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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Actually, you do need to share your passwords

No one stays healthy forever. At some point, your loved ones will need access to all of your accounts. You can make that job easier for them.

What to do if your PC shuts down and automatically reboots

Norman Barrett's PC is "stuck in a boot loop." When he tries to start it, it continually reboots and starts over.

How to find out if your RAM is defective

Kleyou asked the Answer Line forum for advice about a misbehaving computer that likely has memory issues

Connect your PC to your HDTV, and control it from across the room

Peter asked me for the best way to connect a PC to an HDTV, and, once connected, how best to use it

Control how Windows locks down and saves power when you're not using it

What happens when you get up and walk away from your PC? I answer a reader's question about setting Windows to secure itself and save power when not in use.

Understanding tech language: The difference between malware and a virus

While cleaning up an infected PC, Flingwing asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum to explain the difference between malware and viruses

Why you may want a desktop instead of a laptop

Patrick Moore asked the Laptops forum about the advantages of going with a desktop computer

Yes, you can still upgrade to Windows 7

Arcticsid knows he can't continue using Windows XP. He asked the Windows forum about upgrading to Windows 7 rather than Windows 8.

Your Twitter account has been hacked! Here's what to do about it.

Kirsty woke up to find that someone else had taken control of her account. I tell her how to get it back.

Keep other people off of my PC

Aris Cristian doesn't mind friends using his PC, but he worries that they might damage Windows or his files.

Sync Google Earth placemarks across different PCs

Dick uses Google Earth on more than one PC. He asked how to sync placemarks between them.

Convert text to image, and image to text

Arcticsid asked the Answer Line forum about turning text into a .jpg. I'll also explain converting an image back into text.

The best Windows 8 Start menu programs

TTGSteve asked the Windows forum to recommend a good Start Menu program for Windows 8.

How to find a lost message in Gmail

Vicki Pen lost three important messages from her Gmail inbox. I help her find them.

Overclocking: Why you should and should not do it

Arcticsid asked the Answer Line forum to explain overclocking, and why it is, or is not, a good idea