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Create a New User in Windows 10

If you're having issues with your computer running slow, or you're getting frequent errors, it could be an issue isolated to your user account. This is especially true if you're noticing that it's taking a long time to simply log in. Creating a new, fresh user could resolve those problems and improve performance. Windows 10, however, makes it more difficult to do this with its new Control Panel. Here's what you'll need to do to create a new user on Windows 10:

Read Mac Formatted Drives with Windows

When you plug a drive that's been formatted for Mac into a Windows PC, you may find that it isn't readable. This is because Mac uses the HFS+ format natively, whereas Windows uses ExFAT or NTFS. One simple way to make the drive readable on both platforms is to format it to ExFAT, which both operating systems can understand. This will erase all contents on the disk, however, so you'll need to transfer those files to a safe place first.

If you can't reformat the drive, there are programs available that will make it possible to read a HFS+ drive on a PC:

Secure Your Wireless Network

After the DDoS attack over the weekend that brought down many major websites on the net, it's a good idea to check your own router and make sure that it's as secure as it can be. These Denial of Service attacks rely on 'bot nets' that are actually made up of unsecure computers on unsecured networks all over the world. Here are some basic steps you can take to make sure your network is protected:

Free Up Space on an Android Device

There are many inexpensive, or even free, Android phones being offered by carriers that may seem too good to turn down. Unfortunately, they may be too good to be true, though. Some of these phones are crippled with very limited internal storage space, and they may not even have an SD card slot for expansion. It's also important to remember that the actual usable space on the device will be less than what is advertised, because the operating system itself takes up space.

Access Devices on Your Home Network Without a Static IP

If you have a device on your network, such as a security camera or even a server that you want to access remotely, this can be difficult without a static IP address. An IP address is a number assigned to each device on a network that uses the internet. For most home users with residential internet service, this number can change periodically. When that number changes, it is referred to as a Dynamic IP address. It's possible, however, to pay more to get a Static IP address, which doesn't change. When the address is static, it's much easier to access devices and servers remotely.

Prevent Windows From Rearranging Your Desktop Icons

For many users, the Windows desktop is a quick and easy way to get to frequently used files and applications. Sometimes, however, Windows will rearrange all of your icons on its own. This can happen if you plug in another display or play a game that changes the display resolution. In some cases, just logging out or restarting the PC could rearrange the icons. There are a couple of things you can do to prevent this from happening in the future, though.

Add Skills to Your Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is a black cylinder that you can actually talk to. It can tell you the news, weather, can help with math, find information, and more. It's abilities can be expanded on even further with the use of Alexa Skills.

You can search skills that others have created at the Alexa Skills Store. You can add games like Jeopardy and math games for kids, a workout routine, and connect your internet-of-things devices like Nest and Honeywell.