Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, PCWorld

Jon is a Juilliard-trained musician, self-taught programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Paragon Backup & Recovery 16 Free Edition review: Easy backup with a twist

Paragon’s Backup & Recovery 16 is a top-notch program that's unique among consumer programs for using virtual hard drives as its container format. Best of all, it's easy and free.

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How to get rid of hum and eliminate other noises from your audio and video systems

Don't let buzz, hum, or hiss ruin your AV experience. We'll show you how to solve common electrical faults and ditch the noise.

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Seagate Backup Plus Portable review: A stunning 5TB of space

Seagate's new 5TB Backup Plus gives you more room for backups and movies. A USB 3.0 drive, it's fast with large files but lags with large batches of smaller files.

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When Windows 10 takes up too much disk space, try this

When your Windows 10 installation is too big to run comfortably on your drive, shrink it down with Compact.exe, a built-in tool designed expressly for this purpose. Read on for this and other workarounds.

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TCL P-series Roku smart TV review: Dolby Vision hits the mainstream

Support for Dolby Vision elevates the TCP 55P607's image chops.

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WD My Passport 4TB review: A good budget choice that's just a little slow

The WD My Passport USB 3.0 portable hard drive offers what most people want: fast performance with small files and copies, and a budget-friendly price. It lags while copying large files, though.

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LaCie Porsche Design Type-C Mobile hard drive review: Style for miles and clever setup

LaCie's Porsche design USB hard drive is handsome, a good performer, and features a clever setup routine that lets you use both FAT32 and the native file system of your computer.

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PowerDVD 17 Ultra review: The best way to play Ultra HD Blu-ray movies on your home theater PC

If you have the proper hardware, PowerDVD 17 Ultra will play Ultra Blu-ray movie discs from your PC. Support for Oculus Rift and HTC VR headsets has also been added.

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Intel SSD 545s review: The next great budget SSD has arrived

Intel has released a 64-layer TLC SSD that's cheaper, and considerably faster than Samsung's EVO. The king is dead--long live the king.

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Dash cam reviews: What you need to catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

The best dash cams can record what's ahead (and sometimes what's behind), and mark it with GPS (or what's the point?). This is what you need on the mean streets of modern life.

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Oppo UDP-203 4K UHD Blu-ray player review: A class act with awesome audio capabilities

Quick disc loading, support for both HDR-10 and Dolby Vision, and tons of audio features push this Blu-ray player to the front of the pack.

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Samsung Q9F series QLED smart TV review: Samsung's best 4K UHD TV yet

Quantum dots and improved backlighting make for outstanding 2160p HDR. It takes LED-backlit LCD to another level.

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External drive died? Your data may still be easy to recover

If your external drive is no longer detected, don't give up hope. It could be relatively easy to recover the data.

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Excel's IF statement made easy

If you can decide what to have for lunch, you already understand Excel's IF logic--you just need to understand the format.

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The free GifCam makes capturing animated GIFs a snap

GifCam is a super-lightweight, portable utility that captures still and action shots of your computer screen in GIF or AVI form. It's also free, though donations are appreciated.