The Best How-To Geek Articles for July 2011

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By Akemi Iwaya on August 1st, 2011


July has been a month filled with geeky goodness where we covered topics such as setting up a VPN, diagnosing & fixing overheating laptops, making photos look like pencil drawings, and more. Join us as we look back at the most popular articles from this past month.

Note: Articles are listed as #10 through #1.

Super Mario Earth – The Perfect World Map for Your Collection [Fun Image]

Are you tired of looking at the same old boring maps of the world? Then have a bit of fun with a Super Mario themed version instead!


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Ask HTG: Setting Up a VPN, Running a PC 24/7 or Shutting Down, Reading Comics on the Computer

Once a week we dip into our reader mailbag and answer your pressing tech questions. This week we’re looking at how to create a VPN, whether you should run your PC 24/7 or not, and how to read comics on your computer.


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How to Use EXIF Data to Learn From Master Photographers

There’s a hidden advantage to digital photography, and it’s called Exif. See what it is, how it can help you, and how you can use it to learn from skilled photographers all over the internet.


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Desktop Fun: World Maps Wallpaper Collection [Bonus Edition]

Maps are awesome for learning and viewing information about our world along with making great decorations for our homes and computers. Now you can enjoy viewing the world at a glance on your desktop with our World Maps Wallpaper collection.


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From the Tips Box: Instantly Cool a Hot Car, Google Synonym Search, and Extended Android Keyboards

Once a week we dip into the tips box and pulls out some clever tips to share. This week we’re looking at how to instantly cool your hot car down,  improve your Google search results with automatic synonyms, and extending your Android keyboard.


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Setup SSH on Your Router for Secure Web Access from Anywhere

Connecting to the internet from Wi-Fi hotspots, at work, or anywhere else away from home, exposes your data to unnecessary risks. You can easily configure your router to support a secure tunnel and shield your remote browser traffic–read on to see how.


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How to Make Photos Look Like Pencil Drawings in About One Minute

Ever seen a mall photobooth create a “pencil drawing” from a photo? Give us about one minute, and see how you can create an easy grayscale image effect that looks like a tonal pencil drawing. Check it out!


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How To Secure Your Wi-Fi Network Against Intrusion

Insecure Wi-Fi is the easiest way for people to access your home network, leech your internet, and cause you serious headaches with more malicious behavior. Read on as we show you how to secure your home Wi-Fi network.


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How To Diagnose and Fix an Overheating Laptop

One of the most common issues with aging laptops is overheating, something many people aren’t sure how to fix. We’ll help you figure out what’s causing the heat and how to keep your notebook functioning at a lower temperature.


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How to Migrate from Facebook to Google+

If you have a lot of time and information invested in Facebook, it’s not easy moving to a new social network. Here are a few tips on moving your information from your Facebook account to your shiny new Google+ account.


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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 08/1/11
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