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  • The Making of Arduino [Geek History]

    - by Jason Fitzpatrick
    The open-source Arduino board is the heart of thousands of different DIY projects–it would be easy to think that the Arduino has always been around. The ubiquitous little hobby board, however, is but a scant six years old. At technology blog IEEESpectrum they delve into the history of the Arduino board and its quiet origins in a small Italian town. Here’s an excerpt from their lengthy write up about the the origin and history of the beloved Arduino: Arduino is a low-cost microcontroller board that lets even a novice do really amazing things. You can connect an Arduino to all kinds of sensors, lights, motors, and other devices and use easy-to-learn software to program how your creation will behave. You can build an interactive display or a mobile robot and then share your design with the world by posting it on the Net. Released in 2005 as a modest tool for Banzi’s students at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea (IDII), Arduino has spawned an international do-it-yourself revolution in electronics. You can buy an Arduino board for just about US $30 or build your own from scratch: All hardware schematics and source code are available for free under public licenses. As a result, Arduino has become the most influential open-source hardware movement of its time. The little board is now the go-to gear for artists, hobbyists, students, and anyone with a gadgetry dream. More than 250 000 Arduino boards have been sold around the world—and that doesn’t include the reams of clones. “It made it possible for people do things they wouldn’t have done otherwise,” says David A. Mellis, who was a student at IDII before pursuing graduate work at the MIT Media Lab and is the lead software developer of Arduino. HTG Explains: Understanding Routers, Switches, and Network Hardware How to Use Offline Files in Windows to Cache Your Networked Files Offline How to See What Web Sites Your Computer is Secretly Connecting To

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  • Week in Geek: Dropbox to Shut Down ‘Public Folders’ Feature in August

    - by Asian Angel
    This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as new details and screenshots of Windows 8, the existence of a Google tablet has been confirmed, an Australian online retailer has introduced a special tax on IE 7 users, and more. Chainlink fence clipart courtesy of For Web Designer. HTG Explains: What Is Windows RT and What Does It Mean To Me? HTG Explains: How Windows 8′s Secure Boot Feature Works & What It Means for Linux Hack Your Kindle for Easy Font Customization

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  • Week in Geek: Internet Service Providers to Implement New Anti-Piracy Monitoring in July

    - by Asian Angel
    Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness such as Google’s plans for a Metro version of Chrome, Microsoft’s seeking of a patent for TV-viewing tolls, Encyclopaedia Britannica’s switch to a digital only format, and more. Screenshot by Asian Angel. Make Your Own Windows 8 Start Button with Zero Memory Usage Reader Request: How To Repair Blurry Photos HTG Explains: What Can You Find in an Email Header?

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  • Week in Geek: Official 64-Bit ‘Nightly Builds’ of Mozilla Firefox have been Discontinued

    - by Asian Angel
    Our last edition of WIG for November is filled with news link coverage on topics such as how Microsoft gave Windows 8 Pro to pirates by mistake, Nintendo warns against interrupting the Wii U update, a new trojan is using Google Docs to communicate with its control server, and more. Original wallpaper by hackSkillz, available at deviantART. Why Does 64-Bit Windows Need a Separate “Program Files (x86)” Folder? Why Your Android Phone Isn’t Getting Operating System Updates and What You Can Do About It How To Delete, Move, or Rename Locked Files in Windows

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  • Week in Geek: New Malware Steals Bitcoin Currency

    - by Asian Angel
    This week we learned how to easily change a dual-booting PC’s default OS, “extract audio from any video using VLC, sneak around paywalls, & delay Windows Live Mesh during boot”, shrink videos to fit an Android phone with VLC, fix damaged or broken audio cables, “decide between an ISO or TS folder, help Windows 7 remember folder locations, & convert books for the Kindle”, and more. Photo by Profound Whatever.How to Make and Install an Electric Outlet in a Cabinet or DeskHow To Recover After Your Email Password Is CompromisedHow to Clean Your Filthy Keyboard in the Dishwasher (Without Ruining it)

