Simple Questions: What Is USB or Universal Serial Bus?

USBEveryone has used at least once a device that was connected to another device with the help of a USB port. Whether we are talking about flash memory sticks or other peripherals like printers, many devices are using the USB standard connector. In this article we will share what USB stands for, what it does and what are the advantages and disadvantages of using USB to connect devices.

A Geek's Quest To Quitting Coffee - How I Managed To Pull It Off

coffeeHave you ever found yourself getting through a day with excruciating headaches and then remembering that you forgot to drink coffee? You're not the only one. There is a very large number of people trying to quit coffee. A simple Google search yields a comparable number of results for "quit coffee", "quit alcohol" and "quit drugs". Impressive, right? Yet, nobody really pays attention to this one that much. And while the other 2 habits are blamed by society, coffee is actually endorsed. That's why, in this article I am going to describe how I ended up deciding to quit drinking coffee, my method for doing it and the impact it had on my sleep and energy levels. Being a quantified self geek with over 9 months of detailed data about myself, I am able to correlate a number of vital signs to the experiments that I do on myself. Let's get started:

How To Change The Default Playback & Recording Audio Device

sound devicesOne of the many creative options built into Windows is the ability to record and play back multimedia files. Windows even makes it simple by selecting a default device for audio recording and playback, but what if you'd prefer that another device be used? Let's take a look at how to change the default and how to troubleshoot certain problems.

Best of the Web for Windows Users - 7 - 13 December 2014

This week we have received news of Windows 8.1 supporting natively the MKV file format for movies, Microsoft starting its Bing integration with Office in new and useful ways, as well as Xbox One finally outselling PS4. To learn more details about these events as well as other interesting news, check this week's roundup:

How To Set Windows Photo Gallery As The Default Image Viewer

Windows Photo GalleryWhen you install Windows Photo Gallery, you are not asked whether you want to set it as the default image viewer. In order to do that, you have to go through several steps. You can set it as the default viewer for all image types, just a few of them or only one type. In this guide we will cover all three scenarios:

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The Home Tab In File Explorer

File ExplorerOne way that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 improve over previous versions of Windows is by adding the ribbon interface introduced in Microsoft Office 2007 into the File Explorer. This ribbon introduces a system of tabs and buttons. Each tab, like the menus they replace, houses a series of tools to help you work with files and folders. In this article we'll show you the default Home tab. This is where you'll find the tools you'll need most often while browsing in the File Explorer.

Reviewing The ASUS Strix Claw Mouse & The Strix Glide Control Mousepad

ASUS Strix ClawASUS has launched a new brand of gaming peripherals and hardware components called Strix. The name is taken from the ancient Roman and Greek word for "owl" and it means the keenest hearing and sharpest eyesight. Sounds daring, doesn't it? These devices are not sold under the Republic Of Gamers brand and the whole lineup is a new brand of its own. We were quite interested to test these devices and see how well they fare. Luckily, we got our hands on some devices in this lineup. First, we tested the Strix Claw gaming mouse together with the Strix Glide Control mouse pad. Learn from this review how good they are and whether they are worth buying.

Real-Life Strategies For Logging Your Food Intake

journalIn a previous article I have discussed about the benefits and pitfalls of logging your food and the conclusion was that there is ample reason for one to log the food intake. Especially when we want to lose some weight or to maintain that lost weight. But how do you actually log your food? To help you, I would like to share my experience on this topic and discuss several strategies for logging your food intake

Simple Questions: What Is A User Group In Windows & What Does It Do?

user accountsSecurity is essential in any digital environment, so to make it easier for users to manage permissions and other user accounts, Windows offers a useful feature called user groups. Although it may seem a bit intimidating at first, this feature is not that hard to understand and use, and it might just save you a lot of time and energy when managing multiple accounts. Let's get into some more detail and see what user groups are and how you can use them to your advantage.

Best of the Web for Windows Users - 30 November - 6 December 2014

This week we have learned new details about the Windows 10 release schedule, directly from Microsoft. Also, new features were demonstrated, including an early Cortana build for Windows 10. Windows Phone made some headlines as well, with new apps being made available and new companies opting to use this platform for their employees. Read this week's recap to learn more about what happened in Microsoft's ecosystem:

Tech Lolz: How Can I Restrain Myself When I Have No Willpower?

parental controlsI am pretty sure that I am not the only one who sometimes lacks the willpower to pull myself from something I enjoy in order to do something else that I don't necessarily enjoy as much but I should be doing anyway. Like work! :) Let's take as an example our high school or college years. How many other things you would have done instead of studying for that stupid exam tomorrow? I'm sure that you would rather clean the room, take out the trash, buy tomatoes from the market and what not. So, how can technology help you in this matter? Let's find out in today's Tech Lolz episode from a user who wanted to restrain himself from playing too much Starcraft.

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The Quick Access Toolbar In File Explorer

File ExplorerWindows 8 and Windows 8.1 have made a lot of changes, not only to the user interface, but to core features like the Task Manager or File Explorer. While these changes tend to add aesthetic appeal where once there was little, they serve more to improve the functionality of the operating system. One place where you'll notice a major change is the File Explorer. Windows 8 and 8.1 add a lot of new features in this most basic of interfaces to give you easier access to core functions. One small touch that makes life a bit easier is the Quick Access toolbar and we would like to share the most important changes made by Microsoft.