The 12 Completions in 12 Months Video Game Challenge

12 Games in 12 Months

It’s a brand new year and rather than set some tired old “exercise more, eat better” resolution I’m setting a video game challenge.  Much like a lot of gamers I have a tendency to purchase games and then purchase other games before getting to the end of the previous ones.  I have an enormous Steam library … Read more

Building the Perfect PC (With Someone Else’s Money)

The Perfect PC

This past year I was asked to build the Perfect PC for a someone who would be working with Adobe Premiere, I had two instructions, it had to be fast and cost wasn’t an issue. The parts list ended up consisting of the following:  Cooler Master HAF X – High Air Flow ATX Full Tower Case; CORSAIR RMx RM850X 850W Power … Read more

Video Games and The Return of an Addiction!

My blog posts have been a bit more sporadic lately than I’d like them to be, not because I can’t get to my PC but because I’m using that PC to play video games and more importantly Blizzard video games!  It’s not the worst addiction in the world I could have but its been an on again off again addiction for as long as I can remember.  It started innocently enough when I first bought my Sega Master System and continues today mostly via games like World of Warcraft.

Read more

Whoa! Stop! Backup! Learning to Backup Your Data Before You Lose it!

I love fixing people’s computer problems.  The joy that I get when I’m able to solve someone’s technology issue is fantastic and it feels good to get people back on their way.  However the one thing that I can’t help people with is lost data that they didn’t backup.

In some instances I can gain access to a drive that won’t boot or an OS install gone bad, if the data is still on the drive there is hope.  The problem is when that data is gone, when the drive is toast (or water logged) or “gasp” lost it’s something that I can’t help with.  While their are services out there that can retrieve lost data off a bad drive for most people once they hear about the cost they figure they still have those vacation memories in their head who really needs them on the computer.

Backing up your data used to be a tedious annoying process that even people that did do it often didn’t do it enough.  These day’s however data backup is so easy and useful that there is no excuse to not have that data backed up, reliably, all the time.

Read more

Tablet Mode! Windows 10 on the Dell Venue 8 Pro

It’s finally here, Windows 10 and it’s on my tablet!

I don’t recall there ever being a time when an operating system was launched that both the media and consumers were this excited (and generally positive) about something that Microsoft was launching.  It’s not that much of a surprise however to those of us who have been using Windows 10 preview for the past few months.  Windows 10 is here and it’s time to upgrade.

Read more