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How to Ask a Question When You Want Technical Help

Before you go to a forum or help desk with a computer problem, it is essential that you be prepared properly. How you ask your question or present your problem is key to obtaining help. Be sure to have all the facts about your problem lined up beforehand. You will simply waste your time (and the tech’s) if you are vague about what your problem is. In this tip, I'll give some suggestions for getting the best help.

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Bits and Bytes Explained

Introduction

This page is to help clear up some confusion that I often see at forums and other sites on the web regarding internet speeds and download speeds and storage sizes.

I often see the questions like "I have a 1mb internet connection, why am I only getting 120kb speeds in my bittorrent client" or "I have a 8mb connection why am I only getting 1mb download speed"

There are also questions regarding external storage drives such as "I have a 2TB external hard drive, but it only shows 1.8TB when connected to the computer".

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Optimizing µTorrent for Mac For Speed

Introduction

Optimizing-utorrrent-speed-uTorrent-iconThis guide shows how to speed up downloads in the freeware bittorrent client,  µTorrent for Mac. All bittorrent programs need to have their incoming and outgoing communications flow freely in order to achieve the highest download speeds and that is what this guide is about.   .

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Installing Vuze Without Toolbar

Introduction

I have seen a number of users complain  about how they were saddled with a toolbar during the installation of Vuze.  I put up this guide to help users avoid this aggravation.  This guide is based on Vuze version 4.8.1.2.

Vuze is one of the suggested clients in my Best Free Bittorrent Client Review.  here at Gizmo's Freeware.

If you do not have Vuze, you can get it from the

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Installing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) Without Toolbar and Ads

Introduction

I have seen a number of users complain  about how they were saddled with a toolbar during the installation of µTorrent and BitTorrent..  I put up this guide to help users avoid this aggravation.  µTorrent and BitTorrent are owned by the same company and are identical, other than name and color, bittorrent clients.  So this guide applies to both clients, even though the images are from µTorrent.  This guide applies to µTorrent version 3.3 and BitTorrent version 7.7.3.

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Understanding the Windows 8 user interfaces

Understanding the Windows 8 user interfaces

I bought Windows 8 without knowing much about it. I was surprised to find myself in some difficulty understanding how it was meant to work. Fortunately, I can tell you that the new Windows 8 interface is not hard to understand if you are clear on some key concepts and features. This article should help those of you in the same situation as I was and those of you who want more clarity about whether to use Windows 8 or not.

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How to Get a Report of the Health of Your Windows 7 PC

Is your PC healthy? Or has it seemed a little under the weather lately? A little-known tool in Windows 7 can give you a report on what is ailing your system. It can also give you a wealth of information about what goes on in a perfectly healthy computer. It’s called the System Health Report. There are several ways to access it and here is one way to open it from the Control Panel:

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How to Schedule Programs to Run Automatically in Windows 7

It is very convenient to be able to run certain computer tasks like backups on a regular schedule and Windows has a built-in app called "Task Scheduler" to do just that. This tip will describe how to use Task Scheduler in Windows 7.

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