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How to disable the HD iSight webcam on your Mac

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Have you ever wondered if someone might be illicitly staring back at you through your webcam; watching your every move; all without your knowledge?  Cynics have known this for ages, but people who generally trust humanity might be surprised.  Yes, there

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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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