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BitTorrent for Beginners: Protecting Your Privacy

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cc7a29004853.jpg" />Anytime you’re making connections to anything outside of your network, security should be a concern, and this is doubly true for users of BitTorrent, who are getting data from all sorts of unknown sources. Here’s how to protect yourself.

What is the Linux Kernel and What Does It Do?

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cc7390bac090.jpg" />With over 13 million lines of code, the Linux kernel is one of the largest open source projects in the world, but what is a kernel and what is it used for?

How to Create a Pumpkin Carving Stencil in Photoshop

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cc63f8698d18.jpg" />Sick of the same boring Jack O’Lantern faces? For something different this year, fire up Photoshop and make your own custom stencils out of Photographs or nearly any kind of image.

What’s the Difference Between Pixels and Vectors?

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cbfbb4d0d88f.jpg" />As the basis of nearly every image format worth using, Pixels and Vectors are the broad categories of modern 2D image files. But what are they exactly, and how are they different?

Getting Started With the New Windows Live Mesh 2011

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cb7d8c588d6a.png" />Recently Microsoft has been indecisive with it’s Live Mesh / Sync cloud based services. After introducing Live Mesh Public Beta and some renaming, it’s now called Live Mesh 2011, and we’ll show you how to get started with it.

The 10 Cleverest Ways to Use Linux to Fix Your Windows PC

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/image171.png" />You might not be ready to accept Linux as your desktop yet, but you can still use it to save your Windows PC—whether you need to reset passwords, recover deleted files, or scan for viruses, here’s how to do it.

Use Photoshop Channels to Elegantly Remove Backgrounds from Images

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cb3daad81bc9.jpg" />There are those occasions where the Magic Eraser is just too frustrating to use and there's an opportunity to remove the background without all of that tedious erasing. Today you'll see how to use Channels to remove your background with minimal use of the Eraser tool and no use of the clunky Magic Eraser tool at all.

Ubuntu 10.10 Improves Your Linux Desktop Experience [Screenshot Tour]

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/sshot161.png" border="0" alt="sshot-16" width="640" height="429" />From the install screen to a fully loaded desktop, Ubuntu 10.10 looks nicer and is easier to use than its predecessors. We’ll take a look at our favorite new features in Ubuntu’s newest version, appropriately released on 10/10/10.

Quickly Remove Backgrounds in Photoshop Using the Magic Eraser

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cad9d509d23c.jpg" />One of the most common questions I get from inexperienced Photo editors is “How do I remove the background from my picture?” There are probably dozens of ways in any version of Photoshop to do this, and each has its challenges. This technique is most likely the simplest.

How to Hack Your Wii for Homebrew Games and DVD Playback

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cac1d5a3b157.jpg" />Want to play emulated games on your Wii?  How about DVD playback?  Here’s how to use the SmashStack exploit to hack your Wii with the latest system menu and enable all of that and more!

How to Easily Straighten Crooked Photographs in Photoshop

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cabef677d488.jpg" />It happens to the best of us: we take a quick pic, hoping to blog it or print it. And despite good intentions, it never comes out straight! Here’s a quick fix in any version of Photoshop to straighten and correct perspective of those frustrating photographs.

How to View and Understand Uncommon Filetypes

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cab3d273ab04.jpg" /> Have you ever needed to open an important file, or simply wondered what some random file on your hard drive was, only to realize you couldn’t open it? Here’s some tips that can help you find info from even the most obscure file formats.

What’s the Difference Between JPG, PNG, and GIF?

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4caa9bc360a84.jpg" />As we keep building on old image technology, types of file formats keep piling up, each with their own nuances and uses. JPG, PNG, and GIF have become the most common of these, but what sets them apart from each other?

How to Understand Typography Like a Professional Designer

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4ca93d9d0aeb2.jpg" />Typography is so overwhelmingly ever-present we hardly notice it there anymore. As elemental as it is to our culture, it's actually bizarre to think it has a history at all. This article will serve as a condensed education on the basics of typography.

Remove Complex Backgrounds from Images in Photoshop

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-09-30-1-17-04-59.jpg" />While tools like the Magic Eraser can sometimes remove your backgrounds, the fact is you're going to have to get your hands dirty with the eraser if you have images with complex backgrounds that need removing.