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  • How-Tos: 6 CIOs Share Their Strategic Visions for 2013

    If your IT organization doesn't have a clear core strategy, it's easy to get caught up in--and spend too much on--technology trends. Learn about six CIOs' strategies for 2013 and see how they compare to your plans for the rest of the year.

  • How-Tos: How to Avoid Online Reputation Management Nightmares

    Don't let a few bad reviews or one negative article ruin your reputation with online customers. These three case studies feature companies that faced online reputation challenges, with a look at the results they achieved and the lessons they learned along the way.

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

    Analytics help you find out what brings visitors to your small business website. With that information, you can better design your site to give visitors what they are looking for--and turn them into customers. Here's a primer on linking your site to Google Analytics and getting the most out of the data it gives you.

  • How-Tos: How to edit PDFs in Word 2013

    Word 2013 brings a fair number of new features to the word-processing table, but one of the most welcome (and business-friendly) by far is the capability to edit PDFs.

  • How-Tos: iTunes playlists, tags, and track durations

    In the last Ask the iTunes Guy column of the year, I look at playlist views, a quick way to make playlists from folders of songs, adding tags to your tracks, and how to see the duration of selected tracks in iTunes 11.

  • How-Tos: How to encrypt a file in XP

    Our Helproom Editor explains how to password-protect files when using a PC or laptop running Windows XP.

  • How-Tos: iTunes 11: Miniplayer and Up Next tips

    Two more tips about iTunes 11 from the readers of Mac OS X Hints:

  • How-Tos: Big Data, Cheap Storage Bring In-Memory Analytics Into Spotlight

    In-memory analytics, like virtualization and the cloud, is an old idea that's been given new life. In this case, the combination of big data, inexpensive commodity storage and parallel processing make it possible to analyze terabytes of data without slowing systems to a crawl.

  • How-Tos: How to Set Up a Pinterest Business Page

    Following in the footsteps of Facebook, Twitter and Google+, social bookmarking site Pinterest has unveiled pages exclusively for businesses.

  • How-Tos: How to tame messy Gmail replies

    Much as I love Gmail, I don't love how messy it can be. Messy interface, messy layout, and, sometimes, messy emails.

  • How-Tos: How to Set Up a Pinterest Business Page

    You have no doubt watched the rise of Pinterest, the latest social media phenom. But have you switched to the new Pinterest Business Pages? Here's how to do it, plus details on its other exclusive features.

  • How-Tos: 6 Kickstarter nightmares, and how to prevent them

    For tens of thousands of entrepreneurs frustrated by Washington's arcane legal rules for raising business capital, Kickstarter has been nothing short of a red-tape weed whacker. The crowd-funding website lets individual investors pledge money directly to inventors and artists, handily upending the complex and often impossible process of raising financing one person at a time.

  • How-Tos: Extend broadband network to a garage or shed

    You have an office in the garden that you want to connect to your broadband. Running a cable isn't an option, so what do you do? Our Helproom Editor explains.

  • How-Tos: How to move from Gmail to Outlook.com

    So you've decided you like the cut of Outlook.com's jib, so much so that you're ready to ditch Gmail and move your mail into Microsoft's camp. Easier said than done, right?

  • How-Tos: How to recover deleted emails

    Our Helproom Editor explains how to recover emails you accidentally deleted.

  • How-Tos: Quick Look power tips: working with multiple files

    You've worked on a project that's generated multiple versions of many files with next-to-useless names, and now you need to send the best ones to your colleagues. How can you efficiently rummage through the candidates, when even the apps that created them can't give you a good overview of multiple files? All you need is the often-overlooked features of OS X's Quick Look.

  • 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: How to download webmail for offline viewing

    Webmail is great, but sometimes you want to be able to read your emails when you don't have a web connection. Our Helproom Editor explains how to download webmail for offline viewing.

  • How-Tos: How to Analyze Data Using Excel PivotTables

    When you compile data in a list, you often need to answer questions such as "How much revenue did the West Coast office generate last month?" or "What was the average number of customers served at each office in each quarter last year?"


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