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MustHaveApps. How to View That Forgotten Wireless Password on Your Android Device. Have you ever been in a situation where someone in your family hooked your phone or tablet up to the wireless and now you don’t know the password to connect your other devices? Note: This requires a rooted Android device. How to View That Forgotten Wireless Password on Your Android Device The first thing you will need to do is hit up the play store and download a copy of Root Browser. The lite version will be sufficient. Once downloaded, open up the app and head into the data folder, as seen below. From here you will need to head into the misc folder. Then into the wifi folder. Finally, you will find a file called wpa_supplicant.conf. Here you will see a list of all the networks you have connected to, along with their security mechanism and password if applicable. That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. How to Turn An Old Android Phone into a Networked Security Camera. If the idea of a networked security camera that you can remotely view and receive alerts from appeals to you (but the $$$ of a commercial model does not), read on as we show you how to turn older generation Android phones into sophisticated security cameras. Why Would I Want to Do This? Well, we hate to presume, but we imagine you opened this tutorial because you have something you want to keep on eye on. Whether that’s your backdoor to watch for delivered packages, your new ferret cage to see if Mr. Winks actually uses the super-deluxe hammock lounge on the top floor, or your kids in the backyard while you’re in the house tidying up, is your business.

We’re just here to help you do it cheaply with old hardware you likely have laying around already (or can acquire easily off eBay). What Do I Need? For this tutorial you’ll need the following things: Why two different camera applications? In addition, there are a few things worth noting before we proceed. Configuring SECuRET SpyCam. How-to: Setting up a Plex Environment. Since the storage sizes on smartphones haven't quite caught up with that Drobo NAS in your home office, packing all of your media onto a 32GB iPhone is an impossible task. Worry not; we're going to show you how to set up a streaming environment so you can have all your jams at your fingertips on the go.

The good news is there are tons of solutions out there to choose from: XBMC, MythTV and Windows Media Center just to name a few. We decided on Plex Media Server due to the broad range of devices and services it supports. On top of that, Plex allows you to share your server with friends and access your media from anywhere via the myPLEX platform. Catch us after the break to learn how to get started. Plex Plex is a media center software solution that mainly consists of two pieces: an open-source front end, called Plex Media Center, and a closed-source server portion, called Plex Media Server. The Plex Media Center only can only be installed on Windows or OS X.

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How To Uninstall Your Windows Product Key Before You Sell Your PC. Do you have an old PC you want to sell, but also want to use your Windows license on your new PC ? There is a hidden command in Windows that allows you to do just that. Read on to find out more. Note: Between Microsoft and your OEM there are a number of different laws that determine whether you are allowed to use your license on another PC, so follow this tutorial at your own risk. Additionally before you go through the tutorial you will want to check that your product key is still attached to your PC/Installation CD, if it is not , do a quick Google search on how to recover it. Uninstalling Your Product Key The first thing we need to do is get our activation ID, to do this fire up an administrative command prompt and run: slmgr /dlv Windows will open a message box and tell you a bunch of information about the license status of your PC, take note of your activation ID.

To uninstall your product key you need to use the /upk switch, along with your activation ID: Installing Your Product Key. WirelessKeyView: Recover lost WEP/WPA key/password stored by Wireless Zero Configuration service. Related Links Wireless survey tool on Mac OS X - Detect Wi-Fi Networks, create floor plans and optimize Your Wi-Fi Network With NetSpot. Windows Password Recovery ToolsRouterPassView - Recover ISP password from the config file of the router. WifiInfoView - Displays extensive information about wireless networks in your area. (For Windows Vista or later) WirelessNetView - Wireless Network Monitoring Software.

ProduKey - Recover lost product key (CD-Key) of Windows/MS-Office/SQL Server See Also NK2Edit - Edit, merge and fix the AutoComplete files (.NK2) of Microsoft Outlook. Description WirelessKeyView recovers all wireless network security keys/passwords (WEP/WPA) stored in your computer by the 'Wireless Zero Configuration' service of Windows XP or by the 'WLAN AutoConfig' service of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2008. Search for other utilities in NirSoft License This utility is released as freeware. Disclaimer Known Problems System Requirement Feedback. Battery Showdown — The Best AA Battery You Can Buy? — High Drain Test. Results: High Drain The high-drain discharge of 1000mA is designed to represent a typical heavy load on a battery that a digital camera or similar power-hungry device may use. All batteries suffer a reduction in available capacity when placed under heavy load, but some perform better than others.

