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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 are content to go with the ‘tried and true’ process of installing the executable files for our favorite software, is it really necessary to do so? Could we actually extract those same executable files rather than install them, and run them the same as their stand-alone cousins?

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The big night is almost here, so why not help your little ones have fun and keep track of Santa’s progress while waiting to go to sleep? Passing those last hours before bedtime can be filled with fun, games, holiday music, and more thanks to the two awesome Santa tracker websites set up by NORAD (with Microsoft) and Google!

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This has definitely been an eventful year with regard to the ongoing controversy surrounding the NSA’s widespread information gathering activities. But how did they manage to ‘access’ the information swept up by their monitoring? YouTube channel Numberphile looks at the arithmetic behind the NSA’s encryption hacking and more in today’s double video feature!

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Walking through woods during each of the seasons can make the experience fresh and new, with each season adding its own mood and magic. Enjoy the serenity and beauty of the woods across the year with the first in our series of Through the Woods Wallpaper collections.

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Have you been looking forward to the next Ubuntu LTS release? Then you will definitely be excited by this bit of news! The first alpha builds of Ubuntu 14.04 are now available for download in five different ‘flavors’ for your system testing enjoyment.

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The upcoming weekend is a perfect time to tackle a new DIY project, so why not focus that DIY power on a new computer accessory? Today’s step-by-step instructional video shows you how to take a wireless mouse and turn it into an awesome power glove gaming accessory!

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Experiencing motion sickness is an unpleasant thing, and something that all of us could easily do without. But is there a way for motion sickness sufferers to avoid experiencing it, or better methods for dealing with it if it occurs? With a busy holiday travel season coming up, YouTube channel SciShow explains what causes motion sickness, and offers helpful solutions for those of us who suffer from it.

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Macs switched over to Intel processors years ago, but it is still a huge headache to run OS X on a PC. Read on as we explore the technical hurdles in installing Apple’s OS on a PC framework.

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Have you recently acquired or plan to get a new Surface tablet soon? If so, then you will definitely want to grab a copy of the free guides for ‘Surface Pro 2′ and ‘Surface 2′ from Microsoft’s website!

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Did you know that the gravitational force of a galaxy is powerful enough to distort the fabric of the space around it? Would you be surprised to learn that this gravitational effect is very useful for viewing galaxies that are further away, and behind, the ones that are easily viewable with Hubble? Learn more about gravitational lensing and how it works in today’s video from YouTube channel SpaceRip!

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With Christmas less than two weeks away, it is time to get those desktops decorated and ready for the holiday. Add some colorful holiday cheer to your favorite computer’s screen with our Christmas 2013 Wallpaper collection.

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Do you love learning interesting facts that satisfy your own sense of curiosity, or serve as great trivia to tease your friends with? Then you will definitely enjoy this wonderful collection of amazing facts gathered together by YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE!

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What do you think of images that appear to have moving parts, but actually do not? Ever wonder how these optical illusions work? YouTube channel Vsauce has the answer to that question, awesome examples of ‘other’ types of illusions that have been used or appeared in history, and ones that can be found in our modern day lives.

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One of the most obvious and derided changes in Windows 8 was the removal of the Start Menu, but new rumors are beginning to surface that may indicate Microsoft’s willingness to change their mind about this ‘classic’ feature in the next version of Windows.

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With each passing month, the Curiosity Rover sends back more awesome data, helping us learn more of Mars’ many secrets. The latest batch of data has revealed something quite fascinating about Gale Crater…it appears to have been the site of a large lake once upon a time. Want to know more? Then make sure to watch today’s fascinating video from YouTube channel SciShow!

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Have you been looking for a DIY project that lets you mix retro gaming fun with your current data storage needs? Then this might be the perfect project for you! If you have some old 8-bit Nintendo game cartridges sitting around collecting dust and want to add a unique twist to your external hard-drive storage, then grab your tools and get ready for some geeky goodness.

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Spending time near waterfalls can be inspirational and relaxing, providing the perfect setting to take a break away from our busy lives and routines. Add a refreshing view of cascading beauty to your Nexus 7′s screen with the first in our series of Waterfalls Wallpaper collections.

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Many of us have played this game at one time or another in our lives, and known it by a variety of different names. But there is more to the game than just serving as a way to pass the time for casual enjoyment. Watch as YouTube channel Numberphile discusses game winning strategy and shows what a perfect game between two all-knowledgeable opponents would look like.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a favorite with our readers and here in the HTG office for dealing with malware when it pops up on a computer. Now that 2013 is drawing to a close, the good folks over at the Malwarebytes Unpacked Blog have put together a report detailing the biggest malware threats of the year, and what to expect in 2014.

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Are you always watching for awesome new add-ons for your Firefox browser? Perhaps you have been running a lean installation of Firefox, but want to tweak it a bit to make it even better? Then a good place to start your search is with the group of add-ons selected by Firefox volunteers as the best of 2013, and presented by the good folks from ‘The Den’ blog at Mozilla.

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YouTube channel Computerphile looks at ‘cross site request forgery’, the third big form of web attack in today’s video. Learn how an unsecured, badly designed web form can leave you vulnerable, and how someone could maliciously exploit an unsecured form to cause a lot of grief for unsuspecting individuals.

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Will 3D Printing Change Everything? [YouTube]

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Walking through gently falling snow makes for a wonderful, refreshing experience as the quietness and beauty of a transforming landscape surrounds you. Enjoy the view as snowflakes drift lazily across your desktop’s screen with the first in our series of Snowflakes Wallpaper collections.

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After a day of feasting and napping, it is time to get the adrenaline pumping once again with some classic zombie action! Create, control, and lead a zombie army to victory against all you meet from the comfort of an RV (and your favorite browser) in ‘The Narrow Path’!

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That might sound like an easy question to answer, but there is more to it than you may be aware of. How easy is it to determine ‘sea level’ overall? How is ‘sea level’ measured, especially for inland areas far away from large bodies of water? Learn the answers these questions and more in this wonderfully informative video from YouTube channel MinutePhysics!

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