Chris Pirillo: Build Your Own PC vs A Pre-Built PC?

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When I opened up the virtual floor for your questions (as announced on http://www.facebook.com/chrispirillo and http://twitter.com/ChrisPirillo if you’re not already following me there): one of you asked this question. What’s the value in building your own computer versus getting one off-the-shelf, pre-built?

My PCs seem to be happier if I let someone else assemble and mitigate issues before I have to face them. Sometimes, I just need to save time in life – not waste it.

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Chris Pirillo Video: How to Convert Video

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I was rummaging through old boxes the other day, and came across several MiniDV tapes. These are pretty important tapes. For instance, I have Wil Wheaton’s keynote from Gnomedex 4 back in Lake Tahoe. Another is Steve Wozniak from the same conference! If I had the proper equipment, I could hook it up to my computer, transfer the videos and convert them myself. That’s very time intensive, though. I need to find someone whom I know and can trust with these tapes to convert them for me. I remembered that Pixorial sent me a review code, so I decided to check that out.

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Chris Pirillo Video: How Much Memory Windows Need?

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I guess I need more memory, since I keep forgetting my own name! Sadly, I can’t just buy and install some in my brain. The question that Lynn sent in to PCPitStop is concerned about the amount of memory her computer has. She purchased a computer with 128MB of memory, which is running Vista. The store clerks keep telling her she needs more RAM, but she is wondering if they are just trying to get her to spend more money.

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Chris Pirillo Video: Can a Vista PC Run XP Instead?

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They say that when God closes a door, he makes you use Windows. Of course, it depends on what kind of God you have as to what version he makes you use. My God would make you use Windows 7. Your God may not be so nice, and make you use Windows Vista. We have to deal with Windows, even if we don’t use it on a regular basis. Michael from the PCPitStop community wrote in asking about using Windows XP on his Vista machine. Let’s take a look at this, shall we?

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Video – How Do You Find Duplicate Files (or Compare Them)?

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How many files do you have on your computer? You probably have too many, and you probably have a lot of duplicate files. Finding those duplicate files can be a challenge without the right software. What if you need to compare files? Again, this can be a challenge. Thankfully, Chris Pirillo has a couple of pieces of software to tell you about.

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July 2006 Newsletter

Commentary: Google Boomers
Article: Keyboard shortcuts save time
Windows Tweak: Reduce IE loadtimes
Optimize: Announcing Optimize 1.5
Research: Open Office gaining marketshare
Survey: Weigh in on our digital music survey
Windows Alert: XP drains portable batteries
Windows Tweak: Make your LCD screen crystal clear

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May 2006 Newsletter

Commentary: Fed up with Outlook!
Research: Thunderbird gaining ground on Outlook and OE
Windows Tip: Save time by using keyboard shortcuts
Research: Participate in our eMail and Keyboard Shortcuts survey
Windows Tweak: Speed up your PC – Disable XP Visual effects
eMail Advisory: Outlook Crashes without warning

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