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Keyboard for programmers?

I'd like to invest in a new keyboard - I've been typing on a MacBook Pro keyboard forever and, while I love it, it's time for something new and slightly more ergonomic. Requirements: Must play nice ...
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Are there ANY USB-C 'splitters' (hubs with multiple USB-C ports) in existence?

While hubs can be found that adapt USB-C to many USB 3.0 ports, or to mDP etc., it seems there is no product out there that simply turns a single USB-C into two or more USB-C ports? Is there a ...
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What's a good non-iPhone smartphone that's reasonably priced and specced?

I'm looking at getting a new smartphone, as my old one (a Sony Xperia E) has reached the end of its life. There are a few things it has to have: not an iPhone - I have a personal hatred for the ...
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What's the cheapest reliable method of backing up my data?

In the event of a catastrophe, it's always good to have a backup of your data. I'm looking for a good hardware solution (i.e. not a cloud or other online-type backup—a physical backup that I can keep ...
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Parts for a gaming PC from 2005

I'm currently writing a story where in 2005 a guy built a time machine out of a old Ford Mustang, a Casio ClassPad 300 calculator, some scrap, and a gaming PC, but the problem I'm facing is that I ...
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Smartphones under $100 for Android Development

I am looking for a smartphone that I can use for testing and developing my Android app on. Any Android version above 2.3 is okay and any screen size is good. I currently have a Nexus 7 and want ...
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Flat keyboard with the shortest travel distance and lowest actuation force possible

I am looking for a qwerty, flat keyboard with the shortest travel distance and lowest actuation force possible. In other words, a keyboard that requires as little force as possible to type. The ...
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GPU for deep learning

I have a budget of ~10 kUSD to buy GPUs for neural network applications, mostly using Theano, Torch, TensorFlow and Caffe. Most programs I plan to run are for natural language processing. Computations ...
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Laptop for front-end development

I am enrolled in a Front End Developer course that starts in January. I need a laptop for the class. I am trying to decide between a Windows machine or a MacBook Pro. The class info says that either ...
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Recommendations for a mechanical or traditional keyboard? Which is better? [closed]

I'm wondering what the advantages of using mechanical keyboards vs. traditional keyboards (i.e. membrane keyboards) are. My primary uses will be coding, productivity, and avoiding getting RSI.
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What is a good Smartcard for home use?

I'm always looking for ways to improve my security in the internet. As I'm also a programmer and somewhat active on InfoSec and Crypto I decided that a smart card is the way to go. I'm thereby ...
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Can someone help me identify the specifications of a UPS for a 20-core high-performance computer?

Firstly, I am a software developer that has been delegated the task of finding a UPS for my team's 20-core test-suite machine. It is powered by a 1kW-rated Corsair RM1000X power unit. I live in South ...
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Good, cheap microphone for speech / voice recording?

I'm looking for a good microphone for recording speech (eg. for podcasts, although it might be used for other things too), ideally for under $30. I'm looking for something that: Has minimal hiss ...
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Wi-Fi extenders

My primary wireless router is whatever is built in to my ISP's gateway device, which is subject to somewhat frequent change. I want to extend this network signal over a larger residential lot. So I'...
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Motherboard for a new college desktop computer

I am going to be building a computer for a college student. He is going into general engineering while he figures out exactly what he wants to do. The budget for this computer is about $1500 USD (just ...
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What netbook runs GNU/Linux?

I'm looking for a small laptop with a 10.1 to 11.6 inch screen and an x86 or x86-64 CPU that runs GNU/Linux without hardware incompatibility. Are there any good ones? Or how should I go about finding ...
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High-power wireless network adapter?

I'm looking for a high-power wireless network adapter like Alfa products but more powerful. The Alfa AWUS036H is said to be the most powerful one, though its TX power is a little less than Alfa's ...
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Picking VM server hardware for development

I am an experienced programmer with very little hardware experience, and completely overwhelmed with the unlimited number of choices available. Since technology changes so rapidly, it's very ...
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What is a durable laptop targeting a 10 year lifetime?

It seems these days people (and thus laptop manufacturers) don't care about how long a laptop lasts for, since I guess they don't care how wasteful it is to buy a new one every year or two. Well, I ...
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VR headset as huge resolution monitor?

I've currently got 4 monitors on my workstation, but I still want more desktop space. Is there a head-tracking VR headset (either augmented reality or such that a keyboard can still be seen/used ...
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How can I evaluate processor performance when comparing processors? [closed]

My second to last laptop was a Core2Duo 2.4 GHz processor. I have recently purchased a new laptop, which has 2.5 GHz i7 processors (the new model Macbook Pro). It it fairly obvious that a 5-year ...
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Smartphone that ships without pre-installed proprietary software?

I want a smartphone. At this point I don’t care about hardware specifications, features, design, price etc. The only requirement is that the smartphone ships without proprietary software. But I read ...
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Which would make a greater difference? Extra CPU or RAM?

I am building a PC specifically for programming. I mainly use Android Studio and Eclipse which are both quite heavy programs. This is why I would like to get a better CPU / more RAM. Which of the ...
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Low-cost NAS with easy OS installation

I'm looking for a NAS device for the purpose of running backups of several other machines. My current setup for this is a consumer PC with extra drives plugged in, but this is non-optimal for several ...
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Graphics card that works well with Linux open source drivers

I am looking for a graphics card that works well (i.e. has good performance) with the open source drivers that are part of the Linux kernel (version 4.2). I don't need monster performance (not ...
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Computer (of any type) without screen, for bed-ridden blind person

I want to buy a computer/laptop/tablet/whatever-computing-device for a blind user who’ll operate it while lying in bed. It will primarily be used for plain text notes, emails, browsing the Web, and ...
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Deep learning machine with largest number of gpu and xeon cpu sockets

I am planning to build a very high end deep learning machine with as many Xeon or i7 CPU cores and as many Titan X GPU cards as possible on a single motherboard. So what is the maximum limit for this? ...
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E-ink monitor / display panel?

