Do you remember the old days when waiting for your computer to boot up meant you had enough time to visit the restroom, get something to eat, and maybe even mow your lawn? Now, with SSDs becoming more readily available, wake-up times for your computer are almost nonexistent. Go from a cold boot to browsing the Web in mere seconds with a M.2 NVMe SSD. But what does that mean? Read on to learn more about commonly used storage terms in this handy glossary.
Introduced with macOS High Sierra, APFS is the proprietary file system by Apple for its Mac
Joe DiGiovanna is creating a 30-year time lapse of the New York City skyline, which requires managing a lot of files. He shares his professional and tried-and-true methods for backing up footage or photos. These are important tips to add to your filmmaking or photography workflow.
What are your questions about backing up your files and media management? Let us know in the Comments section, below.
I solemnly swear that I am up to no good. Wait, no, that’s for something else…. Here we go! The actual pledge is, “I solemnly swear to back up my important documents and precious memories on March 31.” That is the pledge for World Backup Day (www.worldbackupday.com), an organization whose goal is to make sure your personal data is safe. It is a noble mission, and B&H would like to do our part to spread the message and help provide some resources so you can start backing up.
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Most folks associate an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with storms and power outages. While backup power can keep your computer setup protected from summer storms, an uninterruptible power supply can also keep your costly equipment protected against brownouts, voltage spikes, electromagnetic, and radio frequency interference. But which UPS is right for your needs? Are you a gamer? Are you editing video footage? Maybe you’re an IT or data professional running servers, or a small business owner looking to protect your POS, computers, and
Springtime is all about cleaning and, while you’re busy folding clothes, organizing drawers, and dusting shelves, your computer is slowly suffocating. It’s easy to overlook cleaning your PC, but you shouldn’t put it off for too long. If left powered on, a computer will slowly build up dust, which can impede airflow, resulting in higher temperatures and possibly hardware failure. Try swiping your fingertip across the top of it and see how much dust you’ve picked up. Now try the same with areas near a vent. In this cleaning guide, we’re not only
There’s something magical about starting up a new computer for the first time. As it efficiently whirs along and quickly gets you to the setup screen, you probably can’t help but notice how fast everything works. That is, until one day, when your user login takes 10 minutes, with another 5 minutes before the application you selected loads. From there on out, everything is very slow and laggy, and there is just no recovering from it. You find yourself wondering how this could happen, since you went for a Core™ i7 processor and 16GB of memory.
If you’re a long-time Windows user, it can be intimidating to switch over to a Mac. You’re probably worried about learning a new operating system, as well as losing all your data. However, with the Migration Assistant app from Apple, it’s easy to transfer important data from your Windows computer to the Mac. With Apple recently updating some of its Mac models
Would you drive a Lamborghini to take the kids to soccer practice? Even if money was no object, the answer is likely no. While fast enough to get the job done, good luck fitting everyone and everything inside. An extreme example, but the same idea holds true for many things, such as your home network. A good home network needs more than just raw speed. It also needs to provide features that make it the right fit for you and your family. Is Wi-Fi 6 worth the upgrade? That depends entirely on how you use your network today, or how you may use it
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 you can plug in a USB-compliant device to share with other devices on your network, like a printer or, in this case, an external hard drive. Once you’
It’s quite common to have an old computer die on you and not have it repaired, especially if it’s more than a few years old. But what can you do with the old carcass?
If a computer dies for any reason other than a dead hard drive, you can always convert the old drive into an external unit, and grab important files off the drive in the process. The same thing can be done if you install a larger hard drive in your computer and don’t know what to do with the old one.
The first thing you should do before investing any time and money in an old
As we approach the end of what’s turning out to be one of the weirdest summers on record, that nagging back-to-school feeling seems to “hit different” in 2020, as the kids would say. For many of our kids, it means virtual classes are back, and they may be here to stay for quite some time. Some of us are returning to work in the office, but for others, it seems like work from home is going to be the new normal.
If you have been working from home and attending meetings virtually, you’re probably familiar with the ear fatigue that can develop
Doug upgrades his workstation, showing you how to choose parts in order to create your own custom content creator computer. He asks a lot of his computer: 4K video editing, color grading, music production, motion graphics, photo editing, and gaming. A lot of you out there are probably doing all of these things and more, so why not build a computer that can do it all?
For an additional step-by-step tutorial, check out our How to Build a Gaming PC.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our everyday lives, forcing many of us to rethink and reassess our routines, including how we socialize. Restrictions on gatherings mean that we can no longer spend as much time with family and friends, and that social engagements should be avoided at all costs. Though necessary, these restrictions have a negative effect on many, as they are tantamount to forced
High-quality lines of communication are essential for everything from catching up with friends and family to communicating with management and colleagues while at work. VoIP devices are a cost-effective solution that takes your traditional phone service online. VoIP stands for “Voice over Internet Protocol” and uses your existing Internet connection for phone calls. Depending on your VoIP phone and service, you can also keep traditional functionality,
People can’t get enough Internet these days–and neither can some devices. Many now depend on an Internet connection to offer full functionality. In addition to TVs, various 4K-capable streaming devices, gaming consoles, and computers, there’s probably at least one can opener for sale that has an Internet port.
Lots of devices offer enhanced functionality when connected to the Internet, but sometimes a Wi-Fi signal just isn’t strong enough in some areas of your home. In some cases, the devices don’t even have Wi-Fi as an option. Even if Wi-Fi