Post Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:42 pm

5 Easy Hacks for PC & Wireless

Cool little article by Zack Stern of ComputerWorld:

5 easy hacks for your PC and Wi-Fi network

Speed up your CPU and graphics card, add advanced features to your wireless router, boost your network's range, and tweak your PC's power consumption for extra efficiency.

Hacking isn't just for geeks anymore. In this era of ubiquitous gadgetry and free information, anyone with a screwdriver can do a little unauthorized tinkering. Sure, the word hacking has negative connotations. But hacking is really about being a do-it-yourselfer. That means opening a Web browser rather than your wallet to get more functionality from the products you own.

Without spending a dime, you can boost your processor's speed, give your graphics card a performance boost, increase your Wi-Fi range, or add sophisticated features to your old router. You can even beat the rising cost of energy by underclocking your CPU to a more modest, power-saving level.

For other great hacks that will help you get more out of the tech gear you already own, check out "5 Cool Hacks for Your Entertainment Gadgets" and "6 Hacks for Your Mobile Gear."

Overclock Your System's CPU
Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 10 minutes to an afternoon

Overclock Your Graphics Board
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 60 minutes

Save Energy by Underclocking Your PC
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20 minutes

Boost Your Wi-Fi Network's Range With an Antenna Add-On
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 45 minutes

Add Advanced Features to Your Wireless Router
Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 45 minutes

Original article HERE.