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.

Will DVD Drives Still be Around in a Few Decades?

Philip Peters asked if we will have drives that can read DVDs in ten, 20, or 50 years?

Another, Sometimes More Convenient Way to Copy and Move Files

Adama asked the Windows forum about copying and moving files via a dialog box rather than drag and drop

Remove Unchecked Items from MSConfig

After reading Windows Takes Too Long to Boot, Mark Fraleigh went to MSConfig and unchecked several programs. Now he wants to remove them from MSConfig, altogether.

Remove a Program That Lacks an Uninstaller

Billiebong wants to remove a program that lacks an uninstaller, and turned to the Utilities forum for help.

Run XP Software in Windows 7

SIUC asked the Windows forum about running software intended for Windows XP in Windows 7

Find Good Medical Advice on the Web

Spiderowych asked the Answer Line Forum to recommend medical information Web sites.

Delete Linked Calendar Entries In Android

The calendar on Jstanaway's Android phone displays appointments that he never made--hundreds of them from someone else's calendar. He can't delete them. He asked the Answer Line forum for advice.

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Should I Turn Off Automatic Updates?

Westpark asked the Windows forum if it's advisable to turn off Windows' automatic updates.

Samsung UN46D6000 Review: $1000 Set Has Great Features, Middling Video

The 46-inch Samsung UN46D6000 is a good deal for $1000, but you'll be paying more for its excellent connected features and extras than its so-so video and audio quality.

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Extend Your Wireless Network

Crazy4laptops needs to extend a WiFi network throughout a "rather long house." He asked the Networking forum for advice.

Recover Encrypted Files From An Old Hard Drive

Jeff Hudgins removed the hard drive from a dying computer, and via USB plugged it into a new PC. But he can't access his files. They're encrypted.

On What Media Should I Backup My Photos?

Nick Golna asked whether he should backup his photos onto a flash drive or DVDs. I discuss other options, as well.

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Who is the Administrator, What Does That Title Mean, and How Do I Gain That Type of Control Over My PC?

Tom Lorch isn't sure if Windows sees him as the administrator, or exactly what that means.

Back Up a Bootable CD or DVD

A41202813 asked the Answer Line forum for the best way to turn a bootable optical disc, like a CD or DVD, into a file that you could burn back into a bootable disc.

Expand Your Smartphone's Battery Life

The battery in Marjorie Hoosier's smartphone doesn't last through the day. She asked the Cell Phones, Mobile Devices forum for advice.

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