By Adam PashPosted 03.22.2010 at 11:51 am 5 Comments
You’ve finally got your PC set up to your liking and running smoothly. So when you decide to add software later on, the last thing you want is something potentially unstable that could endanger the system. Although they’re not a replacement for antivirus applications, virtual machines can really come in handy. Essentially, they’re full-fledged operating systems that run as an application inside your actual operating system while remaining safely isolated from it.
By Darren MurphPosted 01.14.2010 at 2:48 pm 7 Comments
Feel chained to your tunes? There are a number of ways to get your home music library from your computer to other rooms. You could go the DIY route and set up another computer on your wireless network to share songs. But for a simpler setup, go with a dedicated media-streaming device.
By Jake LudingtonPosted 10.14.2009 at 5:04 pm 1 Comment
Three words: Reliability, flexibility, simplicity. No matter what, you want a Web host that never goes offline, so make sure it guarantees uninterrupted uptime. Beyond that, you'll first need to identify the features you want your site to have. If all you require is yourname.com and an easy way to post text and images, try a free service like Wordpress.com. It offers automated site design, a choice of 76 themes, and the ability to add and edit pages with the click of a button.
By Kevin PurdyPosted 10.02.2009 at 11:32 am 2 Comments
You can. And now that Google has launched its Google Voice service (google.com/voice), it's free. At press time, the service was invitation-only, but when it becomes more widely available, here's how it will work: You get a new universal phone number with your choice of area code, along with a Web-based inbox to manage your voicemail, text messages and call history.
By Mark SpoonauerPosted 09.03.2009 at 11:47 am 5 Comments
One word: performance. If you’re a gamer, a designer or a movie lover, you’ll need a full-fledged laptop. Even low-end models like the $550 Gateway MD have large screens and feature fast processors and lots of memory that let you easily run multiple programs or powerful apps like Photoshop. To get fast enough graphics for Blu-ray movies or games, though, your starting price will go up.
Good news for the busy and the impatient: It’s easy to speed up your start-up. PC users can boot up within 15 seconds using new “instant-on” Linux software like Presto ($20) and Phoenix’s alternative OS, HyperSpace ($40 per year), both of which bypass Windows at start-up while still offering access to e-mail and other frequently used programs.
By Russ JuskalianPosted 06.22.2009 at 5:19 pm 2 Comments
There are a lot more clips out there than what turns up using YouTube's keyword-search function. On sites such as Hulu.com, you can watch free TV shows and movies. And "vertical content" Web sites focus on single subjects, whether bird-watching or extreme sports.
By Chris ChiarellaPosted 06.02.2009 at 11:16 am 6 Comments
Yes indeed. The sticker shock you're experiencing usually does translate to better performance. The priciest TVs are full-HD 1080p (the highest resolution). Less-expensive 720p sets still deliver an outstanding picture, and most high-def TV service is 720p or 1080i, but 1080p is your best bet for watching Blu-ray movies and for smoother up-close viewing. Telltale measurements such as contrast ratio (the range of bright to dark colors — look for at least 3,000:1) and the refresh rate (which reduces motion blur) can also improve demonstrably as the price increases. A 60-hertz refresh rate is common, but 120 hertz provides smoother fast-action rendering for sports.
Can websites that I'm not visiting still track me?
By Peter EckersleyPosted 03.09.2009 at 12:15 pm 2 Comments
Yes, and there are lots of ways they can do it. Web pages are a flexible platform for exchanging information, but that also means it can be easy to track what you're looking at on them. The first method is through third-party content. Say Company A is an advertising or tracking firm. When you visit sites that display A's ads or use A to track their visitors, A can identify your browser and see what pages you visit on those sites (and more).
By Kevin M. RyanPosted 02.06.2009 at 8:11 am 2 Comments
Google's index reached a trillion pages last year, but that doesn't mean it (or other large search engines, like Yahoo) will always understand the exact intent of your search and yield results that have the information you really want.