Understanding LAN Network Data Transfer Speeds

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I recently bought a NAS (network attached storage) device from Synology, connected it up to my network and started transferring files. The first thing I noticed was how slow the network transfer speed was. I was copying over some large video files and it was taking forever! I decided to check the transfer speed between […]

Best Software to Clean Up Your Windows PC

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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 […]

IE 11 Not Remembering Passwords?

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I ran into an annoying problem the other day where Internet Explorer would not remember a password when I was logging into a site. I don’t really remember when it stopped remembering passwords, but it didn’t seem to matter which site I would log into, it just didn’t ask me if I wanted to save […]

OTT Explains – What is the Hosts File in Windows and How Can You Use It?

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The hosts file in Windows is like an address book for your computer. It is loaded into memory (cache) when Windows starts and associates host names, such as www.google.com with IP addresses, such as for Google. The IP address is like the telephone number for that site. However, so we don’t have to remember […]

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. […]

8 Windows 10 Task Manager Tips

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As I mentioned previously in an article comparing Windows 7 to Windows 10, the Task Manager has been completely redesigned. It’s now a lot simpler to use by default, but if you really want to get all the details like before, you can still get those! There are a couple of other little shortcuts and […]

5 Programs to Turn Your PC into a Streaming Media Center

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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 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 […]

Thumbnail Previews Not Showing in Windows 8/10 Explorer?

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I installed Windows 8 on my home desktop a few weeks back and so far haven’t really had any problems. However, one odd thing that I noticed was that whenever I would view a directory that contained pictures or videos, I would just see the default icon for that file type rather than a thumbnail […]

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. […]