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To provide you with an overview on New And existing technologies, hopefully helping you understand the changes in the technology. Together with the overviews we hope to bring topical issues to light from a series of independent reviewers saving you the time And hassle of fact finding over the web.

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TekSpek Guides
Graphics Card Outputs
Graphics Card Outputs
Date Issued: 08/10/2010

Modern desktop computers and notebooks comprise of a CPU, motherboard, graphics, storage, and, usually an optical drive. Computers have a number of ports and sockets that enable the user to plug-in various peripherals such as a printer, USB mouse, or, perhaps most importantly of all, an Internet connection.

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Intel Green Computing
Intel Green Computing
Date Issued: 28/07/2010

Green is one of the biggest buzz words these days, and even computer manufacturers are getting involved in trying to be kinder to the environment. While the first thing that may spring to mind when you think of 'green computing' is simply using less electricity, there's a lot more to it than that.

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Streaming media with Windows 7
Streaming media with Windows 7
Date Issued: 17/05/2010

With the rapid growth of digital media over the past decade or two, there's a good chance you've amassed a vast library of music, photos and videos on your home desktop PC.

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Energy Efficiency
Energy Efficiency
Date Issued: 05/03/2009

This TekSpek explains the need for energy-efficient components and how much current hardware can literally cost you.

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How to upgrade to Windows Vista SP1
How to upgrade to Windows Vista SP1
Date Issued: 25/11/2008

This How-2 Guide demonstrates how Windows Vista Service Pack 1 can be deployed on Windows Vista systems.

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Green computing at home
Green computing at home
Date Issued: 20/11/2008

This TekSpek explains what Green Computing is, what it means to the consumer, and how energy-efficient components can be beneficial in the home.

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HID’s
HID’s
Date Issued: 21/10/2008

What’s the most important part of your PC system? Its processor? The mainboard? Maybe the power supply? You’d only have a case if you thought it’s the PSU. That cornerstone of a PC system is the most important part of the PC system as concerns what’s in the chassis, which might surprise you, but it’s definitely the devices you use to interact with a PC which are absolutely top dog.

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System Buses & Bandwidth
System Buses & Bandwidth
Date Issued: 21/10/2008

In computing terms, system buses are used to connect various components to the motherboard’s core logic and, often, to each other. Modern PCs run with a multitude of high-speed buses ranging from the interconnects between, say, the chipset and the CPU, graphics card, memory, and peripherals.

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Video Editing
Video Editing
Date Issued: 20/10/2008

You’d be right to think that it’s possible to carry out basic video editing on any modern PC running Windows XP - straight out of the box. XP includes the Windows Movie Maker video-editing program and, although it lacks frills, it does what it does quite well.

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Port Forwarding
Port Forwarding
Date Issued: 20/10/2008

Port forwarding is a technique you’ll need to use to enable certain services if you’re using a router. If you don’t really care how it works, you can skip this section and just find out how to do it.

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Housekeeping
Housekeeping
Date Issued: 20/10/2008

Disk checking, defragmenting, windows update, virus scanning... there’s a lot to do to keep a system running smoothly. So, how often should you perform the tasks that look after both your computer and your data? Some need to be done more regularly than others. Here’s a few tips on how often you should be doing things.

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Updating Drivers
Updating Drivers
Date Issued: 25/06/2008

Updating drivers can sometimes be a bit of a gamble. Will the drivers come with an installer? Will you need to uninstall the old drivers first? Many drivers these days do come with an installer, which simplifies the process dramatically.

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ESD
ESD
Date Issued: 14/06/2008

We’ve all been victims of static electricity at some point. Perhaps somebody’s used a balloon to make your hair stand on end, or you’ve walked across the office and been ‘shocked’ by a metal door knob? That’s electrostatic discharge at work.

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Gigabytes and Gibibytes
Gigabytes and Gibibytes
Date Issued: 23/08/2005

If you've used a computer for any duration of time you'll have come across the terms “kilobyte, megabyte, gigabyte” and so on. Then there's “kilobit, megabit and gigabit” to add a bit of confusion and to top it all off you've maybe heard or read terms like “gibibyte” on occasion.

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