Use FFmpeg To Easily Extract Audio From FLV FIles

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If you’re looking to extract the audio from Flash Video files (FLV format), there are a few options available.  Unfortunately, the choice many of them make for you is to encode the audio stream to a different format.  In some cases this isn’t a problem, but if you’re trying to keep the audio identical to […]

Using the Transmission Web Interface

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If you’ve ever heard about a great bittorrent file while at work, or somewhere else you couldn’t easily download it (or weren’t allowed to because of network policies), a great option is using Transmission’s web interface.  Transmission is a lightweight bittorent client available for Mac and Linux (with an experimental Windows build also available), that […]

Make OpenOffice Writer Look and Function More Like Microsoft Word

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Microsoft Word not only rules the roost when it comes to word processing, the software giant has pushed most of its competitors out of the market. OpenOffice Writer, however, is a free word processor from Oracle to which many home and office users have turned to get the functionality of a high-quality word processor without […]

Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 7/8/10

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Although Microsoft is diligent in making sure Windows works well, not all hardware manufacturers and software publishers have the resources or motivation to provide products that operate flawlessly. If the hardware and software in your PC are not working correctly, you need a way to boot up Windows so you can find out which component […]

Use the Windows Snipping Tool to Capture Popup Menus

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While many people have begun to use the Windows Snipping tool instead of a third party product to grab screen images, not many realize that it can also be used to capture those elusive popup menus that are so critical when trying to describe how to do something in a document or web page. First […]

Manually Add a Contact to a Windows Live Mail Address Book

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Contacts in any e-mail program make it easy to keep track of recipients and easily send out e-mail messages to multiple people at the same time. Windows Live mail allows you to add contacts to a number of categories to keep them organized. Learn how to manually add a contact to your list of Windows […]

Perform a Zero Fill Using a Linux Live CD

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When you want to completely erase data from a hard drive, zero fill is one of the most thorough methods. Even after a drive has been formatted multiple times, it’s still possible to recover data from it. The easiest way to ensure that that data is not recoverable is to write data over it. This […]

Remove Windows Messenger from Windows 7, Vista, and XP

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Windows Messenger and Windows Live Messenger are useful programs for instant messaging. However, if you don’t use instant messaging, Messenger can quickly become a resource hogging annoyance that can pop up at the worst possible time. Fortunately, you can remove or uninstall Messenger in all versions of Windows XP, Vista and 7. Windows XP Since […]

Using Excel’s What-If Analysis Goal Seek Tool

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Although Excel’s long list of functions is one of the most enticing features of Microsoft’s spreadsheet application, there a few underutilized gems that enhance these functions. One often-overlooked tool is the What-If Analysis. Excel’s What-If Analysis tool is broken down into three main components. The part discussed here is the powerful Goal Seek feature that […]

Change the Registered Owner Name in Windows 7/8/10

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When Windows is first installed, Microsoft asks you a series of questions about the owner of the computer upon which the operating system is being loaded. Once you choose the name of the owner, Microsoft uses this information as the person to whom Windows is licensed. If you bought your computer with Windows pre-installed, the […]