Monday, May 23, 2016

In Depth: Using ESET Smart Security 9

ESET.com: The best security money can buy
With the success of the recent Sophos Home review (or in depth look, whatever have you), I've taken some recommendations on what antivirus products I should look at next. And here we are: ESET Smart Security 9, recommended by Noah from BetaChat (I hang out in their Telegram group).

ESET Smart Security currently retails at $59.99/yr, for 1 machine. There's certain deals for adding extra years, but I'm accounting for their base price. Is ESET "The best security money can buy"? In this review, I'll put it through some testing and come to a conclusion.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Name & Shame: eBay seller 'theelecsurplus'

"The Electronic Surplus"
On eBay, sellers who charge insane prices are really not that uncommon at all. However, I think that this seller in particular, "The Electronic Surplus", deserves to have their game of overcharging for GPUs spoiled a little. For a seller that has 99% feedback, I just hate to see consumers getting screwed. If you folks like more of these "consumer watchdog"-style posts, be sure to let me know.


Sunday, May 8, 2016

So, what other antivirus products should I take a look at?

With the recent success of doing an in depth look on Sophos Home, it's got me thinking: What about other antivirus products? Well, I'm making this post to day to ask fellow (quiet!) members of the Techman's World community go ahead and shoot me suggestions on what I should look at next.

I didn't do a formal antivirus test with Sophos Home in the last post, but I did conduct an informal one a few hours after the post was submitted. I'm working on doing a recorded video for antivirus test videos, but my internet connection is slow (.5 mbps up), so doing videos is a time consuming task. I'm also not really good at video editing; some nice free (and hopefully open source) video editor suggestions that run on Windows would also be greatly appreciated.

I use VirtualBox for doing VM-related tasks, so if any of you folks have some tips on doing screen recording, feel free to shoot me an email or something. It's my ultimate goal to produce content that readers want to see.

Redshift: Help fund the final piece

If you've visited the site very recently, you'll notice that I have a new widget in the right sidebar.

Due to the advice of someone on Techtronix, I've now decided to open up a GoFundMe page to raise the funds needed to get the last part for Redshift: the GPU. Below the fold, the same story that I submitted to GoFundMe is available.

If you haven't donated before, or already have and wish to donate again, please donate to the GoFundMe campaign. Thank you!


Saturday, May 7, 2016

In Depth: Using Sophos Home Antivirus

Sophos Home: Free commercial-grade security for the home.
Is Windows Defender not cutting it for you? Do you feel like Windows Defender isn't as good as the usual run-of-the-mill antivirus vendors out on the market right now? Well, you wouldn't exactly be alone. Microsoft's own security product has had drastic improvements in the past, but Microsoft still seems a little off the pace when it comes to detecting newer infections.

Recently, I've discovered Sophos Home Antivirus after a recommendation by a user on Techtronix when the lounge (network lobby) was discussing antivirus/antimalware software. I decided to take a look because I was kinda bored of the Windows Defender + Malwarebytes Pro (that was going to expire soon anyways). After using the software for a few weeks, I've finally reached the conclusion that Sophos Home is actually software worth considering, especially if you're in the market for antivirus software.



Saturday, April 2, 2016

An update on Redshift

It's been a while since I've made a post here, so I thought I'd sit down for a few minutes and talk about the status of Redshift.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB Unboxing

Along with the WiFi card (unboxing coming soon) and the 6600K unboxing, I also purchased a 250 GB 850 EVO (or 'Evo', really) for a mere $54. I was able to get a really good deal on a brand new one, as well!

To be fair, this is actually my first experience with an SSD. I wanted to get my hands on what most would consider to be the best brand for consumer-level SSDs at the moment. Thus, welcome to the 850 Evo.


Friday, March 4, 2016

Intel Core i5 6600K unboxing, and some overclocking discussion

Although I originally set the bar high in terms of getting a CPU for Redshift by aiming for a 6700K, I finally managed to secure a 6600K for the build. The good news, though, is that it wasn't sponsored! In fact, it was a combination of donations from people like you, and some of my own money.

Nevertheless, let's get right into the unboxing.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

It's the final push! Donate now, and Redshift will be done soon!

It's been a wild week. Due to some donors and close friends of mine, Redshift is almost finished. There's only one part left, and I'm reaching out to the rest of the community to see if you folks can help make the last part a reality.

Do you want to donate? It would be really appreciated!


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Name & Shame: The mod team of /r/HardwareSwap

/r/HardwareSwap Logo
Another hurdle for Redshift? Why am I not surprised...

This post is about my recent (unexpected) confrontation with the mod team of the Reddit /r/HardwareSwap community. For those that are unaware, /r/hardwareswap is labeled as a place where Reddit users can sell, trade, and/or buy used hardware from other Reddit users. Payment services such as PayPal are often used here to help secure transactions, and handle disputes when people get scammed.