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Since the beginning of the computer age, people were trying to make their computers talk to them. These days, that functionality is built right into Windows and can easily be activated to read documents back to you.

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Even if you are a Mac user, there’s a strong chance that you will need to use Windows applications at some point. Luckily there are great virtual machine solutions out there to help you do that easily.

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The Windows registry is one place that should be left well-enough alone, but just for the sake of argument, what would happen if you deleted the entire thing? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post discusses the possibilities in order to satisfy a reader’s curiosity.

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Would you like to know how many days old are you today? Can you tell what will be the date 78 days from now? How many days are left till Christmas? How many days have passed since your last birthday? All these questions have their answers hidden within Windows! Curious? Keep reading to see how you can answer these questions in an instant using Windows’ built-in utility called ‘Calculator’.

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Storage space on your phone or tablet comes at a premium, and you can’t fill it up with a bunch of big video files. Fortunately, with Handbrake, you can shrink big video files down to smaller ones; more will fit, and you binge watch longer!

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More operating systems are including encryption by default, which is fine. But, if your operating system doesn’t, you probably don’t need to start encrypting everything with third-party software.

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Every Chrome extension that you install on your computer is actually constructed out of a special zip file that contains files and folders of Javascript code and other resources. The great thing is that you can actually look into the source code of an extension and see what it is really doing.

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If your computer has been hijacked with an obnoxious malware that won’t let you change your home page, there’s a strong chance you’ve been infected with the Trovi Search Protect malware, which used to be known as Conduit. Here’s how to remove it.

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If you’ve ever wished you could create an MP3 from a favorite video file, then today is your lucky day. With simple, open source software, you can strip the audio and convert it to your favorite format in a matter of minutes!

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Chromebooks aren’t the ideal Minecraft laptops, that’s for sure. There’s no web-based or Chrome app version of Minecraft, which is written in Java. But Chromebook owners aren’t completely out-of-luck if they want to play Minecraft.

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Most of the time our AC adapters and power supplies tend to be quiet, but what does it mean when one makes a whining noise? Should you be concerned? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a worried reader’s questions.

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High quality camera phones and their ease of use make it really easy to quickly clutter up your phone’s limited internal storage with photos. Let’s take a look at how you can shift the default location from your phone’s internal memory to the more spacious SD card.

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If you’ve ever wanted to convert a video file, but weren’t sure what to use, then Handbrake might be the program for you. Today we’ll show you how to use it to convert video files into different formats.

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Whether you need to check what files were recently opened on your computer for backup reasons or if you want to see what someone else was opening on your computer, the OSFV tool comes in handy. Today we will discuss what the tool is and how you can use it to see what files were recently opened in Windows.

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Microsoft does offer a web-based version of Skype, so you can chat with your friends on your Chromebook. There’s no official voice or video support yet, but there are ways around that.

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Halloween is one of those holidays that really brings out the tinker in a lot of geeks; there’s a veritable laundry list of things to deploy, modify, and enhance all in search of becoming the spookiest house on the block and throwing the best party. Read on as we highlight how easily you can turn a digital projector into a Swiss Army knife of cool Halloween tricks.

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The “Send to” menu has been around since Windows 95; so long a lot of users might have forgotten about it. You may not know it, but you can use “Send to” to smartly transfer files to your Android device.

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Forget the Windows Store. Microsoft is working on a Linux-style package management framework for Windows, and it’s included with Windows 10. It’s being tested with Chocolatey’s existing packages, and allows you to easily install desktop applications and other software.

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If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and a Mac, you can now record a video of your device’s screen thanks to a new feature in Mac OS X Yosemite. Android users can also record an Android device’s screen.

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Whether you’re sporting an older computer without a single USB 3.0 port or you’d like to expand and improve the roster of USB 3.0 ports on your newer computer, we’re here to help. Read on as we outline how to pack in all the USB goodness you crave with back, front, and case ports.

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Many of Windows 10′s best features showed up in Mac OS X years ago, including virtual desktops, Expose-like window management, and a notification center. Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite has some other ideas Microsoft should copy for version 10 of its own operating system, too.

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Today’s question is centered around geeky curiosity for the sake of curiosity: is there anyway to look at a Steam gaming account and see how much you’ve spent on your games and how much you’ve played them? Let’s take a look at how you can datamine your own Steam account (and the accounts of friends too).

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There’s a lot you can do with the Google Chromecast but did you know you can cast your screen from your Android phone or tablet to any Chromecast-equipped display? It’s easy, and we’re going to tell you how to do it.

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You’ll see badges like “Norton Secured,” “Microsoft Certified Partner,” and “BBB Accredited Business” all over the web — especially when downloading software. You shouldn’t blindly trust a website that displays such badges — they’re just images anyone can copy and paste.

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