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PostPoints tip: Quick help for Netflix instant viewers

Netflix's "Watch Instantly" streaming-video service makes it fantastically easy to watch movies and TV shows on a wide variety of devices (with sufficiently fast bandwidth and payment of $7.99 a month). But its selection can be more than a tad erratic, between titles that take their time to arrive and...

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 7, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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PostPoints tip: Don't take your laptop's battery to extremes

There's a lot of confusion about the care and feeding of laptop batteries, to judge from my latest Web chat: Should you avoid running on battery to prolong its life--or rely on the battery as much as possible to keep it fresh? The answer is neither: As long as you...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 28, 2011; 6:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PostPoints tip: Read a free site's pitch to advertisers

When a site can afford to give its services away for free, there's usually something else being sold--and that something is often your possible attention to commercial breaks of one kind or another. It's a smart idea to read over a site's pitch to potential advertisers to see what sort...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 22, 2011; 6:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PostPoints tip: Higher-quality YouTube videos

Ever notice an item towards the right end of the toolbar underneath every YouTube video labeled "240p" or "360p"? That's a menu you click to request a higher-quality copy of a video on Google's site. Instead of the default 240p or 360p (rough equivalents of videotape quality, the numbers refer...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 14, 2011; 6:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PostPoints tip: Discounts at Apple's Mac App Store (and their costs)

If you're running the current release of Mac OS X, you can score some tidy discounts on Apple's own software by buying through its one-click Mac App Store. For instance, while the company's new iLife '11 multimedia suite goes for $49 in its own stores, you can buy its three...

By Rob Pegoraro  | February 7, 2011; 6:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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PostPoints tip: Download your Web-mail

