Articles By David Murphy

Best freeware alternatives for expensive business software

For too many people, the phrase “free software” conjures up images of pirated brand-name applications or poorly supported third-class programs. If that’s what you think of freeware, you’re missing an opportunity to save

Published on: June 22nd, 2012 David Murphy

Dell XPS One 2710: a pricey all-in-one

If you’re in the market for a new all-in-one PC, the Dell XPS One 2710 is an appealing option. It’s fast, it handles Blu-ray discs, it delivers a great picture on its 27-inch

Published on: May 30th, 2012 David Murphy

Do-it-yourself tech accessories

Ingenuity: It's the stuff of legends in the geek world. After all, why should you waste your hard-earned cash or spend hours at the old electronics store to purchase items that you can

Published on: March 30th, 2011 David Murphy

How to save time with hotkeys, macros and gestures

It's a shame that everyone can't bask in the joy of a function-filled keyboard or multibutton mouse. Consider the convenience of launching applications and controlling a system's volume with the press of a

Published on: February 11th, 2011 David Murphy

Gateway DX420-45 desktop a well-rounded PC

Among the systems we've tested lately, three come within range of the Gateway DX4320-45 midsize-tower mainstream desktop. We're talking strictly about performance, though, because some of those competing systems drop out of the

Published on: January 18th, 2011 David Murphy

Cool tips n’ tricks to liven up your laptop

How do you change the look of a laptop? I mean really change its look--just shifting around the wallpaper, screensaver, or Windows color theme doesn't count. This is a bigger task than you

Published on: April 16th, 2010 David Murphy

Free ways to sync your data across PCs, Macs and mobile devices

Every day you probably run your hands across various different keyboards, touchpads, and plastic buttons. But working with so many different devices poses some challenges. The hard part is getting the various products

Published on: October 29th, 2009 David Murphy

Surefire ways to squeeze the best performance from your Windows 7 PC

Windows 7 comes as a significant performance improvement over its predecessor, Windows Vista. But if you want to get the very best performance possible, you should make a few system tweaks to eliminate

Published on: October 20th, 2009 David Murphy

Firmware and You: A Comprehensive Guide to Updating Your Hardware

But the concept isn't really that hard to understand, and once you have this knowledge, you can quickly improve your PC and any number of other devices, making them faster, more stable, and

Published on: July 20th, 2009 David Murphy

Confusion grows over Windows 7 upgrade requirements

Outrage spread like wildfire across the Internet last week with criticism of Microsoft's alleged new upgrade process for Windows 7. People were concerned if they wanted to upgrade to Windows 7 they would

Published on: July 20th, 2009 David Murphy

How to use new YouTube tools to make your videos interactive

Interacting with YouTube? That's easy: Type a brief description of what you want to watch into the site's search box, pick from one of hundreds of selections, and sit back to enjoy yet

Published on: April 22nd, 2009 David Murphy

Smart tricks for moving files and apps from an old drive to your new one

Buying a new hard drive with lots of storage space can give your PC a new lease on life and can improve your system's performance. But you need to make some decisions before

Published on: February 12th, 2009 David Murphy

What installing Windows 7 feels like – a blow by blow account

The Challenge Switch from Windows Vista to Windows 7 completely. No going back to work with compatible programs. No jumping ship if a driver keeps you away from your Warhammer Online character. No

Published on: January 20th, 2009 David Murphy