RSS in Plain English

RSS, which stands for “Really Simple Syndication”, is a relatively new web format that is used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries to special applications called “feed readers”. If you’re not using RSS to read this blog, you don’t know what you’re missing. Here is a short video from the folks at […]

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Why you should never buy an external HD drive

By Brian Boyko, Contributor, [GAS] Edit: August 22, 2007: Seagate sent me a brand new 500g FreeAgent – the original model that went bad on me – in replacement.  I still miss my data, and I think that technical support wasn’t sufficiently technical nor supportive, but I’m glad to know that Seagate will fix it’s […]

HOW TO: Fix The Xbox 360 red ring of death

Yes folks, it is possible to fix the Xbox 360 red ring of death using towels. I had two friends try this trick, and on both occasions, it made the red ring disappear. Unfortunately, this fix will only make your 360 usable for a few days and the red ring of death will eventually reappear. […]

HOW TO: Use a banana to fix a scratched CD or DVD

A few weeks ago, we published an article describing several techniques to help you repair a scratched CD or DVD. Here’s another method to add to your arsenal in case the previous ones did not work for you. Please note that Amazon.com also has a great CD repair machine right here that is pretty effective […]

Social Bookmarking for Dummies

Lee LeFever from CommonCraft.com recently made an excellent video that shows exactly why you should use social bookmarking sites. This video is focused on Del.icio.us, but the same principles can be applied to other sites such has Magnolia or Furl.

HOW TO: Fix a stuck pixel on an LCD screen

For those of you who have been using LCD monitors for years, you probably know that stuck pixels are an unfortunate reality of these fantastic space-saving devices. If you’ve never had to deal with stuck pixels, you have to know that these little screen defects are usually caused by malfunctioning transistors or an uneven distribution […]

HOW TO: make your own Infrared goggles

Here is a short tutorial that will teach you how to make your own infrared goggles for under 10 bucks. Warning: If you ever decide to build yourself a pair, never, ever look at the sun with them. Doing so will burn your corneas in seconds. UV and IR filters only allow light from the […]

Network cable management done wrong

Having a nice and tidy server room with a properly organized cable system is something that IT people need to be concious of. Re-organizing hundreds of tangled network cables is not what I would call a pleasing task, but unfortunately, it has to be done. Not only will doing so make troubleshooting network problems easier, […]