VirtualBox – Sharing a Host Folder With a Linux Guest

Sometimes you want to share a folder from your VirtualBox host machine to your guest OS. Perhaps for an installer, or to have access to specific files. There are pros and cons and safety concerns for this, however this is how you do it. Continue reading “VirtualBox – Sharing a Host Folder With a Linux Guest”

Properly Installing a SoundBlaster Sound Card in Windows

If you bought yourself a sound card for better audio and are not getting what you expected you may be the victim of poor defaults from the driver installation. I own a SoundBlaster Audigy SE and found that for a few years now the Creative Audio Control Panel has some strange settings by default leaving you clueless as to why only some of your speakers work and why it’s all echo’y. Continue reading “Properly Installing a SoundBlaster Sound Card in Windows”

Take Control of Windows 10 Pro with these Group Policy/Configuration Changes

Windows 10 seems to have a mind of it’s own doesn’t it? We don’t know fully what data it sends, we have ‘no choice’ but to use Cortana, updates will be installed and your PC will reboot while your using it outside of the 12 hours ‘active’ period. No more. If you have Windows 10 Pro, you have been granted access to the Group Policy Editor. Although it’s potency was diminished in the Anniversary update(restricting some features to EDU/Business), you can still control a number of settings making it worth the premium for the upgrade as well as saving you a ton of headaches if you are a power user. Continue reading “Take Control of Windows 10 Pro with these Group Policy/Configuration Changes”

First Impressions: Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 14393)

Microsoft unleashed the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 (also known by it’s codename Redstone) last week(8/2). If you have Windows Pro, should you defer the upgrade? Is this update proving a point about how average users will be hurt by the always first update process required for Windows 10? Continue reading “First Impressions: Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 14393)”

Product Review: AmazonBasics USB 3.0 4-Port Hub

As part of my recent office reorganization I moved my desktop to one side of the room, with my mouse/keyboard and monitors to the other. As such I was looking for a nice USB 3 HUB to use with my USB extension cable so I can still use my USB accessories without having to make trips back and forth to my tower. To solve my issues I purchased this 4 Port USB hub from Amazon. Continue reading “Product Review: AmazonBasics USB 3.0 4-Port Hub”

Toshiba C55D-B5214: Durability

If you have been following or read up on all my posts about my Toshiba Satellite you may have found many positive aspects. Well, it’s time to speak of the negatives as my trusty secondary machine is starting to decline, rather quickly. Continue reading “Toshiba C55D-B5214: Durability”

What happens if you don’t upgrade to Windows 10?

Last year Microsoft announced that (almost)anyone with Windows 7 or 8 device could upgrade for free to Windows 10 within a year from the July launch date. In just a short time, this window for free Windows will expire. So what happens if you don’t upgrade? Continue reading “What happens if you don’t upgrade to Windows 10?”

How much RAM do you need? – A Practical Guide

When building or upgrading your PC/laptop how much RAM do you really need? A topic that changes with time and varies by opinion. I hope this article can clear up some confusion to help you understand how much you will need based on how things are now. (Yes I do plan on keeping this article up to date in the future). Continue reading “How much RAM do you need? – A Practical Guide”

Windows 8.1 System Image Backup & Restore

The other week user bun asked how he could upgrade his HDD and keep everything as is in response to my post Opening Up The Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214. Today, I show you how you can do just that. Continue reading “Windows 8.1 System Image Backup & Restore”

Should I Upgrade My Tech?

Your device is two or more years old and the itch to upgrade has set in. Should you upgrade? Let’s review a checklist to help save you money and disappointment. Continue reading “Should I Upgrade My Tech?”