If you've been following this series, you'll know that I explained the LAN and WAN ports on a home router in part 1. And now, I need to tell you how you can use this information to remotely access your device at home. For example, if you know how to use Remote Desktop, a built-in feature of Windows, to control a computer in a different room of your home, how about doing that from somewhere away from home, and save … Read more
I knew this day was coming. The portents were all there. Microsoft swore back in 2011 it would no longer offer support, patches, or fixes for Windows XP come this April. The company snarkily told customers they should move to a "modern operating system." A plague of locusts descended on my home office.
On a cloudy day last week, at 11:43 in the morning, I turned off my Windows XP-loaded Dell for the last time. It made a little whining, sighing noise as it powered down. All my important files were offloaded to an external hard drive and a brand-new custom-made Windows 7 desktop sat nearby, gloating about its ascendance with its shiny black case and complete lack of cat hair sucked into the fan.… Read more
Sometimes it seems the death knell of the desktop computer has been getting louder and louder for years, yet the devices still hang around. They just won't be hanging around Sony any longer. The electronics giant announced that it's unloading the PC part of its business.
Sony's move is just the latest sign that the personal computing business has changed significantly in recent years as more and more customers spend more and more time on small mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.… Read more
I tend to fight my demons by grinding my teeth and sipping Gamling and McDuck's cabernet franc.
I understand, though, that some prefer a religious representative to confront the evil spirit and, well, curse it out.
This isn't always an easy arrangement. So I'm delighted that Reverend Bob Larson, of the DWJD (Do What Jesus Did) Spiritual Freedom Church in Arizona has now disrupted the process of exorcisms. Yes, he's doing them via Skype.
You can see the advantages immediately. You sense an evil presence in your living room, larder or larynx. You Skype Reverend Bob in the manner of a 911 call. Then, like the 7th Anti-Demon Cavalry, he rides into action.… Read more
We all know that Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh at Apple's annual shareholder meeting on January 24, 1984, but he also gave an encore performance of sorts a few days later for a meeting of the Boston Computer Society.
The video of that January 30, 1984, meeting can be seen below. It was released for the first time Saturday since it was shot that day and ran over at Time.com with lots of the great context surrounding that meeting. While the scripted presentation is much the same as the original unveiling six days earlier, the video quality is significantly better at the Boston event, and Jobs seems more polished.… Read more
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks' sixth release, "Wig Out at Jagbags," was worked out "on a computer on someone else's table in someone else's apartment" in Berlin and a studio in rural Belgium, but it sounds as casual, lived in, and American as a vintage Polo sweater. Grab the album (iTunes/Amazon) on January 7, and get tickets (Live Nation, StubHub, eSeats) for their upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off February 12 in Denver.
Download.com caught up with the indie rockfather, following his return to the U.S., while he was out … Read more
Acer's latest all-in-one PC can serve double duty as an Android entertainment center and a high-resolution monitor.
Already shipping around the world, the Acer TA272 HUL offers a 2,560x1,440 WQHD display, four times sharper than conventional high-definition monitors, according to the company. Equipped with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the TA272 includes a 10-point touch screen so you can tap into the wide lineup of available Android apps.
The system is outfitted with an Nvidia Tegra quad-core processor, 16GB of memory, and dual-band 802.11 abgn wireless connectivity. A 2-megapixel Webcam and two front-facing Dolby surround sound … Read more
If you have an aging computer, the best way to bring new life (speed, that is) to replace its internal hard drive.
Older computers generally run on a regular hard drive, whose performance degrades over time, just like any mechanical parts. Replacing that with a solid-state drive (SSD) will prove to be the most satisfying update you ever make to your system. In fact, the outcome is often better than getting an entirely new budget computer.
LG Electronics has officially jumped into the Chrome OS market. The electronics giant announced Tuesday that it would be unveiling its all-in-one Chromebase desktop computer during the upcoming 2014 Consumer Electronics Show.
"Simple to operate for all types of users, the award-winning LG Chromebase computer represents the successful combination of simplicity, power and great design," LG's head of IT Business Hyoung-sei Park said in a statement. "LG Chromebase is the wave of the future for desktops, expected to be widely adopted not only at home, but especially in schools, hotels, call centers and other business settings.&… Read more
Google Play might be getting some wanted (or unwanted, depending on how you look at it) features for its Android app. Among these features, of course, is more integration with Google+.
Also this week, a 4K monitor briefly popped up on Apple's European online retail site, and then was removed by a couple days later. What could it mean? I have a few guesses.
Thanks for watching! … Read more