Performance Graphed Click any graph to see a larger preview. Analysis Discount and OEM cells perform very well Surprisingly, as in the 200mA test, the clear winner in this test was the Ikea alkaline, followed by other discount store batteries. Duracell PROCELL and Energizer Industrial are very good batteries for the price and compare well to their retail cousins. Lithium cells really shine under high drain The Energizer Ultimate Lithium and VARTA Professional Lithium cells performed very well, achieving more than 2800 mAh each with the Energizer beating the VARTA cell by approximately 150mAh. Highest energy alkaline in both tests Notable disappointments Raw Data Cut-off point (0.80V): 6 UPnP/DLNA Servers For Streaming Media To Your Devices [Cross-Platform] UPnP stands for “universal plug and play” and provides a set of standards for the hassle-free sharing of media without the need for manual setup.

In essence, UPnP devices are able to see and communicate with one another, and one of the best uses for this technology to stream media around the house. DLNA is an acronym for “Digital Network Living Alliance” and was established by Sony in 2003 to further define (some might say restrict) the sharing of such media. In order to make use of UPnP and DLNA-compliant devices you will need a client (known as a renderer) such as a PlayStation 3 or Smart TV and a server which can be hardware-based like a NAS drive or software-based as a service that runs on a PC. In order to stream to your console or other UPnP renderer you will want a free DLNA server which controls playback. A Quick Note Not all DLNA/UPnP devices work with all servers, and this is often down to the client (i.e. Serviio (Windows, Mac, Linux) TVMOBiLi (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux) Snipping Tool++ Easily Sends Windows Screenshot Snippets to the Cloud. How to Forward Ports to a Virtual Machine and Use It as a Server.

VirtualBox and VMware both create virtual machines with the NAT network type by default. If you want to run server software inside a virtual machine, you’ll need to change its network type or forward ports through the virtual NAT. Virtual machines don’t normally need to be reachable from outside the virtual machine, so the default is fine for most people. It actually provides some security, as it isolates the virtual machine from incoming connections. Selecting Bridged Networking With the NAT network type, your host operating system performs network address translation. To change a virtual machine’s network type in VirtualBox, right-click a virtual machine and select Settings. Select the Bridged adapter network mode in the Network settings section and click OK. The process is similar in VMware applications. Select the Network Adapter virtual hardware device, select the Bridged network connection type, and click OK. Forwarding Ports to a Virtual Machine.

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Teardowns. Mac 101: Battery not charging? Recalibration may be the answer. If your MacBook (any model) is not charging to 100%, it may need to be recalibrated. Apple explains how to do this, but basically it comes down to three steps: Fully charge your MacBook (and leave it charged for about 2 hours) Fully drain your MacBook (by using it on battery until it turns off) Fully recharge your MacBook again. That should help the battery indicator recalibrate so that it shows the correct information. If it doesn't, you might need to reset the System Management Controller (SMC), but in most case I've found that a simple recalibration will work. When I recalibrate, I prefer to make sure that my MacBook will not be interrupted at all either during the drain or the recharge period, so I will leave it on overnight while running Caffeine set to "Indefinitely" and let it really, fully discharge. Determining the health of your MacBook's battery If recalibrating doesn't seem to help, you might need to check your battery's overall health.

Further Reading. Top 10 Tools That Are Better in the Command Line. What Is The Difference Between An LCD And An LED Backlit LCD Display? Recently I wrote an article about buying a great HDTV on a tight budget. Some commenters on that article noted that I didn’t entirely explain the difference between LED vs LCD displays, and that there wasn’t any explanation on MakeUseOf. This subject is complex because it’s simple. The differences between LED vs LCD TV are subtle, which can make it difficult to understand the difference. It’s an important distinction, however, because it can significantly impact image quality as well as price. I’m also going to explain the differences between LED displays – not all of them are built the same. The Core Question – What’s LED vs LCD? LCD, or Liquid Crystal Display, is the fundamental display technology used by most monitors, televisions, tablets and smartphones.

