7 Awesome Android 7" Tablets For Less Than $70

By Tom Ledford | The Practical Computer

There Has Never Been a Better Time to Buy a 7" Tablet 

Phone and tablet SoC (system on a chip) processor technology advances at light speed nowadays, but technical advancement has also meant cheaper production. That, is why you can by a 7" tablet with quad core processing for less than $40 today.

What's up with this flood of new inexpensive tablets all of a sudden? A number of reasons really, but the biggest is the quad core processor and the GPU (graphics processing unit) or MP (multiple processor). Inexpensive quad core processors are capable of speeds up to 2 Ghz. 

Streaming Netflix Movies in Chrome with the Windows 10 Technical Preview

By Tom Ledford | The Practical Computer

Streaming Netflix with Chrome on Windows 10 Tech Preview

Although the Windows 10 Technical Preview installation went without problem, my first evening of living with the new OS didn't go as well. Netflix wouldn't stream movies on IE, Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Each gave me a different message, or offer to install Silverlight. 

360° Of Versatility – HP Pavilion x360

By Tom Ledford | The Practical Computer

HP Pavilion x360

The HP Pavilion x360 is a "convertible" notebook computer with a touch screen, that can change from a laptop to a tablet. Just the thing, if you can't decide between the two. Or, if you can't decide which to get your wife for Christmas.

My Upgrade to Windows 10

By Tom Ledford | The Practical Computer

Offering blessings to the upgrade Gods.

Microsoft is taking the unprecedented step of providing the next version of Windows, Windows 10, to users of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 free! 

The upgrade will be distributed as a Windows Update. That's right. You won't have to do anything to get it.

The firmest date heard of for a general release of Windows 10, is "sometime this year." This year being 2015. 

How to Take your Vinyl Tunes with You!

By Tom Ledford | The Practical Computer

1961 Dodge Polara

We've been toting our tunes around since there have been recorded tunes. Vinyl, 8 track, cassette tape, CD and mp3 digital files. Now, I hear that vinyl is making a comeback. For me, it never really left.

Too bad we can't get an option like the '61 Dodge's record player, on new cars today. Thankfully, you don't need to be James Bond, Matt Helm or Betty Draper to take your vinyl tunes with you. All you have to do is make mp3 copies.