Category: computers

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That Was (Windows) Easy (Transfer)

If you’ve ever owned a Windows PC, than you’ve almost certainly come to a point when your machine stops behaving properly. Maybe it’s cause of something you did (perhaps all of your apps are not completely legitimate, for example), or maybe it was just Windows being Windows.
In this particular instance, I am going to diagnose …




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Quasi-Review: HP Pavilion dm4t “Entertainment” laptop

I’ve been in the market for a new laptop (PC) for a little while now. Having long grown out of my need to be on the bleeding edge of gadgetry, especially considering that I spend most of my computing time at home on my desktop and smartphone, I was still searching for an attractive, well-made, …




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Confessions of a lifelong PC user: The MacBook Pro is solid.

As a lifelong PC user (read: not a fanboy, just stating the facts), I was a bit anxious to find out that I’d be using a MacBook Pro (13.3″) at my new job. Right from the start, I was unable to follow the seemingly simple setup instructions I was given by the friendly IT folks, …




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435MT: Recommended 1.1.4 BIOS update available

Dell released another “recommended” Studio XPS 435MT BIOS update – version 1.1.4 – on December 27, 2009.
The new release includes the following:
Fixes:
1.Fix intermittent show error message Alert at checkpoint D0 issue.

Dell suggests users install the latest version of the BIOS, available here. While nothing major, it is still nice to see Dell continue to …




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Security First: A Short and Sweet Primer on Passwords

The more I talk to friends and family about “Web safety,” the more I realize that most people generally under estimate the importance of having a strong and somewhat abstract password (formula). For whatever reason (or perhaps due to the increase in family/friends chatter during the winter holiday season) now seems like as good a …




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Review: Dell Studio XPS 435MT with Windows 7 Professional

Now that I’ve upgraded my Studio XPS 435MT from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional, I felt like I should post an update to my original review of the Studio XPS desktop. After a couple of weeks of use, I am happy to report that the system runs quicker and seemingly quieter than ever.




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Ninite’s multiple app installer makes new PC setup a breeze

Over the weekend I took the plunge and installed Windows 7 Professional on my Studio XPS. Starting with a brand new hard drive and a Windows 7 installation DVD made for a surprisingly pleasant upgrade experience. The whole ordeal (installing both the new drive and Windows 7) took less than an hour, an unbelievable improvement …




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435MT: Recommended 1.1.2 BIOS update available

Earlier today, Dell released another “recommended” Studio XPS 435MT BIOS update – version 1.1.2.
The new release includes:
Fixes/Enhancements:
1.Update Intel CPU Micro Code.
2.Fan Curve Parameters update.
Dell suggests users install the latest version of the BIOS, available here. Who knows – maybe this BIOS will aid in mitigating the fan noise issues many 435MT owners have been …




435MT: Recommended 1.1.1 BIOS update available

Earlier today, Dell released yet another “recommended” Studio XPS 435MT BIOS update – version 1.1.1.
The new release includes “Support [for] new Intel CPUs.”
You know the drill – Dell suggests users install the latest version of the BIOS, available here.




435MT: Recommended 1.1.0 BIOS update available

Update: I’ve installed 1.1.0 on my 435MT. As expected, no noticeable difference (probably a good thing).
Sometime yesterday, Dell released the latest, “recommended” Studio XPS 435MT BIOS update – version 1.1.0. The new release includes the following fixes/enhancements:
1.Update Pre-boot System Assessment to revision 4522.
2.Support new Intel CPUs.
As usual, Dell suggests users install the latest version of …