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.

Here's what to do when your touchscreen won't work

Your Windows 8 laptop has a touchscreen, but touching it doesn't have the desired effect. Here's what to do about it.

BadUSB: What you can do about undetectable malware on a flash drive

We've known for years that malware can spread via portable storage. But BadUSB shows that scanning the drive may not be sufficient.

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How to encrypt sensitive data? Put it in an encrypted container

We all have files that we'd rather not share with hackers and thieves (and maybe even our spouses). Here's how to put them in a place where no one else can open them.

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When your ethernet won't connect

A wired connection should be simple plug-and-play, but all too often that's not the case. Here's what to do if your ethernet connection seems dead.

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Review: Simple.TV 2 knows some great DVR tricks but also has flaws

This network DVR costs less to run than a TiVo Roamio OTA, but we had a few issues with its lack of Wi-Fi and its excessive fan noise.

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Windows autoloading programs: You don't want too many, but you may want these

Your PC probably autoloads too many programs at startup. You'd be wise to disable most of them. But here are some you should keep.

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The Windows 10 Technical Preview, keylogging, and you

The Windows 10 Technical Preview can track your keystrokes and listen to your speech. It's for research rather than spying, but still something to keep it in mind if you're going to use it.

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How to extend the life of your laptop battery

The battery in your brand-new laptop may get you through a day's work on the road. But in two years, probably not. Here's how to keep that battery healthy over the long haul.

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Use Google Maps and GPS offline on your Android device

Maybe your carrier has tight data caps. Or perhaps you'll be driving (or hiking) in an area with no coverage. Either way, you'll want maps and GPS that aren't dependent upon immediate Internet access.

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Do the research before you upgrade your RAM

Adding more RAM can speed up your PC and allow it to run more powerful programs. But you need to know how much RAM your system can take, and what kind to buy.

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What's in the hidden Windows AppData Folder, and how to find it if you need it

You know about Documents and other libraries. But some important data files are stored in the difficult-to-access AppData folder. Here's what you need to know.

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Avoid typos: Disable the Caps Lock key

You meant to hit Shift, but instead you hit Caps Lock. Here's how you can avoid LOOKING LIKE YOU'RE SHOUTING.

When to buy a flash drive, an external hard drive, or an external SSD

What kind of external storage do you need? This guide will help you decide how best to spend your money.

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Why you can't use all of your RAM

Your PC has 4GB of RAM, or maybe even 8GB. But Windows doesn't even use 4GB. Here's what's going on.

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All about drive letters and drive names

All of your storage devices have drive letters, and perhaps even drive names, to help you and your OS manage them. Here's how to manage those letters and names--and avoid confusing your computer in the process.