Tutorials

  • VGA, DVI or HDMI for a monitor connection?

    Reader Mike ordered a new Dell system that came with a 21.5-inch LCD monitor. Although the monitor includes VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs, it included only a VGA cable--even though the setup instructions recommend a DVI or HDMI connection! Mike wants to know why, and whether he should bother buying a different cable.

    20 May 10 00:38 Written by Rick Broida
  • Make a trackball with an optical mouse, deodorant rollerball

    A guide from Instructables member Elgatoandaluz shows you how to create your own trackball using a cardboard case and parts from an optical mouse and a deodorant stick. First, take the top portion off of a standard optical mouse and begin salvaging the buttons and position wheel to attach to the cardboard case in whatever layout you think is best.

    19 May 10 08:21 Written by Alessondra Springmann
  • 10 great ways to get more from your iPad

    The iPad is loaded with all kinds of features you've probably heard about, but look a little deeper, and its extra abilities might surprise you. Some of these secrets are enabled through apps, while some are built into the device already.

    19 May 10 00:01 Written by Zack Stern
  • Test your Facebook privacy settings: Here's how

    We've been talking about Facebook's privacy mess for days now. We all know the story, right? Privacy controls are broken, everyone's getting irritated, Facebook's not too concerned, blah flippidy-freakin' blah.

    18 May 10 07:59 Written by JR Raphael
  • How to fix anything

    Your PC will crash, your camera will break, your network will fail, and your printer will chew up paper.

    13 May 10 16:25 Written by Patrick Miller
  • Defeat tech distractions

    Concentration is defined as giving all of your attention to a subject or--hey wait, I just got a text message.

    13 May 10 16:04 Written by Christopher Null
  • Create cool 3D photos at Start 3D

    If you've ever wanted to play around with 3D photography but lack the time, equipment, and/or know-how, you owe yourself a visit to Start 3D.

    13 May 10 08:33 Written by Rick Broida
  • 14 ways to supercharge your smartphone

    Are you using your smartphone to its fullest? Probably not--smartphone owners typically push their devices up to only about half their potential. Here are 14 smartphone apps to help your Android handset, BlackBerry, or iPhone become all that it can be.

    13 May 10 00:08 Written by Ian Paul
  • Foursquare: Unlock 'Secret' Badges and Reduce Privacy Risks

    You've probably heard of social-networking service Foursquare. If you haven't already jumped in headfirst yourself, you may be aware that Foursquare's a location-based social network that lets users "check-in" via mobile device at restaurants, bars, shopping malls, wherever, to obtain points and rewards in the form of "Mayorships" and "badges." And many are calling it "the next Twitter."

    11 May 10 07:17 Written by Al Sacco
  • 5 Tips for Pain-Free Wireless Home Networking

    Hair-pullingly bad experiences with wireless networking have led me to formulate Snyder's First Law of Home Networking: No matter who sells you the router, you'll have at least one excruciating session with tech support before you have an Internet connection.

    11 May 10 07:06 Written by Bill Snyder
  • Geek 101: HTML5, CSS3 and you

    HTML is the standard language used to build Web pages. It isn't going anywhere, but some new technologies--such as HTML5 and CSS3--are already changing how you interact with Web sites. Here's what these technologies are, what they can do, and why you should care.

    08 May 10 07:57 Written by James Mulroy
  • Customize hard drive searches with Agent Ransack

    Agent Ransack (free) allows for creating customized searches that go well beyond basic Windows searches. Its most powerful features are aimed at programmers and other techies. It's available in a 32-bit and a 64-bit version.

    08 May 10 07:55 Written by Erik Larkin
  • Install and manage apps in Android Market

    Your Android phone is only as useful as the apps you put on it. Whether you're looking to play games, manage media, or find new ways to organize your life, apps are the tools that can make it happen.

    07 May 10 08:13 Written by JR Raphael
  • Shoot, edit, and manage photos in Android

    Who needs to carry a camera if a smartphone is at hand? The Android operating system packs enough of photo functionality that it can often stand in for both a camera and a PC. Once you've learned how to harness your Android phone's photo power, capturing and sharing memorable moments will always be a snap.

    07 May 10 07:20 Written by JR Raphael
  • Use your Android phone as a wireless modem

    You know you can surf the Net on your Android phone--but did you know that the same phone can also enable you to surf the Net from your PC?

    07 May 10 07:18 Written by JR Raphael
  • Manage music with Android

    Google Android is a great platform for mobile communications, but it's also designed from the ground up to offer a rich multimedia experience. Your Android device is jam-packed with features that let you manage and play your digital music in a variety of ways.

    06 May 10 00:30 Written by Robert Strohmeyer
  • Manage files and documents on your Android phone

    All play and no work makes your smartphone an expensive toy. But with the help of a wide selection of professional-grade mobile apps from the Android Market, your Android phone can get down to business. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to manage files on your phone, and I'll highlight some of the best tools and apps for viewing, creating, and editing business documents on the go.

    06 May 10 00:26 Written by Robert Strohmeyer
  • Keep your personal data off the market

    In 2003, author and security pioneer Simson Garfinkel conducted a study of data he found on second-hand hard drives. On eBay, Garfinkel bought the hard drive from an old ATM machine; it held 827 bank account PINs. Another drive he purchased on eBay had previously been owned by a medical center and contained information on 31,000 credit card numbers.

    05 May 10 23:35 Written by Tony Bradley

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