Month in Geek: November 2010 Edition

By Akemi Iwaya on December 1st, 2010

Another month has quickly come and gone, so it is time to review our ten hottest articles for November.


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

How to Get Nero’s Best Features with Free Alternatives

Tired of waiting for your bloated OEM copy of Nero to open and ask you to upgrade to the latest version just to burn a CD? You can get almost all of Nero’s features with free alternatives, and here’s how.


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Do You Know About These Windows Calculator Easter Eggs?

Everybody loves a good Easter egg, and here’s a couple of oddities we found in the Windows calculator that we thought we’d share. How many of them did you already know about?


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The How-To Geek Guide to Using Check Disk in Windows 7 or Vista

Anytime somebody has hard drive errors, I always recommend that they run chkdsk—what geek wouldn’t? Here’s a full guide to using the Check Disk feature built into every version of Windows.


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BitTorrent for Beginners: Making the Most of Your Internet Connection

Just got started using BitTorrent and want it to download torrents faster?  With some easy configuration, you can use your bandwidth to its utmost potential, even if you don’t have fat pipes at home.


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Ask the Readers: How Often Do You Reinstall Your Operating System?

Reinstalling our operating systems from time to time is a fact of life whether we use Windows, Linux, or OS X. What we would like to know this week is how often you reinstall your operating systems.


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How to Maximize Battery Life on Your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch

So you got yourself a shiny new Apple device, but you’re so addicted that the battery is running out way too soon—what you need is a couple of tips to keep your battery running for as long as possible, and we’ve got them here.


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Stupid Geek Tricks: Hide Data in a Secret Text File Compartment

In today’s edition of Stupid Geek Tricks (where we show off little-known tricks to impress your non-geek friends), we’ll learn how to hide data in a text file that can’t be seen by anybody else unless they know the name of the secret compartment.


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Antivirus Slowing Your PC Down? Maybe You Should Use Exclusions

Protecting your computer with an antivirus solution is par for the course when you’re dealing with a Windows PC, but unfortunately it slows you down at the same time. Here’s how to improve your performance, at least a little bit.


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Stupid Geek Tricks: Make Your Own Fake Virus with Notepad

Every geek wants to pretend that they are a dangerous hacker with the ability to take down any PC, and after you read this article, you can go show off your skills with nothing more than Notepad.


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How To Fix the 10 Biggest Windows Annoyances

Let’s face it: Windows can be seriously annoying sometimes, but thankfully there’s also usually a workaround or third-party utility that fixes the issue. We’ve rounded up the ten things that annoy us most, along with how to fix them.


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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 12/1/10
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