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  • How-Tos: Monitor cable problem

    Our Helproom Editor helps out a reader who is having problems with his display.

  • How-Tos: How to keep your office organized

    There's little hard information on the subject--and some of the evidence is conflicting--but it seems logical to say that a disorganized office leads to a lot of nonproductive time spent looking for stuff. One study from Brother found that workers waste, on average, 76 hours per person per year looking for misplaced items on their desks. And years ago, NEC-Mitsubishi said that cluttered desks can cause mental and physical stress, both as a result of frustration with the mess and owing to poor posture while working around all the junk.

  • How-Tos: Podcasting: All you need to know

    The first podcasts broadcast over the Internet more than a decade ago, and since that time much has changed. Podcasting has gone from a niche hobby for amateurs to a recording industry that's helping many entertainers make a living.

  • How-Tos: Problems with USB hub charging

    Why your USB hub may not be charging your phone or external hard drive, and how you can solve that problem.

  • How-Tos: How to Send Web Content Straight to Your Kindle

    If you're a Kindle (or Kindle app) owner and a Google Chrome user, here's good news: You can now send Web content directly to your mobile device.

  • 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: How to Eliminate Eyestrain From Your Big, Beautiful PC

    Building a desktop computer that's amazing is easy, if a little time-consuming. But even after you’ve stuffed your new system with all the latest hardware, hooked up your cabling, and cleaned off your desk for a giant monitor, you’re not quite done.

  • 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: View PC desktop on TV via USB

    Our Helproom Expert explains how to use your TV as a large monitor for your PC or laptop.

  • How-Tos: How to Save Money on Printing Costs

    By now you've heard the claim that at close to $4731 per gallon, printer ink is more expensive than vintage Champagne, rare whiskey, and Russian caviar. PCWorld reported on that almost ten years ago, and not much has changed since.

  • How-Tos: Scanning Negatives, Shooting the Moon, Fixing the Colors in a Photo

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many as I can--though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can't promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus.

  • How-Tos: PC monitor displays at wrong resolution

    If your PC or laptop is connected to an external display but the screen resolution is incorrect, our Helproom Editor can assist.

  • How-Tos: How to type unusual characters on a qwerty keyboard

    If you are trying to inding type such as the | symbol, é, ©, and € using a qwerty keyboard, our Helproom Editor's simple guide should help.

  • How-Tos: How to Buy a Router

    Are you still using the router that your Internet service provider gave you? If so, you might not be getting the best results possible. Routers that ISPs provide tend to be older models running custom firmware, and the download and upload speeds from these routers may not match the speeds you pay for.

  • How-Tos: How to install Windows 7 with a USB flash drive

    A complete guide on installing Microsoft Windows 7 from a humble USB drive, with a extra trick.

  • How-Tos: Can you get a CyKey one-handed keyboard for a tablet?

    A reader wanted to know if there is a tablet that works with a CyKey one-handed keyboard. Our Helproom Editor was there to advise.

  • How-Tos: Help! My PC can't read memory cards

    Not all SD cards are created equal, and your PC may not be able to read certain capacity cards, but it is simple to fit an inexpensive memory card reader that will solve the problem.

  • How-Tos: Ten things to do with your new Mac

    Perhaps you lucked out this holiday season, and instead of unwrapping an itchy sweater or a Dunkin' Donuts gift card, you tore the wrapping paper off a brand new Mac. And perhaps this is the very first Mac that you've owned. Don't be afraid of your new computer; you're leaving behind a world of headaches, and this new Mac is your Excedrin.

  • How-Tos: How to use Bluetooth peripherals with Windows 8

    Many Windows 8 users have reported problems with keyboards and mouses that connect via Bluetooth. Our Helproom Expert advises one reader.

  • How-Tos: Buying Guide: Document scanners

    Do you yearn for a paperless office, dream of being able to search your paper files as easily as your digital files, or simply want to reduce paper clutter? In all these cases, your goal is to turn all those piles of paper on your desk, and the contents of your bulging filing cabinets, into PDF documents that look exactly like the originals--and have searchable, selectable text. The best tool for this job is a document scanner.


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