Lots of folks are having trouble accessing Gmail today, and today's outage is just one in a long series of outages in our favorite webmail application. However, you don't have to let that stop you from accessing your email and getting things done. Here's how to get your Gmail even when you can't access Gmail.com.
Linux: Why clutter up your desktop with separate terminal windows for every task? Learn to love GNU Screen, the terminal multiplexer, which essentially adds "tabs" to your terminal window. Here's how to use it, and tweak it to be even better.
Reader gabriela2400's desktop uses the Gaia customization set to completely revamp the Linux interface into a beautiful work of art, complete with wallpapers, icons, and a custom GTK theme.
The new version of Internet Explorer finally adds a new tab page that shows your most recently used sites, but sadly you can't customize the display from the options panel. What you can use, however, is a registry hack.
Windows only: Using a strong password is the best way to protect your PC from unauthorized access, but if you're really paranoid, you can configure Windows to temporarily lock the PC anytime the password is guessed wrong multiple times.
SBackup is a simple solution for automatically backing up your Linux desktop without having to pull out the command line and figure out cron jobs and rsync commands—it's easy to use, especially for recent Linux adopters.
You may have lots of software installed on your PC, but you don't need it running all the time. If you want to save some system resources, or just create a distraction-free environment in one click, a simple batch file can help.
Windows only: Freeware utility The Handy Start Menu organizes the applications in your Start Menu into categories automatically, so you don't have to deal with organizing everything yourself.
Reader Mango Sango's desktop uses the Gaia customization set to completely revamp the Windows interface into a work of art, complete with visual styles, icons, wallpaper, and Launchy skins.
If you've ever wondered how to customize your Windows 7 taskbar like some of the beautiful screenshots in our featured desktop series, here's the quick and simple instructions on exactly how to do it. It's easier than you think.
The package management system on Linux makes installing and upgrading software a snap, but it also caches every package in a local folder in case it's needed again. Here's how to clear that cache and save loads of drive space.
Seems like every guide to securing your wireless network tells you to keep your SSID from broadcasting to make your network more secure, but is that really worthwhile? Let's take a look at one of the silliest myths out there.
Windows only: It's no secret that the iTunes installer loads up your system with extra components you probably don't need, and there's no way to opt out—unless you crack open the install file, that is.
The command line isn't just for wise Linux beards. It's actually an awesome tool with almost limitless functionality. Here's a primer on how it works, and how you can do almost anything with it.
Firefox with Greasemonkey: User script Gmail Labels Icons extends the Gmail label customization from just colors to icons as well, so you can more easily tell your folders apart with a visual clue.
Do you ever plug in your wired network card while your Wi-Fi connection is still enabled? Here's how to see which network interface has priority, and how to change it if you want.
Your Windows PC might be designed to make your life easier, but they often have a non-stop list of problems. Today we'll walk through some of the more common problems and how to troubleshoot them.
If you're not using the new Homegroup feature in Windows 7, or you've only got a single PC, you can disable the Homegroup feature to save memory and get rid of the items in the navigation pane.
Windows only: There's no question that the Windows command prompt is anemic, but even if you upgrade it with Cygwin, you're still left with a console window that won't let you scroll backwards with the keyboard. Here's the fix.
Linux only: Recent switchers from Windows to Linux are probably used to using the Windows key to open up the start menu. To get the same thing on Linux, you'll have to tweak a simple setting instead.