Tutorials

  • Windows 7 tricks: 20 top tips and tweaks

    Just got your hands on Windows 7 and want to bend it to your will? No problem. We've got plenty of tips, hacks and secrets to keep you busy for a long time, including automatically opening Windows Explorer to a folder of your choice, speeding up taskbar thumbnails, finding hidden desktop themes, forcing User Account Control to act the way you'd like, keeping your Explorer searches secret from others, and more.

    12 Nov. 09 04:20 Written by Preston Gralla
  • Free tools for fine-tuning your Windows 7 setup

    Last week I told you how to migrate to Windows 7 at your own pace--there's no need to jump into the deep end right away. Now that you've got Windows 7 up and running on your newly partitioned, dual-boot PC, it's time for the next big step in any OS migration: reinstalling your software.

    04 Nov. 09 07:18 Written by Rick Broida
  • Windows 7: What you should know about XP Mode

    Windows 7 is doing much better out of the gate than Windows Vista did. As good as the OS roll out is going, there are still legacy devices out there that don't have drivers and software updates to work with Windows 7. The vast masses of users who have held on to Windows XP are particularly vulnerable to this issue which is why Microsoft created XP Mode virtualization to ease the pain of transition.

    04 Nov. 09 02:13 Written by Tony Bradley
  • How to: Reletter a drive

    Windows turned drive F: into drive G:, so the PC's owner asked the <a href="http://forums.pcworld.com/index.php?/forum/2024-answer-line/">Answer Line forum</a> how to change it back.

    31 Oct. 09 04:23 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • How to optimize your Windows 7 PC

    Windows 7 comes as a significant performance improvement over its predecessor, Windows Vista.

    20 Oct. 09 10:48 Written by David Murphy
  • BlackBerry: Create MMS Audio, Video, Slide Shows

    You've probably used your BlackBerry smartphone to send countless text, or short message service (SMS), messages. Perhaps you even employ your device's multimedia messaging service (MMS) functionality to distribute image- and video-messages to friends and colleagues and/or groups of both.

    16 Oct. 09 05:34 Written by Al Sacco
  • Copy Windows Media Center TV recordings to Your iPod

    The other day I told you how to add a TV tuner to your PC so you can record shows, TiVo-style. That's easy enough, but what about copying those recordings to your iPod or iPhone?

    10 Oct. 09 09:38 Written by Rick Broida
  • Build a social network for your business

    Upgrade from the break-room bulletin board and one-way customer e-mail lists--your business can take advantage of its own Facebook-like social network.

    08 Oct. 09 09:19 Written by Zack Stern
  • Are your developers unit testing?

    Recurring bugs in software development are normally a sign of a problem in the development process. Unit testing is one method used by development teams to solve this problem. At its core, unit testing is about writing a series of independent small tests to check that individual functions within the code base are doing the right thing.

    21 Sept. 09 17:22 Written by Pascal Hakim
  • Play music from an external hard drive

    Daniel Shaughnessy wants iTunes and Windows Media Player to see the music on his external USB hard drive.

    18 Sept. 09 02:53 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • Pimp my browser: How to get the most out of Firefox

    Thanks to online video, Web apps, social networking, and so on, the humble Web browser is being pushed to do more and to do it faster. With a few simple tweaks and tools, you can improve your browsing experience and save yourself some time in the process.

    04 Sept. 09 09:04 Written by Chris Brandrick
  • How to: safely get rid of your hard drive

    After reading "Remove sensitive data before you sell an old PC," Joel Edillon wants to know if it's a good idea to physically destroy a hard drive instead of wiping it with special software.

    27 Aug. 09 03:35 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • How-To: Run applications from a flash drive

    Joseph Mott wants to know if he can put applications, specifically Microsoft Office applications like Word and Excel, onto a flash drive.

    13 Aug. 09 02:00 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • E-mail etiquette: Tips for home and work

    The rules for handling e-mail messages properly and considerately may be old hat to you, but it doesn't hurt to examine some of the newer and lesser-known tenets of polite e-mailing.

    12 Aug. 09 14:26 Written by Christopher Null
  • Introduction to Clojure

    It's relatively simple to get up and running with Clojure - the latest Lisp dialect. We show you how.

    10 Aug. 09 17:27 Written by Pascal Hakim
  • Choosing the perfect notebook for Windows 7

    Picking a laptop can be a complicated ordeal that amounts to balancing features against portability against price -- and with Windows 7 on the way, the choice gets tricker. Here are some tips for purchasing a notebook computer that will work well with Windows 7.

    06 Aug. 09 20:10 Written by Frank J. Ohlhorst
  • 7 Habits of the Effective Network Manager

    Years of observing hundreds of network managers has revealed 7 habits that differentiate the effective network manager from the others. In this white paper, we will identify those 7 habits and discuss how these habits contribute to providing a well performing and reliable network. When problems do occur, these problems can be resolved in a timely manner, reducing the impact on the business, while at the same time, maintaining the credibility of the networking department.

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