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The Apple I- Doc’D #66

In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the origins, technical features, and the lasting historic legacy of the very first computer from Apple, the Apple One.

1) “Apple One” from the Apple Museum [https://goo.gl/TJmg5E]
2) Archived eBay Listing for Apple One from Steve Jobs’ garage [https://goo.gl/xcA4JP]
3) Alker33’s YouTube Video showing Apple One Set-up and Demonstration [https://youtu.be/rKiMPCRILpc]
**“iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way“ by Steve Wozniak & Gina Smith
[Kindle: http://amzn.to/2sQgjmf;Paperback: http://amzn.to/2sQDIEj; Audible Audiobook: http://amzn.to/2uj5hu2] Continue reading The Apple I- Doc’D #66

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The Apple IIc; Great for Gaming, Greater for remaking ‘Star Wars’ trailers…

Oh, the Apple IIc; a classic personal computer from back in the day. It was released in 1984 as the compact (which is what the “c” stood for) device which was essentially a complete Apple II computer setup (without the display and power supply) squeezed into a small notebook-sized housing. Even though it was discontinued in 1988, many enthusiasts have continued to find new and interesting uses for the Apple IIc (like with MANY other devices no longer in-production). For example, this shot-by-shot trailer remake of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer is ONE of those interesting things Continue reading The Apple IIc; Great for Gaming, Greater for remaking ‘Star Wars’ trailers…

‘How-To-Geek’s’ Awesome Guide on Buying Refurbished PC Parts

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Source: Flickr (Fuja | by RoushVilla Fuja | by RoushVilla)

Something that’s part of the fun of assembling and/or upgrading your own desktop or laptop PC is the allure of the money you’ll be saving versus outright purchasing a pre-built machine. You can further extend saving MORE money by focusing on buying refurbished parts, but that’s territory where you’ll want to pay more attention and tread more lightly.  This is because while some refurbished PC parts are of good quality and can be bought for less, others parts may not be. Thankfully, for additional insight, Michael Crider of How-To-Geek put together a great guide on the best and least recommended PC parts to buy refurbished, based on the type/component of parts that you’re looking for (i.e., hard drives, power supplies, motherboards, etc.). Continue reading ‘How-To-Geek’s’ Awesome Guide on Buying Refurbished PC Parts

The Raspberry Pi Zero W, NOW WITH Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, Costs $10

The Raspberry Pi Zero is a great, tinier, $5 version of the Raspberry Pi that shrinks down the star of the original board to something resembling the size of a stick of gum. It was recently announced that the upcoming and updated Raspberry Pi Zero W, while including the same CPU and RAM as the original Pi Zero (even the Pi 1), NOW includes built-in Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi LAN — similar to the Pi 3 — for only $10! Continue reading The Raspberry Pi Zero W, NOW WITH Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, Costs $10

This is Probably The BEST WAY to Erase a Hard Drive…

Even though the U.S. Department of Defense have their recommendations and standards for formatting old drives, this method from YouTube channel __ makes the DOD’s method look amateurish. This method can be called the “Molten Copper Overwrite™,” which ensures total and COMPLETE destruction of the hard disk drive, making it nothing more than an unusable block of metal, or a nice modern art-inspired paper weight. One thing for sure, any ne’er-do-well will never — and The PractitioNERD means NEVER —  be able to get access to the scorched ones and zeros on the disc. What’s even better is that this method also — and unsurprisingly — works on solid state drives, CDs, magnetic tape, people* (like THIS GUY) and portable drives, so NOW I can securely prevent anyone from finding embarrassing high school pictures and assignments from my old ZIP disks…

*Seriously, DO NOT POUR Molten Copper on People; C’mon y’all…

Microsoft Windows 1.0 – Doc’D #34

In this month’s technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, features, and lasting legacy of Microsoft’s Windows 1.0 operating system/environment. I’ll get to that…. Continue reading Microsoft Windows 1.0 – Doc’D #34

The NeXT Computer: A Great Piece of Tech That Failed in the Market

The vast history of technology is full with the plastic-framed corpses of then-brilliantly innovative devices that couldn’t catch on and then failed in the marketplace. In some cases, these devices were probably ahead of their time; some were crushed by competitors, worthy and unworthy (hello Zune); with some of them, maybe we were all just too stupid to buy them (hello Dreamcast). Out of all on them, in terms of computers, the one that hurts the most (should have been successful, but wasn’t), is Steve Job’s successor to the Macintosh, the NeXT Computer. Continue reading The NeXT Computer: A Great Piece of Tech That Failed in the Market

Irritating PC Myth: “You Have to Turn Your Computer Off At Night”

Exhausted woman sleeping in front of computer

Here’s the truth everyone: shutting down your computer isn’t something you should regularly have to do; especially if your computer was manufactured in the last 10 years. Sure, you don’t want your computer running at full-power overnight, but putting it to sleep makes it use almost no power and your computer will be ready to go immediately when you turn it back on. If you’ve got a laptop, just closing the lid should put it to sleep; even powerful desktop PCs can utilize built-in and customizable low-power sleep and hibernate modes. Continue reading Irritating PC Myth: “You Have to Turn Your Computer Off At Night”

Computers-On-A-Stick – Doc’D #22

In this month’s technology-themed episode (thanks to the encouragement from my buddy Jessica Brown of Allahweh’s Domain) of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the computer-on-a-stick phenomenon.
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Not ALL Computers Work The Same Way…

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