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June 22, 2017

Monitor Resolution Update

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Beyond the processor, one of the most murky regions where names, numbers, and abbreviations lurk is the computer monitor. Evolution doesn’t remove the old names, but it does settle down the field to something more reasonable.
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May 22, 2017

The Days of Floppy

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Over the past week, I had a chance to use an older PC. The only way to get data off the system was to use a floppy disk. It was maddening.
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May 18, 2017

Thumb Drive Removal Philosophy

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Is a thumb drive a medium of exchange, designed to be inserted, used (copied to or from), and then removed? Or should a thumb drive stay mounted on your PC, sticking out from the console like a tongue or tiny diving board?
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April 17, 2017

Windows 10.1 Finally Shows Up

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It was just earlier this month when I pondered in a post about the impending arrival of Windows 10.1. It finally appeared this past week, the first major update to the Windows operating system since Windows 10 debuted nearly two years ago.
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April 6, 2017

The Downside of the SSD

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“Do you want an SSD in that?” For a moment, the question tempted me. I was buying a new PC and as we worked down the hardware list, the dealer posed the question. The traditional, spinning hard disk drive (HDD) was cheaper, but the solid state drive (SSD) was so fast it was scary.
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February 23, 2017

Power Supply Goes Pop!

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It seems like just a few months ago, I replaced a power supply in my son’s PC. And just the other day, the power supply killed itself.
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February 16, 2017

Another Keyboard to Lust For

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I’ve written about my keyboard obsession many times. Yes, I pay more to have a fully-mechanical keyboard for my computers. Being a fan of the old typewriter, I enjoy typing and want a keyboard that respects my preferences. But am I willing to pay $280 for my latest crush: The QWERKYWRITER?
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February 7, 2017

The Keyboard Adores USB 2.0

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It’s been awhile since it mattered which port you used to connect a PC’s keyboard. Back in the old, old days, you had to use the DIN port — and the PC had to be turned off when you connected or disconnected the keyboard. Then came the PS/2 ports, one for the mouse and another for the PC. Today, everything is USB, so you’d think that using any old USB port for the keyboard would be okay, right?

Nope!
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January 24, 2017

Giving Away an Old PC

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Do people still give away old PCs? The real question is, “How old?” Because very old PCs, like 6 or more years, are more of a burden than a practical use for anyone. Old PCs run slow. They malfunction. They die. They can’t run new software. But when you want to give away an old PC, what do you do?
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December 20, 2016

Once Upon a Time, PCs had a Sleep Button

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The new computer was a big one, a tower system. It barely fit under my desk. On the front I saw several blinking lights, one for each disk drive. It also featured several buttons and other fancy lights next to each button. I recognized the Power button, thanks it’s universal power symbol (shown above). But the other button had a crescent moon icon. What was it?
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