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When you ping a PC running Windows 8, by default it doesn’t reply to the echo request. This is caused by a firewall rule that blocks all incoming ICMP packets, but this can be changed quickly in the Advanced Firewall Settings instead of disabling the entire firewall.

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Although at-home-printing might be at an all-time low, that doesn’t mean the printer is down and out. This week we want to hear about your home printing setup and what you do to keep costs down.

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Noob roommate kept using IE because he “couldn’t find the Firefox button” on our computer. Problem solved? [via Reddit]

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Fruit makes a great snack when you are busy, so why not bring that yummy goodness to your desktop as well? The Fresh Fruit Theme comes with thirteen wallpapers full of delicious, succulent fruit to tempt the fruit lover in you.

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iPad: You use your iPad, your spouse uses your iPad, so who gets the privilege of having the iPad remember their Facebook and Gmail info? With OurPad, you both do.

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With a little creative modification, an old film camera and flash can be turned into a subtle tool for invisibly hacking other people’s photos.

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Calvin And Hobbes [Wallpaper Abyss]

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Thousands upon thousands of people would go to Google and type in “what is my IP” only to immediately click the first link to find out. Now Google offers the answer right along with your query results.

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Halloween is fast approaching, so why not use this how-to and haunt your friends? A few minutes Photoshop or GIMP handiwork, and you can be making scary pictures to send to everybody you know. Keep reading!

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It’s all too easy to get sloppy with your password security as the number of accounts and accompanying passwords pile up. It’s time to start letting LastPass generate and manage your stable of secure passwords.

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As if his presence in Microsoft Office was not bad enough… Now where is that hammer at?

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Chime.in is a social network brought to you by UberMedia; the people behind UberSocial apps and Echofon. They aim to improve your social network experience by integrating rich media, community discovery, and flexible user following.

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Doctor Who enthusiast Brian Rimmer has put together an excellent compilation showing all of the Doctor’s regenerations in sequence from 1963 through 2010. This makes for a fun watch where you can compare the transitions...

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Last spring Google rolled out Google Presentations, a slideshow creation tool within Google Docs. Now their launching a revised version with enhanced collaboration tools, transitions and animations, additional themes, and more.

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What if your sketch of a circuit could function as a circuit? With conductive ink, it can.

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Paris Rain [deviantART]

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Android: If you’d like to spend less time pecking at a little onscreen keyboard and more time quickly responding to text messages, DeskSMS pushes your text messages from your phone to your Gmail, GTalk, or DeskSMS web interface.

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The Find My iPhone/iPad not only allows you to track your lost or stolen iOS device, it also allows you to remotely remove all your sensitive data off of the device and even lock it in the case of theft.

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