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 .

When you are tweaking or adjusting various settings on your computer, sooner or later you will likely run across some options that leave you puzzled or confused. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a confused reader’s questions.

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When learning more about how operating systems and the hardware they run on work and interact with each other, you may be surprised to see what appears to be oddities or under-utilization of “resources” occurring. Why is that? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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Altering or expanding the capabilities of a Wi-Fi network that you have set up in your own home is one thing, but what do you do when someone else performed the installation and did an exceptional job of “hiding” the router in a discreet, out-of-the-way location?  Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has some useful suggestions to help a frustrated reader find an elusive router.

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When linking similar devices to one another, you may wonder why one specific type of cable is used rather than another one. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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A few small harmless pranks between friends is one thing, but what do you do when you are the victim of a prank that turns the key mapping for your keyboard into a complete train wreck? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers that a frustrated reader needs to deal with his keyboard woes.

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If you start encountering bad sectors on your hard drive and decide to format it, will it “remember” those bad sectors afterward or not? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps answer a curious reader’s question about bad sectors and formatting.

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If you happen to be researching specific computer hardware like SSDs, for instance, you might expect the smaller ones to be faster than the larger ones. But is that actually the case or is the opposite true? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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For the most part, all of us are used to having a unique public IP address, but what do you do when that is actually not the case? What exactly is going on? With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps a confused reader solve an IP address mystery.

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Sometimes names and terms are pretty interchangeable and everyone understands what is being referred to without confusion, but then there are times when things are not so clear and leave you with more questions than answers. Today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps clarify things for a confused reader.

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When preparing to run some new cable for your computer, it pays to know what the limitations are so that you do not experience any problems afterwards. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post provides some helpful knowledge to a confused reader.

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While it is well known that DVD+R and CD+R discs are made to be recorded on only once, you may wonder why that is as opposed to the rewritable nature of “RW” discs. What stops “R” discs from being reformatted? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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As you learn about using the command line and what the various commands can do, you may wonder why you get such different results for what appears to be nearly identical commands. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps a confused reader understand the differences.

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Most of us use an operating system’s built-in “shut down function” to turn our computers off, but what if you are considering using a computer’s power switch instead? Does it really matter which method you use or will it lead to problems if you use the power switch? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has some answers to a curious reader’s questions.

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While you can easily deactivate the bookmarks bar in Google Chrome and not see it during normal browsing, it does reappear regardless of your settings when opening new tab pages. So how do you make it completely disappear? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post discusses some options to help a frustrated reader deal with the bookmarks bar.

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Sometimes, through no fault of our own, we may lose the charging cable for our laptop and have to make do with a “less than optimal” substitute. If the “replacement” charging cable is from the same company, but is a different wattage, can it cause the laptop to slow down? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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When you start learning about IP addresses, it may be a bit confusing at first when it comes to knowing what specific addresses represent and why they do so. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps a curious reader learn more about IP addresses.

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Have you ever looked closely at the length of the plugin contacts on a SATA connector and wondered why they were different lengths instead of identical? Why is that? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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Most of us never give much thought to what is happening in the background when copying files from one location to another, we simply complete the task and move on. But is there an extra copy left behind that we are unaware of? With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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If you often download multiple items at the same time, then you have likely noticed that one download connection tends to dominate over the others until it is finished. Why is that? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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When you put your operating system into sleep mode, just how much activity is still actually occurring “under the hood” with your computer’s hardware? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has a great explanation to help a curious reader learn more about how his system and computer works.

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While you expect to have an IPv4 address assigned to your location, you may be surprised to find an IPv6 address assigned to you as well. Why would both types be assigned to you at the same time though? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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Many software licenses are pretty restrictive when it comes to how, and where you can install a program, but just how good are those programs at determining what type of device they are installed on? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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Since Windows has continued to evolve and add more functionality over time, you may find yourself curious as to why it continues to use older “features” like shortcut files. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has answers to a confused reader’s questions.

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Most of the time, Microsoft Word works flawlessly and makes our work much easier to do, but there are times when a particular built-in “feature” serves as a constant source of frustration rather than being helpful. Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has a quick and easy solution to help a reader disable a problematic feature.

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When you’re setting up a personal server for the first time, you may find yourself with quite a few questions about what it is, or is not capable of doing. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has answers for a curious reader’s question.

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