Stories by Lincoln Spector

Chrome: Switch to new tab

When you right-click a link in Chrome and select Open link in a new tab -- or if you point to the link and click the wheel rather than one of the buttons--the browser will open that link in a new tab.

OpenOffice compatibility

Ninthchamber asked the Office & Business Software forum why OpenOffice files don't always open in Microsoft Office.

Gain Administrator Access Without a Password

Alexleonardme acquired a used PC but doesn't have an administrator password. He asked the <a href="http://forums.pcworld.com/index.php?/forum/2000-windows/">Windows</a> forum for help.

Am I mailing spam?

Tami asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum why friends are receiving spam that appears to come from her.

Vampire hunters: Devices reduce energy waste

It's 1 a.m., and everyone in the house is asleep. The television is off. The computers are off. Your cell phones and MP3 players are plugged in but no longer charging. And all these products are still sucking electricity.

My keyboard isn't working

Several keys on reader skyDX's keyboard stopped functioning. He asked the Desktops forum for help.

How did my protected PC get infected?

SUPERAntiSpyware found three Trojans on a reader's PC. He asked the <a href="http://forums.pcworld.com/index.php?/forum/2000-windows/">Windows</a> forum how this could happen when his PC is protected.

Caring for your laptop

You're more likely to damage a laptop than a desktop PC (no one has ever driven off, forgetting the desktop on top of their car), and once damaged, laptops are harder and more expensive to repair.

Video formats explained

The whole video format situation couldn't be more confusing if it was intended as a practical joke.

Is open source safe?

The IT Department where Daniel Toth works won't let him use open source software because they believe it's a security risk. Is it?

Audio compression may not be so bad

We all listen to compressed music on our computers and portable players and we all know that compression is supposed to hurt sound quality. But does it hurt it enough to affect our listening pleasure?

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