Month in Geek: January 2011 Edition

By Akemi Iwaya on February 1st, 2011


With the end of the first month in 2011 upon us it is time to look back at our best and brightest for the month. Join us as we present the ten hottest articles from January for your reading enjoyment.

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

What is Camera Raw, and Why Would a Professional Prefer it to JPG?

A common setting on many digital cameras, RAW is a file type option many professional photographers prefer over JPG, despite a huge disparity in file size. Find out why, what RAW is, and how you can benefit using this professional quality file type.


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HTG Projects: How to Create Your Own Custom Papercraft Toy

Graphics programs aren’t simply for just editing your photos—they can have whatever fun application you can think of. For a fun, geeky project, here’s a simple papercraft toy you can make with a printer and simple household tools.


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Did You Know Facebook Has Built-In Shortcut Keys?

I was spending some time browsing around Facebook today (translation: wasting time), when I noticed that they have some shortcut keys for navigating around the site using the keyboard, so I put together a list for everybody.


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The How-To Geek Guide to Audio Editing: Basic Noise Removal

Laying down some vocals? Starting your own podcast? Here’s how to remove noise from a messy audio track in Audacity quickly and easily.


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How to Upgrade Windows 7 Easily (And Understand Whether You Should)

Just the other day I was trying to use Remote Desktop to connect from my laptop in the living room to the desktop downstairs, when I realized that I couldn’t do it because the desktop was running Windows Home Premium—that’s when I realized we’d never covered how to upgrade Windows, so here you are.


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The Best of CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in 2011

This year, How-To Geek’s own Justin was on-site at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where every gadget manufacturer shows off their latest creations, and he was able to sit down and get hands-on with most of them. Here’s the best of the bunch.


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How To Boot 10 Different Live CDs From 1 USB Flash Drive

Ever get the urge to try out a bunch of Linux distros at once? Maybe you’re hosting a Linux installation party. Here’s an easy way to get a bunch of Live CDs working from a single thumb drive.


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How to Combine Rescue Disks to Create the Ultimate Windows Repair Disk

We’ve covered loads of different anti-virus, Linux, and other boot disks that help you repair or recover your system, but why limit yourself to just one? Here’s how to combine your favorite repair disks together to create the ultimate repair toolkit for broken Windows systems—all on a single flash drive.


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The 50 Best Ways to Disable Built-in Windows Features You Don’t Want

Over the years, we’ve written about loads of ways to disable features, tweak things that don’t work the way you want, and remove other things entirely. Here’s the list of the 50 best ways to do just that.


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HTG Explains: What Are the Differences Between All Those Audio Formats?

Digital audio has been around a very long time so there’s bound to be a plethora of audio formats out there. Here are some of the more common ones, what differentiates them, and what to use them for.


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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 02/1/11
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