This week at Lifehacker: Archive more episodes of The Simpsons by installing a new hard drive. Stop missing cell phone calls because of a weak signal indoors. Rebuild your Windows PC from scratch - but read this first. Build or buy your next computer? Depends. Finally, Just Say No to Microsoft... the book.
Stop juggling your movie collection, Deadwood episodes and Kleptones albums between DVD-Rs, external hard drives, CD-Rs and thumb drives. Take the plunge and buy yourself an old school internal hard drive, crack open the case and install it yourself. Several more gigs, easy as pie.
Pshaw, you say. I'm a computer-building machine. Well, ok. You may save a few bucks building a high-end machine from parts - minus the aggravation, of course. But your average 'puter? Dude, you might be better off getting a Dell.
If you're sick of yelling, "Hello? Still there? HELLO?" into your cell phone while hanging off your fire escape, it's time to invest in some signal-boosting hardware. For around 50 bucks you can get a few more bars on the old cellie at home so you don't miss or drop any more calls.
Ah, Windoze. After a year or so the registry's clogged, the disk fragmented, and mystery processes are hogging CPU and memory like there's no tomorrow. The Incredible Degrading Operating System can often only be saved with a fresh start - a reinstallation from scratch, that is. Before you begin, check out Lifehacker reader tips and tricks for talking a walk through Windows reinstallville.
Instead of going through all that, you could just show Windows the door. No Starch Press' new book, Just Say No to Microsoft, will school you on how to dump Gates for good with full explanations of alternate operating systems and software applications that can replace the Micro$oft products.
Lifehacker’s Power User column appears every Wednesday on Gizmodo.