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5 Brain-Bending Puzzle Games for Your iPhone

August 24th, 2010

iphone-puzzle-games.jpgLooking for a way to challenge your brain while you waste some time? If you love crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and Scrabble, then try some of these games to really get your mind working.

1. Jumbline

This word twist game has several great features. You can choose five-, six-, or even seven-letter words. Like the others in this genre, you then have to create all the words of three or more letters that can be made from those letters. It has a very instinctive interface, which allows you to tap a single letter to shoot it to the end of the line and to enter words just by underlining them. The best part is that working in seven-letter mode will increase your Scrabble and Words With Friends scores in a hurry!

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OEM Hard Drives

June 9th, 2010

hard-drive-oem.jpgWhile shopping for a hard drive upgrade, you may have wondered about the term “OEM”, and why OEM drives cost less than others. OEM hard drives can be an excellent way to save money on a hard drive upgrade, while generally getting exactly the same drive that you would in a retail package. Consider purchasing an OEM hard drive if you already have all of the hardware that you need to mount and install a new drive.


OEM is an acronym for “Original Equipment Manufacturer”. In computer terms, an OEM is a company that builds a computer from parts and sells it. So, an OEM component is intended to be sold to a computer builder, rather than an end user. OEM components generally do not include many of the items that retail components do, including the retail box itself. This bare packaging cuts the price of the component significantly, which has caused OEM components to grow in popularity among cost-conscious consumers.

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Hard Drive Formatting Explained

June 8th, 2010

how-to-format-hard-drive.jpg“Formatting” is a term that you are likely to hear when discussing or reading about hard drives; it’s also one of the most misunderstood terms among computer users. For example, many users mistakenly believe that formatting a hard drive always erases the data stored on it. In fact, this is often not the case. Formatting is, however, an important part of basic computer maintenance.

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How to Buy a Laptop Computer

April 10th, 2010

buying-laptop.jpgLaptops have come a long way from their beginnings when they were heavy, had tiny screens, and very little power. Now you can get a laptop that rivals all but the highest end desktops with bright displays, full size keyboards, and all the functionality you need. On the other hand, if weight and portability is the concern, you can get a laptop not much larger or thicker than a file folder to handle basic computing and email while on the road.

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How to Replace a Hard Drive

April 9th, 2010

hard-drive-replacement.jpgThis article will walk you through the process of replacing a hard drive on a desktop, Windows based computer. Sending a computer to a shop for repairs can be costly, but the actual cost of a new hard drive should be less than a hundred dollars, and perhaps less than fifty. If you are handy with a screwdriver and have a little patience, you can accomplish this task yourself.

The article assumes that you have tried and failed to repair or recover the existing hard drive or need it replaced for some other reason. You will need the original software or recovery CD that came with the computer, including Windows. If you don’t have the software to reinstall on the computer and would need to buy new software, you would probably be better off buying a new computer with the software already installed.

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Defragmenting Your Windows Computer

March 25th, 2010

defragment-computer.jpgDefragmenting your Windows computer is a cinch. You don’t need to be a techie or spend frustrating hours learning this useful tool. And after you’ve done it once, you can schedule automatic defragmentation and never give it a second thought.

What is defragmentation, and why is it so important?

Imagine that every time you put a new item on your office desk, you toss it down any old way. When you need to find something, you just shuffle things around until you find what you’re looking for. No problem! Sure, not at first. But after a few months of this, as more and more clutter is piled onto your desk, it becomes very difficult to find anything. Your tape dispenser gets separated from your tape, important tax documents are mingled in with holiday cards, and old bank statements are taking up space. The solution? A place for everything, and everything in its place!

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How to Maintain Your Computer: Some Basic Tips

March 16th, 2010

basic-computer-maintenance.jpgThis article by Nidhi Varma provides a practical introduction to some basic computer maintenance tips. For related information on backing up your computer’s data, you can see last month’s article on Tips to Prevent Computer File Loss.

The other day I was sorting out some stuff and came across a carton full of audio cassettes. And I wondered what to do with them. With an external hard drive connected to my computer only for music, along with an amplifier and a set of speakers, it was a pretty difficult thing to think of a use for the cassettes. Computers have become integral to our lives in a way that is hard to describe. They have taken over almost every function (except an essential few). When our computer crashes, we are stranded, with everything from music to working data inaccessible to us. So I thought of a few basic tips that would help us keep our computer from crashing and maintain it in a good working condition.

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How Computer Monitors Work

March 15th, 2010

computer-monitors.jpgIt allows you to see the world, to interact with millions of people, to study just about every subject known to mankind. It can be cube-shaped or flat, built-in or stand-alone.

Give up? It’s a computer monitor.

These devices are the keys that allow us access to the wonderful world of computing. Without computer monitors, you probably wouldn’t be reading this right now.

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Filezilla 3.1 FTP Client

February 24th, 2010

filezilla-ftp.jpgThis stable, intuitive FTP client is yet another excellent product from the prolific open source community. Boasting a truly intuitive Explorer-style twin-pane tabbed interface, it enables secure file transfers to and from multiple servers simultaneously, drag-and-drop support, filename filters, remote file editing, keep-alive, and a host of other advanced features.

Directory caching enhances blisteringly swift performance, and automatic transfer speed adjustment helps you manage bandwidth allocation based on date or time of day. Manage your connections either through Site Manager, or on-the-fly using the QuickConnect feature. Robust security is assured through support for proxy connections and firewalls including SSL and Kerberos GSS.

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Rediscover Your City: 5 Urban iPhone Apps

February 17th, 2010

iphone-apps-city.jpgMany people wonder how they ever managed to survive in the city before they had Google Maps with GPS at their fingertips. But your iPhone can do so much more than help you get from point A to point B. With all of the urban-centric iPhone applications out there, you may be unsure which ones to choose. These are the top five apps that will make you fall in love with your city all over again.

1. Discover Anywhere Transit

No matter how long you’ve lived in your city, there’s no way to remember every transit stop. Thanks to “augmented reality”, there are a plethora of new apps that help you navigate the urban jungle: just hold your cell phone up and let the camera capture the surroundings. Information bubbles pop up on DAT to point you towards the nearest rail line. City-specific apps such as New York City Nearest Subway by Acrossair well help you find the nearest subway stop.

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Computer Maintenace Tips: Seven Steps to Nirvana

February 14th, 2010

computer-maintenance-how-to.jpgPeople rely heavily upon their computers, but seldom give them proper maintenance until the day when something goes wrong. For some arcane reason known only to the “computer gods”, that something will happen when you need your computer the most, such as when you have an impending deadline. Therefore, with the beginning of a new year and decade upon us, resolve to give a little care to your computer. Performing the following steps once a month will potentially save you many headaches. Note: These steps apply to Windows-based machines, but the same general maintenance tips apply to Macintosh and Linux models too. Other operating systems sometimes have different ways of getting to them.

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