Windows-10

Installing Windows 10 Technical Preview

Microsoft recently announced Windows 10 to much fanfare and then opened up the Technical Preview to the general public to take the new operating system for a spin.  This is great news for geeks like me that are always looking for a shiny new toy to play with.  In this article, I’ll explain how you can get a copy of the preview for yourself.  I’m also including a companion video to walk you through the installation process using Oracle’s VM VirtualBox.

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EC Technology Gaming Mouse

Review: EC Technology 8200dpi Mouse

I think that one of the most often overlooked aspects of putting together (or buying) a computer are the input devices.  Most consumers simply use what comes with the machine they bought at their favorite retailer and don’t think twice about how much better their experience could be.  Gamers, on the other hand, spend a lot of time figuring out what keyboard and mouse combination best fits their playing style and needs.  I fit in the latter category.

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oneplus-one

Converting my wife to Android.

I’ll start this off by stating that I have tried this before.  In fact, it was just before Christmas last year that I bought my wife the Moto X in an attempt to move her away from her iPhone and over to Android.  The migration lasted only about three weeks because she “accidentally” dropped and smashed her phone.  Admittedly, it wasn’t an easy transition.  I’m not sure if it was because she didn’t like the physical device, Android or that I hadn’t provided enough help to ease her through it.  Possibly, and very likely, it was a combination of all of those factors.

This time, I feel as though I’m more prepared and I have a better device for her.  The OnePlus One.

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What's in the box?!

What the hell did I just buy?

If you’ve been following my Loot Crate videos, you’ll know that I recently renovated my home office. My wife and I now have our own desks and little areas of the office. So far, it’s working out pretty well. Part of that whole transition was replacing our massive “L” shaped desk with two new desks; one for each of us. The desk I picked up has a pretty nice keyboard tray that I’ve been using without a mouse pad, but not using a mouse pad on a laminate wood desk is just a bad idea in general. Not only will it ruin the finish on the desk over time, it is less accurate for gaming. To remedy that, I set out to buy a mouse pad.

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Building the right computer for the job.

Building the right computer for the job.

Getting a cheap computer doesn’t mean you have to get a cheap computer.  What I mean is, you can spend less money than you think to get a quality computer.

Keeping that in mind, you have to make sure that you set some objectives whatever your budget is.  What do you need your computer to actually do for you?  What will the primary use of it be?  Knowing those answers will ensure that you have an appropriate game plan when determining what you actually need to build.  It is also critical to make sure you balance wants vs. needs.  Meaning that I’m sure you really want an nVidia GTX 780Ti GPU … but do you actually need that for an office computer that will only ever see games like Angry Birds?  Probably not.  Do you actually need 32GB of RAM right away?  Sounds cool to brag about, but is it necessary?

Game plan. Stick. With. The. Game. Plan.  Determine where you can make concessions in your initial purchase that you can address at a later time.  Cannot afford 16GB of RAM right now? No problem, 8GB should be just fine and you can always add more later.

So why am I going into all of this?  Well, two reasons honestly … 1) I needed something to write about and 2) my younger sister enlisted me to help her get a new computer for her home office last week.  Sounds like a win-win to me.

Let’s start with her objectives …

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