How to Make a Desktop or Laptop Act Like a Router

February 25th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Cool Websites

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Looking for a way to convert your laptop or desktop into a wireless router? You may find yourself in a situation where there isn’t a wireless router around for everyone to connect to. If only one computer is connected to a cable or DSL modem, you can convert that computer into a router or wireless router, […]

How to Find BIOS Version on Computer

February 24th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Computer Tips

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Need to find or check the current BIOS version on your laptop or desktop computer? The BIOS or UEFI firmware is the software that comes installed on your PC motherboard by default and that detects and controls the built-in hardware including hard drives, video cards, USB ports, memory, etc. Whether you need to update the BIOS or […]

Change Clock To and From Military Time in Windows

February 23rd, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Computer Tips

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Most people probably don’t care, but the default time display in Windows is 12 hour format, not military time. However, for all of the people who routinely tell time using the military time format, being able to change it on their computers can prove to be very useful. You would think it would be super […]

Insert a PDF into PowerPoint

February 22nd, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: MS Office Tips

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Are you working on a PowerPoint presentation and need to insert a PDF document into a slide? Well it seems easy enough right? Just click on the Insert menu, choose Object and pick the PDF file! Unfortunately, I learned that it’s not that simple, especially if you are dealing with a PDF document that has more […]

Desktop Icons Missing or Disappeared

February 20th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Computer Tips

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Have you ever been working in Windows and ended up with a program freezing and causing the all your desktop icons to disappear? In most cases everything disappears, including the Start button and taskbar. Normally in order to get out of this situation, you have to restart your computer and hope that whatever caused Windows to crash […]

How to Check the RPM of Your Hard Drive?

February 20th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Computer Tips

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Have you recently received a new computer or have an older one lying around and wanted to find out the RPM of the hard drive? Even though a lot of newer laptops come with SSDs (solid state drives), most desktops and a majority of laptops still use traditional spinning platter hard disks. If you have an […]

How to Open Internet Explorer in Full Screen or Kiosk Mode

February 19th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Internet Explorer Tips

kiosk mode

Did you know that Internet Explorer has multiple modes that you can enable like Kiosk Mode and Full Screen Mode? The names of these modes are a bit confusing because you can minimize IE into a smaller window in Full Screen Mode, but can’t in Kiosk mode. I’ll explain in more detail below. Kiosk mode […]

How to Fix USB Device Not Recognized in Windows

February 18th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Computer Tips

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Are you getting a “USB device not recognized” error whenever you plug in a USB mouse, keyboard, camera, or other device? I can’t live without USB ports and currently have 5 ports on my computer so that I can connect my mouse, keyboard, camera, phone, and printer to it all at once! For those of you […]

What is a Checksum and How to Calculate a Checksum

February 18th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Cool Websites

sha1 checksum

Are you wondering what a checksum is? You may have noticed that when you download files from certain websites, they have a very long string of numbers and letters called a checksum or MD5 checksum or SHA-1, etc. These really long strings basically act as fingerprints for that particular file, whether it be an EXE, […]

How to Move Your Mouse Cursor without a Mouse

February 16th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Cool Websites

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Recently I wrote an article on how to right-click using your keyboard and many people found it useful. However, I kept getting more questions asking me how they could control the mouse cursor using the keyboard. If your touchpad dies on your laptop or your mouse stops working on your desktop, it’s worth knowing how to […]