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Free startup manager beats Windows 8.1's built-in tools

The Task Manager utility doesn't always provide the information you need to decide whether your system's auto-start apps really need to load each time your PC boots. No such worries with Autoruns.

By February 13, 2014


Fork over your Facebook log-on or you don't get hired. What?

Anecdotal evidence isn't proof of widespread behavior, but reports that some companies want job applicants to turn over Facebook passwords are going to spark a political grab-fest.

By March 24, 2012


Access a PC anywhere using an iOS or Android mobile

We show you how to use two free apps to sync the files on your computer with your phone and let you access it while you're out and about.

By November 4, 2012


Change Windows 7's start, log-on, and desktop backgrounds

Relatively simple ways to remove Windows 7's floating-color-balls start-screen animation, and supply your own background images for the operating system's log-on screen and desktop.

By February 1, 2011


Oracle databases easy to hack, says researcher

A security researcher claims the company's databases are vulnerable to brute-force attacks because of an authentication flaw.

By September 20, 2012


Faster Chromebooks unshackle Chrome OS: Hands-on

For the cloud crowd, Samsung's new $449 Chromebook and $329 Chromebox give a much-needed performance boost to Google's browser-based OS. They're still not for most computer users, though.

By May 29, 2012


Get a great, free education online

The cost of higher education has seen rapid growth lately, but there are alternatives. Many sites offer excellent coursework for free.

By April 20, 2012


How Microsoft sped up the Windows 8 boot process

In its latest blog on Building Windows 8, Microsoft explains how it tried to create a more seamless boot experience for its upcoming new operating system.

By September 21, 2011


Disable the log-on screen in Windows XP and Vista

Free utilities make it easy to start Windows without having to select an account name or enter a password.

By September 25, 2009


Buzz Out Loud 1498: Violent video games ok, "Cars 2" NOT (Podcast)

The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down California's attempt to ban the sale of violent video games to minors, arguing that the current ratings system is enough to let parents make informed decisions about what to buy. Unlike the MPAA's rating system, which led me and my 4-year-old to "Cars 2." Thanks for that, MPAA. Also, LulzSec tucks its puppykicker tail and runs away, but not before hacking a librarian and book-sharing Website. Nice.

By June 27, 2011