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Productivity Tip: Supercharge your clipboard
     Sat, Aug 20 2016 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The clipboard has evolved significantly throughout the years, but for all its usefulness, operating systems like Windows and macOS seem content with offering basic functionality and letting power users with more specific needs use third party clipboard managers. Here are our favorite options in a few distinct categories for both desktop and mobile.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

BIOS Optimization Guide.
     Mon, Aug 15 2016 | 3:57P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The AGP ISA Aliasing BIOS feature allows you to determine if the system controller will perform ISA aliasing to prevent conflicts between ISA devices..."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Delete the Windows.old Folder and Save Space (Again)
     Sat, Aug 13 2016 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To keep on the safe side, Microsoft's install setup saves a full copy of your current Windows installation (that's the Windows.old directory right there), and while this will come handy in case something goes wrong or you need to revert back, it will also occupy several gigabytes of precious storage.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

A Quick Guide To Customizing Your Windows Desktop Experience
     Thu, Aug 11 2016 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are like me, the Aero themes under the Personalize menu in Windows 7 and Windows 10's minimalist design language are just not enough to give your PC a unique look. You want more than a new wallpaper, some icons, and simple color changes. There are utilities out there, both free and commercial, that will give you a custom desktop far beyond anything you can get from the Windows theme presets. You can go with the out of the box look, or customize things on your own with a little fiddling...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Speed up Your Computer with ReadyBoost
     Sat, Aug 06 2016 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ReadyBoost has been around since the days of Windows Vista. It is a little known Windows feature that can use external USB flash drives (or SD cards or CF cards), as a hard disk cache to speed up disk read performance. As we will explore in this article, there are times when ReadyBoost can be used as an effective tool …
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Overwatch Graphics Performance Tweak Guide
     Thu, Aug 04 2016 | 12:18P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We show you the many graphics options in Overwatch and how they affect gaming image quality and performance."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Doom Graphics Performance Tweak Guide
     Tue, Jul 05 2016 | 1:38P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We show you the many graphics options in Doom and how they affect gaming image quality and performance."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

 
Make Chrome Run Faster
     Thu, Jun 23 2016 | 2:21P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For all its popularity Chrome is also notorious for its habit of consuming a lot of RAM and draining battery life on laptops. Google is continually improving in this area, but there are some things you can do to curb memory usage and keep Chrome from becoming slow and annoying. We'll also share some 'hidden' features to get the most out of your web browsing experience.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Do memory timings affect real-world computer performance?
     Fri, Apr 22 2016 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Will paying more for memory modules with lower timings (or latencies) actually improve the computer performance? Let's find out!
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Computer Upgrades: A Data-Based Perspective
     Fri, Apr 15 2016 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this editorial research article for Benchmark Reviews, I’ll examine two $350 desktop computer systems, two widely different computer upgrade paths, and a data-based approach to attempt to answer the ever-popular question: “what should I upgrade next on my PC?”. Given that $350 and an AMD-based computer, is it worth adding $350-worth of graphics power, or should a gaming enthusiast take that same amount and use it to switch sockets to Intel?
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

One Year Redux On The Basement Computer Room
     Thu, Apr 14 2016 | 4:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"It was just over one year ago that I wrote about turning a basement into a big Linux server room (and then the six month redux). With having just finished tiling the floor and making some other modifications, here is a one-year look at the project where there are more than fifty systems running Linux/open-source benchmarks daily as part of Phoronix, OpenBenchmarking.org, and LinuxBenchmarking.com, among other Phoronix Media efforts for enriching the Linux hardware experience."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Becoming A Data Ninja With Microsoft SQL Server 2016.
     Mon, Apr 11 2016 | 5:47P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On the 8th of April, 2016, Microsoft Malaysia officially launched the new Microsoft SQL Server 2016 to support the transition to a data-centric world. Four key figures from Microsoft and the Multimedia Development Corporation came together to address the expansion of data science, and how SQL Server 2016 will help companies achieve their goals faster and easier than ever before."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Building A Butcher Block Computer Desk To Comfortably Handle Six Monitors
     Mon, Apr 04 2016 | 9:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With tiling the basement server room this month, I took the opportunity to build a new desk that's capable of easily handling six monitors while allowing for a better layout and more organization than before. Here are some details on building a butcher block wooden computer desk."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

