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Don’t Forget a Surge Suppressor

Jun 18, 2010

We are now in the summer months.  Although the summer means sunshine, pleasant temperatures, and longer days, it can also bring other dangers:  Thunderstorms.  We already discussed the danger that a storm can present to a computer system if it is left near an open window, but this post will focus on another concern that comes with storms:  Electrical surges.

An electrical surge occurs when lightning strikes a power converter or other such device along electrical lines.  When this happens, an unregulated amount of energy travels down the lines and can enter into your home.  This surge of electricity can actually get into your computer or router and burn out the equipment.

At TriangleCables.com, we have products that can help prevent damage to your system due to a power surge.  We offer a number of different surge protectors that can help absorb the excess energy that is present during one of these events.  So make sure to check out our surge protectors so that you can keep your computer equipment safe.

Help Your Computer Beat the Heat!

May 28, 2010

Summer is upon us, and we’re all thinking of ways to keep ourselves cool as the mercury rises.  While we’re turning on our air conditioners and jumping in our pools, we need to remember that our computers are feeling the heat, too!  After all, our computers are made up of dozens of components that work together to ensure that the system runs properly.  Oftentimes, these components are placed in the system in such a way that there is hardly any space between them.  When we leave our computers running for hours at a time, the components have a constant stream of electricity that runs through them.  And that can get hot!

Too much heat can cause your system to shut down, so you need to do something to keep those components cool.  That’s why TriangleCables.com has a huge selection of computer cooling items.  The goal here is to keep your computer running at its best.  You don’t want to wait until your computer breaks down before you do something about it.  Some people tend to stay away from cooling fans because they figure, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  The problem with that thinking, of course, is that you’re really putting your computer’s health on the line if you don’t take care of it.  Installing a computer cooling system can substantially reduce maintenance costs in the long run by ensuring that everything runs smoothly.

Keep Your Computer Together

Apr 6, 2010

We all know that every so often we have to unhook our computer from its nice little nest.  We hate to doe this because if we aren’t computer savvy, there is always the fear we won’t be able to get the computer working again.

But there are various reasons why we do need to occasionally disassemble our computer.  Perhaps you are adding a video card, more memory space, additional USB ports, or some other type of hardware.  Or maybe you have accidentally downloaded a virus and you need to take your computer to a shop that can restore it to it’s normal condition.  Whatever the reason, you need to make sure that you keep all of your plugs, cables, screws, and other assembly pieces together.

But we are all busy individuals and we might accidentally misplace a piece that is needed to put everything back in its place.  Or perhaps the kids were playing and moved the items around on you.  Maybe the dog’s tail knocked a simple little part into the air conditioning vent.

If this happens, don’t worry.  TriangleCables.com has got you covered.  With our selection of PC Hardware accessories, you’ll be sure to find all of those little nuts and bolts that you need to get your  system up and running again.  So check out everything we have to offer, because you’ll never know when you’re going to find that last little piece that you need.

Experiencing Interference?

Mar 26, 2010

Do you have a wireless network in your home or office? Do you sometimes find that it runs slowly, or not at all?

The problem could be interference.

Most wireless networks operate at a 2.4ghz frequency. Although this is a sufficient frequency for your wireless internet needs, it is also the same frequency that most cell phones, Blue Tooth devices, and other wireless devices utilize. If you are in an area where there could be a lot of wireless traffic, you could find that your connection will be slowed.

To combat this, developers have started to use a 5ghz frequency, that would be used exclusively for wireless internet connections. There would be no interference from other wireless devices. However, because the 5ghz frequency is so new and specific, it is difficult to find, and most internet providers are still cautious to upgrade.

Therefore, it is always important to remember that when using a normal wired connection to the internet, that you do not have to worry about other types of interference. The connection is secured through the cable and is sure to give you a fast and clean internet experience. You can find everything you need, in terms of internet and computer cables, at TriangleCables.com.

The Push2TV Will Change The Way You Use Your Laptop

Jan 19, 2010

Hooking up your laptop to an external monitor or screen is always a pain. You have to fumble with cords. You have to fight with connections. You have to get stressed over cables…until now.

At the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, Netgear, in collaboration with Intel, unveiled the Push2TV (model PTV1000), the first Wi-Fi Direct-enabled device that links your laptop screen to a TV.

Unlike the normal fussing you do to get your laptop hooked to a TV or external monitor, the Push2TV uses Wi-Fi Direct to allow for multiple devices to connect peer-to-peer at the throughput and range of Wi-Fi, only without the access point. This new Wi-Fi technology is applied in the Push2TV to limit user involvement, as well as user frustration. Once hooked up, the Push2TV receives a signal from the laptop’s display and then uses an HDMI or composite video connection to play back that signal on TV. Simple, easy, and fast. What’s not to love?

According to official reports from CES, Netgear’s Push2TV adapter, combined with an Intel Wi-Di laptop, makes for a powerful combo for browsing and viewing things in a whole new way on a PC. According to Netgear, consumers will be able to display the vast majority, if not all, of the content from their computers on their TVs, from Internet surfing to high-definition content playback.

