How to Supercharge Your Halloween Like a Pro with a Digital Projector

Halloween is one of those holidays that really brings out the tinkerer 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.

Should You Store Batteries in the Fridge?

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

How to Get Extra Large Thumbnails Back in Windows 8

If you’ve recently made the jump to Windows 8 and you’re puzzled over the seemingly limited thumbnail size choices, read on as we highlight how to get extra large thumbnails back (and some very handy keyboard shortcuts that give you access to a whopping 45 thumbnail size choices).

How Do I Get Photoshop Thumbnails Back?

Once upon a time Windows natively displayed thumbnails for PSD files after you installed Photoshop. These days, however, you only get the generic Photoshop icon. How can you get the thumbnails for Photoshop back (and other image and design formats in the process)?

How Should I Store Old Hard Drives and Electronic Components?

Whether you’re a bit of a parts hoarder or just trying to reuse old parts and keep them out of the dump, it’s easy to amass a pile of electronic components. Storing them is no good if they’re damaged when you go to use them, though; read on as we talk safe storage and how to keep your old HDD and friends alive.

How to Check Your FPS and Gaming Performance with FRAPS

Some game designers thoughtfully include performance checks and on-screen Frames-Per-Second (FPS) readouts for players to analyze, while others don’t. How can you get consistent performance checks and FPS readings regardless? Read on as we show a reader how to get the benchmarks he craves (along with easy screenshots and in-game movie recording to boot).

How to See If Your ISP Is Throttling Netflix

There has been a whole lot of talk in the news lately of the rocky relationship between streaming giant Netflix and broadband internet providers. Is it possible to tell if your ISP is messing with your Netflix connection and degrading the quality?

Can I Improve The Quality of Pandora’s Music Streaming?

You love Pandora’s streaming music service and you use it on your computer, phone, and even pipe it into your stereo system, yet the quality of the stream seems to vary depending on the device you use. What gives? Read on as we show a Pandora-loving reader how to maximize the quality of his streaming experience.