Product Review: Phillips SoundBar (HTL2101A/F7)

Looking to add some power to your home media set up? Soundbars are the latest craze, replacing traditional 5.1 surround speaker systems for those who don’t have the space but need the extra sound. Often times these soundbars are much cheaper than an entire home theater in a box and provide more power than your TV’s speakers. This past week I took a look at one of the entry level products, a Philips HTL2101A/F7 and in this article I will let you know what $60 USD can get you. Continue reading “Product Review: Phillips SoundBar (HTL2101A/F7)”

Beat The Heat: DIY Window Sun Shade

(UPDATED:  Data added to show effectiveness and video assembly!)

It’s now July and depending on where you live you may be feeling the heat of summer.  In my small corner or the northern hemisphere, we recently had temperatures spike into the 90’s(°F) all week when high 70’s and 80’s are historically average.  When my air conditioners started to struggle to keep our poorly insulated apartment cool I decided it was time to devise ways I could reduce the temperatures and energy use inside. Continue reading “Beat The Heat: DIY Window Sun Shade”

Windows Backup: Restoring Lost Data

Continuing with the theme from my post last Thursday, today I will show you how to retrieve a file from the Windows Backup I created.  If you ever need to retrieve a file from your own back up, you should follow along and do this yourself.  Practicing this, will help put you  at ease in the event you need to restore any files. Continue reading “Windows Backup: Restoring Lost Data”

Backup Your Files: Using Windows Backup

 Back Up Your Files

You probably have heard this phrase at least once if not a thousand times.  However if you are like a lot of people, you still haven’t taken the time to actually back up your files.  In this article I will show you how to set up a dead simple scheduled back up on your Windows PC. Continue reading “Backup Your Files: Using Windows Backup”

Product Review: Logitech Wave Keyboard(K350) & Mouse(M510)

If you are in the market for a new keyboard, the Logitech Wave should be on your list of contenders.  Although considered an ergonomic keyboard, its gentle curves still feel familiar leaving you only to learn minor adjustments to your typing habits for all day typing comfort.  Best of all, it works with Windows, Mac and Linux.

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Inside Your PC: Cable Management

A Tangled Web Of Wires

If you know your way around a computer,  you may have been unlucky enough to open one up and witness one of the most neglected area of PC construction, interior cable management.  Not only does poor routing of cables look ugly, it can cause air flow problems leading to excess heat and dust build up inside your computer.  As these are things you really don’t want in your PC, now is the time to pop the hood and take a look inside to ensure it’s organized efficiently.

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Photo Journal: North Carolina

As Trevor mentioned in his blog post “Technical Difficulties,” we went away on vacation and didn’t have the internet access we had anticipated. For that trip, we headed to North Carolina for some sight-seeing and new experiences. It was a sentimental trip, but on the way we found some businesses that Trevor admires. Below is my photo journal for our trip! Continue reading “Photo Journal: North Carolina”

Old Software: Setup.exe Will Not Run

Backwards Compatibility

Have you ever had an older program or game refuse to install, receive strange errors while installing or even double clicking on the installer and having nothing happen?  I certainly have.  Most recently I encountered the problem where setup.exe would not run on two of my old PC games after re-installing Windows 7 on my machine.

In all cases Windows is to be backwards compatible with legacy software and games; and although there may not seem like there is a way to find out why the software isn’t working, there are a number of things you can try. Continue reading “Old Software: Setup.exe Will Not Run”

Fixing Disk Drives Using Diskpart (Windows)

Usually using a  hard drive or flash drive is as easy as just plugging in the drive and letting Windows recognize it.  However, sometimes things can go terribly wrong leaving the drive with only a fraction of its space usable and no easy way to fix it.  I recently encountered this problem again while using my Windows 7 PC and thought this would be a great How-To article as I remember finding little information online to help fix this problem previously.

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