Cris Silvestri

4 days 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 weeks 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...
1 month 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...
1 month 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...
1 month 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?...
2 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....
4 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...
4 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...
5 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...
5 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...
5 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...
6 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...
6 months ago
As the holidays roll around, or birthdays, or anniversaries (or any excuse to spend some money, really), many techies look to buy the best presents for their loved ones. As techies, we know just what to get—we know what works, what doesn’t, what’s advertised versus what’s to be expected, and what it will take to make a good tech gift run correctly. When I buy something tech-oriented for a friend...
6 months ago
Gaming on a PC requires some knowledge aforethought; one does not simply walk into Mordor and game. One must ask questions like: what kind of games am I playing? Do my games require serious dedicated graphics cards? Or am I simply looking to build fortresses and blast away tiny military bases? If you’re going to commit to a desktop or laptop, these questions are of the utmost importance. The last...
6 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...

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