How to Use the Command Line to Kill a Program

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Everyone knows how to kill a program using Task Manager in Windows or Force Quit in OS X, but sometimes it’s useful to kill a program using the command line. I’ve run into several situations where the program refused to end via Task Manager, even when I tried to kill the underlying process. Force Quit […]

OTT Explains – HTTPS, SSL and the Green Address Bar

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Have you ever been on a website and noticed that the address bar is green? If you visit a different site, it’s sometimes not green. And on some sites, the text is green and the name of the company pops up too in green. I started noticing this last weekend and wanted to figure out […]

How to Properly Setup Recovery and Backup Options for Two-Factor Authentication

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I’ve always been a big proponent of two-factor authentication and it seems these days you really need to use it. Just look at the recent Apple security hole that allowed people to reset your Apple ID password with just your email address and DOB. If you had enabled two-factor authentication on your account, you would […]

What’s the Difference Between a Virus, a Trojan, a Worm, and a Rootkit?

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Pretty much everyone has heard of the terms spyware, malware, virus, trojan horse, computer worm, rootkit, etc, etc, but do you really know the difference between each of them? I was trying to explain the difference to someone and got a little confused myself. With so many types of threats out there, it’s hard to […]

How to Get Your Antivirus and Gaming PC to Play Nicely Together

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I recently installed Call of Duty 4 on my Mac and was pretty annoyed at how choppy the game play was. Granted, I have a 2009 MacBook Pro, but I checked all the system requirements and the system should easily be able to handle the game and graphics. After a bit of fooling around, I […]

Why Does Windows Have More Viruses Than Linux and OS X?

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I’m writing this post because I recently overheard a conversation between two friends where one recommended that the friend switch from Windows to Mac or Linux because the latter operating systems are virus-proof and never get malware or rootkits. Uhhh, wrong. Totally wrong. Unfortunately, there are many people who believe this and think buying a […]

5 Old School Gaming Systems You Can Still Buy

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Even though I love my Xbox and Playstation, I still feel a pang of nostalgia when I think about my Nintendo Game Boy or my Nintendo NES system or my Sega Genesis. Those were classic consoles when I was growing up. And if you happened to be born a couple of years before 1980, you […]

5 Awesome Gadgets from Kickstarter Worth Buying

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I’m a huge fan of Kickstarter and it’s now the defacto place for me to go when buying new and innovative tech gadgets. I’ve backed over 60 projects and even though I haven’t loved or used everything I’ve gotten from the site, the gadgets that I do use, I use all the time now. If […]

Prevent Google Chrome from Opening PDF Files in the Browser

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I’ve been working on a project lately where I have to download a lot of PDFs from a website and then go through each of them and highlight text, add comments, etc. In Google Chrome, whenever I click on a link to a PDF file, it just opens the file inside the browser window. This […]

5 Tasks That Should Have Been Simpler in Windows 8

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I’ve been using Windows 8 for a while now and even though I like using it, there are still some really annoying aspects of the OS that I just don’t get. For instance, why is it so hard to do things that used to be so easy? Restart your computer? Print from a Windows app? […]