There are a number of remote access apps that let you gain control of a PC or a Mac using your iPad. (Many of these apps also work with the iPhone, but I have found that accessing a computer on such a small device is best used only in the case of emergency. Navigating a high-resolution system from the iPad can still feel a bit cramped, but not so much that that you can't use it comfortably.) Remote access apps for the iPad range from the enterprise to the free, and I recently tried out three: LogMeIn Ignition, Splashtop Remote Desktop, … Read more
Studies have shown that computer keyboards can have more bacteria than toilet seats. Given that little tidbit of information, you might want to consider cleaning and disinfecting your keyboard more often, especially if you share your keyboard and mouse with others. Here's how:Cleaning and disinfecting your keyboard
Cleaning Step 1: Unplug your keyboard from your computer and remove any batteries.
Step 2: Flip it upside down and give it a good couple of shakes.
Step 3: Blow some compressed air to remove crumbs, dust, and other fun stuff from between the keys.
Step 4: If you happen to … Read more
Almost all of us know someone who's lost data--or have lost it ourselves--yet far too many of us keep putting off our next (or first) backup. Given how easy it is, especially for Windows 7 machines, there's just no good excuse for it any more. Here's how to get started and get back in good habits:Before you get started, take time to think about your important files. Most of it likely lives in the standard folders (documents, e-mail, etc.), but if you've stashed anything away in a folder you created, note it down for … Read more
There are cheaper and more fully featured options for using an iPad to remotely access a PC than GoToMyPC (Exhibit A: LogMeIn Ignition, Exhibit B: Splashtop Remote Desktop). If your company already has you set up with a Citrix GoToMyPC account, however, the iOS app is free and provides the basics of easy and secure access to PCs and Macs. Therefore, here is a brief tutorial on how to set up and use the service.
Microsoft hasn't released any substantial updates since Windows 7 in 2009, but its operating system is never short on built-in unadvertised features. While we patiently wait for Windows 8 to debut, here are three very useful tools you might have missed.
1. Windows Mobility Center Press the Windows-X to call up a dashboard that gives you quick access to settings like volume, Wi-Fi, power management, and more. Click the icons for advanced options. There's also "presentation mode," which disables all Windows notifications while you give a presentation (i.e. PowerPoint).
2. Magnifying glass Press Windows-+ to … Read more
USB drives, which come in a variety of funky shapes and sizes, are perhaps one of the most convenient ways to carry around your data. Mom wants home videos of the kids? Load 'em on a flash drive. Need to bring a PowerPoint presentation to class? There's a flash drive for that.
But unlike cloud storage services, which are often secured by a password and unique URL, thumbdrives can easily get lost or stolen, exposing your data to prying eyes. Watch the video to find out how to secure your drive (external drives included) in just a few clicks:… Read more
Instead of human divers, the Army has used a robotic underwater vehicle to help recover and destroy more than 300 pounds of explosives found off Hawaii in an area that was a dumping ground for munitions after World War II.
Equipped with lighting, scanning sonar, and video cameras, the off-the-shelf ROV has force-feedback manipulators that mimic hand and arm movements of its operator. It recovered 74 pieces of exploded ordnance and 2,300 small arms munitions, clearing most of the area, the Associated Press reported. … Read more
If you've ever had to look for that old letter of recommendation or sample design work from years past, you probably either wished you had an intern or prayed for a miracle. Media sorting has been far beyond other file management in terms of ease of use and quick searching thanks to the power of tags. Now you can use Elyse (for Windows and Mac) to tag your non-media files as well to make searching a snap. Here's how to get started:Download and install the free Elyse app. (Also available from CNET Download.com.) Fire up … Read more
Sure, you can buy Ethernet cables from the store, but where's the fun in that? If you want to make custom cable lengths or crossover cables, or repair a broken connector, why not do it yourself? Here's how.
Before you get started, make sure you have the necessary tools, and decide whether you're going to use Cat 5e or Cat 6 network cables.
What you'll need:Unshielded twisted pair (UTP) patch cable Modular connector (8P8C plug, aka RJ45) Crimping tool Cable tester (optional, but recommended)
There are four pairs of wires in an Ethernet cable, and … Read more
As with prior versions of OS X, the recovery option in Lion is a fairly stripped-down version of the OS that has a few tools for managing your system. This allows the recovery tools to load quickly and be available, but in its simplicity Apple's recovery system has been a bit cumbersome in that it will by default only run one recovery tool at a time.
For instance, if you boot to the Lion Recovery HD partition and then launch Disk Utility, the installer will quit and only Disk Utility will run. Additionally, Lion's recovery partition now contains … Read more