Ultimate Boot CD

Ultimate Boot CD is completely free for the download, or could be obtained for a small fee. You need the Ultimate Boot CD if you want to: Run floppy-based diagnostic tools from CDROM drives. More and more PCs are shipped without floppy drives these days, and it is such a royal pain when you need to run diagnostic tools on them. Free yourself from the slow loading speed of the floppy drive. Even if you do have a floppy drive, it is still much muc

What’s the Difference Between “Image” and “Clone”? – 

The difference between image and clone is both simple and confusing, because the terms are used interchangeably to mean different things. Image and clone are two very confusing backup terms. One reason is a deep, dark, dirty little secret of the industry: we don’t all agree on what these two terms mean. Quite literally, one person’s clone is another person’s image, and vice versa. It gets confusing, and if you’re hearing different things from different

Is There a Way to Know Where a URL-shortened URL Is Going to Take Me?

Link-shortening services make it hard to tell a link's final destination. When you receive one in an email, you may want to do some detective work to see where it's going - before you click. Some services do have preview features. For example, if you visit tinyurl.com/preview.php, TinyURL will help you turn on a cookie-based feature in your browser. Then, when you click on a link, you can preview where it goes prior to going there. Bit.ly also allows y

Can I Use a Power Supply with a Higher Wattage Rating on my Laptop?

Can I Use a Power Supply with a Higher Wattage Rating on my Laptop?
Swapping power supplies It can be kind of complicated and confusing if you’re not familiar with how a power supply (and to some degree, electricity itself) works. The short rules boil down to this: The output connector must match. The polarity of the output connector must match. The output voltage must be the same. In addition, The output amperage must be greater than or equal to that required by the laptop. or: The...

Ransomware Gang Claims Fortune 500 Company Hired Them to Hack the Competition | Motherboard

Ransomware—computer viruses that lock a victim’s files and demand a payment to get them back—has become so common that experts believe it’s now an “epidemic.” Security experts have always assumed that ransomware hackers are in it for the ransom. But a shocking claim made by one ransomware agent suggests there may be another motive: corporate sabotage. In an exchange with a security researcher pretending to be a victim, one ransomware agent claimed th

Scam Of The Week: Illegal Game of Thrones Download

There is a current email phishing scam going on where you get an official-looking email forwarded by your ISP, which states you have violated HBO copyrights and illegally downloaded Game of Thrones. The email has a link to a website where they say you can pay the fine. Don't fall for it. The message was sent by cybercriminals and they would get any money you pay.  In general, it's a bad idea to illegally download shows and movies for two reasons. Fir

Pokémon app

Pokémon app
  You have probably heard about the new Pokémon app. It's going viral and sends people on the street to catch these little virtual creatures. There are some risks if you have the "gotta catch 'em all" fever.  First, please stick to the vetted app stores, do not download the app from anywhere else. Why? Bad guys have taken the app and infected it with malware, and try to trick you downloading it from untrustworthy websites. Second, anyone usin

How much RAM do you need, should you upgrade it, and will it speed up your PC? | ExtremeTech

How much RAM do you need, should you upgrade it, and will it speed up your PC? | ExtremeTech
How much RAM do you need? How much RAM you need in a system depends on what you intend to do with it, how long you intend to keep it, and whether or not you can upgrade your memory post-purchase. This last point is important, as many high-end laptops have eliminated user-upgradeable RAM in order to reduce system thickness by roughly six nanometers. Adding additional RAM to any laptop generally increases power consumption by a measurable (if small) amou

Another cloud storage provider bites the dust.

Another cloud storage provider bites the dust.
Copy.com, the cloud storage service that offered near-unlimited space and huge bonuses for referrals, announced today they’re shutting down on May 1st, 2016—leaving more than a few people with dozens or hundreds of gigs of data to migrate. Copy, and its business-focused cloud storage service, CudaDrive, are subsidiaries of Barracuda Networks, which announced the shutdown today first in the form of pop-up notifications to its users, and then eventually in a

Windows 10 Recovery Drive Creation Issues | @PCWorld

Windows 10 Recovery Drive Creation Issues | @PCWorld
When you can't create the Windows 10 Recovery Drive, try these three fixes The words you don't want to read: "We can't create a recovery drive on this PC." These workarounds should help in most situations.   If you’re running Windows 10, you need to create a recovery drive—a bootable flash drive that will allow you to restore your system from a restore point, an image backup, or through a complete reinstall. There’s no single solution to this probl