Technology in Action Companion Web Site: www.pearsonhighered.com/techinaction. Here you’ll find additional resources to support and supplement chapter topics, including an Online Study Guide and Web Research Projects.
24x7 Pearson Product Support: http://247pearsoned.custhelp.com. Use this site to obtain help by phone, e-mail, or chat, or explore the knowledge base to find answers right on the site.
Chapter 6: Understanding and Assessing Hardware: Evaluating Your System
Apple Genius Bar: http://www.apple.com/retail/geniusbar/. Got a question about your Mac? You can get advice and tips from the Genius Bar located in any Apple retail store.
Alienware Computers: www.alienware.com. Manufacturer of high-performance desktop, notebook, media center, and professional systems.
BFG Technologies: http://www.bfgsystems.com Manufacturer of cutting-edge, high-performance technology products including gaming rigs.
Cool Computing: www.coolcomputing.com. An online seller of computer systems and components.
CPU Benchmark: www.cpubenchmark.net. Compares a number of chips, or complete systems, based on their benchmark performance.
Crucial: www.crucial.com. One major DRAM supplier, providing high-quality memory products in every product category.
CyberScrub: http://www.cyberscrub.com/en/. Maker of data destruction software that securely wipes all usable information from a PC’s hard disk.
Falcon Northwest: www.falcon-nw.com. Another manufacturer of customized PCs that offers customized graphics on the chassis.
GigaBiter: www.gigabiter.com. GigaBiter, an electronic destruction service, destroys e-waste that can then be recycled 100 percent.
Intel: www.intel.com. The official site for the most popular processor on the market today.
Main Gear: www.maingear.com. Manufacturer of customized computers.
Microsoft Help and Support: http://support.microsoft.com. A robust Web site with help topics and tutorials for all Microsoft programs. Downloads and updates are also available.
Newegg.com: www.newegg.com. Newegg offers about 40,000 products, and its Web site is full of useful tools, including specs, how-to’s, customer reviews, and photo galleries to help you make informed buying decisions.
PC Decrapifier: http://www.pcdecrapifier.com. A freeware software tool used to remove preinstalled or trial software from a new PC.
PC Mover: http://www.laplink.com/pcmover/: An application that moves programs files and settings from your old PC to your new PC.
PriceWatch: www.pricewatch.com. A price comparison listing for electronics, apparel, shoes, watches, and more.
Telecommunications Industry Association E-Cycling Center: www.eiae.org. Learn how to properly handle used electronics by recycling them properly.
Thermaltake: http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/. Manufacturer of thermal management products for both consumer and server-grade products.
Tiger Direct: www.tigerdirect.com. A technology distributor, providing competitive prices on computers and other components: motherboards, processors, hard drives, optical drives, cases, and more.
Tom’s Hardware: www.tomshardware.com. This site compare the average read and write data transfer rates of hard drives.
Video Help: www.videohelp.com. Lists the compatibility of various DVD players and the various DVD formats.
Additional LinksCNET Reviews: http://reviews.cnet.com/desktop-computer-buying-guide. If you need helping deciding what type of desktop to buy, this article provides some useful guidelines.