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Help Key: Put Display Settings Back In The OS X Mountain Lion Menu Bar Where They Belong

I like my Retina MacBook Pro, in part because I have the option to switch to extremely high-resolution display modes when I'm way from my home Thunderbolt monitor and want as much screen real estate a

The 4 signs your HDTV isn't properly configured

HDTV is probably the greatest thing to ever happen to the human race. It’s too bad then that a lot of us are¬†ignorantly¬†watching poorly set-up HDTVs. You owe it to yourself to ensure that you&

Help Key: How to use Windows Remote Desktop Connection to connect to computers without user passwords

Gather round, everyone. Gather round. I’m going to show you a trick that 98% of you will never use. But for the 2% of you that actually use the information contained herein, I hope you’ll

Help Key: Install iTunes 9 on Windows Home Server

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/home-sharing.jpg">It wasn't the LP albums or redesigned look that got me excited when Apple announced <a href="http://www.crunchgear.com/

Help Key: We answer all of your DTV questions

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/dtvlady.jpg">The analog shutoff date of <a href="http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/02/04/dtv-extension-bill-passes-switch-off-date-now-june-

Help Key: How to get out of helping people with their new Christmas presents

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/scaledgrandmacellphone.jpg"> Your brother just got a new digital camera. Your mom got a GPS device. Your grandfather got a Falcon Northwe

Quick Tip: Hold down F2 on MacBook Air, new MacBook Pro at start up to enter Hardware Test Mode

Just an interesting little tidbit: there is a system test built into the EFI on MacBook Airs and MBPs – most Alu MBs with an Intel processor. If you hold F2 and start the computer, it will drop

Help Key: How to buy a watch

I’m just full of helpful hints this week. This one comes after seeing a comment on my other site, WristWatchReview about the BR02, a 1000M diver with a fairly striking design. I liked it when I

Help Key: Why, When, and Where should you buy a DSLR?

With the launch of multiple DSLRs including today’s Nikon D3X, camera manufacturers are ready and waiting for you to buy their wares. But should you?

Time Machine Scheduler: Stop with the freaking backups at 9am already

Every morning I wake up to the sound of my backup drive churning away like a damn chop saw and I suffer a huge performance hit for the first few hours of my day. No longer, thankfully, because a littl

Help Key: How to protect your webmail with GnuPG and FireGPG

Encryption scares a lot of people – me included – because it’s based on really complicated mathematics. Thankfully, the state of encryption software has advanced sufficiently in the

Help Key Redux: Fix an iPhone caught in a bad reboot cycle or that won't boot

This was originally posted in April but I’m putting it here because I know some of you guys are going to try to upgrade and will begin crying once the iPhone bricks like a drunk frat boy at a co

Help Key: Adding your .Me account to Mail/Exchange

If you have a .Mac account you can easily add your me.com account to your mail reader right now. Create a new IMAP account and follow these steps:

Help-Key Going Green Edition: Tips to maximize your rechargeable batteries

With so many portable devices in our homes, we use a lot more batteries than people think about. After many uses, though, many rechargeable batteries can suddenly fail, rendering the device useless if

Help Key: Fix an iPhone caught in a bad reboot cycle or that won't boot

This has come up a few times in the past couple days with folks trying to install pwned and failing. What happens is that the firmware doesn’t flash correctly and you have an iPhone or Touch cau

Help-Key: How to hack a guitar stomp box for Star Power in Rock Band

Help-Key is a column I write for CrunchGear that has hacks and how-tos so you can live a better life. I know, I’m an altruist. But sometimes I find someone else’s hack and think it’s

Help-Key: Pwnage for iPhone FAQ

The Dev Team, a dedicated team of iPhone hackers responsible for most Jailbreaking methods, has released a tool called Pwnage that was announced a couple of weeks ago. Pwnage does it all. Unlocking, a

Help-Key: Activating, SIM unlocking and jailbreaking an iPhone the very, very easy way.

[photopress:Picture_51.jpg,full,center] I’ve been keeping up with jailbreaking the iPod Touch here on the Help-Keys, and I know its helped a lot of people to open up their hardware. Make no mist

Help-Key: Jailbreak the 16GB iPod Touch with 1.1.4

For Help-Key this week (now on Thursday’s, just like LOST), I’d planned to show you how to Jailbreak a 16GB iPod Touch, the one thing the automatic Jailbreaking apps can’t do yet, bu

Help-Key: Placeshifting your home TV to work on the cheap

[photopress:msnbc.jpg,full,center] We’re all news junkies. That’s what the Internet has done to us. You can sit at your desk and watch all the feeds and refresh, but we still like our news
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