Stories by Stan Miastkowski

Step-by-step: Keep a clean keyboard

Don't look now, but your PC's keyboard may have its own alien ecosystem growing in the dark recesses beneath the keys. Dirt and dust coat the keys and build up underneath. Sometimes the accumulated mixture of spilled drinks and crumbs can stop keys f...

Building a secure wireless network

The era of the unconnected PC has largely passed into history. Beyond the home office and children’s rooms, PCs are popping up in such formerly unconventional locations as the kitchen counter or a shelf in the living room. A network will let you sha...

Step-By-Step: Get maximum speed from your new drives

It's a buyer's market for drives. Low prices for fast CD-RW drives, cutting-edge rewritable-DVD drives, and the most recent generation of high-capacity hard drives make it a perfect time to upgrade. But unless you do some installation planning, you m...

Bullet-proof your PC with a software firewall

A firewall is an absolutely necessary tool in every computer user’s defensive arsenal, along with an antivirus utility. Firewalls are programs (sometimes hardware devices) that are designed to protect you and your system from the legions of hackers, ...

Reinstall Windows

No matter which version of Windows you run, at times your PC will start to become unstable — especially if you often install and uninstall software or change hardware. System lockups or the dreaded Blue Screen of Death can spoil your day.

Add high-speed ports for turbocharged peripherals

The latest high-performance per­iph­erals — including scanners, external drives, and DV camcorders — are shipping with new interfaces. USB 2.0 and FireWire offer higher speeds than older USB 1.1 ports, and they’re hot-pluggable. Only the newest PCs s...

Improve your PC’s graphics performance

Over the past year, a new generation of PC graphics cards has been exploiting cutting-edge video processors and fast memory to provide eye-popping performance, especially in 3D games and other graphics-intensive applications. In addition, many graphi...

Reclaim hard-drive space

Today's hard drives feature jaw-dropping amounts of space. But no matter how big your drive, you'll be amazed at how quickly application installs, browser caches, and temporary files can eat up your free space and clutter your system.

Care and Feeding of the Windows Registry

The Registry is the essential part of Windows - a big, complex database that stores all the configuration settings for your software and hardware in a hierarchical form like file folders. You don't often need to deal with the Registry, because Window...

Master the Windows XP upgrade process

Microsoft hype to the contrary, deciding whether to upgrade your current version of Windows to Windows XP isn't exactly a no-brainer. Certainly, XP has some neat new features and is more stable than its predecessors, but it requires you to have fairl...

Keep it powered, keep it cool

They may not be as glamorous as ultrafast CPUs, enormous hard drives or the latest 3D graphics cards, but cooling and power components are the oft-forgotten workhorses of every PC.

Edit digital video on your PC

Home video has gone digital. The current generation of mini-DV (digital video) camcorders produce all-digital data that you can download to your PC, edit, and then write back to a fresh tape without losing quality as you copy and manipulate the video...

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