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    • Why Stagnation of CPU Performance is Not a Big Deal

      Why Stagnation of CPU Performance is Not a Big Deal

      There are various reports talking about the difficulties of scaling current CPU technologies upwards to meet the expected major improvements in speed. In a nutshell, the ongoing trends of adding more cores, and integrating various non-CPU system functions with the CPU are only going to get us so far, but they will fairly soon reach

    • Space Colonization and Free Market Essential to Sustainable Growth

      Space Colonization and Free Market Essential to Sustainable Growth

      Here’s a yet another seemingly far fetched piece by yours truly, talking about such things as choosing between the potential destruction of all humanity and evolving endlessly into a god like race. Intrigued? I’m obviously not the only one to think in such dramatic and marginal terms. In addition to the hordes of nerds entertaining

    • Why Everyone Should Use a VPN

      Why Everyone Should Use a VPN

      VPN, or a Virtual Private Network, connects computers and other devices using an encrypted connection. This means that all data travelling through such a network is unreadable to anyone who might intercept the data stream, making it as private as it would be if all of the connected devices resided within the walls of a

    • 15 Sites That Show You The World in Real Time

      15 Sites That Show You The World in Real Time

      What if you could see the whole world as it is right this moment? It would certainly put things in perspective. Once you see the world through the lenses of these web sites you’ll realize just how vibrant and alive it is every single nanosecond. The statistics of it are amazing, and seeing them actually

    • 7 Fun Yet Productive Ways to Kill Boredom on The Internet

      7 Fun Yet Productive Ways to Kill Boredom on The Internet

      Photo by Richard Eriksson It’s actually pretty strange how can anyone in this day and age be bored when there is an overwhelming number of ways to get entertained, and just as many ways to discover new things, and explore various interests. That some people still occasionally, or even often, profess to be “bored” probably

    • 10 Ways a “Dumb” Phone is Better Than a Smartphone

      10 Ways a “Dumb” Phone is Better Than a Smartphone

      When we shop for a mobile phone these days most of us will probably look for a smartphone with a big shiny touch screen, and a bazillion apps ready to go from the app store. Carriers and mobile shops as well as the tech media are certainly helping this trend. Everybody talks about smartphones and

    • How to Prepare for an IT Certification Exam

      How to Prepare for an IT Certification Exam

      As a preface to this article, I should admit that I am a certification junkie. I hold CCNP and CCDP certifications from Cisco, the MCSE certification from Microsoft, the CISSP from ISC2, and additional certifications from HP, Oracle (Sun), Checkpoint, TripWire, the ICSA, and several other IT organizations and vendors. These certifications have been very

    • Free IT Certification Practice Tests

      Free IT Certification Practice Tests

      I am pleased to announce a new feature here at The Tech-FAQ: practice exams for IT certifications. We have released our first practice exam, 70-410 Installing and Configuring Microsoft Windows Server 2012. This practice exam will help our site visitors achieve the MCSA, MCSE, and MCSM certifications from Microsoft. Each time you take the practice

    • Why Built-In Optical Drives and HDDs No Longer Make Sense

      Why Built-In Optical Drives and HDDs No Longer Make Sense

      Optical Drives As far as optical media such as DVDs and CDs go we seem to have entered at least the beginnings of a phase out stage that previously befallen the floppy disk. I would actually argue that this was in effect for a while now, but it was a silent trend. Nobody really seemed

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