Oct 212013

By Chris Hoffman at MakeUseOf.com…

External drives — either USB flash drives or external hard drives — should be easy to use. In some cases, you may connect your drive to a Windows PC or another device with a USB port and find that it’s not recognized. This problem can be caused by partition issues on your external drive, using the wrong file system, dead USB ports, driver issues in Windows, or other problems. In a worst case scenario, the drive itself may simply be dead.

via External Drive Not Recognized? This Is How To Fix It In Windows.

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Oct 102013

By Kev Quirk (is that a real name?) at MakeUseOf.com…

Dropbox is a great service, no doubt about that. It’s the original cloud syncing and backup tool, that will make all of your data available anywhere, while keeping it safe. But what if you’re worried about your privacy while online? What can you do to ensure that your data is backed up, yet your privacy remains intact? Simple — host your own alternative to Dropbox.

via 3 Self-Hosted Dropbox Alternatives, Tested.

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Oct 082013

The article also has links to parts 1 and 2.  By Brien M. Posey at WindowsNetworking.com…

This article continues the walkthrough for building a private cloud by walking you through the construction of a logical network. After doing so, we will also be creating a new IP address pool that will service the logical network.

via Building a Private Cloud With System Center 2012 (Part 3) :: Cloud Computing :: Articles & Tutorials :: WindowsNetworking.com.

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Oct 082013

What a great collection of Windows 8 tips!  By Chris Hoffman at MakeUseOf.com…

On Windows 8, you can press Windows Key + X or right-click at the bottom-left corner of your screen to open a menu known as the “power user menu” or “quick access menu.” This menu contains quick access to system utilities like the Control Panel, Command Prompt, Task Manager, File Explorer, Device Manager, and more. Win+X Menu Editor allows you to edit the shortcuts that appear here, adding new shortcuts, removing existing ones, and even rearranging the list.

via 8 Ways To Improve Windows 8 With Win+X Menu Editor.

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Oct 072013

This is great news!  I’m looking forward to Apple’s next major update to OS X.  Good advice from Dan Frakes at Macworld.com…

Apple has released to developers the golden master of Mavericks (OS X 10.9)—the final non-public version, and most likely the build that will become the official 10.9.0. That means that the official public release of Mavericks isn’t far off. We’re still waiting on a specific date for that release—at WWDC earlier this year, Apple said only “this fall”—but for those aiming to upgrade as soon as the new OS drops, the golden master means that now is the time to start getting your Mac ready for Mavericks.

via Get your Mac ready for Mavericks (OS X 10.9) | Macworld.

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