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How to Quiet Your Loud Personal Computer

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400

Anything that moves makes noise. And your personal computer is an assemblage of whirring, spinning, vibrating parts. Depending on your particular machine, this can amount to a comforting white noise, or an irritating background drone.

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How to Set Up the Ultimate Desktop Recording Studio

Fri, 26 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

With the right software and a few plug-in instruments, anyone (really, anyone) can be a rock star in his own home. Here's how to use a MIDI keyboard and software like M-Powered Essential and GarageBand to become the next Beck.

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The (New) Home Theater Setup Guide

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0400

Just when you thought you'd mastered the mess of wires, plugs and ports required for HDTV and multichannel sound, the new era of networked home entertainment is changing everything-again. Here's what you need to know to hook up the ultimate home theater.

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The Cable Guide: Know Your Computer and TV Wires

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0400

The lines between data, audio and video cables now completely blurred. And many devices can now communicate wirelessly. But that doesn't mean the world of wiring is simpler. There are more cables than ever-here's how to use them.

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How to Convert a Netbook Into a Touchscreen PC

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0400

Tablet PCs may be the next big thing in computers, but netbooks are cheap and widely available now. Why wait for Apple (or TechCrunch) to do it for you? Here's how to make your own touchcreen PC, starting with an off-the-shelf netbook.

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How to Sketch By Computer (For Cheap)

Fri, 04 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0400

The technology to translate doodles, sketches and ideas into detailed drawings is surprisingly affordably and acceptable. Here's what you need to get started-and tips to become a pro.

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Does Cold Weather Injure Cell Phones? Abusive Lab Test

Mon, 23 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0400

You know that cold weather can make your cell phone sluggish, or make a fully charged one read low battery. But can cold weather damage to your phone? We subjected six phones to progressively lower temperatures until they stopped working.

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How to Get Dust off a DSLR Sensor: Digital Clinic

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0400

If your digital SLR camera doesn't have a function that removes dust automatically, over time, you may notice intrusive dots in your photographs. Here's how to clean your camera's image sensor without damaging it (or spending a lot of money).

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How to Build a Powerful Home Theater PC for Less Than $500

Sat, 07 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0400

Building a dedicated home theater PC used to be expensive and time-consuming. But today, the process is a lot easier-and cheaper. Here's how to build a tiny, loaded HTPC for less than the price of most off-the-shelf Blu-Ray players.

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How to Eject Discs from Mac Pro Towers: Digital Clinic

Fri, 30 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0400

A reader who no longer uses his Apple keyboard is having trouble ejecting CDs and DVDs from his Mac Pro. Here are several workarounds for the eject button-less computers.

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How to Ditch Wi-Fi for a High-Speed, Ethernet-Wired Home

Mon, 26 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0400

To take full advantage of your high speed Internet, you should hook up your networked appliances with Ethernet cables instead of slower Wi-Fi connections. PM shows you how to wire your home so that all your devices get real high-speed Internet.

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How to Get a More Connected, Intelligent Home Theater

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0400

HD was just the beginning. New screens, networked devices, remotes and video gear change what we watch and how we see it. Here is how to chase the ultimate home theater upgrade-and avoid buyer's remorse.

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How to Use Less Energy in Your Home Theater

Mon, 05 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0400

Surround sound systems are great for movies, but they can drain power and be overkill if you're just watching the weather report. Here's how to save money on your electricity bill without losing the immersive experience that your AV equipment provides.

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How to Get Your Gadgets Off the Grid

Thu, 24 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0400

Senior technology editor Glenn Derene shows that with a small wind turbine, generator, solar charging kit and two very powerful batteries, you won't have to abandon your gadgets (or beer fridge) after an emergency.

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How to Install In-Wall Surround-Sound Speakers: DIY Tech

Tue, 15 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0400

Speakers should be heard and not seen. So when PM tech expert Anthony Verducci decided that his standing home theater speaker towers took up too much space, he replaced them with five nearly invisible in-wall speakers. Here's how he did it.

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