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'It's Not My Job To Plug Things In' And Other Nightmare IT Stories

Working in IT is no picnic. You’re overworked, over-stressed and overwhelmed by an onslaught of stupidity from Luddite customers and colleagues. We recently asked our readers to share their worst experiences from the front lines of IT. Your stories were so terrifying that we may need to wipe and reboot our brains to recover. Here are some of the worst.

Consoles Vs PCs: Why I'm A PC Gamer

I haven’t bought a console since the original Xbox back in 2001. Why? I already have a gaming machine with better graphics, a better controller and more flexibility… and it didn’t cost much either. I’m talking, of course, about a PC.

How Voice Recognition Technology Actually Works

At Apple’s recent World Wide Developer Conference, one of the tent-pole items was the inclusion of additional features for intelligent voice recognition by its personal assistant app Siri. The latest version of Siri for iOS 9 makes it possible to make casual, undetailed commands while looking at contextual information on your iPhone. Here’s a brief overview of machine-learning algorithms and how it relates to language.

Touchscreen Laptops Are A Battery Drain, Even With Touch Disabled

You probably already know that a touchscreen laptop is more expensive than the non-touch version. But there are other, non-monetary premiums you have to pay for the touch capability, including a bigger drain on your battery.

Kogan Is Selling A $359 Windows Laptop

Netbooks might be a long-forgotten trend in our tablet-centric world, but there’s still a place for a device with a keyboard that can run standard Windows apps. Kogan’s new Atlas Laptop has somewhat basic specifications, but a basic price too: $359 (plus $19 for delivery).

Hide Valuables In A Secret PC Tower Drawer Made From An Old Bay Drive

Having a drawer built into your computer can be a great way to use an empty 5.25″ bay slot. If you have an old 5.25″ bay drive — like a CD or DVD drive — you can make your own drawer and disguise it.

Clean The Dust Out Of Your PC's Video Card With This Video Guide

Computers get dusty. It’s a fact of life. They’re easy to clean, but a few parts — like the video card — may require a deeper shining once in a while. The folks at LinusTechTips show us how to clean the dust bunnies out of your GPU for fast, cool and quiet performance.

Five Best Small Form Factor PCs

If you’re looking for a computer that can fit anywhere and do almost anything, a small form-factor PC is your best bet. The best ones offer power and portability, make the right compromises, and still come in at a good price. This week we’re looking at five of the best, based on your nominations and suggestions.

Top 10 Computer Disasters (And How To Deal With Them)

Using a computer means occasionally dealing with annoying, possibly disastrous problems like losing all your data if your hard drive crashes. Here are ten of the most common computer problems and how to deal with them.

What Kind Of PCs Will Your Business Buy In 2015?

We live in a world where most employed people own a smartphone, but that doesn’t mean that we’re ready to abandon computers in the workplace just yet. What do statistics suggest will be the dominant trends in PC purchases for business this year?

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