People who just can't work in Windows 8 without the classic start button may want to check out a free app called Start8.
Designed by the folks at Stardock, Start8 tries to merge the convenience of the start button with the functionality of the new Metro environment. As such, it moves beyond the standard start menu with some unique features of its own.
You can download Start8 from its dedicated Web page and install it in the current beta, aka Consumer Preview, edition of Windows 8. Installation is quick and simple. After the app is installed, you'll see … Read more
If you need to expand your storage space with an external hard drive and you use both Mac and PC, you'll likely run into a few obstacles. Hard drives advertised as being compatible with Windows and Mac OS may have misled you into thinking you could actually use one hard drive for both computers.
You can, but not out of the box.
Most external hard drives (HD) are sold in a format called NTFS, which is designed to work with Windows. Macs read and write to a different format, called HFS+. Another format, called FAT32 is compatible with both … Read more
Last year, Jason Cipriani covered Photo Transfer App, an iOS app that let you move photos and videos around on iOS devices and Macs and PCs. For the latter, it required a browser-based interface that required the cutting and pasting of URLs. Now, Mac users have it even easier; the Mac app provides easy drag-and-drop functionality.
Photo Stream makes it easy to share photos among your iOS devices, which is probably why Galarina, maker of Scotty ($2.99) added the ability to transfer from iOS to a Mac with the app's latest update. As a tech blogger, I take a lot of screenshots and need to get them from my iPhone or iPad to my MacBook for editing and uploading purposes. It's a two-step process of uploading the screenshots to Dropbox from my iPhone or iPad and then downloading from Dropbox on my MacBook. Sure, it's a fairly painless process, but Scotty takes … Read more
If you've ever sent a private e-mail to an unintended party, or forgot to include an attachment in a business e-mail, you're not alone.
Here are nine tips for avoiding common e-mail snafus:
1. Forgetting attachments "I've attached the document for your review." "Oops, no I didn't." Forgetting attachments is so common that Google's Forgotten Attachment Detector graduated from Google Labs to being a permanent feature in Gmail. The best way to avoid forgetting to include attachments, even if you use Gmail (the forgotten attachment detector is not foolproof), is to … Read more
One of my favorite pastimes has to be pulling pranks around the office. The pranks may leave a sour taste in the mouth of the recipient for a few days, but in the end they often lead to some good laughs and classic memories.
April Fools' Day naturally lends itself to a flurry of random jokes and pranks, so I took the liberty of rounding up some tech-inspired pranks. I hope you find a way to put one, if not all of them, to use--heck, it doesn't even have to be on April 1!
Here, let me Google that for you Do you have a co-worker who refuses to look anything up on the Internet for himself? Do you often feel like your name should be "Google"? On April 1, send the lazy Web searcher a link to LMGTFY; perhaps he'll learn a thing or two.
To use LMGTFY, visit the site, type in a search query, and click on either search button. You will then be presented with a link to copy and send off to the unsuspecting recipient. The link you send will then open a Web page with an animation teaching the recipient how to use Google. After the site automatically fills in the search bar with the query and clicks on the search button, he will be redirected to the actual Google search results. … Read more
You may already know that the Windows 7 version of Calculator performs basic arithmetic, as well as scientific, programmer, and statistical calculations. What you may not know is that it can also calculate mortgage payments, fuel economy, perform unit conversions, and more.
Here are seven Windows 7 Calculator features you may not know about:
1. Calculate mortgage payments No need to search online for a good mortgage calculator; you've got one built right into Windows. From Calculator, go to View > Worksheets > Mortgage. You can choose from monthly payment, down payment, purchase price, and term (in … Read more
You're guaranteed to save money while getting gear that's literally as good as new.
Just one problem: how can you keep tabs on Apple's latest refurb deals? Suppose, for example, you're in the market for a refurbished fourth-gen iPod Touch, the one with the built-in cameras and Retina display. (As it happens, that's exactly what my kids are after.)
For a long while, there weren't any for sale. I know because I checked the store … Read more
Editors' note: This post was updated on July 5, 2013, to add more information on GPT formatted internal drives.
If you've had your computer for a few years or just got a budget one that's kind of slow, I have a quick and relatively affordable way to add a new life (speed, that is) to it: replace the machine's internal drive, the one that hosts the operating system, with a solid-state drive (SSD).
(A standard SSD looks very much like a traditional 2.5-inch laptop hard drive, but it's much faster. You can find out more … Read more
Linux is great: it's cheap, it's stable, and it's secure. It can also be somewhat frustrating for those of us who want to install Windows software (especially games), as the Wine interface is still tough for beginners and some intermediate users. PlayOnLinux streamlines Wine installation and makes it much easier. Here's how to use it:
Install PlayOnLinux by searching for it in the Software Center for your distribution, checking here or typing this into a terminal window: sudo apt-get install playonlinux Run PlayOnLinux. It is likely in the Games section of your software … Read more