Appears to be “today only”… PNY is running heavy discounts on their various memory storage products (SD Memory Cards, Flash Drives, etc…). Good time to take advantage of the discounts while you can.
Source: Amazon – PNY Products
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
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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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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Specs on the Acer Aspire TC-885-UA92 Desktop:
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.
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
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).
Powered by the Intel Celeron N3060 Processor (2M Cache, up to 2.48 GHz)
4 GB DDR3 RAM; 32GB Flash Storage
I came across this bargain this morning and what caught my attention was not only the price but that this outlet (with USB ports) also has a level (900 joules) of surge protection built in. To me, that is huge to find this in this type of outlet.
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.
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.
Computers and Accessories
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Contract Cell Phones
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Appstore for Android
Remote Control Wall Surge Protector,
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Works Amazon Alexa/Google Home/IFTTT
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:
Source: Amazon – ACEPC AK1 Mini PC
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.
Example: Back Side View of A 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.
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.
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.