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Chris Barbere
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Installing Windows 7 Home Premium

12/04/2012 - 18:20

I’ve chosen to use Windows 7 Home Premium, but any Windows 7 version other than Basic and Home Basic will work fine.  I will be installing the 64 bit version (x64) so I can take full advantage of all 8 GB of the RAM I’ve installed in my...

Cutting the Cord Part 1: The Assessment

12/03/2012 - 21:57

Missed any installments of our Cutting the Cord Series?  Catch up on them here: Cutting the Cord Part 1: The Assessment Cutting the Cord Part 2: Building your HTPC – The Hardware Cutting the Cord Part 3: Building your HTPC – OS...

Piecing Together the Hardware

12/03/2012 - 10:20

Now that we’ve walked through all the parts to our Media Center, let’s dive into the actual hardware installation.  Unboxing the Silverstone case I was happy with the look of it.  Nice clean lines and a streamlined front panel will...

The Hardware - Part 3

12/03/2012 - 10:15

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The Hardware - Part 2

12/03/2012 - 10:10

Looking at the costs to build your own HTPC, you can see that your return on investment can add up really quick depending on what you are currently paying for pay television service, especially if you already have some components that you don’t...

Running the Numbers on Cord Cutting

12/02/2012 - 21:38

To put it simply, Cable and Satellite television subscription costs can really put a hurting on your bank account.  The cable/satellite model offers subscribers access to hundreds of channels, many of which you may never watch, but there’s...

Assessing your Cord Cutting Potential

12/02/2012 - 21:36

The first step in assessing whether cutting the cord will be a good fit for you is to write down all the shows you and whoever you’re sharing your cable/satellite with watch regularly.   Simply documenting the name of the shows, what...

ASUS RT-N56U "Black Diamond" Wireless Router Review

11/30/2012 - 12:48

On deck for review today is the ASUS RT-N56U “Black Diamond” Dual-band Gigabit Wireless-N Router.  ASUS has a broad stable of networking equipment including wireless adapters, wireless routers, wired networking gear and even some power...

Amped Wireless R20000G Router and UA2000 Adapter Review

11/12/2012 - 12:10

Continuing with our networking adapter and router reviews, today we have a pair of devices on tap from a relative newcomer to the home and office networking field, Amped Wireless.  Founded in 2007, they began selling Wi-Fi products in 2010.  In...

ASUS RT-N56U Router Conclusion and Wrap Up

11/10/2012 - 02:51