or irrelevant post. With a simple edit to your functions.php file, you can add a "Move to Trash" button to your WordPress Admin bar for simple deletes.
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

Emulate an Android Tablet on your PC
     Mon, Aug 13 2012 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Not everyone knows how to build a computer scratch, and many more are completely clueless when it comes to something as simple as upgrading a stick of RAM. So I'm going to give a quick and dirty lesson on how to install new memory on your motherboard.
  FULL STORY @ OCMODSHOP

Emulate an Android Tablet on your PC
     Mon, Aug 13 2012 | 2:05P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Do you want to test-drive Android apps before you buy a tablet or phone? Is your phone too slow to play the latest Android games? An Android emulator may be just what you need.
  FULL STORY @ EMULATE

PC Rejuvenation Guide @ ThinkComputers.org
     Mon, Jul 30 2012 | 8:36A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So your computer has seen its heyday and now it seems that it is slower than it once was. Your computer is hanging when opening relatively simple applications, it takes what seems like a lifetime to finish loading into Windows, and often you get issues trying to do anything at all that could be considered intensive. This guide is here to help you revive your computer and restore it to a level of performance that you may feel is lost to you. Well start with in-Windows tools, moving on to third party software, and then finally, hardware changes or upgrades."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Guru3D Rig of the Month - July 2012
     Mon, Jul 30 2012 | 4:39A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This months build comes from a guy with the nickname MybadOmen. To proof that PC enthusiasts can be found worldwide in all categories and ages we can proudly say that David Lane is a 40 year old guy. David has build an exemplary nice PC loaded with little things that trick the mind. Very little is not modified to be honest. Read the article right here"
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

Beginners Guides: Virtualized Windows 8 CP Installation with Oracle VirtualBox
     Tue, Jul 24 2012 | 2:18A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Before blindly upgrading an entire office of existing PCs into the unknown, most IT departments will roll out one trial system to test the new OS. This preemptive step allows IT staff to check the OS in the existing hardware environment with the already bought-and-paid-for software. With Microsoft Windows 8, testing before a mass roll out is a particularly important step to ensure software compatibility. It's also a pretty crucial step to give yourself time to get acquainted with the drastic user interfaces Microsoft has imposed.

There are two ways to go about testing a new OS like Windows 8; 1) install the OS to a spare computer system and test away, or 2) install the OS to a virtualized PC. In this Beginners Guide, PCSTATS will show you how to create a virtual PC with Oracle VirtualBox v4.1.18 (it's free and very capable virtualization softare) and then install Windows 8 Consumer Preview to that virtual machine.

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Inside the Card-That-Unlocks-All-Cable-Channels Scam @ Hardware Secrets
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 9:10A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Have you ever heard of a smart card that unlocks all channels of your cable TV? This is obviously a scam, as no such device exists. Channels are locked and unlocked at the cable TV`s side, not at the customer`s side. This week a shady individual showed up at our office offering such a card. Our lab assistant winked and said, This will give an excellent article. Let`s take a look at it."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

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  10. Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC
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  12. Cloning WindowsXP
  13. Converting Videotape Into Video Files
  14. Crash Recovery: The Blue Screen of Death
  15. Creating a Weblog / Blog
  16. Creating MP3 Music Files
  17. Decrypting Lost Document & Zipped File Passwords
  18. Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
  19. Diagnosing Bad Memory
  20. Downgrading Windows Vista Back To Windows XP
  21. Dual OS Installation of WindowsXP 32-bit/64-bit
  22. Encryption and Online Privacy
  23. Ergonomics & Computers
  24. Flashing a Video Card BIOS
  25. Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
  26. Firewalls and Internet Security
  27. Firewall Setup and Configuration
  28. Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
  29. Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
  30. Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC
  31. Hard Drive Data Recovery
  32. Home Networking and File Sharing
  33. How to Install: Intel Socket 775 CPU and Heatsink
  34. How to Install: Intel Socket 1366 CPU and Heatsink
  35. How to Install: Intel Socket 1155 CPU and Heatsink
  36. How to Install: AMD Socket AM3 CPU and Heatsink
  37. How to Install: AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
  38. How to Fix Homesite Design Mode to Work in WindowsXP/ Vista
  39. How To Make a Budget Desktop Computer on the Cheap
  40. How to Update a Motherboard BIOS
  41. Installing RAID on Desktop PCs
  42. Installing Windows Vista
  43. Installing Windows XP
  44. Internet Connection Sharing
  45. Legally Copying Software and Music
  46. Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
  47. Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
  48. Linux Part 3: New Software
  49. Little Known Features of WindowsXP
  50. Making Old Software Compatible with Windows Vista
  51. Making DVD Movies from Video Files
  52. Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
  53. Optical Drives & Recording Formats
  54. Overclocking the CPU, Motherboard & Memory
  55. Overclocking the Videocard
  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
  57. Printer Sharing on a Home Network
  58. Quick Guide for Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
  59. RAM, Memory and Upgrading
  60. Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
  61. Remote Access to Computers
  62. RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions
  63. Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery
  64. Setting up an FTP Server in WinXP
  65. Slipstreaming WindowsXP with Service Pack 2
  66. Spyware Protection and Removal
  67. Stopping Spam
  68. Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death
  69. Synchronizing Files and Folders
  70. Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations
  71. Understanding & Creating Batch Files
  72. Understanding & Tweaking WindowsXP Services
  73. Upgrading A Motherboard Without Reinstalling
  74. Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP
  75. USB Memory Drive Projects & Tips
  76. VPNs and Internet Connection Security
  77. Website Hosting From A Home PC
  78. Website Hosting With Apache
  79. Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install
  80. Windows XP Command Prompt
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