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 movie blog.

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9 ways to keep your Windows computer safe

Evil people roam the Internet. Here's an overview of what you need to do to protect yourself.

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Windows' thumbs.db files: What they are, and what to do when they get in your way

Windows loves to create thumbs.db files, but they can cause problems, especially on a network. Here's what you can do about them.

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How to enlarge display text in Windows

A high-resolution screen can result in very tiny text—sometimes too tiny to read easily. Here's how to fix that.

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Why Lenovo's PCs have less bloatware or spyware than ever before

Lenovo consumer PCs used to have a lot of bloatware, but the company cleaned up its act after getting burned on one bad program earlier this year.

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The first affordable robot servant, Alpha2, is now in development

Don’t set your expectations of its capabilities too high.


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How to remove Bing from Edge or Internet Explorer

Maybe you like Google. Or Yahoo. Or DuckDuckGo. But both Internet Explorer and Edge want you to search with Bing. Here's how to make Microsoft use your preferred search engine.

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How to stop Windows 10 from saving files to OneDrive

If you don't watch out, Windows 10 will put your documents, music, and photos into OneDrive. Here's how to get them back and stop this behavior.

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How to block the Windows 10 upgrade

It's nice of Microsoft to offer all of us a free upgrade to Windows 10. But it's not so nice when they insist upon it.

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Sharing passwords: One way to save a lot of heartache in case of senility, accident, or death

Arrange to give loved ones access to key online accounts. Don't worry, you won't lose control.

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How to get the best seats in your house

A simple formula will tell you just how far back you should sit from your big-screen TV to get the absolute best viewing experience.


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5 ways to diagnose a website that's not working

When a website doesn't load, do you blame yourself, your ISP, or the website? Try one of these tests to find out who's at fault.

How to back up Gmail to your computer or local drive

Over the years, your email collects a lot of important information you don't want to lose. And that means you may not want to trust it to a big corporation in the cloud.

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If you forget your Windows admin password, try this

That Windows admin password is pretty important. If you lose track of it, though, all is not lost. You just have to wiggle in through the virtual back door.

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When a deleted Windows file won't go away: 3 ways to move or erase it

Moving or erasing a file should be easy. But sometimes Windows just won't let go.

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You can change drive letters, but know the risk of doing so

You can easily change drive D: into drive F:. But if Windows expects a file to be on drive D:, this is going to cause a problem.