PC Build: SOHO Server $1000 CDN

We’ve completely retooled our server recommendation. Previously we built an SME server at the $4000 CDN mark that filled most business requirements. We’ve scaled that back to a SOHO server that stretches to the SME segment for backup duties of…
Read More

PC Build: Home System $1500 CDN

The $1500 Home System attempts to accommodate the day to day uses of a family. Finances, internet access, word processing and gaming all come into play. CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Intel leads the CPU market right now, and…
Read More

Restoration

This is a very nice simple undelete utility, in the vein of the old DOS command. It brings up what you can try and retrieve, you select the files and that’s about it. No install needed, just run the EXE.…
Read More

Gnome Partition Editor

While this is written for Linux the creators of GParted have a Live CD version that works very well.  I suggest you know what you’re doing with partitions before you get into this, but GParted does everything you would need…
Read More

SLI Frustration

I just installed my second Nvidia SLI configuration, and experienced the same setbacks.  My first rig used dual eVGA 7800GTs, and I just upgraded to eVGA 7900GT KO Superclock models.  I used the eVGA Nforce 4 SLI motherboard for both;…
Read More

Comodo

PC Magazine just gave an Editor’s Choice to Comodo Personal Firewall, a free product that was rated better than ZoneAlarm.  Perusing their site reveals a free anti-virus client, free password manager and free S/MIME certificate for Outlook.  Worth trying for…
Read More

User Profile Hive Cleanup Service

After a bunch of users have logged onto a system those profiles start to bog things down.  Microsoft released the abovementioned utility to clean up after those errant profiles and speed up the restart/shutdown process. User Profile Hive Cleanup Service
Read More

AMD Dual-Core Optimizer

The name says it all.  AMD has come to the rescue of those who experience software issues running two cores.  The utility synchronizes the time stamp counter on both cores and works with processor affinity issues. AMD Dual-Core Optimizer
Read More

Lussumo Filebrowser

A second great app you didn’t know you needed; I noticed it when I was looking up Vanilla. Filebrowser lets you build albums of your online files, for a quick and easy reference of what you’ve actually got sitting there…
Read More