What Is an EAMR Hard Drive, and How Does It Work?

by Ian Paul Hard drives are like printers: the technology is so old and well-understood, there’s really nothing new happening. Besides, aren’t we all about NVMe and SATA SSDs these days?Mechanical Hard Drives Are Still Big Business While it’s true consumers have largely moved on, data centers are still looking for higher capacity hard drives. […]

Audio Deepfakes: Can Anyone Tell If They’re Fake?

by Dave Johnson Video deepfakes mean you can’t trust everything you see. Now, audio deepfakes might mean you can no longer trust your ears. Was that really the president declaring war on Canada? Is that really your dad on the phone asking for his email password? Add another existential worry to the list of how […]

Did You Know? (Jul 08)

Lake Superior contains so much water, over 3 quadrillion gallons, that it could flood the entire landmass of North and South America to a depth of one foot (30 centimeters).

What’s the Difference Between Linux and Unix?

by Dave McKay Linux took its inspiration from Unix, but Linux isn’t Unix—although it’s definitely Unix-like. We will explain the major differences between these two famous operating systems. Same Difference? Linux is a free and open-source operating system. Unix is a commercial product, offered by a variety of vendors each with its own variant, usually […]

Did You Know? (Jun 30)

“Jerry Parr, the Secret Service agent credited with saving Ronald Reagan’s life in the 1981 assassination attempt, was inspired to become a Secret Service agent after watching the 1939 film Code of the Secret Service, starring, you guessed it, a young Ronald Reagan.” How to Geek

Can Hackers Really “Bounce” Their Signal All Over the World?

by Matthew Hughes TV shows and films rarely represent hackers accurately. We’re all familiar with the old trope of the hoodie-clad digital criminal frantically typing into a black terminal before triumphantly whispering, “We’re in.” But does Hollywood ever get it right? Sometimes. Don’t Believe Everything You See on TV Both the small and silver screens […]

Use Vimium to Browse with the Keyboard in Chrome and Firefox

by Ian Paul The mouse is a great invention, but don’t sell the keyboard short—even for web browsing. Thanks to a very effective browser add-on called Vimium, you can browse the web without ever touching your mouse. Picture this: you’re lying on the couch with your laptop propped on your legs, so you’re stuck with […]

How to Look Better on Zoom (and Other Video-Calling Apps)

by Harry Guinness More professional (and personal) interactions are happening via Zoom and other video-calling apps, and it doesn’t look like that’ll be changing anytime soon. The same as an in-person meeting or date, it’s important to look your best on video calls. Here’s how to work it for your webcam. Find Better Lighting In […]

How to Hard Refresh Your Web Browser (to Bypass Your Cache)

by Benj Edwards Sometimes, a website does not behave as expected or seems stuck showing outdated information. To fix this, it’s easy to force your browser to completely reload its local copy of the page (cache) using a simple keyboard shortcut. Here’s how to do it. What Is a Browser Cache? To speed up browsing, […]