Restore the Factory User Bank in Your Alesis QS6.2 Synthesizer

Restore the Factory User Bank in Your Alesis QS6.2 Synthesizer

I recently fired up my old Alesis QS6.2 synth after a long hiatus, only to discover the user bank was hosed. Not only did I want those sounds to play with, but they have special significance to me, since I worked on them while I was at Alesis! Opening up the unit, I...
How to Play DVDs and MPG Files on Windows 10 for Free

How to Play DVDs and MPG Files on Windows 10 for Free

One thing that sucks about Windows 10 is that Microsoft has removed the ability to play DVDs and .mpg files in Windows Media Player! This apparently is due to licensing issues. So, how do you play DVDs on your Windows 10 system? First, check to see if you have the...
Build Your Own Kickass Windows PC

Build Your Own Kickass Windows PC

Building your own computer can be a rewarding experience and can save money in some situations, but not all. I recently undertook my first Windows PC build. Here’s what I learned from the experience. I’ll try to help you gauge whether building your own...
Speed Up a Slow Computer by Installing a Solid-State Drive

Speed Up a Slow Computer by Installing a Solid-State Drive

My old desktop PC from 2006 was taking almost nine minutes to boot up to a usable state (and even after that time, it was still slow for about five more minutes)!  It was ridiculous. I finally said “enough is enough”! I thought about my options:  I could get a new...
Seven Ways to Quiet Your Computer’s Noisy Fan

Seven Ways to Quiet Your Computer’s Noisy Fan

My desktop computer’s fans started to get annoyingly loud after years of faithful service.  In my case, there were two causes: dust blocking the CPU heatsink airflow causing high fan speed, and a grinding power supply fan, probably due to normal wear or lack of...
Why You Should Remove Java from Your Computer

Why You Should Remove Java from Your Computer

The U.S. Department of Homeland security has taken the rare step of recommending that users completely disable Java on their computers due to security vulnerabilities. This is a very extreme and unusual move which must be a sign of how bad the problem is! There...
Save Your Cassette Tape Recordings to Your Computer

Save Your Cassette Tape Recordings to Your Computer

Going through my old cassette tapes brings back memories from high school in a way that MP3’s never can. If you’ve been around a while, you might have a box of old tapes in your closet or attic somewhere. Here are some ways to transfer those recordings into your...
How to Make a Slide Show with Your Windows PC

How to Make a Slide Show with Your Windows PC

I was recently asked to create a farewell slide show. It didn’t sound too hard, so I accepted the task having never done it before. Along the way, I learned some things that I think you’d find useful if you ever need to do this. Software The first question you might...

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