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Firefox can crash for a variety of reasons, but you can quickly fix most crashes with Firefox’s Safe Mode and Reset features. However, even these tricks won’t fix every crash.

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Without wanting to start a platform war, we think there are some areas in which Windows could learn from OS X. One seemingly small, but delightfully useful feature enjoyed by Mac owners sees desktop icons created whenever removable disks are inserted. This can be added to Windows with TweakNow DriveShortcut.

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Our last edition of WIG for January is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Ubuntu is considering a move to a rolling release cycle, some users have started experiencing update problems with Microsoft Security Essentials, Google has indexed more than 86,000 HP ‘public’ printers, and more.

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Prepare for a journey to a world filled with a fascinating mix of futuristic and older technology, a place where new adventures await the bold, the brave, and the clever. Convert your desktop into a steam-powered escape to an alternate world with the second in our series of Steampunk Wallpaper collections.

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Distances Driven on Other Worlds (Infographic) – Space.com [via Chart Geek]

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Bowser pays a visit to the gun factory to have a little talk with Jerry the Turtle. While he is there he decides to ‘demonstrate’ the problem with Jerry’s work and voice his displeasure. Can Jerry redeem himself or is it game over?

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Transistors are a critical component of the electronics that drive the modern world. Take a peek at how the very first transistor worked in this informative video.

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At first glance, it would seem that the journey of the Ring in The Lord of the Rings doesn’t span that great a period of time. This infographic highlights the history of the ring from forging to destruction: all 4,860 years and 7 ring bearers.

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Periodic table of Minecraft [via GraphJam – Cheezburger Network]

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One of the benefits of tinkering with electronics and a familiarity with soldering irons is the ability to design interfaces the way you want them. In this case, it was more a redesign: moving the tiny and difficult to access...

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In this week’s game you set sail in search of buried treasure using your trusty treasure map to guide you. Things will start off simple enough, but before all is done you will have your work cut out for you as you attempt to earn the treasure!

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Hard drives use S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) to gauge their own reliability and determine if they’re failing.  You can view your hard drive’s S.M.A.R.T. data and see if it has started to develop problems.

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If you’re not a fan of the touchpad-based swipe gestures in Windows 8 there is a way to completely disable them and reclaim your touchpad.

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Video Game, Street Fighter [Wallpaper Abyss]

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Brain Transfer [Manu Cornet – Bonkers World Blog]

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When it comes to the Sun, we’re most familiar with the wavelengths in the visible spectrum it beams down to Earth, but when viewed with the right equipment a rainbow of diverse wavelengths emerge.

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