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How to install an OS from a USB

How to install an OS from a USB

It’s going to happen more and more often as we move into the age of tablets. Those of us who remove, change, or reinstall our operating systems find it more or less annoying that many systems, such as netbooks and tablets, don’t come with a DVD drive. Sure, you can buy a USB drive and […]

Replacing an APC UPS Battery

Replacing an APC UPS Battery

If you have a Uninterruptable Power Supply for your PC or server, then you already know that the batteries eventually die. Here are some things to consider when replacing the battery in your APC UPS.

How to Keep Game Saves from Overwhelming My Documents Folder

How to Keep Game Saves from Overwhelming My Documents Folder

We need to find a way to manage the problem so that you still have your saved games but doesn’t clog up your folder. Here are a few different things you can try.

How to center two inline images in WordPress

How to center two inline images in WordPress

WordPress is a great content management system, but one of the weirdest quirks about its WYSIWYG editor is inserting two or more centered images side-by-side. There is a way to do this in the Visual editor without having to enter any custom HTML and works without compromising your layout.

Fix Broken Custom Background on WordPress

Fix Broken Custom Background on WordPress

You can easily fix this yourself in a few minutes. You just need to update your theme’s tag in the header.php file. Go to Appearance > Editor and then click on Header.php.

RAM Upgrades for Noobs

RAM Upgrades for Noobs

Not everyone knows how to build a computer scratch, and many more are completely clueless when it comes to something as simple as upgrading a stick of RAM. So I’m going to give a quick and dirty lesson on how to install new memory on your motherboard.

Emulate an Android Tablet on Your PC

Emulate an Android Tablet on Your PC

Do you want to test-drive Android apps before you buy a tablet or phone? Is your phone too slow to play the latest Android games? An Android emulator may be just what you need.

How to Install the PS Vita Screen Protector Without Bubbles

How to Install the PS Vita Screen Protector Without Bubbles

I’ve used screen protector films before on my iPhone and Pocket PC devices before, and I can tell you that they can be maddening to get them perfectly centered and without air bubbles.

8TB NAS – Upgrading the Primary Synology NAS Volume

8TB NAS – Upgrading the Primary Synology NAS Volume

Digital media is so common in today’s modern society. Even people who would not be considered “tech nerds” have many gigabytes of personal data. Be it MP3s, digital photos, eBooks, or documents, people accumulate a lot of stuff. All of today’s digital media is usually strewn all around the house in a disorganized mess. This […]

How to get rid of Physx > GPU Message in PC Games

How to get rid of Physx > GPU Message in PC Games

So you’ve installed that brand new nVidia GeForce GTX 580 and you’re suddently getting an annoying “PHYSX > GPU” message in the top left of your PC game?   Older nVidia drivers did not have this enabled by default, so upgrading your drivers (or even migrating from ATI cards) could give you this message.   This setting is […]

Understand and Implement a Home Network

Understand and Implement a Home Network

People want to be able to share a single broadband Internet connection to several computers in the house. There are many different devices that you can use to make up your home network. If you have never heard network terminology device names like router, hub, etc may seem confusing. The purpose of most of these […]

How to Fix 100% CPU Usage on Synology Diskstation NAS

How to Fix 100% CPU Usage on Synology Diskstation NAS

I’ve been tweaking little things here and there with my Synology Diskstation DS 409 NAS server, more recently expanding its storage without upgrading the entire array (read about it here).  One of the things I finally did was upgrade from DSM (Diskstation Manager) 2.2 to DSM 3.0, which adds a completely new interface and fixes […]

How to remove "My Web Search" from Firefox

How to remove "My Web Search" from Firefox

The other day I came across a program that would automatically create web avatars based on your photograph.  I figured that wouldn’t be a bad thing to try out, so I downloaded it.  I expected that it would be a traditional executable file that I would use like any other application.  Instead, it was an […]

Case Cleaning 101

We also have another guide about cleaning up your case here. There is nothing wrong with leaving spills, dirt, and stains on your computer case. After all isn’t that what the case is for, to protect the electronic components inside from spills and dirt? This is true, but there are still parts of the case […]

How to Check Fiber Optics Like a Pro

What are Fiber Optic Inspection Microscopes? Fiber optic inspection microscopes are used to inspect the end face of a optical connector or cleaved fiber. Two types of fiber optic microscopes are popular on the market: fiber optic connector termination inspection and fiber patch panel ferrule inspection. Magnification levels of fiber scope are available at 200X […]

Choosing Fiber Optic Patch Cables

What is a fiber optic patch cable Fiber optic patch cable, often called fiber optic patch cord or fiber jumper cable, is a optical cable terminated with connectors on both ends. It has two major application areas: computer work station to outlet and patch panels or optical cross connect distribution center. They are for indoor […]

How to Choose a Radar Detector

Radar detectors are electronic devices designed to detect radio waves. Radar detectors detect radio signals across a range of wavelengths —X, K, Ka and Ku. Radar detectors are used for a variety of purposes across the world. Radar detectors help alert motorists regarding speed traps and radar guns. Radar detectors are also used in tracking, […]

Convert a Flash Movie to a Screensaver

Convert a Flash Movie to a Screensaver

Have you ever thought your Flash movie would make a great screen saver? This tutorial will show you what you should do to create a colorful full-featured SCR screen saver with great visual effects from any SWF project. Complete the following steps to create a screensaver: 1. Open SWF Maestro SCR. If you do not […]

Linux Firewall Part 5: The GUI Interface

Linux Firewall Part 5: The GUI Interface

Now that you have IPcop installed, you need to configure it.  IPcop provies you with a web interface in which you can configure nearly all of the settings of your new firewall.  To connect, just open up any web browser, and connect to the IP address you set up when you installed the software.  The […]

File Systems Explained

File Systems Explained

File systems are an integral part of any operating systems with the capacity for long term storage. There are two distinct parts of a file system, the mechanism for storing files and the directory structure into which they are organised. In mordern operating systems where it is possibe for several user to access the same […]