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1 month ago
You know what I hate? That’s right, Facebook status updates that begin with “I believe…” I also hate waiting in line, tight shoes, and people who respond to a question with a question. But what really grinds my millet is dropping money on an electronic item, something on which I am going to be viewing and listening to large amounts of data, only to discover that it is limited by stingy onboard...
2 months ago
Springtime is a chance to clean your house and its contents thoroughly, but it's easy to forget about cleaning your data. Picture each device you and your family own as a messy drawer, cabinet, wardrobe, closet, or room... that's locked. Now, if you're already trembling with anticipation, fear not. We'll help you get your life back on track with these tips about devices, storage, and you. The...
2 months ago
I hate dirty things. Dirty dishes—hate ’em. Dirty laundry? Ewww. Dirty politicians? Have you ever heard of clean politicians? But there’s some dirt you can take care of and, for that, there’s no excuse but to clean it up. But cleaning dirty electronics is a completely different ballgame. You invest a lot of money in your smartphones, tablets, and TVs—cleaning them is sometimes as tricky as a...
2 months ago
A couple of months ago, I decided that my TV screen, a 55" Vizio E-Series flat screen, needed some maintenance. I play a lot of video games, and it was slightly unsettling to chase players down in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 with these great swaths of dust littering my field of vision. Seriously, it was like watching a battle take place inside an Australian dust storm. When I had finally had enough...
2 months ago
Many of us own devices with a USB Type A port. They're often seen in laptops, desktops, and peripherals since they are pretty much required for any kind of computing. However, with the push of USB Type C devices, the game has changed. With the Type C interface, you’ll no longer have to struggle with plugging in cables, because the Type C has a reversible connector—so there’s no wrong way to plug...
2 months ago
Pssst. Hey buddy. No, you. Yeah, you. I hear you need a surveillance system. Just so happens, I got a surveillance system for you. But these are stripped down. They need hard drives. Surveillance system without a hard drive? That’s like buying a car with no engine. You’ve got to have hard drives. You’ve got to have storage. Buying a surveillance system doesn’t have to be a shady deal, as long as...
3 months ago
Yeah, I know—here’s your first answer. BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. In today’s micro-miniaturized, office-space-at-a-premium fast-paced collaborative workspace, office managers and creative personnel are always looking for a way to integrate, multi-task, and share information. It’s what the Internet was created for. One way to do that is to minimize large-footprint equipment like TVs...
3 months ago
In all honesty, if you’re reading this, you’re probably curious to know what a fibre channel network is and what it does. The reason I suggest this is because if you are already running a fibre channel network, you probably don’t need a primer. But if you’re thinking about adding a FC network, you may want to start with these four basic tidbits. First of all, what is a fibre channel network?...
4 months ago
George Carlin has a classic bit called “A Place for Your Stuff.” In it, the acerbic comic rants about our tendency to acquire stuff over time, and how we can ultimately get down to the most basic stuff we can’t be without if we find ourselves taking a trip to the beach. Sadly, a daily commute into Manhattan does not enjoy the simplicity of a day at the beach, and there is just some stuff I have...
4 months ago
Think about your computer for a minute. No, really. Think about it. You’re staring into the screen right now, letting your left and right brain fight their internal and infinite battle for dominance, while your eyes process the millions of colors available to your brain, and try to sort out the color red from the color magenta, while also deciding if the dress you’re viewing is blue or white....
5 months ago
So, it’s time to set a trap for your mouse and ditch your trackpad? A Wacom pen-input tablet is a great alternative to a traditional mouse/trackpad/keyboard setup. It offers great flexibility, precise control, and more intuitive response time—all good things when you’re being hammered by deadlines and want to put on the best client-facing presentation you can. But, just in case you’re confused by...

6 months ago
In this B&H Event Space video, Makerbot Learning Team member Drew Lentz explains how to integrate 3D printing in a classroom setting. 3D printing is a new and innovative technology and, while it serves many purposes, this workshop is all about education. In addition to walking viewers through some of Makerbot’s experiences in working with educators and shedding light on the company’s...
8 months ago
If you’re reading this article, you either own a Wacom tablet, have just purchased a Wacom tablet, or you’re considering buying a Wacom tablet. When it comes to photographers, graphic designers, or any other computer artists, one of the single most important accessories that you could own is a tablet. To an artist, precision is a key element, and a bulky mouse doesn’t give you that. Try...
8 months ago
Everyone loves laptops. They’re portable, powerful, and productive. But some of us can’t afford to keep up with new laptop models every year. Some of us (most of us) hang on to our laptops until they wheeze their last breath. And even then, we try to find ways to get one last gasp of use out of them. How can you extend the life of your aging laptop? How can you save a few bucks when buying a new...
10 months ago
There are so many computer terms thrown around these days that sometimes you feel as if you’ve missed out on something when reading an article or advertisement for computers—as if you were asleep in class the day they started talking about RAM caches, dedicated versus integrated graphics cards, or hyper threading. Today, we’re going to go through workstations, and the three W’s: What it is, Why...

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