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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Global Average Connection Speeds Report Shows U.S. Is Lagging

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home News" @ 08:45 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/ne...nnection_speeds

"Are our connected tubes more Speed Racer or Red Racer? Akamai's newly released "State of the Internet Q1 2011" spells it out for us. Be forewarned, Americans; the news ain't pretty."

Despite having the largest presence in the world wide web with 142,605,731 of the 584,821,069 global unique IP addresses, the United States only ranks 14th in terms of pure internet speed with an average connection speed of 5.3 Mbps. South Korea holds top honors with a national average connection speed of 14.4 Mbps. Akamai's report also further breaks the areas into states and cities. If you want to see where your area ranks in comparison to others, take a look at Akamai's "State of the Internet Q1 2011" report.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ways To Ensure Your Life Is Properly Archived

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home News" @ 09:00 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fe...chive_your_life

"What follows is our take on seventeen ways to get your life archived, in order, and ready to pass on to your kids/nieces/nephews, etc."

Maximum PC has compiled a list of 16 ways to ensure your life is properly recorded, documented and archived. Some of the tips appear to be no brainers. Yet, many people, including me, often overlook them. For instance, I have many family videos on digital tape that have not been uploaded to a hard-drive for archiving. While this is not an issue at this time, it may become one in the future as digital tape camcorders go the way of the dinosaur.

Looking at the list has definitely given me some ideas about future family projects with my kids. Now where did I put that camcorder so I can transfer my tape?


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Backup Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home News" @ 10:40 AM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fe..._mistakes_avoid

"While we've covered the topic of back up before (more than once), we thought instead of telling you what to do, perhaps it would be equally as instructive to tell you what not to do."

One of the smartest thing you can do is to create backups of your data. Whether you decide on-site, off-site or both, backing up is essential. There been numerous articles about how to create the perfect backup plan but not many about the potential mistakes when it comes to backing up. Fortunately, Maximum PC has stepped up and put together an article highlighting 11 obvious mistakes not to make when creating your backup plan.

I'll chime in with one from my own experience. Use passwords that you can remember or place it somewhere you can find. I've created complex 25 character passwords that I've later forgotten when it came time to access my old data. A backup is useless if you can't access it. Can you think of any other potential mistakes to avoid when backing up?


Friday, April 15, 2011

30 Under 2MB Useful Computer Apps

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:25 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fe..._apps_under_2mb

"...we've put together a list of 30 apps that kick ass without taking up a lot of space. Every program in this list can be downloaded for free, and takes up less than 2 megabytes of space."

Maximum PC has compiled a list of 30 useful computer applications that are all under 2MB each. An example is CPU-Z, pictured above. To top it all, all are available for the price of $0.00 each. With the size and utility of these apps, why not download them all and keep it with you on your key-chain USB drive or smartphone.

Click on the read link to find the complete list.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Maximum Pc's 10 Best Way To Break Your PC

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home News" @ 10:00 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fe...mputer?page=0,1

"We expend bunches of keystrokes detailing how to recover from disaster, everything from sweeping spyware from your system to how to get your data back from the digital graveyard, but equally important is how to avoid potentially catastrophic scenarios in the first place. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, or in in the world of PCs, hours of frustration.On the flip side, maybe you have a masochistic desire to destroy your system. What better way to force your hand at upgrading then to render your current rig all but unusable? We don't condone killing hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars of hardware, but hey, it's your stuff at stake, and how you choose to use (or abuse) it is up to you."

Having worked on a first line support helpdesk, and now heading up a technical second and third line IT helpdesk I have seen my fair share of broken corporate PC's over the years, the most common being usually liquid spillage in to laptops/PC's or dropped equipment due to carelessness. Occaisionally a user will bring their own home PC's in and ask us if we would mind 'taking a look as it's not working correctly'. In these cases I have seen some bizarre broken PC's from virus and spyware infections, to PC's where the owner has tried to upgrade the memory and have forced the DIMMS in the wrong way, or even in one case had put laptop memory in a PC memory slot. Maximum PC's article covers what they think are 10 best ways you could break your PC and how to prevent them.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Intel Speaks on Smart TV

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:00 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fe..._about_smart_tv

Pretty interesting stuff; I watched the video and heard some good ideas for how to improve TV, and certainly doing an ethnographic study of how people watch TV is extremely important, but I can't help but feel a little pessimistic about the reality of how the TV industry works. Every big TV manufacturer out there — Samsung, Toshiba, LG, take your pick — has different ideas about how they can differentiate their products, and there's little incentive for them to cooperate with each other and unify around a single TV platform even, if that's exactly what would be best for consumers. We'll see what the next 12 months brings...


