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    Security is always a concern when organizations contemplate a move to the public cloud. However, a combination of third-party tools and careful reading of your service level agreement can give you the peace of mind you need to move mission-critical applications to the public cloud.

  • How-Tos: Tips for Photographing Birds

    Perhaps you've noticed something about photographing wildlife: It's really hard. The main problem, of course, is that animals will, almost without exception, fail to pose on cue. In fact, they refuse to take any direction from you at all. And if you thought it was hard to take a photo of a cat or a dog or a moose, just try to photograph birds. In the past, I've given some advice for shooting wildlife and pets, but this week let's zero in on tips for capturing our feathered buddies.

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  • How-Tos: 10 Microsoft Word Style Secrets

    As with most things in life, there’s an easy way to do things in Microsoft Word, and a there’s hard way. Using styles might seem like too much effort when you're busy, but this feature can save you a great deal of time should you ever need to change a document's formatting later.

  • 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: 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: 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.

  • 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: Edit file information and access privileges with FileXaminer

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  • How-Tos: Turn Chrome's New Tab Into a Stylish Clock and Weather Station

    When you open a new tab in Google's Chrome browser, you typically see thumbnails of your most-visited sites or a collection of Chrome apps.

  • How-Tos: Connect Android phone to Ad Hoc network

    Android phones and Android tablets cannot connect to Ad Hoc networks, by default. Our Helproom Editor explains how to use third-party Ad Hoc enablers, as well as how to how to set up your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot and connect your laptop to it.

  • How-Tos: How to Set Up Multiple Monitors In Windows 8

    According to recent data collected by the Windows Feedback Program for Microsoft, less than 15 percent of desktop users and less than 5 percent of laptop users connect their systems to multiple monitors. That's a shame because few upgrades can improve productivity as much as multiple displays can. Having additional screen real estate at your disposal lets you keep more application windows open and visible on-screen at the same time; it also simplifies the task of transferring data between applications, and minimizes the need to click or scroll through open windows to find you're looking for.

  • How-Tos: Expand system partition in Windows

    Our Helproom Editor explains how to make a Windows drive partition bigger.

  • How-Tos: Clearing up Mountain Lion confusion

    When Apple ships a new version of the Mac OS, it generally takes no more than 24 hours for the questions to come pouring in. Such is exactly the case with Mountain Lion. You have questions, I have answers.

  • How-Tos: How to Get Started Screencasting

    If you want to share your favorite software tips and PC gaming strategies with friends and family online, you need to look into producing your own indie screencast. Screencasting (recording video of your desktop along with audio narration for sharing with others) is a great tool to make tutorials or just show off your new desktop, app, or website. Businesses big and small offer screencasts all the time to demonstrate the strengths of their software products, but figuring out how to record your screen on the cheap can be a bit of a hassle.


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