All-in-ones, gaming, SFF and budget picks
     Sat, Mar 26 2016 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When buying a new computer you basically have two options: you can either buy pre-built or you can build one yourself. In general the latter will almost always result in better value, performance, and upgradeability. If you need something that works out of the box, or are simply looking for something to recommend to your less DIY-inclined friends, then this is for you.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 8.0.
     Sun, Feb 14 2016 | 4:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are so many workstation and server CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different models or even remember their specifications! Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various workstation and server CPU models in the market, as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete. Currently covering 857 workstation and server CPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare up to 20 different specifications for each and every workstation or server CPU.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Advanced System Care Tutorial
     Thu, Feb 04 2016 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We show you how best to use Advanced System Care, a freeware that cleans and optimizes your operating system, removing useless components that slow down the system.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
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A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
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The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is an awesome 'Sandy Bridge-E' motherboard for anyone in the business of content creation, yet still nimble enough to take on multi-videocard gaming and overclocking at the end of a days work.
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
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  2. 101 Tips and Tweaks for Windows XP
  3. 104 Killer Tech Tips for Windows XP
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  5. 99 Windows Vista Performance Tips
  6. Annual PC Checkup Checklist
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  10. Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC
  11. Burning CDs and DVDs
  12. Cloning WindowsXP
  13. Converting Videotape Into Video Files
  14. Crash Recovery: The Blue Screen of Death
  15. Creating a Weblog / Blog
  16. Creating MP3 Music Files
  17. Decrypting Lost Document & Zipped File Passwords
  18. Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
  19. Diagnosing Bad Memory
  20. Downgrading Windows Vista Back To Windows XP
  21. Dual OS Installation of WindowsXP 32-bit/64-bit
  22. Encryption and Online Privacy
  23. Ergonomics & Computers
  24. Flashing a Video Card BIOS
  25. Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
  26. Firewalls and Internet Security
  27. Firewall Setup and Configuration
  28. Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
  29. Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
  30. Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC
  31. Hard Drive Data Recovery
  32. Home Networking and File Sharing
  33. How to Install: Intel Socket 775 CPU and Heatsink
  34. How to Install: Intel Socket 1366 CPU and Heatsink
  35. How to Install: Intel Socket 1155 CPU and Heatsink
  36. How to Install: AMD Socket AM3 CPU and Heatsink
  37. How to Install: AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
  38. How to Fix Homesite Design Mode to Work in WindowsXP/ Vista
  39. How To Make a Budget Desktop Computer on the Cheap
  40. How to Update a Motherboard BIOS
  41. Installing RAID on Desktop PCs
  42. Installing Windows Vista
  43. Installing Windows XP
  44. Internet Connection Sharing
  45. Legally Copying Software and Music
  46. Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
  47. Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
  48. Linux Part 3: New Software
  49. Little Known Features of WindowsXP
  50. Making Old Software Compatible with Windows Vista
  51. Making DVD Movies from Video Files
  52. Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
  53. Optical Drives & Recording Formats
  54. Overclocking the CPU, Motherboard & Memory
  55. Overclocking the Videocard
  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
  57. Printer Sharing on a Home Network
  58. Quick Guide for Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
  59. RAM, Memory and Upgrading
  60. Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
  61. Remote Access to Computers
  62. RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions
  63. Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery
  64. Setting up an FTP Server in WinXP
  65. Slipstreaming WindowsXP with Service Pack 2
  66. Spyware Protection and Removal
  67. Stopping Spam
  68. Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death
  69. Synchronizing Files and Folders
  70. Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations
  71. Understanding & Creating Batch Files
  72. Understanding & Tweaking WindowsXP Services
  73. Upgrading A Motherboard Without Reinstalling
  74. Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP
  75. USB Memory Drive Projects & Tips
  76. VPNs and Internet Connection Security
  77. Website Hosting From A Home PC
  78. Website Hosting With Apache
  79. Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install
  80. Windows XP Command Prompt
  81. Windows XP Safe Mode Explained
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  83. Wireless Network Security
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