Rick BroidaPCWorld

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.

Tweak your browser to show YouTube song lyrics

Available for all the major browsers, this handy extension lets you sing along to your favorite music videos.

Research and compare the latest smartphones at PhoneRocket

This handy site gives you a side-by-side comparison of any two phone models, all so you can make a more informed decision.

How to fix Web pages that print too small

When pages look right onscreen but end up tiny on the printed page, try these fixes.

How to create a bootable Windows 8 recovery tool

If your computer manufacturer didn't provide recovery media, fear not: Windows 8 makes it easy to roll your own.

Add a hard drive-activity LED to a laptop that lacks one

Free utility Activity Indicator adds an HDD status light to your System Tray.

Add a Wi-Fi hotspot to Windows 8 with Virtual Router Plus

This free utility restores a capability that Microsoft removed from Windows 8, and does it with ease.

Spruce up your Windows Media Center TV guide with My Channel Logos XL

This newly updated add-on lets you pimp your program guide in all kinds of cool and practical ways.

How to do smarter file searches in Windows 8

One of Windows 8's most celebrated features can also be one of its most frustrating. Here's an alternative.

Gmail tip: Don't forget to check your spam filter

Gmail's pretty good at filtering out the junk, but it's not perfect. Here's why you should do some routine "filter maintenance."

Learn Windows 8 basics with Microsoft's 'training brochure'

This handy 36-page guide makes the transition to Windows 8 much easier. Where was this six months ago?

Even new PCs can have problems

Don't expect a totally hassle-free experience with that new laptop or desktop. Do be prepared for issues to crop up.

With an SSD, backups are more important than ever

It's a lot harder to recover data from a dead solid-state drive, so plan accordingly.

How to upgrade your external hard drive to USB 3.0

If your PC has USB 3.0 ports, you can get a big speed boost by relocating your external drive to a faster enclosure.

How to find out where you can see your favorite movie

A little-known feature on a big-name site will tell you when and how you can watch your favorite flicks.

How to make the power button shut down your Windows 8 system

If you prefer a complete shutdown to sleep or hibernate, it doesn't get much easier than this.