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Why We've Stopped Buying Brand-Name Servers

In an era where cloud computing is the new normal, (storm-driven outages aside), it’s no surprise that sales of traditional server hardware are declining. But it’s still slightly shocking to see how tough it is to turn a dollar in the server market these days.


Make A Magnetic Parts Tray Out Of The Remains Of Your Old Hard Drive

Video: When you’re taking your gadgets apart, a magnetic tray for all your screws could come in handy. Fortunately, you can make one by taking more gadgets apart.


Ask LH: Should I Upgrade The Processor In My Tablet?

Dear Lifehacker, My phone’s screen and battery are still great, but the dual-core processor is getting long in the tooth. Is there any way I can either upgrade the processor, or get it to draw on the much more powerful processor in my phone?


Opt For The Larger SSD Capacity To Also Get A Speed Boost

If you’re weighing your option between SSDs and you can’t quite justify buying the bigger version, this might tip you over the edge: Generally, larger SSDs are also faster.


Build A Solid VR-Ready PC For Less Than $1700

We’ve seen a few different builds for VR-ready gaming rigs, but if you’re curious what some pros are planning on using, Tested partnered with Loyd Case to put together their VR testing PC for about $1700.


This Video Helps You Pick The Best Motherboard For Your Build

I have built every computer I’ve used since I was eight. Motherboards are still my least favourite component to buy. This video helps break down what to look for in a main board.


How To Make A 118 Gigabyte Floppy Drive

Before you call fake, know that both you and this custom built computer are being tricked in two very clever ways.


Buy Safe USB Type-C Cables By Checking The Plug And Its Certifications

USB Type-C cables are great because they’re reversible and support the latest, fastest USB spec, but some cables are so poorly made they can ruin your expensive hardware. Here are a few tips for buying ones that are safe.


How To Build A Computer From Scratch: Hardware Basics

Building a computer from scratch gives you the perfect machine for your needs, but it can be daunting the first time around. Over the next few days, we’ll be taking you through the buying, building and installation process step-by-step. Today, we’re going to start with a little computer hardware basics.


This Graphic Shows How Nasty Your Keyboard Can Get (And How To Clean It)

Between all the dust, dead skin, and microbes, computer keyboards can get grimy pretty fast. This handy graphic reveals what might be lurking on your keyboard, as well as some clever ways to get it cleaned up.


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