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Wireless Router Tips

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

When it comes to connecting to the Internet, three options are the most popular. You can use a dialup connection, which is the slowest kind. A wired broadband connection will let you browse the web faster but it still means that you’ll be plugged into a cable in the wall. In other words, you’re bound to a laptop or PC in a fixed location -you can’t… Continue reading

ATI Eyefinity

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

ATI Eyefinity has advanced multiple-display technology with the introduction of new GPUs from AMD. This is compliant with the next generation DirectX 11 that expands our view of gaming, productivity, entertainment and uncovers a new realm of panoramic computing. A single GPU supports six independent display units simultaneously. The visual workspace is vastly expanded and offers the ease of multitasking. Gaming is more intensified with a breathtaking view and ultra-immersive… Continue reading

Connect a Laptop to an External Monitor

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

A laptop offers a lot of convenience and portability, but its screen size can be a real drawback. If you want to, though, you can enjoy the travel portability as well as a lot more screen space when you get home. Most of the the newer laptops manufactured in the past few years are able to connect to several types of external displays, such as flat panel display, a CRT… Continue reading

USB and Data Cables

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Knowing the difference between the two: a cell phone data cable and an USB cable is important, and can be so easily misunderstood.

The two are easily confuse because most modern cell phones now have a USB port (with an USB symbol on them), as well as similar features. A lot of people are under the impression that if it fits into the outlet, it’s okay to… Continue reading

Install a Case Fan

Friday, September 11th, 2009

There are multiple reasons you’d need to install a case fan in your computer, but we can all agree that they are there for the sole purpose of making your PC all that much cooler. In my case, I’m installing a fan to keep my graphics card from overheating, as my previous card had overheated and burned out. This was probably due to lack of good airflow in the case… Continue reading

Computer Fan Speed

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

I received an e-mail earlier this week from a reader who was concerned about his computer’s fan speed. During the course of normal operation, the fan would randomly go into a sort of “turbo mode”; spinning really fast for awhile and then going back to normal after a few minutes.

So why does this happen?

It’s simply, really. Your computer… Continue reading

Front and Back USB Ports

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Most modern PCs have USB ports in the front and back. For best results, use the back ports for hardware such as printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, card readers, or digital camera docks—things you never or rarely unplug.

Save the front USB ports for things you plug in/unplug often like digital cameras, mp3 players, “thumb drives”, etc. This is not only a better way… Continue reading

Change your Power Supply Unit

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

The Power Supply Unit, or PSU, is the most important part of any PC, powering each section of your computer, it is essential to make sure it is running smoothly.

There might be multiple reasons for you to change your PSU, but the most common would be that you want to upgrade, as some higher range graphics cards need more wattage than your… Continue reading

Core 2 and Core 2 Duo

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Back in the day buying a processor was as simple as looking at the megahertz or gigahertz and purchasing based on the bigger number. I know there’s more to it than that like onboard cache and what-not, but in comparison to what we’ve got to work with today, life seemed simpler back then.

So, for example, what’s the difference between Core 2 and… Continue reading

Modern Laptop Batteries

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Recently, Worldstart ran a tip on laptops concerning the dangers of keeping them plugged in for too long. Corrections are in order, I feel, and although some of the information found in the article holds true, I’d like to take the time to explain a key point with more detail.

On the topic of batteries exploding or being ruined form being plugged in… Continue reading

Netbooks

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Are you looking for an affordable, modern way of getting on the Internet and checking your e-mail? You don’t need a gigantic desktop computer or even an expensive laptop, people! All you need to do is take a closer look at netbooks.

A netbook is a wireless enabled, mini laptop primarily used for web browsing and e-mailing. There’s a lot of options out… Continue reading

Single Click Mouse

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

This is another one of those instances where I could’ve sworn we already had a tip on this somewhere, but again I was left in surprise. A reader e-mailed me recently and asked me how to set their mouse to single click in Windows Vista and Windows 7. I went looking through our vast archives and found no such thing, so I thought today would be a good day to… Continue reading

iPod Shuffle

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

There’s a new iPod Shuffle out! It’s $79 from the Apple Store and can hold 1000 songs in short. Let’s take a closer look at the new features of this tiny new device!

New controls

Remember how on the old iPod Shuffle the controls were actually on the player itself? Now they’re in the headphones!

