How to Securely Encrypt a USB Flash Drive

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If you carry sensitive information around on a USB drive, you should consider using encryption to secure the data in case of loss or theft. I’ve already talked about how to encrypt your hard drive using BitLocker for Windows or FileVault for Mac, both built-in operating system features. For USB drives, there are a couple […]

iOS Not Syncing All Google Calendars to iPhone?

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Syncing your default Google Calendar or any custom calendars to your iPhone is pretty easy these days in iOS. Once you add your Gmail account under Mail, it gives you the option to sync your calendar, contacts and notes. However, if you have ever added any third-party calendars to Google, i.e. the ones that show […]

How to Make Blurry Pictures Clear

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Unless you are a professional photographer, there are many times when a great picture is ruined because it’s blurry! Whether it’s because something was moving really fast or because of camera shaking, a blurry picture is pretty useless. However, there are many times when you simply cannot recreate the moment caught in that blurry picture […]

How to Use Firefox Addons

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Even though Firefox usage has been on the decline over the last few years, it’s still in second place behind Google Chrome in terms of usage. The main reason behind that is add-ons. Firefox can be customized in a million different ways, something no other browser can replicate to that level. In Firefox lingo, add-ons […]

Change the Default Search Engine in IE via Registry

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Changing the default search engine to something other than Bing is really easy in Internet Explorer and takes just a few clicks. That is, unless you work in a corporate environment and your network administrator has the web browser settings locked down. Some admins go a little overboard with restrictions and forcing people to search […]

How to Fix an IP Address Conflict

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Ever get an IP address error message when turning on your computer or taking it out of sleep mode? This occurs when two computers on the same LAN network end up with the same IP address. When this occurs, both computers end up not being able to connect to network resources or perform other network operations. […]

How to Backup, Reset or Restore Your iPhone, iPad or iPod

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Do you have an iPhone that you need to reset or restore? Do you need to perform a factory reset and erase everything or do you just need to reset certain settings because the phone is acting up? Or maybe you need to restore your iPhone from an iTunes backup or from iCloud? Also, you […]

How to Restore Windows to Factory Settings

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Oddly enough, I’ve been asked by many people recently how they can restore their computers to “factory settings”. Depending on how you look at it and version of Windows you are running, factory settings can mean several things. For me, factory settings means getting the computer back to the state when you first bought it. […]

How to Repair Corrupted or Damaged AVI Files

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Have you ever downloaded a video and gotten an error message that the file could not be played because it is damaged or corrupt? There are many reasons why a video file could become corrupt ranging from bad sectors on a hard drive to electromagnetic interference to power failures to torrent problems, etc. Luckily, most […]

5 Free Online OCR Services Tested and Reviewed

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Have a PDF document or an image that you would like to convert to text? Recently, someone sent me a document in the mail that I needed to edit and send back with corrections. The person couldn’t locate a digital copy, so I was tasked with getting all that text into digital format. There was […]