Guide: How to format an external drive to work seamlessly with Macs and PCs without third party software.

External drives allow you to quickly moves large files between computers. If you want yours to seamlessly work with both Macs and PCs, your external drive needs to use a filesystem that is supported by both platforms. The problem is that by default Windows uses NFTS, and Macs use HFS. Out of the box, Windows … Read moreGuide: How to format an external drive to work seamlessly with Macs and PCs without third party software.

Use the exFAT File System and Never Format Your External Drive Again

   Using an external drive between Mac and Windows computers can be a hassle, since you constantly have to reformat it to fit which computer you’re using it on. Instead of reformatting it all the time, just use the much more platform-independent exFAT and never format it again. Windows’ default NTFS is read-only on OS … Read moreUse the exFAT File System and Never Format Your External Drive Again

Microsoft is about to take Windows XP off life support

On April 8, Windows XP’s life is coming to an end. On that day, Microsoft will stop issuing security updates to the 12-year-old operating system, and it will end nearly all technical support as well. You wouldn’t think that killing off an operating system that debuted in the first year of the Bush administration would … Read moreMicrosoft is about to take Windows XP off life support

Top 10 Incredibly Useful Windows Programs to Have On Hand

Some apps are essential, and you use them every day. Everyone knows their names: Firefox, VLC, 7-Zip, and so on. However, there’s another class of app that gets less attention: the apps that are insanely useful to have in your back pocket on the rare occasions you need them. Here are 10 of our favorites. … Read moreTop 10 Incredibly Useful Windows Programs to Have On Hand

Clear the local DNS cache in OSX 10.10 Yosemite, Linux and Windows

When URLs are just not resolving the way you want it, to time to clear or flush the dns nameserver local cache – How to clear the local DNS cache…. OSX 10.10 sudo discoveryutil udnsflushcaches OSX 10.9 dscacheutil -flushcache; sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder OSX 10.7  – 10.8 sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder OSX 10.5 – 10.6 sudo dscacheutil -flushcache … Read moreClear the local DNS cache in OSX 10.10 Yosemite, Linux and Windows

How to restore Start menu and files hidden/deleted by a virus

METHOD 1 – automatic Download and run UnHide Note 1. If the first run doesn’t fix the issue, try to re-run UnHide. Note 2. If any temporary file cleaner has been run after the infection, the above method will NOT work. (credit goes to Grinler at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com) ========================================================================================= METHOD 2 – semi-automatic Vista/Windows 7 IF … Read moreHow to restore Start menu and files hidden/deleted by a virus

Windows XP: Launch the Add Printer Wizard from the Command Line

Why would anyone want to launch the Add Printer Wizard from the command line? Wouldn’t it be easier to just click Start –> Control Panel –> Printers and Faxes –> Add a printer? Well, not if you’re logged in as a user without administrative privileges, and you can’t click Start –> Log Off –> Switch … Read moreWindows XP: Launch the Add Printer Wizard from the Command Line