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10 Signs Your Computer Is Going To Crash & What To Do

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10 Signs Your Computer Is Going To Crash & What To Do

Computer crashes often occur suddenly and with little obvious warning. Once it happened, there is not much you can do, other than wait for the reboot or manually force a reset. The randomness with which a crash can strike is what makes it frustrating; one moment your PC is fine, the next it’s down and your files with it. Most crashes are not as random as they seem, however. There are a number of potential warning signs. Here’s the issues to look for – and how to fix them before they cause any harm.

Matt Smith September 6, 2013
10 Signs Your Computer Is Going To Crash & What To Do
Ooops! 10 Common User Errors & How To Fix Them In Windows 8

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Ooops! 10 Common User Errors & How To Fix Them In Windows 8

Try as it might to be an easy-to-use, simplified operating system, Windows 8 is still Windows at heart. If you’re using Windows 8’s desktop, you’ll still be facing many of the issues you faced on previous versions of Windows. We’ll cover some common problems users will face and how to fix them on Windows 8. Some of these tricks may work on previous versions of Windows, but Windows 8 adds many new tools to help with these sorts of problems. For example, Windows 8 includes a built-in antivirus.

Chris Hoffman September 5, 2013
Ooops! 10 Common User Errors & How To Fix Them In Windows 8
Gadgeteer – Microsoft’s Hardware Hacking Platform You Haven’t Heard Of

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Gadgeteer – Microsoft’s Hardware Hacking Platform You Haven’t Heard Of

Microsoft is still in the innovation business. If you don’t think so, you haven’t heard about Microsoft’s open source electronics prototyping platform called Gadgeteer. You read that right – Microsoft and Open Source in the same sentence. Wanted to build a little invention you had in mind? Maybe you’re already programming C# and would like to work with some different hardware. Are you a technology teacher looking for a platform with which to teach? From the student to the professional, Gadgeteer can help you make your ideas a reality.

Guy McDowell September 4, 2013
Gadgeteer – Microsoft’s Hardware Hacking Platform You Haven’t Heard Of
5 Laptop Maintenance Tips To Extend Its Life Expectancy

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5 Laptop Maintenance Tips To Extend Its Life Expectancy

Laptops are replaced every few years. We crave fancier hardware, novel features, and maybe our old device has become unresponsive and suffered some damage over time. Consequently, most laptops get thrown out prematurely. Unless you are looking for a silly excuse to buy a new and shiny device, you will love to hear that there are many ways to make your laptop last longer.

Tina Sieber September 3, 2013
5 Laptop Maintenance Tips To Extend Its Life Expectancy
Where Should Microsoft Go From Here? [You Told Us]

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Where Should Microsoft Go From Here? [You Told Us]

Microsoft is facing an important next phase in its long and (sometimes) illustrious history. The past decade has seen the Redmond-based company struggle to maintain its once vice-like grip on computers. Now, Microsoft is attempting to change from the inside out, with a new company structure and strategy as outlined in a memo from Steve Ballmer to the employees in July. With all of this going on we decided to seek out your views on Microsoft and your suggestions regarding the future direction of the company.

Dave Parrack September 3, 2013
Where Should Microsoft Go From Here? [You Told Us]
How To Control Your Windows 8 PC From Your Mobile Device

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How To Control Your Windows 8 PC From Your Mobile Device

Sometimes it’s nice to just plug your laptop into an HDTV and watch some Netflix — until you have to pause it or adjust the volume. Then you have to get up and walk across the room to click around on your computer. There just has to be a better way to do it. Apps like Team Viewer or Pocketcloud come to mind, but you don’t always need complete remote access to your computer; sometimes you just need an easy to use remote for your computer. That’s where Windows 8 Controller comes in.

Riley J. Dennis September 2, 2013
How To Control Your Windows 8 PC From Your Mobile Device
Change the Way Windows Runs Depending on the Time of Day

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Change the Way Windows Runs Depending on the Time of Day

Every day, the sun rises, marches through the sky, and then sets. The world changes with it as people wake up, go about their business, and then rest. But your computer just sits there all day, only acknowledging the change in time by updating its clock. There are a variety of third-party tools for Windows that can automatically adjust your computer’s settings as the day goes on, from changing your screen’s color temperature to setting desktop wallpapers, tweaking sound levels, and blocking websites.

Chris Hoffman September 2, 2013
Change the Way Windows Runs Depending on the Time of Day
4 Fantastic Tools to Manage Your Massive MP3 Collection

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4 Fantastic Tools to Manage Your Massive MP3 Collection

Music library management can be an entirely frustrating experience, especially if you have years of unorganized music waiting to be sorted and labeled properly. Poor music library management will come back and bite you later when you’re listening to music on-the-go and you can’t navigate your songs without confusion. Fortunately, there are a few great tools made specifically to help you with tagging, naming, and generally organizing your music collection. You will wonder how you managed without them.

Joel Lee September 2, 2013
4 Fantastic Tools to Manage Your Massive MP3 Collection
How To Remove Ads From Native Windows 8 Apps

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How To Remove Ads From Native Windows 8 Apps

In-app adverts have become a bit of a problem for Windows 8 users, particularly for those native Microsoft apps that you’ve already paid for. With third party apps you get the option of upgrading to remove the ads; this isn’t the case with apps like Bing News. Ads can be distracting and disruptive, and when found within apps that you’ve already paid for, their presence can become pretty galling. Fortunately, there is a very good chance that you are able to remove the adverts from native Microsoft apps.

Christian Cawley September 1, 2013
How To Remove Ads From Native Windows 8 Apps
10 Windows 8 Start Screen Hacks

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10 Windows 8 Start Screen Hacks

Windows is moving towards a more locked-down direction with Windows 8 and its Start screen and “Modern” app environment. There’s no denying this — you can’t even set a custom Start screen background without installing a third-party utility. Luckily, Windows hasn’t completely shed its legacy of customizability, yet. There are many different hacks you can perform with the Start screen, although most of them should have been included with Windows 8 itself. This article reveals them all.

Chris Hoffman August 30, 2013
10 Windows 8 Start Screen Hacks
Where Should Microsoft Go From Here? [We Ask You]

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Where Should Microsoft Go From Here? [We Ask You]

I’ll let you guys into a little secret, as long as you promise not to tell… some of the writers at MakeUseOf hate Microsoft with a passion. It’s very easy to hate Microsoft, a lumbering corporate giant that built a monopoly and then sat on it raking in the money. However, Microsoft is undoubtedly facing some serious challenges in the future, both in the short-term and the longterm. And how it should go about tackling these challenges forms the basis for this week’s We Ask You column.

Dave Parrack August 29, 2013
Where Should Microsoft Go From Here? [We Ask You]
Has Someone Used Your PC? 3 Ways to Check

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Has Someone Used Your PC? 3 Ways to Check

The keyboard is misplaced. Your monitor is tilted at an odd angle. You know someone has been using your computer, but you don’t have any evidence to nail down the culprit. Or do you? The truth is that the person who used your computer not only left behind crumbs of evidence on your desk, but they’ve also likely left crumbs of evidence on the computer itself. No matter what someone might have done on your PC, nearly everything you do leaves some kind of trace on a computer. This article will help you track down the evidence.

Ryan Dube August 29, 2013
Has Someone Used Your PC? 3 Ways to Check
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