I warned a friend that he needed to dust out the PC that I helped him build in 2020. If he doesn’t dust out his PC, the dust bunnies will torch a component that he can’t afford to replace. He ignored my advice for three years, as dusting out his PC would be a major chore.
The PC started having random crashes a few months ago. Since he was a member of the Windows 11 developer program, it was easy to blame Windows for the crashes.
As the random crashes became more frequent, the error messages pointed towards memory. I ran Memtest on the PC and found a ton of memory errors.
Every year I clean up my TrueNAS file server and figure out what I need to replace or upgrade. This year I wanted to replace a 1TB hard drive with a 2TB hard drive and expand my storage from 5TB to 6TB. I wasn’t able to find 2TB hard drives on sale at a price I wanted to pay for.
The Opal C1 webcam is being marketed as a replacement for the built-in Apple webcams, which were limited to 720p for a great many years. The newer MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac have a 1080p webcam. But the overall visual quality has always been meh.
Apple has to cut corners somewhere to keep their products thinner year after year.
The 4K visual quality of the Opal C1 rivals that of a DSLR camera. Jon Prosser, host of Front Page Tech, replaced his Sony DSLR camera with the Opal C1 for his Genius Bar Podcast. No one noticed the difference between the two.
I did a video about a $3 US mystery PC expansion card called the Athena Power 2.5″ backplane two years ago. A 2.5″ drive in a removable carrier that was accessible through the back of the expansion slot. Newegg still has that card in stock but no longer discounted and cost $30 US for that and a floppy-to-SATA cable. I needed a cheaper alternative and found a $7 US PC expansion card that can mount a 2.5″ drive.
Does your PC monitor need an LED light bar? This accessory sits on top of your monitor to cast light on to the keyboard and the mouse. An area of your desktop that is lit indirectly by nearby lights.
The generic light bars are between $20 US and $40 US, has three color temperature settings, and plugs into a USB port. If you want recognizable brand name or features like a curved light bar, you can spend up to $150 US.
Some viewers got upset that I couldn’t test the Rosewill PB240 AIO liquid cooler on the AMD Athlon 25W AM1 processor. Rosewill claimed AM1 socket compatibility on the box. That wasn’t true. Without a compatible mounting bracket, I couldn’t mount the cold plate on the AM1 socket.