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Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

Rainmeter skins are great—you can use them to display all sorts of system stats on your desktop, but unfortunately they are too easily moveable with an accidental click of the mouse. Thankfully we can easily fix this.

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If you’re having boot problems on your Windows PC, it’s often helpful to repair the MBR (Master Boot Record) to restore the Windows 7 boot loader—and you can do it easily from the Windows installation disc.

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If you’ve ever had problems with your PC starting up or shutting down slowly, there’s lots of different troubleshooting techniques that you can use—today we’ll talk about how to enable verbose messages.

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Want to upgrade to a massive internal hard drive? Western Digital has just announced their next drive, with a capacity of three terabytes.

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If you’re a Google Chrome user that also uses Google Docs, you can save yourself a lot of time by adding Docs to the search bar so you can easily search all of your documents with just a few keystrokes.

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It’s common knowledge that almost every single geek hates Internet Explorer with a passion, but have you ever wondered why? Let’s take a fair look at the history and where it all began… for posterity, if nothing else.

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Over at Search Engine Land, they’ve figured out that if you have a Google Profile setup with your birthday, you’ll see a custom logo for your birthday. Neat!

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Today Adobe finally announced the newest version of their Reader product, with a new sandboxing technology to help solve the security problems.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that there’s yet another breach in privacy over at Facebook, and this time it’s games like FarmVille leaking your information to advertisers.

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While most of us here prefer Google, Windows Live does have one great feature that Gmail doesn’t yet provide: a single-use security code that lets you login on a public computer without having your password stolen. Here’s how it works.

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If you’ve ever seen any of the Animator vs Animation videos, you know how entertaining they are—and now there’s a fun third part to the series to watch.

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The new version of the Firefox browser changes the user interface dramatically, and even removes the status bar just like Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 9—but if you’re afraid of change, there’s a browser ex...

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Google’s new Highlight to Search extension helps you search keywords in any page by simply highlighting text on the page.

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This comic republished with permission from the very funny DOGHOUSE

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If you’re an Evernote user but really prefer using a pen and paper, you can now use your Livescribe digital pen to send your notes directly into Evernote, where they will be searchable and available anywhere.

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Tired of Windows Live Writer switching all your double and single quotes to the curly versions? Sure, you can turn it off in the options panel, but there’s actually a cool trick to use them that you might not have noticed.

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The latest version of Dropbox for Android has a great feature built in, along with the regular bugfixes and small changes.

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The other day a reader wrote in asking if cloud computing could help save his hard drive space, which made me realize that it’s time to talk about exactly what this moronic buzzword really means.

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This Rainmeter skin is a complete set of widgets, with a mail checker, weather, clock, and an included RocketDock skin that all matches together nicely.

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iTunes 10 has a new social network built in, but sadly there’s not an easy way to just disable the whole thing entirely—you’ll need to resort to a command-line hack to get it done.

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If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably had a problem with the Windows taskbar refusing to auto-hide, even though you’ve set the option in Control Panel. Here’s a few tips that might get that Taskbar hidden again.

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You might not be ready to accept Linux as your desktop yet, but you can still use it to save your Windows PC—whether you need to reset passwords, recover deleted files, or scan for viruses, here’s how to do it.

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Got a ton of USB drives and devices that you want to plug into your PC? Here’s a crazy hub over at ThinkGeek that supports up to 24.

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Our friends over at StackOverflow, the same guys that run the Super User site you’re all familiar with, have launched a new site that is now the official QnA site for Ubuntu.

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Note: This extension currently only works for Windows, but it probably won’t be long until it’s ported to Mac and Linux.

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