April 2, 2019

Question from a friend. 

“I have a computer with a 10-year-old processor running Windows 7. I need better performance from my computer. What should I do?”

Computers are not single task machines and pinning down the best system for the desired performance has several fact...

April 9, 2017

Charles Babbage is often called the father of modern computers for his designs on a mechanical computer in the early 1800’s.  However, some of his designs have never been built.  Like most people that like to tinker he had many designs that were not complete or never b...

April 5, 2017

Here is a video made by Paul’s Hardware where he covers the first 5 things to do after you have built a new computer.

March 29, 2017

Recently I bout a new JK Jeep Wrangler and had a hard time finding all the right options.  I finally found one with everything except the navigation.  I figured it was close enough and I could always get an external GPS unit which would be nice because I could use it w...

March 17, 2017

Everybody likes getting a new computer.  Especially me.  Here are the specs and pictures of me new rig.  Not so much for gaming but for running Virtual machines and large workloads.

Thinkstation P510
512GB M.2 PCIe SSD
2TB 7200RPM Drive
32GB ECC RDIMM (16x2, u...

March 8, 2017

Computer Assembly Part 2

See Part 1

A couple of notes from the first week (part 1). 

  • Remember the screws that look like they have a washer under the head are used to secure the motherboard.

  • The wires for the case switches should go around or behind the drive bay...

February 15, 2017

Batteries exploding.  Will this be a problem for the future?

Maybe this won’t be a problem.  New liquid battery technology could make batteries that last for over 10 years.  This technology is not ready for prime time yet.

See more information on engadget.com


February 3, 2017

Intel launches a new set of super small PCs.  The Intel NUC packs the power of a desktop into the size of desktop calendar.  I am piloting a program at my office to see how well these will work as a workstation replacement.  We purchased the Intel® NUC6i7KYK 2.6GHz i7...

December 1, 2016

Here is what I normally keep in my tool bag. I should note, I've been IT for about 4 years now. It was only  in the last year or so that I really started building my tool kit. At the moment, my job requires me to be ready for anything from tearing open a computer to in...

November 17, 2016

Hey this video cleared up a lot of confusion for me about applying thermal paste and I feel like it would help others too.  He uses a clear piece of glass to show the best way to apply thermal paste. 

Thank you and have a great day

Josh Hurtz

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