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    Running benchmarks on a PC enables users to evaluate performance, to identify potential bottlenecks, and to choose effective system upgrades. Unfortunately, many users imagine that system performance is simply a matter of CPU frequency or memory capacity, which leads them to think that dropping in a faster CPU or more memory will automatically and immediately yield noticeable performance improvements. In reality, however, that is not always the case.

  • How-Tos: Declare Independence From iTunes With Spotify Premium

    Sick of your current music-management software? Invest in a Spotify membership and declare independence from iTunes, Google Music, or any other music app you're fed up with. iTunes in particular is becoming pretty bloated, especially for Windows users--but I've barely seen it over the past few months thanks to Spotify and the new ability to upgrade my iOS software on my iPhone itself.

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  • How-Tos: View a program's graphics in Preview

    Whether you're preparing a presentation or how-to documents for your staff, there may come a time when you want access to a program's graphics. You may especially be curious about the images in applications like Apple’s Keynote or Pages, which include plenty of graphical elements in their themes.

  • How-Tos: Password Protect a Flash Drive

    Enddylopez asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum about password protecting a flash drive.

  • How-Tos: Automator workflow of the month: Export contacts to Excel

    If you rely on Address Book to keep your contacts straight, you may be the tiniest bit disappointed that Apple’s contact management application provides so few useful ways to filter and export your contact data. Fortunately, Automator can lend a very helpful hand—particularly if you seek a way to filter your contacts and then export that filtered data to an Excel spreadsheet. Here are the steps for doing this.

  • How-Tos: How to Install Ice Cream Sandwich on Your Kindle Fire

    With a vibrant 7-inch IPS display and a 1GHz dual-core processor, the $199 Kindle Fire can make for one lovely tablet. With a bit of work--but no hardware modifications--you can set up Android 4.0 on your Kindle Fire and thenceforth use the device as a powerful general-purpose tablet despite its incredibly low price. Email, games, Web browsing (with Chrome for Android or any other browser)--the Kindle Fire can do it all.

  • How-Tos: Top Ten Factors for Choosing a Gaming PC

    PC gaming is big again. According to market research firm NPD, the release of Diablo III drove PC game sales up 230 percent in May. That was in a month where overall sales of games dropped by 28 percent. The Gods and Kings expansion to Sid Meier's Civilization V did well in its recent release, too. Even smaller companies, such as Ironclad Games, with its Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, are shipping PC games that garner great reviews and attract new players.

  • How-Tos: How to watch the London 2012 Olympic Games online

    The London 2012 Olympic Games is under way, running until 12 August. As the home broadcaster of the sporting action in the UK, the BBC has pledged to broadcast a staggering 5,000 hours of coverage, utilising all its digital channels. With all that content on offer, you won't want to miss out. Here's how to catch up on-demand or watch live online the London 2012 Olympic Games.

  • How-Tos: How to Produce Online PowerPoint Presentations

    Once you've created a PowerPoint presentation, it's time to think about how you will present it. PowerPoint has a few options for making online presentations, but they deal with just a few scenarios. Fortunately, several free third-party products are available to help you achieve the results you're looking for.

  • How-Tos: How to Use Google Docs Offline

    The Day 2 keynote at Google I/O was no match for yesterday's Android keynote (though it did have people skydiving again), but Google delivered when it came to Google Docs: At long last, Google Docs has offline editing. The update has been added to Google Docs as of today, but you'll need to take a few steps to enable it.

  • How-Tos: How to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

    Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at its I/O conference Wednesday, promising improved performance, expandable notifications, resizable widgets, higher-resolution contact photos, offline dictation, some improvements to the camera app and keyboard, voice and predictive search, and more. You want it, right? So how do you get it?

  • How-Tos: A Hands-On Guide to Advanced FreeNAS Server Configurations

    So you've taken my earlier advice and used the free and open-source FreeNAS operating system to convert an old desktop PC into a server, instead of consigning it to the e-waste heap. (If you haven't, grab an old and otherwise useless computer, and start building. Go ahead, I'll wait.)

  • How-Tos: Tips for building Windows 8 apps

    Microsoft today outlined how easy it is for anyone to develop apps for Windows 8. Here's how to be a Windows 8 developer.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade your laptop hard disk to an SSD

    Swap out the old hard disk in your laptop for a speedy SSD and you'll get more than quicker boot times. Your data will be safer, your laptop will be quieter and you might even see longer battery life. Priced have dropped massively in the last couple of years: now's the time to upgrade.

  • How-Tos: What exactly does the Finder's green button do?

    Reader Clay Anderson, who pays attention, would like a bit more information about an interface element he thought he was intimately familiar with. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to Fix Facebook's Email Switcheroo

    One of the reasons there's so much animosity toward Facebook is that the service frequently makes changes without notifying users -- and not always for the better.

  • How-Tos: How to Manage Your Business's Online Reputation

    As a small-business owner, you're no doubt aware that virtually everyone turns to the Internet to conduct research before buying goods or services. And on the Web, your business is only as good as everyone says it is. In 2011, Inc. magazine reported that 97 percent of consumers used online searches to find local businesses. The information about your business that's available on the Web is absolutely critical. If you're not keeping a close eye on your company's online reputation, you might as well hang up a "Sorry, We're Closed" sign.

  • How-Tos: How to tell DVI-I and DVI-D cables apart

    Our Helproom Editor explains the differences between various DVI connectors and ports. Here's how to tell DVI-I, DVI-D and DVI-A cables apart.

  • How-Tos: Upgrading from 32- to 64bit Windows

    It's not possible to upgrade a 32bit version of Windows to a 64bit Windows install, but you can perform a clean install of 64bit Windows 7. Here's how.


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