This week on the podcast, we’re talking about the return of Winamp, the new ruling on Net Neutrality laws, and why you make bad decisions when you’re attracted to someone. We’re also answering your questions about combining cloud storage space, using technology in bed, and cooling your home in the hot summer.
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Winamp Rises From the Ashes, Will Live On Under Radionomy Good news, everyone! Winamp, one of the internet’s favorite music players, will live to see another day. According to TechCrunch, the program has been bought by digital audio company Radionomy.
How to Disable Gmail’s New Feature that Let Google+ Users Email You Last week, Google announced that Gmail users can email their Google+ connections without knowing their email address first. For some, it’s an easy way to stay in touch. For others, it’s a ticket to unwanted email. However you feel, here’s how to turn the feature off, or set it so only the people you want can use it.
D.C. Appeals Court Says FCC Can’t Enforce Net Neutrality Rules A D.C. appeals court has ruled that the FCC does not have the authority to enforce its Open Internet rules, which prevent landline ISPs from discriminating internet traffic.
Why You Make Bad Decisions When You’re Attracted to Someone Dating new people is fun and exciting. It’s also likely to cause even the most rational, level-headed people to make really dumb decisions. Don’t worry, though. Your brain is supposed to do that. Sort of.
A Beginner’s Introduction to Overclocking Your Intel Processor If you want to squeeze every last ounce of processing power out of your new computer or aging system, overclocking is a great—if slightly nerve-racking—option. Here are some simple guidelines for safely overclocking your processor.
How to Shop for Clothes Online and Get a Perfect Fit Shopping for clothes online, whether you buy them from a big box store or a custom clothier, can get you great style at bargain prices. Unfortunately it also comes with the worry that because you’re buying a clothing item sight-unseen, it just won’t fit and you’ve wasted your money. Here’s how to make sure that never, ever happens.
Andy asks, “My university just announced today that they’ll be providing all students with 50GB of Box storage for life, but I’m a heavy Dropbox user. Using some tips from Lifehacker, I’ve gotten up to 28.5GB of free space from Dropbox (best tip was using Fiverr for referrals). I’m wondering, is there any way to backup my Dropbox to Box and keep my data synchronized across both services?”
PC Mag has a guide that says you can nest one folder inside the other, but some folks on SuperUser have had trouble with this. Our recommendation? Don’t try to sync your entire collection of files over both services—you’ll just waste all that space! Instead, use each service for a different thing (like Box for school and Dropbox for personal stuff, since you’re getting Box through school) and you’ll be much better off.
Ken writes, “My living room has a Samsung TV and a Samsung PC monitor. When I use the remote to turn on/off the TV, the PC monitor will also toggle on/off. Any ideas for preventing this? I don’t think I can tape over the PC monitor power button since its an inductive button.”
Some remotes, like the Logitech Harmony series, may allow you to lock that remote to one specific TV. Alternatively, you can tape the sensor on your remote rather than your TV, which would make the signal more directional—
Bryce asks, “I know that going to sleep after looking at a bright little screen is bad for your quality of sleep. But I mostly read various web sites and tech blogs, so it’s hard to find something to read before bed without my phone or tablet. I might just read a book, but I don’t actually own any and have little interest in books. So is there a happy middle-ground here? Can one have his tech blogs and quality of sleep too?”
Yes! We recommend getting a device like a Kindle or a Nook. The E-ink screen is better on your eyes, and you can send your articles to it. The Kindle integrates with some services like
“It’s summer where I live. How can I keep my home cool without air conditioning?”
It’s tough, but possible—depending on your home. Opening windows adjacent to one another (and keeping the doors between rooms open) can create a cross breeze that helps a lot, especially with the addition of a fan. You can also try
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