How to manage your digital music library

digital-music-file-management-100726382-mediumThe music industry is racing towards streamed distribution, but many of us have built up sizeable music collections. I certainly have, and I spent weeks ripping my old CD library a few years back (and then repeated the job when I realized that 128Kbps MP3s weren’t going to cut it). And if you prefer to own your music, versus renting it in perpetuity via a streaming service, you’re likely still either buying (and ripping) CDs or purchasing digital downloads. More information on this article from TechHive.com

How to use Microsoft Excel’s Conditional Formatting

microsoft_excel_logo_primary_resized-100722245-medium112Microsoft Excel’s conditional formatting is a wonderful “automatic” feature that allows you to formats cells based on the value of those cells or the value of the formulas in those cells. For example, you can specify that all the sales totals in your spreadsheet that exceed $5,000 are highlighted in yellow; or all the dates prior to the current year use a dark-green font; or use a shape or ratings icon to flag all duplicate values above 12,000. The options are endless and, in addition to all the preset formats, you can create your own custom formatting rules. Check out this article from PCWorld.com

How to launch Chrome faster with Native Lazy Tabs

pcw-chrome-primary-100724768-medium1If you set Chrome to launch with the tabs you last had open, the browser’s startup time can take forever. That’s especially true if you last had 10 or more tabs going. The problem is that Chrome starts loading all your tabs at once, which can be a drain on resources. A new extension called Native Lazy Tabs helps fix that problem. More of this article from PCWorld.com

How to Use Gmail Like a Desktop Email Client in 7 Simple Steps

gmail-filters-670x335Would you ditch your default desktop email client, if Gmail had more desktop-like features?

Gmail is the leading webmail client, but desktop email clients remain a thing. They’re appealing because you can store your emails locally and access them anytime. What if Gmail could be more like a desktop client, while not dropping any of its killer features? Get to know more of this article from MakeUseOf.com

How to set up a wireless router

d-link-dir-890l-resized-100726233-mediumSetting up a wireless router doesn’t have to be an ordeal. And while router manufacturers must be commended for making it easier to install their products, these tips will make the process even simpler. I’ll also show you how to make sure your home network is as secure as it can be, and I’ll explain some networking details that user manuals often gloss over. Check out this article from PCWorld.com

Surface Laptop: Everything you need to know

surface-laptop-hub-100721349-mediumThe Surface Laptop stole the show at Microsoft’s May 2 event. The focus may have been on education, Windows 10 S, and affordable laptops for classroom use, but the oohs and ahhs went to the Surface Laptop for its beautiful display and Alcantara-clad keyboard, not to mention its light weight and long battery life. College kids are the Surface Laptop’s purported target user, but a lot of regular folks are intrigued by this new addition to Microsoft’s premium Surface family—and, frankly, many students won’t be able to afford it anyway. More information on this article from PCWorld.com