Which is the better hard drive? The HDD (Hard Disk Drive) or The SSD (Solid State Drive)

The hard drive is the device inside your computer that stores your personal files and stores the files that work together to operate your computer (such as the Windows Operating System files). Over the years the hard drive has transformed from the HDD mechanical hard disk drive (with high-speed moving parts) to now what is known as the SSD solid-state drive (with no moving parts).

Below is a quick read summary to show how the SSD (Solid State Drive) is really your better option in today’s world of computing; but, both options are still available for purchase and both serve a purpose (i.e. CLICK HERE to see pricing for HDD – CLICK HERE to see pricing for SSD).

HDD = Hard Disk Drive = metal platters/mechanical = 2.5″/3.5″ common size = Large Storage Capacities = Moving Parts = Increased Heat = Degradation of Parts = Louder = Slower = Less Expensive = Good for File Storage

HDD vs SSD

SSD = Solid State Drive = flash / non-mechanical = 2.5″ common size = Smaller Storage Capacities = No Moving Parts = Decreased Heat = Better Longevity = Quieter = Faster = More Expensive (but not by much in comparison).= Great for Primary Storage of the Operating System and Great Upgrade Option for Older PC’s

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Good Value On This 12-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip

You will not find a better value or buy for this 12-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip at Amazon. I personally own one of these and can attest to its value. The pros – There are 12 outlets with 4 outlets spaced away from the others for those power supply plugs. Low height (thickness). LED light will illuminate when “on” (which may be a nuisance to many). Has excellent review ratings. The only CON I could come up with is that there is no template available for the screw hole mounts. In my case, I avoided the fuss of that and used heavy duty velcro.  All-in-All, go for it…

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AmazonBasics 12-Outlet Power Strip Surge Protector | 4,320 Joule, 8-Foot CordDependable Surge Protection
  • 12-outlet surge protector power strip with 4320 joule energy rating
  • Protects sensitive electronic devices such as computers, data lines, TVs, and more from potentially-damaging power surges
  • LED lights indicate active surge protection and grounded wiring
  • Fireproof MOV provides additional safety precaution from surges and spikes
  • Power on/off switch integrates with a 15Amp overload resettable circuit breaker
  • 8 foot heavy-duty power cord, widely-spaced outlets with sliding covers, and a back keyhole wall-mount

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This Amazon “New Release” Caught My Attention (Acer Aspire TC-885-UA92 Desktop)

Looking for a desktop computer? Was checking out Amazon’s “New Release” list for Desktop Computers and the Acer Aspire TC-885-UA92 Desktop caught my attention — CHECK IT OUT HERE

Specs on the Acer Aspire TC-885-UA92 Desktop:

  • 9th Generation Intel Core i5-9400 Processor (Up to 4. 1GHz)
  • 12GB DDR4 Memory, 512GB SSD & 8x DVD-Writer Double-Layer Drive (DVD-RW)
  • 802. 11ac WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet LAN & Bluetooth 5. 0
  • 1 – USB 3. 1 Type C Gen 2 port (up to 10 Gbps), 1 – USB 3. 1 Gen 2 Port, 1 – USB 3. 1 Gen 1 Port, 4 – USB 2. 0 Ports & 2 – HDMI Ports & 1 – VGA Port
  • Windows 10 Home, USB Keyboard & USB Mouse

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Quick Post: Chromebooks vs. Laptops | What’s the Difference?

I am a Windows OS user, as well as a Chrome OS user… I like both operating systems; however there are big differences. These differences are notable when you are shopping for a “Laptop” or “Chromebook”. Which should you choose? Learn more by clicking on the source link below.

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When you hear people talking about Chromebooks as if they were a different species from regular laptops, there is a good reason: Chromebooks are in a class of their own. Yes, they’re similar to ordinary Windows or Mac laptops in many ways, being essentially highly mobile, speedy laptops. But they run a totally different operating system, one that favors those who prefer Google and Android services. Let’s take a look at Chromebooks versus laptops, and if buying a Chromebook is right for you.

