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The U.S. Air Force Lost 12 Years Of Investigations Thanks To A Corrupted Computer File

The U.S. Air Force Inspector General tracks all their investigations on fraud, abuse, and everything else down to office disputes in a database maintained by Lockheed Martin. Now it looks like somebody broke it, destroying data collected since 2004.

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Start Your Raspberry Pi 3 Adventure With This Discounted Starter Kit

Start Your Raspberry Pi 3 Adventure With This Discounted Starter Kit
Raspberry Pi 3 Ultimate Starter Kit, $70 with code 7XA8X43P

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Top 10 PC and Workspace Upgrades You Can Do in an Afternoon

Top 10 PC and Workspace Upgrades You Can Do in an Afternoon

A substantial PC upgrade, or even a better workspace, doesn’t have to be a huge project that drains your time and energy. If you can order the parts, there are several worthwhile improvements you can make that’ll pay off big when it’s time to work (or play). Here are some of them.

10. Switch to a New, Better Case

Top 10 PC and Workspace Upgrades You Can Do in an Afternoon

This one’s for the PC builders out there. Even if you keep all of the same components, there’s nothing like a brand new case to give your computer—and your desk—a new lease on life. Maybe you’d like some more easily accessible USB ports, or maybe you bought a huge case back in the day and now you’d rather have a space-saving model.

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As long as you buy smart and don’t let a new case spiral into building a new PC, you can have your cake and eat it too. If you need some suggestions, we have our favorite PC cases here, and our favorite small form-factor PC cases here to get you started. You can (and should) also check out what the folks at Logical Increments suggests based on your budget, and what’s popular over on PCPartPicker.

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9. Upgrade Your Display

Top 10 PC and Workspace Upgrades You Can Do in an Afternoon

A new display, bigger display, or additional display can make all the difference in your productivity (or not, but it’ll definitely make your desk cooler.) Whether you’re rocking an old 22" display you’ve had forever, don’t even have an external display, or could use the screen real estate that a 4K display could offer, now’s a good time to upgrade.

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Even if you don’t want to go full 4K, there are plenty of affordable, large panels that could give you more room to work. You could always go with an ultrawide display instead of multiple panels, or you can pick up a large, solid budget LED display to give your desk a facelift and a utility boost.

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8. Get a New Keyboard and Mouse

Top 10 PC and Workspace Upgrades You Can Do in an Afternoon

You use your keyboard and mouse every day, and there’s no easier way to give yourself that “new computer” feeling than to upgrade them both. Sure, your PC’s innards will be the same as they’ve always been, but new peripherals, especially ones you’ve had your eyes on, can make a huge difference.

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If you’ve been using the keyboard and mouse that came with your computer, now’s a good time to upgrade to a new one. Maybe give a mechanical keyboard a try (we love them around here), or pick up a sleek new gaming keyboard (and mouse). They’re fun for play, sure, but they can also help you get real work done. If you need some mouse suggestions, we’ve always been big fans of Logitech’s Performance MX, but the new MX Master is a fitting successor to it. It’s not your only option, though!

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7. Upgrade your Graphics Card

Top 10 PC and Workspace Upgrades You Can Do in an Afternoon

Again, this is for the desktop PC owners (and builders) here, but a graphics card upgrade can be a big improvement for a PC that’s starting to show its age (or slow down when you try to unwind and play some video games!) Of course, it’s not always a smart investment, so you should make sure you think hard before rushing out to buy whatever card everyone’s shouting about these days. Still, if yours is due for an upgrade and you’ll actually benefit from the upgrade, it’s easy to find even budget-friendly cards that will make the most of that new display we mentioned earlier, and speed up your system’s performance in your favorite games.

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6. Give Yourself the Gift of Better Audio

Top 10 PC and Workspace Upgrades You Can Do in an Afternoon

Whether you like to listen to music, or you record audio for podcasts, streams, or just do the occasional Skype call or Hangout with coworkers, a new pair of speakers or headphones (and we have some suggestions in the headphone department,) and a microphone can go a long long way toward making sure your audio is crystal clear. Best of all, they don’t cost a fortune, and installation is easy enough to do in a couple of minutes.

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We’re big fans of the Blue Yeti, but if that’s not your style, here are some of our other picks. If you’re still not sure, check out our guide to choosing the best microphone for you, or check out some of our favorite headsets with attached microphones if that’s more your speed.

