Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, PCWorld

Jon is a Juilliard-trained musician, self-taught programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living the San Francisco Bay Area.

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How Windows Explorer can help you find duplicate files

Sure, you could buy a utility to ease the task of finding duplicate files or organizing your multimedia, but Windows Explorer is quite good at it in its own right.

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Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3z review: This USB thumbdrive is small, secure, and device-agnostic

Apricorn has taken the Aegis Secure Key 3.0 and made it smaller, less expensive, and more easily configurable in batches with a $99 USB configuration hub.

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Set up your webcam for access from the road

If you have a webcam without a vendor web portal, you can still view it while on the road. Here's how.

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Netgear ReadyNAS 212 review: Super fast, but best for business

With a boatload of pro features and excellent performance, this is a box better suited for the small office than the home, but it streams as smoothly as any of its rivals.

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Synology DS216play NAS review: Great media streaming and 4K transcoding for the price

Synology's DS216play NAS is a middling performer, but there's no better NAS box available for media streaming and 4K transcoding.

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TerraMaster F2-220 NAS review: Major-league hardware and rapidly improving software

TerraMaster's FS-220 is relatively new to the NAS category, but it's a great performer with a promising interface.

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Seagate Personal Cloud 3TB NAS review: Incredible bang for the buck

Seagate's Personal Cloud 3TB NAS is only a single-bay NAS, but $140 for 3TB of storage and advanced software features is a steal.

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QNAP TS-251A NAS review: More media features than you can shake a stick at

QNAP's TS-251A NAS has the ability to output video directly to an external 1080 display and is a great media streamer. The advertised on-the-fly 4K transcoding, on the other hand, proved to be weak.

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Zyxel NAS520 review: New-school hardware, old-school software (in a good way)

Zyxel's NAS520 is an affordable NAS box with good streaming and backup features, but it's a bit less refined than mainstream users would want.

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WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra review: Excellent features and performance at a very nice price

For a NAS box with a boatload of software features and top-notch performance, the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra is amazingly affordable.

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Dash cam review: The Thinkware F770 works with your smartphone

Thinkware's F770 is unique for shifting its video viewing and settings largely to your smartphone. For the price, it offers the full list of features and is easy to use.

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Dash cam review: The Cobra CDR895D Drive HD offers affordable dual-channel video

Cobra's CDR895D Drive HD is a dual-channel dash cam with near 360-degree coverage and a surprisingly affordable price.

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Dash cam review: Garmin's DriveAssist 50LMT is first-class almost all the way

Garmin's DriveAssist 50LMT is really a high-end navigation accessory with dash-cam features, and it offers many nice perks—plus a puzzling limitation.

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Dash cam review: The Viofo A119 is a surprisingly good bargain

The Viofo A119 is an incredible bargain: just $100 for a simple dash cam including GPS, with high-quality daytime and nighttime video and other handy features. It asks only that you bring your own storage card.

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Philips jumps on the Dolby Vision bandwagon with new TVs and a 4K UHD Blu-ray player

With Philips incorporating Dolby Vision support into its 2017 TVs and 4K UHD Blu-ray players, the HDR tech scores another big win.