Personal Cloud Storage with Syncthing and a Tiny Raspberry Pi Zero W Computer

I like Syncthing, the continuous file synchronization program. Syncthing helps me pickup and continue my work regardless of the device I happen to be using, because it synchronizes my files across all devices. Think Dropbox but on my own hardware. Also, I like tiny, low-power computers, like the Raspberry Pi 2. The Raspberry Pi andContinue reading “Personal Cloud Storage with Syncthing and a Tiny Raspberry Pi Zero W Computer”

EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Video Card Upgrade, Incredible Graphics in Games and Simulations

When I built my desktop PC last year, I opted for a low-end video card, because my graphics requirements were modest and it helped keep the cost of computer parts down. Since then, I’ve wanted to experience a better visual experience on my computer in games and graphics simulations, meaning more detail and effects, andContinue reading “EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Video Card Upgrade, Incredible Graphics in Games and Simulations”

Retrocomputing at City Tech Site Updated with Software Inventory

Recently, I posted about the new OpenLab site that I launched for “Retrocomputing at City Tech.” On the site, I included a photographic inventory of the computing hardware and peripherals that I have on-hand in my office in Namm 520. Now, I’ve added to the site with a second page that inventories a majority ofContinue reading “Retrocomputing at City Tech Site Updated with Software Inventory”

Retro-Review of Used Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Sourced from eBay

I’ve wanted an IBM ThinkPad since I first saw my boss’ at Netlink in the fall of 1998. But, while I’ve been invested in PCs over the years tangentially, I reserved Macs as my primary desktop or laptop computing platform, which combined with the premium price on IBM and then Lenovo ThinkPads kept me inContinue reading “Retro-Review of Used Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Sourced from eBay”

Retrocomputing at City Tech

In addition to working on a book review today, I created a new OpenLab site for Retrocomputing at City Tech. In addition to recording how I use vintage computers in the classroom and in research, the new OpenLab site contains a catalog of my vintage computing archive. I populated this catalog with most of theContinue reading “Retrocomputing at City Tech”

PC Computing, August 1994

The August 1994 issue of PC Computing was my go-to source for customizing my 486/DX2 66MHz system back in high school. I wanted to relive some of those tricks in my emulated DOS environments today, so I began hunting around for a copy to refresh my memory. After having no luck with nearby collections onContinue reading “PC Computing, August 1994”

Workaround Solution to Spinning Blue Circle Next to Mouse Pointer (Working in Background) in Windows 10

Ever since I installed Windows 10 on this desktop computer build (detailed here), I have been distracted by a tiny spinning blue circle next to my mouse pointer about every 5 minutes. This mouse pointer change indicates that a process is working in the background. I could still move the mouse around and click onContinue reading “Workaround Solution to Spinning Blue Circle Next to Mouse Pointer (Working in Background) in Windows 10”

Desktop Computer Build Description (i7-7700 and Radeon RX-550 4GB GDDR5) with Benchmarks

Over the past two weeks, I built a new desktop computer to replace my i5-based Intel NUC, because I wanted more CPU horsepower and a dedicated graphics card. The NUC6i5SYH has a soldered i5-6260U CPU. This part has only two CPU cores, which support two threads each for a total of four threads. With this new build,Continue reading “Desktop Computer Build Description (i7-7700 and Radeon RX-550 4GB GDDR5) with Benchmarks”