David Murphy
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David Murphy is Lifehacker's Senior Technology Editor. He has geeked out writing for The New York Times, Wirecutter, PC Magazine, Reviewed, Computer Shopper, PCWorld, and HotHardware. www.murphy.wtf
1/18/20
4:20 PM
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Works perfectly, thank you! These icons are absolutely distracting. I found myself judging search results’ merit by their favicon instead of by their respective preview text—similar to how one might risk judging a book by its cover.

1/18/20
9:38 AM
3

Or.......it’s possible to just use DuckDuckGo and eliminate all of that crap. Waaaaaay better idea.

1/17/20
6:48 PM
1

Note that “stories” need to start with lower case letter “s” for this to work to eliminate the “Top stories” section of search results using this filter. Read more

1/14/20
6:14 PM
3

Switched to Manjaro from Win7 back in September, and was pleasantly surprised that just over 50% of the games in my Steam library ran natively on Linux. Add in the ones that also work great under Steam Play/Proton, and the percentage increases to over 80%.

So I’d counter that “most games” DO work on Linux. I even have Read more

1/14/20
4:00 PM
3

It’s more secure with respect to the disk as a whole. If there is an attack against the Win7 VM the damage would be contained to the VM itself. But the VM itself would be no more safer than being installed on bare metal as it’s still running the Win7 OS.

1/14/20
2:57 PM
4

“Windows 8.1 falls under the same lifecycle policy as Windows 8, and will reach end of Mainstream Support on January 9, 2018, and end of Extended Support on January 10, 2023.

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1/14/20
2:49 PM
3

Good call on Rufus. I’ve used this hundreds of times when re-imaging or recovering machines.

1/14/20
2:24 PM
6

I just know that for me, Patch Tuesday is always preceded by Activate “Pause updates for 7 daysMonday.

1/14/20
1:55 PM
12

It’s really important to know there are several software packages that do not work in linux: Read more

1/14/20
11:07 AM
1

Trying to hit the router’s IP directly usually worked for me when my Chromebook refused to load the login page on the Starbucks wifi. So, I would add Read more

1/14/20
4:18 AM
2

also try navigating to 192.168.1.1 or 10.0.0.1 (common gateways for public wifi)

1/13/20
2:18 PM
1

Apple’s third party trade in is garbage, they always give you a high estimate and lower it upon inspection. There are tons of testimonies of people getting high estimates then having them drop significantly.

1/10/20
4:47 PM
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Good rule of thumb. If you don’t instantly understand what the new piece of consumer tech is going to do for your experience its likely best to wait. As the chances of you having a set up to actually make use of it are low and the chance of you regretting the purchase is high.

1/10/20
4:45 PM
11

The funny thing is that most xbox and playstation games render at 30 fps. Sure, some games run at 60 fps., but usually the big name, cinematic, graphically intensive games are capped at 30.
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