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Busy wallpaper images don’t work very well on your iPhone, iPad, or any device where you need to have lots of icons on the screen. Here’s a set of minimalistic wallpaper images that won’t clutter up your desktop.

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Very often, the geek factor of an idea isn’t about how practical it really is—rather, it’s about whether you can figure out how to do it or not.

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You don’t need a gaudy t-shirt to show off how much of a nerd you are—sometimes it’s best to go with understated instead.

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Microsoft is about to release the completely revamped version of their browser, and we got this from Microsoft earlier today:

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Whenever an application wants to make itself accessible over the network, it claims a TCP/IP port, which means that port can’t be used by anything else. So if you need to use an in-use port, how do you tell what application is holding it?

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If you heavily use your Android phone, you’ve probably come across a situation where a buggy application wasn’t working quite right, but there was no way to exit from the application in the interface. Here’s how to kill any application without a third-party task manager.

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It looks like we’re about to see perfect-quality high-def movies hitting torrents everywhere, even possibly while the movies are still in the theaters.

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If you’re anything like me, you probably have Ubuntu running on your older computers, and they often have smaller hard drives so you’re looking to save every bit of drive space you can. Here’s an easy trick to free up a surprising amount of drive space.

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One of the primary features that kept me using Outlook’s calendar was the desktop notifications that popped up to remind me when it was time for another boring meeting. Now with Google Calendar and Chrome notifications, I’ll never miss the chance to sleep through another meeting.

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When you’re dealing with an application that displays data in a set of columns, it’s often frustrating to have to resize each column separately—but today we’ve got a great trick for you that resizes all the columns with a single keystroke.

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On Wednesday, Microsoft is set to announce the official beta of Internet Explorer 9 and unveil the new interface, but if you’re interested in the behind-the-scenes technology, they’ve got a great write-up for you right now.

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The Horrible Logos site is a real logo design site that makes you a bad logo that’s guaranteed to suck, all for a few dollars.

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NVidia graphics cards have had some serious driver problems over the years, and this Flash game pokes some fun at it with a (fake) interactive bug hunt in Visual Studio.

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Looks like Hotmail is actually growing, while Yahoo is down. What this doesn’t tell you is that Gmail gained 22% over the last year, while Hotmail only gained 3%.

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Looks like Yahoo is finally working on a major update to Yahoo Mail, which has been losing ground to Gmail on a daily basis.

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Google Instant was released last week, adding instant search results to the page before you even finish typing. Here’s how to enable Google Instant search directly in the Google Chrome browser—though it’s still very rough.

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Have you noticed the annoying extra parameters that get added to URLs from many web sites using Feedburner feeds? It’s especially irritating when you want to share a web page or link to it from a blog post.

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Who says Vista doesn’t look as good as Windows 7?

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If you’ve spent time on Facebook, you’ve probably seen one of your friends fall victim to a scam or three. The worst of these scams use security holes to automatically force people to Like a page—and one blogger...

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If you’re doing work at the command line on your Windows box, it’s sometimes useful to copy the output of a command to the clipboard, but who wants to try and scroll and click to use copy and paste? Here’s how to do it the easy way.

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You’re no doubt reading this article because you’re wondering what that SearchIndexer.exe process is all about, and why it’s chewing up a lot of RAM or CPU. Here’s the explanation you’re looking for, and how to deal with it.

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A new exploit discovered in the iPhone hardware, or more specifically, the A4 processor, makes the iPhone, iPod touch 4G and the iPad jailbreakable for life. The exploit is found in the A4 hardware, so Apple can’t patch...

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