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  • Make your own Ethernet cables

    Although it's easy to head to the electronics store to buy network cables, making do with cables of predetermined lengths can be a problem. More often than not, premade cables are either too short (and require coupling) or too long (in which case, yo...

  • How to protect yourself from ATM skimmer scams

    Just this morning, I discovered that several hundred dollars had been withdrawn from my bank account. The withdrawals were made from a Canadian ATM, and as far as I know, I've never been to Canada. I had become a victim of the ATM skimming scam - or,...

  • How to: get started with Quickflix in NZ

    Thinking about trying out Quickflix? Here's how to get a free trial, plus we'll tell you, the difference between a standard subscription and pay-per-view, why you won't get HD video yet, how much data you’ll use, and what devices you can use Qu...

  • Encrypt your sensitive files with TrueCrypt

    Unless you encrypt your files, outsiders can easily gain access to them—even without knowing your Windows password — by booting into their own operating system from a disc or a bootable USB drive that they have inserted into your machine.

  • Calibrate your home-theatre audio

    Sound is a big part of a satisfying home-theater setup, and people tend to give a movie higher marks when they watch it with good surround sound audio than with simple stereo. So improving the audio listening environment in your family room or living...

  • Personalise your Android phone

    I'll admit it: I think the base version of Google's Android platform is a little rough around the edges--especially when compared with the iPhone, which not only "just works," but is beautiful too.

  • Microsoft Word nightmares, and how you can fix them

    Microsoft Word can keep you up all night, and not only because you've got writer's block. You change the font, and Word changes it back. The columns don't line up. The program freezes up, taking your work with it. Here are five common Word disasters ...

  • Build a 3D home-theatre PC

    Today's PCs come in various designs and sizes. But as living rooms become more theatrelike, with multichannel speaker systems and high-definition TVs, the thought of plugging a boxy PC into an entertainment centre seems unappealing.

  • Back up your webmail

    Yes, we know – it’s hard enough to remember to back up your desktop, your laptop, your smartphone, and your tablet, and now we want you to think about backing up your cloud-based email account, too.

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