Color LCD displays have green, blue and red sub-pixels in each pixel. However, the crystals create no light of their own. In the past, HDTVs used cold cathode fluorescent lamps to provide this light. So, Why Is LED Better? Conclusion. ScanEye | Your Torrents Deep Scanning. How to use your Android phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot -- for free. Since writing about my decision to abandon the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, I've gotten an awful lot of questions. Aside from the specifics of my change, one thing that keeps coming up is my remark about how Verizon makes you pay to use Android's Wi-Fi hotspot feature -- and how easy it is to get around that restriction. So what's the secret to getting free Android hotspot functionality on any carrier? It's actually quite simple, and you don't even have to root your phone to do it. Android Wi-Fi hotspot: The carrier-connected workaround All right -- ready?

Here's all you have to do: 1. That's it! (Note: This setup may not work on all devices. Android Wi-Fi hotspot: Some perspective and words of warning How's this little workaround work, you might be wondering? Speaking of which, you should know that some carriers may not love the idea of you using your phone as a hotspot without subscribing to their special plans.

Got all that? Hideman Masks Your IP Address and Location, Offers Anonymous Browsing. Service, VPN, WiFi Protection. How to Make Your Lost Phone Findable. Last week, I lost my iPhone on a train. I used Apple’s Find My iPhone feature to track it to a house in suburban Maryland, and the local police were able to return it to me.

Because I’d tweeted about these developments, the quest for the phone became, much to my surprise, an Internet-wide, minute-by-minute real-life thriller. (You can read the whole story here.) The Times’s technology columnist, David Pogue, keeps you on top of the industry in his free, weekly e-mail newsletter.Sign up | See Sample Several readers wrote to ask how to set up their own phones to be findable. First, though, some caveats. These phone-tracking systems work only if your lost phone is turned on and online; if its battery is dead or it’s powered off, it can’t see the Internet and can’t show you its location.

Furthermore, professionals know about Find my iPhone. All right — duly warned? First, you need a free iCloud account; sign up at www.icloud.com. Now, on the iPhone or iPad, open Settings. All right. Current Caller ID. How to Hack Your Wii for Homebrew in Five Minutes. Damn. I just wrote a big post and accidentally cancelled it. I'll try to answer some questions i see in the comments though... No, hacking it in this way (a soft mod... no physical alteration of the system) will not mess stuff up if you do it right. You can use netflix and get virtual console games etc.. just fine. why convenience... you can backup discs to a usb drive and play from there piracy... you can "backup" discs and play them. you can dl isos and burn them. you can dl isos and put them on a usb drive and play them.

Media player... you can play dvds. you can play music and video files from a disc, sd card, usb drive, or your network. basically make your wii like any other modern game console. fun... hacking the wii is sometimes more fun than the actual wii games. the big one probably... emulators. you can install emulators for nes, snes, turbo grafx, atari, genesis, n64, saturn, psx, mame all sorts of stuff, and play basically any game that was ever made. LetterBomb. Making an Alias for Your Outlook Account Is Crazy Easy. Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Home Wi-Fi. Cell Phone Coverage Maps - AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon - CellReception.com. How Can I Get to the Bottom of Bad Phone Reception? Remote SSH using Back To My Mac. How to Get The Most Out of iCloud. How Can I Make Sure I'm Getting the Download Speeds I'm Paying For? As I understand it, most internet service plans require you to pay for specific upload and download speeds.

How can I ensure my internet provider is delivering on the speeds I'm paying for? Sincerely, Double Downloading Dear DD, Great (and timely) question, and one I'm sure we're all thinking a little bit about now that Google Fiber 's insanely fast internet has us all a little jealous. Just last week the FCC revealed that most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) usually meet their advertised speed rates .

Of course, just because most ISPs are delivering what they're advertising doesn't mean yours is. Find Out the Speed You're Paying For The first thing to do is check in with your ISP and see what speed you're paying for (if you don't already know it). However, some ISPs like to hide this information away a little. If you need a quick primer on what to look for, your connection speed will usually be something like, "Download speeds up to 20 Mbps and uploads up to 4 Mbps.

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