Tag: Computer Hardware

Why Do Servers Need More Memory As Time Goes On?

Have you ever noticed how a server tends to slow down over time? No, this isn’t simply your server getting old and tired. This is often caused by the same server needing more and more memory (RAM) as time passes. There are good reasons why this happens, and ways to minimize the effects. Here are a few common reasons why a server requires more memory as time goes on. Continue reading

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First Impressions: Acer Iconia W3 8″ Windows 8 Tablet

AcerIconiaW3Acer has recently released an 8.1″ Windows 8 tablet called the Acer Iconia W3.  Due to a few different reasons this model has received mixed reviews.  Keeping in mind that this is the world’s first Windows 8 tablet in the 8″ form factor, and the retail price is currently $299 for the 32 GB and $379 for the 64 GB model, I wanted to review this device for myself.  Acer was nice enough to send me a new unit (64 GB version) to evaluate.

In the iOS and Android realms the 7″ and 8″ tablets seem to be outselling their larger counterparts.  The smaller form factor of the mini tablet seems to be more natural to hold than the larger 10″ models.  I am excited to see whether the same is true with this Windows 8 tablet.  I will be reviewing this Acer Iconia W3 on both a personal and professional level. Continue reading

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Using BitLocker to Encrypt Computers without TPM Hardware

It is very common for laptops to be lost or stolen. When this happens any data on the laptop could fall into the wrong hands. That is unless you have encrypted your device using BitLocker or another drive encryption technology.

If you’re not already familiar with it, BitLocker is the drive encryption technology introduced with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  The latest version has increased functionality and security.  BitLocker is now available with Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Ultimate, and some editions of Windows Server 2008 R2.

By default BitLocker requires that your computer have a TPM chip built-in. This is a secure component which can securely keep your encryption key information. But what if you don’t have a TPM chip built-in to your computer? Continue reading

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How to Securely Dispose of Your Old Hard Drives

The hard drive in your PC or laptop holds all of your data and applications. It is kind of like long-term memory for a computer. Just like in the movies, even when you erase that data, remnants are left behind making it often possible to recover the data long after it has been deleted. Continue reading

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When is a computer too old? The Cloud may be changing how we think about this.

When is a computer too old? This question is getting harder and harder to answer. Traditional PC lifecycle thinking says that a PC is efficient to use up to 4 years old, and no longer cost effective to use beyond 5 years old. This is because the cost of maintaining the system is greater than the value of this old PC or laptop. Continue reading

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