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  Don’t Want to Update your Mac ...

While many Mac users have updated to OS X Yosemite, a notable amount have chosen to stay on OS X Mavericks or Mountain Lion for a variety of reasons, and some have even had to downgrade due to frustrations or incompatibilities that were experienced with the new version of OS X.

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  Create a System Restore Point in...

When System Restore was introduced in back in Windows Me it has helped save some major computer snafus on several occasions. The feature is still included in the new Windows 7 operating system and today we will take a look at how to create a new restore point.

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  Make Your Own Windows 8 Start Me...

By now, just about everyone knows that Windows 8 killed the Start Menu, and that Windows 10 will bring it back next year. But those who miss the Start Menu don’t need to wait for Windows 10.

Read more at: http://tinyurl.com/qjjfwnw
  We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mi...

Linux Mint 17.1 is the first example of what the Mint project team can do when they're focused on their own system rather than on making the latest Ubuntu work with Mint.

Read more here: http://tinyurl.com/ocfhpx9
  incognito – Secret Mode

Incognito mode is for private browsing, where Chrome doesn’t record your browsing history, download hisotry. Any cookies that are stored during the incognito mode is deleted when you close the browser.

You can launch incognito by pressing Ctrl + Shift + N, (or) Settings -> New incognito Window,... Show More
  Find out what your Mac is up to

Sometimes you may find the Mac is running slow and you have no idea why. There is a handy little app that lets you see what exactly is going on under the hood.

Activity Monitor can be found in the Utilities Folder. This has columns showing CPU usage of individual apps and processes and how much m... Show More
  How to Run Modern Windows 8 Apps...

Modern-style apps in Windows 8 need a screen resolution of at least 1024×768. Unfortunately, many netbooks have a 1024×600 resolution. If you have a netbook, there’s a chance you can bypass this limitation and run modern apps anyway.

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  Want more info on using IE 11?

The page below has many tips and troubleshooting hints for those using IE11:

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  How to Flush DNS Cache in OS X Y...

Some Mac users may encounter situations where they need to flush DNS cache in OS X for a name server to resolve properly, or for some DNS address change to become noticed by their individual computer.

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  Google Chrome Browser Shortcuts

The following keyboard shortcuts realy speed things up using Chrome:

Alt+F – Open the wrench menu (i.e chrome settings menu)

Ctrl+J – Go to downloads window

Ctrl+H – Go to history window

Ctrl+Tab – Navigate Tabs

Alt+Home – Go to home page

Ctrl+U – View source code of th... Show More
  Tab navigation

Instead of using the mouse to select different tabs that you have open, use the keyboard. Here are the shortcuts:

Ctrl+Tab (rotate forward among tabs)

Ctrl+Shft+Tab (rotate to the previous tab)

Ctrl+1-9 (choose a number to jump to a specific tab)
  Use IE in full screen mode

Press F-11 (the F keys are in the very top row of the keyboard) to put IE into “full screen” mode. You will use the entire screen for the viewing a webpage – except for the topmost toolbar. So take it a step farther. Right-Click on that toolbar at the top of the screen and click on Auto-Hid... Show More
  How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Wi...

One of the most common steps when troubleshooting a PC is to boot into safe mode. For a long time this has been achieved by pressing the F8 key, this all changes with Windows 8 and its Automatic Repair mode. But what if we want Safe Mode?

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  Navigate Between Tabs Quickly

Use Ctrl+Tab to navigate Tabs one by one

Press Ctrl-1 to go to 1st Tab

Press Ctrl-2 to go to 2nd Tab

And so on, you get the gist...

Press Ctrl-9 to switch to the last Tab
  Delete items from address bar hi...

Firefox’s ability to automatically show previous URLs you’ve visited, as you type, in the address bar’s drop-down history menu is very cool. But sometimes you just don’t want those URLs to show up (I won’t ask why). Go to the address bar (Ctrl-L), start typing an address, and the drop-down... Show More

 

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  You stupid BRICK! PCs running Av...

Security software outfit Avast are trying to figure out why the combination of recent Windows patches and updates to the latter company's software are breaking PCs.

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  Debian vs Ubuntu: Which is Best ...

Choosing between Debian or Ubuntu depends on your preferences regarding platform support, ease of use, level of user control and other key issues.

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  Symantec identifies sophisticate...

Symantec researchers have identified a particularly sophisticated piece of malware, called “Regin” that was likely developed by a nation state and has been used to spy on governments, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers and individuals since at least 2008.

Read more at: http://bi... Show More
  All the things you can use priva...

While private browsing is mostly associated with browsing the naughty parts of the Internet it can be used for a wide variety of other things as well. Private browsing refers to a mode that web browsers offer that leave little traces behind. This means that no browsing history is recorded and that d... Show More
  Why is Microsoft updating Window...

When Microsoft released a critical update for multiple versions of Windows Server this month, it also pushed out a fix for several releases of the Windows client OS, including even the technical preview for Windows 10.

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  Linux Mint 17.1 finally makes MA...

Linux Mint isn’t chasing touch interfaces, rethinking the way we use the desktop, or enacting any other grand experiment. It’s just a polished, modern Linux desktop system—and that’s why people love it.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/1torgmX
  6 killer video-streaming apps fo...

On-demand services like Netflix are great for when you know exactly what you want to watch. But sometimes you just want to play something the background while you cook dinner, play on your tablet, or read a book.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/1r71pQA
  Google offers 1TB of Drive for C...

Google said Friday that it will offer new Chromebook buyers a free terabyte of Google Drive storage for two years, which at present rates would be worth almost $240.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/1r6Y83K
  How to keep programs up to date ...

Automatic updates can be quite helpful at times. While some users prefer to download and install updates manually as it gives them more control over the process and options to test an update first before it is applied, it is without doubt the best option for users who don't do so.

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  Apple delivers another Yosemite ...

Apple has come out with a second beta of Mac OS X Yosemite for developers, but it's not clear whether this latest build will address the Wi-Fi problems that continue to affect an undetermined but apparently substantial number of users.

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  You have to try this hidden game...

Google knows that it’s a bummer when your phone has no Wi-Fi or LTE connection. Because of this, it’s hidden a game in its Chrome mobile browser that you can play when your phone isn’t connected to the web.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/1yZwMkt
  Vintager, a free image manipulat...

Vintager is a new free program for Windows that can be best described as an image editing Instagram hybrid. It ships with several presets and effects that you can apply to images and offers basic image editing options such as rotating, cropping or changing the size of images.

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  Detekt, a free tool for Windows ...

Detekt is a free tool for computers and devices running Windows operating systems that scans for traces of surveillance spyware on the system. Designed to provide journalists and human rights activists with a program to detect potential surveillance spyware on computer systems, it can be downloaded ... Show More
  OS X Yosemite update fails to so...

Apple today released the first update to OS X Yosemite that included fixes for unspecified Wi-Fi problems and improved reliability for connecting to Microsoft Exchange corporate email servers.

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  Got Lollipop? 10 cool things to ...

Google's Android 5.0 release is more than just a pretty makeover. Here are 10 fun features you'll definitely want to explore once you have Lollipop in front of you.

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