How do you play Blu-rays on an older model HDTV?

Joe Blumenthal has an older HDTV without HDMI inputs. How can he connect a Blu-ray player?

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-ROM, -R, +R, +RW? Understanding the optical drive alphabet soup

Nick248 asked the Answer Line forum about optical drives. I figured it was time to go ver the various types of CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, and the drives that read and write to them.

Clean your screen

Billyy asked the Laptops forum for screen-cleaning advice. My instructions also apply to desktop monitors, HDTVs, cell phones, and tablets.

Why you shouldn’t upgrade to Windows 8

Give users an OS that won’t make their computers behave like third-rate iPad knock-offs—and don’t frog-march people into a touch-centric PC world.

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Learn to use strong passwords

Passwords protect every part of your online life. If you don't treat them properly, you're exposing yourself to a whole mess of trouble.

Shortcuts without arrows (and with names that don't include the word 'shortcut')

Mike Littman doesn't like those "pesky little arrows" that Windows displays on shortcuts, and asked how to remove them.

Can I recover a stolen laptop?

Justin Yuen asked if it's possible to recover a stolen laptop.

How long will Microsoft support Windows 7?

Robert Pepe asked when Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7. "Some say the end date is 2015, others say…2020. So what's the right answer?"

I've upgraded Windows, and now some of my hardware isn't working

Kennethjc17 upgraded his PC to Windows 7, then found that some of his hardware no longer worked. He turned to the Windows forum for help.

Can I recover some files and securely wipe others on a crashed hard drive?

Zeterjons asked the Utilities forum how to rescue files off of a physically crashed hard drive, while making sure that other files on that hard drive are destroyed beyond rescue.

Upgrade your laptop

EnVy26 asked the Laptops forum about upgrading a portable computer

Is Windows running too many processes?

Concerned about a slow PC, Davis13 asked the Laptops forum about all the processes that Windows runs.

Share office documents between Windows and an iPad, Part II

The answer I gave Richard Wiringa in my September 10 post is already out of date. Here's a new one.

Safely send private information over the Internet

KenWid10 asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum how best to send encrypted information to someone over the Internet

What do hard drive-related words like SATA, IDE, and RAID actually mean?

Brainout asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum to explain some of the words used to describe hard drives and storage.