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Save a Command's Results to a File

Tue, 13 May 2014 13:02:26 +00002014-05-13T13:02:26Z

(image) One of the coolest Command Prompt tricks is the use of something called a redirection operator.

Very simply, a redirection operator can be used to redirect the output of a command (what the command displays on the screen) to a file. In other words, whatever the command was going to spit out on screen, it instead saves to a file.

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Getting Rid of an Old Hard Drive or PC? Remember to Wipe the Drive!

Tue, 13 May 2014 12:15:38 +00002014-05-13T12:15:38Z

Did you know that when you delete a file from your hard drive, it doesn't really go away? Did you know that even formatting a hard drive (in most cases, anyway) won't do the trick? It's true.

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Sometimes Your Memory is the Real Problem

Tue, 13 May 2014 10:50:28 +00002014-05-13T10:50:28Z

Memory problems are strange animals indeed - unlike other hardware, your computer can often work perfectly fine much of the time with bad memory installed. Small areas of the memory "sticks" in your computer can go bad, areas that Windows and other programs may only occasionally use. When these bad areas are accessed, you may get lock-ups, strange error messages, or even loss of data.

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Reseating is Often a Magic Fix

Tue, 13 May 2014 10:30:04 +00002014-05-13T10:30:04Z

A simple hardware troubleshooting step when your computer is locking up or spontaneously restarting, especially during the boot process, is to reseat the expansion cards in your computer.

Reseating, which is just another way of saying "remove-and-reinsert," assures that the card is making a good, clean connection with motherboard.

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Did You Just Get a New Computer? Do These Things First!

Tue, 13 May 2014 10:16:14 +00002014-05-13T10:16:14Z

Were you lucky enough to pick up a new computer recently? If so, Congratulations!

No matter if it's a snazzy new Microsoft Surface 2, a Windows 8 laptop, or a traditional desktop computer, here are the first four things you need to do:

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Patch Tuesday May 2014: 8 Security Updates

Tue, 13 May 2014 09:55:29 +00002014-05-13T09:55:29Z

(image) Today is Patch Tuesday. May's patches consist of 8 updates that correct several unique security issues across Microsoft Windows operating systems and some other Microsoft software.

The next Patch Tuesday will be on June 10, 2014.

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World Password Day

Tue, 06 May 2014 10:51:31 +00002014-05-06T10:51:31Z

(image) Wednesday, May 7th, is World Password Day, a day to remind you about the facts regarding passwords, and that making them long, as well as changing them frequently, is of the utmost important.

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Support for Windows XP Ends April 8: Here's What You Need to Know

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:36:43 +00002014-04-07T15:36:43Z

(image) As of April 8th, 2014, Windows XP is no longer supported.

No longer supported means what you probably think it means - that Windows XP will no longer receive security patches, like those your computer normally automatically installs on Patch Tuesday, nor will it receive non-security updates, like bug fixes.

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World Backup Day 2014

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:48:25 +00002014-03-28T06:48:25Z

(image) Monday, March 31st, is World Backup Day, the day we technology folks remind you of how important it is to back up your data. Considering my particular expertise, I tend to do this much more often than once per year, but I'll take this annual excuse to do it yet again!

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Piriform Releases CCleaner v4.12.4657

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:23:04 +00002014-03-26T10:23:04Z

(image) Piriform has released CCleaner v4.12.4657, the latest version of their registry and system cleaner tool. For a full overview, see my review of CCleaner v4.12.4657.

This update to CCleaner improves cleaning support for Opera, improves registry cleaning, and adds or improves junk file cleaning for a number of programs. You can read about all changes in Piriform's Change Log, which you find here.

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