Often, a budget build means buying parts that are a little past their prime—and don’t get us wrong, you can find great deals there. But for this month’s build, I knew I wanted to explore Intel’s hot new Sandy Bridge architecture—and, if I could swing it, one of AMD’s new Radeon 6800 series GPUs—while keeping my total budget under $1,000.
Excel isn't the sexiest application in the world--it has an unfortunate association with the type of Milton-esque office drones we all wish we weren't. All the same, it's a program that most people will end up having to use at some point in their life, and it's one with a lot of arcane secrets. Read on for 10 quick Microsoft Excel tips and tricks that will get you accounting like a pro in no time flat.
If you buy a Windows Home Server system off the shelf, you typically get an anemic processor—usually an Atom of some kind—and the original version of WHS, updated with various power packs. Recently, Microsoft released a beta Release Candidate (updated 03 Feb 2011) of its next-generation Windows Home Server, code-named Vail Windows Home Server 2011. This new version offers some pretty cool features, and my aim is to build a custom Home Server box that can take advantage of all of them.
Even though it's the new kid on the block (relatively speaking), Google's Chrome browser is rapidly becoming the standard that other browsers are measured against in terms of speed and usability. There's a ton to be written about how to get the most out of Google's deceptively-simple browser, but today we're focusing just on the brass tacks. Read on for 10 quick tips to help you make the most of Google Chrome and when you're done, hit the comments and tell usyour own favorites!
The Windows context menu—the set of options that pops up when you right-click a file or folder—is one of the quickest ways to execute simple commands. That’s why it’s unfortunate that Windows doesn’t give users any real control over the contents of these context menus. Programs sometimes install rogue options (or sets of options) in the menu, and there’s no easy way to get them out, short of uninstalling the program.
Enter ShellMenuView, a free program from NirSoft (makers of a ton of great, techy system utilities) that allows you to view and edit the context menu options for all the different file types on your PC. Here’s how to use it.
The Holiday season is just recently past, and a lot of good boys and girls will have gotten a PC game, application, or iTunes gift card in their stockings this year. However, in order to enjoy your new software or media, you have to have enough hard drive wiggle room to use it. To get the job done, you could set out to delete a score of chunky media files and sizeable programs that you only use on occasion. You could also opt to purchase and install a larger hard drive to solve the problem. Either of these plans will do the trick, but before you start working over your files with a machete or plug in any new hardware, we’d suggest taking a few minutes to read our handy three-step guide on how to free up some hard drive space on your desktop or laptop without being forced to delete any important files. Let’s get to work!
Anyone can build a gaming PC. Seriously, it’s easy. Minus a few technological bits of know-how here and there, there’s really nothing that tough about buying the fastest components you can afford and slapping them in whatever chassis you happen to have on hand. Done, right?
Maximum PC never shies away from a challenge, however, and Sr. Associate Editor Nathan Edwards has upped the ante for this month’s build-it. One of the key problems of building a tricked-out rig is that you’re sure to increase the ambient volume of the system as you increase its power. But I’m not here for a trade-off: No, I’ve accepted the challenge to build a gaming system that’s as quiet as a mouse.
Your X-Mas wish came true! Santa wisely consulted one of our best-of-the-best lists and left you a shiny new smartphone under the tree. So, uh, now what? Here's a step-by-step guide to getting that bad boy up and running.
Christmas victory! You've just obtained the final component for your ideal home theater set-up. Now it's time to hook everything up and turn your living room into that badass entertainment zone you've always envisioned. We'll guide you through the basics.