We at How-To Geek are grateful to all our readers and hope we have enlightened you about all kinds of interesting topics. Here are the 20 articles that were the most popular in 2011.
How To Remove Vocals From Music Tracks Using Audacity
Do you like to make your own karaoke? Maybe you have some music you like but you don’t like the person who sings the songs. The following article shows you a few simple steps to remove vocals from your music files using the free program Audacity.
Turn Your Home Router into a Super-Powered Router with DD-WRT
Most of us have a wireless router on our home network. If your router seems short on features, the following article shows you how to use an open source, alternative firmware for routers, called DD-WRT, to boost your router’s range and add features. DD-WRT unlocks features that aren’t available on all routers, such as static routing, VPN, repeating functions, and more. Even if you don’t use all these features, DD-WRT can make your router work better.
The 10 Most Ridiculously Awesome Geeky Computer Pranks
If you’re a prankster and a geek, the following article helps you to hone your geeky pranking skills and to avoid being on the receiving end of pranks. The article covers some new computer pranks and some old ones with a new twist. You’ll have to plan for many of these pranks because they require you to have physical access to someone else’s computer.
How to Remove Win 7 Anti-Spyware 2011 (Fake Anti-Virus Infections)
There are many fake antivirus, malware, and spyware applications out there that get a hold of your computer and hold it hostage until you pay money to have the virus, malware, or spyware removed. The people who make these fake antivirus applications tell you that your PC is infected with fake viruses, when their application is actually the virus that prevents you from removing it.
Win 7 Anti-Spyware 2011 is is one of these many fake antivirus applications that goes by many different names. They are all the same virus but the name varies depending on your system and the strain that infects your PC. The following article shows you what Win7 Anti-Spyware 2011 looks like and how to remove it. The article also gives a general guide on removing fake antivirus infections.
Hack Apart a Highlighter to Create UV-Reactive Flowers
If you want to create some glowing decorations for your home, the following article shows you how to hack apart a highlighter to create flowers that suck up the UV-reactive highlighter dye and glow.
Jailbreak Your Kindle for Dead Simple Screensaver Customization
Do you not like the default screensaver on your Kindle? The following article shows you a simple hack that will jailbreak your Kindle and all you to use other screensavers on your Kindle. Jailbreaking the Kindle is very safe and easy and Amazon has practically approved the process by releasing the Kindle sourcecode. You can start messing around with fun screensaver images in a very short amount of time.
Angry Birds: Video Cheats for Every Level
Are you addicted to Angry Birds like a lot of other people out there? Maybe you’ve mastered many levels but have gotten stuck at a certain level. The following article provides video walkthroughs that help you advance to each level. There are video cheats for all the thematic levels in the core game and also cheats about getting all the Golden Eggs.
The 50 Best Ways to Disable Built-in Windows Features You Don’t Want
How-To Geek has showed you many ways to disable features in Windows that you don’t want, remove some features entirely, and to tweak things to work the way you want. The following article contains a list of the 50 best ways to disable, remove, and tweak features in Windows.
How to Start Your Own Minecraft Server for Multiplayer Gaming
Minecraft is another addictive game played by many people. To play with other players online rather than single player, you can join one of the hundreds of servers at minecraftservers.net. However, you are limited by their rules and discretion. The following article shows you how to easily run your own Minecraft server so you and your friends can play with your own set of rules.
How to Thoroughly Clean Your Keyboard (Without Breaking Anything)
Keyboards can get clogged over time with dirt and grime. The following article provides tips on how to dust off, scrub down, and clean up the most important input device for your computer. Make sure you unplug your keyboard and take the batteries out, if it’s a wireless one. Some of the cleaning methods we show you can damage your keyboard if there’s power going to it.
How to Migrate from Facebook to Google+
If you’ve been using Facebook for years and have a lot of information in it, you probably are hesitant to move to another social network, such as Google+. The following article shows you some tools that make it easier to migrate pictures, videos, and friends to Google+.
How to Recover that Photo, Picture or File You Deleted Accidentally
Most of us have accidentally deleted a photo from your camera, on your computer, USB flash drive, or on other external drive at one point or another. Windows provides the Recycle Bin that holds deleted files for a while allowing you to recover files. However, how do you recover files deleted from your camera, USB flash drive, memory cards, or other external drive? The following article shows you a couple of tools you can use to recover deleted files from drives other than your computer’s hard drive.
How to Transfer Files Between Your PC and Android Phone Wirelessly
Do you move a lot of files between your Android phone and your PC? Using a USB cable to do so is not complicated, but wouldn’t it be easier and quicker to transfer files wirelessly? The following article shows you how to transfer files between your computer and your Android phone without using a USB cable.
How to Install Android on Your HP Touchpad
If you managed to get your hands on an HP Touchpad for $100, you will want to read the following article. It shows you how to install Android on the Touchpad in 3 simple steps such that you can run Android and webOS on the tablet.
Windows 8 Screenshot Tour: Everything You Possibly Want to Know
This year, Microsoft released the preview release of Windows 8. How-To Geek tested it out and figured out how it all works. The following four-part review provides with a How-To Geek style screenshot tour with a lot of pictures.
How to Remote View and Control Your Android Phone
Cell phone screens are getting bigger, but they still don’t rival the size of a computer monitor or even a laptop screen. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to view your Android’s screen on your desktop computer’s monitor or remote control your phone using your mouse and keyboard? The following tutorial shows you how to view your Android notifications right beside your computer’s notifications on your full-sized monitor. If your phone is rooted, you can also use your keyboard and mouse to control your phone. This is useful if you have an Android phone without a physical keyboard.
How Do You Block Annoying Text Message (SMS) Spam?
If you don’t have an unlimited text messaging plan, getting inundated with text message spam is not only annoying but can cost you. The following article shows you some tips for blocking annoying SMS spam. You can use these tips to block anybody from sending you a message. If your phone number ended up in the hands of someone you don’t want to hear from, you can just treat them as a spammer and block their messages.
How to Enable “Stereo Mix” in Windows 7 (to Record Audio)
If you need to record audio exactly as it’s being played through your computer’s speakers, you can enable a feature called “Stereo Mix” in Windows. Most of today’s sound cards allow you to record whatever is being played, but you must access that recording channel. This is actually rather easy to do and the following article shows you how to do this.
HTG Explains: What are the Differences Between All Those Audio Formats?
There are many different digital audio formats out there. How do you tell what formats to use in which situations? The following article discusses some of the more common audio formats, the differences among them, and for what purposes you would want to use them.
How to Boost Your Wi-Fi Network Signal and Increase Range with DD-WRT
At the beginning of this article, we provided a link to another article about using the open source, free program DD-WRT to unlock additional features on your router. DD-WRT can also be used to extend the range of your home network. All you need is a spare router, and you can use a few simple tweaks to do this. See the article mentioned earlier in this article for information about getting DD-WRT onto your router.
Stay tuned in 2012 for more useful How-To and Explainer articles and How-To Geek Guides!
Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.
- Published 12/31/11