I didn’t realize that the question of Packard Bell vs Hewlett-Packard existed anymore. The search engines say otherwise. So here’s the difference between these two rather old brands.
Cheap mechanical keyboards are all the rage these days. People will brag on Youtube or on forums about the cheap mechanical keyboard they found and how great it is. And for only $25! Or $22. Or $20. This weekend I even found one for $16. Read the reviews and most people are thrilled. But there’s always someone complaining that a key quit working. Here’s what you can do if a mechanical keyboard key stopped working.
Mechanical keyboards went out of style because they were expensive. But now that good-enough mechanical key switches cost around 10 cents apiece rather than a dollar apiece, they’re making a comeback because many people find a mechanical keyboard nicer to type on
Cheap SSD drives are relative. I fully expect platter-based hard drives to be cheaper than SSDs until 2021 or perhaps 2025. But there is a way to buy cheap SSD drives without sacrificing a ton of quality. Here’s how.
I’m a notorious miser but I’m also a tech enthusiast. The number of applications and windows I keep open frightens people. Over the years I’ve refined the secrets of running my computers harder than most people while spending a lot less on computers than most people. It’s a tricky balancing act. Using the cheapest SSD worth having is one of my best secrets. Of course, that means you have to find cheap SSD drives first.
I bought a mechanical keyboard with Cherry Brown knockoff switches in it, but found it was too loud to use on conference calls. Fortunately, if you want to quiet down a mechanical keyboard further, you have some options. Here’s how to quiet your mechanical keyboard with o-rings.
Intel and Intel-compatible x86 CPUs are everywhere around us. It’s been a long time since you could buy a desktop or laptop computer with anything but an x86 CPU in it. Even Apple, a longtime anything-but-Intel stalwart, started using x86 CPUs more than a decade ago. That raises a fair question: Why is x86 so popular?
It used to be that chapter one of any book about computers explained RAM and ROM. Based on my conversations with computer professionals younger than me, it doesn’t sound like they do that anymore. So here’s RAM and ROM explained, by a guy who learned the difference in the early 1980s.
I need a quiet mechanical keyboard. I also want it to be small, to fit on my laptop desk. And I want it to be cheap. And durable. I don’t want much, do I? I might as well ask for world peace while I’m at it.
The Velocifire TKL01 claims to be all of the above, and delivers more than I expected.
It’s easy to confuse the different types of computer memory, but they aren’t completely interchangeable. Here’s a look at the various different types of computer memory chips.
This sounds crazy, but sometimes baking SSDs fixes them if they break. This process causes the solder to reflow. So here’s how to do the SSD oven trick.
Ever since I first saw gigabit Ethernet, sometime around 1999 or 2000, I wanted it for my home network. Of course it was crazy expensive then. But today it’s not very expensive, and I want it. But do I need gigabit Ethernet? Do you? It depends.