16 Apr 2013

Windows Blue (Windows 8.1) which is coming later in the year, most likely in the fall, may have the option to boot directly to the desktop.  This would make power users who prefer getting straight to the desktop experience happy and not require third party workarounds, though we had previously outlined some easy ways to boot directly to the desktop for the current iteration of Windows 8.

16 Apr 2013

I recently came across this USB 3.0 dock offered on Newegg for around $35, the Syba Connectland CL-ENC50038.  It features the ability to connect up two 3.5" harddrives at the same time, or two 2.5" size drives, or a combination of the two.  It supports up to 3TB according to the documentation, though a 4TB Western Digital that was tested also worked.  In this article I'll show you some of the features and some real world benchmarks of the drive from my own testing.

16 Apr 2013

 

 Summary

Bing search results contain more malware than Google's, hacker uses android to remotely hijack home built jet, the next Xbox will control your TV, NASA plans to snag an asteroid, NAS Software options for RAID, Orbx releases Southern Alaska and more.

16 Apr 2013

Summary

Bing search results contain more malware than Google's, hacker uses android to remotely hijack home built jet, the next Xbox will control your TV, NASA plans to snag an asteroid, NAS Software options for RAID, Orbx releases Southern Alaska and more.

03 Apr 2013

With the growing use of home media servers and home theater PCs (HTPCs), many of us now turn to larger capacity hard drives.  The traditional trend is to use a server with hardware RAID to take many smaller drives and turn them in to one larger drive for media, but many software based RAID options now exist to help keep the hardware cost down and simplify making large arrays that are protected from hardware failure.  Keep in mind that RAID is never a substitute for backup, however.  In this article we take a look at the software solution called FlexRAID, which can let your computer and take hard drives and act as a NAS (network attached storage).

28 Mar 2013

Recently, NewEgg had a fantastic price on this Seagate STCA4000100 4TB USB 3.0 external hard drive.  It was at that time I decided to purchase three of these to move to a more traditional NAS setup, either with a Drobo style NAS or a home built server based design.  I'll have more on the home built variety in a future article, but for now I wanted to show everyone the method to cracking this guy open and some test results on the drive itself, which in most cases is a 5900 RPM drive, unless you were one of the ones that ended up with a 7200 rpm model.  This whole process actually takes less than five minutes and should not void the warranty.

25 Mar 2013

If you have ever run into a hard drive you wanted to re-format or use and it was labelled as a "GPT Protective Partition", here are the steps you can take, from within Windows to get the ready for action again.

21 Mar 2013

 

If you are seeking a new video card to crush the FPS on the latest game then there are a few out there to pick from depending on multiple factors such as budget or depending on your level of need, such as for hard core gaming or flight simulation.  The biggest two of course are AMD and Nvidia.  Nvidia has just released the GTX Titan.  We will start off by taking a look at its specs and its pricing, though for now this card is out of reach for the frugal consumer but offers tons of performance and then work our way down in class and price.

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