Baking a video card (as in an oven) to repair it sounds like total idiocy, but there’s a method to the madness. As anyone with computer hardware experience knows, solder joints sometimes crack over time, cutting the connections between electronic components and causing hardware failure.
Expose those joints to constant heat, in an oven set to 200 to 275 degrees centigrade, and the lead will melt, clearing out any cracks and reconnecting the joints. After the card has seen enough baking, ...read more
Nothing makes you feel older—our out-of-touch with American youth culture—when you realize you don’t understand half of what those SMS-friendly abbreviations mean. Luckily the Wall Street Journal was kind enough to orient its old-fogey readership!UG2BK You got to be kidding GBTW Get back to work NMP Not my problem PIR Parent in room GFTD. Gone for the day FYEO. For your eyes only BI5 Back in five minutes DEGT Don’t even go there BIL Boss is listening PAW Parents are watching 99 Parents are no longer watching PCM Please call me IMS I am sorry TOY Thinking of you KUTGW Keep up the good work CID Consider it done FWIW For what it’s ...read more
Before you plop down your hard-earned cash for that dream second-hand gadget, here are some things to keep in mind:1. Demand the Gadget’s Serial Number
After you get the serial number, search for it online, on Google, Yahoo, Bing, and any other search engines you can think of. Chances are that, if the gadget you’re about to buy is stolen, the previous owner dutifully reported the theft on user group forums, blogged about, or found a way to publicize the theft ...read more
It’s obvious that How to steer clear of money scams on the Official Google Blog is meant to promote Google’s services, with liberal linking. But at least the advice is sensible (more like common sense actually), and the services linked to really are useful. That is all.
The benefits of a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) are clear. We all need, after all, enough time to save that important report or close that game properly, brownouts or blackouts be damned. Straight from the Tom’s Hardware Forums comes some sound advice.
ul>“Never plug any surge suppressor or power strip into the load side of a UPS. [They] can cause the UPS to drain its battery faster than expected, or cause the UPS to shut down or trip a circuit breaker.” “Never ...read more
Face it, our passion for tech usually comes at a cost: those long hours spent seated in front of the computer are fatal for waistlines, not to mention for our health. That’s why Leo Babauta’s Simple Fitness Rules are gold for gadgeteers: h2>The Two-Rule Version Get your body moving on a regular basis; and Eat a moderate amount of real, whole foods (with occasional indulgences). The Eight-Rule, Yet Still Simple, Version Get moving Enjoy yourself Slowly add intensity Minimal equipment Just a few exercises Eat real foods Eat less Give it time
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Feel free to debate the ethics and morality of tricking someone into letting you see their Facebook account. In any case, the steps outlined at MakeUseOf.com’s “How to View Private Facebook Profiles” are surprisingly easy to carry out. Since the Facebook peeps are apparently quick to plug any hacks or exploits (according to the how-to’s author), the best way to gain unauthorized access seems to involve tricking people:Send a message via Facebook to your target, hopefully provoking them into answering. ...read more
So a girl was shocked to read that the taxi she rode last night was involved in a rape case. But then, she remembered texting a friend the details of her transportation. She made quite an affair of it, reading out the plate number and the info while tapping her keys as loudly as possible. She basically made sure the driver knew she sent the info to friend.
ow I’m not saying taxis are an extremely dangerous way of getting around. ...read more
Here’s a great way to avoid computer-related static shocks in the office or at home: build grounding right into your desk!
In my old office—full of carpeting—I’d always shock people whenever I’d casually (or maybe not) tap the shoulders of my more attractive office mates (the female ones of course). Not to mention myself whenever my hand met some metal. In fact, I resigned myself to an automatic grounding ceremony of sorts. That involved gingerly touching the metal frame of my ...read more
During my recent desktop shopping spree, I made sure my new rig would be Bluetooth and WiFi capable. After all, why miss out on two features that proved really useful on my laptop?
Yet if recent experiences are any indicator, the wired setup still rules. I’m still glad I got Bluetooth and WiFi though, as they grant my desktop a certain degree of versatility. Yet now my rig is hooked up via Ethernet to my router. Surfing the web and downloading ...read more