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Back in 2010, I was working at a liquor store in Kansas. It was August, our second hottest month, and we were in the middle of a weeklong heatwave that kept temperatures around 100 degrees for days on end. The A/C in our store was busted, so I was cranky and uncomfortable and, generally speaking, not in the best mindset to deal with nuisances of any kind. Which is why, when a large fly landed on...
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Think you’re good at video games and not just all talk? Well, if you can walk the walk, then there might be money in it for you. Many colleges now are adding eSports to their list of activities and are even awarding scholarships if you happen to excel in said games. While not everyone ends up as a pro in the scene, shaving off a couple of thousand tuition dollars by doing something you already...
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Have you noticed your computer being slower than usual? Before you use this as an excuse to purchase a new laptop (we know it’s tempting), you might want to opt for a more cost-effective approach, which is cleaning out the hard drive (HDD). In a few simple steps, you can analyze and clean out your HDD to free up valuable storage space. Defragging your old HDD and properly formatting newly-...
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It’s safe to say that in today’s predominantly digital world, memory cards have overtaken film as the primary recording media for consumer and professional photo and video use. Just as analog cameras were designed to work with a specific film format, such as 35mm or 120 roll film, or large-format sheet film, digital cameras are likewise built to work with one or two specific memory card formats....
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Big orange bumpers. Protective covers for the connections. Armored corners. Rugged hard drives sure do look the part and, with manufacturers claiming they can be dropped, knocked around, and survive a light rain, sure do seem reassuring for the adventurous types. Would they truly hold up to this type of abuse in the real world? We took a sampling of the latest tough drives and held them to their...
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Do you feel the need—the need for speed? Perhaps backups are more important, or even simply having plenty of storage space. RAID is good for so many things, along with it being absurdly customizable—you can tune your setup to perfectly match your needs. You can also just go overboard, which is what we did when we picked out the drives and arrays in this article. We also made sure to throw in some...
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If you’re looking to access your external hard drive without having to deal with the archaic method of lugging it around your home and plugging it into every device with which you need to use it, there are two simple solutions on how to share your external hard drive via your Wi-Fi network. For the first solution, you’ll need to check your router. Most modern routers have a USB port into which...
by John-Paul Palescandolo and Patrick Chiang
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Our increasing appetite for improvement has been a driving factor in everything we make and do, and video games are a great example. At the start, characters were blocky, environments were… lacking, to say the least, but that didn't stop us from enjoying what we had. As games have slowly improved, the space needed to store all the textures, shaders, audio files, and everything else has increased...
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We’ve gotten to a point in our history where solid, stable Internet connections are not only demanded, but expected. If you think that’s not true, try turning your phone off or unplugging your computer or laptop for a couple of days. As we’ve become more reliant on the Internet, we’ve become far more selective about our home networking systems. When B&H first...
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While working from home or on the road, have you ever looked at your computer or bag o’ gear and thought to yourself, “I wish I had more wired peripherals and cords to create even more of a tangled mess?” Neither have I. In fact, aside from endeavoring to keep a neat and tidy workspace and a well-organized travel bag, I’m always looking for ways to reduce clutter further and travel more...
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As laptops and desktops continue to get slimmer and smaller, it’s becoming harder to find systems that include an optical drive. Although CDs and DVDs might seem like relics of the past that should be ditched for easy portability, there are still some industries and retro consumers that rely on this circlet storage solution. If you find yourself needing access to old files but don’t want to miss...
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Ever run out of storage space and start wondering if it would be possible to take a crowbar to your new unibody MacBook Pro to pry it open and put another hard drive in? Neither do I. However, it is frustrating that you have to sacrifice storage space because you spent the extra money to get a solid-state drive instead of the cheaper hard disk drive. So you figured, “Fine, I’ll just get an...
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We keep our cameras and lenses cushioned and protected, so it only makes sense that we take equal, if not more, care of our data. These days, the rugged hard drive market is booming, with new releases and new functionality arriving all the time. Many of these drives are designed to take a beating, making them perfect for travel and some more trying adventures. Here are five solid drives we...
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For many students, a dorm room is their first true home away from home, a place to thrive, to feel safe and comfortable, to chart out a path all their own. Unfortunately, many dorms don’t reflect all that positivity and potential at the onset, instead resembling something between a camp bunk and a barracks. So, to help take your dorm from jail cell to sanctuary, we’ve put together a list of...
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After the camera, a photographer’s next closest friend should definitely be a hard drive. Think about it. For the modern digital photographer, hard drives are the new albums full of negatives. They hold all your work and, if backups are being performed regularly, they keep your images safe and sound for many years, letting you pull up archived images quickly with speedy searches, as opposed to...
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