Cris Silvestri

Cris Silvestri is a tech writer with more than 20 years of expertise in gaming and tech. She is also an accomplished editor, and has authored or co-authored hundreds of articles, numerous guides, and dozens of books, including everything you need to know about Pokemon. As a single mother working from home, Silvestri’s freelance work has appeared in both corporate and consumer websites. Her articles for B&H broach many subjects, from VR to laptop reviews to tips for setting up whole home Wi-Fi.

Latest Articles

5 years ago
There's a lot of tech that we don't understand, and consequently, a lot of tech that we don't need to understand. Do I need to know how a Hadron Collider works? Probably not. Do I need to understand that the CD tray in my desktop computer is not a coffee cup holder? Probably. Most of us have an innate curiosity—developed when we were wee lads and lassies and thought that refrigerator gnomes…
6 years ago
Some of us are tech nerds; we love scanning the headlines for tech news and announcements, and then get giddy when we hear that a new processor is available on a mobile platform or new features are being added to an established brand that make the buying of a…
6 years ago
Data breaches and unsecure networks are serious business. When a gigantic corporation like Yahoo or Home Depot can’t prevent unwarranted access to its data, what hope does a private citizen, armed with a router and a cheap spyware program have to protect their valuable information? Last year, data breaches reached an all-time high. According to the Identity Theft Research Center, data breaches…
7 years ago
You’re going to be hearing a lot in the near future about mesh networking (also known as whole-home Wi-Fi or surround Wi-Fi). Like the current political situation in the US, you’re going to be alternately enhanced and confused by what companies claim to be offering with these systems, so listen up. Whole home Wi-Fi is simple (sometimes too simple) and easily explained, but what it might or might…
7 years ago
Things change so quickly in the tech space that even professionals sometimes find themselves stymied by the incessant and confusing terminology surrounding certain protocols (like the ones we're going to discuss today - Thunderbolt and USB). I remember the days of 8-track tapes, but I also remember when tapes were surpassed by CDs, and CDs were surpassed by MP3s, and now how MP3s are being taken…
8 years ago
Memory cards are as ubiquitous as memory itself—almost every mobile device you own has some type of built-in storage, from cameras to iPods to tablets, and almost every device has a slot for adding additional storage space. Storage on a device can range from a couple of gigabytes of memory to dozens of gigabytes. You’ll soon find, though, that it’s never enough. Photographers Love CF…
8 years ago
One of the most important features of computing is one of the least understood. A hard drive is at the core of any computer, and yet many consumers don’t realize the complexity of the different components that make up a hard drive. Let’s look inside the drive and explain some of the basics while we explore different types of drives and their uses. External versus Internal Drives First of all, if…
9 years ago
Storage options are always tricky. Casual users use storage much differently than prosumers who need the storage to act and interact in a certain way. For instance, you may just want some offsite storage for massive amounts of photos, videos, music, and other digital media—most of us do. But there are users who need their storage to contain zero lag, like when transferring RAW Adobe Lightroom…

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: hard-drive storage is one of the most important components of any computer. We have some suggestions for hard drives that will fit most of your everyday needs. First, let’s start with what you’re going to do with a storage device, because it makes a difference regarding how much and what sort of drive you may need, or the kind of storage that would be most beneficial to you.

 

10 years ago