Adding A HDD/SSD 2.5″ Mounting Bracket for PC Slot

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.

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Should Apple Studio Display Have A Removeable Power Cable?

YouTube reviews of the Apple Studio Display came out this week. The biggest flaw with the new 5K monitor was the non-removable power cable. You could rip out the power cable with brute force and risk damaging the display panel. Or use a special tool that available only to Apple employees to remove the power cable.

Should the Apple Studio Display have a removable power cable? I’ll explain from my experience as a consumer and an I.T. support specialist.

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Does Your PC Monitor Need An LED Light Bar?

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.

I’m going to review the Gomyhom monitor light bar and how I set up the light bars for two different monitors.

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Testing Rosewill PB240 AIO on Athlon 3000G AM4 Processor

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.

Since I don’t have long hair like Steve at Gamers Nexus, I can’t get the Newegg-owned company to admit their mistake. If I can’t test the AM1 processor with the AIO, I’m testing the AMD Athlon 3000G 35W AM4 processor.

Does your AMD Athlon AM4 processor need an AIO?

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Fry’s Electronics Shut Down One Year Ago

Fry’s Electronics shut down suddenly but not unexpectedly one year ago on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. I made 14 videos covering the zombie retailer from September 2019 through August 2021. Take a trip down memory lane.

2019

2020

2021

You can also check out my Fry’s Electronics playlist on YouTube.

Un-Cringing An is_even() Function in Python

Johnny B. Getgoode tweeted this screenshot of if-else statements.

Johnny B. Getgoode tweeted a screenshot from his developer Discourse server on February 13, 2022. Experienced programmers cringed at the repeating lines of if else to determine if a number is even or odd. That prompted a lively discussion on how to “un-cringe” this function.

Here are four ways to refactor the function for readability and speed in Python: match and case, recursive inner function, modulo operator, and bitwise operator.

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