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How to switch from Mac to PC, Part 1: What's driving me to do it

A 20-year Mac veteran decides it's finally time to switch to a Windows PC—and he's taking us on his journey, step by step, starting with what drove him to bail on Apple.

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How to know when your SSD could die

SSDs have a finite lifespan. Here's how to tell how "old" your drive is, and whether you need to prepare for an untimely death.

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Why your USB drive's file format matters: FAT32 vs. exFAT vs. NTFS

You have options when it comes to formatting a USB drive for use in a PC: FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS. We'll explain what they are and how to choose the best file system for your needs.

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When your computer beeps at you, that's a cry for help

When your computer beeps at you, pay attention because it's crying out for help—and it's giving you a code you can decipher.

Weekend Project: Build an ADS-B receiver for less than $120

Find out information about what planes are flying around you with this homemade device

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How to fix a dead key on your keyboard

If you have a dead key on your keyboard, you probably need to clean whatever is under that key. Here's how to do it with a regular keyboard and a laptop keyboard.

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7 things I learned once I built my first PC

There's always a first time for building a PC, and the guides can only go so far when it gets to specific details for each part. Read on for seven things I wished I'd known before I started.

How to print from Android with an app or Google Cloud Print, and a compatible printer

You can carry the entire Internet in your pocket, but you still sometimes need to put something on paper.

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When water, coffee, or liquid spills on your laptop, do this

A water spill can seriously mess up a laptop. Soft drinks or alcohol can do much worse. Work quickly and you might be able to save it.

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The hidden challenges of booting from a USB flash drive

Booting from a USB drive lets you get into your PC when its main operating system. But Windows and even your motherboard could work against you. Here's how to find out.