16 Apr 2013

I recently came across this USB 3.0 dock offered on Newegg for around $35, the Syba Connectland CL-ENC50038.  It features the ability to connect up two 3.5" harddrives at the same time, or two 2.5" size drives, or a combination of the two.  It supports up to 3TB according to the documentation, though a 4TB Western Digital that was tested also worked.  In this article I'll show you some of the features and some real world benchmarks of the drive from my own testing.

28 Mar 2013

Recently, NewEgg had a fantastic price on this Seagate STCA4000100 4TB USB 3.0 external hard drive.  It was at that time I decided to purchase three of these to move to a more traditional NAS setup, either with a Drobo style NAS or a home built server based design.  I'll have more on the home built variety in a future article, but for now I wanted to show everyone the method to cracking this guy open and some test results on the drive itself, which in most cases is a 5900 RPM drive, unless you were one of the ones that ended up with a 7200 rpm model.  This whole process actually takes less than five minutes and should not void the warranty.

21 Mar 2013


If you are seeking a new video card to crush the FPS on the latest game then there are a few out there to pick from depending on multiple factors such as budget or depending on your level of need, such as for hard core gaming or flight simulation.  The biggest two of course are AMD and Nvidia.  Nvidia has just released the GTX Titan.  We will start off by taking a look at its specs and its pricing, though for now this card is out of reach for the frugal consumer but offers tons of performance and then work our way down in class and price.

08 Jan 2013

Here is the live feed from the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) presented by the Tech Podcast Network (TPN), which we are affiliated with.  CES 2013 begins January 8th in Las Vegas, NV.  Watch interviews and see various vendors from the show here.

04 Jan 2013

The Dell Precision line now has a new design, coupled with Sandy Bridge-E making for an interesting combination.  In the home builder world, Sandy Bridge-E isn't a first choice for hardcore enthusiasts, but for workstations in the Enterprise it has its place and does well.  The Dell Precision line can handle Xeon processors ranging from quad-core to six-core CPU's.  As of 02/11/2013 I've updated the article with some info and screenshots related to the running temperature of the CPU.  See below for more info.

11 Jun 2012

At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco today, Apple has announced the new Retina display MacBook Pro along with updates to the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros.

The new MacBook Pro is just 0.71 inches thick and weighs 4.46 lbs, one of the lightest ever made.  It also includes the new Retina display found in many iPhones and the new iPad.  The new MacBook Pro Retina comes in a 15.4 inch screen with 2800 x 1800 resolution in an IPS panel.  Apple claims a 75% reduction in glare and reflections.  The display is now integrated into the unibody allowed apple to remove the cover glass.

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