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If You Want to Be Knowledgeable in Windows You Need to Know Windows Sysinternals by Kelly Lynn

  If a friend claims to be a Windows expert, how do you test his knowledge? One way would be to ask him a Windows Sysinternals question -- about what TCPView is, for instance. Every single Windows worker -- even ones who are just learning the ropes -- knows something about the vital part that Windows Sysinternals plays in troubleshooting and managing Windows installations. What is Windows Sysinternals? Sysinternals is a part of Microsoft's TechNet website -- their portal for Windows professionals who need deep technical resources, learning materials, discussion forums and so on. It is a full set of tools and utilities that gives you very detailed insight into your computer's behavior. Some of these tools are more elaborate versions of tool already included on Windows. Process Explorer, for … Continue reading

What Is the Heartbleed Bug? by Kelly Lynn

  In the average security breakdown, a big company -- a bank, a retailer and so on -- experiences a vulnerability that jeopardizes its customers' personal information. A hacker may use it to haul off a harvest of user names and passwords. As bad as it is when this happens, these are isolated incidents. People who don't frequent these businesses aren't affected. Everyone makes a mental note to stay safe on the Internet and use better passwords and life goes on. With the Heartbleed bug (a bug is a programming flaw), things are much worse -- you can't stay safe using conventional security practices because it affects the very encryption system by which the Internet offers security. What exactly does the Heartbleed bug do? When you set a password on … Continue reading

Chrome's Special Features to Help You Browse Better on a Mobile Device by Kelly Lynn

  Chrome offers powerful capabilities to help make browsing smoother on mobile devices. These tips below should help you use the browser to the best effect. Using swipe gestures On the iPhone, iPad and on Android phones, Chrome recognizes special swipe gestures that allow you to easily move among open tabs. The gestures recognized are different for different devices, though. On Android phones, you simply need to flick your finger left or right on the browser window to move among open tabs. On Apple devices, you need to do the swiping at the edge of the screen. Curiously, Google doesn't implement any of these swipe gestures on Android tablets. Switching among different tabs on Chrome is easy on all phones Tapping Chrome's tab button lets you view all your open … Continue reading

Love Windows 8.1 but Not Its Reliance on the Cloud? Here’s How You Disable It by Kelly Lynn

  Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella is said to have been tapped for CEO because of the great job that he did setting up Microsoft's cloud presence. Indeed, the cloud emphasis is apparent on Windows 8.1 - it is deeply integrated with OneDrive, Bing and all of the other online services that Microsoft offers. Many users aren't completely enthusiastic about the Microsoft Cloud, though. They are simply not comfortable having Microsoft be an intimate part of their everyday lives, freely sending their files to Microsoft and having the company view information about their searches and other activity all the time. If you are one of these people, you would probably be interested in disabling some of the connected features on Windows 8.1. Here's how you do it. OneDrive When you allow … Continue reading

How About Using Google Drive as Your Online Movie Repository? by Kelly Lynn

  Paid storage on Google Drive is now cheaper than ever - $2 a month buys you 100 GB of space and $10 a month buys you 1,000 GB. At first, you might wonder what you could possibly want 100 GB for - your home videos, photos and music collection would barely take up 10% of the space you get. Here's an idea, though - you could turn the space available into your own personal online movie storage. Your first step - get all your content on Google Drive Before you are able to stream movies from Google Drive to your TV, you first need to upload your movie collection there. You have a few ways of achieving this - the most obvious one being to use Google Drive desktop … Continue reading

Is Your Wi-Fi Performance Always Slow? Here’s What You Do by Kelly Lynn

  Mass-market Wi-Fi has been around since 1999, the year that the term Wi-Fi was registered. While the standard has seen impressive improvements since then, wireless technology still isn't completely reliable. You can still run into slow speeds, poor signal quality, drop-outs and so on. People tend to have more trouble with these hiccups in some locations and with some equipment than others. If you've had enough of having your Wi-Fi stall for no apparent reason, here are three ideas that you can use. Diagnostics software If your broadband plan is fast enough but you don't see any of it over Wi-Fi, you could have a problem with how crowded the airwaves are in your neighborhood are. A free utility called ViStumbler helps you get around this problem -- it … Continue reading