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 [LATEST]  Upgrade My PC Please! Episode 3: Core Hi Five!
     Fri, Sep 22 2017 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Brayden's 'Oldy McOld' gets his prize and a new lucky reader gets a free Ryzen 5 1600 CPU. Welcome to Episode 3 of Upgrade My PC Please! Once again we have five PCs all in need of various upgrades, with your vote you can decide who gets a free upgrade.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

The Ultimate RGB Build: The Hardware
     Fri, Sep 22 2017 | 1:45P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"So I’ve been using the same PC as my main gaming / video editing rig for what seems like forever. When I built it not much thought really went into it, it was just available parts that I had laying around. The system itself has a Core i7-3970X, ASRock X79 Extreme4-M motherboard, 16GB of DDR3, a GTX 580, which was updated to a GTX 1080 recently, and a few SSDs. All of this was inside the Thermaltake Supressor F31 case, not really much to look at when you walk into the office. To this day that PC still kicks ass and in most cases is more than sufficient, but now that we are doing a lot of 4K video editing I felt it was time for an upgrade. Also we wanted to build something that looked totally badass! That is when the idea for the Ultimate RGB Build was hatched. We’ve said 2017 is the year of RGB so why not build a system with all RGB components? So we’ve compiled a list of awesome components and are ready to get this build started! This is part 1 of the build where we will go over the hardware used and why we selected it."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Upgrade My PC Please! Episode 1: The First 5
     Mon, Sep 18 2017 | 9:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Upgrade My PC Please! gives viewers the chance to have their PC upgraded for free. Watch the video for all the details about the first 5 PCs, check out our recommendations, and help us deciding who is the most deserving of receiving our proposed upgrade package.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

How to Squeeze the Most Out of Your iPhone's Battery
     Mon, Sep 18 2017 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Scientists have made plenty of battery breakthroughs in the lab in recent years yet we're still waiting for that revolutionary, game-changing advancement to trickle down to the consumer space. Stretching a phone's charge to the absolute limit is a top priority and today, we're going to share some tips to help you get the most mileage out of your iOS device.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Project Build Iris – Part 2 @ LanOC Reviews
     Sat, Sep 09 2017 | 4:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So last week I went into detail on the case, power supply, and the fans I went with in Iris. Those are cool, but it’s the components inside that determine how fast the computer is going to be. So today I’m going to go over the “go fast” goodies so to speak. I will talk about the reasoning on the motherboard and CPU and what else is going with it. Considering that my wife ends up playing more games than I do, making sure this build was extremely fast was important. I don’t need her getting angry at me when her games don’t work!
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Ryzen 3 vs. Core i5-2500K vs. FX-8370
     Sat, Sep 02 2017 | 9:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At this point we know that Ryzen 3 makes a strong case for budget gaming. What we've yet to learn however, is whether that scenario changes with overclocking and if folks with older high-end chips such as the Core i5-2500K and FX-8370 have anything to see here.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Project Build: Iris – Part 1 @ LanOC Reviews
     Sat, Aug 26 2017 | 1:59A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So 5-6 years ago I had a crazy custom painted build in the office and my wife came in and snatched it up. I like to tease her about it but the fact is she gets more gaming time in than I ever do so that build has been put to good use over the years. It’s had its video card upgraded a little but overall it has been extremely long in the tooth and as I was writing this is actually died on her. So a while back I started putting together plans to build something specifically for her, something more fitting than the rig she snatched up. So my base idea was something in your face, flashy, with lots of bright colors. This is just her style, always picking the crazy colors. She picked up her nickname (Koolaid) back when we were dating because her hair was never the same color. Anyhow with this project, I kind of set off with a theme best described as unicorn vomit, but she picked out the name Iris. In Greek mythology, Iris is the personification of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. I think that sums up what I was going for with this build. Anyhow! Today I’m going to just start things off by touching on a few of the base components and then we will come back later to talk about the go fast parts and what we are going with to get those crazy colors.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

