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.

How do I get POP email in Windows 8?

Richard Howell replaced an old computer with a Windows 8 laptop. His mail provider only supports the POP email protocol, which Windows 8's email program doesn't support. What's he to do?

Where can I rent 3D Blu-rays?

Douglas Kelner has a 3D HDTV and 3D Blu-ray player. He doesn't like buying discs, and wants to know where he can rent 3D movies.

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Malware or false positive?

Davikokar launched a program even though Norton warned that it was a Trojan. A subsequent hard drive scan revealed nothing bad. Davikokar then asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum if Norton had given a false positive?

I must run this program on computers other than my own

Lyman E Bertsch needs to run an application on a relative's computer. Installing the program isn't an option. Can Lyman run the program off a flash drive?

Old vs. new Microsoft Office file formats

Ankush khandelwal asked about compatibility issues between files created in different versions of Microsoft Office--specifically the big changes in file format that came with Office 2007.

How important is Aero?

Pete Wells' aging computer doesn't support Aero. Should he upgrade his graphics card?

The best way to watch Netflix

Darryl asked if he could stream video from Netflix (and presumably other services) through his laptop, and then wirelessly to his HDTV.

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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.