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

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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

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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

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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 […]

How to Scan Your Network for Devices and Open Ports

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Earlier I had written a post on how to detect WiFi leechers on your network and mentioned a couple of smartphone apps you could use to scan your home network. The apps do a pretty good job of scanning your network automatically and giving you some details on each device. I didn’t go into much […]

How to Make Flowcharts in PowerPoint

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PowerPoint is a powerful application that can be used for just about any type of presentation. One great example of using PowerPoint is to present processes and decisions using flow charts and diagrams. Just about every version of Office has the ability to add standard flow chart shapes like Process, Decision, Data, etc., but Office […]

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

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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 […]

Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Desktop Shortcut

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Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode is a great way to use the browser without any of your browsing or downloading history being recorded locally on your machine or in your Google account. It is a simple way to browse privately so that anyone who has physical access to the computer will not be able to see what […]

Use Summary Functions to Summarize Data in Excel

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For those who use Excel regularly, the number of built-in formulas and functions to summarize and manipulate data is staggering. Excel is literally used by everyone: from students in a financial class to hedge fund managers on Wall Street. It’s extremely powerful, but at the same time very simple. For those just getting started with […]

Prevent Someone Else from using Your Wireless Internet Connection

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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. […]

How to Make Your Own Animated Movie Online

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Looking for a quick way to make an animated movie online? If you want to create one of those nice cartoon-looking presentations where everything is animated, text flies across the screen, etc., then you have a couple of cool online tools that can get the job done. In this article, I’m going to talk about […]