The Zero-cost Home Server

These days there’s almost an unwritten rule in most homes: you need at least one computer system for each person and one central system that everyone congregates around whether it’s for streaming music swapping files or accessing the house printer. I call it the ‘one each and one for the pot’ rule. But frankly I…

Windows Memory: How to make the most of your RAM

Back in the eons of our past (*motions at brushing cobwebs away*) memory was really quite expensive. It would cost hundreds of dollars for a measly 16MB and while that may have been a lot at the time it has nothing on the scale we have today where computers can be purchased with 6GB of…

The best Gaming PC you can build today – updated

APC’s Live Builds Gaming editor Chris (Igniserator) Lampard is a gamer who decided at 15 to start building his own PCs to get the best gaming performance possible on his budget. He might work in IT now but says he’s still a gamer at heart with a passion for knowledge about PCs. Below is his…

The Most Extreme PC you can build today – updated

Adrian (ss-rotel) Rundle is APC’s Live Builds editor for general and perfomance PCs. In his other job he does everything from building computers to setting up Windows Server and Linux -based network ecosystems.  Most of all Adrian loves to build PCs and push them beyond their recommended “safe” factory limits. Here he builds an extreme…

Optus IT Challenge winners – innovation in Aussie apps

Screenshots from the 13CABS app which lets you book locate and track taxis and estimate the fares.  The rise of smartphone and tablet apps as game changers for small businesses was in evidence at the Optus Business Innovation Awards in Melbourne last Friday. Mobile apps were behind two of the three winners in the Small…

File transfer speeds revolution: ultra-fast USB 3.0 external drives

Nowhere has the introduction of USB 3.0 or super-speed USB had more of a profound impact than in the external hard drive market. In one fell swoop this single technology has made obsolete any drive that doesn’t include this magical little port. Promising to increase drive performance tenfold do these new drives live up to…

The NBN: where to from here?

The following post is by Sean Kaye a senior Australian IT executive. It first appeared on his personal blog Sean on IT and is re-published here with his permission. Kaye also blogs at Startups Down Under. opinion A couple of great quotes can be used to sum up the recent Australian Federal Election. The first…

Samuel Reynolds – Affordable Gaming PC

Samuel Reynolds wanted to build something that was cheap and played anything you ciould throw at it. He is a computing enthusiast who is slowly getting back into PC gaming.CORE SYSTEMCPU:  Intel Core I5-750 – $250The new Core i5 750 is the cheapest 1156 CPU on the market which is great for budget builds.It also…