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.

One antivirus program is better than two

Arcticsid installed one antivirus program on a new PC that already had another. Then he asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum if that was a good idea.

How to add permanent captions to your photos, Part 2: Making them visible (and make them in XP)

Srinivasan Kasturi followed my instructions in How to add permanent captions to your photos, and was disappointed that his captions didn't appear on the pictures themselves.

The best and easiest ways to search for programs and files in Windows 8

Randy G. finds Windows 8's search tools a bit confusing. I offer some suggestions.

Boot discs explained: An overview of booting your PC from something other than your hard drive

Jsmithhere asked the Desktops forum about booting from CDs, DVDs, and flash drives

How to find and remove duplicate files

Stevey asked the Answer Line for advise on finding and removing duplicate files

Cloud-based backup: Is it right for long-term storage?

Eugene Bartley wanted to know if his files would eventually disappear from a cloud-based backup service.

The simple, practical way to share a Dropbox folder

Karen uses Dropbox, and wants to share files with people who don't have--or want--a Dropbox account.

How to add permanent captions to your photos

Arcticsid asked the Photo Editing forum for a way to add captions to his photos. "In the old days we could write a description on the back."

How to sync files and folders across two PCs

Sasdas asked the Desktops forum for ways to keep the same folder synced on two PCs, so that changes on one computer show up on the other.

When you encrypt a file or a hard drive, is it really secure?

Porcupins asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum if encryption standards like AES really make your data secure.

Should you leave a hard drive running when it's not in use?

Mike Bell asked if he should shut down his hard drive when he doesn't need it. "Will that constant powering up [and down] add wear and tear…?"

Backing up your entire drive: Cloning vs. imaging

Felix Luke needs to back up his entire hard drive. He asked me to explain the differences between cloning and imaging.

Replace your laptop screen without spending a fortune

When Carlene Primus' laptop fell and cracked its screen, someone wanted to charge her $1,200 for the repair. She asked about cheaper alternatives.

The secret to buying a good HDMI cable: They're all good

Sean asked me what he should know before buying HDMI cables

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Why you shouldn't back up to an internal hard drive

In a previous article, I briefly explained why you shouldn't back up to a second internal drive. Mike Bell wanted a more detailed explanation.