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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Update to the 8.1 Update

Everything you need to know about moving to the new Update for Windows 8.1.

How to install Ubuntu and keep Windows

There are three ways to have your Ubuntu and keep Windows, too.

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How to set and keep your preferred default font in LibreOffice Writer

You’ve given up Microsoft Office for the free LibreOffice. Unfortunately, you really don’t care for that default Liberation Serif font.

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Protect your privacy while you browse

Here’s how to give crooks, corporations, and governments the slip while you search the web.

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How to run DOS programs in a current version of Windows

Windows has a way to let most old programs keep running. Failing that, there's a free utility that could save the day.

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Why you don’t need to encrypt your backup

You should back up all of your data files and encrypt the sensitive ones that you don’t want other people to read. But that doesn’t mean you have to encrypt the backup.

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The pros and cons (mostly cons) of saving files to the desktop

Yes, you can save documents and other files to the Windows desktop. But without the right precautions, it’s not a safe place for files you want to keep.

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Replace Windows 8 with Windows 7 or a look-alike

Do you regret buying that Windows 8 (or 8.1) computer? Here’s what you can do about it.

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The Windows 8 activation-key problem

You can’t reinstall Windows without your activation key. But Windows 8 (and 8.1) don’t make that easy. Here’s what to do about it.

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Gather similar files from multiple folders and copy them in one simple step

You have photos, or documents, or any kind of file with the same extension, scattered hither and yon on your hard drive. Wouldn't it be great to get them all together in one place? Here are two ways to grab all of them easily.

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Watch out for photos containing malware

That adorable picture of a cute kitten may contain claws. Here's how photos on the Internet can infect your PC.

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Here's how your to-do list can text reminders to your phone

In our busy lives, we all need a to-do list. But the one on your computer isn't much help when you're not in front of it. You need reminders to pop up on your phone.

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Recover files from a dead PC

Your PC no longer boots. Here's how to recover the vital files trapped inside.

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Your IP address: Who can see it and what you can do about it

You need a visible IP address to surf the web, but you can manage some of that visibility to protect your privacy. Here's how.

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How to set and keep your preferred default font in Word

It's easy to change your default font in Word. But the next time you create a new document, it's back to Calibri. Here's the fix.