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How to Build a Computer, Lesson 1: Hardware Basics

How to Build a Computer, Lesson 1: Hardware Basics
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The terrifying true story of the garbage that could kill the whole human race — Matter The ship plows on with groaning sails, with a heave and a shove, like a fat man shouldering through a crowd. The motion is surprisingly stop-and-go, without ever really stopping, or quite going. In the open cockpit we’ve just been holding on and talking about flotsam: things that find their way into the vastness of the seas, and float and float, and finally maybe wash ashore. Grimmest to be mentioned so far by my knowledgeable companion—trumping the foot in the boot—is the skeleton in the survival suit. Those are pearls that were his eyes! When we pause the conversation to climb up onto the pitching deck to launch the trawl, I’m keeping Mr. It’s the start of the graveyard watch—2 a.m. to 6—and most everyone’s asleep in their bunks, except the captain, who’s below in the green glow of the nav station plotting our course: a knight’s move, 1,200 miles east to the middle of the South Atlantic, then 800 miles north to Ascension Island. He chucks the trawl into the foam-flecked water.

WineHQ - Run Windows applications on Linux, BSD, Solaris and Mac OS X How to Build a Computer from Scratch, Lesson 4: Installing Your Operating System Ah, good eye! So, generally, your motherboard runs all RAM at the lowest speed (correct me if I'm wrong on any nuance of that particular fact, guys). As I mentioned in part 2, RAM speeds don't really matter. You're not going to get any noticeable difference from 300MHz in your RAM. However, where those RAM speeds DO come in useful is if you overclock your processor. So in the end? RAM speed do provide performance increase, visible in memory intensive task, such as photo editing, CAD or gaming. Your problem is easy to solve. Hope this helps. :) (please keep posted) I had this problem with my new build I bought some 1600 ram but it was running at 1333 on auto. If you DO want to worry about it, there are settings in the BIOS to change the ram speed. :-) What speed the motherboard runs the RAM at when set to AUTO for the settings can depend on the speed information contained on the RAM stick itself and the vagaries of the BIOS.

Donate old gadgets for a good cause video [MUSIC] Goodwill and Dell have teamed up to recycle electronics of any brand at more than 2000 Goodwill locations nationwide. Find one near you at Every item will be carefully sorted to determine whether it can be easily spiffed up and sold at a Goodwill store, dismantled and used for parts, or completely recycled. Ubuntu (operating system) Development of Ubuntu is led by Canonical Ltd.,[11] a company based on the Isle of Man and owned by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth. Canonical generates revenue through the sale of technical support and other services related to Ubuntu.[12][13] The Ubuntu project is publicly committed to the principles of open source development; people are encouraged to use free software, study how it works, improve upon it, and distribute it.[14][15] GNOME (the former default desktop) supports more than 46 languages.[17] For increased security, the sudo tool is used to assign temporary privileges for performing administrative tasks, allowing the root account to remain locked, and preventing inexperienced users from inadvertently making catastrophic system changes or opening security holes.[18] PolicyKit is also being widely implemented into the desktop to further harden the system through the principle of least privilege. Ubuntu is currently funded by Canonical Ltd.

How to Calibrate Your HDTV and Boost Your Video Quality in 30 Minutes or Less Don't know about you... but TVs I've owned have Store and Home modes, Store is horribly bright, high contrast, Home is sensibly done. Last time this article came around it only needed a DVD player. Now you've made it even harder to do. You *can* use a DVD player, but considering no DVD player is capable of 1080p/i display, it wouldn't make much sense. You can use an Xbox 360 if you download and burn the mp4 version of the calibration disc, but frankly, if you're calibrating your HDTV so you can actually, you know, enjoy the HD part of that, you should make sure the video you're calibrating to is actually displayed in true HD, not upconverted or 720p. That said, "Store" or "Cinema" or "Vivid" is the mode warned against in the open.

Need for speed: Why computers stopped getting faster - tech - 23 February 2015 (Image: Pierluigi Longo) Dizzily increasing PC power used to be a given. No longer – speeds stalled a decade ago and only a radical reboot of computing will accelerate things TEN years ago, computers stopped getting faster. That’s true – in a way. You don’t need to be the type who camps outside stores for the latest gizmo to be concerned ... Wine (software) Wine is a free and open source software application that aims to allow applications designed for Microsoft Windows to run on Unix-like operating systems. Wine also provides a software library, known as Winelib, against which developers can compile Windows applications to help port them to Unix-like systems.[3] The name Wine initially was an acronym for windows emulator.[7] Its meaning later shifted to the recursive backronym, wine is not an emulator in order to differentiate the software from CPU emulators.[8] While the name sometimes appears in the forms WINE and wine, the project developers have agreed to standardize on the form Wine.[9] The phrase "wine is not an emulator" is a reference to the fact that no processor code execution emulation occurs when running a Windows application under Wine. "Emulation" usually refers to the execution of compiled code intended for one processor (such as x86) by interpreting/recompiling software running on a different processor (such as PowerPC).