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Organizing the Windows 8.1 Start Screen
By Alan Wright, Paul Sanna
Jan 7, 2014
This chapter shows how to create, resize, and group tiles on the Windows 8.1 Start screen.
Managing Software in Ubuntu 13.10 and 14.04
By Matthew Helmke
Jan 1, 2014
This chapter looks at the options you have to manage your software in Ubuntu. You will discover just how easy it is to install and even remove various software packages.
Finding What You Want with Spotlight in OS X Mavericks
By Steve Johnson
Dec 31, 2013
Spotlight is the built-in search tool of OS X Mavericks. This chapter shows how to use it to find content on your Mac, how to filter search results, set search preferences, and get help when you need it.
Setting Up iCloud Services and Internet Accounts
By John Ray
Dec 25, 2013
In this chapter, you find out how to establish and configure iCloud accounts and get to know some of the basics of using iCloud services.
Using the Windows 8.1 Start Screen
By Mark Edward Soper
Dec 20, 2013
This chapter shows you the basics of the Windows 8.1 Start Screen, which is a vastly different experience for those used to earlier versions of Windows.
My Life in Tech: Q&A with Microsoft MVP Kerrie Meyler
By InformIT Editorial Team, Kerrie Meyler
Dec 5, 2013
Kerrie Meyler describes her path to becoming a Microsoft MVP, how she became the author of numerous System Center books, and what she does for fun.
Get Organized with the Windows 8.1 File Explorer
By Katherine Murray
Nov 27, 2013
In this video, derived from her book My Windows 8.1, Katherine Murray shows how to move, resize, and rename the tiles on the Start Screen, taking advantage of the new features introduced in Windows 8.1.
Grouping and Changing Tile Sizes in Windows 8.1
By Katherine Murray
Nov 27, 2013
In this video, derived from her book My Windows 8.1, Katherine Murray looks at File Explorer. She shows you how to create folders as well as how to copy, move, and share files using File Explorer.
Advanced Debugging in the Linux Environment
By Stephen A. Rago
Nov 21, 2013
In this article, Stephen Rago describes some of the free tools available for the Linux operating system to help you debug your programs. You will learn about some very effective tools (systemtap, strace, valgrind, gdb) and how to effectively employ them in real-world scenarios.
Using Windows 8.1's New Interface
By Michael Miller
Nov 13, 2013
This chapter explains the basics of navigating through Windows 8.1 new Modern interface. Especially useful for users of previous Windows versions.
What’s New About Windows 8.1
By Michael Miller
Nov 8, 2013
So what’s new in Windows 8.1? In this article, Michael Miller gives you the rundown of Windows 8.1 and tells you whether the changes are worthwhile.
Five Things You Can Tweak Right Away in Windows 8.1
By Katherine Murray
Oct 10, 2013
This article spotlights five personalizations you can try as soon as you begin using Windows 8.1.
Computer Resources for Seniors: The Best Books, Videos, and Websites for Learning About PCs and Gadgets
By Michael Miller
Sep 5, 2013
Michael Miller guides you through some of the best computer and technology resources available for seniors, including books, video tutorials, and websites.
Introduction to "The Official Ubuntu Server Book, 3rd Edition"
By Benjamin Mako Hill, Kyle Rankin
Sep 4, 2013
Benjamin "Mako" Hill and Kyle Rankin provide some background on FOSS, Ubuntu, and Ubuntu server as an introduction to the 3rd edition of The Official Ubuntu Server Book.
Ubuntu Package Management
By Benjamin Mako Hill, Kyle Rankin
Sep 4, 2013
This chapter discusses the core features of packages and package management systems that cross most GNU/Linux distributions. It concludes with a focus on package management in Ubuntu using the command-line tools.
Discovering Windows 8’s Hidden Quick Access Menu
By Michael Miller
Sep 3, 2013
Michael Miller shows you how to find the hidden Windows 8 Quick Access Menu, and explains all the neat things you can do with it.
Fixing Your Computer Absolute Beginner's Guide: Troubleshooting Device Problems
By Paul McFedries
Aug 23, 2013
Paul McFedries covers some of the built-in Windows tools that can help you troubleshoot problematic hardware.
Using Windows 8’s Xbox Music
By Michael Miller
Jul 23, 2013
Xbox Music is the new music app in Windows 8; it’s also accessible from Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console and Windows 7/8 phones. In this article, author Michael Miller shows you how to use Xbox Music to manage your own music collection and to listen to and purchase new music online.
Using Windows 8 - Learning What's New If You've Used Windows Before
By Michael Miller
Jul 5, 2013
If you’ve used a computer - and Windows - before, it’s likely that you'll find Windows 8 a tad confusing. This chapter will help you learn what's changed and where to find where Microsoft put everything.
How to Add the Start Menu Back to Windows 8
By Michael Miller
Jun 26, 2013
One of the biggest complaints about Windows 8 is Microsoft’s removal of the Start button and Start menu. In this article, author Michael Miller examines third-party applications that promise to put the Start menu back in Windows 8 – and tells you which are worth your while.

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