Hardware

It can be challenging keeping up to date with hardware and PC specs, as they change daily as new components become available. Not only will we share what’s new on the market, but we’ll keep you abreast of how to improve performance and resources.

Got My SSD, Any Questions Or Suggestions?

Okay the Solid State Drive that I ordered on Sunday arrived today and I thought it would be nice to give everyone the chance to ask questions about it and point to […]

Beat Impulse Purchases

Impulse purchases are those "see-grab-buy" purchases without really thinking hard about the purchase before making it. It's a phenomenon especially in the electronic world with a trend that many want to have […]

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Diagnose And Manage Hard Disks with HDD Scan

HDD Scan is a very sophisticated hard disks diagnosing and managing tool that provides a wealth of information and options to the user. It basically provides the user with information about the […]

Fast SSD vs. Hard Disks

I first thought about getting a SSD (Solid State Disk) drive for my new computer that I assembled at the beginning of this year. The SSD drives were rather expensive and only […]

Netgear WGR614L Open Source Wireless-G Router

Netgear WGR614L Open Source Wireless-G Router

Netgear decided to hop onto the Open-Source bandwagon by developing a wireless router that would take user created firmwares without complaints, heck that was developed just for this purposes. I covered some […]

What Would You do with a 1.5 Terabyte Hard Drive?

When I got my first computer, my hard drive was all of 2.1 Gigabytes. At that time, it was a huge amount and I didn’t think I’d ever run out of disk […]

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Install the latest Nvidia Drivers on your Notebook

Graphic card drivers for notebooks are usually not updated that often by the manufacturer of the Notebook. Nvidia on the other hand does not provide access to many graphic card drivers for […]

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Test Your Computer With Heavy Load

It is always a good idea to stress test a new computer or new hardware to make sure that it is fully functionally and without errors. Hardware that is not working properly […]

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Waterproof Keyboards

After asking about the keyboards you are using I thought it would be nice to introduce some specialized keyboards that might be interesting for one or the other. Specialized usually means keyboards […]

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Ask the Readers: What Keyboard are you using?

I just finished reading the review and comments about Das Keyboard on Slashdot which apparently seems to provide a better typing experience for a hefty price tag. In case you are wondering […]

Color Laser Printers and Tracking Dots

Did you know that a lot of newer color laser printers create yellow tracking dots on their output which can be used to identify the printer and probably even the person that […]

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Test the Speed of your USB Flash Drives

The speed difference of USB Flash Drives that support the USB 2.0 standard can be more than 15 MB/s with maximum speeds of about 30 MB/s for fast drives. That's still less […]

Computers' energy costs

Ever wondered how energy friendly the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii were ? Or how a LCD monitor would fare against a good old CRT monitor ? Australian consumer group […]

Test your LCD Monitor

It can happen that your new LCD monitor is having dead or stuck pixels which can be rather unfortunate depending on the location of the pixels and the laws of the country […]

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Different Keyboards on Asus Eee PCs

Having considered buying an Asus Eee PC I must admit that I never thought that the models could have more differences than just the color. I would have never assumed that the […]

Microsoft Touchwall

I really like to watch presentations and demonstrations about technology, especially on the TED website but also on other websites. I recently stumbled upon a presentation for Microsoft's Touchwall, an inexpensive rear-projection […]

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Windows EeePC 900 cheaper than Linux model

Update: Bruno Miguel pointed out that the official Asus website for Australia lists different information. Both Windows and Linux EeePC 900 will have the same 20 Gigabyte storage capacity. The Windows model […]

Testing a newly build PC

Testing a newly build or purchased computer is essential for two reasons. The first is to make sure that the hardware does not get damaged.The main problem of most modern PCs is […]

Building a PC from Scratch

The computer parts for my new PC arrived two days ago and I would like to share with you how I build my new PC. This article covers the hardware part of […]

Blu-Ray hardware sales figures drop in 2008

The format war between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray is finally over and one would have thought that this would have a positive effect on Blu-Ray sales especially from the customer group that decided […]

I'm on a shopping spree

I did make two large purchases in the last two days. I finally ordered my new computer yesterday, or better the parts for the new computer, and cannot wait to build it […]

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Monitor CPU Core Temperatures

I can't really say how many apps and tools for Windows provide you with the functionality to display the temperature of your cpu, graphics card or hard drives. I have been using […]

Building a PC April Progress

This is the final month of my Building a PC series that details the components that I will purchase for my new computer. To be able to compare components and prices I […]

Self-Destructing DVDs ?