Acer Chromebook 13 review

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Tech Deal: Use This Mini PC To Turn Your TV Into A Windows Computer

I am starting to see more and more of these mini computers. As a matter of fact, I currently use one as my daily computer (ACEPC AK1 Mini PC) and have not experienced any issues thus far; and, have been quite pleased with the performance.

Today, I noticed Amazon has a mini pc deal ($30 off the regular price) that you may want to take a look at (CLICK HERE). If I were buying this, I would research it out further; but, for the price and for what you are getting, this may be a good computer to hook up to that big screen. As I mentioned, I currently own a mini pc (similar to the one on sale) and I have it connected to my flat-screen TV (32 inch) in my garage. — Rick @ What’s On My PC

Desktop Mini PC Quad-Core Intel Celeron J3160 Processor (up to 2.24GHz),4G DDR3/NVMe 128GB SSD Pre-Installed with Windows 10 Pro 4K HDMI&VGA Display with Silent Cooling System USB 3.0/BT 4.2


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Today’s Deal: A Ruggedized and Water Resistant Chromebook

The ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS04 is ready for drops and spills with rugged construction with reinforced rubber guards, easy-grip handles, and a spill-resistant keyboard. This Chromebook is lightweight (2.65-pound body) and rugged (can be dropped from 3.9 feet).

ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS04

Powered by the Intel Celeron N3060 Processor (2M Cache, up to 2.48 GHz)
4 GB DDR3 RAM; 32GB Flash Storage


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My Review of the Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2

The Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2 is a wireless stick that plugs into an HDMI connection (or port) on your television. It is powered via a USB connection, either by your TV or by the included power block. This device, I rate as “excellent” in giving you the ability to wirelessly mirror what you see on your Android phone onto a TV or projector.

Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2

The key to using this device is that your Android phone must have mirroring capability (Miracast), which most of the modern day Android phones possess. In other words, when you get this setup (which is very easy – plug and play) you will be able to see what is on your phone on your TV or projector. This allows you to use your phones data connection to view pics, play games, read the news and stream video, such as YouTube, Hulu, Pluto, etc… I do recommend that you make sure you have an unlimited data connection through your cell service before using this device, which most people do these days. The real feature with Screenbeam is that you do not need a wi-fi connection or router for this to work; instead, Screenbeam wirelessly communicates directly with your smartphone.

Why did I purchase Screenbeam? I have an RV, way out in no man’s land, where I have managed to pull in a high-end 3G data signal using a booster. I use Screenbeam connected to the TV in my RV to stream video from my smartphone. It has literally opened up a whole new world in watching TV during the evenings when I am camping. Anything that I can pull down on my smartphone I can watch on the big screen. Screenbeam, so far, for me, has worked flawlessly.

Cost? The Screenbeam Mini 2 will run you around $40. To me, this an inexpensive device that works very well and would serve you for all sorts of purposes; such as using your phone to project a report or video in a conference meeting scenario or for home entertainment (gaming and movies). The selling point to me was that I can do a direct wireless connection where I do not need a wireless router like you do with the Google Chromecast or Amazon’s Fire Stick; pLus, this thing is very portable.

Where can I get the Screenbeam Mini 2?  My recommendation is to purchase it through Amazon (see link below); that way, easy to return if you do not like it, plus you can see the reviews. I can tell you that the Screenbeam Mini 2 is a great device that I am glad (and excited) to have purchased.

CLICK HERE to VIEW and PURCHASE THE SCREENBEAM MINI 2

ACEPC AK1 Mini PC – Review Update

Purchased the ACEPC AK1 Mini PC back in February; and, as promised, here is a periodic update. I purchased this mini pc to connect to a 32 inch Insignia TV in my garage (my workspace, my cave). So far, so good! I use this PC on a daily basis and usually leave it on all day. At this point, I can recommend using this PC as a desktop computer; providing, you are not running memory intensive software that would tax the cpu and memory. I pretty much use this computer for all that I do (word processing, internet, videos, graphics editing, blogging, etc…) One thing I did, to save internal drive space, is I connected an SSD drive. This Mini PC has an option where you can install a drive (easily) inside the case. Software and files that I use are saved on that drive and use the main drive for pretty much the operating system. After 3 months of hard usage, this mini pc has not given me a minutes problem and with Windows-based PC’s these days, having less than a minutes problem is a miracle.

