Category Archives: Misc Links

Which X220 USB port is the USB 3.0 one? [SOLVED]

Q.Which X220 USB port is the USB 3.0 compatible? A. It is the ‘blue’* one, the rearmost USB port located on the left side of the laptop near the fan exhaust vent. You can see a photo of the port here: The other two ‘black’ ports are regular USB 2.0 ports. *Please note only the i7 X220’s have a USB 3.0 port, the i3 and i5 models do not 🙁 If you have an X220 i3 or i5 model and

Combine SSD or HDD boot and data partitions on Windows 8

*NOTE: I highly recommend backing up your data and creating restore media before trying ANY of these methods, just in case something goes awry! Today Antony asked the following question: Now that the ssd is successfully installed, my drive is divided into two, in My Computer ihave the Local disk that has the OS inside of it, and i have another drive that has the rest of my free space from the SSD, is there a way to combine the

Extract high-res satellite imagery from Google maps

Here are some articles about, and frameworks for, the Google static maps API: Google Static Maps V2 | Fat-Free Framework for PHPhttp://fatfreeframework.com/google-static-mapsThe Google Static Maps class provides a simple way to embed a Google Maps image on your web page without requiring JavaScript or any dynamic page loading. Generating Static Images of Google Maps – PHP articles, tutorials and screencasts – PHP 5, MySQL, PostgreSQL, AJAX, Web 2.0http://www.phpriot.com/articles/static-google-mapsOne useful feature of Google Maps is the ability to generate a static

How to download YouTube videos to your computer or phone [SOLVED]

I received the following question from my friend Alicia: Do you know of a way that I can take videos from youtube and put them on a flash drive or disc so I can watch them at home? I’m wanting some zumba videos to use at home but my phone internet isn’t strong enough to run them.. -Alicia So I sent her are a couple websites where you can paste the youtube video’s URL (website address) into the form and then

HMT325S6BFR8C compatible with Intel NUC? [YES]

I have two Intel NUC’s that were equipped with 16GB of RAM (2x8GB DDR SODIMMs). The little PCs were originally intended for server use where the relatively vast amount of memory would have been useful. The RAM kits were also purchased when prices were rather absurdly low (around $60-$80). Unfortunately, since then RAM prices have  doubled. 🙁 These two machines never actually made it into server usage. They ended up being used around the house for a simple HTPC setup

Dual monitors on HP Pro 3500 desktop PC? [SOLVED]

Today I received the following PC question: Yo JD, Can you suggest a video card for us to order? We hired an individual at our office, and we purchased two monitors for his computer, but I don’t think the video card it came with will push two monitors. The computer is a “HP Pro” – stock off the shelf – purchased at a Office Depot type store. The existing video card is a Intel(R) HD Graphics Card. Can you suggest

The Best FLAT Extensions Cords

It seems one can never have enough extension cords and the following extension cords are particularly useful. They are flat they so you can put something close to an outlet and still utilize the receptacle, this is of course great to go behind furniture or wall-mounted flat panels. I use a number of them in my house and here are my favorites: Coleman Cable 03518 Flat Plug Extension Cord, 16/3 Grounded with 3-Outlet Trinector Tap, 12-Foot http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BQT7B6?ie=UTF8&tag=pixensity-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000BQT7B6The Coleman Cable SlenderPlug

NEW thinkfun.com version of Robot Turtles [20% off promo coupon code]

A rather exciting email from the creator of Robot Turtles (the fun board game that teaches kids how to program). I pre-ordered a version and you can even use promo/coupon code TEACHERS at thinkfun.com for 20% off! Here is the email in its entirety: {START} First a brief summary (or, as the kids say, TL;DR): A new, enhanced version of Robot Turtles is available for preorder.   Next, a long rambling version of same.   Five short months ago we closed