Lincoln SpectorContributing Editor, PCWorld

When he isn't bicycling, prowling used bookstores, or watching movies, PC World Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector writes about technology and cinema.

TrueCrypt vs. encrypted .zip files

Trinu, who keeps sensitive data inside AES-encrypted .zip archives, asked the Answer Line forum about the advantages and disadvantages of switching to TrueCrypt.

Streaming video to DVD

Paul Brandenburg asked how to save a streaming video and burn it onto a DVD.

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Review: Panasonic Viera P55VT50 is an imperfect, pricey plasma TV

Panasonic's high-end 55-inch plasma set offers very good performance and all the latest features. However, its remote is sub-par, and you can find comparable picture quality for much less.

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Find duplicate photos

C. Corder asked me to recommend a program to help him find duplicate photos.

Why isn't a program malware if it installs additional, unwanted software?

The iLivid installation routine put several unwanted programs on Threaddy's computer. Why didn't Norton block the program as malware?

Back up Gmail to a local drive

Charles Johnson has a "nagging worry" about all those important messages stored in Gmail. He asked if there's a way to back them up locally to his hard drive.

What's the best file system for an external drive?

Cyberknight asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum if a new flash drive should be formatted in FAT32 or NTFS.

Why can't I use punctuation in a file name?

MLStrand56 complained to the Windows forum about Windows' inability to save file names containing punctuation.

Why can't 32-bit Windows access 4GB of RAM?

32-bit processors and operating systems, in theory, can access up to 4GB of memory. So how come Qasim Zaib's PC, with 4GB installed, only sees 3GB?

What you need to know about accessing the Internet on a smartphone

Robert Harris asked me to explain the technologies and concerns around smartphone Internet access.

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The Malicious Safety OneCare Essential Defender: Straightening out Microsoft's confusing security tools

Microsoft has released a confusing selection of security programs over the years. Deborah Armstrong asked me to make sense of them.

Wi-Fi vs. Powerline

Charliehendricks281 needs to extend his network across a large house. He asked the Networking forum if a Powerline solution would make more sense than wireless.

Gain access to your PC without the logon password

2godballdaglory asked the Answer Line how he can boot an old PC with a password he no longer remembers.

How do you play Blu-rays on an older model HDTV?

Joe Blumenthal has an older HDTV without HDMI inputs. How can he connect a Blu-ray player?

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-ROM, -R, +R, +RW? Understanding the optical drive alphabet soup

Nick248 asked the Answer Line forum about optical drives. I figured it was time to go ver the various types of CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, and the drives that read and write to them.