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Why Rebooting Your Router Fixes So Many Problems (and Why You Have to Wait 10 Seconds)
The internet is down, but you know what to do: unplug your router or modem, wait ten seconds, then plug it back in. It’s second nature at this point, but why does it actually work? And is there some magic to the ten...
How to Migrate a Time Machine Backup to Another Drive
Maybe your Time Machine drive is full. Maybe you’re worried about an older hard drive dying on you, taking your backups with it. Whatever the reason, you want to migrate your Time Machine files from one hard drive...
How to Manage All Your Mac’s Saved Passwords With Keychain Access
Your Mac stores all kinds of passwords. It’s saved the passwords for your Wi-Fi networks, the ones used by your applications, and even the ones you save in Safari. You might be wondering where those passwords are...
How to Set Up BitLocker Encryption on Windows
BitLocker is a tool built into Windows that lets you encrypt an entire hard drive for enhanced security. Here’s how to set it up. When TrueCrypt controversially closed up shop, they recommended their users...
16 Finder Shortcuts Every Mac User Should Know
The Finder seems pretty basic, but there are all kinds of things hidden just below the surface. Whether you want to cut and paste files or jump to a particular folder, it’s all about knowing the right keyboard...
Why Are the PCI Express Ports on My Motherboard Different Sizes? x16, x8, x4, and x1 Explained
The PCI Express standard is one of the staples of modern computing, with a slot on more or less every desktop computer made in the last decade. But the nature of the connection is somewhat nebulous: on a new PC, you...
10 Useful Windows Commands You Should Know
There are some things you can only do from the command line—even in Windows. Some of these tools don’t have graphical equivalents, while others are just plain faster to use than their graphical interfaces. If you...
How to Stream Videos from Your iPhone or iPad to an Apple TV Using AirPlay
When it comes to getting content from your phone to your TV, there’s really no shortage of ways to make it happen. Our favorite is Google’s Chromecast —it’s affordable and does the job well. But if you’re invested...
How to Fix the Most Common Problems With LCD Monitors
Computer monitors are fairly simple, in use if not in actual construction: plug ’em in, turn ’em on, look at your computer stuff on the brighter part. But misleadingly easy as they might seem, there’s a lot of stuff...
What to Do When Windows Won’t Boot
You turn on your computer one day and Windows refuses to boot—what do you do? “Windows won’t boot” is a common symptom with a variety of causes, so you’ll need to perform some troubleshooting. Modern versions of...

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