 
make turning a PC on and off from a distance
     Sun, Jul 23 2017 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Commercially-available remote power switches make turning a PC on and off from a distance a simple task, but our resident microcontroller enthusiast thought of a few ways such a product might be improved. Join us as we see whether those ideas could be implemented for about $10 in parts.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Android Performance Tips and Tweaks
     Fri, Jun 02 2017 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Android phones have a habit of getting bogged down after 6 to 12 months of use (or do they?). A phone that was once a speed demon starts to feel a bit sluggish. But before you hand over some hard-earned cash for a new smartphone, there are some things that can be done to speed up your phone experience, and some things that do utterly nothing.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide
     Thu, Jun 01 2017 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Currently covering 207 workstation graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare up to 24 different specifications for each and every graphics card. Here are the latest updates :
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Powered In-Car Infotainment System DIY Project Guide
     Thu, Jun 01 2017 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I've had my share of blunders when it comes to car audio modifications, including rigging a Logitech Z-560 subwoofer and a touchscreen PC powered by a Via EPIA motherboard in my first car, but that was half a lifetime ago and I’ve grown wiser through the years -- or at least I like to think so. Join me on my latest journey to embrace my inner-geek and upgrade an old car with new technology using a trio of NVIDIA SHIELD Tablets and some new Clarion audio gear...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide
     Sat, May 20 2017 | 4:02P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Covering almost 800 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you to easily compare 24 different specifications for each and every card. If you need to find out about the specification of any card, just come over and check out our Desktop Graphics Comparison Guide.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

BAE Systems analyze the attack vector of the WanaCrypt0r ransomware
     Thu, May 18 2017 | 1:45P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The *military industrial complex* is taking an interest in the WanaCrypt0r ransomware... that in and of itself is almost MORE interesting than this detailed analysis by BAE Systems (nuclear submarine manufacturer) of the attack vector used by the ransomware.

"Since the release of the ETERNALBLUE exploit by ‘The Shadow Brokers’ last month security researchers have been watching for a mass attack on global networks. This came on Friday 12th May when it was bundled with ransomware called WanaCrypt0r and let loose. Initial reports of attacks were highlighted by Telefonica in Spain but the malware quickly spread to networks in the UK where the National Health Service (NHS) was impacted, followed by many other networks across the world.

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The infographic below illustrates the key components of the WanaCrypt0r ransomware. This is described in further detail in subsequent sections of this report along with initial clues on attribution.

The initial infection vector is still unknown. Reports by some of phishing emails have been dismissed by other researchers as relevant only to a different (unrelated) ransomware campaign, called Jaff.

There is also a working theory that initial compromise may have come from SMB shares exposed to the public internet. Results from Shodan show over 1.5 million devices with port 445 open – the attacker could have infected those shares directly."

  FULL STORY @ BAESYSTEMSAI

VLOOKUP Tutorial to end all VLOOKUP Tutorials - Hannah Sharron sets the record straight
     Thu, May 18 2017 | 1:28P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

The most ebullient email I have ever received on how to use VLOOKUP in Microsoft Excel just came down the wire from Hannah Sharron of Spreadsheeto.com.

Check out the comprehensive and straightforward guide to VLOOKUP right here.

"VLOOKUP’s ease of use and simplicity when “looking up” data is unparalleled in Excel. Maybe you want to learn the basics of VLOOKUP step-by-step? Perhaps your VLOOKUP formula isn’t working? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place!

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"A VLOOKUP simply looks for something in a range of cells and returns something that’s in the same row as the value you are looking for." The only caveat is, that the datasheet has to be listed vertically (which is the case 99% of the time).

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To help you better understand the power of VLOOKUP, we’ve created a sample file with a list of employees. With this data in hand, we’re going to create a tool that searches this list of employees and return the specific data we’re looking for – all powered by VLOOKUP."

  FULL STORY @ SPREADSHEETO

5 Ways to Access a Locked Windows Account
     Wed, May 17 2017 | 4:02P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
re are five of the most approachable ways for resetting or recovering your Windows password along with abridged instructions on how to execute them and some alternatives.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

How To Choose The Best Drive For Your PC
     Tue, May 16 2017 | 9:01A | 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

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  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
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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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