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Why are 32-bit programs still running on my 64-bit version of Windows?

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Most PC’s shipping these days are rocking 64-bit versions of Windows 8.0 or 8.1.  If you’re not sure how to check which bit architecture you have (32-bit or 64-bit) in Windows, there’s a quick command line trick for that. Today I

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How to pair your Apple wireless keyboard with Windows 8.1

Apple Wireless Keyboard

Believe it or not, I’m typing this post from my Windows 8.1 PC, using my Bluetooth Apple Wireless Keyboard instead of my doltish wired Dell keyboard. Here’s how I did it…

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How can I check the temperature of my CPU?

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If your computer is chronically locking up, spontaneously restarting itself or abruptly shutting down then malware may be the culprit; however, if you notice these symptoms only while maxing out your PC’s performance then it could denote an overheating CPU. For example, if

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Erase your hard drive so that not even the NSA can break it

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One of the most discomfiting realities of technology in our interconnected age is that we are continually fighting for data privacy.  Amid the fracas of junk email, big data and obtrusive apps, it’s hard to guarantee that all our personally identifiable information

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How to disable the touch screen display on your Windows 8 computer

Touch screen PCs are stupid stupid stupid. Here’s how to disable your touch screen forever.

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