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Archive for the ‘Hardware’ Category

August 3rd, 2007

Being that it’s August, let’s talk hardware and heat

Today is our channel theme day and while my fellow bloggers are working off the meaning of “august”, I’m taking a different tack.  August is one of the hottest months of the summer in North America and so I thought it might be a good time to talk about heat, sun, and computers.
First, heat is […]

By Tris Hussey -- 2 comments

August 1st, 2007

Laser printers give off micro-particles that are bad for your health

This is not a headline you want to read after unboxing your new home laser printer:Study: Laser printers may pose health risks | CNET News.com.  Here is something from the Grasshoppers blog (which I encourage readers to join):
The laser printer problem was found accidentally while doing tests on office ventilation systems, where they discovered five […]

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July 28th, 2007

Vista Battery Saver Goes Open-source

I talked about the Vista Battery Saver tool in May when it was first launched in beta.  I tried it for a little while, but I think something about my machine didn’t like it.  Doesn’t really matter though, because everyone else liked it so much so that it’s been release as an open-source app:
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July 18th, 2007

Best advice for using your laptop outside

It’s summer, well in the Northern Hemisphere at least, and some of us might be tempted to use our laptops outside occasionally.  Web Worker Daily has a few tips for this and this one is my favourite:
Give up, have a beer, and decide that the summer sun is more important than work. You probably need […]

By Tris Hussey -- 4 comments

July 17th, 2007

Make technology suck less-Do your part to save energy

Folks always wonder why the monitors are off in my house (at least asleep).  I do keep CPUs running, but printers are all on power-save mode.  Why?  Because I try to save energy with my tech gadgets.  Lifehacker has easy energy saving tips for tech.
Frankly, not much else needs to be said…just do it.
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June 18th, 2007

Rice isn’t just for dinner anymore-use it to dry out electronics

Okay how many of you have had those “oops” moments when some electronic gadget has gone for a swim?  I haven’t had many, but all of them have ended in the same way…buying a new device.
The key to saving a device is:

Acting quickly
Not turning it on “just to see”
Taking the battery out pronto
Drying it out […]

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May 23rd, 2007

Could a Zonbu be a good basic computer for you?

I saw a tweet from Chris Pirillo this morning about Zonbu a Linux-based PC that Chris was sent to review. I only caught the end of his session, but I did explore the site a bit.
Essentially, Zonbu has made a small, quiet (no fan) computer that could be a good opinion as a second […]

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May 16th, 2007

A handy Vista tool to help the battery problem

Clearly Vista users are rather miffed about Vista and battery life problems I almost feel like I should create a category just for this one issue.
Just yesterday I told you about turning off the Aero theme to give you a boost. But what if you like the Aero theme when you’re plugged in? […]

By Tris Hussey -- 1 comment

April 27th, 2007

Should I use the install CD that came with my hardware?

I got a new webcam this week.  I’m going to start doing some livecasting/lifecasting stuff.  At the Web 2.0 Expo I saw that a little hardware can make for really cool and easy video interview … much easier than getting out a podcasting rig!  And it’s video too!
Okay, regardless, Jim and I decided that I […]

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February 26th, 2007

Watch That Static!

I haven’t had this happen in a looong time, but since it just happened to me, I felt I needed to post about it.
I scooted on my chair just a couple minutes, just sitting up straighter.  My hand brushed the front of my machine and…
Little bit of nice blue static jumped from my finger tip […]

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