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This week we learned how to break down the anatomy of a phishing email, “understand data latency problems with gaming, use a laptop screen as a second monitor, & ID your computer’s components”, convert a hard drive or flash drive from FAT32 to NTFS format, understand the science behind cooking with Cooking for Geeks, had fun customizing our desktops with a weather customization set, and more.

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Rainy days are great for inspiring naps, cleansing the air while renewing the earth, and playing outside (if you are so inclined). Bring the refreshing beauty of rain to your desktop with our Rainy Days Wallpaper collection.

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These gentlemen are really excited about their new super realistic first-person shooter game. Once a third friend joins them it is game on, but does the game get just a bit too realistic? Say goodbye to the living room!

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You need to prop your laptop or tablet up at a comfortable angle but you’re not too excited about the idea of spending a lot of money on a stand. Fair enough, this study cardboard stand should do the trick.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share the contents of your flash drive toolkit. You shared your software lists and tricks; now we’re back to highlight the trends in reader toolkits.

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Some people stack their networking gear on their desk, some people tuck it out of sight in the basement, and some people strip the cases off and frame it like art.

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Stoneage House [DesktopNexus]

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If the warm weather has you itching to open the garage door and get tinkering, this PVC didgeridoo–a 1,500 year old aboriginal instrument–is a fun (and noisy) way to kick off a summer of tinkering.

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After another long week at work it is time to relax and have some fun. This week’s game puts your thinking to the test as you construct a course to get the balls from the starting point to their targets at the end of the course.

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When you’re putting audio tracks together, you’ll often notice that there are discrepancies between them. Using Audacity, you can easily change the tempo of a song independently of the pitch, or vice-versa, to better suit your project.

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We’ve always been big proponents of open source software, but lately we’ve noticed a disturbing trend: open source software is being wrapped in crapware-laden installers and Google / Bing / Yahoo ads designed to trick people. Here’s the details.

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Did you ever wonder what it would be like if your favorite video game characters such as Mario, Link, and others auditioned for roles in the Mortal Kombat games? Then here is your chance to see what it could have been like if they had made the cut!

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This week Mozilla’s new browser channels went live and we have the links to help you get the version(s) you want most. We also have the link for the new official homepage where you can sign up for the newsletter as well...

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If your hard boiled eggs always turned out with dull yolks and shoe-like-whites–don’t hang your head in shame, mine often do–this science-based exploration of perfectly boiled eggs is for you.

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Every week we tip into our mail bag and share great tips from your fellow readers. This week we’re looking at an easy way to sync your bookmarks between IE and Firefox, using simple Windows toolbars, and a clever way to ID USB cables.

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Yesterday Gmail graduated two features from Gmail Labs to the general set of Gmail features–“Don’t Forget Bob” and “Got the Wrong Bob?”–that help you ensure you’re emailing ever...

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Daisies [DesktopNexus]

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In the above video the guys at Nikon Help Hotline show you how to give your camera lens a deep and proper cleaning in a way that will remove dust, lift oils, and ensure that your expensive lens isn’t scratched in the pr...

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If you’ve got a hard drive formatted with the FAT32 file system, you might have found that you can’t copy large files to that drive. So how do you fix that, and convert the file system over to NTFS? Here’s how.

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