How-To

How to Maximize Your Linux Laptop’s Battery Life

Laptop manufacturers spend a lot of time tuning their device drivers for Windows battery life. Linux usually doesn’t get the same attention. Linux may perform just as well as Windows on the same hardware, but it won’t necessarily have as much battery life. Linux’s battery usage has improved dramatically over the years. The Linux kernel has gotten better, and Linux distributions automatically ... Read More »

How to Stop Your Apple Watch from Nagging You to Breathe

If you’re on board with your Apple Watch nudging you to move a little more or get up from your desk now and then, but you’re not a big fan of it nagging you to breathe, it’s easy enough to silence the reminders. One of the big selling points of the Apple Watch is that it puts notifications and reminders ... Read More »

Is It Possible to Clear the History in the Windows Command Prompt?

If you use the Windows command prompt often throughout your work day, you may want or need to periodically clear the command history. Is it possible to do so while the command prompt is still open? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question. Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision ... Read More »

Will Using a Network Switch Slow My Internet Down?

You pay good money for your speedy broadband connection, and it would be a shame if a poor hardware choice was hampering your network. Are network switches to blame for your slow connection? We get a not-insignificant number of reader inquiries about network hardware, especially concerns over whether or not a network switch is to blame for home network problems—primarily ... Read More »

What Is Coil Whine, and Can I Get Rid of It on My PC?

What Is Coil Whine? On a pure technical level, coil whine refers to an undesirable noise emitted by an electronic component vibrating as power runs through an electrical cable. Just about anything with a power source can create coil whine to some degree, but it’s usually caused by an electrical current going through a power-regulating component like a transformer or inductor, ... Read More »

How to Use Netflix’s Secret Category Codes to Satiate Any Movie Craving

If you use Netflix long enough, you just might get the feeling that you’ve seen every category they have to offer, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. By tapping into Netflix’s unpublished “secret” category system, you can browse Netflix in a whole new way and find some pretty cool content in the process. After a spell of heavy ... Read More »

How to Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts with AutoHotkey

There are some things that are just a pain to type—especially when you have to type them over and over and over. Or even worse, if they thing you want to type doesn’t exist on your keyboard. What do you do if you’re using an American keyboard and need to drop a € into a document? I was having this ... Read More »

NVIDIA GameStream vs. GeForce Now: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to PC gaming, NVIDIA arguably rules the roost. And in recent years, the company has gone to great lengths to take its gaming presence to the next level with services like GameStream and GeForce Now. The thing is, these services can be kind of confusing for new users, especially when you’re trying to figure out which one best ... Read More »

How to Use Ethernet with Your Chromecast for Fast and Reliable Streaming

The Chromecast is a pretty awesome little streaming device, but if you have cruddy Wi-Fi (or no Wi-Fi at all), you’re going to have a really bad experience. Thankfully, it’s trivially easy to add Ethernet support to the otherwise wireless Chromecast and improve the speed and reliability of the Chromecast’s connection in the process. If you’re having trouble with your ... Read More »

How Long Will a File’s Copy Remain in File History After It Is Deleted From Windows 10?

If you have decided to make use of Windows 10’s file history capabilities, how long will a saved copy of a file remain in the backup folder if you decide to delete the original? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question. Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack ... Read More »