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Microsoft High Definition AV Pack

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Blast from the past: originally published June 17th 2003. I’ve finally started playing some games on my X-Box. A guy at work was selling his X-Box with two controllers and some games for a song, so I couldn’t pass up the deal. Got it home and read the manual. Grabbed an HDTV adapter the next day and set it to take advantage of the various resolutions available, plus hooked an optical cable for Dolby Digital sound. My X-Box was ready for whatever I threw at it, which was nothing for about two months. I’m…read more

M-Systems DiskonKey

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Blast from the past: originally published September 27th 2002. The concept is so simple it makes you wonder why it wasn’t thought of before. Take flash memory and put it into a compact size, small enough to fit on a keychain. The entire unit is comprised of the cover and the DiskonKey memory module; a hard oblong plastic unit with a USB connector on one end. The picture says it all; simple, effective, easy. Operation takes simplicity to another level. For Windows ME users forward to XP, plug the device into a USB port…read more

Case Sizes

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Blast from the past: originally posted February 14th 2002. Way back in 1991 I bought my first PC; a shiny Magnavox 386SX 20MHz. After a few months I began upgrading pieces of it, leading me to realize I needed a new system. I wanted to build it myself, so I did a ridiculous amount of research and decided on an AMD 386DX 40 MHz with 8 MB of RAM. My real concern was getting a good sized case to put everything in; I already had a 1x Sony CD-ROM, Colorado 250 MB QIC120…read more

R.I.P. Technologies 2002

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Blast from the past: originally published December 6th 2002. When you look back at the life of the computer, a few standouts have gone the distance. The floppy drive began as the only affordable way people could run programs and trade files, and has carried on in various shapes and sizes. Today all of us have a 3.5” floppy drive in our PCs, ready for those hard little diskettes. Who could imagine a computer without the off white mouse, two or three buttons and a rolling wheel underneath to guide it’s way across…read more

Sound Blaster AWE64D

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Blast from the past: originally published August 7th 2001, updated July 12th 2002. It’s interesting what gets lost in the hectic pace of the computer industry. I have a lot of hardware floating around my office, and when I eventually get around to using something it’s a struggle to find drivers and technical information. I built a system for one uncle a few years ago; standard fair Intel machine with an 810e motherboard and a Sound Blaster AWE64D PCI sound card. Everything OEM and in static bags; no retail parts for me,…read more

HP Wireless Mini Keyboard

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I’m the process of setting up a home theater PC (HTPC) on each of my two home televisions.  I have Logitech Harmony universal remotes on both but need a keyboard and mouse for my living room HTPC.  While perusing Staples before the holidays I came across the HP Wireless Mini Keyboard: a compact 2.4GHz wireless keyboard with a built-in mouse. The packaging bills this device as a replacement for a laptop keyboard but it works wonderfully on a HTPC.  The keyboard is a netbook chiclet style and there is a…read more

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Aopen HX08

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Blast from the past: originally published October 6th 2000. It’s a sad time when I can’t get in any game playing, but that’s what happened this week.  I’ve beaten most of my games in single player mode and look for the challenge of multiplayer mayhem, but none of my friends were available.  I know I could just log in and fight a stranger, but what’s the point of that? I want to team up with a friend and then crush strangers into dust.  Otherwise why play games at all?  When Conan…read more

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Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 2070SB

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Blast from the past: originally published July 20th 2004. The lure of a large monitor is strong for those of us who sit in front of a PC all day long. Simply for the fact that we don’t sit in front of the PC, but the monitor. You can view more reviews on their website.  TFT ( thin film transistor ) panels are all the rage, but value and quality come into play with a large CRT ( cathode ray tube ) monitor. For several years I had used a Sony…read more

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Aopen HX45a

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Blast from the past: originally posted December 14th 2000. I was putting together a system for a friend and he needed a reliable mid tower case from a reputable manufacturer at a good price.  Isn’t that what we’re all looking for when building a computer?  I looked around at what was available and decided on the Aopen HX45A mid ATX tower case.  Let’s take a look at this rugged unit. The HX45A is Aopen’s current mid tower offering.  I had purchased a few about three years ago, and boy have…read more

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