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3 months ago
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There’s something magical about starting up a new computer for the first time. As it efficiently whirs along and quickly gets you to the setup screen, you probably can’t help but notice how fast everything works. That is, until one day, when your user login takes 10 minutes, with another 5 minutes before the application you selected loads. From there on out, everything is very slow and laggy, and...
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If you’re looking to access your external hard drive without having to deal with the archaic method of lugging it around your home and plugging it into every device with which you need to use it, there are two simple solutions on how to share your external hard drive via your Wi-Fi network. For the first solution, you’ll need to check your router. Most modern routers have a USB port into which...
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It’s quite common to have an old computer die on you and not have it repaired, especially if it’s more than a few years old. But what can you do with the old carcass?  If a computer dies for any reason other than a dead hard drive, you can always convert the old drive into an external unit, and grab important files off the drive in the process. The same thing can be done if you install a larger...
4 months ago
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As we approach the end of what’s turning out to be one of the weirdest summers on record, that nagging back-to-school feeling seems to “hit different” in 2020, as the kids would say. For many of our kids, it means virtual classes are back, and they may be here to stay for quite some time. Some of us are returning to work in the office, but for others, it seems like work from home is going to be...
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5 months ago
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Doug upgrades his workstation, showing you how to choose parts in order to create your own custom content creator computer. He asks a lot of his computer: 4K video editing, color grading, music production, motion graphics, photo editing, and gaming. A lot of you out there are probably doing all of these things and more, so why not build a computer that can do it all? For an additional step-by-...
6 months ago
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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our everyday lives, forcing many of us to rethink and reassess our routines, including how we socialize. Restrictions on gatherings mean that we can no longer spend as much time with family and friends, and that...
7 months ago
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High-quality lines of communication are essential for everything from catching up with friends and family to communicating with management and colleagues while at work. VoIP devices are a cost-effective solution that takes your traditional phone service online. VoIP stands for “Voice over Internet...
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People can’t get enough Internet these days–and neither can some devices. Many now depend on an Internet connection to offer full functionality. In addition to TVs, various 4K-capable streaming devices, gaming consoles, and computers, there’s probably at least one can opener for sale that has an Internet port. Lots of devices offer enhanced functionality when connected to the Internet, but...
8 months ago
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I solemnly swear that I am up to no good. Wait, no, that’s for something else… Here we go! The actual pledge is, “I solemnly swear to back up my important documents and precious memories on March 31.” That is the pledge for World Backup Day (www.worldbackupday.com), an organization whose goal is to make sure your personal data is safe....
1 year ago
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Do you remember the old days when waiting for your computer to boot up meant you had enough time to visit the restroom, get something to eat, and maybe even mow your lawn? Now, with SSDs becoming more readily available, wake-up times for your computer are almost non-existent. Go from a cold boot to browsing the Web in mere seconds with a M.2 NVMe SSD. But what does that mean? Read on to learn...
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For something that has universal in its name, USB naming conventions are anything but. From long names to standard changes, it can become increasingly difficult to figure out what all the letters and numbers mean. And it has only gotten worse, now that USB naming conventions have changed once again. First, we’ll look at the number that follows USB, like USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 3.0, and...
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One computer and one hard drive is a fine plan, but that isn't how the world works. Just today, I would bet you accessed documents, media, or emails from multiple devices, including a smartphone and laptop, or maybe even a tablet and desktop computer. Potentially all four! This is where Network-...
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When was the last time you played a couch co-op game with your friends? If you’re like me, someone who stopped buying consoles ages ago, it’s probably been a while. You might have even noticed the slow decline of split-screen titles. Couch co-op was my childhood, though, and an experience I’ve missed. From GoldenEye 007 to Super Smash Bros., or even Halo, these games bring me back to a time when...
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Does your system use an SSD or HDD? What if I told you HDD users that you could bring new life to your system with a simple upgrade for the price of less than a dinner for two? And no, the answer is not by downloading more RAM. (Jokes aside, this is not a real thing. Do not pay to download RAM.) Interested? While it sounds like snake oil at first, Intel® Optane™ memory packs memory advancements...
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When scrolling through websites, have you noticed anything different in your browser lately? If not, then log on to Google Chrome and direct your attention to the upper left-hand corner of the address bar. There you will learn if the site you are visiting is “Secure” (using the prefix HTTPS, for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) or “Not Secure” (using the prefix HTTP, for Hypertext Transfer...
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