2022-07-12 - Brian Dipert

Dissecting a deceased Insteon power line modem

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Time and time again, irreparable system damage has been the fundamental motivation for a teardown, and a (dramatically) defunct Insteon power line modem has this engineer doing post-mortem analysis once again.

2021-09-01 - Brian Dipert

Building a PC: And then there were three

A looming birthday, coupled with pessimism that component prices would drop to reasonable levels any time soon, leads to the planning for yet another PC build.

2021-07-30 - Clientron

Retail transformation at the point of sale

Here's how Clientron was able to address Wanda Pet Group's need for a robust and future-proof point-of-sale (POS) system.

2021-06-24 - Brian Dipert

Computer-themed cases of obsolescence by design

These cases of obsolescence by design are all computer-themed; what real-life examples have you experienced lately?

2021-05-06 - Brian Dipert

Choosing the chipset and motherboard for a PC build

After choosing the CPUs for upcoming PC builds, this engineer turns his attention to their motherboards, and to the core logic contained on them.

2021-05-04 - Imen Baili

Learn the basics of instruction set architecture

Instruction set architecture is the link between a computer's software and hardware.

2021-04-26 - Brian Dipert

Building a PC with spare parts

This engineer is putting his collection of spare parts to use building systems based on Intel and AMD CPUs.

2021-03-19 - Brian Dipert

How will Microsoft’s Arm-based projects compare to Apple’s?

A look at the Surface Pro X provides an opportunity to compare Apple and Microsoft's Windows Arm-based projects.

2021-03-02 - Brian Dipert

Upgrading a CPU for a ground-up PC assembly

This engineer has decided to return to the world of ground-up PC assembly, starting with a CPU upgrade experiment.

2021-02-08 - Robert Yankowitz

Debugging spontaneous MS-DOS reboots: If the shoe fits

When workstations running MS-DOS begin spontaneously rebooting in a newsroom, the user's choice of footwear becomes an important clue to solving the issue.