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  • How-Tos: Dont Be a Loser on eBay

    eBay is a great resource if you're looking to buy things at a discount--with everyone competing to sell their tchotchkes and castoffs, you can often find things a lot cheaper at this online marketplace than in a brick-and-mortar store. The downside: The low price that you see on many auction-only items is rarely the price you'll pay at the end of the auction if you win.

  • How-Tos: Four Safer Ways to Pay Online

    Who has your private info? Who knows, given how common security breaches have become. And credit card information is one of the most common types of personal data we volunteer online. So what can you do to minimize credit card fraud? Well, you can't stop the break-ins, but here are four ways to keep your funds out of the hands of the bad guys.

  • How-Tos: How to uninstall Internet Explorer 9

    Tech firms such as Microsoft and Apple often release new versions of their software including web browser and office suites. But what happens if you download thelatest version, only to find you preferred its predecessor for whatever reason

  • How-Tos: How to customise the browser toolbar in Safari

    The toolbars at the top of your web browser allow you to access actions such as reloading a page, stopping a webpage from loading or even printing a page. It is relatively easy to customise these toolbars to ensure actions you use frequently are displayed and those that you don't often use are removed.

  • How-Tos: How to customise the browser toolbar in Internet Explorer

    The toolbars at the top of your web browser allow you to access actions such as reloading a page, stopping a webpage from loading or even printing a page.

  • How-Tos: Lion and the Rosetta dead-end

    Reader Donald Kaye is in the same boat as many old-time Mac users and recent switchers. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to activate automatic send/receive in Foxmail

    I'm using Foxmail and can't seem to activate the auto send/receive function that's supposed to take place when I launch the application. To download new email messages I have to click the send/receive icon. There is a setting in the Tools menu, but for some reason it fails to work.

  • How-Tos: What to do if you receive a suspect email

    A reader received an email that he thought might be a phishing attack. But how to respond?

  • How-Tos: How to remove bloatware from a new PC

    Lots of new PCs come crammed with software trials and freebies that are more bloatware than useful. But should you wipe the hard drive and reinstall Windows to get rid of them? Probably not, and here's why.

  • How-Tos: Four ways to make the Dock more powerful

    Right now, the Dock is probably sitting at the bottom of your screen, showing you applications, a couple of folders, and your Mac's trusty Trash. (Then again, it may be hidden, or stretch along the side of your screen; see this article to learn how to customize the Dock.) Most Mac users know the basics of using this OS X tool, but what you may not realize is that the Dock offers powerful and convenient ways to access the files and folders you work with most often.

  • How-Tos: Five Simple Tips for Better Fireworks Photos

    This time of year, photographers dust off their cameras while dogs hide under the bed: It's fireworks season. Trance and Topher (my dogs) notwithstanding, I love fireworks displays--especially on the Fourth of July--and I'm always eager to capture some of the magic on film. In years past, I've given you detailed advice for shooting fireworks, but this year I've decided to distill it all down to five simple tips. Follow these, and you should have some nifty fireworks photos this year.

  • How-Tos: Five Excel Nightmares (and How to Fix Them)

    Have you ever wondered if Microsoft Excel was invented by a sadist?

  • How-Tos: How to run Defender in Windows Vista

    Advice on what to do if you can't get Defender to work correctly in Windows Vista.

  • How-Tos: How to change your default search engine in Internet Explorer 9

    When it comes to Internet Explorer, Microsoft uses its own search engine, Bing, as the browser's default. However, in just a few clicks you can easily change it to a search engine that suits you. Here's how.

  • How-Tos: How to change your default search engine in Firefox

    Web browsers have a search bar that allows users to trawl the web without navigating to the search engine's dedicated web page. In the case of Firefox 4, Google is the default search engine. However, it's easy to change this to a search engine that suits you. Here's how.

  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot a slow booting PC

    I upgraded my PC's motherboard, CPU and hard disk. Windows 7 64-bit now takes four minutes to load. By booting into Safe mode, I found that it's hanging at Windows\System32\Drivers\ClassPnp.sys.

  • How-Tos: Deal With Yelp Disasters

    Customers aren't always right, but their opinions almost always count. Glenn Reit discovered this the hard way when his New York dental practice got a single negative review from an anonymous user on Yelp. According to Reit's legal filings, his business dropped off drastically, from 10 to 15 new appointment calls per day to a mere 4 or 5. By any standard, the result of that one bad review nestled among ten good ones was disproportionately devastating.

  • How-Tos: Automator workflow of the month: Create to-do items anywhere

    One of the main reasons Mac users avoid Apple's automation utility, Automator, is because they believe that to do anything worthwhile with it, you have to create complex workflows. If you count yourself among this group, allow me to disabuse you of the notion by providing you with a one-step-yet-useful workflow that allows you to create iCal to-do items from within any application. This workflow makes it a cinch to keep track of all the little things you need to do, but might otherwise not take the time to enter into iCal.

  • How-Tos: Take Night Photos, Understand Focal Lengths, and More

    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. For more frequently asked questions, read my newsletters from January, February, March, and April.

  • How-Tos: Keep Your Data in Sync Across Platforms and Devices

    People are no longer tied to any specific location or device as they roam about getting work done on laptops, tablets, or even smartphones. The challenge is to keep everything synced so you can access the same data from each of those platforms.


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