Month in Geek: July 2010 Edition

By Akemi Iwaya on July 30th, 2010

It has been a busy month here at How-To Geek and now it is time to take a look back at the ten hottest articles for July.


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

Decrypt and Copy DVDs to Your Hard Drive Without Ripping

Have you ever wanted to make backup copies of your DVDs but didn’t want to mess with confusing DVD ripping software?� Today, we’ll look at drop dead simple method to decrypt DVDs on the fly with DVD43 so you can easily copy them to your hard drive.


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Keep Google From Tracking Your Every Move Online

Google offers many helpful web tools that make our lives easier, but it also collects an enormous amount of data about its users. Here’s how you can opt-out of some automatic data collection and preserve a bit more privacy.


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Integrate Social Networks with Windows Live Messenger Beta

Would you like to integrate Windows Live Messenger with social networks such as Facebook?� With the new Messenger beta, you can do that and more quickly and easily.


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Ask the Readers: Which Anti-Virus Do You Use? [Poll]

Every day new viruses appear with the sole purpose of compromising your personal information and computer systems. This week we want to know which anti-virus software you use.


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Change the Windows 7 Taskbar Color With No Extra Software (Stupid Geek Tricks)

Sure, you can hack Windows and install a custom theme if you really wanted to, or pay for a software package to do it for you. What you might not know is that you can use a silly trick to change the color of the taskbar with no added software—without changing your window color.


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How To Enable the Android Market in the Google Android Emulator

Would you like to try out apps from the Android Market on your PC?� We recently showed you how to run Android in an emulator on your PC, so here’s how you can install apps from the Android Market in the emulator.


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How to Test Drive Google Android on Your PC Without Buying a Phone

Would you like to test drive the latest version of Google’s Android OS without buying a new mobile device?� Here’s how you can run Android on your PC for free with the Android SDK Emulator.


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Change Your Wi-Fi Router Channel to Optimize Your Wireless Signal

If you live in an apartment complex you’ve probably noticed more than just the passive-aggressive network IDs that your neighbors use—very likely you’ve had problems with your wireless connections dropping out, or just not being as fast as you’d like. Here’s a quick fix.


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Run Android on Your Netbook or Desktop

Would you like to try out Google’s Android OS on your netbook or desktop?� Here’s how you can run Android from a flash drive and see how fast Android can run on real hardware!


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Run Android on Your Windows Mobile Phone

Interested in Android but think you need to buy a new phone to try it out? Actually, your Windows Mobile phone may already have the capability of running Android. Today we show you how and the type of phone you’ll need.


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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 07/30/10
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