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USB drive showing half capacity?

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The other day something weird happened to my USB drive. Here’s my story…

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How to disable startup programs in Windows 8.1

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There is one truth in the world that is absolutely unavoidable. Ready for it? Your computer will freeze.  It will happen.  It doesn’t matter how fast, new or fancy your machine is – if it has a CPU, memory to

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Virtualbox just died, great.

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Virtualbox is my go to application when I need to intentionally infect a computer with malware, or test drive new software for bugs. But what happens when VirtualBox itself starts buggin’ out?  That’s not supposed to happen right?  I remember

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What’s the proper way to clean my dusty laptop?

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I have a co-worker who is a little bit messy.  Everyone know’s someone like that right? She’s the girl with the sticky mouse buttons, smudgy display and greasy keys.  I can almost see my reflection in her keyboard! Can someone say

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How to find out your motherboard manufacturer without opening your PC

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Pop quiz: how do you figure out your motherboard manufacturer without opening your computer? You’re probably thinking, “Duh, just Google my PC serial number”.  That would probably work but it’s old-hat and not very sophisticated.  There’s a more clever way

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