How to take a screenshot of the login screen of your Mac

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How would you take a high-quality screenshot of the login screen on your Mac?  Is there a way to do this without downloading any special software or using an expensive camera rig?

Yup!  Check it out.

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How to legally get almost 300 Microsoft eBooks for free

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I love eBooks.

Their brevity and portability makes them easier to carry on the subway where you don’t have an internet connection or on a plane where I refuse to pay the premium for internet.

I mean, on a plane I’m literally already in the cloud so why should I have to pay to use it?

Okay, okay bad joke, but today I want to show you how to legally download almost 300 Microsoft eBooks for free.  And these aren’t antiquated books on Office 2007 or Windows 98.  The list includes includes the heavy hitters such Office 2013, Windows 8.1 and much more.

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How I almost gave my Paypal account to hackers

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I use Paypal to manage the ad revenue earned by my site so I expect to get emails from them occasionally. But the other day, while flipping through the emails on my phone, I noticed something odd: an email from Paypal about my account.

Oh, it’s Paypal, what do they want?

It turns out it wasn’t Paypal after all…

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The smart way to install Mac OS X Yosemite without frying your Mac

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Apple is all about anticipation and Mac OS X Yosemite (yo-sem-i-tee) is a perfect example of waiting for the next big thing.  Now, you can either wait until the fall to upgrade like the rest of the world, or you can get the early release months ahead of schedule.

Which camp would you rather be in?

Today, I’m going to show you how to get Yosemite for free.  I’m also going to walk you through safely installing it on your Mac in a way that won’t break your existing Mac OS X installation.

Let’s do this.

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How to view all your installed programs with one mighty PowerShell command

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This is one of those things that can be accomplished in a more direct route but it’s so cool that I need to show you how to do this.

Microsoft Powershell is an extremely nimble and robust command-line tool that lets you automate mundane tasks on local and remote machines.

The real power from Powershell stems from the command utilities that let you do stuff such as systems administration and importing data.

Today I just want to focus on one little command that lets you list all the programs currently installed on your computer.

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