How I fixed the “Remote Desktop connection has stopped working” error in Windows 8.1

In Windows 8.1 Remote Desktop has stopped working

Let me tell you a story about a troubleshooting incident I encountered a few weeks ago.

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How to make Windows 8.1 look like Windows XP

How to make Windows 8.1 look like Windows XP

I never really got over my love for Windows XP.  I know it’s an antiquated OS, heck; it’s over 13 years old, but I still have a thing for it.  For the most part Windows XP was reliable.  And even though Windows 7 and Windows 10 have a litany of security enhancements over Windows XP, I still like the steel gray toolbar and the flowing verdant hills of that famous Bliss wallpaper.

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How I shared an “unsharable” link from my Android

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It was one of those things that I thought would be easy!

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3 extensions for pimping out VLC Player

The Matrix in VLC Player

Some celebrities (and wannabes) like to pimp out their rides with 20-inch rims, ground effects and pretentious sound systems.  But geeks don’t ride around on dubs.  For a geek, our ride is our computer.

I knew a guy who pimped out his computer with a liquid-cooling kit, custom aluminum case and dual video cards.  The setup was so sublime that it would have made Deamworks and Pixar blush.

The computer was a veritable masterpiece of human engineering and must have cost more than a small commercial aircraft.  It was amazing.  But this is the thing:

Sometimes we don’t want to overhaul our computers.  Rather than spending a fortune on new gear, we just want a tip or two for getting more value out of the software we use everyday. That’s why today I’m going to show you my top three extensions for everyone’s favorite media player: VLC Player.

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Is Avira Antivirus spying on you?

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Is it possible that your antivirus software is spying on you?

Most people don’t consider this question because we innately trust antivirus vendors to protect our interests, but is that always the case?

Today, I decided to conduct a little experiment to see if one the world’s most renown antivirus vendors was worthy of being trusted; here’s what I discovered…

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