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Comment by Edvins Briedums on De-Geekify-ing the Backup (October 22, 2019 03:40 AM)
Thank you Bob for keeping this 84 year-old IT savvy. One thing about "CLONE". I have given up Easeus and Macrium and now I use AOMEI. When I select "C...
Comment by kevin on De-Geekify-ing the Backup (October 22, 2019 02:16 AM)
"...just read the whole file, unravel the digital “packing material” from each system file, and write it to the hard drive." That description is...
Comment by Samantha on De-Geekify-ing the Backup (October 22, 2019 01:55 AM)
I havent had good luck with back up programs so use Windows and to an ext HD. Also had to reinstall a few times over the years and with documents I on...
Comment by Lance on De-Geekify-ing the Backup (October 21, 2019 09:11 PM)
I make a clone of my hard drive using Aomei Backupper Pro. I do this about every three weeks, that way I can boot to the back up drive if, for some re...
Comment by AlanRC on De-Geekify-ing the Backup (October 21, 2019 06:03 PM)
I do a full backup at least once a month, using Acronis True Image, and I back up the "Documents" folder almost daily, using GoodSync. I paid for thos...
Comment by Paul on Here's How to Measure Your Internet Speed (October 19, 2019 05:08 AM)
Also it's best to check your internet speed through a wired (to the router) connection rather than a wireless connection if you can for the most accur...
Comment by Patrick Siler on Here's How: Strengthen Your Google Fu (October 18, 2019 10:38 PM)
Google has a free online class that goes into a lot a detail on how to use their search. You can find it by (of course) googling "Google search class"...
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Bob, thanks for sending all of those informative packets from your IP address to mine!...
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Audio Articles

 

[HOWTO] Convert Vinyl Records to CD or MP3

For seasoned audio purists, nothing compares to good old-fashioned analog recordings on vinyl LP records. But those old records are fragile... here's a step-by-step guide to help you convert vinyl to CD disc or MP3 files so you can enjoy them for years to come...

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[LEGAL?] Record Streaming Video and Music

It’s great to watch a favorite movie on Netflix, but if you want to watch it again and again, you’ll have to pay Netflix’s monthly fee again and again. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could record that movie (or tunes from Spotify) for infinite offline enjoyment, free of further charges? It's possible, but is it permissible? Read on for the scoop...

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Convert Vinyl Records to CD or MP3

For seasoned audio purists, nothing compares to good old-fashioned analog recordings on vinyl LP records. But those old records are fragile... here's a step-by-step guide to help you convert vinyl to CD disc or MP3 files so you can enjoy them for years to come...

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Convert iTunes to MP3

Is there a way to convert iTunes to MP3? I've purchased a bunch of music from iTunes and enjoy listening to it on my computer. But my portable music player is not an iPod, so I can't take my songs with me. Is there any way I can convert my iTunes music to MP3 format to get around this unfair restriction?

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Free Audio Software

Sometimes it's not enough just to play your music. Audio aficionados and sound professionals can use audio software to dig into sounds, analyze waveforms, edit and remix tunes. Here's a rundown of the best free audio software...

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Speakers for Laptop Or Notebook

Many people use a laptop or notebook computer as their primary computer, eschewing the bulk and immobility of desktop machines. But they also like their music and videos. However, the speakers that come with most portable computers are just a step above terrible. Here are some tips on selecting a set of great portable speakers for your laptop or netbook...

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WAV to MP3 Converter

I have hundreds of WAV audio files that are taking up a lot of hard drive space. Can you recommend a good WAV to MP3 converter that will do the job, preferably free?

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USB Turntables

I want to buy a USB turntable to convert some vinyl record albums to MP3 format. Are there any specific turntables you can recommend?

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DRM Removal

Are you trying to convert iTunes music to MP3 format? Or maybe you have some protected WMA files that you want to convert? There are plenty of good reasons why honest people might want to use a DRM remover to convert their legally purchased DRM-protected music into other formats. Here's how to do it...

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Voice Recognition

Didja ever notice that Captain Kirk never had to fuss with a mouse or keyboard to communicate with the computer on the Star Trek? He simply spoke direct commands at the machine, and the computer complied. Happily, voice recognition technology has moved from the bridge of the Enterprise to your home computer. Here's how to get started with voice computing...

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Rip & Burn Basics

I have a big music collection on CDROM discs. I'd like to get all this music on my computer and burn my own mix CDs. Can you help me get started?

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What is Podcasting?

Hey Bob, what's a podcast? Is this some kind of broadcast just for people with iPods?

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Convert WMA to MP3

I have lots of music in WMA (Windows Media Audio) format but I want to convert it to MP3 for my iPod. How can I convert WMA to MP3?

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