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How to quickly access your network connections in Windows 7 and Vista

This week we're running a series of posts that tackle common Windows networking issues, and some tips and tricks that might speed up or improve your network stability. You can find more tech tips in our Tips index. One small Windows XP feature I used to lean on frequently was "Connect To" -- it provided easy access to a computer's network connections right from the Start Menu. I also like...

How to uninstall Internet Explorer 9

 Maybe you've seen enough of the Internet Explorer 9 beta for now -- you just wanted a taste, but you'd rather not use a beta browser on a day-to-day basis. Maybe you just want to know how to uninstall it because other people are going to ask you how to do it. Unlike most other programs on your computer, however, you won't find IE9 listed on the Uninstall or change a program screen. That's...

How to reboot Google Chrome sync when you're having problems

Google Chrome's sync features can be incredibly handy for those of use who run the browser on multiple computers. Every now and then, however, you may run into a problem. In my case, I had certain bookmarks which kept popping back up even though I'd previously deleted them. Today I got an email from a reader, John, who was having a similar issue with his extensions. "Recently LastPass has...

How to play with Google Chrome Web Apps right now

Over at TechCrunch, MG Siegler has posted images of some Chrome Web apps installed and working in Chromium -- but it's worth knowing that you can already play with a handful of apps in Google Chrome as well. If you're running the Chrome dev channel, here's how you do it. First, add some command line switches to your Chrome shortcut: --enable-apps : turns on extension apps, otherwise you'll...

Can't listen to MP3 files in Chromium? Here's an easy fix.

ExtensionFM is arguably one of the coolest extensions you can find for Google Chrome -- it's a must-have for music lovers. But if you're browsing with Chromium or a Chromium-based browser, you may have noticed that you can't listen to MP3 files in it. What gives?! Alas, this is one of the differences between the open source Chromium browser and its semi-closed brother, Google Chrome. Many of...

iOS 4 hits the iPhone today - here's how to get it

Apple's latest and greatest operating system, iOS 4, hits the iPhone today, bringing a bunch of hot new features along with it. In case this is your first time doing an iPhone update (or in case it's just been a while), here's a quick walkthrough of the installation process. First, you'll need the latest version of iTunes, 9.2. iOS 4 can't be installed without it. You can grab the iTunes update...

How to add command line switches to Google Chrome or Chromium

We've published a lot of posts about features in Google Chrome and Chromium which require you to add command line switches to activate them. So how exactly do you do that? Watch the video above, and refer to the notes below -- it's a simple process! Locate your Chrome or Chromium shortcut. There should be one on your desktop and one in your start menu - either one will work! Click the...

Stupid Windows 7 trick: unlock the secret God Mode folder

So, what exactly is God Mode in Windows 7? Well, for starters, it's not really a mode. And it's nothing you need to be a deity to pull off, either. Rather, it's a folder packed with shortcuts to just about every settings change and administrative function in Windows 7. Everything you'll find in the Action Center, Backup and Restore, Autorun, Desktop Gadgets, Devices and Printers -- it's...

How to convert Hexxeh's Chrome OS build image to a VirtualBox .VDI

Been wanting to check out that Google Chrome OS developer build put together by Hexxeh, but don't have a spare netbook or laptop to run it on? Why not fire it up in Virtualbox instead? Sure, the original Chrome OS builds that were made available were already in virtual machine-friendly formats, but I found them to be pretty sluggish. Hexxeh's Diet Chromium build runs much more smoothly - on...

How to add a bookmarks button to your Google Chrome toolbar

Most users of Google Chrome enjoy its minimal interface. So why use a clunky toolbar to display your bookmarks full-time if you don't have to? Like many other excellent Chrome features, adding a miniscule bookmarks menu button is only a command line switch away! Just right click your Chrome shortcut and choose properties. In the target box, add a space and --bookmark-menu after chrome.exe. the...

Vista: open command prompt window from right-click menu

If you ever need to open a command prompt window from a Vista right-click menu (example: you sit down to use your computer and a message suddenly pops up -- "open a command prompt window from a right-click menu your computer will blow up"), how would you go about doing it? The process is simple: hold down the shift key, then right click on a folder icon, in a folder, or the desktop. An "Open...

Flipping the Linux switch: Installations are disturbingly easy

All right, the headline is a little bit of a lie. Some Linux installs are hairier, take longer, and just aren't as soothing as the one we're about to show you. They do all work approximately the same way, however, and that's just fine for us as a point of illustration. So there we are, looking at the "Download" page of an Ubuntu derived distribution. We decide that we'll download the x86 version...

Flipping the Linux switch: Penguin on a (USB) stick

Ever wish you had your whole desktop on a flash disk? You know what we mean, you take a spreadsheet up to your 'rents, and you realize that they have no program to actually open your spreadsheet with. Or maybe you hop from computer to computer in several offices, and hate the fact that every computer you work on is just different enough to make it difficult to get things done. Even if you don't...

Flipping the Linux switch: New users guide to the terminal

The command line. It strikes fear in the hearts of many a new Linux user. They open their terminals reluctantly, and there the prompt sits, with the cursor blinking in rhythm with their racing hearts. What does that blinking cursor want? It's expecting something... It wants something... All right, so maybe it's not horror movie material. But it is intimidating for many new users. Navigating the...

Flipping the Linux switch: Package management 101

Your shiny new Linux system has it all -- except that one program you really needed it to install. You get online, you find the program's website, and click 'download'. Except there's not just a link to the program there. There are four, or five, or more links to the program. Each has a slightly different format, ending with .rpm, .deb, .tgz, or possibly even .ebuild. Some include x86 in the...