When it comes to speakers, you have plenty of options, from simple bookshelf speakers you can connect to anything, great desktop speaker systems designed for PCs, to full 5.1 surround systems. Choose what works for you and your space, but anything will be an upgrade over the speakers that came with your PC, or whatever’s built into your laptop.

5. Add a New, HD Camera

Top 10 PC and Workspace Upgrades You Can Do in an Afternoon

If you’re thinking about doing video streams, or just want your visuals to match the crystal clear audio you got from that last upgrade, a new camera is in order. Odds are whatever camera is built into your laptop may not be the best, and certainly isn’t adjustable. A new, HD-capable camera will make sure everyone can see you clearly and you’re not a fuzzy blob on-screen when you fire up a Skype call, or try to do a Google Hangout with friends or coworkers when you work from home. Worst case, if you don’t have a camera at all, you probably have a good one on your phone. We have guides to turn your iOS device or Android phone into a PC-connected webcam.

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4. Add More Convenient Power (Strips)

Top 10 PC and Workspace Upgrades You Can Do in an Afternoon

When you set up your desk the first time, odds are you didn’t include all the power you’d need to connect everything you have now. Maybe you added some power strips later, or worse, you’re daisy-chaining power strips together for some reason. Stop that and get yourself a good surge protector, or better yet, a good UPS to protect your gear. Then tack on a long, server-style power strip to connect to it and give you all the power you need for all your gear. It’s a better solution than big, bulky power strips hanging off the walls, and your cables will be easier to manage.

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3. Upgrade Your Power Supply

Top 10 PC and Workspace Upgrades You Can Do in an Afternoon

Now we’re getting serious. Upgrading your power supply may take a little time (no more than transplanting all of your gear to a new case, however!) but if you’re rocking the one that came with your case when you built your PC, one that’s way too underpowered for the gear you’ve crammed into your build, or you’re experiencing strange and quirky problems with your system, it might be time for an upgrade. Don’t expect to save money on energy though, that’s not what this is about—it’s about stability and giving you enough juice to run everything you want to run. Get thee to a power supply calculator and make sure the one you buy can support your system.

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2. Add more RAM

Top 10 PC and Workspace Upgrades You Can Do in an Afternoon

We’ve said before that most modern systems probably won’t benefit from more than around 4GB of RAM, but that doesn’t mean that yours won’t be an outlier. If you don’t have that much, or you do memory intensive tasks, high-end gaming, or use virtualization software to test software or experiment, you’ll need more—a lot more. For everyday use though, 16GB is the new ceiling. Plus, while RAM isn’t as cheap as it used to be, it’s still cheap enough that in some cases it makes more sense to just max out your motherboard and call it a day.

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However, just make sure you’re not spending more on RAM than you would on other, better and more valuable upgrades to your system. More RAM isn’t a silver bullet to better performance, but if your system is hurting for memory, you probably know it already, so full speed ahead.

1. Install an (or Upgrade Your) SSD

Top 10 PC and Workspace Upgrades You Can Do in an Afternoon

If you have a computer built at all in the past few years, your boot drive is probably already an SSD. That’s great! You may want another one—bigger SSDs are cheaper now than they’ve ever been, and even if you already have one, if it’s super old and slow, there’s nothing wrong with upgrading to a newer, faster one. Even if you have a laptop, your drive is probably easy to swap out and replace, and the benefits will show themselves the first time you reboot your machine.

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If you need some help picking a good one, here are some suggestions, and of course, you can always find some good picks at Logical Increments and make sure they’re compatible with your gear at PCPartPicker. When it comes time to actually do the installation, make sure you take your files and settings with you, and optimize it for performance.

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Opt For the Larger SSD Capacity to Also Get a Speed Boost

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.

As the How-To Geek explains, SSDs function using NAND chips, not the spinning platters of HDDs. In order to add more capacity to an SSD, manufacturers have to add more chips. When they do this, they usually arrange those chips so they can be used in parallel. In other words, a larger SSD can write to, say, eight NAND chips at once instead of the four that a smaller SSD would do.

This gives a speed advantage to larger capacity SSDs in terms of data throughput. While your mileage will obviously vary based on how a manufacturer built the SSD and how big of a capacity difference you’re looking at, in general the smaller an SSD, the slower you can expect it to be. Though it will still be faster than most regular hard drives.

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Report: Tesla Is Using Google Glass to Build Cars More Efficiently

Google Glass has thus far been a flop for regular people doing normal things. But for more boring tasks enhancing productivity and increasing profit, there’s still promise. A report from Electrek claims that Tesla is using the new Enterprise Edition headsets at its Fremont factory.

