Better performance. We tested both versions of Windows and found that Windows 8 was faster at pretty much everything. Boot times are a lot faster, which is really nice. The new Windows Explorer, which has some handy context-sensitive menus that are really nice, not to mention a much better file copy dialog than Windows 7. The new Task Manager, which gives you tons more information about how your computer's resources are being used. Better Security. Not only does it have built-in antivirus software, but there are a lot of other things going on under the hood that make it more secure than Windows 7. Reset & Refresh, the really cool new features that let you do a clean installation of Windows with just the click of a button. The Windows 8 Store. It may be a full screen app, but it has desktop apps in it too—making it easier to discover new and awesome apps, not to mention read reviews all in one unified place. File History, a new backup tool that keeps incremental backups of all … [Read more...] about Why Does Everyone Hate Windows 8? Should I Upgrade?
Our guest this week is Outside magazine columnist Alex Hutchinson, author of Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. We discuss how endurance is a skill that involves drive and belief just as much as muscle—and how we all have the potential to go farther, push harder, and achieve more. … [Read more...] about How to Increase Your Endurance, With Outside Magazine Columnist Alex Hutchinson
There’s a ton to choose from here and if you’re looking up upgrade your rig in a big way, start here. Just remember that these deals are only available today, and the best stuff could sell out early. Of course, there’s a ton of gear here, so make sure to visit the deal page to see all of your options. … [Read more...] about Upgrade Your PC With This Huge Cyber Monday Sale on PC Gaming Gear
We’re focusing on speaker technology here, but it’s important to remember that the overall audio quality you hear also depends on the quality of the inputs coming into the speakers (or headphones) too—that’s true for smartphones and laptops as well as high-end hi-fi gear. Everything that converts electrical signals to audio has a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) installed, but phones like the LG V30 have superior DACs for better, more authentic audio conversion. … [Read more...] about Why Your Speakers Sound Terrible and How to Upgrade
Whichever method you use, you just need to add your extra hard drive space as a source in XBMC. You can do so through any of the individual menu items (videos, for example), or you can add a default Samba username and password in the settings so it can connect automatically without asking for a password each time you add a new watch folder on that machine. … [Read more...] about Build a Silent, Standalone XBMC Media Center On the Cheap