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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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Make sure to check out DOGHOUSE for a lot more hilarious comics. Well worth subscribing to.

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Want to have a little fun with your WordPress blog? You can use this plugin, which replaces your 404 page with the Blue Screen of Death.

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Google Chrome only: If you like to share images with your friends on social networking sites like Twitter, and you don’t want to use a special client, Chrome extension Drag2up can make the process simpler.

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Over at Instructables, they’ve put together a guide to building a usable PC inside an ancient Macintosh Classic Case.

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Lately I’ve noticed an annoying trend on Twitter—people constantly spamming your @replies feed with these posts saying that you were the top story on somebody’s feed. Very irritating, but here’s how to get rid of it.

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The screen that you see when your computer first starts is known as the BIOS, and it’s based on a really old technology that is finally being replaced with something better—and it will make your PC boot faster, too.

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Evernote is a great system for storing notes, images, and web pages so you can find them later, and you can make it even better by integrating the search directly into the Google Chrome Location bar.

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If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the latest Ubuntu Linux release, it’s available now in a release candidate—or you could wait until the 10th when the final version comes out.

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Today Evernote added a new feature to their Google Chrome extension—now you can search Google and you’ll see if there are matching notes in your Evernote account.

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The Windows Live Essentials 2011 suite is finally out of beta and available for download—it’s a whole set of very capable applications for free, like Windows Live Writer, Messenger, Sync, and Movie Maker.

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You’re no doubt reading this article because you’re wondering what those two processes are doing cluttering up Task Manager, and also wondering why they are in capital letters. You’ve come to the right place.

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Google Instant has two new enhancements: new keyboard navigation features and the availability of Google Instant across more search features, like News, Video and Books. New keyboard navigation features allow you to fly throu...

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If you haven’t seen the 70′s movie called Soylent Green, you might find this comic slightly confusing. Also, that’ll be negative 500 nerd points for you.

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