Mon, 01 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400Anything that moves makes noise. And your personal computer is an assemblage of whirring, spinning, vibrating parts. Depending on your particular machine, this can amount to a comforting white noise, or an irritating background drone.
Fri, 26 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400With the right software and a few plug-in instruments, anyone (really, anyone) can be a rock star in his own home. Here's how to use a MIDI keyboard and software like M-Powered Essential and GarageBand to become the next Beck.
Fri, 15 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0400Just when you thought you'd mastered the mess of wires, plugs and ports required for HDTV and multichannel sound, the new era of networked home entertainment is changing everything-again. Here's what you need to know to hook up the ultimate home theater.
Fri, 15 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0400The lines between data, audio and video cables now completely blurred. And many devices can now communicate wirelessly. But that doesn't mean the world of wiring is simpler. There are more cables than ever-here's how to use them.
Mon, 14 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0400Tablet PCs may be the next big thing in computers, but netbooks are cheap and widely available now. Why wait for Apple (or TechCrunch) to do it for you? Here's how to make your own touchcreen PC, starting with an off-the-shelf netbook.
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Fri, 04 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0400The technology to translate doodles, sketches and ideas into detailed drawings is surprisingly affordably and acceptable. Here's what you need to get started-and tips to become a pro.
Mon, 23 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0400You know that cold weather can make your cell phone sluggish, or make a fully charged one read low battery. But can cold weather damage to your phone? We subjected six phones to progressively lower temperatures until they stopped working.
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0400If your digital SLR camera doesn't have a function that removes dust automatically, over time, you may notice intrusive dots in your photographs. Here's how to clean your camera's image sensor without damaging it (or spending a lot of money).
Sat, 07 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0400Building a dedicated home theater PC used to be expensive and time-consuming. But today, the process is a lot easier-and cheaper. Here's how to build a tiny, loaded HTPC for less than the price of most off-the-shelf Blu-Ray players.
Fri, 30 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0400A reader who no longer uses his Apple keyboard is having trouble ejecting CDs and DVDs from his Mac Pro. Here are several workarounds for the eject button-less computers.
Mon, 26 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0400To take full advantage of your high speed Internet, you should hook up your networked appliances with Ethernet cables instead of slower Wi-Fi connections. PM shows you how to wire your home so that all your devices get real high-speed Internet.
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Wed, 21 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0400HD was just the beginning. New screens, networked devices, remotes and video gear change what we watch and how we see it. Here is how to chase the ultimate home theater upgrade-and avoid buyer's remorse.
Mon, 05 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0400Surround sound systems are great for movies, but they can drain power and be overkill if you're just watching the weather report. Here's how to save money on your electricity bill without losing the immersive experience that your AV equipment provides.
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0400Senior technology editor Glenn Derene shows that with a small wind turbine, generator, solar charging kit and two very powerful batteries, you won't have to abandon your gadgets (or beer fridge) after an emergency.
Tue, 15 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0400Speakers should be heard and not seen. So when PM tech expert Anthony Verducci decided that his standing home theater speaker towers took up too much space, he replaced them with five nearly invisible in-wall speakers. Here's how he did it.