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  • The Best How-To Geek Articles for November 2011

    - by Asian Angel
    It has been a busy month here at HTG where we covered topics such as how to see which websites your computer is secretly connecting to, reviewed the new Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet, learned how to improve your Google search skills, and more. Join us as we look back at the most popular articles from this past month. Note: Articles are listed as #10 through #1. Beyond Barrel Roll: 10 Hidden Google Tricks If Google’s recent Easter Egg–query “do a barrel roll” if you haven’t tried it already–has you curious about other search tricks, this collection of Easter Eggs will keep you busy for awhile. HTG Explains: Understanding Routers, Switches, and Network Hardware How to Use Offline Files in Windows to Cache Your Networked Files Offline How to See What Web Sites Your Computer is Secretly Connecting To

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  • Week in Geek: New Faster IonMonkey JavaScript Engine Added to Firefox Nightly Builds

    - by Asian Angel
    Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as the next version of Photoshop will not support Windows XP, Microsoft has found preloaded malware on PC production lines in China, Internet Explorer 8 users will lose browser support for Google Apps in November, and more. Original wallpaper for the image shown above is available at HD Wallpapers 4 Free. How To Create a Customized Windows 7 Installation Disc With Integrated Updates How to Get Pro Features in Windows Home Versions with Third Party Tools HTG Explains: Is ReadyBoost Worth Using?

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  • The Best How-To Geek Articles for June 2012

    - by Asian Angel
    This past month we covered topics such as why you only have to wipe a disk once to erase it, what RSS is and how you can benefit from using it, how websites are tracking you online, and more. Join us as we look back at the best articles for June. How to Banish Duplicate Photos with VisiPic How to Make Your Laptop Choose a Wired Connection Instead of Wireless HTG Explains: What Is Two-Factor Authentication and Should I Be Using It?

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  • Week in Geek: Microsoft has Bought Underlying Patents for Netscape Browser

    - by Asian Angel
    Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as ChromeOS has received a new desktop-style look, a roundup of tools to remove Flashback malware on Macs, Kubuntu has a new official sponsor, and more. Wedding clipart courtesy of CartoonClipArtWorld. How to Stress Test the Hard Drives in Your PC or Server How To Customize Your Android Lock Screen with WidgetLocker The Best Free Portable Apps for Your Flash Drive Toolkit

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  • Week in Geek: Mozilla Firefox 19 to Lead Switch-Over to New Australis UI

    - by Asian Angel
    Our first edition of WIG for October is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as Microsoft is releasing Windows 8 app updates ahead of general availability, Ubuntu will not fix NSFW content in Amazon Unity results, CyanogenMod is getting its own OTA update manager, and more. Image courtesy of Mozilla. 7 Ways To Free Up Hard Disk Space On Windows HTG Explains: How System Restore Works in Windows HTG Explains: How Antivirus Software Works

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  • Week in Geek: U.S and Israel Caught Operating as Partners in Cyberwarfare Scandal

    - by Asian Angel
    Our first edition of WIG for June is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as no more Start Menu hacks in the Windows 8 Release Preview, Microsoft has upset advertisers with IE10 ‘Do Not Track’ policy, the FTC will investigate Facebook’s purchase of Instagram, and more. Original, unaltered Grim Reaper wallpaper is available for download here. HTG Explains: Learn How Websites Are Tracking You Online Here’s How to Download Windows 8 Release Preview Right Now HTG Explains: Why Linux Doesn’t Need Defragmenting

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  • Week in Geek: Windows XP Keeps Fighting On, Refuses to Die Quietly

    - by Asian Angel
    This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as 600,000+ Macs have been infected with Flashback malware, social media websites are useful tools for modern burglars, Microsoft was one of the top contributors to the Linux kernel in 2011, and more. How to Own Your Own Website (Even If You Can’t Build One) Pt 3 How to Sync Your Media Across Your Entire House with XBMC How to Own Your Own Website (Even If You Can’t Build One) Pt 2

