Snip

I have somehow managed to avoid using aftermarket, dedicated screen snipping software up until recently. I have happily used Windows’ built in Snipping Tool effectively since discovering it long ago. After a recent bout of troubleshooting a plug-in at work that required multiple rounds of screenshoting repeatedly to document errors and such, Snipping Tool’s biggest […] Read More

The Sound of Music

Recently Google, or more specifically the Chrome team, removed the ability for the Backspace key to go back a page in Chrome. This proved to be the final shot in the ground war Chrome has been fighting with their most enthusiastic users. They removed this functionality by default with no way to restore it. No […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More