Building My First Computer

My Experience Recently, I decided that the laptop that I had been using for 3+ years was no longer getting done what I wanted it to get done. So, I made the logical decision which was to buy another computer. This time, however, I decided to build my own desktop instead of getting a laptop. I’m well aware that laptops are deemed “better” because of their portability, but I wanted to try out a desktop. Admittedly, I am not a hardware guy, I decided that building my own desktop would be a good learning experience for me. I organized all the parts that I was getting on a site called PCPartPicker.com overall this site was very easy to use, even for someone who does not consider themselves a “hardware person”. The parts did not actually all make it to my house until about a week after I ordered them. Unlike some computer sites, like iBuyPower.com PCPartPicker links you to sites that sell the parts at the lowest price. That being said, you can imagine how many different sites you’ll end up by the parts from. About a week later, all of the parts were finally at my house, now I just needed to assemble the computer. With a few difficulties and a few hours, I had the computer together. I have been using it for about a week now, and I haven’t had any problems with it. I’m really happy with the computer that I have built, and I plan to upgrade it sometime in the next year so that it can last even longer. The specs of my...

Creating Your Own Macros

  Creating Your Own Macros I like being productive. To me, it’s honestly one of the most satisfying feelings that I can describe. Although, I don’t know if you feel the same way about productivity as I do. Keyboard shortcuts (also known as macros) are one of the many ways that I can make myself more productive. It may sound a little crazy, but if a macro can save me as little as 2 seconds every time that I use it, I would gladly spend the 5 minutes that it takes to create it. A couple of weeks ago, I made a .pdf file that contained all of the macros that are available by default on Windows computers. You can see that post here. Today, I will be showing you my favorite program for creating your very own customizable macros. A word of caution however, if you do not enjoy the thought of having to program something yourself, then this may not end up being very enjoyable. The program that I use for my macros is called Auto Hotkey (AHK). AHK is a 100% free program that can create macros and it can even detect what you are typing. For example, I could create a macro that sends an email with a preset message with one keystroke. Another example, if I were to type the letters “btw” I could make a small program that expands those three letters to “by the way” without even having to press a button. Pretty cool isn’t it? How do you obtain this software? Just click here to download the program. Install it after...