I’ve been using and recommending DD-WRT for years, but inexpensive DD-WRT routers aren’t quite as easy to find as they were a year or two ago. A lot of inexpensive routers these days are using non-Broadcom chipsets that DD-WRT and other third-party firmware don’t support well, or at all. But there’s still a way to get […]
My neighbor asked me for advice on setting up wi-fi in his new house. I realized it’s been a while since I’ve written about wi-fi, and it’s never been cheaper or easier to blanket your house and yard with a good signal. Blanketing your house and yard while remaining secure, though, is still important.
Earlier this year at CES, HP introduced its HP Stream Mini ($180) and Pavilion Mini ($320 and $450) mini-desktops. They’re small, inexpensive, and in the case of the Stream, silent. They turn out to be surprisingly upgradeable as well. Ars Technica has details and benchmarks, but of course I have my own priorities based on […]
A 7-inch, underpowered Android tablet that may or may not be available at your corner Walgreen Drug Store is made some big waves today. It’s underpowered, but it’s supposedly on sale for 99 bucks. Regular retail price is $129. Yes, for 99 bucks, it’s a toy. But it could be a fun toy.
I upgraded a Compaq Evo D51S today. This was also sold under the name D510, and may have also been sold under the HP or Hewlett Packard brand. It was intended to be a low-profile, relatively affordable business computer.
Upgrading it poses some challenges, but there are some things you can do with it.
So, if you haven’t totally wireless-ized your computer setup yet, I’ve got a great excuse for you not to do it. Or at least to leave some wires hanging around for special occasions.
Cheap gigabit switches and NICs, that’s what.