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  1. Let's Print! 3D printing and how technology has advanced.

    3D Printing is the wave of the future


    We all know that 3D printing is a new technology, was touted as the "new wave of the future", but it's not a common household object...yet. 3D printing has had an increase since COVID-19 spread throughout the world.

    In many countries, masks, visors, and other protective equipment have been on shortage for frontline workers. 3D printing has allowed those with printers to product multiple patterns and products. The same printer can produce different products using different files and materials, and simple parts can be made onsite quickly without the delay shipping time. Check out the visor top that one of our Santa Clara customers created using an Ender 3 Pro printer.

    3D printing is also being used to provide training and visual aids for healthcare workers in Singapore. The ability to replicate human anatomy in accurate models allows

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  2. Intel NUC 9 Extreme [mini GPUs inside]

    Meet the NUC 9 Extreme that can fit a mini GPU

    Intel NUC 9 Extreme [mini GPUs inside]

    A mini PC is truly a work of art. You need to balance the size of the case, components, performance, and air flow in order to create a perfect computer. We've got some of these NUC 9 Extreme mini PCs available now, but here are some details about it.


    NUC 9 Dimensions

    These NUCs are smaller than a shoebox. They're skinny, tall, and ready for gaming. Given that a letter-size piece of paper is 8.5" by 11" and the Intel NUC 9 9.4"W x 8.5"H x 3.8"D, it's more square, but it's honestly a fantastic size. Perfect for placing in a small area behind your monitor.

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  3. Cable Guide: Which Cable do I need?

    Find out which cable is which with the Central Computers handy visual cable guide

    Cable Guide: Which Cable do I need?

    Here's a handy visual guide for if you're having trouble figuring out which cable goes to which port. We'll be updating this as we go to add more ports and cables, but these are some of the most common ones.

    Cable Type Front View Top View Port

    USB-A (also known as USB2.0, USB 3.0)

    USB-A Cable Front USB-A cable side
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  4. Cable Guide: Choosing an Ethernet Cable

    Central Computers teaches you how to choose an ethernet cable that's right for your home, business, or other needs

    Choosing an Ethernet Cable

    Why do you need an ethernet cable?

    Wired internet is typically faster and more consistent than wireless internet. Data sent over an Ethernet connection can only be accessed by devices that are physically attached to that network, and thus there is no chance of data loss or hacking. These devices need to use a firewall for their security.

    Things to consider:

    1. What is the speed of your internet connection?
    2. What is the speed you need for your network?
    3. What is the maximum speed your router can use?


    • • Unshielded is more flexible, lower-quality signal, and higher vulnerability t
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  5. Will working from home be the new normal?

    Will working from home be the new normal?

    Will working from home be the new norm? 

    Companies from all over the world are starting to offer remote or work from home options to keep their employees safe during this corona virus pandemic.  

    Modern tech has enabled companies to create more flexible working opportunities for their employees. Studies have shown that those who work remotely at least once a month are 24% more likely to be productive and 86% of people feel that working remotely reduces stress (not to mention reduce pollution from commuters). 

    Not Everyone Can Work From Home 
    Some people are now working remotely which has become a necessity to get the job done. In an article written by Michael Solomon and Rishon Blumberg, co-founders and managing partners of 10x Management, say the “future of work has arrived.” Patricia Strach, interim executive director at the Rockefeller Institute recently said that “this force

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  6. PC Gaming vs Console

    Trying to choose between gaming on PC or console?

    PC Gaming vs Console 

    Looking for the ultimate gaming experience? PC gaming has continued to evolve with its ever-growing community. Here are some things you should consider when choosing a PC over a console: 

    1. Price: Upfront a PC may seem more costly than a console, when in fact, you’ll be saving more in the long run.
    2. Games: Gaming platforms such as Steam, make it easier for you to buy vast amount of games instantly. In addition, console gamers tend to spend additional money for online subscriptions just to play with friends, which could add up.
    3. Gameplay: By upgrading your PC parts, you're more likely to play at higher, smoother frame rates, than on a console. PC gaming allows for better graphics and smoother gameplay.  

    More games are enabling cross play, which m

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