What operating system do you use? For some, that question may as well be posed in Latin or Sanskrit. For others, it's an invitation to have a heated debate about the benefits of GUI vs. command line, modern day UI vs. old school metaphor, the pros/cons of Windows 10, LAMP vs. IIS... the list goes on and on. For most, however, the answer will be a variation on Windows or Mac.
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Windows 10: You can now download the next major update to Windows 10, dubbed the Fall Creator's Update. You'll be able to enjoy major features like Mixed Reality support, bringing augmented reality to compatible PCs, as well as minor upgrades to features like handwriting recognition, voice control via Cortana and a revised user interface.
The command line (or Terminal for you Mac fans) is a throwback to a simpler age of computing, before mouse pointers and application windows and desktop wallpaper. Back when it was just you and a window full of text. Operating systems have long since evolved beyond the humble command line interface, but there's still no better tool for quickly disseminating complex information in your operating system -- and you can actually do some other pretty cool stuff with them, too.
It took a few revisions of Windows, but Microsoft is finally providing a consolidated and user-friendly way of managing applications the run at startup. Previously, you'd have to use Task Manager / msconfig or a third-party tool to do this easily, but come a future update of Windows 10, you'll be able to do it via the in-built Settings console.
Windows: Windows 10 makes window management pretty easy thanks to its accessible shortcuts -- the WIN key plus the arrow keys -- but certain apps just don't like to play nice. Whether it's an older game from your childhood set to run at a certain resolution, a newer game that isn't configured to cover your entire screen, or a TV show if you're using your screen as a monitor, Fullscreenizer is what you'll need to make sure you're focused on one thing only: the biggest window on your monitor.
One major advantage Firefox, Chrome and other browsers have had over Edge is a rich extension ecosystem. In comparison, Microsoft has struggled -- massively -- to compete in this area. To be fair, it had to win people back to Edge first, which it's managed to somewhat accomplish. And while extensions for the browser are still thin on the ground, the steadily growing collection now has over 70 options.
Bluetooth technology can be a godsend for those of us trying to minimise the amount of cord clutter in our digital lives. But when your laptop, phone, or other device is hooked up via bluetooth to a wireless speaker or pair of headphones and the audio playback starts to stutter, it can be nothing short of infuriating.
Usually, installing and uninstalling programs goes without a hitch. Considering they're the first and last steps involved in using any application, you'd hope they go smoothly. But there are times when a tool stubbornly refuses to remove itself when asked, or a Registry key has busted, prevent you from installing your favourite utility. Don't worry about a third-party app to fix things -- Microsoft has you covered.
There is not shortage of free mobile and desktop applications available on the internet. Unfortunately, most of them are either rubbish or trick you into parting with your cash via in-app purchases. But if you take the time to sort the wheat from the chaff, you'll find plenty of excellent apps that truly are free.
We're thankful every day for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!). Here are 50 our favourites.
So you've run out of patience with your old MacBook Pro, and have now been tempted over to the world of Windows by Microsoft's shiny new array of 2-in-1 devices. How exactly do you get started? The questions is: can you really move all of your important files over easily? Here's everything you need to know about switching from Mac to Windows.
Classic decluttering advice - the kind of stuff you've been reading on Lifehacker for years - starts with getting rid of what you don't use or need. But are you applying the same principle to your systems? A demonstration of an old vulnerability in SMB 1at DEFCON highlights this, with a Windows Server rendered useless by a Raspberry Pi and a few lines of code. Beneath the surface of your apps, lie dangerous vulnerabilities.
On Monday, we learned that Microsoft was killing off the iconic Microsoft Paint program after 32 years and replacing it with Paint 3D in its upcoming Windows 10 update. The news was tragic for fans of MS Paint, many of who publicly mourned the loss.
MS Paint, the first app you used for editing images, will probably be killed off in future updates of Windows 10, replaced by the new app Paint 3D. Microsoft lists the 32-year-old app under "deprecated features" in Windows 10's next update, a little X marking the end of an era.
It must be the year of the free ebook. That, or companies have figured out that by occasionally giving goodies away, they might lure you into eventually spending money with them. I'm assuming that's the point of this massive ebook free-fest from Microsoft.
Reader Saifali has submitted desktops in the past to our Desktop Showcase, but this one's a fresh look, and we like it. If you dig it too -- or just the Antarctic landscape in it -- here's how you can bring the same look to your computer.
Antivirus vendor Kasperksy Labs recently accused Microsoft of not only discouraging users from investing in security software by bundling Defender with Windows 10, but actively making it difficult for them to install and use said applications. Microsoft's Rob Lefferts penned a blog post in response that admits the OS does disable "some parts of ... AV software", but does so temporarily to help vendors, not hinder them.