• FAQ: How to get the Windows 7 beta

    Posted January 8, 2009 - 3:12 pm

    Late Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled the public beta for Windows 7. But where can you get it, how do you install it and what do you need to patch after you have it on your PC? Questions, everyone has questions. We have some of the answers.
  • Convert Your iTunes Purchases to MP3s

    Posted January 7, 2009 - 10:34 pm

    It's fairly easy to convert iTunes Plus purchases (i.e. the DRM-free versions of songs) to the universally compatible MP3 format. Here's how.
  • Unix tip: Inter-host trust on Unix, part 1

    Posted January 7, 2009 - 1:35 pm

    Inter-host trust can be a boon to user productivity and a nightmare to sysadmins. Here's how it works using rsh (remote shell) configuration files. Next week, we'll look at ssh.
  • Identify and eliminate MD5 attacks in two easy steps

    Posted January 6, 2009 - 4:32 pm

    A group of international security researchers recently demonstrated successful attacks against the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) used to issue security certificates to Web sites when the signatures are generated with the MD5 hash function. Happily, the vulnerability is simple to identify and easy to remediate.
  • IT Service Contracts + SMB Virtual IT = a Stable, Profitable Business

    Posted January 4, 2009 - 8:17 am

    If you own or manage a small business IT company, you may be thinking about using IT service contracts to build better relationships with clients.
  • Computer Maintenance Contract Subcontracting for National Service Organizations

    Posted January 4, 2009 - 8:07 am

    Many small business IT consultants wonder as they are starting their businesses whether or not they should do computer maintenance contract subcontracting for national service organizations.
  • Microsoft's Official Fix for Failing Zunes

    Posted January 3, 2009 - 9:55 pm

    Zune owners now have a fix for their failing devices thanks to Microsoft that has posted instructions on how to start the new year off with a working digital music player.
  • How to Unlock your iPhone 3G

    Posted January 3, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    What better way to start the new year then by jailbreaking and unlocking your iPhone 3g. You'll be able to run as many third-party applications as you want on your device. And more importantly, you'll be able to use your iPhone on any cell phone carrier you want.
  • IT Contract Work vs. Starting Your Own IT Company

    Posted January 2, 2009 - 7:47 pm

    Have you been considering IT contract work, but you don't know where to start? Before you start working piecemeal, contract-by-contract, consider opening your own IT contract business.
  • Computer consulting business credibility-building secrets

    Posted January 2, 2009 - 4:51 pm

    As you are growing or starting your computer consulting business and trying to get great clients, you might wonder, “How do I establish credibility if I only have a couple of references and am just starting out?”
  • Do-it-yourself free Xbox 360 wireless

    Posted December 31, 2008 - 12:14 pm

    The words "free" and "Xbox 360" are like J.D. Salinger and a gaggle of paparazzi -- never seen together.

  • Turn on Vista's hidden 'Checkboxes' feature

    Posted December 30, 2008 - 3:19 pm

    Most tech-savvy users know how to select multiple files: Hold down the Ctrl key while clicking each individual file. Of course, that can get a little tricky if you're working with a long list and/or a lot of files: It's too easy to mis-click and "lose" all your selections. That's why I'm loving an undocumented Vista feature: checkboxes.
  • Keep Outlook from triggering new mail alerts

    Posted December 30, 2008 - 11:36 am

    Here's how to turn off Outlook's email alerts for new messages. Plus, you can set up custom rules to generate alerts only when important people send messages.
  • Selectively delete some of your browsing history

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 1:04 pm

    Want to erase tracks that show you've visited certain web sites, but without erasing your entire surfing history? Here's how.
  • Control a remote PC with ease for free

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 12:32 pm

    I'm constantly accessing different computers, but I don't need to get up from my chair to swap PCs. Instead of walking between them, a VNC (virtual network computer) setup lets me log into remote machines that are across the room or around the world. Now I can manage software installations, see if a download is complete, or just troubleshoot from anywhere.
  • Delete files to prevent crashes in OS X 10.5.6

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 12:26 pm

    Apple has recently posted several articles that offer advice on how to prevent crashes and freezes related to the Mac OS X 10.5.6 update. The fixes all involve deleting files, most often heretofore little-known system files.
  • Fast fixes for common PC problems

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 12:20 pm

    Every computer user hits a speed bump now and then. Whether the bump is a dead power supply, a slow-booting PC, a soaking-wet cell phone, or an e-mail attachment lost in cyberspace, sometimes technology seems more trouble than it's worth. But just as flat tires can be patched, most common PC problems can be fixed--and fast!
  • Managing spam quarantine for Exchange Server 2007

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 12:15 pm

    Exchange Server 2007 includes anti-spam functionality that provides the capability to quarantine suspected spam that is received from the internet. Quarantining spam is generally done only for email with a moderate likelihood of being spam as opposed to email that has a very high likelihood of being spam which would normally be rejected entirely.
  • How to reformat iPod on Windows and Mac

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 11:17 am

    This is a tutorial about how to reformat Windows Formatted iPod on Mac and how to reformat Mac Formatted iPod on Windows. It contains 2 parts: Part 2. How to reformat Mac Formatted iPod on Windows

  • Making code review software tools help, not hinder

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 11:02 am

    Tools can certainly assist in the code review process -- particularly in ensuring that the code adheres to corporate style, collecting metrics and applying departmental programming policies -- but some caution that you shouldn't depend overmuch on them.
  • Running an effective code review

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 10:44 am

    It's one thing to say you're going to do code reviews. And it's another thing to know how to go about the process right, so that the end result is the best, most joyful application possible.
  • How to lead a code review

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 10:39 am

    If you're going to do code reviews, it makes sense to do them well.
  • Vendor management: How to negotiate contracts

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 10:35 am

    A smart customer sees a vendor's form as nothing more than a one-sided first offer and goes from there.
  • Burn Your HD Videos :TS,MTS,M2TS,TP,TRP to DVD On Mac

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 8:15 am

    If you want to keep well the digital video (usually AVCHD format, such as ts,mts ,tp, trp) made by your video cameras, the best way is burn them to a disk. So now what you need is a Mac DVD Creator.

    Free download HD DVD Creator for Mac and run the Mac DVD Creator.

  • How to become a SEO specialist

    Posted December 28, 2008 - 2:43 am

    A Dirty Dozen Step DIY Guide to Starting an SEO Business.

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