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Run as Administrator - What Does It Mean?
     Tue, Oct 23 2018 | 9:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As a TechSpot reader you've surely opened software as an admin on Windows before -- maybe as recently as today -- so the function probably isn't foreign to you. However, we were curious to know more about what happens under the hood of Windows when you tell the operating system to run a program as an administrator, and why this process is necessary in the first place.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Customizing Windows 10's Context Menu
     Mon, Sep 17 2018 | 1:40P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Left unchecked, it doesn't take long for the Windows context menu to become cluttered, and we bet there's at least one program on your context menus that you never use. Conversely, managing the context menu to work in your advantage can be a rewarding tweak to your operating system.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

12 Windows Clipboard Managers Tested
     Sat, Aug 18 2018 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Clipboard managers make it much easier to re-enter text or anything else that you've recently copied and pasted, adding an array of new capabilities to the default Windows clipboard. Although they differ in specific features, the typical clipboard manager automatically saves text, images and other items as they are copied to your clipboard, displaying them in a list-style GUI that makes it simple to re-copy or paste something later.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Casting 3D Printed Parts @ LanOC Reviews
     Wed, Aug 08 2018 | 4:02P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So you have had a shiny new 3D printer for a few months, your house now is full of little plastic tchotchkes. There are Little Yoda heads in the living room, some benchy boats in the bath, and an R2D2 on your desk. What’s next? You can buy fancy filaments with metal powders embedded in them so you can make your gnomes rusty or green but they’re still plastic. How does one make something metal with a 3D printer? You can spend a huge sum of money and buy a printer that can sinter metal powders together. Unless you’re NASA or SpaceX that is a lot of money. Sure, you could slap a MIG welder nozzle on your printer but that is not very precise and would take a lot of tinkering to get something useful out of it. Instead of going high tech, let’s go low tech. Casting liquid metal into sand molds is a process humans have been doing for centuries. What if you used a 3D printer to create the mold patterns for the sand in a few hours instead of the day(s) it would have taken to do by hand?
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

How to Recover Data From a Corrupt ZIP File
     Mon, Aug 06 2018 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As what may be the most common way to store and share multiple files, the ZIP file format is used by essentially everyone online. With that said, there's a good chance you'll eventually come across one that has been corrupted, but everything's not lost.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

An 8TB SSD As Fast As DDR4 Memory
     Mon, Jun 25 2018 | 3:44P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The highlight of the WD Black NVMe SSD showcase at Computex 2018 was the massive 8TB SSD RAID array that is as fast as DDR4-2400 memory! Wonder how they accomplished this? Read on and find out!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Tech Report System Guide
     Fri, Jun 01 2018 | 4:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Tech Report System Guide is back to beat the heat with a multitude of system builds to serve DIYers of every budget. Start your system-building journey here.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

 
PC Building Simulator
     Mon, Apr 09 2018 | 2:44P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
”Is PC Building Simulator a worthy game to add to your library? As it is now, which is very early in its early access phase, I do lean toward a positive recommendation, but I am not completely there, and there would be qualifications to it as well. The most significant qualification in my mind is its current very low-stress design. For just sitting down and doing something to relax, it is pretty good, but if you want a challenge, this is not a game for you in its current form. All communication with the customers being one-sided is also a bit disappointing currently, but I can see that coming down to who the player is. The graphics will not blow your mind, but there is no reason for that to be a necessity. They do their job well enough and if I must give a criticism it is that the materials of some products do not always look accurate to life, but again, photorealism is not required. There is no story to speak of, although the email conversations can be amusing if you read them. The gameplay is enjoyable but is almost void of stress and pressure. I do hope that will change in time, and would even prefer it if this came as a difficulty slider of difficulty toggles, so one could always have a game going to just relax and build to. This is not a bad place to start from, and I can see there being lots of potential here. Hopefully, that potential will be tapped to make this a more engaging experience as we progress through the early access phase. I am looking forward to seeing what comes in the future.”
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

Reindex Your Website Using Google Search
     Sat, Apr 07 2018 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It really pays to ensure that these crawlers have no problem accessing your website, and crawl through its pages. To help you do that, here is the list of common search engine robot IP addresses.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Guru3D PC Buyers Guide Spring Edition 2018
     Wed, Mar 28 2018 | 5:21P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This is the 2018 Spring Edition of th Guru3D Buyers Guide. In this article, we outline a set of recommendations for products we feel are great components to build yourself a nice gaming rig. We have four different system recommendations and something special to choose from so read all out it after the break.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

AMD RyzenFall, MasterKey, Fallout, Chimera Mitigation Guide
     Thu, Mar 22 2018 | 5:27P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The recently-discovered RyzenFall, MasterKey, Fallout and Chimera security flaws affecting AMD’s latest processor platforms are ruining the AMD Ryzen 2 pre-launch vibes. So it’s no surprise to see AMD working hard to fix the vulnerabilities. In this article, we will share with you the latest AMD mitigation options for the RyzenFall, MasterKey, Fallout and Chimera security vulnerabilities.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Mining
     Tue, Feb 13 2018 | 3:29P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just a few years ago, the word “Bitcoin” was only well known in technological circles. Ask the average person what it was, and they would give you a worried look. But at the end of 2017, as the value of a single Bitcoin approached $20,000 from under $1,000 at the beginning of the year, everyone was taking notice. Mainstream news sites were leading on the headline, and stories proliferated everywhere. Bitcoin was a mainstream story.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

The Best Drive For Your PC.
     Sat, Jan 13 2018 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Every drive has a purpose, and it is important to use the right drive for the job. Let us show you how to choose the best drive using the WD drive colours!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

RAM Matters: How Much Do You Need for Gaming?
     Sun, Dec 24 2017 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Measuring the impact that RAM capacity has on gaming is harder than it sounds because of all the factors at play. However we've tested different hardware configurations to determine how much memory is truly useful for gaming from 4GB up to 32GB.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

OCC's Recommend Holiday Build Guide
     Wed, Dec 13 2017 | 7:40P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
”This build guide is focused solely gaming and getting the best "bang for the buck" so to speak. A byproduct of this are things like RGB lighting and color theme builds go out the window due to budget restraints. On the low end, every dollar saved from an unnecessary, flashy setup can be put to better use. However, nothing is set in stone and you are free to adjust and spend a few dollars more to purchase things more to your liking. But whatever changes you make, just be sure it is compatible. If you unsure, feel free to hit up the OCC forums and ask for help. On that note, I am not loyal to one brand, but my lists do consist of parts I would buy myself instead of putting together a list of the cheapest possible combinations. I also avoided rebates due to needing to pay more up front. Since I opted out of the rebates, you will find better hardware for a similar price if you are willing to fill out the paperwork. I also listed alternate choices for most of the parts, so if something is out of stock or if you have a distaste for a certain brand, the option is available to choose.”
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

Guru3D PC Buyers Guide Winter 2017
     Mon, Dec 11 2017 | 5:43P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are pleased to offer you our PC Buyers Guide! This is the 2017 Winter Edition and it outlines a set of recommendations for products we feel are great components to build yourself a nice gaming rig. We have four different system recommendations and something special to choose from so read all out it after the break.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

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  46. Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
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  48. Linux Part 3: New Software
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  50. Making Old Software Compatible with Windows Vista
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  52. Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
  53. Optical Drives & Recording Formats
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  55. Overclocking the Videocard
  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
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  58. Quick Guide for Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
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  60. Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
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