Many Hotmail users got an unplanned reminder of the risks of relying on Web access to e-mail when Microsoft's site temporarily lost all their messages over the New Year's weekend. More recently, a small subset of AOL users also stopped getting new messages. And at some point, some other Web-mail...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 31, 2011; 6:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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PostPoints tip: Have your Mac pick your time zone, Rob Pegoraro , January 10, 2011
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PostPoints tip: Fine-tune Facebook notifications, Rob Pegoraro , October 11, 2010
PostPoints tip: 'tap to click' still troublesome, Rob Pegoraro , September 27, 2010
Late-night experiment: Rooting an Android phone, Rob Pegoraro , September 22, 2010
PostPoints tip: When in doubt, search by date, Rob Pegoraro , September 20, 2010
PostPoints tip: Avoid proprietary power plugs, Rob Pegoraro , September 13, 2010
PostPoints tip: Sites I like: MacInTouch, Rob Pegoraro , September 7, 2010
PostPoints tip: Don't prove Godwin's law , Rob Pegoraro , August 30, 2010
PostPoints tip: Police program installers, Rob Pegoraro , August 16, 2010
PostPoints tip: 'QR Codes' defined, Rob Pegoraro , July 26, 2010
New blog feature: PostPoints tips, Rob Pegoraro , July 12, 2010
World Cup traffic runs over Twitter, Rob Pegoraro , June 23, 2010
PostPoints tip: Buying first can cost you , Rob Pegoraro , June 22, 2010
PostPoints tip: Label an HDTV's inputs , Rob Pegoraro , May 25, 2010
PostPoints tip: Don't recycle passwords , Rob Pegoraro , May 11, 2010
No dearth of Earth Day tech tips, Rob Pegoraro , April 22, 2010
PostPoints tip: Search for obscurities, Rob Pegoraro , April 20, 2010
PostPoints tip: Don't rent your cable modem , Rob Pegoraro , April 13, 2010
PostPoints tip: Square away profile pictures , Rob Pegoraro , March 30, 2010
Taking better photos of our snowy landscape , Rob Pegoraro , February 10, 2010
PostPoints tip: Move the taskbar on a netbook , Rob Pegoraro , January 26, 2010
PostPoints tip: Get the scoop on your next phone , Rob Pegoraro , January 19, 2010
PostPoints tips: Ease holiday tech troubleshooting , Rob Pegoraro , December 22, 2009
Cheat sheets for setting up a new PC or Mac, Rob Pegoraro , December 18, 2009
PostPoints tips: Leave on that "s" for security , Rob Pegoraro , December 15, 2009
Another tech holiday shopping season begins, Rob Pegoraro , November 30, 2009
Another helping of Thanksgiving tech-support tips, Rob Pegoraro , November 23, 2009
PostPoints tip: It's OK to hoard some USB cables , Rob Pegoraro , November 17, 2009
PostPoints tip: Read the manual before you buy , Rob Pegoraro , October 20, 2009
PostPoints tip: My usual nag--backup your data , Rob Pegoraro , October 13, 2009
PostPoints tip: Track price changes before you buy , Rob Pegoraro , September 22, 2009
PostPoints tip: Write for spam filters , Rob Pegoraro , September 1, 2009
PostPoints tip: Read me online for more details , Rob Pegoraro , August 18, 2009
PostPoints tip: Don't buy cables in stores , Rob Pegoraro , August 11, 2009
PostPoints tip: Stop Start menu pollution , Rob Pegoraro , August 4, 2009
PostPoints tip: Shorten Web addresses wisely , Rob Pegoraro , July 21, 2009
PostPoints tip: Wikipedia on your phone , Rob Pegoraro , July 14, 2009
New EFF Site Tracks Terms-Of-Service Changes, Rob Pegoraro , June 18, 2009
Cordian Knot: Cables Gone Wild!, Rob Pegoraro , May 18, 2009
PostPoints tip: Ban browser toolbars , Rob Pegoraro , May 5, 2009
Who's Behind That Web Site? Ask Whois, Rob Pegoraro , April 13, 2009
Spring Cleaning For Computers, Rob Pegoraro , April 6, 2009
Conficker Removal Reminders, Rob Pegoraro , March 31, 2009
PostPoints tip: Name flash drives by size , Rob Pegoraro , March 17, 2009
PostPoints tip: Stop using AOL's software , Rob Pegoraro , March 10, 2009
Help File Help: Decoding License Agreements, Rob Pegoraro , February 27, 2009
PostPoints tip: Beware of quick Registry fixes , Rob Pegoraro , February 10, 2009
PostPoints tip: Rent iTunes movies for less , Rob Pegoraro , January 27, 2009
Circuit City's Bones Offer Slim Pickings, Rob Pegoraro , January 26, 2009
Have I Answered All Your DTV Questions?, Rob Pegoraro , January 22, 2009
Gadget Guidance 2008: Leftovers , Rob Pegoraro , November 26, 2008
Gadget Guidance 2008: (Don't Call Them) MP3 Players, Rob Pegoraro , November 26, 2008
Gadget Guidance 2008: Digital Cameras, Rob Pegoraro , November 26, 2008
Black Friday Sales Forecasts, Rob Pegoraro , November 26, 2008
Thanksgiving Tech-Support Recipes, Rob Pegoraro , November 24, 2008
What's Happening, CC? Circuit City Goes Chapter 11, Rob Pegoraro , November 10, 2008
Starting Tomorrow: No Login, No Comment, Rob Pegoraro , October 22, 2008
Don't Buy A Mac Laptop*, Rob Pegoraro , October 10, 2008
Bonus Review: magicJack Internet Calling, Rob Pegoraro , October 6, 2008
It's 10 A.M. Do You Know Where Your Backups Are?, Rob Pegoraro , October 3, 2008
Computing For Cheapskates, Telecom For Tightwads, Rob Pegoraro , October 2, 2008
Your Opinions Requested: PC-Repair Services, Rob Pegoraro , July 22, 2008
Energy Savings For Earth Day, Rob Pegoraro , April 21, 2008
Reminder: Preserve Purchase Paperwork, Rob Pegoraro , December 21, 2007
Renewed Advice For New Computer Users, Rob Pegoraro , December 20, 2007
Help File Help: Nuking a Windows Nag?, Rob Pegoraro , December 3, 2007
Just-For-Today Deals, Rob Pegoraro , November 26, 2007
Sites That Dig For Black Friday Deals, Rob Pegoraro , November 21, 2007
A Thanksgiving Tech-Support Toolkit, Rob Pegoraro , November 20, 2007
Use a Smart Playlist to Fill Your MP3 Player, Rob Pegoraro , November 16, 2007
Help File Help: Windows Insomnia, Rob Pegoraro , August 24, 2007
Help File Help: Interrupted iTunes Podcasts, Rob Pegoraro , August 13, 2007
Anxiety at the Internet Cafe, Rob Pegoraro , June 18, 2007
A Current Affair, Rob Pegoraro , June 15, 2007
Reset Runaround, Rob Pegoraro , June 5, 2007
E-cycle Your E-Junk, Rob Pegoraro , April 20, 2007
Last-Minute Help With Daylight Saving Time, Rob Pegoraro , March 9, 2007
Two Other DST Fixes, Rob Pegoraro , February 27, 2007
RSS, Revisited, Rob Pegoraro , February 5, 2007
Help File's greatest hits, Rob Pegoraro , February 4, 2007
 
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