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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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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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Uncombining and ungrouping items in Windows 7

Windows 7 has a glaring propensity to bunch similar applications together. Initially, this seems like the logical thing to do.  Corralling all your programs into one place seems like a coherent idea, I mean… why wouldn’t you want all your

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How to uninstall Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7

Pop quiz: Which is more discomfiting as a software developer: having to use Internet Explorer because Microsoft virtually coerces the world to use it or waking up one day and seeing that IE9 automagically updated to IE11 and broke all

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How to copy a DVD to another DVD using a single DVD drive?

Here’s the quandary: You need to duplicate a DVD but you only have one DVD drive.  How can you clone the DVD? I can bark off a queue of DVD programs out there that are fit for the task; however,

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