Computer Tips

How to Rip DVDs to Your Hard Drive in Windows and OS X

September 30th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Computer Tips

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If you have a lot of older DVDs sitting around in your house, you might be wondering if there was a way to rip them to your computer for free? Even though I stream most of my movies online today via iTunes, Netflix, HBO Go, etc, I still have about 200 DVDs that I had […]

How to Change the Keyboard Language in Windows

September 29th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Computer Tips

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Are you looking for a way to change the keyboard language in Windows? There are occasions where you might need to do this such as when you buy a used computer and the keyboard is set to another language or if you need to type something in a foreign language instead of English. You can easily change […]

How to Set or Mark a Partition as Active in Windows

September 28th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Computer Tips


Do you have multiple partitions on your computer with different operating systems installed? If so, you can change the active partition in Windows so that when the computer starts up, it will load the appropriate operating system. This is called a dual-boot or multi-boot system. Changing the active partition is a fairly advanced task, so […]

Create Your Own CD and DVD Labels using Free MS Word Templates

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

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Even though many people keep touting the end of CDs and DVDs, I still think they are here to stay for a while. Sure, most of us share personal videos shot on our phones via cloud services nowadays, but movies and longer form home videos still are easier to share and watch on CD, DVD […]

Prevent Someone Else from using Your Wireless Internet Connection

September 21st, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Computer Tips

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Do you suspect that a neighbor is using your wireless Internet connection? It could be that your Internet connection is slower than it should be or that your devices keep disconnecting from the router. Someone connected to your wireless router can also access shared folders on your network, so data theft is a real threat. […]

The Best Way to Switch to a New Email Address

September 17th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Computer Tips

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Do you still have an ancient or email address that you are finally giving up? Or maybe you’ve been using a college or university email address for several years and want to move to a permanent email address before you graduate? Or maybe when you signed up for Internet service, you ended up […]

Use Microsoft Word as a Barcode Generator

September 16th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Computer Tips

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Did you know that you can use Microsoft Word to create your own barcodes? Creating your own barcodes is actually kind of cool and pretty easy to do. Once you have a barcode, you can stick it onto anything you want and then scan them using a physical barcode scanner or with your smartphone by […]

How to Hide Your Facebook Online Status

September 8th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Computer Tips

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Here’s a simple tip that I just figured out myself the other day: hide your online status on Facebook! Why is this useful? Well, now that Facebook has built chat into the online interface (kind of like Google Hangouts running inside Gmail), your friends can start chatting with you any time you log into Facebook. Personally, […]

How to Hide Text Messages on the iPhone (Turn Off Preview)

September 4th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Computer Tips

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By default, the iPhone will show the world your SMS texts and iMessages on your lock screen whether you have Touch ID or a passcode setup on your device. For most people, this isn’t a big deal and therefore they don’t change the setting. However, it can actually be a big privacy or security issue. For […]

Update Facebook Status From a Dumbphone using Facebook Texts

September 4th, 2015 by Aseem Kishore File in: Computer Tips

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Over the years, Facebook has constantly changed the way you can update your profile from your phone. Back in the days, you could connect your mobile phone to your account and upload pictures by sending an email to At some point, this changed and they created a post-by email address, which was unique for […]