Thursday, August 5, 2010

How The Best Of The Past Stack Up

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:30 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/ho...volved_15_years

"From the original 200MHz, 8MB-of-RAM 1996 Dream Machine up to this years 12-core, 24-thread, 24-gigs-of-RAM version, the ultimate computer has grown exponentially more powerful. But that's not much of a shocker (we've all heard about Moore's Law, and all) so we decided to delve deeper into the history of the Dream Machine. We collected data about the vital statistics of each years machine, and made a bunch of graphs showing how they've grown."

Looking at the charts at Maximum PC really helps give a perspective on how much computing has changed and advanced over the years. On paper, the numbers as significant, though in some ways, I feel as if computers have not changed that much. They still cause problems at the most inopportune times and I still find myself waiting for it to complete various tasks. Of course, the problems are a bit less frequent, and the tasks I have it do are much more demanding, so it seems as if there's a law to match Moore's Law (or the common mis-interpretation of it) where what one demands of a computer will generally expand to fit and sometimes exceed the available computing power. Did any of you have one of the "bleeding edge" computers when they came out? Was it worth the thousands of dollars spent?


Friday, May 14, 2010

Maximum PC's Raw Photo Editor Round-Up Review

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:33 AM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fe...res/some_it_raw

"Forget about JPEGs. You should be working with raw files, editing your photos at their most molecular level. We compare five raw image-conversion and editing apps that promise to take your photography to a higher plane of awesomeness."

Curious about what raw processing software you should use? The gang at Maximum PC has pulled together a few of the top options - although it's curious they ignored DXO Optics - and compared them to one another. It's a decent set of mini-reviews, though when the author stated that you can change ISO and shutter speed settings in a raw file, it put his article off to a bad start...I don't think he's someone who shoots or edits raw files regularly.

What do you use to process raw files? I'm still using Lightroom 2; it's one of the best pieces of software I've used, though I really wish it had automatic lens correction - that was one of my favourite things about DXO Optics.

Oh, and if you're curious, that's raw salmon in the photo above.


Friday, April 9, 2010

Blu-Ray Discs Soon To Hold 128GB of Data

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/ne...28gb_capacities

"50GB Blu-ray disks aren't exactly what I'd call "cramped", but just in case you thought the existing spec was getting a bit long in the tooth the Blu-ray association has released a new standard today that will bump capacities up to 128GB (write-once) or 100GB (rewritable). The new format which will be called BDXL sounds promising, but unfortunately won't be backwards compatible with older hardware. I suspect this little caveat will hamper its adoption pretty heavily, but is great to see that optical storage isn't dead yet."

It's not like the existing blu-ray discs are running short of space, but should we need more capacity in the future it's nice to know that the blu-ray standards are prepared for it. Of course if you do require that much capacity then you will have to upgrade your blu-ray drive as the existing laser in your drive is not powerful enough to use with the new discs. There's always a catch.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Maximum PC's Trifeca of Dream Machines

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 01:58 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fe...MC-R3A917316679

"Sometimes, you just have to keep things real. Last year, our Dream Machine was a paean to excess, a chrome-plated $17,000 wünder-rig. While we're still quite fond of that machine, this year we decided to take a different tack and see if we could build a more reasonably priced, but still lust-worthy Dream Machine. Well, actually, we built three of them. While the combined cost of these three machines is about half the price of last year's rig, we packed a lot of awesome into our relatively tight budgets. The lesson is simple: Dream Machine isn't about spending a ludicrous amount of cash on a PC, it's about getting the best rig you can for the money you spend. I think you'll agree that these three machines pack a ton of power and are all great values."

Instead of the usual over-the-top geeky madness that ends up with a computer well north of $20,000 USD, the crew over at Maximum PC has created three different machines, each aimed at a different budget. It's impressive how much performance you can get for not too much money. Their entry-level $690 machine boasts an overclocked three-core CPU running at 3.6 Ghz and an ATI 4870 graphics card. Not bad at all!


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