Chris Pirillo: What is the Oldest Computer You Own?

What is the Oldest Computer You Own?

While it’s easy to envy people who have all the money to get fancy new gadgets, devices, doohickeys, and suchlike on the day they’re launched, there are a few advantages to living behind the hardware curve that you may not have considered. After all, when your horse and buggy breaks down, who are you going to trust to fix it: the local BMW mechanic, or the Amish guy 20 miles outside of town?

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Chris Pirillo: Best Place to Edit Your Photos Online

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For several years, Seattle-based Picnik has been one of the most popular services offering users the ability to crop, resize, and rotate photos, as well as edit the exposure, correct colors, add effects (such as black and white), and add text to them. However, ever since Picnik was bought by Google in 2010, its future has seemed doomed, much like other Google acquisitions shortly after being acquired. If you don’t need an expensive photo-editing app, yet are willing to pay a small fee (or put up with ads) to edit your photos online elsewhere, here are a four great alternatives to Picnik that we found for you.

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Chris Pirillo: 5 Things You Should Not Buy Used

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To counterpoint five things that you should buy used, there are plenty of things that you’d be equally wise in investing just a little more money for being pristine and unused. A hard drive, for example, is cheap enough when it’s fresh from the manufacturer (and will be covered by a warranty) that saving a couple of bucks from some shyster on eBay who may have dropped the thing a couple of times just isn’t worth the price of your sanity. If you want to ensure that your purchases outlast the time it takes for money and goods to exchange hands, you should check this out.

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Chris Pirillo: Why Should You Use a Virtual Machine?

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What are the benefits of virtualization? This is a question asked over on Lockergnome Q&A recently, and I thought the answers may just benefit several of you out there. Now, we know that many of you already use virtual machines. Why not leave a GOOD comment on the video, explaining to those who don’t why it is they might want to look into doing so? See how that works? We all help each other! Remember – YOU were a n00b at one time, too!

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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: Do You Use Dropbox?

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It’s been a while since I last talked to you about Dropbox. It’s a service which gives you 2GB of free storage space in the cloud. You can then purchase up to 100GB of space if you wish to. The best part of Dropbox is being able to share your space with as many others as you choose. Invite people to download or add files, and even help organize them into separate folders. Don’t worry – if you accidentally delete something, Dropbox even lets you undo your oopsie from the interface.

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Chris Pirillo: When Will 4GB of RAM Be Not Be Enough?

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By Chris Pirillo

The Lockergnome community was recently asked when we feel that 4GB of RAM just won’t be “enough” for our machines. As of now, there are very few people who need more than this, even though we all like to think we do. If you think back to when Windows XP was released, the minimum requirement to install was 64MB of RAM. Compare that to Vista or Windows 7 – or any other software on the market today. Most of it will require you to have at least 1 or 2GB of memory. So – when will we see the day where 4GB isn’t enough anymore?

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Chris Pirillo: SSD vs Traditional Hard Drives

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By Chris Pirillo

Over on our popular questions and answers site Lockergnome.net, bcgocubs asked how a computer will benefit when using an SSD. Also, they would like to know what everyone’s general opinions are regarding solid state drives vs traditional hard drives. A traditional hard drive has moving parts, but is quite inexpensive compared to an SSD. The solid-state drive is just that: suspended in a solid state with no moving parts. It may be more expensive to buy one of these, but many people are starting to believe that they are much better for your computer. What are your thoughts?

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Chris Pirillo: What is Bloatware?

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By Chris Pirillo

A caller the other night asked simply: “What is Bloatware?” That’s actually an easy one to answer! Bloatware is when you have a piece of software that should be a certain size. However, due to several unnecessary things being added in, the size of the software increases dramatically. Heck, sometimes companies add so much crap in that the original software ends up being buggy and laggy.

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Chris Pirillo: How to Clean Text

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By Chris Pirillo

The community has asked me to do more videos about software. The biggest challenge is to find titles that most people may not have heard of. I also try to find things that are affordable and cross-platform. The other day, I stumbled across this software which is free – and cross-platform. What does it do? Perhaps the title of this video will help you figure that out! CleanHaven will clean up your text.

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