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How to make the delete key on a Mac act like a PC

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My primary computer is a Windows 8.1 Pro PC but I’ve had to pack it away in storage for a few weeks so I’ve been using a Macbook Air running Mac OS X Yosemite.  And this is the thing: I

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How to optimize the wireless signal for your PC

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Wi-Fi is wonderful…. when it works!  Between the abstruse limited connectivity errors and random Wi-Fi disconnects, sometimes it can feel like Wi-Fi really isn’t that great. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to reset my home Wi-Fi router.

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The real reason for Ctrl + Alt + Del

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What’s the purpose of pressing Control, Alt Delete? We all know it reboots or locks your box but have you ever wondered why you have to mash this famous key sequence at the login prompt? Today we’re going to plumb

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Convert almost any video with Miro

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Sometimes, I feel bad for my mother-in-law.  Even though she has triumphed over the venerable age of 60 and has a stronger technical proficiency than most people her age, sometimes she gets sucked into the junkware jungle and ends up goobering her

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How to force reboot or shutdown your Mac from the Keyboard

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It’s Monday evening. 5:34pm. And you just finished a long day of work.  Now it’s time to take your Macbook home with you but then the inevitable happens. Everything locks up!

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