Lincoln SpectorContributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.

When your fast PC suddenly slows down

Last week, your PC speeded along like a champ. Now it moves like an arthritic turtle. Let's see if we can fix this.

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Windows System Restore: You can adjust this utility to save your PC image more often

When Windows gets messed up, System Restore allows you to go back to a better time…but only if it's been creating system points regularly.

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Windows Live Mail stores your messages, but where? Here's how to find them

Dig into Live Mail's settings to manage email storage and other handy features.

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BodyBrew claims to make healthier coffee

The secret is cold brewing, according to the inventor, but we’ll have to wait until late this summer to find out.

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What to do if someone steals your IP address

Maybe there's weird activity on your home network. Maybe your ISP's asking about illegal online dealings. That's when you need to check your IP address.

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The easy answer to the laptop vs. desktop question: Use a docking station

You can have the power, upgrade options, and ergonomic advantages of a desktop without sacrificing the portability of a laptop.

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What happens when a hard drive crashes

We're all terrified of the day when our hard drive just stops working. Here's what goes on inside the drive when disaster strikes.

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Prepare to take your laptop to another country

Planning a trip overseas with your laptop? These precautions will help with smooth sailing.

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Recover a stolen laptop, or prepare for the day your laptop is stolen

You may or may not be able to recover your stolen laptop, but the precautions you take beforehand can put the odds in your favor.

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Get Office, Dropbox, and your photos to work together on your iPad

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint now support Dropbox on an iPad or iPhone. Unless, of course, you want to insert photos. Here's the workaround.

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Free OCR: Turn a picture of text into real text without spending a dime

From a computer's point of view, a photo of text isn't real text. But you don't have to invest in OCR software to fix that.

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Restore a Windows 8 or Windows 7 image backup to an unbootable PC

An image backup can restore a hopelessly messed up Windows installation. But how do you restore a backup when you can't boot Windows?

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How to protect your wireless router from malware

Your PC and your phone aren't the only devices that can catch an infection. The router that connects them to the Internet may also be vulnerable.

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How to connect your laptop to your HDTV without HDMI

It's easy to connect a laptop to an HDTV--unless your laptop doesn't have the right port.

How to fix a laptop's broken screen (with many caveats)

A broken laptop screen takes all the fun out of using your PC. And it can be expensive to fix.