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  • I don’t have information for every antivirus suite out there, but Tom’s Guide tested 5 popular free choices: Avast, AVG, Avira, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free, and Microsoft Windows Defender. The good news is that Windows Defender had very little impact on system performance, and bested the others in that respect.

    4 weeks 2 days ago

  • The official reason is that because YouTube is going to have a pay service that is ad free, and that if the indie labels don’t agree to be part of the paid service, it will put YouTube in a situation where a significant amount of music is available for free users, but paradoxically not for paying customers.

    4 weeks 2 days ago

  • Here is a link to a complete set of instructions for set-up and troubleshooting the Chrome Remote Desktop app. The app is the first step. You can get it at the Chrome Web Store.

    7 weeks 3 days ago

  • I’ve read that hot water cooling for data centers is superior to cold water cooling. This seems completely counterintuitive. How can hot water cooling be superior to cold water cooling?

    11 weeks 4 days ago

  • It’s a two part numbering system. The first digit indicates the number of speakers (for example, the 4 of 4.1), and the second number (.1) indicates that there is a subwoofer. So, 4.1 would mean there is a front left, front right, left surround, right surround, and a subwoofer. 5.1 would be the same except there would be a center channel.

    11 weeks 4 days ago

  • You can do it in terminal. Here is a link to step by step instructions:  

    16 weeks 4 days ago

  • Another thing that might get her to pay attention is to point out all of the recent data breaches and how much harm it has caused for companies like Target. That’s something a small business definitely wants to avoid, and as the earlier reply pointed out, WEP can be easily penetrated with just a little effort.

    16 weeks 4 days ago

  • I have Rocksmith 2014. It works as a teaching tool, but you still have to put in the effort. Also, it’s going to feel very different coming from a nylon string classical guitar to a steel string electric, and you are going to have to get used to that. It shouldn’t take too long though. You can get a decent Epiphone guitar for under $200.

    17 weeks 3 hours ago

  • Is there a way to write musical notation when using Google Docs, the word processor component of Google Drive?

    19 weeks 5 days ago

  •  It’s certainly a difficult time for brick and mortar stores. They have much higher overhead than most online retailers, and yet have to match or nearly match the prices online retailers can offer. Many people go to stores, look at the products, then order them online, sometimes while still at the store.

    20 weeks 4 days ago

  • Data recovery is more difficult with SSDs. There are a lot of different proprietary controllers and built-in encryption, so what works on one SSD, may not work on another. I wouldn’t say it is impossible, but you are probably going to have to send it out to a data recovery company have them evaluate it.

    24 weeks 5 days ago

  • The XBox One does support multitasking, so you can keep playing or watching movies, youtube, etc. It also has built in zoom and tracking, so the camera can follow you as you move around. It's pretty neat really, the kind of stuff they put in those "vision of the future" film we used to see when I was a kid.

    24 weeks 5 days ago

  • There are quite a few tools online, but one thing to keep in mind is you don't want to just go to some unknown website and start entering your actual passwords. After all, Acme Crime's website could have a password checker that welcomes you to give them all of your actual passwords.

    27 weeks 5 days ago

  • If you are reading sources like IT World, you are much more aware/engaged in online privacy issues than 90% of the population. Most people don’t even think about the privacy implications of their choices. Ever seen Facebook? Ever seen the insanely personal stuff many people share on there? Think those people are thinking about privacy?

    27 weeks 5 days ago

  • It has two main purposes. First, to provide a text description of the image for people who are visually impaired and second, to add a description for search images, which use the alt tags as keywords. So, yes, there are at least two good reasons to bother with it.

    28 weeks 6 days ago

  • There is a browser extension on Chrome, not sure about other browsers. The one available for Chrome, MuteTab, is nearly useless to be honest. It just stops scripts on a page, if (BIG if) it even detects anything.

    30 weeks 4 days ago

  • I want to give a pair of good sounding headphones as a gift, and am trying to decide between headphones that use the standard 3.5mm analog audio jack and bluetooth headphones. Is there a noticeable difference in audio quality between the two, all other things being equal?

    31 weeks 6 days ago

  • Apart from price, the Surface 2 is slightly thinner, offers (optionally) 64Gb of storage instead of being limited to 32Gb, has better cameras both in front and back, better battery life, and has a USB 3.0 port instead of USB 2.0. It’s a better tablet all around. 

    32 weeks 6 days ago

  • Just released sales figures suggest that Microsoft isn’t really falling behind Sony. According to Gamespot, The XBox One reached 2 million units sold worldwide as of last week, compared with 2.1 million PS4s. Those are pretty darn comparable launch figures. 

    32 weeks 6 days ago

  • There is often a lot of irrational optimism immediately following an IPO. Remember Zynga? Yeah, they are not doing so well now, even though their stock value shot up dramatically initially. Twitter is no Zynga, but a P/E ratio of 25:1 is pretty high.

    37 weeks 1 day ago

  • “Because helium has just one-seventh the density of air, using it reduces the turbulence caused by spinning disks and the heads that constantly move above them to read and write data. That, in turn, means lower power consumption and less waste heat in the data centers where these drives are designed to be used.

    37 weeks 5 days ago

  • If you upgrade to Skype 5.2+ all you need to do is select “Call” on the menu bar, then “Call Technical Info” and it will show you bandwidth usage in the Call Technical Info window.

    45 weeks 19 hours ago

  • The tile interface makes perfect sense for a touchscreen, but I’m using an “old” standard PC with mouse and keyboard. Other than better looks, is there much that someone using a traditional interface will miss out on if they don’t upgrade to Windows 8?

    46 weeks 5 days ago

  • Are there any advantages to one versus the other?

    1 year 3 days ago

  • While it might not be a bad idea, I’d still say it’s not vital with a dial up connection. Every time that they log on using dial up, the ISP assigns a different IP address, so it would be pretty hard for someone to gain access. Also, I’m not sure how much value an intermittent zombie spewing out data at 56kbps would be anyway. 

    1 year 1 week ago

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