Akemi Iwaya

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

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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While most of us never need administrator level access to complete our work on our computers, there are times when it is necessary. When we do need that level of access, is there a fast way to do it while UAC is enabled? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has some helpful answers for a reader seeking a faster, more streamlined approach.

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Sometimes for the sake of curiosity, or based on an actual desire to just do something different, you may try to use some unusual names for folders on your Windows system–with mixed results. 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 have a VBA function that turns Microsoft Excel into a CPU munching beast, is it possible to tame things down so that you can continue to use your computer for other activities while Excel is finishing up? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post comes to the rescue to help a frustrated reader get Excel back under control.

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Most of the time our favorite music CD playing software offers to download relevant information from an online database, but is that step really necessary? Do music CDs actually have all of the needed information on them already? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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Sometimes it can be confusing when a tech specification ‘prohibits’ the use of a particular accessory item, yet everyone seems to think using the item in question is completely fine. Who is correct in the end? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a worried reader’s question.

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For whatever reason, sooner or later we all have someone or something mess around with our keyboards and create ‘interesting’ results. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has a simple and elegant way to help a frustrated reader restore his desktop icon text back to the default appearance.

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If you have ever looked at the contacts side of an SD card, you may have wondered why the contacts are not uniform in size or placement. Why is that? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a curious reader’s questions.

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While many of us are familiar with the concept of improperly unplugging a portable hard drive causing potential data loss, is it also possible that your computer could be damaged as well? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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Being able to compress our files so that it is easier to share and/or transport them can make our electronic lives much easier, but sometimes we may see odd or unexpected sizing results after we compress them. Why is that? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a confused reader’s questions.

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With the constant increase in the usage of mobile devices, what is it that helps keep mobile broadband working as smoothly as it does? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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If there is one thing that we can all agree on, it is that slow download speeds are extremely frustrating. In the quest for better download speeds, is it possible that changing DNS servers will have a positive effect? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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