I don’t know about you but anytime I have to use a CRT monitor anymore I just cringe. Yes there are still high quality CRT monitors out there, but they are such dinosaurs. CRT’s are so huge, clunky, and in the way. I am a huge fan of saving space in my computing work area and flat screens certainly accomplish that. Not to mention the other important benefit of LCD monitors which is power consumption.
With older versions of Windows and still through XP I tend to be a graphical minimalist geek. I would always use the most minimal graphics effects possible. Now that I have finally moved to Vista I have gone to the other extreme. I don’t have the worlds most powerful system but definitely great for running Vista. An AMD Athlon 64 x2 4200+ CPU, 4GB of DDR2 SDRAM, and now the NVIDIA GeFORCE 8600 GTS graphics card. I have the full on Aero features going on and it’s all snappy and extremely crisp! I got the PNY version of this card which only put me out $199. This is the largest and heaviest card I think I have ever used and it is extremely quiet. I would be very interested in hearing what kind of systems you the readers have. What you think is important component in your computing. Are you a graphics freak or a graphical minimalist as I used to be?
Apple has been pushing the use of the Macintosh as the heart of one’s media center for a long time now, but more specifically since the release of the Mac Mini. With its compact size, low price and FrontRow, it’s the perfect computer to plug into your TV and watch some of those “archived” Lost episodes.
A common security concern at organizations is allowing users to plug in a usb flash drive, because they could so easily copy corporate data.
Windows Vista has built-in support for Serial ATA(SATA) hard drives, but it doesn’t automatically enable advanced write caching features. You can speed up your computer by enabling this mode in Device Manager.
Windows Vista includes a new feature called ReadyBoost that lets you plug in a flash memory stick or SD card to store commonly used files for quicker access than off the hard drive.
TrueCrypt is a phenomenal open-source disk encryption software that runs on Windows or Linux. Unfortunately, the installer doesn’t work so well on Ubuntu Edgy, so I’ve created this article to help walk you through the process.