How to properly backup your computer.

Yes, with unlimited budget, you can spend hundreds a month and do a proper backup and cloud everything.  But for those that live in the real world of budgets and bandwidth caps here is how you do it: Google does so many things on so right.  Including backuping on the cheap:   1. Download Google Drive […]

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How to properly Re/Install Windows

On a new computer or an existing one

You need to become a master at properly reinstalling windows. A clean wipe fresh install of windows can fix most non-hardware related problems, speed up your system and get rid of all kinds of weird annoyances. Make a new Google Doc of your specific Windows Reinstall Procedures.  Even after reinstalling windows for decades, you will still […]

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Setting up your new computer PROPER

After you have re/installed windows, this is what you should, in this order: (make sure windows update is NOT running yet – You may want to unplug the ethernet) 1. Make sure you have the latest bios.  Motherboard manufacturer’s generally say if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. But always update the bios to the […]

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A RAID IS BETTER THAN BACKUP: And I can prove it in the real world. RAID Haters have learned that the correct “technical” definition of a backup is 1. Redundant 2. Automatic and 3. Off-site. And can’t wait to tell people that whenever RAID 1/5 is mentioned. They JUST CAN’T WAIT, they are holding it in like […]

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What's a RamDrive?

Why you should install a RAMdrive: 1. It can increase your browser speed up to 20%. Just use it for this reason alone! 2. It will increase the speed of installs, and countless other windows applications that use the temp folder (which is most of them). 3. Countless poorly written apps (even Windows) can abuse […]

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What a $18K PC looks like

What a $18K PC looks like: Yes, I know this HTPC is more HT than PC, dollar for dollar. PCPartPicker part list CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $330.00) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (Purchased For $50.00) Motherboard: ASRock Z170M Pro4S Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (Purchased For $98.99) Memory: […]

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Top Mistakes Every PC Builder Newbie Makes & The Classic NOOB Computer

Top Mistakes Every PC Builder Newbie Makes & The Classic NOOB Computer: Read:(CONFESSION – All the mistakes I personally made – CONFESSION)   The classic noob computer has: 1. Watercooling. (They plan to overclock – which is ineffective BECAUSE dollar for dollar you get more real world performance elsewhere*). *Unless you are trying to max […]

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Stop the Watercooling/Overclocking Madness

Stop the Watercooling/Overclocking Madness TL;DR = DO THE MATH:  Price out a overclockable ready system (eg. 7600K/Watercooler/Z270/GTX1060) with a non-overclockable system that uses the next higher tier of GPU (eg. 7600/B250/GTX1070) It’s cheaper and faster. Besides, you are rolling the dice with overclocking; besides possibly burning up the CPU/RAM/Motherboard, moderate to high overclocking is not stable, […]

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Software I think everyone should use

Or at least consider using.

1. AdGuard.  I can’t live without it. Get a lifetime licence.  So much better than Adblock+ublock. And you get a licence for your Android phone too.  Phone ads are even more annoying and much more nefarious!  Look at this quick example of before and after. (roll over image) 2. Get accounts with ALL of these […]

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Price Fixing, Duopolies, and Collusion in the PC hardware Industry

Price fixing in the PC hardware industry. For three decades all computer prices fell. Then when Wall Street and China start to get involved, something happens. When computer prices mysteriously go up, you need to start to wonder. If you think you smell something funny, you are right. The whole industry now, in every aspect, […]

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