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Can You Move a Program (Like a Game) to a New Location on a Different Drive? by Kelly Lynn

If you decided to make the switch to solid-state drives in the past couple of years, you probably have a C: drive that is blistering fast, but that is nevertheless limited in space. A tiny drive doesn't hurt when all you need to work with is Microsoft Office. It's a problem, though, if you're a gamer -- modern games are huge.: Need for Speed usually takes up 30 GB, for instance; Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 requires 55 GB. If you've installed multiple games such as these on your C: drive (as you usually would if you were a gamer), you may find that you quickly run out of space -- even if you do have a generous 1 TB SSD (it usually sells for $450, as against the $40 … Continue reading

What are Symbolic Links, and How Do You Use Them? by Kelly Lynn

If you've heard of symbolic links but have never been sure about what they are, it should be worthwhile learning about them. A symbolic link is a link that performs a sleight of hand to allow any file in a computer to appear to be in two places at the same time. If you need to move a file or folder to another location but still maintain the appearance of keeping it at its original location, you get to move it, and leave a symbolic link to the new location in its place. Any type of program or operating system process that needs to look for the file, will find it thanks to the forwarding address left behind in the form of the symbolic link.   What do you use … Continue reading

You Do Know What Autohotkey Is, Don’t You? by Kelly Lynn

Anyone who uses a computer each day wastes a great deal of time doing the GUI dance -- going through all kinds of menus, buttons, clicks and selections to get anything done. If you've noticed that there are certain sequences that you often use, though, there is a ton of time to be saved -- Windows allows you to program any single action or series of actions into a keyboard shortcut. All you need to do is to press a key to have a whole series of steps carried out in the blink of an eye. To do this, you need a bit of skill with elementary programming activity called scripting.  You'll do your scripting on an extremely simple programming language called AutoHotKey. It takes no time at all to … Continue reading

Great Ways to See Simple, Text-Only Versions of Websites by Kelly Lynn

Today's all-singing, all-dancing browsers are capable of so much functionality, they are practically self-contained operating systems in their own right. While their features tend to make today's amazing websites possible, these image- and ad-heavy designs tend to be data-intensive, taking minutes to load (if they load at all) on connections any slower than 3G. Anyone who needs to quickly look through a few different websites doing something ordinary like comparing product or destination reviews or gathering news is also likely to drain a mobile 3G package very quickly. Ads and images can be a bother for another reason: when you need to print pages to retain for reference. You'll need a lot more paper when you need to make room for pictures and ads. If you've ever wished that websites … Continue reading

Browsers Can Be a Lot More Interesting If You Know Where to Look by Kelly Lynn

While IE, Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Opera certainly are excellent programs that offer everything you could want for general use around the web, there is so much more that a browser could do to answer specific needs. Dozens of browsers exist, delivering specific functionality for those who need it. Since these tools answer to small markets, they will never feature in one of the top five even twenty browsers. They are fascinating tools, nevertheless. Kirix Strata   If you often need to look up tabulated statistics on the Internet in your line of work, Kirix Strata has just the trick -- it can take static HTML information presented in the form of tables on webpages, and automatically feed it all into an inbuilt spreadsheet. While the inbuilt spreadsheet isn't a … Continue reading

Keeping Your Privacy with Windows 10 by Kelly Lynn

Nationalist Russian politicians have been calling for a ban on Windows 10 in the government. Their concern comes from Microsoft's newly intrusive data collection policy for Windows 10. It's been cause for concern for privacy activists, too. The problem is that Windows 10, by default, takes a great deal of freedom with the data of its users -- contacts, location data and so on. Microsoft intends to use data collected in this way for targeted advertising. If you want to retain your privacy while using Windows 10, you'll need to take several minutes out to turn off every area of data leakage. The collateral damage, unfortunately, can include loss of Cortana, and other attractive features. If you are worried about your privacy, here's what you need to turn off. Taking … Continue reading