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Korbin Brown

Korbin Brown is an IT enthusiast with a passion for writing. He enjoys troubleshooting complex Windows, Linux, and networking issues and sharing his experiences with fellow geeks.

The rsync protocol can be pretty simple to use for ordinary backup/synchronization jobs, but some of its more advanced features may surprise you.  In this article, we’re going to show how even the biggest data hoarders and backup enthusiasts can wield rsync as a single solution for all of their data redundancy needs.

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Iptables is an extremely flexible firewall utility built for Linux operating systems. Whether you’re a novice Linux geek or a system administrator, there’s probably some way that iptables can be a great use to you. Read on as we show you how to configure the most versatile Linux firewall.

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The BIOS on your computer is essential for it to function, yet it remains behind the scenes. In this article, you will discover what this hidden software does, and the reasons why you may need to access it someday.

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GitHub is a website/service that we hear geeks rave about all the time, yet a lot of people don’t really understand what it does. Want to know what all the hubbub is about? Read on to find out.

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ZFS is commonly used by data hoarders, NAS lovers, and other geeks who prefer to put their trust in a redundant storage system of their own rather than the cloud.  It’s a great file system to use for managing multiple disks of data and rivals some of the greatest RAID setups.

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You just got an iPhone, now what?  The amount of things to setup can be overwhelming for first-time users, but How-to Geek is here to guide you through the essential steps required to get your iPhone up and running.

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You recommend a program to a family member, and they proceed to install it along with five other junkware programs that sneak their way on to their computer in the installation process.  Sound familiar?  Unchecky prevents these unnecessary programs from installing themselves by unchecking the appropriate boxes.

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It’s important to check various log data and statistics on your server every day, but it grows to be tedious.  Wouldn’t it be nice to receive a single email with all the highlights each day, so you don’t even need to get on the server to check for problems?  This guide will show you how to configure automated emails on Linux and Windows.

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Hooking up a desktop computer to a monitor is simple; you just plug it in and it works.  Connecting a laptop to a television should be just as easy, right?  Well, not always.  Read on as we explain several ways to hook up a laptop to your TV.

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What does every geek do when their computer starts to run slow or give them trouble?  They open the task manager and look at the running processes.  This guide will teach you what to look for and how to prioritize running processes to make your computer run more smoothly.

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There may be times when you need your PC to retain the same local IP address every time it boots up.  Forwarding ports, sharing content on your network, and other things can all be made easier when your computer’s IP address never changes.

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Siri is the incredibly handy assistant that comes with iOS devices.  Through voice commands, you can get Siri to do almost anything that you could normally do on your phone or tablet yourself.  In this article, we’ll show how to put Siri to work to make your iOS experience easier and faster.

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Zip files can be used for a lot different things.  File compression, encryption, split archives, and more are all just a few clicks away once you understand the different things that zip archives are capable of.

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You spend some time surfing the web, close your browser, and clear your internet history.  But is your history really deleted, and is there any way to find out what websites you visited?  Read on to see several ways that your deleted browser history can be recovered.

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We’ve previously written about hosting your own FTP server, but data is transferred in cleartext, making it unsuitable for confidential file transfers.  In this guide we’ll go over the secure version of FTP – SFTP, and why it makes for an excellent way of transferring files to other people across the internet.

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If you have some old cassette tapes lying around, it’s a good idea to digitize and back them up before they decide to show their age and stop working.  In this guide, we’ll show how to convert your old collections to digital files, and the best practices for doing so.

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Many websites, including How-to Geek, display a mobile version for users that are browsing the site on their phone.  This is done to reduce bandwidth and look better on a smaller screen and resolution, but sometimes you really just want the full desktop version of a website.  Read on to find out how to view the desktop version of any website on your phone.

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Hosting your own website doesn’t have to cost a monthly fee or require a lot of technical knowledge to setup.  If you just need to host a small website that will only have a few visitors, you can turn your Windows PC into a WAMP server.

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We’ve previously covered various ways to share files between nearby computers, but sharing between Windows and Linux can be a little more complex. This article will show you how to map shares across both operating systems for seamless file sharing.

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While there are many alternatives, Microsoft’s Remote Desktop is a perfectly viable option for accessing other computers, but it has to be properly secured.  After recommended security measures are in place, Remote Desktop is a powerful tool for geeks to use and lets you avoid installing third party apps for this type of functionality.

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In this guide, we will show you how to backup your movie collection on to blank DVD and Blu-Ray discs, along with ripping the movie on to your computer if you prefer to keep a digital copy instead.

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There are plenty of reasons why someone would need to backup their voicemails; perhaps for legal purposes or to save the voice of a deceased loved one. Whatever your reasons are, this guide will show you two ways to backup the voicemails from your iPhone in MP3 format.

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In this guide we’ll take you through the steps to setup a folder on your Windows computer as an FTP repository, using a free program called FileZilla. FTP can be used to easily transfer a lot of files between computers; the FTP repository can be mapped to multiple computers across the Internet so that other people can access the directory right from Windows Explorer.

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In this guide we will show you how to enable programs or custom scripts to run when Windows boots up. You may prefer that your Outlook opens up every time you log in to your computer in the morning at work, or you may want a custom batch file to run every time the desktop loads. Whatever your needs, this guide will show several convenient ways for configuring this behavior. We will also take a look at other methods programs use to run at boot and how to disable them.

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In this guide we will show you how to get the most life possible out of your hard drive.  All hard drives will inevitably go bad; we have seen them last for 10+ years and we have seen them dead on arrival. So, what factors play into the life of a hard drive?  Read on to find out…

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