Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Acer Aspire AX1301-B1812 Review
Take one look at the Acer Aspire AX1301-B1812 budget desktop, and Yogi Berra’s famous adage, “It's like déjà vu all over again,” comes to mind. That’s because the exterior design is virtually indistinguishable from that of a number of other Acer Aspire desktop models, including the Aspire AX3810-B3801A we looked at last year. In fact, even the Gateway SX2800-01 we tested last summer uses the same chassis, but with a different front panel. (As you may know, Acer owns the Gateway brand...

Friday, February 5, 2010

Weekend Project:
How to Build Your Own Windows Home Server

You can cook up and configure your own Windows Home Server on the cheap using an old PC! Here’s how.
Some days, what we need is a digital lifejacket: Between the photos and videos we shoot and the music we rip and download, we’re virtually drowning in a sea of digital media. Hard drive capacities may be growing larger all the time, but chances are your PC isn’t just off the assembly line with a roomy drive that can hold it all. Factor in that you’d also like to share that media with your family members and friends—throughout your home, as well as remotely over the Internet. And having a centralized location where you can back up all of your family’s PCs would certainly be nice. What you need is a home server...