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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.

A while back, we showed a fun Easter egg in Windows 7 that shows the old XP-Style Alt-Tab switcher if you use a certain combination of keys, and today we’re going to show you how to switch to the old style permanently—not that we’d actually recommend it.

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The latest beta release of the Firefox web browser is out, and it’s finally got native hardware acceleration that’s blazing fast.

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Unless you’ve avoided all forms of media, you’ve seen the Old Spice guy, shirtless and riding a horse backwards on TV commercials—or more recently, all over YouTube with hilarious responses to real people. And h...

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Is your Internet Explorer context menu completely out of control? Is it so long that it actually runs off the screen? Here’s how to quickly take a few steps to get rid of all that ridiculous clutter without installing Google Chrome instead.

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Have you ever needed to perform the same mindless task over and over on your PC? Instead of wasting hours clicking buttons and hitting keys, this is the perfect time to use your AutoHotkey skills to make your PC do the work for you.

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This game is really simple, but it’s surprisingly addictive. You have to see how many of the lines you can blast—and if you aim right, you can take out more than one at once.

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Today’s Google logo is loads of fun—you can chase it with your mouse and all the circles go flying around the screen.

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Do you ever plug in your wired network card while your wireless card is still enabled? Ever wonder how Windows chooses which one to use? Here’s how to see the default priority—and how to change it if you want.

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If you didn’t already know that hovering your mouse over any xkcd comic will show you some funny alternate text about the image, you are officially living under a rock.

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Floating Isle [deviantART]

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When you first get your shiny new Windows 7 PC, typing anything into the Start Menu search box returns exactly what you want instantly—but what about once you’ve built up loads of files? It tends to get really slow, but here’s how to fix it.

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Did you ever rush through and try and beat a video game as fast as you could? Bet you couldn’t manage to beat Super Mario Bros 3 in only 11 minutes, though!

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EgFox Winwood HD 2010 by ~Eg-Art on deviantART.

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The latest nasty malware is getting even smarter—now it detects what browser you are using, and serves up a fake warning page that matches what you’d normally see.

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This is really more of a fun technical preview than something you’d really want to use, but it’s hard to argue with vim in Javascript.

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The upcoming release of Ubuntu, scheduled for final release in October, will bring some new interface improvements including a different Netbook edition.

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This completely entertaining video takes the music from various 8-bit NES games and mixes them all together into a new music video, complete with gameplay fun. The segment with the Tetris music is especially addicting—alway...

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This interesting infographic shows how scientists have contributed to their fields, and makes it look like a subway map.

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Over at Digital Inspiration, they’ve posted an extremely interesting tip that we’d never heard about before: you can search in the Start Menu without having to type the entire word for applications or Control Pane...

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Now here’s a design for a t-shirt that made us laugh—a duck getting his revenge on that annoying dog from Duck Hunt.

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Virtually all linux distributions include sendmail as the default MTA. Which is okay – it has been around for a long time, is stable and it works great (although the postfix afficionados might disagree!). But it has nothing built in for spam control which is good; it was not designed for that. So you’ve installed spamassassin and it works good but you still are getting unflagged spam emails through. Perhaps you need to try greylisting.

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Break Through [deviantART]

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One of the great things about Android phones is just how hackable they are. Here’s a guide that tells you how to use the Ruby language to turn your phone into a spy camera accessible through a web browser.

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When you’re running production servers, the one thing you don’t want to do is upgrade the kernel every time a new update comes out. Why? Because that’s the only Linux update operation that requires a reboot once it’s done—and in a production environment you often can’t have downtime.

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