Category Archives: review

Why launching this site was pain free

As you may have guessed, this is a WordPress site. WordPress powers over 72 million websites and growing. It is free, functional, and offers a variety of plugins integrated into the user interface. And like many other WordPress users recommend, I opted to self host. After doing some research, I found that WordPress can be easily… Read More »

Building your first PC: Do’s, don’ts, and did nots

Around this time last year, I decided to upgrade my PC. It had been 5 years since I got my first desktop for school, and I found that a lot of my parts were becoming outdated and did not interface with newer parts I wanted for upgrades. So I decided to build my desktop myself.… Read More »

Building a PC: Poor Man’s Edition

Well, an enthusiastic reader of mine responded to a blog post I put together for Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales with this response post. While his opinions were also true, I thought why not just scrap the whole preference thing and just buy the bare minimum? Functionality only. Let’s see what I come up with. .… Read More »

Build a PC this Black Friday!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are rolling around, and if you’re entertaining the idea of building a desktop PC yourself for the coming holiday season, now is the best time to make your purchase(s). With sales taking place in store (Microcenter, Tiger Direct) and online (Amazon, Newegg, NCIX), it is increasingly easy to find a… Read More »

SteamOS – PC gaming in the living room?

After 3 years of development, Valve’s SteamOS has started shipping out on Alienware Steam Machines. ZOTAC, a Chinese computer hardware company, has a Machine of their own. Syberware is another partner in this release, offering their version of a Steam Machine. It has the following specs: – CPU: Intel Core i3 3.6 GHz – CPU Socket… Read More »

10 edifying Reddit posts within 10 months

I sifted through the last 10 months of content from /r/GetMotivated, /r/lifeprotips, /r/explainlikeimfive, and /r/AskReddit. Here are the best Reddit posts that I could find: /r/GetMotivated/comments/2xc947/text_soon_i_will_be_gone_forever_but_thats_okay/ – If there is one thing that can put things into perspective,  it’s the words of a dying man. It is all too easy to lose sight of what… Read More »

Python: First time setup and configuration

Why Python? I won’t make a persuasive speech here, since you should already have decided on using Python at this point, but just to review what is commonly said: Python is flexible. You can run your code in the debugger or from the command line as soon as you save it, make quick edits, and… Read More »

Freeware or crapware? Where’s the good ware?

Earlier this year, a howtogeek article pointed out the slovenly state of most “free download” websites. I suggest reading it, though I will give a TLDR version: no matter where you go, from CNET to SourceForge, it seems that just about every free download has surreptitiously-tacked on adware. I find changes to my homepage or search… Read More »