Alex CastlePCWorld

Alex Castle is a freelance tech writer based in Honolulu, Hawaii. He specializes in Windows software, how-to articles, and PC peripherals.

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How to get photos from your digital camera to Instagram in 3 easy steps

The best photos on Instagram weren't taken with a smartphone. Make your account stand out by learning how to get photos from your DSLR or point-and-shoot onto Instagram in no time.

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How to find anything in Evernote: 6 advanced search tips

Evernote's notes and notebooks are great until you have too many of them, too stuffed with stuff. Use these advanced search operators to help you sort through the virtual piles.

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How to set up Parallels Access on your PC

Parallels Access is handy if you need to access your PC remotely from your iOS or Android device. Here's how to get started.

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Beginner's guide to mining Litecoin, Dogecoin, and other Bitcoin variants

What's all the hubbub about Bitcoins and its brethren? Here's how to find out for yourself.

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How to run SteamOS in a virtual machine

See what all the hub-bub behind Valve's gaming-centric operating system is about WITHOUT blowing away all the data already on your hard drive.

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Leave no trace: Tips to cover your digital footprint and reclaim your privacy

Reduce your exposure to spying eyes with sandboxing, disk encryption and more.

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Compatibility with security: How to run Windows XP in a virtual machine

Running Windows XP in a virtual machine is a safe way to continue using it once support ends. Here's how to do just that.

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How to get your data from Windows XP to a new PC

Moving on is hard, but transferring your data doesn't have to be.

How to play DVDs and Blu-ray discs in Windows 8

Unlike Windows 7 and its other predecessors, Windows 8 won't play DVDs natively. Fortunately, there are low-cost ways around the problem.

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Mastering Metro apps: 4 ways they can work for you

Even Start menu diehards should give these winners a try.

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How to make the Windows desktop look good on high-DPI displays

Windows wasn't made to work well with pixel-packed displays. Here's how to force the issue.

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How to protect your PC in the web's worst neighborhoods

Shady download sites. Fake error warnings. Phishing, so much phishing. Avoid these dangers with a good security suite and an abundance of caution.

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9 free tools that make Windows much better

Nix Notepad. Pack away Paint. These free utilities do image editing, file management, screenshots and more, much, much better than Windows’ own versions can.

Build the ultimate Windows 8 home-theater PC for under $500

Forget about Roku, Chromecast, or any other set-top trick: The best way to control your home theater is still with a PC. Here's how to do it for cheap.

Leave early on Friday: time-saving PC tips and tricks

Or, um, get ahead on your next project, yeah. These 21 hardware and software shortcuts help you finish work faster, and that’s a good thing.