Buying a budget laptop…

It seems like a normal day to our poor protagonist who thinks he’s going shopping to buy a budget laptop but little does he know that he’s being hunted, hunted in an urban jungle…

I see the light, I see the new Pixelbook…

It’s the year 2017, after many years of false prophets rising and falling, the masses have gathered for what must be the saviour, the one true device that will bring us all the anticipated freedom we cry out for…

USB 3.0 hubs for your desk

I’m sitting at my desk and need to plug in my USB drive, hmmm, resting my cheek on my table while I use my hand and amazing awareness powers to try to get to the back of the computer should work…right?

Sound from Cubes

In the Avengers movie, there’s an artefact called the Tesseract which is a cool looking cube. It emits a blue light which would make an impressive tech addition to my desk. Since it’s Friday and I’m looking for fun tech, guess what I found…

Purism – laptops for Linux fans

Purism may conjure up images of a noble and selfless ideology but in this case the US based company Purism has security and privacy in mind. They’ve been in the news recently because of their crowdfunding campaign to build an open source smartphone but today, I’m more interested in their laptop range.

Your desk is your temple…

I spent several years as a mobile IT guy and met many users along the way. Travelling from office to office, putting out IT fires, sometimes feeling like the hero, swooping in to save the day and other days feeling like a counsellor listening to users expressing their IT woes.

Fitness Tracker Watch – a cheap Fitbit alternative?

Fitness bands like the Fitbit are premium and well made products but there are other manufacturers who have taken the fitness tracker concept and produced alternatives that are 4 times cheaper in some cases. The question is, are they just pretenders or viable alternatives?

Acer Iconia Tab 10 Review

There’s seems to be a lot less tablets on the market in recent years and this tablet is a welcome alternative to other higher priced tablets.

Best Chromebooks for Linux

For Linux users (or readers who want to start using Linux), this is my round up of some of the most popular Chromebooks that support Linux.

RW_LEGACY or BOOT_STUB – which one to choose?

John’s custom SeaBIOS is able to modify a Chromebook’s BIOS so that it can boot from a USB drive in order to install Linux. Some of you may be wondering, what’s the difference between the RW_LEGACY and BOOT_SLOT BIOS mods?

Automate Chromebook fixes for Linux

In this post you can use my script to run any fixes and tweaks needed to get your Chromebook working under Linux. To make this script better please feel free to add your suggestions to add a feature.

How do I build a PC step by step?

The first time you build a PC from scratch is an exciting learning experience. I’ve tried to make these instructions as detailed as possible and hope that you will find them useful.

How do I pick a Graphics Card?

The graphics card has evolved from just rendering graphics on screen to also having a powerful on-board processor. That’s why you’ll commonly see a graphics card being referred to as a GPU, a Graphical Processing Unit.

Which motherboard is best for me?

Motherboards support so many features and new technologies that picking one can start to become a bit overwhelming. If you’ve read some of my other posts you’ll know I like breaking things down logically into steps. I’ve come up with 8 steps that will hopefully make the selection process simpler.

How do I choose an Intel processor?

Picking a processor for your new PC is a difficult but important decision. Intel processors currently have an edge over AMD processors and so I will be focusing on Intel for this build series.

Plan your Custom Build in 5 Stages

Welcome back! I assume you’ve read the first post in this series: why build your own PC. Hopefully you’re back because you want to learn more or have decided to build a custom computer of your own.

Why bother with a Custom Build Computer?

Before you start choosing parts and building your custom computer you should consider whether it’s the right choice for you, after all, why not just buy a pre-built computer?

“Oh you’ve got a MacBook as well have you?”

Striding confidently towards my desk with a satisfied look on his face, this is what my work colleague assumed. The expression on his face was one of welcome over to the Apple side, you have made a wise decision.