Just click the volume up and down buttons for volume control, the… Continue reading

Memory Card Readers

Friday, May 1st, 2009

If you have a digital camera, cellphone or other device that uses memory cards then you’ve probably used or heard of a memory card reader before. A memory card reader is a device in which you insert an applicable card to transfer pictures, music and what-have-you over to your computer and vice versa. Some of the newer computers come with memory card readers built-in, but the most common form factor… Continue reading

Conserve your LCD Monitor’s Lifespan

Like all electronics, LCD monitors have a lifespan. Usually, this can be up to ten years or so, but even after only a couple of years our monitors can begin to dim; giving us a dark, eye-straining image that can make it difficult to get anything accomplished! You can tweak the brightness, fiddle with the contrast, but the damage has already been done… Continue reading

Laptop Battery Conservation

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

In recent times, laptops have become an essential part of day-to-day life. Mobile technology has progressed so much that laptops outsell desktops. Though mobile technology has advanced, the average laptop battery life is still a bit on the low side, between two to four hours if the laptop is used continuously. It isn’t all that much, especially if you are regularly on the move.… Continue reading

Mp3 Players and You

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

So the progression goes.. We started with vinyl records, moved to eight-tracks and tapes and then, eventually, compact discs came around and made all of them obsolete. Of course, even that doesn’t matter because now the MP3 reigns supreme; bringing music out of the confines of physical media and transforming it into digital data. No longer do we have to worry about our discs scratching, or our tapes… Continue reading

If your Internet is down, you probably can’t read this! It would be better if you save this page locally for a rainy day! This page will also give you a better understanding of what goes behind the scenes that makes your net… work…!

At first you need a brief introduction of how your Internet works. You, as the user, are given a… Continue reading

Windows Experience Index

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Do you Vista and 7 users out there wonder what the Windows Experience Index is? Well, search no further, folks! This tip outlines what it is, and what it means to you! Continue reading

Clean Your LCD Screen

Friday, March 27th, 2009

I’ve gotten a couple of questions recently concerning the upkeep of LCD screens. Those flat-panel beauties are a joy to look at, for sure, but once the power is turned off all sorts of streaks, smudges and other detritus appear. How is one to keep their super-cool, modern monitor looking it’s best without permanently damaging it with harsh chemicals?

Well, let me tell you.

There are cleaning… Continue reading

Inside, Outside, Upside down!

Friday, March 13th, 2009

How well do you know the insides of your PC? I mean, it’s all enclosed in a shiny case for the most part, and barring anyone out there who has a window cut into the side (and there are those out there that do), looking into the abyss of the home computer is just not something the average user is apt to do! So, say you want to upgrade the… Continue reading

USB Speeds

Monday, January 5th, 2009

USB Speeds

If you’ve gotten a new computer in the last few years, it more than likely came with USB ports. If you’re not sure, USB ports are the little slots on either the front or back of your computer that you can use to plug in certain devices, such as a flash drive or digital camera. USB ports come in two different speeds: 2.0 and 1.0, with… Continue reading

Monitors: LCD vs. CRT

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Monitors: LCD vs. CRT

There’s a fierce battle raging in the world of computer monitors these days! It’s basically old technology pitched against a constantly evolving new technology and there’s no telling who will eventually triumph over the other. It will more than likely be LCD, but for now, let’s take a look at the following factors before favoring one over the other. Here we go!

Size Does Matter

There’s… Continue reading

USB Disk Ejector

Friday, February 15th, 2008

USB Disk Ejector

I saw this posted on WorldStart’s message board by user “Bazcaz” and I thought it was a neat little application that you all might enjoy as well. It’s called the USB Disk Ejector and it’s just a simple little program that makes working with your USB devices a little bit easier. So, if you use flash drives or other USB devices regularly and you’ve been… Continue reading

Buying an Inkjet Printer: Dos and Don’ts

Are you in the market to buy a new inkjet printer? If so, I urge you to take the following suggestions with you when you go shopping. They are dos and don’ts that are sure to save you from disappointment! They’re also very simple and easy to implement. Continue reading for the full scoop!

Quality Speaks for Itself

Often times, we ask for… Continue reading

Airports and Electronic Devices

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Q:
You’ve talked about laptops going through airport security before, but what about other electronic devices, such as flash drives and CDs? Can those be damaged when going through the security line?

A:
That’s a great question and it couldn’t have come at a better time! With Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner, I’m sure a lot of you will be traveling via airplane to go… Continue reading

Installing a Power Supply

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Q:
Now that you’ve told us what to look out for in a faulty power supply and how to go about replacing it, can you please tell us how to install a new one? That’s the only thing you haven’t covered yet. Thanks for all your help with this!

A:
Of course I will! As promised from yesterday’s newsletter, I will tell you exactly how to install your… Continue reading

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