Software Licensing: The Hidden Truth

It’s a hoop we’ve all been jumping through for years: agreeing to lengthy license agreements that we never read. Few people ever read them because they’re long and difficult to understand. License agreements are generally written for lawyers, not regular people, and are meant to be “interpreted” rather than understood. It’s time we started reading […]

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Common Architectures and Formfactors

It’s easy to get confused with all of the different terms, abbreviations and nomenclatures out there. Let’s take a moment to clear things up so that the next time someone starts talking about a mini-ITX board, you’ll know what they’re talking about. First a note on sloppy terminology: When talking about a computer system it […]

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The Differences Between Similar Technologies

Frequently on computer message forums, people ask what the difference between two similar products or services is. The official answers can be difficult to find at times, buried deep in technical documents and white papers. As a result, occasionally wrong or incomplete replies are given on some forums (our forums on The Jem Report are […]

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800mhz vs. 533mhz — What’s The Difference?

With the advent of the new 800mhz frontside bus (FSB) on Intel’s latest processors, the automatic assumption is that they must be faster than their 533FSB cousins. In many cases this is true, but let’s take a closer look at why and how. First we’ll gauge processor performance; pound for pound, can the faster FSB […]

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What is MSHTA.EXE?

It seems that a lot of people are seeing an error message naming MSHTA.exe as the source of some kind of problem. Sometimes it’s picked up by a firewall program and other times an antivirus program will trigger the error. So what is MSHTA and what does it do? There’s a particularly popular topic in […]

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Review: VIA EPIA ME6000

The VIA EPIA ME6000 is an inexpensive, easy to set up integrated Mini-ITX solution. It’s got pretty much everything you need onboard — LAN, sound, USB 2.0, IEEE1394, video, and an integrated processor for MPEG decoding. The integrated CPU is fanless and tiny, which means that a machine based on this motherboard will be less […]

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