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Hardware PC

Lenovo Thinkpad X260

As the ‘first-call’, ‘boots-on-the-ground’ IT administrator for the family of companies I work for I need a dependable and flexible laptop. My Dell XPS 12 (2012) has served that role competently since I purchased it at launch. It’s tablet-like functionality is pretty nice in quickly navigating through many tasks. Then you have normal laptop input […]

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Hardware Networking PC Software

From Test-bed to Data-dump

In preparation for testing Windows 10 Betas last year I built a tester rig that was equipped enough to morph into a primary rig for someone or server of some type. Intel Pentium G3258 (Unlocked Anniversary Edition) ASRock Z97M-ITX/AC 8GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz (2x4GB sticks) ADATA SP600 128GB SSD SeaSonic SSR450RM PSU Thermaltake Core V1 […]

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Hardware PC

Zalman ZM-VE300 drive enclosure, miracle worker Review

Of salt and memories Any geek worth his salt has had to boot a PC or a hundred from a USB flash drive to repair, recover, or re-install. Those that are REALLY worth their salt have put many a flash drive to pasture from repeated ISO unpacking. Being the resourceful geek that I am, I […]

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DIY Hardware Networking PC Software

Update: DIY Router/Firewall Project

  Too Good to be True The whole ‘two machines in one box’ didn’t pan out in the long run. Not that it isn’t perfectly possible; just not on the sparse hardware I attempted to do it on. After a round of updates to both VirtualBox and Windows the network bridging voodoo failed and I […]

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Gaming Hardware PC

Review: Ducky DK9008G2-A PBT

If you have no idea what a ‘mechanical’ keyboard is and why it is a ‘thing’, I suggest you read through the rather thorough post at Overclockers.net¬†before partaking of this article. I became aware of mechanical keyboards from a few hosts that appeared on a few different shows over on Cnet. One in particular would […]

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Hardware Home Theater PC

A ‘Not So Large’ Review: Logitech K400 Wireless Keyboard/Touchpad

You might have seen my previous post referencing my desire for a new HTPC input device and how it might have been the Koribo. Well, I finally found a keyboard/pointing device combo that struck my fancy in the Logitech K400. In fact the K400 even looks like a pared down version of the Koribo. I […]

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Hardware Home Theater PC

Koribo. I might have found my HTPC input device, but there’s a catch.

PC Perspective posted a link to a review at NeoSeeker of a few of Koribo’s products that intrigued me greatly.¬†

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Gaming Hardware PC

GTX 470…getting with the times

My only Black Friday purchase was picking up one of these from NewEgg for less than a 1GB GTX 460. Got it installed in my i7 rig and it is blowing away my entire collection. I also picked up a cache of games from Steam for a steal including Metro 2033 and Dirt2. Haven’t download […]

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DIY Hardware PC Software

DIY Virtual Router & Server

My foray into the world of custom routers and virtualization.

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Hardware PC

ASUS, my hero.

PC Perspective recently had a post about ASUS’s forthcoming ATI Radeon 5870 based ARES cards. And I am excited! Where the 5970 is essentially two 5850’s on one card, the ARES is two overclocked 5870’s on one card. WANT!