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Not all solid-state storage is as fast as an SSD. “eMMC” is the kind of flash storage you’ll find in cheap tablets and laptops. It’s slower and cheaper than a traditional SSD you’d find in more expensive computers.

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Media center “sticks” like the Chromecast are more popular than ever and many of them come with little 3-4″ HDMI extension cables. What are the cables for and do you actually need to use them? Read on as we explain why, even if your Chromecast is working fine without it you may want to plug it in anyway.

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There is nothing quite like the awesome feeling of finally being able to perform a major upgrade on your computer, but what do you do when your system refuses to make use of the whole upgrade? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a frustrated reader’s question.

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If you’re in the market for a dependable router with simple setup, administration, and simple network attached storage, the D-Link DIR-880L is a slender and far reaching workhorse that meets your needs.

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Computers have been with us for quite some time now, but before the advent of modern operating systems, what was used to make the early computer systems work? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post takes a curious reader on a journey back in time.

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Bluetooth speakers are everywhere these days and it’s, frankly, rather hard to tell one from the other. Rather than hold one speaker above all as the end-all solution to your wireless music needs, let’s instead take a look at the entire gadget category and highlight which features you want for the best experience.

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Many new laptops, tablets, and devices in between are coming with an ever-smaller amount of storage. But you can expand your device’s storage without spending much money or time.

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Do you need to keep your wireless router in a place that makes it stand out like an eyesore just to maintain a good signal in your home? Then make it ‘disappear’ and restore balance to your décor with this quick and easy DIY trick!

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If you have a computer that the RAM has possibly gone bad on, are there any operating systems that will function on the computer, at least to help you test and diagnose the hardware? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post taps into a lively discussion on the subject to satisfy a curious reader’s question.

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Different operating systems support different file systems. Your removable drive should use FAT32 for best compatibility, unless it’s bigger and needs NTFS. Mac-formatted drives use HFS+ and don’t work with Windows. And Linux has its own file systems, too.

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If you’ve configured a server on your home network (like a media streaming server) so you can access your files away from home, you may have noticed a curious conundrum: when you want to use the server at home your traffic gets routed out to your ISPs servers and then back to your house because your network hardware doesn’t recognize that the server isn’t really out there on the Internet, it’s right at home. Let’s take a look at how a fellow reader can fix this slow and bandwidth-wasting operation and keep things tight and speedy.

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Once, people seemed to love netbooks and were buying them in droves. Today, people love to hate netbooks. Netbooks sit unused and gathering dust in drawers and closets. But the core ideas behind netbooks lives on today.

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Hybrid hard drives promise some of the performance of a solid-state drive with the capacity of a mechanical drive. They’re bigger than an SSD and faster than a plain-old mechanical drive.

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There was a time when Macs and PCs were very different, but they’re now basically the same. Open a MacBook up and you’ll find the same hardware you’d find in a PC Ultrabook.

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Anyone with a power hungry gadget, let alone a bag bursting with them, can tell you how much energy it takes to keep a modern arsenal of gadgets up and running. Read on as we review the Waka Waka, a combination battery pack and solar charger that ensures you’ll have ample and free power wherever you roam.

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Sometimes accidents happen to a USB drive, and you find yourself in a very bad position when your only copy of an important document is on there. When something like this happens, is it possible to fix a physically broken USB drive? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post comes to the rescue for a stressed out reader.

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Do you hate being interrupted in the middle of something important by the sudden ringing of your doorbell? Then how about a way to silence that pesky doorbell on demand? Today’s DIY video from YouTube channel Kipkay shows you how to do it!

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It’s time to upgrade to an SSD if you’re still using a mechanical hard drive in your computer. An SSD is the single biggest upgrade you can give your computer, and prices have come down dramatically.

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The central processing unit (CPU) in your computer does the computational work — running programs, basically. But one single-core CPU can only perform one task at a time, which is where multiple CPUs, hyper-threading, and multi-core CPUs come into play.

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If you’ve had your laptop for a year or two, it may be full of dust. Dust clogs fans, vents, and heat sinks, preventing your PC from cooling down properly. You can remove a good amount of this dust, even if you can’t open your laptop.

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Having a computer with a hefty amount of RAM is a wonderful thing, but is it potentially faster if all of that memory is not usually in use? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a curious reader’s question.

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Multi-monitor setups on desktop machines are pretty straight forward: if you have the ports and the appropriate cables you’re in business. Adding extra screen space to your laptop, however, can be quite a bit trickier. Read on as we show you how to enjoy extra screen real estate on your laptop no matter what your port situation and with a variety of secondary screen possibilities including repurposing old monitors, tablets, or even buying a portable USB-driven display.

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When you are setting up a long range Wi-Fi connection, you want to make sure that your connection is as solid as possible, but can you use a mixture of antenna types or should you go with high-gain only? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a confused reader’s question.

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When it comes to internet-enabled radios, it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. Today we’re taking a look at the Grace Digital Encore, a beefy little Wi-Fi radio with huge sound, dead simple setup, and even smartphone support. Read on as we take a tour and put it through the paces.

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When you upgrade your computer’s hardware, it is a given that you expect a boost in performance, but sometimes you get an unexpectedly significant increase beyond what you counted on. Today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps a confused, but happy gamer understand how he lucked out when he upgraded his computer’s memory.

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