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What Is a Dongle?

A dongle refers to a certain type of hardware that one can attach to a computer or laptop in order to make a program run. In this capacity, a dongle is used in order to implement a higher level of security as a way of preventing the illegal copying of software. This is done because copying hardware...

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How to Avoid Spyware and Viruses Online

Viruses, spyware and other kinds of unwanted software (collectively referred to as Malware) have not made the news headlines in the past few years, with the possible exception of the "Conflicker" worm earlier this year. Part of this is because they are no longer "new", a key element to being...

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What Is a Beta Version?

The beta version is a stage in the creation of a product – typically software -- that will be sold in the market. In the development or creation of a product, the whole process has to undergo several stages before the said product can be deemed as ready for the market. The first stage of this...

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What Is a Spreadsheet?

A spreadsheet is a useful tool for recording, comparing and computing financial or numerical data. A spreadsheet is also called a worksheet. It is composed of rows and columns. A spreadsheet is essential in fields that work with numbers. This includes accounting and sales, but is also essential...

The 14 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits Filed by the RIAA and the MPAA

The 14 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits Filed by the RIAA and the MPAA

Nine years ago the RIAA won a groundbreaking suit against Napster.com in what would become the beginning of a nearly decade-long flood of litigation. The incident seemed to be a tipping point for the Entertainment Industry, as both the RIAA and MPAA up until then had enjoyed little success in...

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What Is Freeware?

Freeware is software that is provided to users without them having to pay for it. Freeware can be downloaded off the net or distributed through CDs or DVDs. If a software requires the user to view ads in order to use the free program then it is not freeware but adware. Additionally, freeware is...

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What Is an EXE File?

An exe file is a type of computer file. The term comes from the file name extension itself (".exe") which is the abbreviated form of “executable file.” Exe files are set into action simply by clicking on the file. With that simple action, it launches codes that will install programs, or trigger...

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What Is Online Bookkeeping?

Online bookkeeping is the activity of keeping track of one’s finances using software that is based online. There are a lot of bookkeeping or accounting software available today. Many of them can be installed on one’s computer and used when one is not connected to the Internet. However, the recent...

5 Great Kindle Books for Computer Programmers

5 Great Kindle Books for Computer Programmers

Kindle e-books can be a great resource either for learning how to write programs, or developing high demand software for computers or smart-phones. The selection of available e-books are vast, and can vary depending specific programming languages and user ability. The following is a list of some...

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What Is Ripping a CD?

Ripping a CD does not mean tearing it up into two. (That’s actually impossible—and when you think about it, pointless.) Ripping a CD means to copy music from a compact disk (or, in its more familiar abbreviated form, CD) to a computer. You can copy it file by file or use special software that...