TechBite: Two Monitors? Heck, Make it Three!

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By Steve Bass

Listen to this concession: “Okay, yes, once you’ve used a two-monitor setup, going back to a single monitor sucks.”

That from my wife who last year resisted using a second monitor. It’s so darn quaint when she admits she’s wrong.

Judy found that out when I brought home a friend’s PC for repair, needed a monitor, and borrowed hers. (First rule of computing: Use someone else’s equipment whenever possible.)

The repair was taking longer than I expected — funny how computers do that to you — and, my pobrecita was feeling deprived.

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PC Pitstop Newsletter – May 2010

    They Want Control of Your Email
    Alternate PDF Viewer
    Windows 7 Restore Points Disappear
    Should You Buy Single vs Quad Core Processor
    7 Handy Firefox Add-ons and Tweaks
    iPad vs Everything Else
    Did that Email Really Come from Me?
    Verizon’s New Droid Incredible Lives Up to its Name
    Submit Your Tips & Win $100
    *Tip 1 – Change the Appearance of Office Programs
    Tip 2 – 2 Ways to Resize Desktop Icons
    Tip 3 – ShadowExplorer (free)
    Computer Cable Mess Contest Winners

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TechBite: 10 Unusually Useful Web Sites; Password Revealer

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By Steve Bass

I spend lots of time patrolling the Internet, looking for sites that can help me with my life. Some are pin-pointed to something I might need right away, like Contact Help, a way to get the phone number of a company. Others are spots I know I’ll need someday, such as instructions for recovering a ring from a drainpipe or how to wrap an extension cord like a pro.

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TechBite: Secret Shopper Scam – Don’t Get Nailed

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By Steve Bass

My mother got a letter from a company in Canada. The cover letter, on decent-looking stationery, and with a real signature, congratulated her for agreeing to be a secret shopper. There were three pages of instructions and an honest-to-goodness Citibank check for $1,500.

The letter said she was to cash the check, use the money to buy items at Sears, Best Buy, and a supermarket, and then rate the stores. On top of that, she could keep whatever she purchased — and get a $300 fee for her time. Sweet, no?

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PC Pitstop Newsletter – December 2009

    All New pcpitstop.com
    Black Screen of Death
    The Dodge Retort: PC/TV Habits
    Chris Pirillo: Skype Phone
    Bits from Bill: Facebook Apps Stealing Info
    Ask Leo: Help, Stolen Email Identity
    Technologizer: Windows 7 Survey Results
    TechBite: 5 Net Tricks to Save You Money
    Tekzilla Tip: Rein In Your System Tray
    Tip #1: Security Tab in XP
    Tip #2: Synch People & Contacts
    Tip #3: Google Power to MSFT Office
    PC Pitstop Driver Library

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TechBite: 5 Net Tricks to Save You Money

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By Steve Bass

Frugal? Thrifty? No, Cheap!
"You’re a bargain hunter," one of my more polite friends says. My wife’s more to the point: She calls me a cheapskate. I like being frugal, but what do I know? Call me whatever you want (you will anyway), I don’t like paying retail and I’m always looking for a deal, especially when shopping online.

The Internet gives me the chance to comparison shop, see how shipping figures into the price, look over specifications, and feel confident I’ve found the best buy. Here are some of the sites I use.

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PC Pitstop Newsletter – October 2009 #2

    Bits from Bill: Should You Upgrade to Windows 7 Now?
    Windows 7 – The Faster Version
    The Dodge Retort: Hopeful for Windows 7, But…
    Chris Pirillo: Windows 7 Security
    Ask Leo: My PC was Stolen, What Now?
    TechBite: 5 Tools to Tickle Your PCs Fancy
    Technologizer: Worst PC in America Slideshow
    Tip #1: Admin at Welcome screen
    Tip #2: Get Back the Classic Taskbar
    Tip #3: Install Windows Backup on XP
    PC Pitstop Driver Library

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TechBite: Stream Movies from Your PC to Your TV

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By Steve Bass

Watch movies on my PC? No way." I was talking to one of my cousins, not one of the brightest bulbs in the family. It took me a few minutes to explain how he could send downloaded movies — as well as other Internet content, such as TV shows — to the TV in his living room.

For the last few months, I’ve tried two devices that sit near your TV and grab video content from your PC. Even in this dreadful economy, neither one I tried is terribly expensive — and there are no monthly charges.

This week I’ll cover the hardware; next week I’ll tell you where to find movies and TV shows on the Internet. I’ll also tell you about a MediaGate portable media player.

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PC Pitstop Newsletter – July 2009

Top Loved Netbooks
Is Windows 7 Price Right?
Windows 7 Family Pack Discount
Ask the Pros – Drive Management
OEMs Get Win 7 on July 13th
Chris Pirillo Video: Ask the Pros -Enlarge Fonts on Web Pages
Bits from Bill: Twitter Attacks
Technologizer: Firefox Review
TechBite: Hows Your HardDrive Doing?
The Dodge Retort: HP Mini Review
Tip #1: Windows 7 Tutorials
Tip #2: Gmail HTTPS setting
Tip #3: Start Your PC With No Case
Tip #4: Rotate Your Monitor Display
PC Pitstop Driver Library

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TechBite: Save your PCs Bacon – Back up your Registry

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By Steve Bass

System Restore is a recovery tool built into Windows that backs up and restores the Registry. System Restore takes a snapshot of your computer — called a restore point — once a day, as well as before you perform certain tasks, such as installing a new program. If all goes well, you can use a restore point later on to bring your PC back to the state it was in when the snapshot was taken. But remember, we’re talking about computers.

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