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Windows 8 Interface Problem Solved: Make Windows 8 Look Like Windows 7

Windows 8.1 is coming and it will have a Start Button. Except it’s not a Start Button! It is a Metro Button to sling you right back into the Windows 8 tile-based user interface! One can only imagine the frustration of average users finally managing to get away from the tile-based environment, finally seeing the familiarity of Desktop… only to click on the Windows 8.1 Start Button out of habit, and find out the hard way that it has been placed there to catapult them right back into the Metro interface they tried to escape from. Read More

Reflections on Linux Certifications

Certifying for the Linux platform is becoming more important for system administrators. As businesses continue to not only recognize, but prioritize, open source software throughout their infrastructure. Read More

Exposing Fake Antivirus Programs

Typical Malware Popup (Image Courtesy WindowsSecrets.com)

The most pervasive Malware trend I’ve noticed lately is the proclivity for bad software to masquerade as though its antivirus software. These prompt you to confirm the popup messages in order to protect your PC, while in fact doing so will give you the very infection you were hoping to avoid. Read More

Folding@Home, from a Bencher’s Perspective

Benching and FAH both require (or at least appreciate) high end hardware, both require stability, and both require fine tuning to get the most out of your hardware. But what are the programs doing, and what does “stability” really mean, anyway? Read More

Benchmark Buffet!!

Today we will take a high level look into the world of benchmarking. More specifically we will be looking at 13 point scoring benchmarks listed at hwbot.org as well as the more common utilities used for overclocking and submitting scores to their system as well as system information and monitoring their system. Read More

Network Security 103: Network Address Translation

NAT Source

Network Address Translation, or NAT is a necessary evil in the current state of the Internet. Due to the vast amount of computers, network equipment, and even hand-held devices we are using up a rapidly dwindling pool of free IP addresses. In this article we will describe the way NAT can be used in the modern network. Read More

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