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I'm the Managing Editor at HotHardware.Com and a freelance writer for a handful of tech-centric publications.

SSDs vs. hard drives vs. hybrids: Which storage tech is right for you?

Choosing the best storage drive for your PC has never been so complicated. We break down the differences between SSDs, good old hard drives, and genre-busting hybrid drives to help you make an informed decision.

How to speed up your PC games without buying new hardware

Upgrading video cards and CPUs isn't the only way to squeeze out higher frame rates. Dig in to see how you can optimize your system by tweaking some of those cryptic in-game and graphics-related settings.

Lock and encode your flash drives with BitLocker to Go encryption in Windows 8

How Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise users should encrypt their external drives—for free.

How to rename and resize images in bulk for easy organization

Tools and tricks to quickly rename and compress images in bulk for easier sorting and organization.


How to optimize Windows 8 on old hardware

We show you how to tweak Windows 8 for optimal performance on your aging desktop or laptop PC.

Build a speedy Windows 8 PC for under $500

With the Windows 8 launch just around the corner, you may need a hardware upgrade to prepare for the new OS. We show you how to build a fast, Windows 8-ready system you can be proud of that won’t break the bank.

Microsoft SkyDrive: Your ultimate starter's guide

Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage service is now available for almost every major desktop and mobile platform. Here's how to master its generous suite of features.

How to Use Your Android Tablet as a Secondary Display

Put your tablet to work as a secondary PC display, to get more things done.


How to Enhance Your Router With Open-Source Firmware

The stock firmware included on many broadband routers takes advantage of only a fraction of the hardware's capabilities. We explain how to use use powerful open-source firmware to unleash the beast in your router.

How to set up multiple monitors In Windows 8

Many multimonitor enhancements are coming with Windows 8. We show you what they are and how to take advantage of them with Intel, Nvidia, and AMD graphics processors.

How to Make Your Own Network Cables

We show you how to clean up the rat's nest of cables behind your PC by making custom-length network cables and wiring your own network jacks.

PC Building Best Practices: Software

In the second part of our PC building best practices series, we outline a number of issues that can arise when you're configuring and installing software on a newly built PC.


How to Benchmark Your PC for Free

To thoroughly evaluate a PC's performance, you need to use multiple tools and utilities specifically designed to tax each major component. We show you which tools to use, describe how to get results that are reliable and repeatable, and explain what all those numbers mean.

PC Building Best Practices: Hardware

Building a PC can be a frustrating endeavor. In the first installment of a two-part series on PC building best practices, we outline hardware-related pitfalls to watch out for when you're assembling your dream system.

How to Benchmark Your Android Device

Evaluating the performance of Android-based devices is serious business. We show you how to conduct testing in a way that produces consistent, repeatable results.