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How reliable is IP telephony?

Have you ever heard a weird kind of hissing, crackling or popping noise when calling someone on an IP telephony line? How rare is the phenomenon these days?

November 22, 2009 by Renai LeMay

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How good are USB video cards?

Are cheap external USB video cards good enough to power an extra monitor or five, and what are their pitfalls? Won't handle 3D acceleration? Take up valuable CPU cycles? Leave dirty dishes around your desk and have a bad odour?

October 21, 2009 by Renai LeMay

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Intel's 34nm SSDs: Probably just fast enough

We take one of Intel's new 34nm SSD drives for a spin and find it a worthy hard disk replacement, delivering massive speed jumps when loading software. But watch out for a penalty when writing data.

August 23, 2009 by Renai LeMay

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I'm taking all the SSD credit

Just last week, I was moaning and groaning like a whiny little so and so that SSD hard disks were too expensive. A few massive price cuts later from Intel, and I'm almost a happy man.

July 23, 2009 by Renai LeMay

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What's the magic price point for SSDs?

Ever since Anand Lal Shimpi described using SSD drives as the single most noticeable upgrade you can do to your computer, I've been looking for the right price point to follow his example and make the SSD move. But at what price?

July 16, 2009 by Renai LeMay

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