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Tue
22
May
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Acronis True Image 10: Review

Have you ever played the game, "What If?" For example: 1. What if your PC crashed and you lost all your data? 2. What if you unsuspectingly downloaded a Spyware-infected program and it proved near impossible to remove -- all the while slamming your ... PC full of pesky popup ads and slowing your computer down to a crawl? 3. What if Windows suddenly stopped working properly and refused to boot? 4. What if you opened a malicious email attachment that installs a nasty virus, worm or keylogger that steals your personal information? The list goes on. The fact is, these are real life scenarios regular ... (view more)

Fri
18
May
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Computer Basics, Part 2: The Hard Drive

The hard drive is a highly sensitive and complicated device that most of us tend to take for granted. Just what it is and -- how it works -- is the subject of this second article on computer hardware [read part 1 here]. If you were to remove the ... sealed cover on the drive, what you would see is a number of platters attached to a fairly thick shaft that contains a type of motor known as a servo motor. The servo motor has the characteristic of being easily controlled and stable when considering the speed of rotation. The platters are spun by the motor at a rate of speed designated by the ... (view more)

Fri
18
May
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Google (Tries to) Explain Data Retention Policy

A couple of months ago, Google explained its plan to anonymize its logs after retaining them for a period of 18 to 24 months. While some praised this announcement, others questioned why Google has to store this information at all, particularly since ... the logs include data which can potentially be used to identify individuals. Last Friday, Google's global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer posted an explanation on why the company does -- and should -- keep the data for a while. (Source: arstechnica.com ) Fleischer says that the policy evolves around three factors: improving service, preventing ... (view more)

Thu
10
May
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Computer Basics, Part 1

I suppose it's time to roll up my sleeves and try to 'expose' the inner workings of the scary little box that's humming away on your desk. It's called a Personal Computer, no matter who designed and/or built it. It may have a name associated with it ... such as Macintosh (or Mac), Dell, IBM, Gateway, or any of a myriad of names depending where you live and what you decided to buy. No matter what name is associated, all desktop Personal Computers (or PCs) have a few basic components that are common. Laptop systems have the same array of components but they are usually not accessible like in a ... (view more)

Thu
10
May
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RegistryBooster Review

If you know me personally, then you might say that I'm a creature of habit. The clothes in my closet all look similar (except they're different colors); my entire house is painted the same color, and on the weekends, I go to the same local pub to ... meet up with the same friends -- week in, and week out. So you might say I live a simple life, and things are pretty habitual. Well, the same can be said about the type of software I choose to review and recommend to our readers. I typically look for stuff that does what it says, is competitive in the marketplace, and adds value to the overall PC ... (view more)

Tue
24
Apr
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Consumer Privacy Issues Threaten Google/DoubleClick Merger

Three consumer advocate organizations have filed a joint complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting that the Google/DoubleClick merger be stopped. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Center for Digital Democracy, and the ... US Public Interest Research Group submitted the complaint on April 20th. The complaint asserts that "neither Google or DoubleClick have taken adequate steps to safeguard the personal data that is collected." The 11 page document goes on to ask the FTC to halt the merger until the "unfair and deceptive trade practices" are changed. (Source: ... (view more)

Tue
03
Apr
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SpeedUpMyPC 3.0: Review

If you've been subscribed to Infopackets for any length of time, you've undoubtedly seen a program called "SpeedUpMyPC" recommended in our email newsletters. Judging by name, one might think that SpeedUpMyPC is just another run-of-the-mill system ... optimizer -- but don't click away just yet, because this may be one of the most demystifying articles you'll ever read. ;-) Allow me to elaborate. Back in 2003, I reviewed SpeedUpMyPC 1.0 when it debuted: and it impressed the pants off me -- not just because of the results, but also because it's such a unique product. But I wasn't the only one to ... (view more)

Thu
29
Mar
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Using the SUBTOTAL Function with AutoFilter: MS Excel

When AutoFilter is activated, Excel recognizes that a calculated total should reflect only the record that are currently displayed in the data list. For example, in a data list of business expenses with an Amount field, it would be possible to ... create a formula at the bottom of the field that reflects the total amount of only those amounts displayed by the filter. The SUBTOTAL function is used to calculate a total amount based on a filter. Follow these steps to use the SUBTOTAL function with AutoFilter: Click in a cell in the column to subtotal. Click Sort Ascending or Sort Descending. On the ... (view more)

Tue
27
Mar
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Filtering Data Using the Top 10 Filter: MS Excel

In addition to filtering a data list based on unique values in a data field, Excel provides a Top 10 filter which that displays the top 10 (or a number that the user defines) values in amount or percent, based on numeric data. Follow the steps below ... to apply the top 10 filter: Position the active cell anywhere within the data list or within the header row. Choose Data | Filter | AutoFilter. Drop-down arrows appear along the top row of the list. Click on the drop-down arrow of the field to filter. The Top 10 filer can only be applied to numeric fields. Choose Top 10. Select the desired options ... (view more)

Wed
07
Mar
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Sorting Data: MS Excel

Sorting data refers to organizing the records in a data list so that they are presented in a certain order. If data is arranged in a list structure, data can be automatically sorted by choosing one individual cell within the list to define the sort ... criteria. All corresponding data will be repositioned on sort order. The Sort Ascending and Sort Descending button on the Standard toolbar can be used to quickly sort a list by one column. Follow the steps below to sort by one column: Select one cell anywhere within the field (column) upon which the sort will be based. Click on the Sort Ascending ... (view more)

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