Techie Bro

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Minor upgrades that can boost your PC's performance

I wasn't aware that computers can still be tweaked to run in its optimal state when things are somewhat sluggish. I've spent a lot of cash for several PC replacements just to level with the current trends in computer advancements.

Being a PC enthusiast and a hard-core gamer, tweaking and minor upgrades is a heaven sent and a quick boost to avoid further cash outs and save money for better hardware. Moreover, prevent throwing away working computer hardware.

Here are some things I did to keep my PC in par with my current  requirements:

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Computing for your PC's power rating requisites

The power supply unit (PSU) defines how much power can be used to run your desktop PC.

A standard PC doing the basic tasks will not  require a wattage more than 200W (watts) though purchasing a power supply with higher wattage is still recommended to provide some slack for further upgrades in the future.

Typical power ratings are (expressed in watts) 250, 350, 400, 500, 600 and 1,000. Most commercially available PSUs here in the Philippines are rated at 500W more or less. Calculating the overall power requirements of your PC before you purchase one is optional yet highly advised.

Not all sold PSUs in the market carries their true power rating as indicated outside its case. Only a few selected "branded" PSUs boasts true rated power.

There is now an easier way to find out your total power requirement for your PC.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Everything in 3D

Watching a full 3D movie in an IMAX theater has captivated our eyes as this unique display of visual technology made everything more real than natural. Seeing that water flowing that you could almost touch it plus the depth of camera angles that is far different when seen in a regular big screen.

The introduction of 3D cinemas in the Philippines gave way for the Filipinos to enjoy realism at its best. Subsequent films has taken advantage of this technology and likewise deemed to exploit its features in creating a blockbuster film. Even though such movie does not require neither fit to have one. And the tag "in 3D" has been part of the movie feature in the hopes of enticing movie viewers.

The 3D technology that has been a hit on commercial theaters has finally reached the household market as each TV is now capable of displaying such feat. If you try to visit one of these appliance centers you will find a wide range of television sets to choose from. Though most of them will carry an expensive price tag depending on the perks that the product offer.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Keeping ourselves safe while we use our PCs

My uncle lost his house several years ago when a fire broke out at his place in Pag-asa, Quezon City that happened around 2:00 in the afternoon. My uncle and his wife were not around at that time and only my cousins with their nanny were at home. Nothing was saved because the fire spread quickly and only their lives were left to save. At least, they are still alive after that unlikely event.

The investigation of the fire department confirmed that the fire started at their entertainment room as told by one of my cousins who was at that time using their computer before the fire started. The extension cord to where most of their appliances were connected overloaded and the fire instantly grew bigger than they have anticipated. It became more complicated since their house is mostly made out of combustible building materials that the fire became difficult to put out.

This is one thing that most PC owners tend to forget when they start to own a PC for their home. Provisions for ample power ratings for PCs and similar devices should always be considered at the first place.

As always, several fire prevention advocates has reminded us of safeguarding ourselves against fire. Overloading our circuitry is one thing to be avoided. Our computers can be a deadly device if not properly used.

Here are some of the things that I frequently remind my friends and clients about safety when it comes to their home PCs:

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Getting the best mobile device for my requirements

I've been longing to own myself a laptop though I already have a powerful desktop PC.

I have several reasons to support my desire to have another device on my hands.

First of all, it can greatly assist me in my work as a PC technician which I can bring anytime anywhere I want. I will have a lot of privileges when I get to carry a mobile PC whenever I do repair works outside. Just for the formatting tasks, I can use it to do back-ups of my clients' computer data especially when it is totally inaccessible. (A corrupted Operating System can sometimes be a problem when doing data recovery)

Second, since I no longer have a business to fund my tech expenses, laptops and netbooks can help me reduce my electrical costs. I'll no longer have to open my desktop PC for some Internet browsing and blog updates.

But before I was able to buy my own laptop, I had to sell all my computers from my closed Internet Shop. At least I had some cash to burn for this endeavor.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Expanding my wi-fi hotspot at home

I installed a wi-fi router at my house for me to be able to use my DSL Broadband connection using my wireless devices (a laptop and a mobile phone) and to avoid the hassles of running LAN cables around the house.

I have two units of adjacent apartment spaces with two levels each. Using only one wi-fi router won’t be enough to fill at least most of the desired living spaces – our living room, bedrooms, study, and my workshop (where I usually do my repair works).

This kind of problem has once troubled me when a customer had a similar problem regarding the distribution of Internet connection throughout her three-storey house. She has bought a wireless router (which I configured) yet its signal does not even reach her room at the upper floors.

A network professional would have surely know by now the answer to this but of course for tech enthusiasts like me, finding solutions and working on it would be more satisfying.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Deciding to close your business

Giving up is a hard thing to make especially when it involves a 6-year old progressing business.

My internet cafe did well during the course of its operations despite the emergence of a saturated market we had a triumphant run on our one source of income.

Retiring my business made it more difficult when my frequent customers shared their insight on my decision. Yet I have to make firm my actions.

I came up with a list of things that will make my decisions easier before I finally said goodbye to the internet cafe business.