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Akemi Iwaya

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 .

While most of us have probably never stopped to think about it, alphabetical characters are not all the same size in the number of bytes it takes to represent them. But why is that? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a curious reader’s question.

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While we may think of dust as a nuisance, there is a lot more to it than we give it credit for. We can find it everywhere…even in space, and it has a bigger impact on our lives, the weather, and our environment than we realize. YouTube channel PBS Digital Studios looks at this small, yet powerful ‘substance’ in today’s video.

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Wearable tech such as the Nike Fuelband, Fitbit, and Jawbone are becoming quite popular, but are these activity trackers actually helpful in improving our health, or are they just an information-laden fad? YouTube channel PBS Digital Studios discusses the topic in their latest video.

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Sunset can be the perfect time to get away from it all, relax, and just enjoy daydreaming. Turn your Nexus 7’s screen into the perfect dream zone with the first in our series of Sunset Dreams Wallpaper collections.

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Have you ever wondered what the weather might be like on the exo-planets scientists have discovered so far? If so, then you will likely find Kepler 413B to be of great interest for its similarity to the seasons of Westeros in Game of Thrones!

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This week saw the arrival of Windows XP’s EOL date, yet many are holding onto it, and on occasion, even older systems still. How do you convince a stubborn family member that updating their unsupported system to a newer, more secure one is in their best interest?

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Do you like a good challenge that will make you think? Then test your thinking and shooting skills versus walls, twists, turns, and gravity itself in a quirky physics-based arena with Contrast Canon!

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Do you like the idea of buildings and bridges having a literal ‘twist’ built into their design? Then sit back and enjoy today’s presentation about the use of Mobius Band design in buildings and bridges by Carlo H. Sequin from U.C. Berkeley!

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Add-ins make many of our favorite programs even better to use and allow for a nice customized experience while working, but what do you do when an add-in is causing problems and preventing you from using Outlook to get your work done?

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The latest system update for Windows 8.1 has finally arrived, and with its arrival Microsoft has released a new Power User Guide to help familiarize people with the new features and changes.

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The search for planets outside of our solar system has really started to yield results lately with one new discovery after another, but if humanity were to look for a new ‘galactic neighborhood’ to move into, what ‘qualities’ would be at the top of the list? SciShow looks at the multiple factors that would be used to judge the suitability of an exo-planet and its system in today’s video.

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The Northern hemisphere is breaking into bloom once again now that Spring has arrived, so fill your desktop with the fresh, new growth of the season with our Spring Blossoms Wallpaper collection.

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It was great while it lasted, but Canonical has admitted defeat with its Ubuntu One Cloud service and started the shut down process. But not to worry, there is still time to make sure you have a copy of all your files and music, and find a new online cloud storage provider.

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Building up a solid custom dictionary in Microsoft Word takes a while as you add a handful of words at a time, but once you get it built up, it makes working on your documents a much more pleasant task. So what do you do when you need to re-install Windows and do not want to lose your custom dictionary?

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Have you ever wanted to add your name or a favorite logo to an item, but did not have an easy or economical way to do it? Then you will definitely love today’s DIY tutorial on etching using a battery and simple household materials!

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Are you ready for a break and a quick bit of fun? Then get ready to try your hand at Color Instinct, a physics-based game that will test your coordination, shooting, and puzzle solving skills as you work to defeat all twenty-seven levels!

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While you may not think about or realize it, Microsoft Word creates a second copy of any documents you have open and are working on. But why does Microsoft Word do this? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a curious reader’s question about this behavior.

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Most of us never really think about how problematic measuring coastlines can be, but with their unique ‘bumpy and craggy’ shapes, it is far from being as simple as we would like. What is the best method for measuring them? How close to the exact shape of a coastline do you measure? YouTube channel Numberphile looks at the ‘problem’ in today’s video.

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When we think of planetary bodies with rings, we automatically think of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. But a newly revealed discovery has changed that and caused a lot of excitement in the scientific community! Enjoy YouTube channel SpaceRip’s discussion about Chariklo’s two rings, how they were found, and the speculation that Chariklo may have a moon as well.

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When it comes to iconic super heroes, Batman is in a class all his own. So surrender yourself to the night and give your iPhone’s screen a ‘Batitude” adjustment with the first in our series of Batman Wallpaper collections.

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April is nearly here, and that means the last testing stage for the latest version of Ubuntu has finally arrived. So clear your weekend calendar and get ready for some fresh Linux goodness! The final set of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS beta builds are now available to download in nine different ‘flavors’.

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By now most people are more than familiar with the concept of Cloud Computing, but what about the new concept referred to as Fog Computing? Today’s Q&A post takes a look at this new concept and how it differs from Cloud Computing.

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Bootstrapping is an ‘unusual’ sounding term in its own way when you think of its relation to computers, but what is it? Odds are you know it via a shortened variation of the term (Boot), but how does it actually work when you hit the power button? Computerphile explains the deeper level ‘intricacies’ of the process in today’s video.

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If you like keeping up with how well the extensive field of software security products are doing, then AVTest.org’s test results are always a good source to consult, especially if you are shopping around for a new anti-virus product to use. With this in mind, you can see how well all the security products have done during the latest round of tests conducted by AVTest.org.

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While most of us will most likely never have to worry about someone hacking our Wi-Fi network, just how hard would it be for an enthusiast to hack a person’s Wi-Fi network? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has answers to one reader’s questions about Wi-Fi network security.

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