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This Is Ridiculous: PC Makers Find New Ways to Destroy User Experience

I’ve never been a fan of PC manufacturers pre-loading software onto computers that they sell, but it’s always been a way of life in an effort to cut costs and make the money up elsewhere. Not only does that crappy software take up space on your hard drive, most of the time, people never ever use any of it. It’s a waste of resources.

Well, today, I’m going to share with you a brand new way PC makers are wasting resources on computers. The offender? Lenovo. Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 13 comes with a 128GB SSD, which sounds like a decent sized SSD, however, as Walt Mossberg revealed in his review, the computer only has 60GB of space to work with. How is that possible?

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AMD Is Bleeding Cash And Is Firing Employees To Cut Costs

AMD, a company who once battled fiercely with Intel to develop the latest computer processors, is reportedly in the process of firing employees to significantly reduce expenses as the chipmaker faces some serious challenges both financially and technologically. The company’s cash has declined to $1.5 billion in the third quarter, after losing $279 million in the previous period. A continuing trend would mean cash levels would drop to $600 million by this time next year, and with $2.04 billion of debt — it’s not looking good for AMD.

AMD’s best days were in the early 2000’s, when they were constantly battling Intel for the best computer processor. Prior to the release of Intel’s Core 2 Duo line of processors, the top spot appeared to be up for grabs with many people recommending AMD’s line of CPU’s over Intel’s. However, that all changed with the release of the Core 2 Duo and from there it’s been essentially all Intel. But it wasn’t just the Core 2 Duo that has hurt AMD, it’s been the shift in technology — from desktops to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets that has hurt the company the most.

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EZ Dupe Makes It Easy to Duplicate Storage Devices

Want to create multiple bit-by-bit copies of several USB storage devices at once? Well, now you can with ease. EZ Dupe is a company that makes storage duplicating hardware — they have a wide range of products that can duplicate USB storage devices, Blu-Ray disks, CD/DVD’s, and even hard drives. We received a USB duplicator that has the ability to duplicate up to seven (7) USB storage devices and it’s pretty cool.

The EZ Dupe USB duplicator is very easy to setup, simply plug in the power cable and turn on the device. From there, you connect the master USB storage device (the one which has the data you want to copy to others) and up to seven others and begin the process of creating a bit-by-bit copy of the master USB device. Once you start the duplication process, the lights on EZ Dupe’s hardware will flash green as the data is copied bit-by-bit, if the light turns red it means there was some kind of error. When it’s done, the unit will let you know the process completed successfully.

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