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What does it mean to use technology productively? How do you use devices and computers with Windows, Android, or iOS? Which gadgets make your work easier? How to personalize the operating system and the gadgets that you are using?

Working with Speech Recognition: Commands, Dictating Text & Browsing the Web

  • tutorial
  • Marte Brengle
  • 06.04.2012
The speech recognition software in Windows 7 is surprisingly sophisticated. Microsoft built into it a lot of features that, at one time, were only available in expensive third-party speech recognition software. Speech Recognition is easy to use, but as with all sophisticated software, you'll need to learn a few basics...

Working with Speech Recognition: Setup and Configuration

  • tutorial
  • Marte Brengle
  • 29.03.2012
Computer speech recognition has been around for a long time, and many people have heard of programs like Dragon Naturally Speaking. What many people may not know is that Windows 7 includes its own, very capable, speech recognition program. We plan to cover it in detail in a couple of...
Microsoft Touch Mouse

A Real-Life Review of the Microsoft Touch Mouse

  • review
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 28.03.2012
I have read plenty of reviews but none of them seemed to offer details about the real experience of using the Microsoft Touch mouse - the latest mouse launched by Microsoft. Luck has it that I got my hands on this mouse and I was able to test it. My...

Windows 8 Apps Don’t Connect to Your Google/Gmail Account?

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 09.03.2012
Do you have troubles with any of these Windows 8 apps: People, Messaging, Calendar or Mail? You can't get them to connect to your Google account and access your contacts, email or calendar? This tutorial will help you solve this problem. [DC-SUMMARY-BREAK] IMPORTANT NOTE: As of January 30, 2013, Google...
Shut Down

How to Stop the Shut Down Procedure from Completing

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 08.03.2012
Does it happen that sometimes, you remember that you need to do one more thing, just as soon as you hit the shut down button? Would you like to find a way to stop the shutdown procedure from completing? Luckily, we have some solutions that can help. Here are the...
Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

Reviewing the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

  • review
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 25.02.2012
We would like to start our series of reviews of Windows oriented gadgets with a very good looking device: the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse. Even though this product has been launched at the end of 2010, it is still one of the best looking mice you can find on the...

5 Internet Explorer Features Other Browsers Should Adopt

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 07.02.2012
Even though not many websites cover Internet Explorer extensively and write interesting articles and tutorials about it, this browser still manages to hold the title of the most used browser. One of the reasons for it is that it provides some interesting functionality that other browsers don't have or have...

Roundup of Software Uninstallers - Reviewing IObit vs Ashampoo vs Revo

  • misc
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 10.11.2011
Today you can find lots of software which helps remove programs and clean up leftover files, folders and registry settings. In theory this is a good thing, as it helps eliminate some of the bloat on your Windows computer. But are these solutions really effective at removing all traces? To...
Network Your Computers & Devices Step by Step

How & Why to Purchase Network Your Computers & Devices Step by Step

  • news
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 30.10.2011
We are very proud to have published our first book: Network Your Computers & Devices Step by Step. Our publisher is the prestigious Microsoft Press and the book is distributed by O'Reilly Media. If you would like to know how to purchase the book, what you get with your purchase,...

The Best Remaining Desktop Gadgets for Windows 7

  • misc
  • Marte Brengle
  • 27.10.2011
Microsoft used to maintain a Desktop Gadget Gallery that showcased quite a few gadgets for users interested in using them. However, in preparation for the upcoming Windows 8 launch, Microsoft decided to (as some put it) "stop pretending to support gadgets". For the company, supporting them is no longer a...

12 Reasons why Windows Explorer in Windows 8 Rocks

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 07.10.2011
Windows Explorer has been a weak-spot of both Windows Vista and Windows 7. Many users complained about it being inferior to the version used in Windows XP and a lot more frustrating to work with. Luckily, with Windows 8 things are improving a lot. After using Windows Explorer for a...

Managing Downloads in Internet Explorer 9

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 06.08.2011
Internet Explorer 9 brought plenty of changes, including a new interface for downloading files and managing them. Therefore, this tutorial will explain how downloading works in Internet Explorer 9, how to access and manage downloaded files, clear your download history and change the default download folder. Last but not least,...
Internet Explorer

The Complete Guide to Pinning Websites with Internet Explorer

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 14.07.2011
You might have heard about this new feature of Internet Explorer 9 - pinned websites. Apparently you can pin websites on your taskbar and on your Start Menu. But what this feature really is? How does it work and is it really useful in real life? This complete guide aims...

Fix Windows Explorer Annoyances in Windows 7 with Classic Shell

  • misc
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 09.07.2011
Many of you complained about bugs being still active in Windows Explorer, even after a lot of time since the Windows 7 launch. We read your complaints and we tried to find fixes for them. Today, we are happy to present a free tool called Classic Shell, which can help...

Internet Explorer 9 - How to Improve the Load & Navigation Speed

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 02.07.2011
If you are like me, you surely installed quite a few add-ons for Internet Explorer 9, simply to extend its functionality and get more out of it. However, by doing so, you also impact its performance. Depending on how many and what add-ons you install, the load and navigation speed...

Set Up your Own AdBlock in Internet Explorer 9

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 17.06.2011
One of the things missed in previous versions of Internet Explorer is having an ad blocker, such as the famous AdBlock extension which has versions for Firefox, Chrome or Opera. With Internet Explorer 9, the functionality required to block ads is built-in in the default browser and it is called...

Internet Explorer 9 - Showing Tabs on a Separate Row

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 05.06.2011
If there's one thing I 'hated' about Internet Explorer 9 since day 1 is the fact that, by default, it shows both the address bar and the list of opened tabs on the same row. This translates into one crowded top row which quickly becomes unusable. How do you solve...
Tablet

Handwriting on the Computer: All About Windows Journal & Tablet Input Panel

  • tutorial
  • Marte Brengle
  • 03.06.2011
First there was handwriting on paper. Then, typing on paper with a typewriter. Then, typing on a keyboard that resembled a typewriter's, that showed up on a computer screen. And now—handwriting on a computer! Have we come full circle? [DC-SUMMARY-BREAK] The History: from the Keypunch Machine to Tablets Until fairly...