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Calculate your PC's energy use

Microsoft's free Joulemeter utility gives you a rough estimate of a Windows system's power consumption. Plus: tips for reducing your electronics energy bill.

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How to calibrate your monitor

Learn how to tweak your desktop or laptop display using free test patterns or the built-in utility in Windows or Mac OS X.

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How to troubleshoot problems with your Mac

For any problem with your Mac, you can at least help isolate or even fix it by performing several checks and troubleshooting actions.

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How to clean your laptop

Admit it, your laptop is filthy. It’s time to clean it, from the screen to the keyboard to the vents.

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Fix a stalled Time Machine backup in OS X

There are several ways to address Time Machine showing an "In Progress..." status message without progressing to backing up your system.

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How and when to upgrade your Mac's RAM

If your Mac is running slowly, you may simply need to upgrade your RAM.

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How to determine if your Mac's hard drive is failing

There are various ways you can see if your Mac's drive is on its way out.

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How to create a dynamically resizable disk image in OS X

With a few tweaks, you can make disk images in OS X sized to fit their contents.

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Wake up your Mac with your iPhone

You can use your iPhone to wake your Mac, provided both are on the same local network.

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Spring cleaning: Tidy up your music collection

It's time you sat down and organized your music collection, once and for all. Here's some tips to help you come up with a system for the madness.

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Test the RAM on your Mac

If the RAM on your Mac is bad, then you will run into freezes and data corruption problems, but there is an easy way to ensure your RAM is working properly.

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​How to upgrade the aluminum Mac Mini

Apple has made it easier than ever to upgrade the hard drive and memory in the Mac Mini. Here’s what you need to know to get the job done.

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