How to Delete Files Windows Claims Are “Too Long”

If you’ve run into a problem deleting a file that Windows complains is “too long”, there is a dead simple solution built right into Windows—no extra apps, hacks, or work around required. What’s the Deal with “Too Long” Names? We’ve talked about this in greater detail before, but here’s the gist: Windows uses a naming convention called “Long Filenames (LFN)”. ... Read More »

What Does “NP” Mean for a DVI-Connected Computer Monitor?

When you get a shiny new monitor for your computer, you will likely take a quick peek at the settings, but sometimes you may see some references or terminology that does not make sense. With that in mind, 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 ... Read More »

How to Stream TV on Your Plex Media Center with Plex Channels

Plex Media Center is best known for super easy playback of local media files, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tap into the power of streaming video. The Channel system makes it easy to add content from a variety of sources ranging from well known TV stations to specialty content. We’ve shown you how to set up Plex to watch ... Read More »

How Do You Show or Hide Windows Hidden Files with a Command Line Toggle?

While most of us never need to see or access the hidden files on our Windows systems, others may need to work with them more often. Is there an easy way to toggle back and forth between showing and hiding hidden files? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the solution to a frustrated reader’s problem. Today’s Question & Answer session comes ... Read More »

How to Turn a Raspberry Pi into a Cheap Plex Player with RasPlex

If you’re looking for a robust little Plex client for your HDTV, RasPlex offers a polished experience with snappy playback that’s always on, stable, and easy to control. Why Use a Pi? There are a wide variety of ways you can use Plex on your HDTV, but many of them have shortcomings that are easily overcome by using an inexpensive Raspberry Pi. ... Read More »

Are My Smarthome Devices Secure?

People often worry about keeping their computers, smartphones, and tablets secure from hackers and malware. But what about your smarthome devices? They can be just as susceptible as any other device on your network, even if it doesn’t seem like it. Why Would Hackers Target Smarthome Devices? For certain smarthome devices, like smart locks and Wi-Fi cameras, it makes a lot ... Read More »

How to Take Care of Your Home’s Appliances So They Last Longer

Big home appliances definitely aren’t cheap, but they can last for a really long time if you take care of them and perform the proper maintenance at regular intervals. It’s really easy to forget about the things you use every day. Your refrigerator, dishwasher, laundry machines, and other appliances are such common parts of day-to-day life that many homeowners have this false ... Read More »

How to Stop Facebook Videos from Auto-Playing

Remember the days when Facebook videos only played when you clicked on them? If you want to return to that far finer age, all you need to do is toggle a few tucked-away settings to stop the auto-play madness. Auto-playing videos are annoying at best (maybe you didn’t want that video to start playing in front of everyone in sight ... Read More »

What Is the Significance of Windows Folder Names With Hex Numbers in Them?

If you dig deep enough into Windows, sooner or later you will likely see some folders with unusual names comprised of seemingly random numbers and letters. What is the significance of these names? Are they special? 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 »

What Is the lost+found Folder on Linux and macOS?

The lost+found folder is a part of Linux, macOS, and other UNIX-like operating systems. Each file system—that is, each partition—has its own lost+found directory. You’ll find recovered bits of corrupted files here. What lost+found Is For On Linux, the fsck command—short for “file system check”—examines your file systems for errors. fsck may find bits of “orphaned” or corrupted files in the file system. ... Read More »