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  • How-Tos: Bugs & Fixes: Mac OS X 10.6.8 bug work-arounds

    Now that Mac OS X 10.6.8 has been out for a couple of weeks, it’s a good time to check in and see what problems, if any, are being commonly reported. There are three issues that appear to have generated the most user complaints:

  • How-Tos: How to take and manage photos on an Android device

    Who needs to carry a camera when a smartphone is at hand? The Android operating system packs so much functionality that it can often stand in for both a camera and a PC. Once you've learned how to harness your device's photo capabilities, capturing and sharing memorable moments is a snap.

  • How-Tos: How to enable cookies in Internet Explorer 9

    When surfing the net, websites will leave little bits of information, known as cookies, stored on your PC. These cookies allow your browser to remember your login details or site preferences. It's very easy to enable and disable them

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    When surfing the net, websites will leave little bits of information, known as cookies, stored on your PC. These cookies allow your browser to remember your login details or site preferences. It's very easy to enable and disable them. Here's how to do it in Firefox 5.

  • How-Tos: How to log in to Facebook from a Sony Ericsson Vivaz

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  • How-Tos: How to create vector masks in Photoshop

    In graphic art and design, a mask is a tool that lets you isolate part of an image from the area surrounding it. Once isolated, you can apply adjustments (for example, special effects or color balance) to that area alone, or use the mask to eliminate the background completely. With Adobe Photoshop CS4 and CS5, you can create masks using both pixels and vector paths, but masks created with vector tools are almost always more accurate than those created using pixel-based tools. Moreover, vector masks are easier to edit later on. Here are some quick steps you can use to create a vector mask.

  • How-Tos: How to deal with a failed Windows update

    If your PC delivers an error message about Windows Updates configuring, it may mean that an important update has been missed. Here's what to do.

  • How-Tos: Display More Recent Items In Windows 7 Jump Lists

    This week, I've been looking at a few productivity enhancers built directly into Windows 7, with the aim of making life a little easier for people who work with tons of files on a daily basis. On Tuesday I suggested a useful way to select multiple folders with checkboxes. Today I'm going to show you how to expand your Windows 7 Jump Lists to give you quick access to more of your recently viewed documents.

  • How-Tos: Help! Word and Excel are 'not responding...'

    A reader wrote in with a problem with Word and Excel 2007. Here's what to do if you are getting error messages with 'File12\1033\MSO.acl' and 'MSO 1033.acl' in them

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