Tag Archives: Hardware

Are your old programs, files threatening computer security?

Not long ago I acquired a full-sized laptop, which immediately became my frontline home computer. My old desktop (emphasis on old) went into a dignified semiretirement as an always-on music server linked up to the stereo. But that’s another story. … Continue reading

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Computer issues being resolved

I can say it now: The laptop is back among the living. Most of my software is back up. I’ve knocked off most of my to-do list. I’m writing this column on it, and soon I will upload it and … Continue reading

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Resurrecting laptop took plain & fancy fixes

OK. I think I’m back up and running. Was out of the loop for a few days; my main access to the Internet went south until I was able to fix it. This laptop is my mobile workhorse. Although I … Continue reading

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Netbook or laptop? It’s harder to tell the difference

As more features are finding their way into smaller packages, the lines are blurring between netbooks (like that tiny Acer I’m using to maintain this blog) and “real” laptops. At least that’s according to CNet: Color, screen resolution, battery, Wi-Fi, … Continue reading

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Here are some easy hardware fixes

Rather than spend a lot of money on a new computer, or worse, on repairs, here are some fixes that just about anyone can do — as seen on the website Lifehacker. Personal note: I’ve done many of these myself … Continue reading

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Best engineering happens when system dies

Psion Teklogix’s 7530 is a Windows CE .NET-based handheld that combines an ultra-rugged flashlight terminal with the flexibility and large screen of a Windows CE PDA. This is a fairly large and heavy (over two pounds) handheld that’s engineered for … Continue reading

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Battery life: The ABC’s of YMMV

Wonder why your laptop batteries don’t seem to last as advertised? Here’s an article in Newsweek on how battery life is figured, which illustrates exactly what “your mileage may vary” means. False advertising? You figure it out, but first tell … Continue reading

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Review: Are Netbooks hip or hype?

I’ve joined the laptop crowd, kinda sorta. Recently I acquired an Acer Aspire One, one of the new breed of mini-laptops that they in the industry call “netbooks.” A pretty handy little device; about the size of a hardback book. … Continue reading

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Gettin’ Geeky 1: Personal to-do list

Personal to-do list: Deadline: Whenever. – Install second hard drive (has Windows XP), put it in lede position. Reconfigure Grub boot loader. Partition; XP may get 10 gigabytes if I’m feeling generous. Use the rest for experiments. – Install Vector … Continue reading

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