Posts Tagged hardware

Do I need an SSD? Is it worth the price?

Do I need an SSD? Is it worth the price?

A solid state drive (SSD) is a hard drive for your computer without the moving parts. A normal hard disk drive has spinning disks from which data is written and read. What are the advantages of an SSD? Because SSDs have no moving parts, they tend to […]

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Automatic Disk Cleanup

Automatic Disk Cleanup

Do you keep running out of space on your hard drive? Does your system seem sluggish lately? Perhaps what you need is to put your computer to work for you when you’re not using it. The article here shows you how to setup a routine to automatically […]

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The Ports on Your Computer

The Ports on Your Computer

What is all that stuff? This is roughly what the back of your computer looks like. If you have a laptop you may have some of these items placed about the machine. A daunting task for anyone purchasing a new computer is seeing this and connecting the […]

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What the Hecks in Your Computer – Part 4: RAM

What the Hecks in Your Computer – Part 4: RAM

Memory, also called RAM (random access memory) is another component that deserves some focus since it has evolved in the personal computer over the years. There is fast cache RAM on processors and hard drives but the best known memory is the type configured in sticks and […]

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Printers. To service or not to service.

Printers. To service or not to service.

I am often asked whether printers should be serviced or not. Customers are concerned, of course, about the cost of regular maintenance but often forget about the cost of a breakdown. If a machine is regularly maintained the cost to service the machine is minimal, often around […]

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How Do I Know if I Need a New Hard Drive – Traditional vs SSD

How Do I Know if I Need a New Hard Drive – Traditional vs SSD

Easy answer; If it has failed or is failing. An easy way to tell if it is failing; listen to the hard drive itself for a clicking or grinding sound, couple that with degrading performance and it is likely that your hard drive is on its way […]

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What the Hecks in Your Computer – Part 3: Hard drives – A good news – bad news – good news story

What the Hecks in Your Computer – Part 3: Hard drives – A good news – bad news – good news story

The design of hard drives , although basically the same concept implemented 31 years ago in the original xt ibm microcomputer (and barrel sized  5 megabyte drives in ibm mainframes before that),  have undergone drastic changes to increase speed and capacity over time. The first microcomputer drives […]

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PC & Laptop Purchases – Retail vs Business

PC & Laptop Purchases – Retail vs Business

An important consideration when buying a laptop or desktop computer for work purposes is whether you should purchase a consumer model or a model specifically designed for business. Many computer manufacturers offer what appear to be the same make and model in both their home and business […]

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What the Heck’s in Your Computer – Part 2: CPU

What the Heck’s in Your Computer – Part 2: CPU

The CPU or central processing unit (shorthand is processor or microprocessor) is both the brains and muscle of your computer. It does all the heavy lifting when it comes to executing instructions from your programs. In other words allowing them to run and do what you need […]

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What the Heck’s in Your Computer – Part 1: The Motherboard

What the Heck’s in Your Computer – Part 1: The Motherboard

c The motherboard, also known as the main logic board, has been at the heart of every micro computer since its invention. Its function is similar to the foundation of a building in that it houses the wiring and plumbing required and provides a platform for the […]

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