Wildcard Wednesday: Don’t buy computers from Amazon!

Today’s Wildcard Wednesday is a cautionary tale, and one that doesn’t have an ending just yet. About a year and a half ago, I picked out a laptop for my sister who was just entering undergraduate college. The research I put into that was pretty much verbatim what went into the Computer Buying Guide I … Continue reading "Wildcard Wednesday: Don’t buy computers from Amazon!"

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Story Time: Apple Certified Repair Technician

Last week in my pros and cons of Apple, I caught myself saying the phrase that I just loathe. “It Just Works” – Literally every Mac owner I know Computers are just carefully organized sand.  It’s a miracle that they work at all.  I’ve been repairing computers long enough that when someone says, “It just … Continue reading "Story Time: Apple Certified Repair Technician"

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The Fruity Option pt. 2: Apple Pros and Cons

Having repaired Apple computers in my undergraduate Repair Center, I have some opinions on Apple computers that aren’t shared in the mainstream tech review community. Fresh, Crisp Apple: The Good Build Quality Truly, Apple makes some of the best made computers on the market.  Nice and rigid frame, lid that closes with a satisfying “clunk”, … Continue reading "The Fruity Option pt. 2: Apple Pros and Cons"

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The Fruity Option pt. 1: Joe’s Opinion on Apple

There’s a lot of opinions about Apple out there.  Most tech reviewers are obsessed with Apple while most “PC Enthusiasts” can’t even talk about the fruit without shuddering.  Unlike both those camps, I’ve actually dealt with the long-term effects of Mac ownership through my old IT Repair Center job. Today, I’m going to change things … Continue reading "The Fruity Option pt. 1: Joe’s Opinion on Apple"

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Desktops: Better Performance for Half the Cost

Despite it being a Wednesday, this is not a Wildcard Wednesday post.  It’s just Joe posting a day late.  For our new readers, I (Joe) typically post about computers on Tuesday, and Joey posts about money on Saturday.  Occasionally we toss things up and do a Wildcard Wednesday post on … Wednesday.  But today is … Continue reading "Desktops: Better Performance for Half the Cost"

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Extra Features: Bragging Rights vs Utility

This is a continuation of my Computer Buying Guide series of posts, starting with my recommendations for a good, reliable computer.  When you try to build a computer on a manufacturer’s site, like Dell or Lenovo, you’re presented with a whole bunch of other options.  So here’s what I think of some of the most … Continue reading "Extra Features: Bragging Rights vs Utility"

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Blueprint for a Baseline Laptop

You probably think that buying a computer is hard. And you know what? You’re absolutely right. There’s so many different manufacturers, so many different hardware configurations, and so many different form factors. But armed with the knowledge of what the different hardware does in your computer, we can narrow the field a bit. Throw in … Continue reading "Blueprint for a Baseline Laptop"

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A Practical Guide to Computer Buying Pt 1: Wants vs Needs

So you’ve cleaned your computer’s software, and things still aren’t good.  You might have a hardware problem, or maybe your hardware is just not capable of running the most recent software.  It’s probably time to buy a new computer. Buying a computer can be daunting just because of the sheer number of options.  And when … Continue reading "A Practical Guide to Computer Buying Pt 1: Wants vs Needs"

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