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  • How-Tos: How to rip audio from your Blu-ray discs

    [Editor's note: The MPAA and most media companies argue that you can't legally copy or convert commercial DVDs for any reason. We (and others) think that, if you own a DVD, you should be able to override its copy protection to make a backup copy or to convert its content for viewing on other devices. Currently, the law isn't entirely clear one way or the other. So our advice is: If you don't own it, don't do it. If you do own it, think before you rip.]

  • How-Tos: Help Solve the Outlook 'General Failure' E-Mail Error

    Just over a year ago I wrote a post on fixing the "General failure" error that appears in Outlook when you click a link in an e-mail message. (The full error reads something like this: General failure. The URL was: "http://www.webaddress.com" The system cannot find the file specified.)

  • How-Tos: Clean your laptop; back up drivers

    Reader Thomas owns a fairly small, compact laptop that "has has gotten incredibly noisy in the last few weeks. It's the cooling fan, which seems to run all the time and at maximum speed." He wants to know what he can do to get his laptop back to its previously quiet self.

  • How-Tos: How to enable JavaScript in Internet Explorer

    JavaScript is a programming language that allows websites to offer sounds as well as interactive menus and other features.

  • How-Tos: Working with Google Voice

    Android smartphones have built-in apps for texting and voicemail, but there's another option: sign up for the free Google Voice service. This provides SMS and voice messaging facilities too, while US and Canadian users can also use it to make cheap phone calls from (and to) a personal number, all over your smartphone's cell connection.

  • How-Tos: How to manage files and documents on an Android device

    All play and no work makes your smartphone an expensive toy. But with the help of a wide selection of professional-grade mobile apps from the Android Market, your Google Android tablet and Google Android phone can get down to business. Here's an overview of some of the best Android apps for viewing, creating and editing business documents on the go.

  • How-Tos: How to Work Outdoors

    Laptops, tablets, and smartphones are supposed to make us mobile: Freed of cumbersome desktop technology, we can work anywhere we want. Why, then, don't you see legions of people at parks, beaches, or even sidewalk cafes typing away on their laptops? Mainly because they simply can't see their screens.

  • How-Tos: How to enable JavaScript in Firefox 5

    JavaScript is a programming language that allows websites to offer sounds as well as interactive menus and other features.

  • How-Tos: Play ball (in sync)

    Reader and sports fan Ian Mullane is feeling a little squeezed by his players. He writes:

  • How-Tos: What Do I Do With a Really Old File?

    Rene found some old files on a CD. Windows doesn't have a program associated with their extension. She asked the Utilities forum for advice.

  • How-Tos: Get Lion's new scrolling in Snow Leopard today

    The "golden master" of Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) has been released to developers, which means it won't be too long before the new OS will be in the hands of consumers. When it is, among Lion's over 250 new features is one that's generating quite a bit of hand-wringing (or, in this case, finger-wringing): a new way of scrolling. More specifically, the default scroll direction in Lion is backwards--at least compared to the way we computer users have come to think of scrolling.

  • How-Tos: Paste file paths in Open, Save dialogs

    Sometimes, you discover the coolest Mac OS X tricks by accident. That happened recently to Hints reader philostein. And philostein's accident is our gain.

  • How-Tos: Go Back to School in the Cloud

    Heading off to school doesn't have to mean leaving your old life behind. With the right mix of Web-based apps, you can take your entire digital life with you--and keep it handy on practically any device you carry.

  • How-Tos: Save Money on Back-to-School Desktops

    If you're looking to buy a desktop for the new school year, and you're a student, a parent of a student, a teacher, or (in some cases) an alumnus, you don't have to pay full price. Plenty of computer manufacturers offer student discounts and education pricing--here are just a few.

  • How-Tos: How to Set Up Your Network for PCs and Macs

    With Windows 7, you can easily share files and printers across a network via the HomeGroups feature. Here's how to set up your network to share files and printers with Macs.

  • How-Tos: How to Stay Safe on Campus: 5 Easy Tips

    You're starting school this fall. You've got your classes. You've got your books. You may even have a new laptop. But how can you keep your PC and gadgetry safe and secure while you're at school?

  • How-Tos: How to crop an image

    Investing in photo-editing software is a must if you want to make edits such as removing red eye or adding layers. However, if you simply want to crop a photo, the Paint program integrated into Windows offers this functionality. Here's how to use it.

  • How-Tos: How to play music on an Android device

    Android is a great platform for mobile communications, but it's also designed from the ground up to offer a rich multimedia experience. Your Android device is jam-packed with features that let you manage and play your digital music in a variety of ways.

  • How-Tos: How to access iTunes on a Google Android device

    BlackBerry owners have support for iTunes built in, but users of other mobile platforms aren't so lucky. For Android handsets, doubleTwist is a mobile app that lets you access anything in your iTunes library for playback on your phone. Download it from doubletwist.com and allow it to access the Registry.

  • How-Tos: Bugs & Fixes: Mac OS X 10.6.8 bug work-arounds

    Now that Mac OS X 10.6.8 has been out for a couple of weeks, it’s a good time to check in and see what problems, if any, are being commonly reported. There are three issues that appear to have generated the most user complaints:


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