How to Add Trailers to Your Plex Movies for a True Movie Theater Experience

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If you’re a fan of movie trailers, pre-rolls, and the build up of anticipation leading up to the cinematic experience, then we’ve got a treat for you: Plex Media Server makes it dead simple to recreate that theater magic right at home with both trailers from your own movie collection as well as those of upcoming releases. You may already ... Read More »

How to Use Stringify For Crazy Powerful Home Automation

If you’ve ever wished you could create advanced, automated interactions between all the smart devices in your house, Stringify is your new best friend. With it, you can have multiple devices turn on or perform actions when certain conditions are met. Why Stringify Rocks Stringify works along the same principle as the ever-popular IFTTT. IFTTT has some pretty frustrating limitations. It can ... Read More »

Everything You Can Do With Your iPhone’s Secret “Interrogation Codes”

Your iPhone has secret codes you can plug into the dialer to access hidden options. These codes “interrogate” the phone to find and change various settings. For example, you can view a more precise display of your cellular signal strength and set up call barring to block outgoing phone calls. Many interrogation codes do things you can now do from ... Read More »

How to Find Out if a Smarthome Device Works with Alexa, Siri, or Google Home and Assistant

Now that voice assistants are becoming extremely popular, many users who want to outfit their living spaces with smarthome products are probably wanting these products to be compatible with their voice assistant, whether it’s Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant (and Google Home). Here’s how to find out whether or not a smarthome device works with these platforms. Look for the ... Read More »

What Do the Hash Marks on a Partition in Disk Management Mean?

By Akemi Iwaya on May 4th, 2017 If you are looking at your computer’s partitions in Disk Management for the first time, then you will definitely notice that one of them has been “marked” with hash marks. What does it mean? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question. Today’s Question & Answer session comes to ... Read More »

What Is This HDMI ARC Port on My TV?

If you look on the back of your TV, you’ll likely see a few HDMI ports—but one of them may be labeled ARC, or something similar. This is no ordinary HDMI port. HDMI ARC can greatly simplify your audio cabling needs and setup if you know where to look for it and how to implement it. HDMI ARC: The HDMI ... Read More »

Can a Short Circuit Damage a Hard Drive?

There are few things that can compare with the sinking feeling you get when you go to turn your computer on and it quickly dies a moment later due to hardware problems. With that issue in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a stressed-out reader’s question. Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a ... Read More »

How to Improve Handwriting Recognition on Your Windows 10 PC

Windows 10 lets you use handwriting input in any application, and many applications include full support for inking. Windows automatically attempts to learn your unique handwriting style when you write with a pen, but you can also train it manually to improve the system’s handwriting recognition. Turn Automatic Learning On or Off Automatic learning is enabled by default. To check whether it’s still enabled, ... Read More »

SmartThings vs. Wink vs. Insteon: Which Smarthome Hub Should You Buy?

Three of the biggest names in the smarthome hub world are SmartThings, Wink, and Insteon, all of which offer a consumer-friendly hub that allows users to connect all sorts of smarthome devices together and manage them in one place. But which one should you buy? Here are some things to know about the two hubs and which one might be best for you. ... Read More »

When Should You Replace Your Major Home Appliances?

You probably replace something when it breaks down and no longer works (or repair it if the costs aren’t too high). However, that’s usually not a good strategy for large, expensive appliances in your home that you rely on every single day. Here’s what you should know about the lifespan of most appliances and when they should be replaced. The ... Read More »