Category Archives: Computers

AMD A4-3400 Llano-Based HTPC Upgrade Rocks

Several years ago I threw together a cheap HTPC based on an AMD Athlon 939-socket chip. It worked fine over the years playing back standard-definition movies and streaming Netflix without issues. Recently however I noticed lots of skipping and stuttering … Continue reading

Posted in Computers | 2 Comments

Blu-ray and Pentium Get Along at Last

If you’ve ever wondered if that old Pentium IV computer you’ve got collecting dust in the closet might just make a great media hub capable of full 1080p, you may be surprised to find that it’s got just enough horsepower … Continue reading

Posted in Audio/Video, Computers | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Tired Old PC Gets Some New Hardware

I’ve been limping along with the same old Pentium 4 PC for longer than I care to admit. As long as everything was working fine, I told myself, I wouldn’t build a new PC until it finally pooped out. I … Continue reading

Posted in Computers | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Windows 7 Family Pack Transforms 3 Old PCs

For a brief period when Windows 7 was first released, Microsoft was offering a Family Pack of 3 licenses for the low price of $149 – that’s about $50 per license for an upgrade-only version of Windows 7. At that … Continue reading

Posted in Computers | 1 Comment

Upgrading an Old Dell Inspiron to Windows 7

With the release of Windows 7 and laptop prices dropping into the sub $400 range, one might take a look at their old, dated, nearly antiquated laptop and wonder whether it’s better to upgrade the old or buy brand new. … Continue reading

Posted in Computers | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Netflix’s Watch Instantly Feature is an Instant Hit

I decided to join Netflix today after reading a lot of great things about their new “Watch Instantly” feature. They’ve got over 12,000 titles available for immediate download to your PC, or as the case may be, your Home Theater … Continue reading

Posted in Audio/Video, Computers, Internet | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment