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GPT vs. MBR: How the humble drive partition led to the larger hard drives we all love

The newer (GPT) standard solves some limitations of the older (MBR) standard. Here's how to tell which standard your drive uses.

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Why you might still want an optical drive

Not that long ago, every PC could read and write CDs and DVDs. Not anymore. The disappearance of optical drives has its advantages, but also its problems.

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You don't need to back up Windows to the cloud

Backing up your library files to the cloud provides more safety than backing them up locally. But backing up Windows itself that way makes no sense.

How to create and distribute an instructional screencast video for free

It's easy to create professional-looking screencast videos using two free tools: CamStudio and YouTube. Here are the nitty-gritty details.

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How to stop autoplay videos

You open a webpage and start reading. But after a few seconds, you hear someone talking. A video has started automatically without your permission. Here's how to keep this annoyance from happening.

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Got a new Android phone? Here's how to properly get rid of your old one

Protect and clear your data—and then sell, donate, or recycle your old phone.

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How to install Microsoft fonts in Linux office suites

If you open a Microsoft Office document in LibreOffice or OpenOffice, you’ll need Microsoft’s fonts installed on your Linux system to see the documents as they were intended to look.

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Take precautions when using public Wi-Fi networks

When you take your laptop to a library or café, you take a risk. But if you know what you're doing, you can minimize that risk.

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How to save a webpage as a PDF or MHT file

You don't need to be online to read a webpage. You can save one, with formatting and images, to local storage and read it later offline.

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The first things you should do with that new Android phone

Tap in to Google's services and some of the best Play Store options for getting the most out of that new device.

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How to set up your new Chromebook the right way

Follow these tricks for getting yourself up and running with the right apps, settings, and offline tools.

7 critical things to do immediately with a new PC

Quick, while it's still pure and unsullied! Set up antivirus, clear out bloatware, and perform other tasks to keep your PC humming well into the future.

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How to use cloud storage's hidden, helpful power tool: Robust file version histories

Lost some work on a document you saved to Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive? Don't worry! All three services automatically save older versions of edited documents.