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The Best How-To Geek Articles for August 2011

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August has been a busy month here at HTG where we covered topics such as setting up a posthumous password contingency plan, when you should properly eject a thumb drive, got a first look at the UI for Windows 8, and more. Join us as we look back at the most popular articles from this past month.

Note: Articles are listed as #10 through #1.

Set Up a Posthumous Password Contingency Plan

If you dropped dead today, how big of a pain would it be for your family/estate to access your computer and virtual accounts? Make a plan to ensure your digital life isn’t a headache for them.

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Windows 8 UI: Here’s Your First Look at Windows Explorer

If you were making a list of the features you want most in Windows Explorer, what would be at the top? Here’s a look at what Windows 8 has to offer for your file management tasks.

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Windows 8 UI: Here’s the New File Copy / Replace Dialogs

There’s loads of information suddenly pouring out of Microsoft about how Windows 8 really works, and today they explained how they are handling when you copy files over top of other files with the same name.

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When Should You Properly “Eject” Your Thumb Drive?

When do you safely remove a device? Some users put caution to the wind and yank out any device, while others perform religious rituals every time. Here are some tips and guidelines for practicing safe drive removal.

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Week in Geek: Fake Firefox Update Contains Trojan

This week we learned how to set up remote access for your Android device, “set up one-way file syncing, fix missing boot managers, & sync iTunes to an Android phone”, learned what Wake-on-LAN is and how to enable it, found out what your favorite brainstorming tools are, had fun customizing our desktops with a Steampunk theme, and more.

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The How-To Geek Guide to Getting Started with Usenet

What would BitTorrent look like if it was lightening fast, always available, completely private, and secure? It’d look a lot like Usenet. Read on to learn how to ditch Torrenting and enjoy super speeds and selection on Usenet.

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The Wrong Way to Get a Legal Copy of Microsoft Office [Humorous Image]

There is a right way and a wrong way to get a copy of Microsoft Office.

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How To Fix the Dark Shadows that Ruin Great Photos

Ever take one of those photos that’s great, except for a bunch of shadows that ruin the image? Here’s how to salvage that shot and bring the detail back out of those shadows in a few quick seconds.

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How to Convert PDF Files for Easy Ebook Reading

Many ebook readers natively support PDF documents but, unfortunately, not all PDF documents are easy to read on a small ebook reader screen. Let’s take a look at two simple and free ways to convert PDF files for enjoyable reading.

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Awesome Wi-Fi Network Names [Humorous Image]

What are the best, funniest, or oddest Wi-Fi networks names that you have seen?

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Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 09/1/11

Comments (1)

  1. harrison

    hello hopefully you can help, can u tell me how to do a wall topic on the home page of how to geek

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