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How to Download Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 Installation Media — Legally
You can reinstall Windows from scratch using the product key that came with your PC, but you’ll have to find installation media yourself. Microsoft offers free Windows ISO files — if you know where to look.
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Always a good reminder, ty Chris.
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Watch me talk about how confusing Windows 8.1 Update 1 is on the Technophilia podcast a week and a half ago:
This week we have special guest Chris Hoffman from MakeUseOf. We first had him on all the way back when we were still podcasting teenagers in episode 13, and he's here to talk about his Windows 8 predictions, as well as the latest tech news with us. Tech News Mozilla Kills Metro-mode Firefox out…
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I attempt to find out whether jailbreaking and rooting are illegal in the USA, Canada, and Europe.

And what does it even mean if they are illegal?
Whether you're rooting an Android phones or jailbreaking an iPhone, you're removing the restrictions the manufacturer or cellular carrier placed on the device you own. Unfortunately, rooting, jailbreaking, and even unlocking cell phones is likely illegal in some countries. Today we will take a look at the laws in the USA, Canada, and the European Union to…
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Of course not! That would make too much sense.
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I'll be live on the Technophilia podcast tomorrow morning, talking about Windows 8.1 Update 1 and similar things.
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Apparently +The Telegraph 's "Formula One Correspondent" loosely rewrote one of my articles: which is rewritten at

Pretty disappointing.

Sure, this sort of "inspiration" happens all the time, but they've gone a bit far here.
Getting paid to play video games is the dream of many young gamers. While it may seem like an impossible dream, there are many people out there making some money – or even a living – off playing video games. The ways people make money playing video games are fascinating, even if you have no…
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I suppose I should include +Daniel Johnson in this.
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Shocking. What's wrong with Dropbox? They must have a very aggressive "international expansion" planned.
You don't need Mike Judge to remind you how dumb the valley is. Buried on page 3 of a Businessweek story by Brad Stone and Ari Levy, via Sam Biddle at Valleywag: Dropbox has also added a prominent fourth member to a board ...
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Just when I was considering it for an alternative to ubuntu one (which closes down)...
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Switching from cable to Internet TV is more financially feasible than you might expect!
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Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade that's better than Windows 8 in every way -- so why are more people using Windows 8?
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it does not support bluetooth drives
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Technology writer and all-around computer geek
I'm a tech-geek-turned-technology-writer making his living off the Internet. I'm a regular contributor to MakeUseOf and How-To Geek, two completely awesome tech blogs. I also ran the MakeUseOf Newsletter for about two years.

As if that wasn't enough, I've also contributed articles to PCWorld and Digital Trends.

You'll also find my past work on,, and other websites.

Several of my articles have hit the front page of Reddit. Thanks for the hundreds of thousands of page views, Redditors!
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One of my articles was featured prominently on the front page of PC World's July 2013 print edition, while another appeared inside the last print edition of PC World ever. Goodbye, print media!
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Condoleezza Rice, surveillance and torture fan, joins Dropbox board

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Is It Illegal To Root Your Android or Jailbreak Your iPhone?

Whether you're rooting an Android phones or jailbreaking an iPhone, you're removing the restrictions the manufacturer or cellular carrier pl

6 Tips for Getting More Gold, Cards, and Dust in Hearthstone

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Schneier on Security: Surreptitiously Tampering with Computer Chips

Nicholas Weaver • September 16, 2013 1:48 PM. One bit of subtleness is the effect of the design decision by Intel to not to include the tRNG

Gabe Newell: Linux is the future of gaming, new hardware coming soon

Valve chief blasts PC market, promises big news is coming next week.

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According to the sources contacted by Foreign Policy for a recent profile, NSA head Keith Alexander is a "cowboy," a well-intentioned extrem

How to Free Up Storage Space On Your Google Account: The Ultimate Guide

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Why Email Can’t Be Protected From Government Surveillance

“If you knew what I know about email, you might not use it either,” said the owner of secure email service Lavabit as he recently shut it do

NSA Can Sift Through Some 75% Of All U.S. Internet Traffic

NSA surveillance programs can cover roughly 75% of all U.S. internet traffic, a WSJ examination shows.

How to Jailbreak Your Windows RT Device and Run Unapproved Desktop Software

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IRS agents were told to hide cooperation with DEA intelligence gathering

Yesterday, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was thrust into the spotlight when Reuters published a story about its practice of recreatin

What Is PRISM? Everything You Need to Know

The National Security Agency in the US has access to whatever data you’re storing with US service providers like Google Microsoft, Yahoo, an

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind revelations of NSA surveillance

The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in US history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intend

NSA Prism program: more details revealed in new slide – live updates

Google and Facebook issue strong denials of participation in Prism as Obama meets with Chinese counterpart

NSA, FBI have backdoors to data from Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft,...

The US National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have been harvesting data such as audio, video, photographs, emails, and

Has Windows 8 Failed in the Market, or Only in Your Mind?

Has Windows 8 failed? People who dislike Windows 8 generally say it is. But has Windows 8 really failed in the marketplace, or do we just th

Windows 8.1: Microsoft brings back the Start button with options to appe...

It's official. Microsoft is bringing back the Start button. While company executives have hinted at its return, and details leaked recently,