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Locked out of your PC or Mac? Here’s how to get back in:

How to Hack Your Way Into Your Own Computer

Key made of ones and zeros


Photo Victor De Schwanberg / Science Photo Library

When I was a kid, I used to always forget my house key and would have to resort to climbing a ladder and crawling through our kitchen window to let myself back into our house after school. I’m sure my mom got very tired of me knocking all her stuff off the window sill and killing the plants in the window box, but it sure beat sitting on the front porch for several hours waiting for them to get home from work.

Now that I’m an adult, I rarely forget or lose my keys, but I have managed to lock myself out of a few computers and servers more than a few times.

So the big question is:

How do you let yourself back into your computer without breaking something?

Well, I can’t promise you that you won’t break something, but I can give you some tips on how to hack your way back in:

Please note that these tips are for good guy purposes only, I make no guarantees that these will or won’t work. It’s entirely possible that you could lose all your files by trying these techniques, so use at your own risk. I’m going to guess that if you are reading this page that you are at your wits end and this is a last resort. Continue reading

Terabytes, Gigabytes, & Petabytes: How Big are They?

An Understandable Guide to Everything from Bytes to Yottabytes

A big fish eating a small fish which is about to eat an even smaller fish
Chad J. Shaffer / Getty Images

Without a doubt, one of the more common technology questions we get asked about surround those data storage metrics, like terabytes, gigabytes, petabytes, megabytes, etc.

You’ve probably heard most of the terms before, but do you know what they mean? How many gigabytes are in a terabyte? What does one terabyte actually mean in the real world? These are all things you need to know before you buy a hard drive or memory card, choose a tablet based on the memory it has, etc.

Fortunately, as confusing as it all might all seem at first glance, all of these units of measurement are easily convertible from one to another, and are simple concepts to grasp thanks to the examples we’ve provided below.

Let’s start with the basics.

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How to Get Driving Directions and More from Google Maps


by Marziah Karch

Updated February 24, 2016


Getting Started

Google Maps provides excellent directions with a lot of hidden features. Not only can you get driving directions, you can get walking and public transport directions. You can find ratings and Zagat information for restaurants, and you can find the elevation you’d need to climb and route you’d need to pedal in order to bike there.

This tutorial assumes you’re using the desktop version of Google Maps. You can get directions from your mobile phone, but the interface is slightly different. The concepts are the same, so this tutorial may still be useful.

To get started, go to and click on Search Google Maps on the upper right-hand corner. You should then click on the blue directions symbol to get directions.

You may also Set your default location. This is an optional step in your preferences to set the place you’re most likely to need driving directions from. In most cases that’s your house or your workplace. If you click on the link and set your default location, that saves you a step the next time you get driving directions. That’s because Google will automatically add your default location to your starting location.   Continue reading

Kyiv in On the Grid guide: 12 must visit hipster places

If you plan to visit Kyiv in the near future, here are 12 must visit locales to make your visit more memorable as recommended  by Euromaiden Press.

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Ukraine’s Kyiv made it to and international guide On the Grid  created by representatives of Brooklin design agency Hyperakt.

Also known as “guide for hipsters”, On the Grid helps exploring cities of the world and their most unusual and hidden corners.

Ukraine’s capital is represented here by seven districts: Andriivskiy Descent & Vozdvizhenka, Podil, Universytet, Lypky, Olimpiyskiy, Stare Misto and Zoloti Vorota (with the latter still in progress). The guide’s authors picked around dozen places from each district. Continue reading



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Ø Five Tips to Discover Your Eastern European Roots by Lisa Alzo: If you have no idea where or how to begin searching for your Eastern European Roots, or have heard that it’s too difficult, this blog lists five tips to help jumpstart your research.

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