To Build or Not to Build, that is the Question

That’s a silly question. I say “build it”, with that in mind, there are reasons not to build a computer. Size being the primary reason. Recently I had a 3 part series on building a PC.

In this article I want to give you ideas on not building a PC, or more specifically what not to build. Laptops, and Tablets. Ok, there is the list. Pretty short huh. Continue reading

Building a PC Part 3 – Software: Windows, 3rd party SW, Anti-Virus and Security software.

In this most recent series I have been going over the parts for building a PC, what I use and why.

In this exciting fun filled episode, I want to go over some of the software we use when building a computer. Let’s start with the most important part, the Operating system. I recommend Windows.


I know a bunch of you Linux people just started yelling at your screens. Don’t have a tizzy!


I learned on UNIX based systems back in the 80’s and from 2003 to 2006 I promoted, through free training, and on this blog several flavors of Linux. My issue with Linux was and is the “my version is better than your version” attitude while leaving the end user out of the equation. At one point Red Hat had their version of “automatic updates”. That was a good idea. They stopped doing that. Others instead of making a universal way to update and patch quarreled and squabbled, leaving those that just needed an operating system to run their business or home computers, out. Microsoft has one way to update and patch. Good for them. Continue reading

Building a PC: the case, power supply, video card and DVD – Part 2

In my last article I talked about several of the parts needed to build a PC, the motherboard, processor (CPU), memory (RAM) and hard drives. This week I want to cover the case, power supply, video card and DVD.

Cases have changed from plain beige literal desktop cases that the monitor sat on, to black cases that sit on the floor with every color imaginable as well as configurations from windows to lighted in between. I have sold translucent green, yellow with windows and internal lights to black and silver with external lights and many in between.

NUC next to mid-tower ATX case

NUC next to mid-tower ATX case

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Hardware recommendations when building a PC

I am frequently asked what hardware I use when I build a PC. You see, I build computers, I don’t go an buy pre built systems. After building the many systems I have over the last 15 plus years I have learned first hand what hardware and software manufacturers are “the best”.

While some may want the best based on speed or price, I base what I use and why on how the manufacturer treats me, my customers and the public in general. Over time some companies have gotten better, dome worse. Some have gone out of business and new manufacturers have risen. With that said, here are the parts I use and maybe a short description why. Continue reading

Samsung SM-W750V aka the ATIV Windows phone

Six months ago I decided to switch from Boost Mobile back to Verizon. With Boost I just did not get the coverage I needed. Verizon is more expensive and I lost my “unlimited” data, however, as it turns out I don’t use that much data anyway. With the change in plans my missed calls have gone to almost nothing, which in my case, as a business phone is critical. Today I don’t want to discuss Verizon itself, I wanted to talk about the phone I use. The Samsung SM-W750V also called the ATIV, a Windows 8 phone. Continue reading