Inateck 2-bay Hard Drive Docking Station FD2002

In this age of digital data proliferation, digital storage is almost always in short supply. To accommodate this thirst for digital storage space, many of us resort to buying multiple external hard disk drives (HDDs) each with its own USB or similar connection hardware and each with its own power adapter. In addition, as we upgrade our computers over the years, many of us are left with a trail of old laptop and desktop computers that are too slow to deal with today's fast moving digital pace but still have usable hard drives inside if only they were more accessible.

To address these problems, electronics manufacturers have come up with the hard drive docking station that effectively turns all your spare hard drives and solid state drives (SSDs) into hot-swappable storage units not unlike the old magnetic cassette tapes of yesteryear. 

Hard drive docking stations come in several flavours from those that handle a single HDD or SSD to other more professional HDD docks that can handle an array of drives. Since here at we are focused on consumer computing hardware, we favour the 2-bay or dual hard drive docking station for its balance between technical flexibility and yet still reasonable price. To find the best dual HDD docking station, one needs to first know what technical specifications to look for before then choosing a reputable manufacturer.

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If you run a website on an Apache server, then you have undoubtedly come across the .htaccess file. You probably already know that, with it, you can change the way your website behaves, such as redirecting users to the www version of your website or denying access for certain IP addresses. For most people, if they need to modify the .htaccess file, they will look up the code snippet required and add it to their own .htaccess file. However, most of us will not fully comprehend the actual code contained within that snippet, potentially leading to errors and other problems. Wouldn't it be nice to understand what each line of code actually does? This article will give you the power to interpret and use common .htaccess code correctly and with confidence.

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One Google-recommended method for getting your website to load faster is to display its images in webp format. Images converted to this less well-known format almost always have a smaller file size compared to their more popular jpg or png equivalents. This reduces website loading times and provides the website users with a better overall experience.

There are a number of different ways to implement this webp format, the most popular of which is to use a plugin (eg. EWWW Image Optimizer or Jetpack) or an external service. However, an alternative method is for website content creators to generate their own webp images themselves on their computer before uploading them. 

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Anyone managing multiple local WordPress websites using MAMP can attest to the amount of time and effort it takes to keep them all up to date using the WordPress admin interface. WordPress plugins, themes and the WordPress core itself are all continuously being developed resulting in an endless stream of updates that need to be applied to each website. This update regimen can be a time-consuming process as each website needs to be logged into individually before applying each type of update separately! Wouldn't it be nice if there was a more automated way to apply all those plugin, theme and core updates in one go? Well, there is and it is called WP-CLI, the command line interface for WordPress. In fact, WP-CLI can not only take care of these updates, but it can also perform a whole range of other website management tasks as well with little interaction required from the user.

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The Samsung SSD 980

When building a gaming or high-end desktop (HEDT) PC, a crucial component one cannot do without is permanent storage, usually in the form of a hard drive or solid-state drive (SSD). Today, the SSD is fast supplanting the hard drive as the main form of storage media in both laptops and desktops, as SSD storage capacity has increased while prices have come down.

Deciding on the best SSD for your particular PC build is not as difficult a task as choosing some of the other components that make up an HEDT computer. However, there are still some SSD specifications to be aware of before picking an SSD to fit your needs.

In this overview of SSDs, we focus our attention primarily on the latest type of solid-state drive, the M.2 NVMe SSD. We identify the important characteristics to look at when buying this advanced SSD technology, while at the same time, comparing some of the popular SSD choices available on the market today.

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Website content creators often put together new content on a staged copy of their website hosted on a local computer. However, once the new post or page is ready to be published, they often face the challenge of how best to efficiently transfer that content to the live website. One solution to this problem, discussed in a previous article, comes in the form of the Local Sync application from ManageWP. However, Local Sync remains in experimental form and suffers from some serious application-breaking errors.

Another, more developed solution comes in the form of the WordPress plugin WP Migrate DB Pro from Delicious Brains. When set up appropriately, WP Migrate DB Pro can be made to work for publishing the majority of post and page data to a live WordPress website.

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The WordPress migration plugin WP Migrate DB

As alluded to in a previous article about the Local Sync application from ManageWP, website content creators often first put together their content within a staging environment. And only once they are happy with it is the finished post or page pushed to the live website.

One popular type of staging environment consists of a copy of the website hosted on a local computer in the form of a MAMP, XAMPP, or other local web server instance. This local copy is then typically used to refine the new post or page, keeping the unfinished content isolated from the wider internet until it is ready for publication.

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A computer case

One of the last components most people think about when building a computer is the case in which it will reside. That's because one needs to have a general idea of what PC components are going to be used to actually build the PC in order to get a case that fits. However, building a computer cannot really get going without the case so its importance cannot be overstated.

Although the case is the least technical component of any PC build, which may make it appear to be the easiest part to choose, it is more than just a box into which all the other components are placed. There are several things to consider when choosing a PC case, and with the plethora of PC cases out there, this can make the PC case buying decision a difficult one. One of the ways to decide which case is right for you is to establish the criteria, in order of importance, that the new case should conform to.

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Computer PSU

Choosing a power supply for a gaming PC or high-end desktop (HEDT) computer may seem straightforward enough, but modern power supplies today have multiple specifications that need to be carefully checked to ensure compatibility with the computer system under construction. In this article, we examine the important characteristics of a power supply unit (PSU) and demonstrate how to go about choosing the best power supply for your personal computer (PC) building project.

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Everybody finds Youtube video ads annoying especially if they happen at a crucial moment in the video you are actually trying to watch. If you don’t want to pay for the premium ad-free Youtube subscription, you could try one of several browser extensions that are available which attempt to block Youtube Ads altogether. Unfortunately, all of these extensions only tend to work to varying degrees for varying lengths of time and it is a safe bet to say that none are or remain 100% effective. One of the major reasons for this is that Youtube itself is likely actively trying to prevent such extensions from working properly. After all, Youtube makes its money from showing you ads or from selling you a subscription to go ad-free. As a result, an extension that might be working today may not work tomorrow as an endless game of cat and mouse plays out between Youtube and the ad-blocking browser extension developers.

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