Speccy – System Information – Free Download

Posted on February 23, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

Look inside your PC and find all its hardware specs with Speccy from Piriform. There is a freeware version of this.

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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 […]

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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.

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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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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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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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MagSafe for the Rest of Us: A DIY Magnetic Power Adaptor

Posted on February 14, 2011. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: , , , , , , |

Instructables has a MagSafe for the Rest of Us: A DIY Magnetic Power Adaptor.

The power connector for a laptop is one of the most vulnerable points, and also makes it possible for a passerby to trip on the cord and drag your laptop away.

Here’s a do-it-yourself answer inspired by the magnetic power adapter patented by Apple.

(you can view all the steps with the “View All Steps” without becoming a “Pro Member” if you prefer — it’s just easier for Pro Members.)

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10 ways to dodge Linux hardware issues

Posted on July 12, 2010. Filed under: Hardware, Linux | Tags: , |

TechRepublic has 10 ways to dodge Linux hardware issues.

Using (or trying out) Linux?  Can’t get something to work with it?

Try some of these methods to clear it up.

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Find the Right SD Memory Card

Posted on July 12, 2010. Filed under: Buying, Hardware | Tags: , , , , |

The SD Association has instructions on how to Find the Right SD Memory Card.

These cards are used in cameras, ebook readers, smartphones, and an increasing variety of devices.

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Bios Central

Posted on June 10, 2010. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: , , |

Bios Central is the place for information on your Basic Input Output System which controls a lot of basic functions on your computer.

Beep(s) when starting up?  Find the codes here.

Need to ask a question?  Try the forum here.

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Computer hardware poster

Posted on April 5, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware | Tags: , , , , , , |

Sonic840 has a poster of computer hardware — especially ports! — at Computer hardware poster 1.7 by =Sonic840 on deviantART.

Download or buy it for a listing of lots of stuff you might run into.

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How to Replace Your CPU

Posted on March 1, 2010. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: , , , , , |

How to Replace Your CPU is intended for a laptop but much of the advice also works for the motherboard of a desktop unit.

By Laptop Magazine.

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Inside my laptop

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Hardware, Help | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Inside my laptop is a site that covers the insides of various brands, using photos and instructions.

Looking to upgrade your memory?  Change to a faster hard drive?  Replace a part?  You might find the information you need here.

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ScreenFix freeware

Posted on January 11, 2010. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: , , , , , , |

JScreenFix is an online set of tests to check your monitor/screen for brightness, dead pixels, flicker, and a number of other problem areas.

Black Screen Fix will try to fix bad pixels.

Free.

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5 Simple Changes to Reduce Hard Drive Failures

Posted on October 25, 2009. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: , , , , |

ServerWatch suggests 5 Simple Changes to Reduce Hard Drive Failures.

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Optimize Your Windows with a SSD

Posted on July 16, 2009. Filed under: Hardware, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , |

Maximum PC has a post on How-To: Optimize Your Windows Profile and Media Storage with a SSD.

“We’re going to show you how to set up your Windows install like a Linux setup—with the OS and primary apps on the SSD [solid state drive], and your user profile and space-hogging games on a traditional hard disk. This gives us the best of both worlds—the folders we write to most frequently are on a traditional disk, while our boot and app load times can benefit greatly from the fast read speed and low random-access time of an SSD. Best of all, you can use even a tiny 64GB SSD without having to constantly manage disk space—picking and choosing which apps and media will be stored on the small drive.”

Many laptops have multiple hard drives (a 320 GB hard drive is often really two — cheaper — 160 GB drives, for example) so by using the solid state drive, which is less vulnerable to damage and sometimes faster, combined with a larger standard hard drive for data, you can have the advantages of both: durability/speed and large storage.

Be sure to check your warranty before modifying your laptop.

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Deep Dish Cylindrical Parabolic Template

Posted on April 20, 2009. Filed under: Hardware, networking, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Deep Dish Cylindrical Parabolic Template.

Say that three times fast….

This might seem a little far to the geek side for this site, but bear with me.  What do you do when your wireless router just can’t seem to get the signal to the far side of the house, or to another floor?  Or what if you’d like to keep the signal a little more private given all the other wireless users in your neighborhood?

Use “scissors, tape, cardboard, tin foil” and do one of these things up, or get an aluminum cookie sheet to get more elaborate.  It just helps to focus and concentrate the wireless signal.

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Scan Your Hard Drives For Errors In Windows XP

Posted on April 13, 2009. Filed under: Hardware, Help, Utilities, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Always useful Internet Fixes has a post on how to Scan Your Hard Drives For Errors In Windows XP.

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PC Wizard gets into your guts

Posted on April 6, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware | Tags: , , , , |

PC Wizard is a computer system analyzer.  It gets the exact hardware that’s built into your system’s guts (which isn’t always spelled out by the manufacturer) so you can see just what you have.

Useful when troubleshooting, adding equipment, or even when building your own computer (“yes, I have a motherboard, but what exactly is installed on it?”).

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