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  • 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.

  • How-Tos: Why a 4TB drive may display only 1.79TB storage

    Why does your '4TB' hard drive show less than half that amount in terms of usable storage? Our Helproom Expert explains.

  • How-Tos: How to Root Your Kindle Fire

    Amazon's Android-powered Kindle Fire e-reader/tablet has arrived, which means only one thing: Eager Android enthusiasts everywhere will buy one and hack it so they can get superuser access, or "root" it. Root your Kindle Fire, and you can potentially install a custom Android ROM that lets you use your Kindle Fire as a full-featured tablet, install and use Android apps that require root privileges to add features and access your Kindle's system guts, and more. (You can even add support for the complete Android Market, but that's a separate guide.)

  • How-Tos: How To Lock Down Your Wireless Network

    If you operate a wireless network for your home or business, it's important to ward it against opportunistic hackers seeking to steal your data or hijack your Wi-Fi for their own nefarious purposes. We spoke to Steven Andrés, CTO of security consulting firm Special Ops Security, to learn about the best ways to lock down your Wi-Fi. To get started, you'll need to log in to your router's administrative console by typing the router's IP address into your Web browser's address bar. Most routers use a common address like 192.168.1.1, though alternatives like 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.2.1 are also common. Check the manual that came with your router to determine the correct IP address; if you've lost your manual, you can usually find the appropriate IP address on the manufacturer's website.

  • How-Tos: iPad printing to an unsupported printer

    A reader who wishes to remain unnamed shouldn't be so shy, as this is a perfectly lovely question. He or she writes:

  • How-Tos: Updating a stubborn iPod touch to iOS 5

    A reader who wishes to remain anonymous is having some difficulty downloading iOS 5. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to add a second monitor to your PC

    A second display helps you see more and work more efficiently. Here's how to add a second monitor to your PC.

  • How-Tos: How to view photos on a TV

    Having problems viewing photos from your PC on your TV? Our Helproom Expert can help.

  • How-Tos: Make your computer read out documents

    If you have poor eyesight and need to have documents and web pages read out to you, our Helproom Expert can help.

  • How-Tos: Laptop won't charge: here's how to fix it

    What to do if your laptop's battery stops charging, as explained by our Helproom Expert.

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    Need to get a USB 3.0 drive to work with a PC that has only USB 2.0 connectivity? Our Helproom Expert can help.


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