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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.

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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This comic is courtesy of the very funny Geek And Poke.

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If you’ve ever seen one of those super-customized desktops that are sometimes featured on Lifehacker, you might have wondered just how they put them together—so today we’ll take a quick tour through Rainmeter, the desktop customization utility.

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If you’re a heavy Evernote user, the one reason you can’t switch to Linux full-time is that there’s no dedicated client, and the web interface looks like it was purposely designed to cause pain.

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You’ve probably already read this elsewhere, but if not, it looks like Google has taken us one step closer to living in the future.

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Today is 10/10/10, but it’s even more than that. Today is the answer to life, the universe, and everything. How? Keep reading.

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If your Android phone is running a stock version of Froyo, you might have noticed there’s no way to create a shortcut for the Alarms panel, which can be frustrating if you use your phone as an alarm clock. Here’s how to do it.

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Recently a reader asked me why she wasn’t supposed to write down her passwords—which is a very good question. Ignoring all the geeky password manager talk, why can’t a home user write down passwords? Let’s examine this topic more closely.

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If you’re tired of your photos and videos being impossible to retrieve from Facebook, you’ll be happy to know that they are rolling out a new feature that allows you to download all of them in one big zip file. Here’s how it works.

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If you’ve ever wanted to be able to download Google Maps data for offline use, you should check out gmapcatcher, a cross-platform application that caches map segments locally.

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Why is iTunes sync so slow? So painfully and horribly slow? The worst part is when it tells you that it’s backing up your iPod, which seems to hang half the time.

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By the time you finish reading this sentence, somebody will have found a new security hole in an Adobe product.

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Instead of loading the registry key using the GUI and adding all those keys to your current registry, you can use the RegFileExport tool from Nirsoft to access and extract the data from the backup files directly—you’ll just need to know the exact key that you’re looking for

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I’ve been planning on upgrading my home desktop setup with some new, bigger monitors, and I came across this deal over on Newegg which seems like a really great deal—and I figured I’d share it with you, the readers, to get your opinion.

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Looks like the latest Android phone from T-Mobile includes some pretty awful technology—it is hard-wired to prevent you from doing any real customization with your phone, and will reinstall the locked-down OS if you decide to jailbreak it.

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It’s taken forever, but it looks like Internet Explorer has finally fallen below 50% market share in the worldwide browser market—and Google Chrome is growing at a very fast clip.

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Formatting a document in WORD is like creating a sculpture with Jell-O and chisel.

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Looks like Skype has released a full version of their VoIP client for Android phones, but sadly it’s WiFi only if you’re in the US—but at least it is now widely available.

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First it was a pixelated bust of Steve Jobs, and now there’s another one of Steve Wozniak. Apple fans are more than slightly mental, eh?

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Since the software wasn’t already released, you can’t get a copy now, but with Google’s speed of Android development hopefully we’ll see it included in a new Android update pretty soon.

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