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.

What to do when you can't boot from an external source

Externe can't boot his laptop from a CD or a flash drive. He asked the Answer Line forum for help.

File extensions control which application can open a file

BearPup sometimes wants to open a file in one program, and other times open it in another. He asked the Answer Line forum for an easy way to do this.

Keep your laptop battery healthy: Use it sparingly

Sibi Marcos asked about removing a laptop's battery to increase it's life.

Reinstall Windows on a new-to-you, used computer

Cydney Bulger bought a used computer that came with unwanted programs and content. What's the best way to make it like new?

How to grab a freeze-frame from a video

Thc008 asked the Photo Editing forum about saving a video frame as a single photo.

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.