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  • Geek Deals: Discounted Monitors, Cheap Peripherals, and Free Apps

    - by Jason Fitzpatrick
    Looking to save some cash while stocking up on computers, peripherals, apps, and other goodies? Hit up our deal list for discounts on all manner of geeky gear. We’ve combed the net and grabbed some fresh off the press deals for you to take advantage of. Unlike traditional brick and mortar sales internet deals are fast and furious so don’t be surprised if by the time you get to a particularly hot deal the stock is gone or the uses-per-coupon rate has been exceeded. How To Encrypt Your Cloud-Based Drive with BoxcryptorHTG Explains: Photography with Film-Based CamerasHow to Clean Your Dirty Smartphone (Without Breaking Something)

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  • Week in Geek: New Security Hole Found Just Hours After Latest Java Update Released

    - by Asian Angel
    Our first edition of WIG for September is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Firefox 16 Beta introduces new command line feature for developers, Google to restore passwords lost using Chrome iOS app, new password stealing malware is targeting Linux & Mac OS X users, and more. Special Note: The title refers to the latest security update of Java just released this past Thursday. Please refer to our article on disabling Java here. Skull and crosshair targeting scope clipart courtesy of Clker.com. HTG Explains: How Windows Uses The Task Scheduler for System Tasks HTG Explains: Why Do Hard Drives Show the Wrong Capacity in Windows? Java is Insecure and Awful, It’s Time to Disable It, and Here’s How

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  • Week in Geek: Google Drive Desktop Client Allows Backdoor Access to Google Accounts

    - by Asian Angel
    Our last edition of WIG for October is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Microsoft may not issue a second Windows 7 service pack, Windows Media Center is free for Windows 8 Pro users for limited time, CyanogenMod logged swipe gestures used to unlock Android devices, and more. What Is the Purpose of the “Do Not Cover This Hole” Hole on Hard Drives? How To Log Into The Desktop, Add a Start Menu, and Disable Hot Corners in Windows 8 HTG Explains: Why You Shouldn’t Use a Task Killer On Android

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  • Week in Geek: Windows 8 Users at Risk Due to Missing IE 10 Flash Update

    - by Asian Angel
    This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as Windows 8 Pro downgrades to Windows 7 and Vista will be possible, the Ubuntu Live CD is now dead, Guild Wars 2 is suffering an ongoing password attack, and more. HTG Explains: Is ReadyBoost Worth Using? HTG Explains: What The Windows Event Viewer Is and How You Can Use It HTG Explains: How Windows Uses The Task Scheduler for System Tasks

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  • Week in Geek: Malware-Infected Web Sites Doubled Since Last Year

    - by Asian Angel
    This week we learned how to get spelling autocorrect across all applications on a Windows system, “diagnose DSL hang ups, extract media files from PowerPoint presentations, & restrict IE to a single website”, customize the Ubuntu bootloader screen, get smartphone-style word suggestion on Windows systems, learned what character encodings are and how they differ, and more. Photo by Profound Whatever.HTG Explains: What Are Character Encodings and How Do They Differ?How To Make Disposable Sleeves for Your In-Ear MonitorsMacs Don’t Make You Creative! So Why Do Artists Really Love Apple?

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  • The Best How-To Geek Articles for October 2012

    - by Asian Angel
    This past month we covered topics such as how to troubleshoot internet connection problems, whether or not dust can actually damage your computer, 7 ways to free up hard disk space on Windows, and more. Join us as we look back at the best articles for October. 6 Start Menu Replacements for Windows 8 What Is the Purpose of the “Do Not Cover This Hole” Hole on Hard Drives? How To Log Into The Desktop, Add a Start Menu, and Disable Hot Corners in Windows 8

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  • Week in Geek: Another New Java Security Hole Revealed – Affects All Recent Versions

