Hardware

Night Light and blue light

Posted on February 14, 2018. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , |

f.lux is software to adjust the light on your computer automatically with the time of day.

Of course, Windows 10 has Night Light for that, but Dave’s Computer Tips prefers f.lux.

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Best Micro SD Cards for All Your Devices – Review Geek

Posted on October 31, 2017. Filed under: Files, Hardware | Tags: , , , , , |

Review Geek explains: It’s really hard to distinguish micro SD cards from one another. Besides their capacity, they’re all the same, right? Not necessarily. Some cards are faster than others and not every device can use every card. Here’s our recommended cards (and how to pick a card that’s compatible with your device)

Source: Best Micro SD Cards for All Your Devices – Review Geek

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3 Ways to Get More Storage on Android Using a microSD Card

Posted on October 9, 2017. Filed under: Android, Files, Hardware | Tags: , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on how microSD cards are a great way of adding storage to your Android device — but you need to know these tricks!

Source: 3 Ways to Get More Storage on Android Using a microSD Card

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How To Access BIOS On Your PC

Posted on July 8, 2017. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: |

Addictive Tips has a post on How To Access BIOS On Your PC

Source: How To Access BIOS On Your PC

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How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs)

Posted on December 21, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Hardware, Security | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet posts: Got a pile of old drives that you need to wipe before sending them to Silicon Heaven? Or do you want to wipe a drive in a computer that you are selling or giving away? Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the job done.

Source: How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) | ZDNet

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How to Use a PlayStation 3 Controller in Windows 10

Posted on November 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Fun, Hardware, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , , |

WindowsReport has a post: Windows 10 is closely connected with Microsoft’s own Xbox One console, but there are some exceptions that could be made. For example, you can use Xbox’s bitterest rival’s joystick as your regular computer joystick, with the little trick I’m going to show you in this article. I know Microsoft will probably dislike this. So, if […]

Source: How to Use a PlayStation 3 Controller in Windows 10

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Here’s how to prevent laptop power cords from fraying

Posted on April 14, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Hardware | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet has a post on how to reinforce your laptop and other power cords to last longer.  It’s a neat trick involving a moldable adhesive.

Source: Here’s how to prevent laptop power cords from fraying | ZDNet

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If you can do PowerPoint, you can do 3D design

Posted on February 19, 2016. Filed under: Hardware, Microsoft PowerPoint | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet says that if you’re intimidated by the idea of using a 3D design program to create an object for a 3D printer, don’t be. In this quick article and tutorial video, you’ll see how skills you have with PowerPoint (and other graphic programs) can translate easily to 3D design.

Source: If you can do PowerPoint, you can do 3D design

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Watch Out: How to Buy a USB Type-C Cable That Won’t Damage Your Devices

Posted on February 2, 2016. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: , , , |

The How-To Geek warns: USB Type-C brings a new universal connector to laptops and smartphones, and many device are already starting to use it. But beware: many USB-C cables aren’t designed properly and could potentially damage your hardware.

Source: Watch Out: How to Buy a USB Type-C Cable That Won’t Damage Your Devices

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How to get the most from Li-Ion batteries

Posted on February 10, 2014. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: , , , , |

ZDNet has advice on How to get the most from Li-Ion batteries, which is what you have in most rechargeable devices (including phones, tablets, laptops) these days.

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How To Connect a USB Keyboard To Your Android device

Posted on December 3, 2012. Filed under: Android, Hardware | Tags: , , |

How To Connect a USB Keyboard To Your Android Device.

Actually, the “device” in the title says “phone” but this may work with tablets as well.

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HDDScan – free HDD test utility with USB flash and RAID support

Posted on June 18, 2012. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

HDDScan is a free HDD test utility with USB flash and RAID support.

Recommended by TechRepublic.

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Five tips for restoring an unbootable hard drive

Posted on September 3, 2011. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: , , |

TechRepublic has Five tips for restoring an unbootable hard drive.

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Get Wired Performance from Your Wi-Fi Network

Posted on April 18, 2011. Filed under: Hardware, networking | Tags: , , , , , , |

Windows Secrets tells how to Get Wired Performance from Your Wi-Fi Network.

This covers the use of NetGear Powerline adapters to send wi-fi signals through normal electric wiring in a house.

This is not an endorsement, but it might be a solution in some houses that are hard to equip with wireless access in some areas.

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vortexbox.org

Posted on April 3, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, MP3, Music, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , |

vortexbox.org is a way to repurpose that old PC you replaced — instead of just recycling it out of the house!

vortexbox will erase everything on your computer and replace the software with a ” free, open source (GPL v3), quick-install ISO that turns your unused computer into an easy-to-use music server/jukebox. Once VortexBox has been loaded on an unused PC, it will automatically rip CDs to FLAC and MP3 files, ID3 tag the files , and download the cover art. Vortexbox will then serve the files to network  media players such as Logitech Squeezebox, Sonos, or Linn. The music files can also be streamed to a Windows or Mac OSX system.”

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Speccy – System Information

Posted on March 28, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

Speccy provides your System Information specs.

Freeware for Windows.

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Test your IPv6.

Posted on March 17, 2011. Filed under: Hardware, networking | Tags: , , , , , , |

Test your IPv6. is a site that automatically tests your computer (when you connect) to see if the newer, longer IP address system will work through your Internet Service Provider and all the equipment down to your computer.

Or, you can try to use the Internet on June 8: “the international Internet Society (ISOC) is throwing a World IPv6 Day on June 8 — 24 hours for website owners, ISPs, and network users (that’s us) to take an IPv6 test flight. ISOC has arranged for Google, YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, and a hundred other sites to turn on their IPv6 stacks. Two of the biggest Internet plumbing organizations, Akamai and Limelight Networks, will also enable IPv6 on that day. The idea is to test all the intermediaries — ISPs and other network operators, plus router hardware manufacturers — to see which of them will fall over when dual stacks become commonplace.”

If you are not able to use the newer IPv6 system, check the tests for the reason.  If it’s your ISP (Internet Service Provider), then contact them to encourage them to upgrade.  If it’s your equipment (router, modem, software, etc.) then upgrade them (download new software, new router firmware if available, or replace).

Recommended by Windows Secrets.

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Livescribe : Never Miss A Word

Posted on March 7, 2011. Filed under: Hardware, podcasting | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Normally, this blog avoids endorsement of commercial products (“pay”) but this article covers the possible educational uses of Livescribe smartpens and products.

The author is quite impressed with the possibilities that are available for both faculty (“pencasts” with voice recordings in sync with what you write) and students (taking notes with recordings).

I have not tried this product, but it sounds as if it has some very interesting possibilities for education.  It is offered here not as an endorsement or review, but simply as an item for consideration.

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MouseFIGHTER

Posted on March 7, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware | Tags: , , , , |

MouseFIGHTER is not cruel to small furry critters.

If you cannot (short- or long-term) use a mouse, this freeware allows you to use keyboard commands to maneuver the cursor.

The rationale on the home page is rather interesting:

“Everyone knows, that working with a mouse too much is not healthy. We should be moving our bodies while working on the computer. Now that will soon be possible. The MouseFIGHTER website is dedicated to make that happen. Until the the PrimeSense kinect technology is encorporated into every webcam of every notebook sold, the best we can do, is to offer you Pointer Control Software that works with the keyboard alone.”

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Five tips for extending lithium-ion battery life

Posted on March 7, 2011. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: , , , , |

Laptop and pad owners, listen up!

TechRepublic has Five tips for extending lithium-ion battery life.

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