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Cris Silvestri

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1 month ago
Apple fans wait all year for the WWDC event, where Apple traditionally rolls out the latest and greatest from the big brain set in Cupertino, California. With 5,000 attendees for the sold out event from over 74 countries, and 13 million developers (with two million added in the last year alone), this is the 27th year for the Apple WWDC, and they did not disappoint, talking about the Mac, iPhone,...
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...
1 month ago
Virtual reality this and virtual reality that—everyone is throwing around the term virtual reality and VR as if they expect prosumers to know exactly what it means. But the reality of virtual reality is that VR is more than just a futuristic-looking headset and some catchy graphics. The work behind the scenes when creating VR content involves powerful computers, professional, specialized rigs,...
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
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
We could always use a little extra. Some extra money, some extra time—a little extra dessert never hurt anyone. But extras cost, well… extra, and we learn to make do with what we have. But what if...
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
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....
6 months ago
Videoconferencing: Nothing brings a grimace to the faces of office managers worldwide faster than the thought of setting up videoconferences. It brings to mind images of tortuous wiring configurations, masochistic software controls, and intermittently effective audio devices. If you’ve had a videoconference go sour on you, you know the scenario—what should have been an austere and professional...
6 months ago
These days it’s hard to get excited about printers. Everyone offers them, usually as a companion purchase to a desktop or laptop. They’ve basically become giveaways, door prizes, and very few people invest in them because they are as ubiquitous in your home as your router. They seem like a safe bet at such a cheap price. That is, until you realize how much you’re spending on ink. I bought a cheap...
7 months ago
Everyone knows that the PC industry is suffering from something of a creative lag these days. Sales are down across the board, and traditional desktops are losing ground to more mobile laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The HP Sprout is a tough sell for the computer industry—a creative 3D workstation that is more futurism than functionality, as most new innovative products are—but its quirkiness...
7 months ago
There are many things that people legitimately fear—death, disease, clowns—and those fears can limit us, debilitate us, or make us fall short of achieving our true potential. But some fears can be overcome, and one of those fears, one which affects many more people than you think, is the fear of having to pitch or present an idea to a group of people—the fear of not being able to come up with a...
7 months ago
By now, you probably know the difference between a desktop computer and a workstation. If not, here it is in a nutshell: a desktop computer handles your everyday tasks, a workstation does everything else. If you have a desktop computer at home, but you have powerful, resource-rich workhorse computers at your day job, then you know the difference. One is for web surfing, the other is for web...
8 months ago
Nothing spoils a vacation more than coming home to find someone else has been there—uninvited. And if you think thieves share your holiday spirit and will just sit around and roast chestnuts before they leave think again, according to the FBI, in 2014 there were an estimated 8,277,829 property crime offenses in the nation that resulted in losses estimated at $14.3 billion, and burglaries of...

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