The Intel Core 2 Quad, is as the name implies a Quad Core processor produced as part of the Core 2 family of processors from Intel. The Q9550 presents itself as a mid to high level processor and does not disappoint. Offering a 2.83 GHz clock rate over each core, this processor is a true powerhouse right out of the box. Combine this processor with an operating system and application suite that is optimized for a four core system and your computer will be waiting for you to do something rather than the other way around. more »
Rosewill RNX-N100 Wireless Adapter
With the increased proliferation of wireless networking, it is becoming much more important to be able to connect one’s laptop, or for that matter one’s desktop into a wireless router. Add to that the increase of Wireless N adoption it is that much more important to find an easy to use, but effective solution to connecting into these networks. Enter, Rosewill’s RNX-N100. Part of their Trident X series of adapters, the N100, is a USB 2.0 adapter making it easy to use with whatever type of system you want to connect to it. The ability to connect to any type of system, desktop, laptop, slimline, shuttle, and so on, a USB based adapter provides an easy solution especially if one needs to swap it between multiple systems. more »
Garmin eTrex Vista HCx
The Garmin eTrex series is robust line of hand held GPS units. Designed with the outdoorsman at heart, these GPS units don’t read off turn by turn directions in a fancy British accent, so much as give you detailed accurate descriptions of where you are, where you have been, and where you are going, ensuring that your hike hits as few snags as possible. The Vista HCx is one of the higher end of the eTrex line, however, despite its bell and whistles, it still provides quick accurate results within a rugged exterior capable of serious punishment in an outdoor setting. more »
The HP Slimline class of desktops offer mid range quality computing for a low end price, creating the perfect product for home users that want more than just casual surfing and e-mail capabilities but do not want, or do not need the higher cost of a full sized desktop. The Slimline offers up decent specs and a small form factor making it easy to place in even the most cluttered of work areas. Despite its small size though, it packs a lot of punch making it an ideal workstation for a cost conscious consumer. more »
Home Wireless Networking
Today wireless networking has almost become synonymous with home networking. Go down to Best Buy, pick up a Linksys router, connect in your laptop and you are all set. While there are a few basic security features that should be turned on, this wireless solution is more than sufficient for that majority of home networkers. However, there is a much wider world to explore when considering wireless networking. First and foremost one must decide on a standard. For personal use you will see as many as four different letters describing wireless technologies, A, B, G, and N, but to the laymen, these terms mean nothing more then a spoonful of alphabet soup. more »
Captain’s Log, we’re finding ourselves in uncertain times, politically divided, economically unstable, and on the very cusp of a new wave of technological achievements that may or may not be achieved due to the current trend of world events. However, out of every mistake comes a solution and an opportunity, the possibility for growth and renewal. Economic hardship can help a society reshape itself into a leaner more efficient entity allowing for the furthering of our own existence.
Let’s take one step back. The year is 2009 and the world is in the second year of a recession, or whatever term you want to slap on to the crappy economy. In a way, technology is what got us to the point in the first place, or was at least one step on the path. Jump back ten years. The World Wide Web was hitting an explosive phase; money was being spent on anything and everything with no end in sight. Well, until the bubble popped and people realized that all this money plus no returns equaled a total meltdown. Granted, this meltdown vanished quickly as the world changed and the market rebounded. The money that was left was invested in the housing market and all was well, till it wasn’t.
Thousands now find themselves out of work, myself included. What will the future hold, both for everyone that finds themselves in this shared predicament and for the technologies that may be pushed to the side due to a lack of any short term benefits? Geek Junk will serve as a view from my window for technology related happenings, as well as a place to begin storing and sharing knoweldge about everything technical and geeky.