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The Important Things You Should Do When You Get A New Computer

You’ve just purchased a new computer. Nice! You’re probably excited to tear open the box and set it up, but there are a few boring-but-important tasks that will save you disappointment and even heartbreak (not to mention money) later. Here are a few key tasks you should perform whenever you buy a new PC.


How To Move On After Windows XP Without Giving Up Your PC

On 8 April, Microsoft will officially cut off support, service, and security updates for Windows XP. It’s been a long time coming, but depending on where you stand, it’s either overdue or absolute Armageddon. If you’re just coming out of the Windows XP world and need help, here are some tips to help you get your bearings.


How To Make Browsing The Web On Your Phone Suck Less

No matter how big the screen or how effective the software, web browsing on your smartphone just doesn’t match the ease of browsing on a computer. It’s never going to be perfect, but it can be a lot better. Here’s how to make browsing on your smartphone suck less.


There's No Excuse For Not Backing Up Your Computer: Do It Now

At least once a month, some friend or family member asks me how to recover data from a failed hard drive. I help them as best I can, but in my head, my answer is always the same: “go back in time and back up your computer like you know you should have.”


Five Powerful, Built-In Windows Tools You Might Not Know About

Even if you live in Windows, you may be surprised to find that it includes some rather powerful built-in tools to help you monitor your system and troubleshoot when things go wrong. We’ve taken a look at Windows’ dark corners before and at some awesome features you may have forgotten about. Here are a few more of our favourite overlooked Windows tools.


Six Tips For Better Formatting In Microsoft Word

If you’ve worked with Microsoft Word much at all, you know how frustrating it can be getting formatting just the way you want it. While you can’t remove all of the frustration, you can eliminate a lot of it by learning how formatting works in Word and which tools are available to help you control it.


How To Order A Beer In Every Australian State

Ask for a schooner in Victoria and you’ll get a blank look. Ask for a pot in Darwin and you’ll probably be arrested. This is a handy guide to the different names for beer glass sizes around Australia.


How To Erase And Format A Hard Drive

Whether you’re selling your computer, trying a new operating system or setting up an external drive for backups, sometimes you need to completely erase and format a hard drive. Here are the basic steps involved.


Four Skills That Will Turn You Into A Spreadsheet Ninja

Spreadsheets can seem like one of the most mystifying pieces of software you’ll encounter in your adult life. However, as scary as they can be, you can do an awful lot with just four simple skills.


Australia's New Copyright Reforms: Everything You Need To Know

Copyright laws poorly reflect the digital reality we live in today, which is why the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has been conducting a long-running investigation into how they might be changed. Those recommendations have finally been published this week and could affect creative work online and even whether you can record TV shows to watch later, but what exactly do they mean — and will any of the proposed changes ever happen?