Run cables the easy way: with a hot glue gun

Hot Glue Cable ManagmentLet’s say you’ve got ethernet cables running all over the floor because you don’t want to use WiFi.

Or maybe you want to install another phone jack, but you want to route the cable nicely along the baseboards.

Of course, routing cables inside the walls is always the prettier option, but it’s also not easy to do in a finished house.

Well, I have a new friend, and she’s a hot glue gun. As her name implies, she’s rather attractive – and very handy when it comes to routing those cables in no time flat!

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Superglue: Everything you need to know, and some things you don’t

Superglue: Be careful with it!Superglue is awesome.

Originally discovered in 1942 by American scientists who were trying to come up with good transparent gun sights during WWII, superglue is the “sticks to everything” goto adhesive for all your gluey quick-fix needs.

And frankly, until you’ve superglued two fingers together, you really haven’t lived…

Anyway, there’s probably a lot about superglue that you’ve never heard before. So, read on, and then you can go impress your friends with your amazing knowledge of cyanoacrylate adhesives!

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Remove the “Choose an operating system” message when starting your computer

Choose an operating systemMany of you have installed Windows 10 on your puters only to discover that every time you boot up, you get a screen that reads: Choose an operating system

Windows 10 will of course be at the top of the list, usually followed by either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. If you pick Windows 10, it fires up and everything works normally.

Obviously, there is still something wrong: Why is Windows 10 asking if you want to boot your old version of Windows? After all, you upgraded, right?

Fear not! There’s a very easy trick to remove this boot menu – and it works for all flavors and versions of Windows all the way back to Vista at least…

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Quick Fix: Laptop ethernet doesn’t work

The Amazing Ethernet DongleMost people these days use WiFi. I’m not one of them, because the idea of being bathed 24/7 in multi-gigahertz radio waves just isn’t that appealing.

If you’re like me, then that means you’re using the ethernet jack on your puter. And if your puter is a laptop, you may run into a terribly annoying situation where your ethernet just stops working one day.

In a laptop, you can’t replace the ethernet jack and internals without replacing the entire motherboard…

Fortunately, there’s a quick and cheap way to get your ethernet back up and running – without breaking the bank!

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Cheap Laptop Parts: Repair your laptop and save a bundle

Replace Laptop parts on the cheapLet’s say you’ve got an aging laptop. It doesn’t exactly run like new any more. Maybe the battery is a bit weak even on a full charge, or perhaps the fan makes a lot of noise even after you cleaned it out.

Traditionally, you’d have to pay a pretty penny for new laptop parts.

You’d also have a hard time finding instructions or guides on how to remove and replace any parts in your lappy.

Well, nowadays, things are a bit different.

You can get all kinds of laptop parts on the cheap, and all the how-to guides you’ll need are already out there just waiting for you on YouTube!

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Why Movies look like Soap Operas on your new TV – and how to fix it

Soap Opera EffectYou buy a new 400″ TV. You hook it up, and pop in a DVD or Blu-ray disc.

You expect to enjoy a glorious movie-watching experience, but instead, your movies look like TV shows or soap operas.

What gives?

As it turns out, the problem is your fancy new TV. Get ready for this: it’s too realistic, and your brain doesn’t like that.

Read on to find out how to fix it!

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Bad Computer Power Supply? Maybe not!

Computer Power ButtonYou know the drill: You turn on your puter, and it doesn’t boot, beep, or do anything else. What it does do is power itself off again after a second or two.

Or… Your puter works fine, but it spontaneously enjoys turning itself off.

Whatever could be the matter?

Naturally, the first thing you’ll think of (because you’re a genius) is that something is broken – and you’ll probably guess that it’s the power supply.

Not so fast! There’s one thing you need to check first before you invest time and money replacing a bad power supply…

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How to Clean a Laptop with a Noisy Fan

One day, you turn on your laptop. Maybe noThere's a better way...thing happens, or maybe you get some error message about fan speed, or maybe you just get a “system halted” message. Then again, perhaps your computer works just fine, but it’s starting to sound like a vacuum cleaner because the fans are running at full blast!

At this point, you may be inclined to freak out. But don’t go there just yet…

If this sounds familiar, it’s because you probably read my earlier post, How to Clean the Inside of a Desktop Computer. This edition is specifically for laptops.

Usually, cleaning the fan and heat sink inside your laptop is a lot easier than you might think.

With a few dollars and a bit of bravery, you can “dust” inside your laptop (without taking it apart, hopefully) even if you don’t know anything about how computers work.

If you can dust your house, you can dust your lappy!

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How to Clean the Inside of a Desktop Computer

Dust your Desktop Computer!One day, you turn on your computer. Maybe nothing happens, or maybe you get some error message about fan speed, or maybe you just get a “system halted” message. Then again, perhaps your computer works just fine, but it’s starting to sound like a jet engine because the fans are running at full blast!

At this point, you may be inclined to freak out. But don’t go there just yet…

There’s one thing most people don’t think about, and that is the fact that computers produce heat. Heat is bad for electronics, so the computer is cooled by heat sinks and fans. Fans and heat sinks get dirty, and eventually clogged. Oops!

With a few dollars and a bit of bravery, you can “dust” inside your computer even if you don’t know anything about how computers work.

If you can dust your house, you can dust your puter!

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Everything on my Computer is Missing and I think it’s a Virus or Trojan

Lucky you! This happened to a friend of mine recently. She was minding her own business, surfing the web. A little box popped up, and it looked just like a Windows dialog box that said something about Microsoft Security Something-or-Other.

So, of course, she clicked the button. After all, it looked genuine enough!

Not long after that, a program that looks like the following image came up:

It began to give her all kinds of warning messages. Her GPU was overheating, her processor was overheating, she was out of RAM, and her hard drive was corrupted! Then it made 25 “Error Reading File” windows pop up.

If you are seeing this problem, there is a very simple process to follow to rid yourself of the malware without reinstalling Windows and starting from scratch!

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