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For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.

Lenovo ThinkPad T431s review: A high-priced Ultrabook without the high-end specs

Lenovo’s pricey new entry in the Ultrabook market caters deftly to business users, but it fails to deliver most of what’s good about Ultrabooks: speed, portability, and convenience.

Three cool ways to tweak File Explorer in Windows 8

With a couple easy changes, you can make Windows' file manager even better.

Convert a PDF for Kindle viewing, no software required

It's easier than you might think to send a PDF to your Kindle and convert it to raw text for easier reading.

Install any version of Windows using any Windows disc you can find

A free utility tweaks the Windows ISO image file, thus letting you install whatever version matches your product key.

How to bypass your PC when ordering photo prints

It's time to change your old habit of copying photos to your PC just so you can order prints. Now there's an app for that.

Anything but PowerPoint: Five fresh presentation alternatives

Knock their socks off and seal the deal with presentation tools that give you new takes on the same old slides—from eye-catching imagery to data visualization that goes way, way beyond the pie chart.

Transform your PC into a mean, media-streaming machine

All you need is a trusty PC and good media-server software to stream your music, movies, and photos wherever you want them to go.

Get a disposable email address from MailDrop

Need to complete a Web registration but don't want to give out your address? This free service offers a simple alternative.

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How to fix a broken favicon

Before you go to extreme measures to restore a messed-up favicon, try this simple fix.

Make Windows Media Player the default audio player in Windows 8

If you're spending most of your time in Desktop mode, you might not want Microsoft's Music app to be the system's go-to player.

How to boot to desktop mode in Windows 8.1

Microsoft added this much-needed option to the Windows 8.1 update. Here's how to enable it.

Ceton InfiniTV 6 review: A six-tuner dynamo for Microsoft’s dying media center

Tired of renting your cable company's lousy DVR? Buy this box, and you can record six channels at once—and watch those recordings on any PC in your house.

How to add USB 3.0 to your desktop PC

The latest external hard drives offer USB 3.0 connectivity, but older desktops don't. Here's an easy and inexpensive remedy.

Tips for hassle-free computing at 33,000 feet

Before you board your next flight, learn how to make the friendly skies at little friendlier to your tech.

Strip away all of YouTube's clutter with Cleanr

This browser extension gets rid of all the distracting stuff so you can focus on what matters: the video.