Monthly Archives: February 2013

Mac troubleshooting: How to handle freezes and crashes

Crashes and freezes in OS X are mercifully rare, but they do occur. Fortunately, most of them can be resolved readily; and even though a crash or freeze may have any of numerous causes or symptoms, the same procedure works … Continue reading

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Mac troubleshooting: What to do when your computer won’t turn on

One of the scariest things that can happen to your Mac, short of actual flames and smoke billowing from the case, is a failure to turn on at all. You press the power button and nothing happens—no startup sound, no … Continue reading

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How to make Ubuntu Linux look like Windows 7

Windows 8’s tile-based interface puts a bold new spin on the familiar Windows interface—so bold that many long-time Windows users are threatening to jump ship to another operating system rather than learn Microsoft’s “modern” UI. Of course, you’ll still find … Continue reading

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Multiple hard drives working together: All about RAID setups

  A Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) puts multiple hard drives together to improve on what a single drive can do on its own. Depending on how you configure a RAID, it can increase your computer’s speed while giving … Continue reading

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How to banish Metro from your Windows 8 PC forever

In a world exploding with tablets and touchscreens, Microsoft’s decision to saddle Windows 8 with the finger-friendly Modern interface formerly known as Metro makes a lot of sense—for Microsoft. But if you’re among the majority of Windows users who aren’t … Continue reading

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Apple confirms cyber attack, releases Java update and malware removal tool

The words “Apple” and “security breach” don’t often appear together, but on Tuesday the company said that some computers belonging to its employees had been targeted by hackers originating from China—the same group, reportedly, that last week infiltrated computers belonging … Continue reading

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