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Why You Shouldn’t Settle for a Laptop That Doesn’t Have at Least Full HD Resolution

Why You Shouldn't Settle for a Laptop That Doesn't Have at Least Full HD Resolution

Many PC vendors market their laptops with 1366 by 768 screens as “high definition,” but these are not the laptops you deserve. Laptop Magazine argues that you should never settling for anything less than 1080p for your next laptop.

You’ll need full HD to multitask with two apps side-by-side, and you’ll see more of your documents or web pages on a high-res screen. The larger the laptop screen, the worse visuals will be:

According to Raymond Soneira, the president of screen-testing company DisplayMate, you need a panel with at least 172 pixels per inch (PPI) to ensure that you can’t make out the dots from 20 inches away, a typical laptop viewing distance. A 15.6-inch laptop with a 1366 x 768 display has a PPI of just 100, which means that photographs will look like pointillist paintings and text may remind you of the characters on a dot-matrix printout. Laptops with 14.1-inch, 13.3-inch and 11.6-inch screens are only a little sharper at this resolution, with PPIs of 111, 118 and 135, respectively.

The need for a sharp, high-res display is likely common knowledge to many Lifehacker readers, but what surprised me most was Laptop’s finding that a whopping 78% of laptops sold in 2015 have low-res displays (1366 by 768 pixels or below). PC makers keep making laptops with these displays to save money, but we’re also supporting this by buying them.

Avram Piltch argues that the full HD screen should be at the top of your list when you’re thinking about buying a new laptop:

Just as we expect our laptops to have modern Wi-Fi, we should demand that they have high- resolution screens. Next time you’re shopping for a laptop, getting one with 1920 x 1080 pixels or higher should be at or near the top of your list of priorities. If you have to pay a little extra or skimp on other components to get 1080p, you have to do it. Your laptop’s screen is its most important feature.

Your phone shouldn’t have a higher resolution display than your smartphone.

Why 78 Percent of Laptop Screens Suck | Laptop


Add a 1080p Monitor To Your Workstation For $70, Plus More Acer Discounts

Add a 1080p Monitor To Your Workstation For $70, Plus More Acer Discounts

Want to try out a multi-monitor setup without breaking the bank? These basic 1080p panels are dirt-cheap on Amazon today as part of a Gold Box deal.

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The same Gold Box deal includes discounts on a Chromebook, all-in-one PC, and more, so be sure to head over to Amazon to see the full collection. [Acer Gold Box]

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Add a 1080p Monitor To Your Workstation For $70, Plus More Acer Discounts

Add a 1080p Monitor To Your Workstation For $70, Plus More Acer Discounts

Want to try out a multi-monitor setup without breaking the bank? These basic 1080p panels are dirt-cheap on Amazon today as part of a Gold Box deal.

Acer G226HQL Bbd 21.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen Display ($70) | Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00…

Acer S241HL bmid 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor ($100) | Amzon

The same Gold Box deal includes discounts on a Chromebook, all-in-one PC, and more, so be sure to head over to Amazon to see the full collection. [Acer Gold Box]

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01…

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Add a 1080p Monitor To Your Workstation For $70, Plus More Acer Discounts

Add a 1080p Monitor To Your Workstation For $70, Plus More Acer Discounts

Want to try out a multi-monitor setup without breaking the bank? These basic 1080p panels are dirt-cheap on Amazon today as part of a Gold Box deal.

Acer G226HQL Bbd 21.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen Display ($70) | Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00…

Acer S241HL bmid 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor ($100) | Amzon

The same Gold Box deal includes discounts on a Chromebook, all-in-one PC, and more, so be sure to head over to Amazon to see the full collection. [Acer Gold Box]

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00…

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01…

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Add a 1080p Monitor To Your Workstation For $70, Plus More Acer Discounts

Add a 1080p Monitor To Your Workstation For $70, Plus More Acer Discounts

Want to try out a multi-monitor setup without breaking the bank? These basic 1080p panels are dirt-cheap on Amazon today as part of a Gold Box deal.

Acer G226HQL Bbd 21.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen Display ($70) | Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00…

Acer S241HL bmid 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor ($100) | Amzon

The same Gold Box deal includes discounts on a Chromebook, all-in-one PC, and more, so be sure to head over to Amazon to see the full collection. [Acer Gold Box]

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00…

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01…

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