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2 minute tech: TeamViewer, often the last hope

Sven Krumrey
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A program to remotely control PCs would be the exact definition but, in practice, "a savior in times of need" may be the better description. TeamViewer connects two (or more) PCs. This means you are able to remotely control another computer from afar to provide assistance. Are you having issues with your PC and know someone who might help but doesn't live around the block? That would be a typical use case for this program. Key advantage: The helper can view exactly what you see on your monitor and even take control of your machine. Video conferencing or file transfers are also possible between connected PCs. more
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Hotkeys - working faster with keyboard shortcuts

Sven Krumrey
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Whenever you observe IT professionals at work you'll notice a common pattern - the mouse gets rarely used. Keyboard shortcuts, also called hotkeys, can save you a lot of selecting and clicking. You either hit keys simultaneously (as with capitalization) or sequentially ans save a lot of time and frustration. There are far more shortcuts available than I could ever remember. Read on to find out which shortcuts have saved the day for me so far. more
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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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