Life isn’t just about how-to articles, interesting downloads, and Friday Fun. The new How-To Geek ETC section is here to bring you everything else—geeky news items and random links that we’ve found while browsing the interwebs.
We recently showed you how to change the Windows 7 taskbar color to anything you want without any software running in the background, and now we’ve got an even easier way for you to do it with a single click.
Everybody’s got that one family member on Facebook that you just don’t want to talk to, but they bug you every time you sign into Facebook chat anyway—here’s how to sign on without them seeing you.
Last year, Microsoft stopped making new versions of Microsoft Money, their personal money management software package—and now they’ve made it available for everybody for free… well, sorta.
Ever needed to make a quick adjustment to the php.ini file but you weren’t sure where it was? Here’s a quick command you can use:
If you’ve been to YouTube recently, you might have noticed a bar going across the bottom of the screen that shows recommended videos and lets you autoplay them—but there’s no quick way to get rid of it, and nothing in the settings. Here’s how.
Ever noticed how opening Internet Explorer can take forever on some PCs? That’s generally because your add-ons are slowing it down to a crawl—and even worse than that, they affect creating new tabs as well.
There’s loads of add-ons that can help you duplicate tabs in Firefox, even copying all of the history to the new tab. What you might not realize, however, is that you can do the same thing without any add-ons.
If you’ve ever used Microsoft Word or Windows Live Writer, you’re probably familiar with how you can highlight some text and then use the Ctrl+K keyboard shortcut to convert that text into a hyperlink. If you’re in a text editor, it’s not quite that easy… until now.
If you rely on somebody else for managed hosting of your Linux servers, you might not always know exactly what type of server you’re actually running on. There’s a quick and easy way to figure this out, however.
If you’ve got a web application that uploads files to the server through a PHP script, you might have noticed that by default you can’t upload terribly large files. Here’s how to change it.
Linux has a rich set of commands for manipulating and accessing files. The du utility gives information on disk usage, and the sort utility can sort the results. Finally, we can run those results through the head command, which gives you the top 10 lines outputted through any other command. We’ll chain the commands together to get the output that we want.
This page will explain how to renew your DHCP address when using Linux.
When you get a dedicated virtual server to run your website, chances are good that it’s configured for everybody, and not customized to maximize performance for running a website.
If you want to move all files of a particular file type into a single directory, you can use the find command to do this easily in Linux.
If you’ve ever wanted to shut down Windows at a particular time, you can do it easily with the “at” command combined with the shutdown command. Just use the following syntax, and the computer will shut down at 2pm. (it uses military time).
If you can’t stand the automatic hyperlinking in Microsoft Word, you might be hard-pressed to find the right place to disable it in Office 2007, since all the settings are hidden so well compared to previous versions.
If you are getting the following error while trying to change the default fat32 partition on a new drive to another linux partition type, I might have the answer for you.
If you get this error in your logs when trying to setup public key authenticated automatic logins, the problem is a permissions one.
If you’ve ever needed to change the hostname for Red Hat Linux, CentOS or similar operating systems, you can do so easily with one simple command.
Remote Desktop Connection is a useful feature in Windows that allows you to log on and view the desktop of another computer via your internet connection from your own computer. This article will explain how to use your local drives during a Remote Desktop session.
If you want to setup SSH keys to allow logging in without a password, you can do so with a single command.
If you’ve moved an Ubuntu virtual machine or modified it and then suddenly had a problem getting networking to work, you might want to read through this page, because I’ve figured out a workaround to get it working again.
This page will explain how you can use ISO image files in Linux.
This page will show us how to create a list of files and folders ordered by size using standard Linux commands.