If interested, check out the ACEPC AK1 Mini PC, at Amazon, by clicking on any of the links below:

ACEPC AK1 Mini PC

  • 8GB RAM+120GB SSD –ACEPC AK1 built-in Intel Celeron J3455 processor at 1.50Ghz up to 2.3Ghz in Turbo mode and Intel HD Graphics, Pre-installed with Windows 10 (64-bit) and loaded with 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, set up is effortless.
  • Dual Display –Equipped with dual output display ports (2*HDMI port). 4K Ultra HD video playback, delight in producing stunning visuals.
  • Expand Storage Support– It’s expandable with the addition of up to 2 TB of 2.5 inch SSD or HDD fitted in the base expansion box.
  • Multifunctional Wireless Support — 5G+2.4G Dual Band WiFi, Ethernet Gigabit 1000MB/s LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, very convenient to connect other devices to the mini desktop computers.
  • Designed with 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 2 x HDMI port, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet port, 1 x Micro SD Card port, 1x Headphone Microphone Port.

Source: Amazon – ACEPC AK1 Mini PC

Quick Tip: Basic Steps For Setting Up A Wireless Router

I have found that you can follow the basic steps below when setting up and connecting a wireless router to the modem supplied by your internet service provider.

  1. Turn off the modem that was supplied by your internet service provider.
  2. Unplug the modem’s Ethernet cable from the back of your PC (This cable has a connection that is similar to a connection you would find on a landline phone, but slightly larger).
  3. Connect that cable to the WAN or internet port on your new wireless router,
  4. Power on your modem (wait for a minute or two),
  5. Next power on your router (wait for a minute or two),
  6. Now use another Ethernet cable to connect the PC to one of the LAN ports on the wireless router.
  7. Turn on your PC and you should be back online.
  8. To access the wireless router from your wireless devices, such as a laptop, smartphone, tablet, smart-home device, etc…, go into your wireless settings on the device and you should see the name of the wireless router that you just set up. At this point, you will have to enter the wireless password provided by the manufacturer in order to wirelessly access the router and get online.

Example: Back Side View of A Router

Image result for wireless router

I do encourage you to read the instruction manual for any deviations from the above steps and to learn how to change the admin password and how to change the wireless access password key (that you use to connect your wireless devices.).

If you are interested in purchasing a wireless router  CLICK HERE, to see Amazon’s Best Sellers.

Quick Tip: What is an UPS?

If you own a desktop computer, which is an investment or an appliance of value, you may want to invest in purchasing a UPS (uninterrupted power supply). An uninterruptible power supply (UPS), offers guaranteed power protection for connected electronics. When power is interrupted, or fluctuates outside safe levels, a UPS will instantly provide clean battery backup power and surge protection for plugged-in, sensitive equipment. Typically, during a power outage, the UPS will keep the equipment stable for a prescribed amount of runtime (depending on the type/model UPS you install). The time element gives you enough time to safely shut down the computer to prevent component damage and loss of data.  Many UPS will come with a bank of outlets. For example, I own the APC UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector 650 which gives me a total of 8 outlets (4 on each side of the UPS). The important part to note here is that 4 of those outlets provide “battery back up & surge protection” and the other 4 provide on (surge protection).  I typically plug in the computer, monitor, router, and modem into the battery backup side and other less significant devices (such as a printer) in the other surge protection outlet. This particular UPS (APC UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector 650) is rated for approximately a half hour of runtime during a complete outage.

APC UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector 650

In the end, investing in one of these is like having an insurance policy that will help keep your computer and electronics running smoothly, even during those times when you have power fluctuations and outages.

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