Who's Responsible for Outrageous Gas Prices?

Steve Bass looks into causes for the ongoing gas crisis and considers some gas-saving tips, plus a behind-the-scenes look at typefaces.

Eliminate Hassles With Antivirus, Flash, Task Manager, and iTunes

Get the lead out of AVG, fix the Windows Task Manager toolbar, and dump duplicate files.

Microsoft Is Giving Up on Windows

Steve Bass learns that Microsoft has had it with Windows. Plus three free tools and lots of time wasters.

Show Stopper

Reboot, log off, or run a shutdown routine from a shortcut icon.

When Is Vista not Vista? When It's Mojave!

Microsoft resorts to subterfuge to get people to try Windows Vista, as Steve Bass recently found. Plus, tips for Outlook and Windows passwords.

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Assurz Folds--Are Customers Stuck?

A company offering a "satisfaction guarantee" for major online retailers is going bankrupt; Steve Bass has details on what to do.

Printer Ink: How Do You Define 'Empty'?

Steve Bass finds 20 percent of the ink he paid for left in supposedly empty cartridges, but Brother has a logical (if not legal) explanation.

On the Road--Fuel Cost Calculators, Phone Headsets

It's summer and Steve Bass has travel on his mind: gasoline stats, California's cell phone law, and sleazy marketing tactics.

Build a PC, Juice Up Your Laptop

Want to build your own PC? Steve Bass has some ideas for you. Plus, how to upgrade your old laptop or buy a new one.

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Registry First Aid

Improve system performance with this top-notch registry cleaner.

Handy Gadgets--a Tiny Tripod and a Portable Speaker Case

The super handy Gorillapod goes anywhere, and the iMainGo speaker case lets you blast your tunes in any location. Plus, the latest in weird bicycles.

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Ten Tools to Make Windows Shine

Add a layer of protection against spyware, stop Kaspersky's annoying audio alerts, and hide your files and folders. Plus: More fixes for the pesky Insert key.

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Find out immediately when you accidentally hit Insert or another potentially disastrous key.


Replace Kaspersky's not-so-dulcet alert noise with a simple "Uh-oh!"

NumCapsScroll Indicator

Get an alert when Caps Lock, Num Lock, or Scroll Lock keys are struck.