Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, PCWorld

Jon is a Juilliard-trained musician, former x86/6800 programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living the San Francisco bay area.

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LaCie Porsche Design Type-C Mobile hard drive review: Style for miles and clever setup

LaCie's Porsche design USB hard drive is handsome, a good performer, and features a clever setup routine that lets you use both FAT32 and the native file system of your computer.

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WD My Passport 4TB review: A good budget choice that's just a little slow

The WD My Passport USB 3.0 portable hard drive offers what most people want: fast performance with small files and copies, and a budget-friendly price. It lags while copying large files, though.

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PowerDVD 17 Ultra review: The best way to play Ultra HD Blu-ray movies on your home theater PC

If you have the proper hardware, PowerDVD 17 Ultra will play Ultra Blu-ray movie discs from your PC. Support for Oculus Rift and HTC VR headsets has also been added.

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Intel SSD 545s review: The next great budget SSD has arrived

Intel has released a 64-layer TLC SSD that's cheaper, and considerably faster than Samsung's EVO. The king is dead--long live the king.

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Oppo UDP-203 4K UHD Blu-ray player review: A class act with awesome audio capabilities

Quick disc loading, support for both HDR-10 and Dolby Vision, and tons of audio features push this Blu-ray player to the front of the pack.

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Samsung Q9F series QLED smart TV review: Samsung's best 4K UHD TV yet

Quantum dots and improved backlighting make for outstanding 2160p HDR. It takes LED-backlit LCD to another level.

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External drive died? Your data may still be easy to recover

If your external drive is no longer detected, don't give up hope. It could be relatively easy to recover the data.

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Excel's IF statement made easy

If you can decide what to have for lunch, you already understand Excel's IF logic--you just need to understand the format.

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The free GifCam makes capturing animated GIFs a snap

GifCam is a super-lightweight, portable utility that captures still and action shots of your computer screen in GIF or AVI form. It's also free, though donations are appreciated.

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Garmin Dash Cam 55 review: A compact cure for common traffic hassles

Garmin's Dash Cam 55 is a good camera made better with added traffic and stoplight-snoozing alerts, plus addictive voice controls.

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How to use MAME emulator to cure computer game nostalgia

MAME is the name that matters for arcade game and PC emulators. Its aim is to preserve the PC and gaming past—and let you enjoy them once again.

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When to defrag a hard drive, TRIM an SSD and perform other storage tasks, or not

Hard drives need defragging. All SSDs can use a good TRIM. But how and when? We'll tell you what to do and not do, and what's being done automatically.

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How to reclaim file permissions and ownership in Windows

Malware or network issues can sometimes change file permissions or disown you. If you're getting a "you don't have permissions" error, here's how to fix it.

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How to connect your PC or laptop to any TV

Given a relatively recent PC or laptop, you can connect it to just about any TV with an input.

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Sony shows off its new OLED and LCD TVs, video projector, and Bluetooth speakers

Our first look at the products Sony announced at CES reveals additional details and impresses us anew.

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