Can A Tablet Truly Replace a Desktop Computer Or Laptop?

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It’s not a stretch to say that laptops have virtually killed off desktop computers. Thanks to big price drops and performance on-par with non-mobile computers, for most people it makes more sense to get these all-in-one PCs than a big, noisy desktop machine.  Ultrabooks in particular are popular because they are small, light and usually […]

Use the Keyboard to Change Row Height and Column Width in Excel

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These days people are moving over to touch interfaces at a rapid pace, but for certain types of work a keyboard is absolutely essential. If you are using Microsoft Excel to do some heavy number crunching, there’s no question that a good keyboard is not an optional extra.  However, it’s not just the perfect device […]

Fix “Can’t Read From the Source File or Disk” Error

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Digital file storage is incredibly reliable these days, but that doesn’t mean that things can’t go wrong from time to time. You may just be going about your business, trying to open or copy a file in Windows, when all of a sudden the “Can’t Read From the Source File or Disk” error jumps out […]

How to Find Open and Blocked TCP/UDP Ports

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There’s a good chance you’ve happened upon this article because an application you’re trying to run is complaining about a “port” being blocked or you’ve read about how leaving certain “ports” open on your network can be a security problem.  Either way, by the end of this piece you’ll not only know what these ports […]

Fix “Instruction at Referenced Memory Could Not Be Read” Errors

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It’s rare these days, but sometimes you can still run into a cryptic error message while using your computer. Cryptic errors are ones that don’t really explain themselves. If you are lucky, you’ll get an error reference number you can look up, but in the case of the “Instruction at Referenced Memory Could Not Be […]

Understanding Types Of RAM Memory & How It’s Used

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RAM or Random Access Memory is an incredibly important part of any modern computer. The CPU (central processing unit) of a computer needs data and instructions in order to perform work. That information has to be stored somewhere. The “somewhere” is referred to as computer memory.  There are various types of RAM memory, each with […]

USB Cable Types Explained – Versions, Ports, Speeds, and Power

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No one in their right mind could argue that the advent of USB was a bad thing. Before we first got the now-iconic USB port, the world was filled with clunky, disparate connection standards.  The typical PC from the early 90s sported LPT, Serial, PS2, SCSI and MIDI ports. To name but a few! Now […]

Why Most New Phones are Ditching the Headphone Jack

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The 3.5mm stereo TRS (tip, ring, sleeve) jack has been around for a very long time. The original 6.35mm version hails from the late 1800s where it was used in telephone switchboards. The 3.5mm version came about in the 1950s and is still widely in use today. This means you could take a pair of […]

Black, White & Gray Hat Hacking Defined

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Hackers. The news loves to report on them and the public just loves to completely misunderstand what they actually do. The word “hacker” has become associated with malicious computer criminals, largely thanks to how it’s used in the media and film. Originally the malicious type of computer wizard was known as a “cracker”, but it […]

5 YouTube Channels Every Serious Tech Fan Should Subscribe To

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Lots of people are “into technology” these days, but most people don’t really care about the technical details of the tech they espouse so much love for. There’s nothing wrong with that, you can love fast cars without knowing exactly how they work under the hood, but there will always be curious tech fans who […]