Lincoln SpectorContributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.

When you encrypt a file or a hard drive, is it really secure?

Porcupins asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum if encryption standards like AES really make your data secure.

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Should you leave a hard drive running when it's not in use?

Mike Bell asked if he should shut down his hard drive when he doesn't need it. "Will that constant powering up [and down] add wear and tear…?"

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Replace your laptop screen without spending a fortune

When Carlene Primus' laptop fell and cracked its screen, someone wanted to charge her $1,200 for the repair. She asked about cheaper alternatives.

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Why you shouldn't back up to an internal hard drive

In a previous article, I briefly explained why you shouldn't back up to a second internal drive. Mike Bell wanted a more detailed explanation.

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Answer Line: How to add to your music collection for free

Janisum asked the Music & Video Software forum about acquiring songs for an iPod without spending money.

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Answer Line: Why do I get so much spam?

Spam! Spam! Spam! Spam! Spam! Carol asked why there's so much of it.

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The movie lover's guide to enjoying Hulu Plus

Netflix is for movies, and Hulu Plus is for TV shows. By now, that cliche seems out of date. While Netflix offers some great television, Hulu Plus provides a digital paradise for both serious cinephiles and fans of entertaining trash.

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An obscenely slow Internet connection when you're paying for a fast one

Interronator is paying Time Warner for 20mbps Internet service, but is only getting about .7 (note the decimal point).

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I've got a dead key on my keyboard

Vaibhav Jadhav's keyboard won't type the letter T.

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Share office documents between Windows and an iPad, Part II

The answer I gave Richard Wiringa in my September 10 post is already out of date. Here's a new one.

What do hard drive-related words like SATA, IDE, and RAID actually mean?

Brainout asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum to explain some of the words used to describe hard drives and storage.

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Six connected Blu-ray players for any budget

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With Internet streaming picking up steam, Blu-ray players have evolved from simple receptacles for video discs to one of the most convenient ways to add the Internet to your television. After all, as more video entertainment arrives over the Internet, you need an easy way to watch such services (Hulu Plus, Netflix, and others) on your television. Here are six great players to consider.

Panasonic TC-P50ST30 50-inch Plasma 3D HDTV

The $1400 Panasonic TC-P50ST30 seems like a good deal for a 50-inch 3D HDTV, but the audio and video quality are both lacking, and the set doesn't come with 3D glasses.

Hannspree SV42LMUB LED HDTV Review: Inexpensive, Unimpressive

You don’t get more than you pay for with the Hannspree SV42LMUB, an unexceptional television with no Internet access but very good sound.

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Sony Internet TV NSZ-GT1

With Google TV inside, this unit is more like a computer for your television than a Blu-ray player.