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Try Breaking into Your Own Computer to Test How Safe You Are by Kelly Lynn

  If a login password is the only thing that keeps your computer safe from prying eyes, how confident can you be that you are safe? The answer is, in most cases, with the right software, it takes no more than a couple of minutes to break into a computer. If you'd like to find out how vulnerable your computer is, you should try the following methods on it. If they easily work, you'll know that you need to raise the level of protection that your computer gets. The easiest way - getting a live Linux disc The usual way to run an operating system is to obtain a CD with an installer on it, and to install it on the computer's internal storage. It's possible to skip the installation … Continue reading

If You’re Moving to Linux, Should You Choose Ubuntu? by Kelly Lynn

  If you're interested in trying Linux, Ubuntu is probably the distribution at the top of your list; it's one of the best-known versions of Linux out there. Ubuntu, though, has been sporting a new user interface lately. Called the Unity Desktop design, it has turned many longtime users away. The designers behind Ubuntu are now simply more focused on catering to mobile phone users rather traditional computer users. If you need a conventional operating system for your desktop or laptop, it could be time to look elsewhere: Linux Mint is a traditional version of Linux that does not mess with experimental interfaces. If this is your first time with Linux, you should look closely at giving Mint a try. Ubuntu is full of unnecessary innovations While Ubuntu is an … Continue reading

Getting the Best Network-Attached Storage for Your Home by Kelly Lynn

  If you have lots of content on the hard drive on your computer and would like others in the house or in your place of business to be able to share it, you would usually need to set up permissions on your computer. You would also need to keep your computer running at all times, simply so that people can access the content on it. There's smarter way to do this -- NAS or Network-Attached Storage. This is technology that allows you to connect just a storage device to a network, and have access available to all computers sharing that network. You can even connect to it over the Internet. NAS technology is available in a number of designs for different needs. Before you buy a NAS device, you … Continue reading

The Way You Buy Windows is Set to Change by Kelly Lynn

  Each copy of Windows that Microsoft sells is permanently attached to the specific computer that it is installed on. It would appear, then, that Microsoft's approach is machine-centric -- that it means to support each machine that its products are installed on, not unlike the way iOS devices are always on the latest version. Yet, Microsoft limits its support to each Windows computer to the specific version on it. If you need a new version on that computer, you pay full price all over again. Microsoft's approach, then, is a mixed-up one. Microsoft is changing its approach Microsoft believes that the next version of Windows will be so new, it'll warrant more than a single step up in version number -- it's getting two steps up to version 10. … Continue reading

Finding Out Which Internet Service Provider to Go To by Kelly Lynn

Not every neighborhood has access to multiple Internet service providers. If yours does have more than one, you'll find yourself in the happy position of having the two compete to provide the best service. How do you know which one offers the best speed? It won't do to simply look at their advertisements to find out what speeds they offer you. They tend to exaggerate. You'll need to look for proof of what they actually deliver. Where do you find real-world data? A number of sources exist. The Google Video Quality Report Google is in a position to judge the quality of every ISP - more than 25% of America's Internet use is on its YouTube property. The Google Video Quality Report shows real-world results for which ISPs have the … Continue reading

What Do Your Browser’s Error Messages Mean? by Kelly Lynn

  When you go around following links and browsing websites on the Internet, you are bound to come upon pages that don't work at times. If you'd like to know what they mean, here's a list of different errors, and explanations for what they mean. A 404 error page Sometimes, websites move pages around or remove them altogether. At other times, a link that you use to visit a site may include an error in the part of the URL that points the browser to the specific page in the site that you wish to visit. In all these cases, you get to the right website, but have trouble getting to a specific page. This is when you get an HTTP 404 error page. Many websites include humorous, custom 404 … Continue reading

Is Windows Actually a Skin on Top of MS-DOS? by Kelly Lynn

  Many people believe that all operating system versions under the Windows name have the same basic internals. Over its history, though, the operating system has worked on two separate, distinct technologies. It's important to not get the two mixed up. The DOS Windows line Windows Millennium Edition and all the versions of Windows that came before it (1, 2, 3, 95 and 98) were in essence not very different from the text-based MS-DOS operating system that they were supposed to supersede. The point-and-click Windows interface that the user interacted with was simply a software process overlaid on an MS-DOS foundation. Every move that the user made on the graphic user interface was translated automatically by the overlay into a form that the DOS foundation could understand and execute. As … Continue reading

What Do You Do If You Don’t Want Windows, OS X or Linux? by Kelly Lynn

  What do you do if you're not happy with the limited Windows/OS X range that makes up mainstream computing today? If you'd like to run your PC on something different, you can always try Linux. For those who really want to strike out on their own and try something new, though, there are a number of choices. Chrome OS While Google's Chrome OS is a modified version of Linux, its take on it is so different that it qualifies as all-new. Chrome OS runs exactly one program -- the Chrome browser. Whatever you want to do on your Chrome OS computer, you need to do it through the browser window. While the focus on browser-based operation makes Chrome OS unsuitable as a general-purpose computer, it can do most of … Continue reading

Did You Know That SSDs Were More Secure? by Kelly Lynn

  Solid-state drives may be popular mainly for reasons of their improved speed and reliability. They also have an edge over conventional hard drives in another less-publicized area, though -- they are much more secure. How traditional hard disks work The way traditional mechanical hard disks work, when a file is deleted, it continues to physically remain on the drive for an indefinite period of time. The only thing that happens when you delete a file is that the physical area of the disk that the data occupies is marked as available for overwriting in the future. A file is only completely and irreversibly erased when the area of the hard disk that it occupies is overwritten. If you have plenty of free space on your drive, your computer may … Continue reading

Linux is So Easy to Install Now, Anyone Could Try It by Kelly Lynn

  In a television interview in the late 90s, Red Hat founder Bob Young once attempted to defend Linux against criticism that it was hard to install.  The only reason competing products seemed easier, he said, was that no one ever tried installing them by themselves -- computers came with Windows preinstalled. Linux, on the other hand, needed to be installed manually. Ever since XP, though, Windows has been so well designed, even a novice could breeze through a manual install. Linux, though, has suffered from messy installation requirements. Lately, though, many Linux distributions such as Ubuntu and Mint have evolved to the point that they are just as easy as Windows. You don't need to be a patient and dedicated enthusiast to get Linux on your computer. It's easy … Continue reading