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    Ubuntu's included NetworkManager software aims to make your network connections "just work." Nevertheless, sometimes thing go awry. There are times you have to adjust or change your connection settings, especially when using a laptop--just like in Windows.

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  • How-Tos: How to use Google Calendar like a pro

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  • How-Tos: How to Protect Personal, Corporate Information When You Travel

    Before flying from Rome to Philadelphia earlier this summer, I stopped in the hotel lobby to print my boarding pass. The hotel had one computer dedicated solely to this task. It was the only public computer available to guests. I could access only airline websites and input my name and confirmation number for the ticket. That was it.

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  • How-Tos: Add sizzle to your PowerPoint presentation with shapes and special effects

    Unless you're presenting a cure for insomnia, you want your PowerPoint slides to engage your audience without distracting them from the presenter (you). Too much text invites people to read rather than listen--if they don't just tune out completely.

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  • How-Tos: How to make a font

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  • How-Tos: Make your PowerPoint presentations pop with charts, graphics, and images

    You can buck the stereotype of PowerPoint presentations as bullet-pointed snoozefest. PowerPoint has a wealth of new graphics, layout, and animation features to liven up your deck. We'll focus on how to add tables, charts, graphics, and images to your slides, but that's just a sample--delve deeper into the menus and you'll find a wealth of additional options.

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    So, you need some eye-popping visuals to show off your top sales numbers for that meeting in 40 minutes but data, not design, is your forte. No problem. With Excel 2013--even if you've never used it--you can pump out a sophisticated, professional chart as fast as you can type. Or, if you can copy and paste the data from another source, you can produce a chart or graph in about 10 minutes (or less). Here's how you do it.

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