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Use a Card Reader For Reading Data on All Cards

Some people connect their cameras to a computer via USB cable. Sure, that’s one way to do it. I prefer simply taking the memory card out of the camera and moving the data to the computer using a card reader like the one shown at right. I won’t try to …

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A Lineup of Canon DSLRs for Doing Product Shots

I’m working on a piece for a magazine where I’m going to talk about various elements required to do product shots. It is very important to have a camera that allows you to manually set things like the aperture and shutter speed. This post is not something to teach you …

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Blast Your Computer Sound to 11 With Latest SoundBlaster Cards

Sound is an integral part of design these days. You might need to record sound, edit sound or integrate sound into a multimedia presentation. Or maybe you just listen to music to inspire your design juices. Yes, I’ve got some music playing on my computer as I write this! What …

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Don’t Be In The Dark, Use a Headlamp

I’ve written posts before talking about various flashlights to use when digging around in your computer. The problem is that you’ve either got to hold the flashlight or prop it up somewhere so it is pointing on the area of interest. Why not get a headlamp instead as it will …

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Asus GeForce GTX Titan Video Card Brings Supercomputer Performance

Let me start out by saying this video card is the top-of-the-line when it comes to desktop computer video cards. It is overkill for 99.9% of computer users so I’m not really expecting any of you to run out and buy one for your computer. Now that I have that …

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Putting the Computer Parts Together Into a Powerhouse Machine

Over the last few months I’ve covered a number of the parts that go into building a powerhouse computer. Today I wanted to bring all of those parts together so that you have a list to follow as you build your new workhorse. First, we need a case to hold …

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Samsung 840 Pro 6 GB/S SATA SSD Drive

I’ve talked many times about SSD drives. They are incredibly fast (many times faster than a mechanical drive), but cost more than a traditional mechanical hard drive. So the ideal setup is to have your operating system installed on the SSD drive and your software/data on a mechanical drive. This …

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Fill Up Your Screaming Fast Computer With RAM

Last week I suggested a motherboard and processor that would give you a screaming fast computer. As part of the motherboard description, I mentioned that it could hold as much as 48 GB of RAM. My current machine is a bit over 3 years old and it has 12 GB …

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Take a Bite of Speed With ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard

It has been a while since I’ve taken a look at the motherboards available on the market. Sure, I could look at a budget board as a starting point, but let’s go all out and look for the best motherboard we can find. It isn’t the least expensive, but it …

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Seagate Barracuda 3TB SATA Hard Drive

We all need a good hard drive in our computer. As time goes by, you will increasingly need more and more space on that hard drive. How much space do you need? There is no single answer that fits every user. Those dealing with high-resolution photos and videos on a …

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