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.

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3 easy steps anyone can take now to back up a PC

It really doesn't take much to set up a solid backup protocol for your PC. Here are the basics, with pointers to more details.

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The art of Windows file search

Arnoldas Zdanevicius needed help finding a file. Windows' built-in search tool can be a powerful ally--if you know its tricks.

How to bypass Windows AutoPlay when you plug in an external drive, and go straight to Explorer

The AutoPlay menu gives you lots of options, but if you always want just one, you can customize it.

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Small movies are opening in theaters and online at the same time, but blockbusters aren’t (and they won't)

The Internet is bringing bigger audiences to independent films, but it doesn’t work that way for tent-poles and franchises.

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How to clean a touchscreen: All you need is a simple cleaner and a special cloth

Thanks to your greasy fingers, touchscreens get dirty quicker than old-fashioned monitors. Here's how to clean off the schmutz.

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Dropbox vs. Carbonite: The difference between cloud-based storage and backup

You can use a cloud storage and syncing service like Dropbox or Google Drive for backup, but you have to understand the limitations.

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How to install two or more operating systems on one PC

Sure, you can run Windows and Linux, or two versions of Windows, all on the same PC. Just follow these steps to do it right.

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Maximize your SSD's lifespan with the right maintenance

SSDs differ significantly from the hard drives they're replacing, including care and feeding. Follow these do's and don'ts to keep your SSD in shipshape.

Free up space on your SSD or hard drive

Your hard drive or (more likely) SSD is running out of space. Here are a few tricks for clearing out the garbage.

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.