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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.

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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It’s happened to everybody at some point—you go to install a new application, and Windows tells you to reboot first. Or reboot after. Or it asks you to close out of every other application first. Why does it do that?

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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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Have you ever wondered if an image was altered with Photoshop? This tool can show you whether an image is Photoshopped through error level analysis.

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If you normally like to power off your PC when you’re not using it, do you ever forget and leave it on? Here’s how to configure Windows to automatically power down at night, but only if you’re not using the PC at the time.

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If you’ve got multiple PCs in your home that are still running Windows Vista, you can upgrade them all in one batch and save some money in the process.

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Microsoft sells their own PCs in the Microsoft Store, and they are all certified with the Microsoft “Signature” experience, but what does that mean?

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