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Converting Audio Files

It’s a snap to convert your WMA files into MP3 files with EasyWMA.

Synchronizing iCal to Outlook

BusySync 2.0 will synchronize your iCal calendar to your Google Calendar, and it will also synchronize your iCal calendar over a LAN or WAN to other iCal users.

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School of Rock

 Still have dreams of being the next Jimi Hendrix or Elton John? But your guitar or piano/keyboard is now gathering dust in the corner because you don’t have the time or the money to spend taking lessons, right? Well, dust it off, because online lessons may be the answer to your dilemma.  Online lessons are much cheaper than in-person lessons, which typically cost $50 or more an hour; you can take a lesson at home whenever you want, or even on the go with a laptop and portable instrument; and with streaming video you can see exactly how your instructor plays the melodies and chords. Also, unlike package deals that send you DVDs and books, online material is not static—new lessons are continually added, and in some cases you can select from a variety of instructors. Online lesson forums also allow you to get feedback from your teachers and have them or other students answer your questions, listen to your music, and more.

How to: Buy The Right Camera

Choosing the right camera is ultimately a personal decision. Follow our step-by-step advice to help understand a camera’s critical features and help guide your purchase of the perfect digicam.

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 Ever since 1914, when president Woodrow Wilson declared that the second Sunday in May would be a U.S. national holiday in honor of mothers, people have gone nuts trying to pick the perfect present for the moms in their lives. But fret no longer -- whether your mother is a hardcore techie, somewhat tech-savvy, or totally uninterested in the world of bits and bytes -- we’ve found a great gift for her.

The Best-Kept Backup Secret

Backup your Mac with the Terminal.

The King of All Media

Point iTunes to the music on your network drive.  To store your iTunes library on a network, move your iTunes Music folder to the network volume, go to iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > General, click Change, and select the iTunes Music folder’s new location. Repeat the Preferences step for every Mac on your network, and authorize them to play any protected purchases from the iTunes Store. Some network drives, such as the Synology DS107+, can act as an iTunes server, meaning it shows up on your network as a Mac running iTunes, making its playlists available to other Macs.

Ditching Custom Dictionary Entries

The Forget button will remove any custom words that you added to your Mac’s spelling dictionary, as long as you can remember the word that you misspelled. 

Rehearsing a Keynote, Off Book

This checkbox (in System Preferences > Displays) lets you toggle between mirrored displays and dual displays.

Baby, You Can Drive My Device

USB Overdrive is the only USB device driver that you may ever need to install for your mice, joysticks, gamepads, and trackballs.