Category Archives: Computer & Peripherals

Dell Alienware AW3418DW

If you are in the market for an ultra-wide curved gaming monitor, you will soon realize that there aren’t that many options available, especially if you have a NVIDIA graphics card and don’t want to miss out on the adaptive sync technology G-Sync. The Dell Alienware AW3418DW is a 34” monitor that offers a resolution of 3440×1440 and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The monitor has been on the market for about 1 year, but it still remains one of the top choices for gaming.

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The best free tools for Windows users

This is a list of my favorite, free tools for Windows. Free means it’s either freeware or open source software.
It is surprising how many good tools there are, and how little they are known among Windows users. There is no need to burden your wallet if a free tool can get the job done equally well, right?

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How to backup your data, properly

I guess most people know that it is important to regularly backup important data. However, only few do it and even fewer do it properly. Fact is: No storage medium is safe, it is only a question of time before it fails. So what is the best way to store data? What is the most reliable backup medium? Harddisc, SSD, DVD or something else?

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WD RED harddisk fails after 5k hours

I am using six 3TB Western Digital RED harddisks in my Synology NAS servers, which are mainly used for file storage and media streaming. The RED series was specifically designed for NAS servers and are rated for 24/7 operation. With a MTBF (mean time between failures) of 1 million hours, one would assume those drives should be fairly reliable. Now, after 4 years and only 5000 hours of operation, one of the disks died.

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Logitech G413 Carbon Gaming Keyboard

The Logitech G-series G413 keyboard is a full size, back-illuminated mechanical gaming keyboard. It is available in a silver or black finish (aka Carbon), where the former has white and the latter red backlight. The MSRP of the G413 is 100€ (street price from ~85€), which may sound quite steep when compared to traditional rubber-dome keyboards. In my opinion the price tag is just about right for a mechanical keyboard.

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