Low End PC's Editorial Archive
This page links to the most recent editorials on the site - and there's a link to older archives near the bottom of the page.
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- Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 12.04 on a 2005 ThinkPad, Austin Leeds, 2012.07.09. Windows eats up more memory and has more consistent frame rates, while free Ubuntu is less memory hungry and easy to use.
- My Experiences with the Lenovo ThinkPad X120e, Alex Barnes, 2012.06.22. When his 13" MacBook Pro died, Alex Barnes replaced it with a $400 ThinkPad, which he says is no slouch.
- Keep Your PC Cool by Replacing Its Thermal Compound, Austin Leeds, 2012.06.15. Over time, thermal paste dries out and becomes less effective. Replacing it keeps you computer cool, thus increasing its life.
- Swapless: Disabling Virtual Memory in Ubuntu, Austin Leeds, 2012.05.14. A slow hard drive slows virtual memory, and virtual memory can reduce the life of flash memory, so you may want to turn it off.
- Good Idea/Bad Idea Gets on the Bus, Dan Knight, 2002.11.15. Good idea: An industry standard bus. Bad idea: A bus nobody else uses.
- Good Idea/Bad Idea Looks at Disk Format Confusion, Dan Knight, 2002.11.21. Good idea: Increased capacity for removable media. Bad idea: Too many formats to pick from.
- Good Idea/Bad Idea Looks at Operating Systems, Dan Knight, 2002.11.27. Good idea: Giving consumers a choice in operating systems. Bad idea: Competing with Microsoft.
- Why We Need Anti-Spam Legislation, Dan Knight, 2003.01.02. Unlike rain, sending spam is a human behavior which can and should be covered by law.
- Deliver Us From Evil: Thoughts on Computer Self Defense, Dan Knight, 2003.01.16. Should you have the right to take active steps to stop a computerized attack on your computer system?
- Value and Cost: With a PC, You Get What You Pay For, Katherine Keller, 2003.02.26. With the right choices, your PC can be easy to upgrade and avoid becoming a doorstop.
- Personal Computer History: The First 25 Years, Dan Knight, 2001.09.15. Personal computer history doesn't begin with IBM or Microsoft, although Microsoft was an early participant in the fledgling PC industry.
- ThinkPad X41 Revived, Austin Leeds, 2012.05.09. The ThinkPad X41 converts from a laptop to a tablet. More memory and Compact Flash gave this one a new lease on life.