How to figure out if a website is down…or if it’s just you

Internet access is a glorious thing—except for when it isn’t. Sometimes it’s an easy fix if you know how to solve Wi-Fi router problems, and other times the issue isn’t so obvious, especially if it looks like your favorite site went down and took half the web with it. If you need to figure out…



Free up space on your SSD or hard drive

Frank Yao asked how to free up space on his local, internal drive. I’ve already discussed how to free up space in Windows itself and in your various installed programs. This time, I’m concentrating on libraries and data files. If you’re like most people, these take up most of your space and most of your waste. But…



Virginia Tech powers DNA analysis with PC parallel computing and Azure

The university of Virginia Tech has used Microsoft Azure cloud together with parallel laptop computing to run DNA sequence analysis



This trick can quickly fix many mysterious hardware failures

Every now and then something breaks on your computer. Maybe you get a bad system update from Microsoft or cosmic rays flip the wrong bit on your system. Whatever the cause, often your problem has nothing to do with hardware, but lies within the software powering it, instead. This recently happened to me when a…



When your fast PC suddenly slows down

Rodolfo’s laptop “started to slow down 2 days ago.” A number of factors can cause that change. Let’s start with the easiest and most obvious fix: Have you rebooted lately? A lot of people leave their PCs on 24/7, or put them into sleep or hibernation mode rather than shutting them down completely. But a…



UglyEmail reveals when senders secretly track your email activity, personal info

Advertising companies aren’t just tracking your web browsing habits—some marketers secretly monitor your email usage to discover a startling amount of information about you, too. While senders are limited to only tracking specific messages they’ve sent to you, doing so can reveal whether you’ve opened the email or clicked any links in the message. It…



Windows System Restore: You can adjust this utility to save your PC image more often

I noticed that Windows wasn’t creating restore points as often as I wanted them. I set out to discover how I—and you—can better control how often this vital task happens without manual intervention. Just about any new problem that makes Windows behave badly can be fixed by opening Windows’ System Restore and returning to an…



How to run Windows software in Linux: Everything you need to know

Linux is more capable than ever. With over 1000 Linux games available on Steam and a general shift towards more web-based desktop software, there’s less need for Windows than ever. After all, you can now watch Netflix on Linux without any hacks, and you can even use Microsoft Office on Linux—a web-based version of it,…



SocialSafe automates social media backup

Most social networks have a mechanism that makes it easy to export all your status updates and photos, but figuring out how to do it isn’t always simple. Plus you have to go through each social network one at a time. If you’re looking for an easier way to get most of your data out…



Windows Live Mail stores your messages, but where? Here’s how to find them

Ed Faris asked where Microsoft’s Windows Live Mail program stores his email. If you don’t know where your important files are, you can’t be sure you’re backing them up. And if they’re not backed up, you can lose them. And not knowing an important file’s location isn’t just about backup. If your files disappear, it’s…



3 tips for easier migration to a new browser

Recently, I switched to Firefox after Chrome became unresponsive and buggy one too many times. Switching between browsers never used to be a big deal, but that’s just not the case anymore. We customize these programs with extensions, sync open tabs to our mobile devices, and, if you’re using Chrome, run apps like they’re native…



What to do if someone steals your IP address

Sam Cook’s ISP informed him that he has been downloading illegal material. He has done no such thing. He asked me to help him solve this problem. Neither your ISP nor anyone else can actually tell what you are doing on the Internet. But they can follow the activity of your public IP address—the one…



How to turn Evernote into a handy read-it-later service

Evernote is an incredibly useful service for storing notes and clipped items from the web, thanks to its powerful search function and helpful tag system that puts all your saved data at your fingertips. But did you know you can also turn it into a read-it-later service by clipping articles on your PC and stashing…



Your next laptop will have an awesome display. Here’s why

Laptop displays have improved drastically over the last few years, but it's just the beginning. A wide variety of new inventions will soon arrive, boosting efficiency while sharpening color accuracy. Here's what might be inside your next notebook. The post Your next laptop will have an awesome display. Here’s why appeared first on Digital Trends…



The easy answer to the laptop vs. desktop question: Use a docking station

Henry Johnston wants a PC with the advantages of both a desktop and a laptop. But he can’t afford to buy two computers. There’s no way to get all of the advantages of a desktop and laptop without buying two computers. You simply can’t slide next year’s most powerful graphics card into a PC that…



3 tools for finding and eradicating duplicate files on your hard drive

One of the pains of owning a PC that’s getting towards the end of its life is dealing with the ever-shrinking amount of storage as your PC fills up with music, photos, and documents. In the end, the only way to battle the bloat is often to get a new PC or more storage—but until…



Toshiba Chromebook 2 Review: Say Goodbye To Your Laptop

TL;DR: For the simple, humbling, endeavour of browsing the internet, the Chromebook 2 represents excellent value for money. Round 2. Toshiba is having a second crack at the whip with the Toshiba Chromebook 2, but can it solve the problems of Chromebook past? Toshiba’s original Chromebook, the, er, Toshiba Chromebook, suffered from [...]



What happens when a hard drive crashes

When Manoj Yadav took his dead PC to a repair shop, he was told that the drive had crashed. He asked me what physically happens to a drive to crash it. Hard drives, unlike the SSDs slowly replacing them, are mechanical machines with moving parts. Each drive has one or more spinning platters, extremely tiny…



Lenovo Laptop? 'Superfish' Removal Tools Are Easy, And Fast To Use

Lenovo has faced furious criticism after it admitted installing software on its laptops which inserted ads into webpages — and in the process opened its users up to huge security problems. The adware, known as Superfish, was designed to help users find cheaper products when shopping, according to Lenovo. It was installed on machines sold…



Password Problems

Rochester, N.Y. – With more and more of our lives going digital, passwords have proliferated. With that proliferation, there's also forgetfulness, and a potential vulnerability. “Basically I try to keep my passwords the same,” said Junshen Nie as he used both his laptop and phone at the same time from a food court at Marketplace…