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IDG Contributor Network: Zuckerberg's new charity warrants close examination

As you've probably heard, Mark Zuckerberg recently announced he's going to give away 99% of his Facebook shares. On the surface the announcement …

Mark Zuckerberg

IDG Contributor Network: How to open specific web browsers using hyperlinks

Today's quick tip explains how to use special web protocols inside hypertext links to force web pages or files to open with particular browsers on …

Web Development

IDG Contributor Network: How to create SQL Server connection strings in Visual Studio

Today's <i>README file</i> explains how to create connection strings to SQL Server databases using Visual Studio's built-in tools.To provide an example using …

Databases

IDG Contributor Network: A look at Outlook's 'extra' attachment bug

The problemOccasionally Outlook emails with attached images may also include <i>extra</i> files named ATT00001, ATT00002... and so on. These "ATT" files are …

Windows Phone

IDG Contributor Network: How to disable 'Search the web and Windows' on the Windows 10 taskbar

Today's tip shows how to quickly disable the "Search the web and Windows" setting feature in Windows.Although Bing search is great in many use cases …

Keyboard Shortcuts

IDG Contributor Network: Microsoft reveals impressive Surface Book, HoloLens and Lumia flagships

Terry Myerson, head of Devices and Software at Microsoft started today's <b>Windows 10 on Devices</b> event with a deluge of impressive statistics: 110 …

Bands

Microsoft and Google kiss and make-up, drop silly patent feud

<b>Throwing chairs never solved much of anything.</b> So when Satya Nadella began as Microsoft's CEO, he decided to take the road less traveled by, and that …

IDG Contributor Network: How to install and use rdesktop -- the remote desktop client for Linux

Today's <i>README file</i> topic is <b>rdesktop</b>, the "open source client for connecting to Windows Remote Desktop Services." We'll also discuss how to configure …

Linux

Apple Music launches in China, so don't forget to cancel trial membership

<b>The Chairman smiles at Tim Cook.</b> Apple's announced it's rolling out Apple Music to the Middle Kingdom, with every expectation it will be just as …

IDG Contributor Network: Yakuake -- the drop-down terminal for KDE

Today we look at Yakuake, the drop down terminal emulator for KDE. This application is part of The KDE Extragear collection, hosted on KDE-Apps.org. …

Linux

IDG Contributor Network: How to fix 'Fontconfig warning' errors in Linux

If you've ever encountered a Fontconfig warning similar to the line below, there are a couple changes you can make to prevent and fix this annoying …

Linux

IDG Contributor Network: How to get started with Software Defined Radio on Mac OS X

Software Defined RadioSoftware Defined Radio (SDR) is "a radio communication system where components that have been typically implemented in hardware …

Embedded Systems

IDG Contributor Network: How to mount NTFS partitions using Linux commands

Last README file showed how to format NTFS drives in Windows using PowerShell and Command Prompt commands. Today's quick tip provides examples on how …

Linux

Robot ethicist wants to ban sex robots, before sex robots ban us

<b>A robot ethicist in the UK</b> with far too much time on her hands, has decided to launch a campaign to ban the development of "sex robots." Of course …

Cyanogen's McMaster: CyanogenMod will rule the world -- muhahahaha

<b>In a recent interview that's likely to inflame the Android community</b>, Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster allegedly stated that he wants to make CyanogenMod …

Windows 10 commands to format USB flash drives with NTFS

Today's tip shows how to format a USB flash drive with NTFS using Command Prompt <i>and</i> PowerShell commands.<p>Command Prompt<p>This example shows how to …

IDG Contributor Network: How to use Safari to reveal font types, styles, and OpenType data

Today's short tutorial shows how to use Safari's built-in developer tool to reveal web page font and style information.To begin, open a web page, …

Safari

IDG Contributor Network: Microsoft tells developers: Download our free virtual machines

Microsoft, doing its best to facilitate its Edge and web platforms, is giving away <b>free</b> VMware and VirtualBox virtual machines. Developers can …

VirtualBox

Fix VirtualBox 'VT-x/AMD-V hardware acceleration' errors

Today's tip lists the most common causes of VirtualBox's dread "VT-x/AMD-V hardware acceleration is not available on your system" error. This error …

IDG Contributor Network: How to add "special effects" to videos in Linux using VLC commands

Most of us already know VLC is a capable media player. Aside from its incredible ability to play virtually every type of media, it can also apply …

Linux

IDG Contributor Network: How to build test circuits for infrared IoT projects

If you are using infrared (IR) hardware in an IoT, embedded, or mobile hardware project and are currently experiencing difficulties debugging IR …

Arduino

How to record Android phone and tablet screens

Android screen recording<p>Until recently -- Android version 4.4 -- recording the screen of an Android phone or tablet usually meant a user was running …

Microsoft: "Windows 10 IoT SDK is Here"

Windows 10 IoT Core<p>Yesterday, Steve Teixeira, Director of Program Management for IoT at Microsoft, announced the public release of <b>Windows 10 IoT Core</b> …

TSQL: How to use XML parameters in stored procedures

Most professional business programmers have found themselves on the receiving end of more than a few crazy requirement or design documents at least …

Windows 10 tips for small tablets

Installing and running Windows 10 on small tablets can be tricky, especially on those like the 7-inch Toshiba Encore WT7-C tablet: It runs a 1.33 GHz …

Windows 10 upgrade timeline

Windows 10 is rolling out to desktops worldwide, but if you are one of those still on the fence and mulling over whether or not you should upgrade, …

How to use the Windows Phone Podcasts app

What are podcasts?<p>Podcasts are talk radio or news programs syndicated over the internet, usually viewed on or listened to with a computer or mobile …

How to script SD card partitioning and imaging for IoT devices

Last month, I discussed installing Windows 10 IoT Preview on the Raspberry Pi 2. The process entailed flashing a bootable image of Windows 10 onto an …

Fix Windows Phone update problems with the Windows Phone Recovery Tool

Since October 2014, developers and enthusiasts have been testing Windows 10 through Microsoft's Windows Insider Program, and during this time, mobile …

'Your Timeline' in Android Maps: Google knows EVERYTHING about you

<b>Yikes: Google is rolling out a new Maps feature</b> for Android called <i>Your Timeline</i> -- if for no other reason than to showcase its all-seeing, …