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When you’re packing your gear to travel out into the field, you should always ask yourself one question: Do I really need to give myself a hernia? Even though the answer is always “no,” it’s important to remind yourself not to make your freight heavier than it needs to be.

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3 years ago
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Do you know what would happen if you were to use your notebook computer while it was plugged into an outlet and charging, and a blackout were to occur? Nothing. It will probably be dark in the room, but the computer will be fine. The battery in the notebook computer will kick in and provide power until it’s completely discharged or until the AC power comes back online.

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3 years ago
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Have you looked at your keyboard lately—not just a glance, but a detailed inspection? Probably you didn’t, because if you did, you’d realize how filthy it is. That is, unless you clean it regularly. But most people don’t. The nature of a keyboard is such that it’s a dirt trap. The recessed area where the keys sit is an invitation for dust, grime, crumbs, hairs, nail clippings and other detritus to accumulate.

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3 years ago
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There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Kensington locks, but you might not know what they are and might never have seen one. A Kensington lock is a special kind of lock made for securing expensive electronic equipment.

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3 years ago
Hands-on Review

DVD burners have been the standard optical drives found in most new computers for years now. Blu-ray burners have been around for a while too, but only recently have they begun to displace DVD burners. Blu-ray drives are now quite affordable and they’re backward compatible with DVDs and CDs.

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3 years ago
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Even before most people had bought their first high-definition TV sets, they already owned high-def displays attached to their desktop computers or rooted in their notebooks. They just didn’t use them to watch TV. Today, there are at least three ways to watch TV on a computer.

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3 years ago
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Mobile computers, smart phones and satellite phones can keep you in touch with civilization even when you’re far from it. Unfortunately, their batteries need regular charging, which is usually impossible when you’re off the grid and there’s nowhere to plug in. Fortunately, you have a few options when it comes to bringing power into the wild.

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3 years ago
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It is unfortunate that a notebook computer is useless if you don’t have a functioning power adapter for it. The same can be said of an external DVD burner, flat-panel monitor or anything else that requires an external power brick.

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3 years ago
Hands-on Review

Why pay more for quality FireWire cables now that Pearstone has rolled out a full selection of 4-, 6- and 9-pin cables in various lengths? The IEEE 1394 interface has long been favored by video and audio pros for connecting portable equipment like camcorders to computers. But misplacing a cable or not having the right cable with a 4- to 6-pin connection, for instance, can trip up anyone.

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3 years ago
Hands-on Review

The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 is a multi-talented camera for attaching to your computer screen. It captures 1080p video and 10MP still images, and it enables 720p online video chatting. High-quality stereo microphones flank a real Carl Zeiss autofocus lens.

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4 years ago
Hands-on Review

I love collecting knives. I have a large collection of them, including some that I’ve had since I was a kid. I collected the bulk of them during the past decade or so, while satisfying my addiction to eBay. But before I bought anything on eBay, I already owned two Leatherman multitools.

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4 years ago
Hands-on Review

When I first learned how to use a computer, I used Windows 3.1 and DOS. At the time, Windows was a little unwieldy, especially for someone just learning the basics of a computer, but it did provide a visual interface with which to navigate the folders, files, and applications scattered around your C:\ drive.

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5 years ago
Hands-on Review

One of the most daunting technical challenges facing small businesses as they start up is choosing a data-storage system. The concepts underlying storage arrays go over most people's heads. Even when understood, the rigid structure demanded by RAID arrays means figuring out exactly how much storage you'll need for the foreseeable future.

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8 years ago

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