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  • How-Tos: How to surf the web more quickly in Windows 2000

    I run Windows 2000 and Ubuntu on a dual-boot machine. In Ubuntu, using Firefox 3.0, my download speed is around 6 megabits per second (Mbps); in Windows 2000, it's just 0.9Mbps. The upload speed isn't affected, and I get about 0.7Mbps from both operating systems. I've checked these figures repeatedly over several days. I use the TalkTalk Essentials package and a wired connection. Can you offer a fix?

  • How-Tos: How to sync an iPhone or Google Android handset with Spotify

    Last week, Swedish music streaming service Spotify revealed it plans to rival Apple by giving all of its users the ability to manage the tracks stored on their iPods, iPhones and Google Android handsets.

  • How-Tos: How to sync your iPod with Spotify

    Last week, Swedish music streaming service Spotify revealed it plans to rival Apple by giving all of its users the ability to manage the tracks stored on their iPods.

  • How-Tos: Use AppleTV video caching for faster AirPlay viewing

    One of my favorite features of iOS 4.2 (and later) and the second-generation Apple TV is that if I've taken photos or video with my iPhone, I can use Apple's AirPlay technology to stream those bits of media directly from my iPhone to the Apple TV—I don't have to first sync the media to iTunes or iPhoto. This makes it easy to, for example, show my mother-in-law the video I took of my daughter's first "solo" bike ride at the park.

  • How-Tos: Create Free Custom Motivational Posters with Motivator

    You know those motivational posters you often see in offices, the ones with the signature black border and pithy sayings like, "Possibilities: Today the sidewalk, tomorrow the sky"? (You have to imagine a skateboarder catching some air in that one.)

  • How-Tos: Remove Windows Defender

    Windows Defender isn't in Control Panel's list of uninstallers. Spiritchaser asked the Answer Line forum how to remove it.

  • How-Tos: Smartphone Video Tips: Shooting, Editing, and Sharing

    A few decades ago, even a short, amateur film cost hundreds--or thousands--of dollars to make. And your friends couldn't see it unless you invited them over and set up the 16mm projector.

  • How-Tos: How to Install Ubuntu 11.04 'Natty Narwhal' With Wubi

    Ubuntu 11.04, or "Natty Narwhal," has been out just a few days, but already it's being billed as possibly the most accessible and user-friendly Linux distribution ever. With its new Unity interface, the open-source operating system mimics what many people are used to in the mobile arena to create a simple, intuitive way to get things done.

  • How-Tos: How to turn off location services on an Apple iPhone

    Scared that Apple is tracking your iPhone? Here's how to switch off location services.

  • How-Tos: How to turn off location-tracking on a Google Android phone

    Smartphones, and those running Google's Android are no exception, offer many location-based services that utilise the location of your handset, determined by GPS satellites, during web searches and other net-based activities to ensure the results are more tailored to the user.

  • How-Tos: How to roll back a faulty Windows Update

    I'm trying to start up a C-Media AC 97 audio device as downloaded from Windows Update. I've got the device enabled as advised by the Startup menu, but it doesn't start and I now have no sound on my computer. The computer is an Advent 7012 running Windows XP Service Pack 3

  • How-Tos: How to install Windows on an SSD

    My computer dual-boots Windows XP Professional and Windows 7 on two one-terabyte hard drives. The XP drive contains many programs that I use frequently, but it often reports problems with applications not responding properly. To overcome this, I bought a 128GB solid-state disk (SSD) on which I'd like to install XP Professional and a few selected programs. The new disk has a drive letter and is ready for use, but I'm not sure how to set about it.

  • How-Tos: Dealing with iPhone duplicates

    Reader Michael Beaudoin is frustrated with an iPhone that has too much information on it. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade from Windows 98 and keep the same printer, scanner, software

    I'm keen to replace my Windows 98 computer, but I want to be sure that I can continue using my software and peripherals before I do so. I have an HP 940c printer, an Epson Perfection 1200 scanner, Fujifilm and Olympus cameras with software that's compatible with XP and Vista, plus Microsoft Office 2007. Will I be able to continue using these in XP or Windows 7?

  • How-Tos: Use Automator to shoot a time-lapse movie

    Movies created through time-lapse photography can be stunning. And for some people in the sciences they can also be a useful tool. While there are a variety of applications that allow you to create time-lapse movies of your own, none of them are built into the Mac OS save this one: Automator. The following workflow allows you to automate not only the shooting of your images, but their conversion into a movie.

  • How-Tos: How to arrange and order files in Windows 7

    I have transferred a large number of slides on to my new Windows 7 laptop. In XP, I was able to sort them into a logical order in several different folders by dragging-and-dropping photos into their required position. Windows 7 seems to want to auto-arrange them. How can I continue to arrange them as I wish? I don't feel comfortable tweaking the Registry, as some forums have recommended.

  • How-Tos: How to view battery usage on an Apple iPhone

    Smartphones are known for zapping their battery power pretty quickly . However, most handsets, including Apple's iPhone, offer a battery usage option that displays which services or functions of the phone are using the most battery life. Here's how to view your battery usage statistics.

  • How-Tos: How to email images and documents with Windows Live Mail

    I am unable to send pictures or documents to Windows Live Mail using the 'Send to' instruction. Live Mail is the default program, but the options are greyed out and can't be altered. I have tried using Windows Live Photo Gallery and Word.

  • How-Tos: How to integrate with the cloud

    Without a solid cloud integration strategy, data quality quickly becomes a problem. Here's how to make the cloud work for your business.

  • How-Tos: How To Save Time By Searching Google By Date Range

    Yesterday, a curious thing happened. Amid widespread jubilation over the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden, a wave of Facebook and Twitter users responded with a message of peace attributed to American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. It began: "I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy."


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