    - by Asian Angel
    Our last edition of WIG for September is filled with news link coverage on topics such as a beta of Mozilla’s new Persona login system has been released, a SourceForge mirror has been compromised, the Nintendo Wii U will be region-locked, and more. 8 Deadly Commands You Should Never Run on Linux 14 Special Google Searches That Show Instant Answers How To Create a Customized Windows 7 Installation Disc With Integrated Updates

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  • Week in Geek: Microsoft Warns of First Critical Security Flaws in Windows 8 & RT

    - by Asian Angel
    This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Mozilla Firefox turns 8 and Android turns 5, Windows (File) Explorer is the app that crashes most on Windows 8, Classic Mode (Session) will be dropped from GNOME 3.8, and more. 6 Ways Windows 8 Is More Secure Than Windows 7 HTG Explains: Why It’s Good That Your Computer’s RAM Is Full 10 Awesome Improvements For Desktop Users in Windows 8

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  • Week in Geek: Microsoft Kills a Huge Spammer Botnet

    - by Asian Angel
    This week we learned how e-mail works, to “fix the Windows Boot Record after a GRUB Loader meltdown, share Mac Folders with a Windows PC, & reinstate the Outlook Reminder Bell”, to use two Android tools to help cut down on phone bills, the first things that our readers recommend doing after installing a new OS, had fun setting up unique desktops with a Terran Solar System Customization set, and more. Photo by Bill Ward’s Brickpile.HTG Explains: What’s the Difference Between the Windows 7 HomeGroups and XP-style Networking?Internet Explorer 9 Released: Here’s What You Need To KnowHTG Explains: How Does Email Work?

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  • Geek Deals: Cheap SSDs, Discounted Monitors, and Free Apps

    - by Jason Fitzpatrick
    Looking to save some cash while stocking up on computers, peripherals, apps, and other goodies? Hit up our deal list for discounts on all manner of geeky gear. We’ve combed the net and grabbed some fresh off the press deals for you to take advantage of. Unlike traditional brick and mortar sales internet deals are fast and furious so don’t be surprised if by the time you get to a particularly hot deal the stock is gone or the uses-per-coupon rate has been exceeded. What is a Histogram, and How Can I Use it to Improve My Photos?How To Easily Access Your Home Network From Anywhere With DDNSHow To Recover After Your Email Password Is Compromised

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  • The Best How-To Geek Articles for May 2012

    - by Asian Angel
    This past month we covered topics such as alternative search engines that respect your privacy, tips and tweaks for getting the most out of Chrome, using camera Raw tools to develop digital photographs, and more. Join us as we look back at the most popular articles for May. Here’s How to Download Windows 8 Release Preview Right Now HTG Explains: Why Linux Doesn’t Need Defragmenting How to Convert News Feeds to Ebooks with Calibre

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  • Week in Geek: Windows 8 Start Button Will not be Coming Back

    - by Asian Angel
    Our first edition of WIG for April is filled with news links covering topics such as a U.S. based credit card processor for VISA and MasterCard has suffered a major breach, specs for a real Linux-powered Star Trek tricorder have been published, an FBI assistant director says that U.S. is not winning the war with hackers, and more. Original, unmodified clipart image courtesy of Open Clip Art Library. How to Own Your Own Website (Even If You Can’t Build One) Pt 1 What’s the Difference Between Sleep and Hibernate in Windows? Screenshot Tour: XBMC 11 Eden Rocks Improved iOS Support, AirPlay, and Even a Custom XBMC OS

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  • The Best How-To Geek Articles for August 2012

    - by Asian Angel
    This past month we covered topics such as how to make Mozilla Firefox fast again, 11 ways to make your LastPass account even more secure, how to install extensions from outside the Chrome web store, and more. Join us as we look back at the best articles for August. HTG Explains: Why Do Hard Drives Show the Wrong Capacity in Windows? Java is Insecure and Awful, It’s Time to Disable It, and Here’s How What Are the Windows A: and B: Drives Used For?

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