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StarTech.com Launches The Channel’s First USB 3.0 to HDMI/DVI and VGA External Video Adapters

New USB 3.0 to HDMI/DVI and USB 3.0 to VGA Video Adapters enable resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 and allow for faster video playback, web browsing and office application performance Lockbourne, OH –StarTech.com, a leading manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts has announced the release of the USB 3.0 to HDMI/DVI Adapter (SKU: USB32HDE) and USB 3.0 to VGA Adapter ... Read More »

Build a cooler, faster PC with the revolutionary Lian Li PC-100 case

Breakthrough improves cooling performance with standard components, reduces PC size 15 December 2011, Keelung, Taiwan- Experienced case maker Lian Li has unveiled a radical rethink of the PC case, the new PC-100. The PC-100 is a long overdue redesign of the traditional PC chassis that improves cooling, prolongs component life, and saves space. This beautiful and compact mid tower case ... Read More »

BitFenix Merc Alpha

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Generally, many case makers like to feature top notch, expensive high end cases and seem to forget about the majority of people; those of us with a budget! The market is flooded with cheaply made, low cost cases that many just settle on purchasing because they can't afford cases by Lian Li, Silverstone, Zalman, or any of the other top end brand names. Recently, BitFenix has been making some waves by producing their Colossus with the soft touch element. Luckily for us, they want to continue their ways and offer a well designed inexpensive option for us named the Merc Alpha. Read More »

Increase RAID Rebuild / rsync Performance for QNAP NAS

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QNAP has limited the amount of resources dedicated to their NAS lineup when rebuilding a RAID array or performing rsync backups.  The decision here was to limit the amount of impact these types of processes have on your system in order to maintain an acceptable level of responsiveness.  This is very considerate of QNAP, however, I prefer a bit more ... Read More »

QNAP TS-879U-RP Review

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QNAP is no stranger to the storage world and with the introduction of their latest 8 bay NAS, QNAP is also hoping to be no stranger to your server room. The TS-879U-RP, much like other QNAP offerings, serves as both an IP-SAN (iSCSI) and a NAS. QNAP had already impressed us with their home or SOHO NAS, the TS-419P+. Let's see if they can keep the magic going with their SMB NAS, the TS-879U-RP. Read More »

RAIDAGE GAGE104U40SL-SAUF

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Larger storage solutions are becoming standard fare in today's home and office. We are collecting more data about everything than just a few years ago. With the transition many homes and small companies are making into the digital realm with data and storage, it may become a dizzying proposition to find a solution to your storage needs. In many circumstances, a NAS may just be overkill and a simple answer is what you are looking for. Enter the RAIDAGE GAGE104U40SL-SAUF Trayless Hardware RAID enclosure. Read More »

Lian Li PC-6

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We've seen plenty of different ideas from plenty of case manufacturers to differentiate them from others. There are those manufacturers that try to wow you with graphics, those that try to innovate with crazy designs; personally, I like it when they get back to the basics. Lian Li is one of those companies that have been consistent throughout their tenure, with only a few questionable designs throughout the years. With the introduction of the PC-6, Lian Li thinks they can bring this "back to basics" reviewer to chassis nirvana. Read More »

Review: Spire Cassi SP316PL

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Today’s technology is becoming more and more portable.  The introduction of the tablet revolutionized the way we consume our data, and this revolution has lead to the creation of a new and fast growing accessories market.  Many of my colleagues have iPads, Galaxy Tablets, and I have a PlayBook (yes, I like it), but we all suffer from one similar ... Read More »

Simplify Your Financial Life With Mint.com & Manilla.com

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Many of us are struggling to get a grip on our financial lives.  A lot of us don’t know which accounts have what in them, what bills are due on what days, or what credit cards have the highest balances.  Getting a grip on your financial life doesn’t have to be a strain.  There are utilities out there that can ... Read More »