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3D Printing Tips and Tricks - Essential Tools of the Trade for your hobby
     Fri, Feb 14 2014 | 10:11A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
3D printing requires more than a 3D printer and a PC. Follow along as Charles covers the typical tools needed to operate and maintain it."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

3D Printing Tips and Tricks - How to make ABS Juice to help your 3D prints better stick
     Fri, Feb 14 2014 | 10:11A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Charles walks us through his method of making a batch of ABS Juice which promotes less warping and better print adhesion to the printing surface."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

w to upgrade your notebook: SSD, RAM and more
     Thu, Feb 13 2014 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Upgrading a desktop PC is a piece of cake. Usually all you need is a screwdriver, and sometimes not even that. There is a huge range of new and different components you can choose between, in all price segments. For a laptop it's not quite as simple. Due to a lack of standardisation it's not as straight-forward to add or replace components. Most notebooks are very limited when it comes to upgrading, but it can definitely be worth it. You can improve the performance significantly with a little more RAM or an SSD, for example. This guide will show you what your options are and what you need to think about.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Beginners Guide: Hi-Resolution Panoramic Images with MSFT ICE
     Sat, Feb 08 2014 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"If you've ever tried to manually knit a series of overlapping images together in Paint or Photoshop, you know that image distortion makes this a truly difficult and time consuming task. Microsoft Research has developed a free program called Image Composite Editor 1.4.4.0 - which is a really powerful, but simple to use and nearly completely automated panoramic image stitching program that works with photos or video!"
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

3D Printer Tips and Tricks for Better Quality Results: Part 1
     Sun, Feb 02 2014 | 4:17P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In his first installment, Charles shows you how to improve print quality by installing a fan ducted to the hot end."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

How To Fix Keychain Corruption In OS X
     Fri, Jan 24 2014 | 3:07P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OS X Mavericks recently went bonkers, and kept asking me to key in the keychain password from the moment I started it up. No matter how many times I key in the password, it would say that it was the wrong password (it was the correct one, you dolt!) and it kept asking me again and again and again like a really neurotic girlfriend. I tried using resetting the password but that didn't work. It still claimed that the password was the wrong one. I tried using the Keychain First Aid to verify and repair the keychains but it only reported that everything was perfectly okay when it was obviously not. The good news is - I finally found the reason for this problem and its solution and it's stupendously simple.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Home Server Build Part 1 - Requirements, Chassis and PSU
     Fri, Jan 24 2014 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Hello all and welcome to this multi-part journey through my File/Home Server build. This is not intended as a "How to " or any sort of pre written guide so take the information in this article with a pinch of salt, and use at your own risk! (There is a forum thread for your own stories) It's a strange thing these days but one of the main technologies to filter into the home is a Home server or a NAS. It's strange because the thing we were never supposed to need was a Cloud we can build and manage or Data Centre servers in our home. Well with all of the media products going virtual it is just the "thing" that pretty much every home will need. I almost feel that I need a Service Designer to design and map out my social and virtual media life and possessions. That said, for now I am just going to lump for my first bespoke Home Server and see where it takes me. To start off there probably wont be much in the way of building, but more some research and requirements into why and what I really need. I have built PC's for around 16 years so the understanding, assembly and trouble shooting shouldn't really be an issue. This though will be my first self build Server, so there maybe a few bumps in the road. I know a lot of guides are online these days so the information and I am going to use as much as possible to plug any knowledge gaps I have.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESLAVE

 
Best Networking Hardware Roundup - January 2014 @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Fri, Jan 17 2014 | 3:33P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As technology advances we are all becoming more connected in our homes. It is not uncommon for households to have multiple smartphones, tablets and desktop/laptop systems all connected to a network. But which hardware will help to maximise your enjoyment and experience? Today we round up a few items which we feel can make for an ideal base install."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

new TR system guide
     Fri, Dec 20 2013 | 4:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Yes, it's time for a new TR system guide. We have old recommendations to tune up, availability constraints to account for, and price hikes to work around—all to serve those of you preparing for some last-minute Christmas shopping. We've also added a new build to the mix: a small-form-factor gaming rig with everything needed to make console gamers jealous.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

merits of SteamOS
     Fri, Dec 20 2013 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Once you get there you are officially in the club of Linux gaming. The problem of course is a limited amount of games and in particular AAA titles. Hopes remain high amongst the gaming community that with the push to OpenGL on PS4 coupled with the SteamOS release more developers will create Linux-compatible games. That is definitely a long term goal though so don't install SteamOS today under the belief you can migrate here completely."
  FULL STORY @ INSTALL

Tiered Storage Setup for Consumers - Tips for boosting performance
     Wed, Dec 04 2013 | 10:58A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Chris talks about why you should try to keep some data types off your SSD and why large programs should be installed on a mechanical hard drive."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Christmas Gift Guide 2013 Edition - BCCHardware
     Mon, Dec 02 2013 | 6:38P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Christmas is a great time to spread cheer and take a moment to remember why we actually have the season. Many cultures celebrate the season for one reason or another and in western society, we celebrate by giving gifts to friends and family (or those we have to in an office pool). If some people on your list are hard to shop for, we`ve got a few suggestions that may help take some of the pain out of holiday shopping. We`ve broken the list down into different price categories in order to make it easier to find something in your price range."
  FULL STORY @ BCCHARDWARE

Christmas Global Joint Giveaway
     Mon, Dec 02 2013 | 4:35P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Christmas Global Giveaway is up people, this time we have a total of 30 prizes by 19 manufacturers ready to be shipped to 26 very lucky winners...HoHoHo :)"
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

Holiday Gift Guide: Tablets, Smartphones, Laptops
     Tue, Nov 26 2013 | 5:16P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Portable devices are becoming ever more powerful, and users are increasingly utilizing them to keep up with news and friends, get work done, and for entertainment. Smartphones and tablets have never been so powerful, and if you're in market for either, it's going to be a fun holiday season, packed with some great options to choose from. Whether it's for you or someone else, consider this your go-to guide for picking out the perfect tablet or smartphone. We're all about spreading the holiday cheer around here, and if it means sifting through dozens of devices to find the best ones, then so be it. That's what we do, and we'd much rather you spend your time this holiday season with your family and friends than clicking frantically around the web trying to make sense of all the mobile devices available. We've already done it, and these are our picks...
  FULL STORY @ HOLIDAY

News: TRs fall 2013 system guide
     Fri, Nov 22 2013 | 11:21A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We`ve updated our four staple builds to account for all of the latest hardware releases, including the arrival of new graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Building a Hackintosh The Easy Way
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 1:46P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Building a Hackintosh has definitely gotten easier over the years but there's still plenty of tinkering involved for the uninitiated. Earlier this year a company known as Quo launched a Kickstarter to fund a motherboard designed to run "any operating system". Though they don't explicitly market it as a Hackintosh board it's clearly one of the board's key selling points.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

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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.
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  10. Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC
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  12. Cloning WindowsXP
  13. Converting Videotape Into Video Files
  14. Crash Recovery: The Blue Screen of Death
  15. Creating a Weblog / Blog
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  17. Decrypting Lost Document & Zipped File Passwords
  18. Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
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  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
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