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How to Fix a Samsung SyncMaster 2493HM LCD Monitor

How to Fix a Samsung SyncMaster 2493HM LCD Monitor

Mar 9, 2012 by Paul White

As some of you know I have invested into some serious desktop real estate. I have 3 Samsung Syncmaster LCD Displays. One is a 30" and the other 2 are 24". Everything has been working great for years. Then one of my displays ( Samsung Syncmaster 2493HM ), starting to randomly go out. Then it would make some weird clicking sounds. After a while it would make a loud pop and come back on. Occasionally it would also flicker before going out. Over time it got worse. After some researching, I figured out the problem, and was able to repair it myself for about $20 in Parts.

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Super Talent Pico C USB Flash Drive Review and Benchmarks

Super Talent Pico C USB Flash Drive Review and Benchmarks

Nov 18, 2011 by Paul White

I finally decided that my old USB flash drive was taking up a little too much bulk in my pocket.  That and I was close to maxing out its 8GB capacity.  So I upgraded to a Super Talent Pico C USB Flash Drive.  This is by far the smallest USB drive available ( That I know of ).  It also comes in Chrome, Silver, and 24K gold plated finishes.  Bling and Nerd Credit come together.  I know the question many are asking.  Is it all show and no go?  I put both my old drive and my new drive through some benchmarks for comparison. 

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Unplugging from Cable and Phone but keeping internet

Unplugging from Cable and Phone but keeping internet

Sep 20, 2011 by Paul White

After getting our last bill from Comcast, I decided that I really don't need Cable or Phone.  After all both my wife and I have cell phones with unlimited talk, and even though we do occasionally watch TV, the quality of entertainment in my opinion has gone to crap.  I was able to shave $80 off my Comcast Bill, by keeping the internet only and buying my own DOCSIS 3.0 modem to avoid their $7 / month rental fee.

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SSD RAID 0 Benchmarks for Intel ICH10R ASUS P6T Deluxe

SSD RAID 0 Benchmarks for Intel ICH10R ASUS P6T Deluxe

Nov 19, 2010 by Paul White

So I finally have made the move to SSD.  Unlike many who went with a single SSD drive I went with an SSD raid 0 Array.  Using 3 OCZ Vertex 2 60 GB SSD drives, I setup a RAID 0 array on my ASUS P6T Deluxe Motherboard's built in Intel ICH10R SATA controller.  The benchmarks were outstanding.  Maybe I could have gotten a little better performance from using a dedicated RAID card, but 700 MB/sec read and write is good enough for me.

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Windows 7 Backup and Restore Problems

Nov 17, 2010 by Paul White

During my quest to upgrade my computer from my 4 disk SAS raid array to a 3 disk SSD raid array, I had a few learning experiences with the windows 7 backup and restore system.  Hopefully my tips will help others.

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SSD vs Hard Drives on your Electric Bill

SSD vs Hard Drives on your Electric Bill

Apr 12, 2010 by Paul White

I guess SSD drives have finally caught the eye of the joe average consumers, because the other day a client of mine called asking if they should upgrade to an SSD drive.  So I went about explaining to him the difference between traditional platter based storage hard drives and SSD ( Solid State Drives ).  Then I got to think that my explanation might be better suited for a blog entry. So here it is.

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upgraded to SMART1500LCD Tripp lite from OMNI1000LCD

upgraded to SMART1500LCD Tripp lite from OMNI1000LCD

Mar 27, 2010 by Paul White

After making several upgrades to my workstation over the last 6 months, my old Tripp Lite OMNI1000LCD just wasn't cutting it anymore.  So it was time to upgrade to a UPS that would be able to stay on for more than 5 seconds.  I upgraded to the SMART1500LCD by Tripp lite.  Its an older model, but it handles 1500 VA and 900 Watts peak.  Of course whenever you buy a UPS off ebay especially a used one, you can expect a few surprises.

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Vantec Hot Swap Hard Drive Trays Review

Vantec Hot Swap Hard Drive Trays Review

Feb 5, 2010 by Paul White

Recently I decided to add some hot swap trays to my system.  I searched for quite a while before I found trays that would maintain my personal sense of style ( Bling ), and have functionality as well.  I went with the Vantec Trays that include a blue LCD display giving you temperature stats on the drives.  Overall I am very happy with my decision, though Vantec could have done a slightly better job with these.

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Adaptec 4805 SAS RAID benchmark on Windows 7 review

Adaptec 4805 SAS RAID benchmark on Windows 7 review

Feb 5, 2010 by Paul White

I knew I was going to make the switch to Windows 7, but I wanted to make a few upgrades before I did this.  These upgrades included hot swap trays for my SATA drives, and extending my SAS RAID array from 2 drives to 4 drives.  However this forced me to get a Dedicated RAID controller, as the ASUS board only supports two SAS drives.  On this blog I will focus on the SAS RAID upgrade using the Adaptec 4805SAS RAID card and 4 x 15K RPM Fujitsu SAS Hard Drives.

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Godaddy Dedicated Server Performance VS Colocated Server Performance

Nov 15, 2009 by Paul White

If you are thinking about getting a dedicated server with Godaddy because of their cheap prices, I understand. But how far will their server really take you?  After dealing with performance issues with godaddy with another client, I build my own server and colocated it.  Then I did some benchmarks comparing the two.  Huge difference. Click read to see the bench marks.

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