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You’ve probably never even attempted it, but wouldn’t it be a fun experiment? How much could you download from the Internet if you put the pedal down and maxed out your connection for an entire month?

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You saved an old hard drive (or three) from previous computers and now you’d like to get at the data on it. Is there an easy way to access the data without cracking open your current computer and mounting the hard drives inside?

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In many ways, a laptop is a far more personal machine than a traditional desktop computer. While my desktop is the machine I use 90% of the time, my laptop can and often goes with me everywhere, riding along on planes and in cars, staying with me on the couch and following me to bed, all the while bearing the brunt of my snacking and spills.

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Many people say they use Hibernate instead of Sleep mode because Hibernate draws no power. Unfortunately, when it comes to desktop PCs, they’re wrong. Desktop PCs still use some power even while they’re shut down.

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Can you not see your laptop’s screen in a bright room, or do you think the colors on your desktop computer’s display look dull and lifeless? Maybe you chose the wrong type of display coating.

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Anyone who has dealt with Ethernet cables knows what it is like when a locking clip breaks and the cable constantly pops loose afterwards. Is there an easy DIY way to fix the cable, or is it simply better to replace it?

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If you’re one of the lucky ones, you have a choice of different Internet service providers in your area. Don’t just trust the advertised speeds — look at the data to find the fastest ISP near you.

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Do you want a sneaky place to hide your password list, spare money, or other small paper items right by your computer? Today’s DIY video shows you how to create a thin compartment in your keyboard to hide those small paper items in ‘plain sight’.

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The BIOS on your computer is essential for it to function, yet it remains behind the scenes. In this article, you will discover what this hidden software does, and the reasons why you may need to access it someday.

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Just because your old Nintendo Entertainment System is alive and well doesn’t mean it can play nice with modern technology. Today we explore why the classic light gun accessory for the NES didn’t make the jump to the 21st century.

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There are two big choices when it comes to reading eBooks. You can go with either a dedicated eReader, like a Kindle Paperwhite, or a tablet with an LCD screen, like an iPad — but which is best?

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Many computer users were trained never to turn their PCs off by pressing the power button on their desktop PC’s case. This used to cause problems in the previous millennium, but it’s now perfectly safe to shut down with the power button.

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Unlike Google-supplied Android apps, the apps from the Amazon Apps for Android store have incredibly high resolution (a requirement for crisp display in the Kindle OS application carousel). Sideloaded apps, however, don’t get the Amazon treatment and come with fuzzy low-res icons. Read on as we show you how to fix your low-res icon woes.

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Routers are such an infrequently replaced component of your home network that it’s easy to forget how you had things previously configured and what settings are too important to not overlook. Read on as we highlight the first five things you need to do right after powering up your new router.

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What do you do when a fan on your computer is loud enough to be disruptive to your work-flow, or is ruining the fun when doing other things? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post looks at the best way to catch the ‘guilty culprit’.

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For those who are new to learning about computers, the BIOS may seem a bit ‘mysterious’ to some individuals, and generate questions like “Where, and how, is the BIOS stored on my computer?” Today’s SuperUser Q&A looks at the answer to these questions.

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You just got an iPhone, now what?  The amount of things to setup can be overwhelming for first-time users, but How-to Geek is here to guide you through the essential steps required to get your iPhone up and running.

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If you need really fast external storage for your laptop, you might be interested to know that you can buy an external solid state drive that connects over USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt… and it is crazy fast. We had to buy one for the office, so we’re reviewing it for you today.

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Do you have an old vintage camera sitting around collecting dust? Want to turn it into something awesome and useful? Then you will definitely want to take notes from today’s DIY video on hacking a vintage Instamatic camera!

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Not all Wi-Fi networks are created equal. Wi-Fi access points can function in either “ad-hoc” or “infrastructure” mode, and many WI-Fi-enabled devices can only connect to infrastructure-mode networks, not ad-hoc ones.

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A keylogger is a piece of software — or, even scarier, a hardware device — that logs every key you press on your keyboard. It can capture personal messages, passwords, credit card numbers, and everything else you type.

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Windows 8’s desktop hasn’t seen many improvements for touch use, but even 8-inch Windows tablets have a desktop. If you have to use the desktop with your finger, these tips will help you avoid frustration.

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For many of us, our lives can be quite hectic and busy at times, so the temptation to get as much done as possible while on the go has a lot of appeal. But is it really a good idea to have our laptops powered up and running while in a backpack or bag as we commute between locations, or is it an invitation for trouble?

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Some people swear by storing their batteries in the refrigerator to extend the lifespan of the battery and, apologies for the obvious food-storage joke, keep them fresh. Does it actually help? Is there any legitimate reason for putting your batteries in cold storage?

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Many laptops now include a combined headphone and microphone jack instead of two separate audio jacks. This trend started with smartphones and tablets, but has spread to MacBooks, ultrabooks, and convertibles like Microsoft’s Surface Pro.

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