Posts Tagged ‘hardware’

Report – Windows 10 Upgrade May Turn Retail OS into OEM Version

Monday, March 28th, 2016

It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out after the free Windows 10 upgrades end in July 2016.

Microsoft’s free upgrade offer to Windows 10 stands until July 2016. Customers who work on genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 systems may upgrade those systems to Microsoft’s newest operating system Windows 10 free of charge. It does not matter whether the source operating system is an OEM or Retail version, as both upgrade just fine to the new OS.


USB Big Mouse

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

More proof that bigger isn’t always automatically better …

When it comes to using a computer mouse, I like mine as plain and simple as possible. I only need three mouse buttons (left, right and middle) and a scroll wheel and that is it. A friend of mine, avid gamer, recently bought a 20+ button mouse as he likes all of the game controls on the mouse.

Computer mice come in all size and shapes. You can buy small models for mobile use, gaming mice with more than a dozen different buttons, plain two button mice and even mice for big handed individuals.


The Benefits of Raid 5

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

This article does a fairly decent job of briefly explaining how the various version of RAID differ from one another …

If you’ve every suffered a hard drive failure, you’ll know how it feels to lose data. Even if you have a backup, it can be a pain having to copy everything back from a tape drive and there’s always that uncertainty as to whether the backups will work at all.


Watch Out for Hardware Keyloggers

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

This is a pretty basic security precaution that many users will already be familiar with … but it still bears repeating …

Keyloggers are either hardware devices or software which can record the key strokes of a user. Both are legal to own in the US and other countries despite their ability to be used in identity theft and fraud. While software keyloggers are the most common, hardware ones need to be watched out for too. While this is true for any computer, it is especially true for public computers.


Toshiba Recalls Overheating and Melting Satellite T-Series Notebooks

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

I’ve seen computers fail in some pretty interesting ways … but I’ve never seen one actually melt before.

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Thursday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced a recall of three Toshiba Satellite T-series notebook computers: T135, T135D and ProT130, for reports that the units’ AC adaptors cause them to overheat and melt.


Intel rolls out 50-Core Processor

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Wow … And I thought quad-core processors were impressive.

I have a dual-core processor in my main PC, which is good, and will later this summer buy a new computer with a quad-core processor, which is better, but probably not something I would be able to take advantage of.  But what would I do if I had 50-cores in my processor?  Apart from pay more on my electricity bill obviously!

Well Intel have now unveiled the first 50-core chip, codenamed “Knights Corner”.  This 22 nanometer monster uses a new x86 core architecture and it’s clearly not intended for your PC.


Seagate tries a new hybrid solid-state HDD, this time without Microsoft’s help

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

If this hybrid solid-state HDD technology really works, it would definitely make PCs and laptops much more affordable …

By Scott M. Fulton, III, Betanews

Seagate Technology top story badgeThe latest hybrid notebook storage device announced today by Seagate Technology, the 2.5-inch form factor Momentus XT, promises radical performance improvements from every hybrid drive that has come before. Seagate says it can now offer this performance by literally divorcing the drive from, and breaking all connections with, the Windows-based technology that catalyzed the company’s entry into the hybrid SSD business to begin with.