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Android + MicroSD and You

Congratulations, you now have yourself a brand new android device and you already filled it up to capacity with apps and downloaded files. Now your looking to buy a MicroSD card to increase your storage space but you don’t know what your looking for… Continue reading

Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101

The new kid on the block just may be a iPad killer who goes by the name Transformer. No I am not talking about Autobots or the Decepticons, I’m talking about the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. This little beast gives iPad a run for its money. Coming in with two different versions and a awesome optional configuration. A 16gb and 32gb model that you can bundle up with a excellent keyboard dock to further enhance your computing experience.

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Which Video Card to Buy?

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Today I was doing my daily tech news read on MaximumPC and came across an article about video cards. Much like their article on memory that I posted not to long ago, they have once again answered the question, “What video card should I buy?” They cover the different type of computer uses and what video card is best suited for that use. Though the article is not as detailed as their memory one, but is just as informative in leading you in the right direction. For a balanced user who use their computer to do a little bit of everything, you can’t go wrong with an AMD HD 6850. I know there might be some people out there who would say NVIDIA is better, but they tend to consume more power and also NVIDIA has mentioned its leave from the pc market. So support for its preexisting cards may or may not be there. Check out the article over at MaximumPC.

The Memory Buyers Guide

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Today I started to write an article on computer memory. Explaining how much memory you need to do certain things, the types of memory there are (DDR2, DDR3, etc.), and which companies makes the best memory modules. Before I could finish the first paragraph, I was side track by my RSS news feed. Which coincidentally I see an article about the exact same topic I started to write for “Did You Plug It In!?”. I do have to admit the article I read explaining memory modules and so forth is a bit better than what I had planned to write. So instead of me writing about something that someone else had already written, I will instead provide a link directing you to the article about memory modules. It’s a good article and very informative for anyone looking to know more about memory modules. You can read the article on the MaximumPC website.

AMD vs Intel

Many of you who may not know, there has been a long battle between the two top CPU makers of the world. Intel and AMD. Since computer enthusiast were given the ability to build their own computers at home, the big question has been. What processor should I run my rig with? While both companies are equally great. Running in a race neck to neck were one will conquer the other for a short period of time. Both also have their drawbacks. Continue reading

Computer 101

I’ve noticed that when I walk into a Bestbuy or a Fry’s electronics that many people don’t understand what all the specifications on the computer tag means. For instance, many think that the CPU is the computer itself which it is not. The CPU—Central Processing Unit—also known as a “Processor” is the brains of the computer not the whole computer itself. Also for other stuff like memory, hard drive, graphics, etc. Most but many people don’t know what they mean or do. Here I will explain to you what those specifications on the tag means and do. Continue reading

Buy vs Build

When dealing with clients who are looking into getting a new computer. I get ask the question “What is better, buying a computer or having one built?”. Which is a very good question as both sides have their pros and cons. For me, building my computer is way better than buying one from a manufacturer unless its a laptop. The reason for me is that I know every single part in detail that I put into my system, I am able to build a computer to fit my exact needs of what I need to do, that I know I have plenty of room to upgrade if need be in future, and finally, I know the computer I built will go beyond the three year life span of a normal bought computer. But that’s just me. I will let you the readers decide for yourselves if you want to buy or build. Continue reading

Using Microsoft Security Essentials, Super Anti-Spyware, and Malwarebytes together

Now that you have all three programs installed, you are ready to start using them in the fight against infection. The way I like to start off with the scanning of my computer is to use Microsoft Security Essentials first, Super Anti-Spyware second, and then finish the whole process off with Malwarebytes. Keep in mind that the process of scanning your computer takes time and system resources. Depending on the speed of your computer, the size of your hard drive, and how many files that are on your drive, the scan could take an hour or maybe two or more hours. While you are still able to surf the net or work in other programs while the scanning is in progress, you will be sharing system resources with the scanner causing the scan process to take longer. So I suggest that you run the scans and have a smoke or cup of coffee till the scanning is done. But be sure to check up on the scanning process every now and then to make sure everything is okay. Lets start. Continue reading