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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.

Honestly, I don’t remember the last time I mailed anybody a letter, but I’m sure somebody, somewhere is still using snail mail. If you are, here’s how to create an envelope with a Google Maps view of a speci...

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Over at ZDNet, Windows expert Ed Bott has written up a guide to installing iTunes without all the extra bloat that comes with it. If you’re an iTunes user, it’s a very interesting read, even if you don’t fee...

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The Quick Tabs extension for Google Chrome lets you hit a single hotkey to pop up a list of all your tabs, and you can use the keyboard to quickly narrow down to the tab you’re looking for. If you frequently use loads o...

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You don’t need to build your next web site with Ruby on Rails, .NET, PHP, or any of those fancy web frameworks—instead, you can just pull out your command prompt and write yourself a batch file.

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Are you a blogger? Want to get more out of your WordPress install? Our own writer Matthew is giving away two copies of this ebook at his personal blog.

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Windows Live Writer has a great feature that detects the style of your blog and allows you to write posts in a way that looks similar to your site, but sometimes it goes wrong, and there’s no easy way to fix it.

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Have you ever wondered why everybody uses #2 pencils? Here’s a humorous look at the subject.

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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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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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