Power User - The Best of Lifehacker

This week at Lifehacker: You're home, you're eating turkey, you're fielding computer questions from Mom and Dad, Uncle Lou and Aunt Mitzy. Fix Mom and Dad's computer and add some memory to that 4-year-old Dell while you're at it. Plus: Organize and charge up your mobile devices in one place, and speed up the ol' iPod with a good disk defrag.

Power User - The Best of Lifehacker

It's that time of year again - time to celebrate stamping out the indigenous peoples over a large roasted bird and pumpkin pie, time to get your parents' computer working again. Kill spyware and viruses, update Windows, introduce the 'rents to tabbed browsing and run a backup of their important vacation photos. Consult this checklist on how to fix Mom and Dad's computer during your munificent journey down Familial Tech Support Lane this Turkey Day.

Power User - The Best of Lifehacker

While you're doing the Geek Squad thing, crack open that box and snap in a bit more memory so Dad can play chess and check his stock prices without slowing that old 'puter to a crawl. DIMMs or SIMMs you ask? Our guide to installing more RAM will help.

Power User - The Best of Lifehacker


Charge up your iPod, phone and Gameboy Advance all in one handy place that stows your cords and trips a breaker during a power surge. This mobile device recharging station'll get your desk in order and score you big points with your neat freak ball and chain.

Power User - The Best of Lifehacker


iPod slow navigating menus and moving from song to song? It's a regular old disk, isn't it? Give it a good defragging to arrange your music on the platter for faster, easier access.

Lifehacker's Power User column appears every Wednesday on Gizmodo.