Would you pay money for a DVD that would be readable for a period of 48 hours after taking it out of its vacuum-sealed packaging ? Sounds a lot like video rentals […]

Is faster RAM really worth the extra cash ?

When you build computers and purchase the peripherals by yourself you have to make several decisions. Will it be an Intel or AMD cpu for example, which hard drive will you choose […]

Silencing your hard drives

I just read an article over at Lifehacker that was called Silence Your Hard Drive with Elastic Suspenders and I thought I weigh in my 2 cents on the topic because I […]

PC Building Advice

You know, I have no troubles of linking to your websites or articles if they are great and make up for a good story. Beecher send in a link to one of […]

Add new functions to Canon's Digital Cameras

Adding new functions and features to hardware is normally accomplished by replacing the firmware with a new or hacked one that adds the new functionality to the device. It's slightly different if […]

Creative receives some serious community bashing

Things are heating up over at the Creative forum where Creative Labs have issued a statement that forbids the user Daniel_K of providing X-FI sound card drivers for Windows Vista that fixed […]

Analyze and Repair PC Hardware

I'm the family's computer guy and it is slowly spreading to family friends and even neighbors as well thanks to recommendations of family members. Recently my mum told my grandmother's neighbors that […]

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Epson Software Resetter

One way to save lots of money is to refill printer cartridges instead of buying new ones. The process itself was rather messy in the past but it has become easier now and there are even shops that refill the ink for you. Some printer cartridges however have a chip build in that prevents that the printer is recognizing the refilled cartridges effectively preventing users from using this low cost method.

Building a PC March Progress

We are coming closer to the finish line. I'm thinking of making the purchase of the new PC components in the next month or the month thereafter. I would like to thank everyone for their great and valuable comments which pointed me into the right directions concerning some components.

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Configure function for double right-click

I have always asked myself why there is no way to configure a function for double right-clicking. You can configure the left mouse button double-click but not the right mouse button one. Click Zap is a small application that lets the user configure a function for a double-click on the right mouse button.

Building a PC February Progress

Another month has passed quickly and I'm almost ready to buy the components for the new computer that I want to build. This article explains the changes that I made to the setup during the last month and all the components that I intend to purchase. I hope that this pc build could be inspiration for some of my readers who would like to build a PC as well but are not that sure about the right choice of pc components.

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Monitor Calibration Wizard

Calibrating a monitor, be it LCD or CRT monitor, can be a tedious task. I for one have always doubts about the settings that I have chosen when setting up the monitor for the first time. Questions about the monitor's brightness, the colors, contrast are not that easy to answer if you only have to rely on your eyes and have no test patterns that help you determine the correct settings.

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Eye-Fi Wireless SD Memory Card

My first thought when I heard about the Eye-Fi Wireless SD Memory Card was that no one would be going to need this SD card with build in WiFi but when I read a little bit further my opinion changed from No-one-needs-that to Wow-what-a-great-idea. The Eye-Fi SD cards come in sizes of 1 and 2 Gigabytes, the 2 Gigabyte version sells currently at Amazon for $99.99 which is way more than a SD card without WiFi would cost.

Goodbye BIOS Here Comes UEFI

UEFI which is an acronym for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface which will eventually replace the 20+ year old Bios. The new standard is backed by everyone so to speak including Intel, AMD, Microsoft, IBM, American Megatrends, Phoenix Technologies and Apple.

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Samsung Syncmaster 2263DX

Most flat screen monitors these days come in sizes of 19'', 22'' and 24'' with a 16:9 ratio. The Samsung Syncmaster 2263DX LCD monitor is different. It does look like a normal 22" flat screen monitor if it were not for the little 7-inch monitor that could be added on top or at a side of it. It's a rather bold experiment in times where dual monitor setups become affordable to almost anyone.

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Hard Disk Low Level Format

There are two types of hard disk formatting possibilities, low and high level formating. High level formatting is the widely known formatting that erases data on the disks while low level formatting nowadays refers to the reinitialization to the factory settings. One of the major differences between both types is that data can successfully be restored after performing a high level formatting of a hard drive.

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Easy Monitor Calibration

A lot of things can be wrong if you setup a new monitor or never bothered to calibrate an old one. The screen could be to bright or dark for instance. I always hated calibrating monitors because it meant that I had to press all those tiny buttons on the monitor to access the functions but it is necessary for the best viewing experience.


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