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So I got the new MacBook Air M1.  I have to say, it's pretty amazing.  It's, by far, the fastest laptop I've ever used in terms of how it feels to use.  This is likely a combination of the OS (MacOS tends just feel more responsive than Windows) and the phenomenal performance of the M1. Anyone else pick this up yet?
December 21, 2020 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
Came across this article this morning, and thought it best to report on it to prevent possible problems for those running ChkDsk (Windows' native utility to discover and fix corruptions in its file system when adding /f to the command ChkDsk. This affects SSDs only, apparently. If you have updated to W10 20H2, do not run ChkDsk or worse, ChkDsk /f. "One of the authors at Planet3DNow say they ran the utility with the /f parameter, which prompts a system reboot so that it can be in...
December 9, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
An image taken from Wonder's website showing off their new appThere is no substitute for organic mingling and in-person interaction. Planned calls on Zoom or Teams isn't the same as mingling with your friends or coworkers at a social event, no matter which way you slice it, but Wonder, a Berlin startup, has built a platform for people to come together in video-based groups. How is this any different from Zoom, Teams, or the multitude of other video chat options there are out there now? This...
November 22, 2020 by starkers on starkers corner
As the title suggests, Big Beastie underwent a complete makeover.  Turns out my Cooler Master 1200w PSU was the culprit with my Threadripper build and causing the mobo and CPU to short out.  It was throwing out 18v - 20v on the 12v rail, thus shorting out all that was connected to it.  I'm not expecting CoolerMaster to compensate me for the damage [about 1400 bucks] so I've moved on and Big Beastie now has an Intel 10th Gen Core i7 10700F LGA 1200 CPU mounted on an ASUS ROG Str...
November 20, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Happy Friday! I was sitting here trying to straighten up my work area before the work week ends and thought maybe that should be the part of the topic for this week's question. I have my main desktop PC which I mostly use for gaming and design work. My Dell XPS laptop is really just dedicated for work stuff, and I also have an iPad on my desk for casual web browsing and keeping up with emails.  We have a desktop workstation thread here on the forums, and we've seen some really cool se...
November 12, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
I've been updating some of my countdown gadgets for Christmas, and I always had a lot of fun making them. They seem to work just fine on Windows 10 and I still see people using them and other gadgets like my Christmas lights when screenshots are posted around the holiday season. So that brings us to weeks question. Do you still use desktop gadgets, and if so, do you have any favorites? Share them in the comments below.
November 4, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
I came across this post today and it's a good reference for aspect ratios and screen resolutions.
November 3, 2020 by RedneckDude on redneckdude
Guys, I know a lot about computers. I build, refurb, and repair.  I have seen something tonight I have never seen before.   Has anyone here ever experienced an automatic BIOS update upon booting an HP PC?  No HP bloatware installed, no support assistant, etc.   This is scary. I never heard of an automatic BIOS update.
November 2, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
In 2015 I wrote a blog post here showing my PC build that I was working on. I've had that PC ever since and it's been one of the best PC build I've ever done. It would run many of the latest games at ultra settings, and has been a great PC to edit videos and just do general work with.  I've added a couple small upgrades such as doubling the RAM to 16GB, adding another SSD drive for games, and replacing smaller hard drives for bigger storage.  Lately though, games are running a bi...
October 14, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
Back in September, Nvidia launched a somewhat rocky release for the RTX 3080. Almost immediately, the demand for the GPU overwhelmed the market, seeing it sold out everywhere online and in-store. Over a month later, online retailers like Amazon and Newegg still list the card as "Currently Unavailable" or "Out of Stock." There were even some users reporting that they had camped outside their local Micro Centers for days in order to secure one card out of an already extremely limited stock. Eve...
October 7, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
In an effort to create a more "deeply integrated user experience," Google has overhauled G Suite and rebranded it as Google Workspace earlier this week. The new Workspace has all of the old beloved programs - Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, etc., but has improved on how its productivity services blend and work together. Google Workspace now offers a more fluid experience; for example, users can create and collaborate on a document, but also discuss real-time changes in a chat room with a previe...
September 30, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
Amazon unveiled plans for the new "Amazon One" machine yesterday, a contactless card reader that accesses your payment information through just a wave of your hand. Users will insert their credit card and then hover their palms over the device in order to link the payment mechanism with their palm signatures. Once the card is on file, you'll be able to enter the store in the future just by holding your palm over the device for 1-2 seconds.Amazon stresses that the device is contactless, which mig...
September 18, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Somehow, I missed this giveaway earlier, but I wanted to post it as it ends this weekend. Our friends over at Neowin are giving a Lenovo Legion 5i gaming laptop (U.S. only). Head over to Neowin for the details and how to enter:
September 15, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
We have a large wallpaper gallery here and since we've been focusing on getting more content added, I was wondering how you use some of these. Specifically, do you take a desktop wallpaper and use it as the wallpaper on your mobile device such as a phone or tablet? On most of my mobile devices I typically just use a photo from my photo album, but I have used downloaded wallpapers before.
September 3, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Since the beginning of COVID, webcams have been hard to come by as vast amounts of people starting both working from home and having school at home. Webcams sold out for months and it seems they are just now slowly coming back in stock.  If you have a Sony camera such as a RX100 or an A-series camera, you can now easily use them as a webcam without any additional hardware. Sony released the Imaging Edge Webcam application for free so if you have a Sony camera, be sure to grab it. http...