Category Archives: Tech

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 It had been 5 years since I got my first desktop for school, and I found that a lot of my parts were becoming outdated and did not interface with newer parts I wanted for upgrades.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 »

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 »

What is a hack, anyway?

TheFreeDictionary definition of hack: hack 1 (hăk) v. hacked, hack·ing, hacks v.tr. 1. To cut or chop with repeated and irregular blows: hacked down the saplings. 2. To break up the surface of (soil). 3. Informal a. To alter (a computer program): hacked her text editor to read HTML. b. To gain access to (a… 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 »