to photos of over 9,000 radios. Find images of vintage audio equipment.
The Gallery of Old Iron
Yes young people, there were productive computers even before there were desktops
and a windows operating system. People had long careers working with the old
systems back in the day, and none of them were anywhere close to having the computing
power of the old desktop you have sitting unplugged and gathering dust on the
Computer Data Storage Through the
Ages -- From Punch Cards to Blu-Ray Follow
the evolution of computer storage from its earliest days, all the way up to now.
free datasheets, service manuals, schematic diagrams and software downloads, service
menu and mode information, code calculators for many brands of equipment. Start
Here - All service manuals and data sheets, sorted on make and model.
Places to check for low Prices and Buys
Price Watch The fastest
way to find a great street price on a computer product
Compare 1,000,000 prices on
makes the best NiHM Batteries? This article lists all the major brands, and shows
the difference between NiMH and alkalines. The
Great Battery Shootout!
PCPartPicker - Price drops * Which parts give
me the best performance for the price? * Which parts are compatible? * How do
the prices compare across multiple merchants? * View recent builds with prices.
Part 1 Choosing Your Components
2 The Build - Newegg TV -
3 Installing Windows Finishing Touches
Memtest86 - A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic
Download the free ISO and burn a CD. Then run the tests independent of the
Modem speed test pages - are designed for ordinary analogue dial-up modems,
and ISDN modems.
will test the speed of your Internet connection. See if you are getting what you
DSL Reports - has a number of tests like the one above where you click on
the city of your choice to start a test against that city and server.
Benchmarks and utility programs are available
here. If you recently bought a new LCD monitor, you can check for bad
pixels or other irregularities - try Monitors
The Belarc Advisor - builds a detailed profile of everything installed in
your system. Version, manufacturer, and serial numbers are listed, as well as
available memory slots and hard drive space. Includes printer information, installed
Licenses, and software, Microsoft Hotfixes and a lot more.
Reviews of CPUs, video cards, storage devices,
sound cards and games, and: Ask the Tech: CPU Price Chart: and a Download of the
Free Help Setting up Your Router or Firewall.
They have written support documents and instructions.
Motherboard comparison Charts - a
complete line of products: Bare-Bones Systems, Cables, Cases, CD/ DVD, CPUs, Controllers,
Floppy Drives, Hard Drives, Memory, Monitors, Motherboards, Multimedia, Networking,
Power Supplies, Processors, Software Specials, Systems Tape Drives, and Video
- Everything you need to know.
Both sites have guides, reviews, and forums with tips and techniques.
Reviews on Motherboards, CPUs,
RAM, BIOS, Harddisks, 3D, Video, Scanners, CDROMS, BIOS, and PC Performance Guides.
What's that PS 20-24 plug thing on the right? Read it first before you buy a PS.
and articles on Cases, CPU Coolers, Power Supplies, Memory and UPSs. Power
you're into ultimate gaming, you have to make a pit stop here.
CPU - Memory price guides
CPU and Memory
price guide are worth the visit, but just like a shark, there is more here than
what you'd expect.
How do you become certified in one of the hot Hi-Tech fields? Well,
you can start here and look at the requirements from 3Com, Adobe, Cisco, Compaq,
IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Novell, and many more companies.
with Browser Hijacking - Browser settings are being hijacked by
malicious web sites and software which modify your default start and search pages.
This forces you to visit a web site of the hijacker's choice so that they can
inflate their web site's traffic for higher advertising revenues.
Guide to the Mainframe - The Basics You know a lot about the PC world,
but how about those mainframes? What is DASD, an LPAR, an I/O channel? Why are
mainframes so special (RAS) and how did this all this start? Just three pages
of reading and you're tuned in.
Your Own CDRs With Ink. Before you buy your next printer, see if you might
want to get one that can do this. Also check on what's coming down the line
- No ink.
all in the colors. Check your monitor, or take a free copy of the DisplayMate
demo along with you when you go shopping for a monitor. It includes 6 sample full-screen
test patterns and associated help screens for setting up your display. Runs at
any resolution, color depth and screen shape or aspect ratio.
your password - try this. Asterisk Key shows passwords hidden under asterisks.
It uncovers those hidden passwords on password dialog boxes and web pages, and
- maintains listings of mouse, keyboard, and other input device drivers available
on the web, organized by company.
play that media file, then try this. GSPOT establishes what video codecs
(audio and video) are required to play an AVI file. Determines whether these codecs
are installed on your system. Shows framerate, duration, aspect ratio, bitrates,
AVI structure info, and more, and it's free.
problems? - The DirectX diagnostic tool lets you display all DirectX related
files on your computer; check the versions of those files, input devices, and
the video drivers you're running; and run tests.
Downloader HD - Download High-Def (HD)
1080P videos from YouTube and all other major video streaming sites with YouTube
Media Converter - Converts between
audio and video formats, including AVI, DVD, Quicktime, Flash, Xvid, DivX, MPEG,
MP3, WMA, MP4, 3GP and can strip the audio track.
Partition Master - Configure and manage
partitions on your hard drives. You can delete or format, and also resize and
move your partitions.
Media Player - A multimedia player that plays DVDs and supports
a wide variety of audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3,
A site dedicated to the DOS games from the past. Find some of your old favorites
to download and play. Like this - Ultimate
- Some games will require an emulator like this that supports many sound cards
Great Free PC Games - 21 of the best freeware titles for your PC,
from retro-shooters to cutting-edge platformers and experimental indie games.