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Building A Gaming PC For Under $400 With SteamOS @ Legit Reviews
     Sun, Nov 16 2014 | 10:35A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Over the past few months I?ve been hearing some buzz about the new SteamOS from, you guessed it, Steam. Since both of the current generation console systems are available for ~$400, we wanted to see what type of budget gaming PC we could build for $400 with the SteamOS.  Read on to see how our Steam Box budget build uses and watch us assemble the system."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

TweakTowns Ultimate Windows SSD Performance Installation Guide
     Mon, Nov 10 2014 | 7:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
TweakTown`s Ultimate Windows SSD Performance Installation Guide delivers essentials for optimum performance from your Windows based SSD installation."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Everybody Can NAS, a Beginners Guide to OpenMediaVault
     Wed, Oct 15 2014 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NAS is the acronym for ‘Network Attached Storage’ and that is just what it is. Storage that is directly attached to your network, thereby allowing you to access its content from all your smart devices. In this article I’ll take you along the road of setting up and configuring your own NAS, even for a small wallet. It sounds so simple and it is. But it is also something that can make your every-day digital-life a lot easier and more enjoyable. Having a NAS in your household allows you to have a centralized storage for all your backups, media files and documents. This again gives you the ability to easy access them from all your devices, may it be your smart TV, your phone or tablet, your computers or game consoles and what else comes to mind. Some of the first words that scare most people away from setting up a NAS themselves are ‘linux’ and ‘network’. While it might not be something you have experience with, I guarantee it’s all very easy and quick to do.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

News: TRs September 2014 System Guide
     Sat, Sep 20 2014 | 11:05A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We`ve updated our System Guide to include Intel`s new Haswell-E processors, the associated X99 platform, and DDR4 memory. The new guide also features AMD`s new Radeon R9 285 graphics card, plus the usual tweaks to account for the latest pricing and availability changes."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Where is the Startup Folder in Windows 8.1?
     Wed, Sep 17 2014 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Ok, we all know that a lot of things have changed in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 from the “Good Ol’e days”. While poking around pointlessly this morning, I started to wonder where the Startup folder had gone… and is it still used at all. If you are looking for the “new” Startup, go to ...
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

RAM Disk Guide Rev. 3.0.
     Wed, Sep 17 2014 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The RAM disk has been around since the 1980s, but it has never been popular due to the high cost of computer memory. It is now making a comeback, partly because RAM is now cheap and plentiful and partly because solid state drives (SSDs) are fast replacing hard disk drives as the storage medium of choice. SSDs are not only much faster than hard disk drives, they are silent and virtually impervious to vibration and shock. The downside though is their limited lifespan. That's where the RAM disk comes in - it allows the user to reduce wear and tear on the SSD by shifting some of the work to it. There are, of course, pros and cons to the RAM disk, and this guide will guide you through it all. On top of that, we will teach you how to make full use of your RAM disk.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Home Server Build, Parts 1, 2 and 3
     Sun, Aug 24 2014 | 11:54P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It seems that every home will need one, and we shouldn't rely on the fridge doing this for us. Hardwareslave are putting together a home and business server to support our needs and this is the first 3 instalments of the journey.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESLAVE

 
Understanding Graphics Cards - a Laymen's Guide
     Sat, Aug 16 2014 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Have you ever shopped for a graphics card before? Maybe it was your first graphics card, maybe you didn’t buy a card and decided to stick with the integrated graphics that accompanied your fancy motherboard. Maybe you went out upgraded to the new AMD Radeon R9 295X2. Whether you are a graphics guru or new to the graphics market, this article is a good place to start. This article serves the purpose of giving you a basic understanding of the underlying components and aspects of a graphics card to be cautious of when heading onto Amazon for a graphics upgrade.
  FULL STORY @ TECHNOLOGYX

Know Your Smartphone
     Wed, Aug 13 2014 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For many people smartphone cameras have replaced standalone point-and-shoots as the go-to device for everyday photography, as they're easier to access and more compact to carry with you. But just what goes in to making a good smartphone camera? What hardware do companies use? What do pixel sizes and f-stops really mean? In this article I'll be exploring the hardware, key terms associated with photography, and some comparisons along the way.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Beginner's Guide to the Linux Command Line, Part II
     Tue, Aug 12 2014 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While it may seem antiquated in this day and age of modern operating systems, the command line remains the most flexible and powerful way to perform tasks in Linux. In this follow up article to our command line series we go a bit deeper to discuss file metadata, permissions, timestamps, some new tools like tee, Vim, and more.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Why It's Really Time To Ditch The Short Filename.
     Sun, Aug 03 2014 | 12:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's been 20 years since Microsoft first introduced the long filename (LFN) in Windows NT 3.5, but NTFS continues to generate a short filename for every file you write today. This reduces the filesystem performance and introduces additional writes that are unnecessary unless you are using a very old application that can only understand the old 8.3 short filename format. Unless you are using old software from when Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock first broke out into stardom in Speed, you should disable the automatic generation of the 8.3 short filename. Doing so will give a kick to the NTFS file system's performance, and if you are using an SSD, help maintain its performance and lifespan.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Updates to the COD NAS Benchmarking Database
     Wed, Jul 23 2014 | 4:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I am proud to announce that Computingondemand.com's benchmarking databases have been updated. The new enhancements now allow you to filter the tables in the database to make your benchmarking comparison research easier than ever.
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

Best XBMC Addons for 2014
     Tue, Jul 22 2014 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
xbmc-featured XBMC is a powerful HTPC front end, but you never truly realize its potential until you start exploring ways of extending its functionality. Add-ons extend XBMC’s functionality bringing you new and incredible ways to enjoy your HTPC. Given the large number of add-ons out there… here is MY list of the top 5 for 2014 so far.
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

How to Export all Excel Worksheets as CSV
     Tue, Jul 22 2014 | 4:02P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I recently went on a hunt to try and figure out a way to export all my worksheets in an Excel document to CSV. The need arose simply out of frustration. Instead of copying cells and pasting as values into a new workbook then saving as CSV, I wanted a simple and logical approach that could save me time and frustration.
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

News: TRs July 2014 System Guide
     Mon, Jul 21 2014 | 10:36A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the arrival of the Pentium Anniversary Edition, Devil`s Canyon, and new solid-state drivesnot to mention a round of GPU price cutsthere`s hardly ever been a better time to upgrade. If you haven`t maxed out your credit card on Steam games already, you really ought to get in on this."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 15.7.
     Sat, Jul 19 2014 | 4:02P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
These days, there are so many mobile GPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different configurations. Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various mobile GPUs in the market as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete. Currently covering 470 mobile GPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare up to 24 different specifications for each and every GPU. We hope it will prove to be a useful reference. We will keep this guide updated regularly so do check back for the latest updates.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

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