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Seagate 1tb external hard drive review. You can get these 1 TeraByte (1TB) hard drives at incredible prices this month: Seagate Expansions 1TB This is a super slick USB2.0 drive that has good transfer rates and nice packaging.  It sits on rubber feet so suffers no vibration problems and looks good on any desk.  Easy … READ MORE

External 1TB hard drives at discount prices

I am often asked “what are the differences between Cat 5 and Cat 6 network cable?”. Here’s my take on it: Physical differences between Cat 5 and Cat 6 network cable The main physical differences between these cables is the way in which the spacing inside the cable is maintained. By spacing, I mean that … READ MORE

Differences between Cat 5 and Cat 6 network cable

Well, it seems there are lots of people asking about this installing OEM Windows software on Mac desktops and laptops. This is a grey area that I’d like to clear up (or make slightly off-white). I’ll present the facts and you can make your own decision. OEM versions are, in theory, to be used by … READ MORE

Can I install OEM software on Mac Boot Camp or Virtual Machine?

I was asked this question twice this week so thought I’d clarify a few things. Cat 5 and Cat 5e cable (note the ‘e’ for ‘enhanced’) can certainly achieve Gigabit speeds, this is what it was designed for. This is achievable but only when all twisted pairs are used and you have short run lengths. … READ MORE

Can Cat 5 cable achieve Gigabit speeds?

When buying a complete PC be sure to get adequate memory. Entry level for Windows 7 is 2GB but I’d always recommend getting a PC with 4GB or more of RAM.  Most modern PCs come with a single DVD and this is usually capable of burning CDs and DVDs. A reasonable size hard drive is … READ MORE

Complete PC

Using a print server means that you have a dedicated device, always-on, waiting for any computer to connect to the printer. Because the shift has gone over to USB in recent years instead of the older parallel cable method, most people will be looking for a USB print server.  The other option is to buy … READ MORE

Cheapest USB Print Servers wired and wireless

Just built up this system today for a customer. It uses a very nice motherboad from Gigabyte, the GA-880GM-UD2DH. For a top notch system at a great price point, this is currently my pick. I dropped in an AMD Phenom II processor which can happily run at hugely overclocked speeds with this board. Add 4GB … READ MORE

Gigabyte SKT-AM3 GA-880GM-UD2H Motherboard