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2 minute tech: Windows Registry

Sven Krumrey
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Today, we're getting seriously technical as we are touching one of the holy cornerstones of Windows: The Windows Registry is one of the most delicate (and convoluted) parts of Windows. What it does: Acting as a central repository that stores and provides configuration data for programs, hardware as well as system services and processes. Microsoft apparently doesn't want you to lay hands on it. Read on to learn how to access and modify the Windows Registry anyway. more
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You can't get a decent cellphone for 80 bucks! Or can you?

Sven Krumrey
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The article about XIAOMI RedMi Note 2 had sparked my interest. A high-end cellphone for $150 was nice but was there a cheaper alternative? Not everyone needs the full capabilities of such a device. That's why I started looking through heaps of reviews on the broad subject of cheap cellphones. My search profile was: crisp display measuring at lest 5 inches, current operating system version (Android 5.1 or higher), good performance, no ad-ware bloat and, naturally, no contract. I've skipped LTE and Full HD for now since I thought them unrealistic features for less than $100 (my most recent requirement!). more
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MP3 - Blessing or curse for music?

Sven Krumrey
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Whenever I see my friend Frank kneel in front of his stereo system there's something cultish in the air. He demands absolute silence and concentration when he plays one of his songs. For hours, he can talk about speaker cables, capacitors and image widths. But if you wanted to silence him, all it would take is a single word: MP3. Then, his facial expression would reflect a little bit of pain, he'd be searching for the right words and let his shoulders fall down in resignation. Read on to learn why, to him, this format means the end of music while at the same time the beginning of a comprehensive music collection for many. more
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2 minute tech: What's 4K / Ultra-HD?

Sven Krumrey
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Tech zealots have been trembling in awe for a while when uttering these to words: 4K and Ultra-HD. You may have heard that this is a new standard for TVs and computer displays. Read on to learn what the fuss is all about and whether you should jump on the 4K bandwagon now! more
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A high end cellphone for $150? A Chinese adventure

Sven Krumrey
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My beloved Samsung S4 mini hasn't aged well over the years. Buttons are loose, the Android version feels ancient and the battery is on its last legs. What to do? Certainly not spend $600 on a high-end cellphone, my contract didn't warrant any subsidized replacement so I ventured into the legendary realm of China cellphones! The risk: These phones are not made for Western markets and there are no official distribution channels. Read on to learn about the entailing disadvantages and why I've begun to feel slightly paranoid. more
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