Is there a PC monitor (HDMI or DVI or VGA or USB) which has e-ink matrix? My main goal is to get e-paper as standard display for work. For work with text, it is sufficient and it poses less stress on ...
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Small developer laptop with 32GB memory

I'm looking for a new laptop (for a Java developer who runs multiple virtual machines and some heavyweight server applications too) with these musthaves: Small and lightweight, 14" or smaller, no ...
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Monitor stand that supports 3 monitors

I currently have 3 Asus VH236H monitors. They are spread across my desk and can be hard to work with. I am looking for a stand or mount to bring my monitors closer together. My monitors have the VESA ...
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Simple-to-use API-controllable LED light(s)?

I'd like to have a simple LED light that I can control from my computer (2012 MacBook Pro). I've heard of Kickstarter projects like blink(1), but I don't want to have it stuck right up against my ...
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Is there a monitor or converter I can use to watch 4 video outputs on one screen?

I have many video outputs that I would like to simultaneously overview with a control monitor, but I don't want to buy a monitor for each video output itself. So I'm looking for a similar solution ...
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Long term car surveillance

I am looking to equip my car with some cameras and a recorder. The specs might sound a little James Bond when you read it, but I would like to get it running without Q from the MI6, or needing their ...
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Tablet that comes with 100% FLOSS

I’m looking for a tablet that ships with FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) only. For the FLOSS smartphone (which I‘m also looking for), I was willing to accept the compromise that firmware/...
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Good and inexpensive mouse

I noticed that my mouse sometimes interrupts clicking and holding of the left mouse button, and sometimes sends a double click even if I didn't. Now it's probably the right time to buy a new mouse. ...
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Wi-Fi repeater recommendation

Can someone recommend a cheap (up to $15-$20) device that can receive a wireless signal from my main router and transfer it to a classic network wired switch? I have found bunch of cheap repeaters on ...
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A good monitor as the main one of a two-monitor setup

I'm searching for a good monitor for my PC. I currently own a 21,5" ASUS monitor, which is fine; I'm planning on using the one I currently own as a second monitor and get a new one as my main monitor. ...
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Passive GPS tracker/logger

Looking for a "passive" GPS tracking device. Everything I have found on the market is obsolete and overpriced, especially compared to the "active" trackers that are essentially cellular devices that ...
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Android ebook reader

I am looking for a new Android e-book reader. The primary requirements: OS: Officially supports Android v6. Weight: < 300gr, preferably < 250gr Price: < $250 Dimensions: not large (roughly ...
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USB to Ethernet adapter supporting multiple virtual LANs

Several unresolved questions have been made in various online forums looking for any options that may exist for a USB to Ethernet adapter that supports multiple VLANs. Past questions have often been ...
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Hardware capable of running SATA over Ethernet

I have a standard SATA drive which I want to access over the network. I have an available 1Gbit/s port on a switch. What is the minimum hardware which will allow me to connect this SATA drive to the ...
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What should I look for besides pixel density/count when choosing a smartphone with a good camera? [closed]

I have read in many places online that a good smartphone camera doesn't solely depend on the amount of pixels. So, what else should I look in order to choose a good camera in a smartphone? Sorry, to ...
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Cheap USB 3.0 hub

I'm looking for an external USB 3.0 hub for under $50 USD. Requirements: USB 3.0 At least 5 ports (More the better) Works on Windows 10 External Looks nice mounted in one place (I won't be moving it,...
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Advanced KVM operation?

I have a rather advanced use-case that I need a KVM-type device for, and I was wondering whether such a thing even existed. I want a 3-PC setup; 2 desktops (PC1 and PC2) and 1 laptop dock (DOCK1). I ...
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Fanless laptop, preferably AMD APU-powered

I'm looking to buy a new laptop where performance isn't of a large consideration provided the internals are of the current or last gen (as of 2015). As such, I'd like to go for fanless laptops that ...
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CPU cooling system recommendation?

I am at the end stages of choosing parts for my PC but am finding it quite difficult to choose a CPU cooler since there is so much to take in. Should I go for a standard CPU cooler (with fans), a ...
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External fan for over-heating laptop

I've got a 13" laptop that I've had for a few years now, and it's been working perfectly until a couple weeks ago. It's a Dell Inspiron laptop. However, a few weeks ago, one of the fan has burnt out, ...
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Which modern CPU for best single-threaded performance?

Which of modern (desktop PC) CPUs would provide best performance in single-threaded applications? There are some games that haven't been optimized for multi-core use, and the CPU speed is their ...
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Looking for a desktop NAS to be the primary storage for pictures and music

Background: I am looking to upgrade our home's laptop and would like the next one to have an SSD. Due to the prices of SSDs, I don't expect to store all of our pictures and movies on the internal ...
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Windows laptop with comparable specs to upgraded 15" MacBook Pro Retina?

I recently bought an 15" MacBook Pro w/ Retina (with student discount and no sales tax) for $2300. Considering I got a pair of Beats headphones too which I plan on selling, I figure my total cost was $...
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