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Android Security: Permission Friendly Apps Review

The big security benefit of the Android operating system is that it forces apps to run inside a sandbox with limited access to system resources. Apps are essentially isolated from the rest of the system unless the user explicitly grants access permissions upon app installation. This restriction gives a high degree of transparency regarding the […]


Build Your Own PC

Introduction This tutorial is intended to assist you in building a basic PC. There are obviously a plethora of possible PC configurations and hardware that you could put into your new PC if you choose. But, what we are trying to do here is help you put together a basic PC. For this reason, we […]


Review: Is Google Fiber Worth the Hype?

Last week, Google announced that they will be bringing Google Fiber to four additional communities in the United States. Residents in Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham are next on Google’s list of expansion cities, and as a result, these residents might be curious just what Google Fiber is, how it works, and whether they should […]


Building a PC after 10 Years: Is It Still Worth It?

I remember building my first computer like it was yesterday: The year was 1999 – Intel’s fastest CPU was the Pentium III (with only a single core!) and AMD had just realized the Athlon (the first real contender to Intel’s Pentium line of CPU’s in many years). My family then was on its second PC […]

A Quick Site Status Update

Hi Everyone, I wanted to go ahead and take a minute and wish everyone a very Happy New Year and break the silence that has been present on the PC Mechanic homepage since October of last year. Just to update everyone briefly on the status of the site:  David Risley and I are currently in […]

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Being Acquired By A Long-Time Member Of The Community

16 years ago, I began as a hobby. It was simply a young guy’s little side project and an experiment into doing something worthwhile on the Internet. That it would lead to what I do for a living today just never dawned on me. However, it did. 16 years later, I am making my […]

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Understanding The Resource Monitor In Windows 7

Today, we’re going to talk about the Windows Resource Monitor. What is it? How do you use it? Most importantly…what’s it actually good for? We’ll start with that last question. The Resource Monitor is a built-in Windows utility that provides you with real-time feeds related to all the critical systems on your PC and how […]


So Is Bitcoin Actually Safe To Invest In?

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin seem to be all the rage these days. It’s not all that difficult to see why, really. The Internet is a global entity, without roots to any one nation. The problem, of course, is that even though the Internet is global, online commerce isn’t. Not really. There’s exchange rates to consider. […]