Ready to Play 360 on your Mac?

Dec 10, 2009

Apogee, a California-based electronics company, has just announced that they are in the process of producing a unique, new device that will act as an HDMI adapter for Macs. Trust us – we’ve all been waiting for it.

According to the official release, this Kanex-branded HDMI to Mini DisplayPort unit should allow any HDMI-enabled device to work with items like the new 27-inch iMac, game consoles like the PS3 and Xbox 360, and other electronics like Blu-ray players. No official pricing or release date have been announced.

So what does this all mean? Well, it means that you can finally (maybe) play your Xbox 360 on your Mac while taking advantage of all of the awesome Apple features and built-in displays in a completely new way. We’ll keep you posted on more info on this as it becomes available.

Stock Up on HP Inkjet Cartridges Before School Starts!

Jul 31, 2009

Back to school season is coming up fast and you’ve gotta be sure that you’re prepared. At TriangleCables.com, we want to be sure that you have all of the inkjet cartridges and supplies you need before the school year starts, just so you won’t ever have to get stuck with an empty printer right when you need it most. Whether you’re printing out a term paper or looking print out a study guide for your next class, TriangleCables.com has the HP inkjet cartridges to help you do it. After all, you don’t want to get caught without ink at the last minute. Don’t have an HP printer? TriangleCables.com also carries inkjet cartridges from brands like Lexmark and Canon, so you can be sure to find the perfect fit for your your printer. Be sure that you are stocked up for the entire school year by stopping by TriangleCables.com today.

Computer Maintenance Everyone Can Do

Jul 17, 2009

You don’t need to be a technology expert or a computer genius in order to be able to maintain and update your computer. By taking the time to give your computer a bit of tender, loving care, you’re actually working to extend its lifespan and improve its efficiency – two benefits that can make surfing the web, writing reports, and playing your favorite game even better. Here are a few ways that you can keep your computer running at its best for years to come.

First off, your computer probably needs a good cleaning. By using a can of compressed air or a vacuum cleaner, you can clear out the dust and dirt that tends to cause your computer to overheat, perform poorly, or even fail. If you have a laptop, you can skip this step, but if you have a desktop, it’s time to crack into the tower or system case. Once you have your tower or system case opened up, gently blow away any dust, being careful to avoid wires or plugs.

Next, take the time to update your computer with all of the necessary software or security updates. By keeping on top of the latest updates for your programs, you can actually improve the overall performance of your machine as well as its safety. Afterwards, go through your files and see if there’s anything you can get rid of. Chances are that there are tons of pictures and miscellaneous documents to purge. Another thing you can consider is to back up your files or use an external hard drive to store documents that you don’t use often but are necessary to keep. Then you can remove them from your machine, thus improving performance.

Finally, give your desktop a cleaning. Tons of icons or downloads can slow down your boot up times as well as your overall performance.

5 Ways to Protect Your Computer

Jul 10, 2009

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If you’re like most people, you probably know someone that has been affected by a computer virus. Worms, Trojans, viruses, bugs, and spyware are more than just nuisances. They’re also a dangerous compromise of your computer, your information, and your connectivity. If you want to protect your computer from coming in contact with these unpleasant hijacks, be sure to follow these five tips:

  1. Invest in Protection

    The first step in keeping your computer – and information – safe is to invest in some solid anti-virus software. If you can, choose one that comes with a firewall, download protection, identity theft protection, and spyware prevention.

  2. Scan, Scan, & Scan

    Avoid bigger problems by scanning your system, files, and downloads frequently. Oftentimes a virus caught early can prevent further damage.

  3. Regular Updates

    Update your anti-virus software regularly to be sure that it’s detecting the most recent threats to your safety.

  4. Avoid the Unknown

    Never open emails or download files from “untrustworthy” or unknown sites. Accidental downloads are probably the most common cause of contracting a computer virus. If it looks like spam, slows your computer, or seems suspicious, it’s best to just delete it and move on.

  5. Back Up

    Back up your computer often. Should you catch a virus, having a backup can save you the time, hassle, and frustration of losing all of your files.

Keeping Your Computer Cool

Jun 25, 2009

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Temperatures are rising and summertime is here. As you enjoy the air conditioned cool of your home, remember that your electronics are going to need a bit of extra air in order to fend off the season’s heat. At TriangleCables.com, we want to help you keep your computer cool – especially if you want to avoid costly repairs from fried parts. From tower cooling devices to CPU or processor cooling units , we have everything you need to get your computer to chill and keep working at its best.

To see if your computer needs a little extra help cooling, give your tower a quick look. If you smell burning, your fans are going at full blast, or if your unit just feels hot, it may be time to invest in some computer exhaust Kits, a new fan, and maybe even a new processor cooling unit . After you’ve installed your parts, practice smart computing habits that can save energy and keep your computer from overheating. Don’t leave it on constantly and give it time to chill out by shutting it down and leaving it off while you’re on vacation or at work. Also, try to keep the room where your computer is located well ventilated and cool as best as you can.

These simple tips are all you need to keep your computer from becoming fried this summer.

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