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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.

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

File ExplorerThe new version of File Explorer that is used in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has a ribbon interface with lots of tabs and options. Since we detailed the Home and Share tabs in other articles, we would like to show you the View tab and everything you can do with it. There are a lot of tools to cover, but read on and we'll show how they all work.

How To Use The Task Scheduler To Launch Programs Without UAC Prompts

Task Scheduler, UACDo you need to frequently run applications which require administrative permissions but, each time you run them, you have to go through the UAC (User Account Control) prompt? If that's the case, there are several solutions to bypass these prompts, some more complex than others. They allow you to run these programs without going through UAC prompts and without turning off UAC. In this article we will demonstrate a quick and simple solution that works in all cases and it involves using the Task Scheduler.

15 Best Mouse Cursor Schemes For Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

mouse cursorsIf you are bored with the Windows interface and you are tired of its default customization options, you should try some personalization packages that are found on the web. In this article we'll share 15 free mouse cursor schemes for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 that you can use to improve the visuals of your operating system. Let's get started:

How To Use Sticky Notes In Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

Sticky NotesAlong with Paint, Snipping Tool, WordPad and Notepad, Sticky Notes is an application that has been long integrated in Windows. It is small utility that allows you to create all kinds of notes. You can place them anywhere you want on your Desktop, you can format their text, resize and paint them in a variety of colors easily. In this tutorial we'll show how to use Sticky Notes and let you decide whether you want to use it or not.

Reviewing ASUS RT-AC87U - The WiFi Router Batman Would Use

ASUS RT-AC87UWhen we have learned about the latest router from ASUS - RT-AC87U and its impressive specifications, we really wanted to get a chance to test it. Reading its specifications, we couldn't feel anything but excitement and, after unboxing it, we jokingly said that this is the WiFi router Batman would use. :) But is this true? Is this router as impressive as its specs would have you believe? Let's find out from this review.

3 Ways To Learn How To Open Files With Unknown File Extensions

filesAs PC users, we all encountered files with uncommon extensions from time to time. Of course we all know about .docx files, .pdf files, .mp3 files or .iso files. But have you heard about the .eps file extension? How about .dng? What do you do if you have to open such files? In this article we are going to show how to deal with files that have unknown file extensions and learn which apps or programs to install in order to view their content.

What You Gain Performance-Wise When Upgrading from Windows Phone 8.0 to 8.1?

Windows PhoneWindows Phone 8.1 delivers many new features and improvements in terms of user experience, apps and more. Many blogs and websites rightly wrote about them. However, little has been said about its performance. Does it run better on existing smartphones than Windows Phone 8.0? In order to answer this question, we took four Nokia Lumia smartphones and we have run several benchmarks using both Windows Phone 8.0 and Windows Phone 8.1. Here are our results and conclusions:

Google Chrome 64-bit - Is It Better Than The 32-bit Version?

Google ChromeA few weeks ago, Google released the 64-bit version of the popular Chrome browser and promised increased stability, security, and speed. We were curious to learn how many of these promises are true, and share what you gain and lose when using the 64-bit version of this browser. We have used this browser for a couple of days and ran several benchmarks. Here's what you get when using the 64-bit version of Google Chrome instead of the 32-bit version.

ASUS Transformer Book T200 Review - Is It Better Than The T100?

ASUS T200ASUS has been kind enough to send us one of their newest Transformer Book devices. It is the big brother of the T100 that we tested a while ago - the new ASUS Transformer Book T200. We were very curious to learn what's different about this device and whether it is a worthy upgrade over its predecessor. We've tested it for a week and today we are ready to share what we have learned about it. Read on as this is one of the first reviews in the world for this device.