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CNET to the Rescue: Ackerman's mini man-cave

Dan Ackerman joins us today from our New York office. He's been building a man-cave in a small Manhattan apartment and shares his experiences. Plus, week 6 of Rafe's adventures with Synology servers. And your burning questions answered, including: can one go overboard on antivirus apps?

If you have a tech question for CNET to the Rescue, e-mail rescue@cnet.com. No question is too basic, so if you've got a tech problem that's been getting under your skin, please call us and we'll try our best to help you out.

Episode 40: Dan Ackerman and the mini man-cave

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CNET to the Rescue: The case of the smoking motherboard

I roped Eric Franklin into joining the show today, and I'm glad I did. He shares a hobby with me: home-building PCs. Today we talk about his smoking motherboard and why we both spend so much money on tower cases. Also: best tools for backing up PCs to network drives, how to buy HDMI cables, and for those of you keeping score, the progress report from my Synology network-attached storage device.

If you have a tech question for CNET to the Rescue, call us with your questions to get on the next show: 877-438-6688 or e-mail rescue@cnet.com. No question is too basic, so if you've got a tech problem that's been getting under your skin, please call us and we'll try our best to help you out.

Episode 39: The case of the smoking motherboard

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CNET to the Rescue: Don't be a sucker and other advice

Brian Cooley is with us today, and he's in a bit of a mood, leading to one of the most rambling Rescues we've done. But still, we cover more news on Rafe's Synology NAS, a common problem with Panasonic network cameras, and why you should never take Best Buy prices seriously. Also, your questions answered, including the re-use of Windows licenses, adding a second monitor to a desktop PC, and more.

If you have a tech question for CNET to the Rescue, call us with your questions to get on the next show: 877-438-6688 or e-mail rescue@cnet.com. No question is too basic, so if you've got a tech problem that's been getting under your skin, please call us and we'll try our best to help you out.

Episode 38: Don't be a sucker

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CNET to the Rescue: Apple questions answered

Our last Apple-focused Rescue was such a success, we decided to do it again. This time we have Josh Lowensohn, CNET News Apple reporter, and former CNET to the Rescue co-host, joining in. He's got practical advice on what to buy from Apple now, how to fix common problems, and more.

If you have a tech question for CNET to the Rescue, call us with your questions to get on the next show: 877-438-6688 or e-mail rescue@cnet.com. No question is too basic, so if you've got a tech problem that's been getting under your skin, please call us and we'll try our best to help you out.

Episode 37: Josh on Apple

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CNET to the Rescue: iOS safety tips, and more

My guest today is CNET editor Seth Rosenblatt, who's going to help us keep our shiny new iPad 2s safe from harm. Also, I test the new Synology DS411slim home server, we opine on using a DVR as an archival store for videos, and more.

If you have a tech question for CNET to the Rescue, call us with your questions to get on the next show: 877-438-6688 or e-mail rescue@cnet.com. No question is too basic, so if you've got a tech problem that's been getting under your skin, please call us and we'll try our best to help you out.

Episode 36: Seth on iOS security

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CNET to the Rescue: Rich Brown on PCs vs. laptops

Today we're joined by CNET Senior Editor Rich Brown, who schools us in his area of expertise: desktop computers. Sure, there are more laptops sold than desktops, but the old workhorse form factor isn't going away, and Rich explains why. Rich and I also critique the latest in keyboards. Also, your questions answered, as always.

If you have a tech question for CNET to the Rescue, CALL US with your questions to get on the next show: 877-438-6688 or e-mail rescue@cnet.com. No question is too basic, so if you've got a tech problem that's been getting under your skin, please call us and we'll try our best to help you out.

Episode 35: Rich Brown on PCs

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CNET to the Rescue: Special Mac edition

Topher Kessler writes our great MacFixIt blog, and today he's with us to help answer vexing and confusing Mac tech questions.

If you have a tech question for CNET to the Rescue, CALL US with your questions to get on the next show: 877-438-6688 or e-mail rescue@cnet.com. No question is too basic, so if you've got a tech problem that's been getting under your skin, please call us and we'll try our best to help you out.

Episode 34: Special Mac edition

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CNET to the Rescue: Is it better to tether?

CNET's Brian Cooley joins us today to talk (complain, actually) about a form of tethering: connecting your Wi-Fi devices to the Internet over a mobile cellular-to-Wi-Fi gateway, like a smartphone or a dedicated device. Also, your questions answered, from video routing issues to the inevitable upcoming drought of new IP addresses.

If you have a tech question for CNET to the Rescue, CALL US with your questions to get on the next show: 877-438-6688 or e-mail rescue@cnet.com. No question is too basic, so if you've got a tech problem that's been getting under your skin, please call us and we'll try our best to help you out.

Episode 33: Is it better to tether?

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CNET to the Rescue: Darren answers networking questions

Today, it's a networking extravaganza. Our guest rescuer is Darren Kitchen, of Hak5, and the inventor of the WiFi Pineapple. We saved up networking questions for weeks for this show.

If you have a tech question for CNET to the Rescue, CALL US with your questions to get on the next show: 877-438-6688 or email rescue@cnet.com. No question is too basic, so if you've got a tech problem that's been getting under your skin, please call us and we'll try our best to help you out.

Episode 32: Networking extravaganza

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Get healthy in 2011: Jasmine's Tech Dos & Don'ts

According to a survey of users on goal-setting Web site 43 Things, the most popular New Year's resolution for 2011 is to lose weight. (This is Jasmine's utter lack of surprise.) Indeed, many of the top resolutions year after year are health-related. Drink less, get fit, quit smoking, manage stress, be happy, and run a marathon all continually rank high on the list.

Luckily, there is plenty of technology available to help you reach any of those goals. Of course, it would be irresponsible of me to attempt to cover it all in one article; after all, carpal … Read more