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April 19, 2018

Time For Some PC Upgrading, Part III

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Thinking back, I don’t recall experiencing that many smooth hardware upgrades. Even when everything worked, I was nervous about messing something up or having to redo things. This fear is one reason why I don’t shut the cover on the console until after I’m done and I turn on the unit to confirm that everything works as expected.
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April 16, 2018

Time For Some PC Upgrading, Part II

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As I struggled playing FarCry 5, my son matter-of-factly asked, “Dad, you bought all that stuff for your computer. Why don’t you install it already?”

And so I did.
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April 12, 2018

Time For Some PC Upgrading, Part I

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I was excited to play the new Ubisoft game, FarCry 5. I’ve been a FarCry fan for a while so the latest rendition was definitely in my sights. Yet, when I finally downloaded and ran the game, I noticed my 3-year-old PC lacked the toned hardware muscles to make the game really shine.
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March 15, 2018

Getting Sound Into the PC

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Audio is an important part of the sensory experience, yet how often have you turned off an interesting video because the audio was terrible?
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February 22, 2018

Your PC has Many Fans

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The last quiet computer I owned was my TRS-80 Model 4P. Since then, all my PCs make noise — and not just from the speakers. Modern computers have fans to help keep them cool. A typical PC can have up to four of them or more.
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January 25, 2018

Make the Switch to IMAP

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A few weeks back, I wrote about coordinating email on Android devices. The specific issue is with POP3 email accounts, the kind offered by traditional ISPs. Based on some feedback and research, I have changed my opinion: To put it bluntly, ditch the POP3 account.
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January 15, 2018

2018 Technology Buyer’s Guide

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The decisions remain difficult, but the choices and options are thin these days. Still, new technology is necessary every so often. Here are my humble words of advice for those times you need to seek out a new or replacement gizmo in 2018.
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December 4, 2017

How to Send a Screenshot

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“I’m having difficulty understanding what you see,” I write. “Can you send me a screenshot?” Invariably, the next email I receive includes a screenshot. Sadly, about 90 percent of the time, the screenshot arrives as an image pasted into a Word document.
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October 16, 2017

Chrome and Web Security

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Back in August, I wrote how I updated Wambooli to https, the SSL (Secure Socket Layer) URL. This move was done to avoid a warning that Google informed me would appear in the Chrome browser. Well, here it is in mid-October, just when Chrome is supposed to display the warning. So where it is?
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October 12, 2017

The Hunt for a Useful 21:9 Monitor

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As people keep setting two widescreen monitors side-by-side as a common computer configuration, the question arises: Why not just make one, big, wide, monitor?
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