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    These days, there's no need to disable Windows features such as indexing when installing an SSD. However, there are a few tweaks you can make to ensure you get the best performance and avoid using up the SSD's precious storage space. We explain what to do.

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    Improve boot times and speed up your system with a solid-state drive. Orestis Bastounis shows you how to install an SSD as your Windows boot drive.

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  • How-Tos: How to Get Started With Google Reader

    You may already be using Google Reader, Google's Web-based RSS reader, but you probably haven't figured out every advanced trick for getting the most out of this free RSS syndication service. RSS (aka "RDF Site Summary" or "Really Simply Syndication"), a feed-based communication system that most websites support, makes it easy to stay abreast of your favorite websites from a single page. Though some third-party programs and even some browsers can help you curate your favorite RSS feeds in one place, Google Reader's Web-based structure means you can set it up on one computer and then open it anywhere by logging in to your Google account and heading to reader.google.com.

  • How-Tos: Configure Google's two-step authentication

    Wired writer Mat Honan fell victim to a brutal hack over the weekend. Through misplaced ingenuity and a smidgen of social engineering, hackers gained access to his iCloud account and wiped his iPhone, iPad, and Mac drives clean. The actual attack involved breaking into Honan’s Amazon account, and then using information found there to break into his iCloud account. Things only got worse from there.

  • How-Tos: Beginner's guide to Twitter

    Getting started with the popular microblogging site can be daunting. We demystify the world of tweeting and hashtags so you can join in the fun.

  • How-Tos: Laptops for Back-to-School: How to Make the Right Choice

    It's back-to-school time, and retailers are inundating everyone with back-to-school specials, ads, email promos, and even direct-mail offers, all promising the best possible computer deal for your student. The problem is that many of these deals focus on some generic student, failing to address the needs or wants of individual students. Sure, the bargains often look attractive, but before you whip out your credit card, you should spend a little time with your student to figure out what they need.

  • How-Tos: Zen and the Art of Laptop Maintenance

    Keep a motorcycle in good condition, and it will last longer and serve you better. The same goes for computers--especially laptops, which suffer a lot of wear and tear during travel and daily use. To keep your laptop looking shiny and running well as long as possible, you should clean the chassis and perform some basic maintenance periodically. In this guide, you'll discover how to clean your laptop, keep the components tight and secure, evaluate the battery, and tidy up the operating system and hard drive to help increase performance.

  • How-Tos: Plan a cycle route

    With free websites and apps at your disposal, it's easy to plan a great bike ride. We explore the options on offer and show you how to plot and then be directed along a quiet, safe cycle route with GPSies.

  • How-Tos: Playing Amazon Instant Video from iPad to TV

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  • How-Tos: How to Resize Photos Easily

    One of the things they never tell you in school is that no matter what career you choose, you only spend about 20 percent of your time doing the really fun stuff. When I wear my writing hat, for example, I find that I spend about 80 percent of my time on administrative details (generally, stuff related to planning) to write. Likewise, as a photographer, a huge part of my time is related to what you might call file management, which includes tagging, organizing, and sizing photos for their intended publishing destinations. Recently, we discussed cropping and resizing but this week, I have an even better way to resize your photos.

  • How-Tos: How to achieve Retina display-worthy photos for the new iPad

    The new iPad's Retina display is stunning for photo exhibition. If you want to maximize this special hardware's photographic potential and manage how much space your images occupy, here are a few ideas for preparing the photos on your Mac before transferring them to the iPad. The result: Major Wow for whomever you show them to.

  • How-Tos: How to Enhance Your Router With Open-Source Firmware

    As the number of connected devices in our homes and offices continues to multiply, the limitations of many consumer-grade broadband routers become increasingly apparent. Not so long ago, many users had just one or two systems connected to the Web through their router. But today, many users have multiple smartphones, tablets, printers, laptops/notebooks, and desktop systems connected to their routers, along with such consumer electronics devices as Blu-ray players, HDTVs, and game consoles.

  • How-Tos: Get started with Evernote

    Keep all your notes, ideas and even photos organised across all your devices. We explain how to get started with Evernote.

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  • How-Tos: How to use iMessage in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

    Here is our simple guide to using iMessage to contact other Mac users, iPhones and iPads in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

  • How-Tos: Tips to improve user experience on ITSM

    IT service management (ITSM) should be intuitive and easy for users to navigate, as well as simple and cost effective to configure enhance and upgrade, according to Applaud IT managed services practice manager Mark Richards.

  • How-Tos: 3 Steps to Creating an Innovation-Friendly Workplace

    Frank Wander, founder of the IT Excellence Institute and a former Fortune 250 CIO, shares his best practices for fostering innovation among your IT ranks

  • How-Tos: Edit file information and access privileges with FileXaminer

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