Warning to Win 8.1 users when upgrading to Windows 10

For the most part, the Windows 10 upgrade from Windows 8.1 seems more like a patch than an entire version upgrade. Everything seemed to work the same as it always had. Yeah, I know there are some significant changes, but it’s not as if you feel it’s totally new…like the jarring change from Win 7 to Win 8.1. That said, if you are an Windows 8.1 user and have a highly customized your Start screen, I have a warning for you: After you upgrade to Windows 10, your Start screen will be totally hosed. Read more

Say “Hello” to my new PC!

Ever since I started using my current PC as a server and leaving it on 24/7, it has been nothing but trouble–randomly crashing and rebooting. The machine has it’s roots in one I bought almost seven years ago, although I have upgraded the OS, hard drive and CPU since. I guess I’ve got enough use out of it and shouldn’t feel bad about replacing, right?

I knew I wanted to build my own rig so I could control the quality of components. My biggest application is Sonar X3, my DAW (digital audio workstation) software. It needs some CPU muscle, but it doesn’t need the graphics horsepower of a gaming machine. As such, integrated graphics is fine as long as dual monitors are supported. No need for a beefy video card which saves a lot of money.

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