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OTT Explains – Is Software to Clean and Speed Up Your PC Useful?

by File in: Computer Tips, Featured Posts

There is a multi-billion dollar business built around selling PC and Mac cleaning software. They come in all shapes, sizes and prices and tout the necessity to clean, tune, and fix your computer so that it runs smoothly and efficiently. I’ve even written about many of these programs myself on Help Desk Geek and Online […]

10 Dropbox Tips for Beginners

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Even though Dropbox has been around for a long time, I didn’t sign up for an account until a few months ago and now I don’t know why I didn’t sign up earlier! Dropbox is a pretty awesome service that has a lot of features I didn’t even know existed when I started using it. […]

7 Programs to Turn Your PC into a Streaming Media Center

by File in: Featured Posts, Software Reviews

After I bought my iPad, I realized I don’t really use my laptop as much anymore. This means that I really use my desktop a lot a less! Unfortunately my desktop, which has some decent specs, is in sleep mode most of the time. I thought this was a little sad and a waste of […]

OTT Explains – What is a Windows Service and Is It Worth Disabling?

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A Windows service is basically a continuously running executable that performs defined tasks in the background without the user having to provide any input. Services are running all the time and even though you may not notice them, they do everything from telling you the latest updates are available for your PC to checking that […]

OTT Guide to Troubleshooting Printer Problems

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Printer problems can be extremely annoying and frustrating. One of my friends just posted a status that sums it up pretty well, “We can send someone to space, robots to Mars, but I still can’t print a Word document!”. I’m pretty amazed myself how many problems I have with printers, especially wireless ones. Over the […]

Open Multiple Web Pages When Your Browser Starts Up

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Looking for a way to open several webpages at once when you start up your browser? I had previously written about how to set multiple home pages in IE and Firefox back in early 2008, but that post is so old that the options in the browser are not even the same anymore. Also, at […]

OTT Guide To Repairing Your Own Computer Instead of GeekSquad

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So I recently had a friend come over to my place and ask me if I could take a look at his computer because it suddenly started giving him an “Operating system not found” error whenever he tried to boot up. It was a fairly new laptop and it had Windows 7 Home Premium installed. […]

7 Best Windows (Alternative) Shell Replacement Programs

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Looking for some good desktop/shell replacement programs for Windows? For those of you who feel the need, the need to customize, an alternative shell to the Windows shell is the best solution. So what exactly is a shell replacement? It’s basically a program that will integrate with Windows and replace the default shell. The shell […]

OTT Guide to Backups, System Images and Recovery in Windows 8

by File in: Featured Posts, Windows 8

Just like the dual Metro and desktop interface and the dual Metro IE and desktop IE, you also have dual backups in Windows 8. Everything in Windows 8 is like a split personality: you have the new shiny Windows 8 style and features and then all the left over stuff from previous versions of Windows. […]

OTT Guide to Opening Links in IE 10

by File in: Featured Posts, Internet Explorer Tips

If you haven’t noticed yet, Windows 8 has two versions of Internet Explorer. Basically, two different Internet Explorers: one is the Metro IE and the other is the desktop IE. I have explained in a previous post the differences between Metro and desktop IE and why I think it’s probably not a good idea. Two separate […]