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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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7answers
963 views

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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6answers
579 views

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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2answers
2k views

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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3answers
6k views

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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7answers
638 views

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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2answers
505 views

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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6answers
4k views

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 ...
23
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7answers
18k views

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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3answers
3k views

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 ...
23
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3answers
368 views

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 ...
22
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1answer
178 views

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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3answers
403 views

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 ...
21
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5answers
455 views

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 ...
21
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2answers
645 views

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 ...
20
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0answers
248 views

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 ...
19
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1answer
3k views

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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4answers
1k views

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 ...
19
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1answer
11k views

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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2answers
900 views

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 ...
18
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4answers
351 views

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. ...
18
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2answers
340 views

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 ...
18
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1answer
2k views

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 ...
18
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2answers
244 views

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 ...
18
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1answer
612 views

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 ...
18
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1answer
459 views

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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3answers
257 views

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 ...
17
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1answer
881 views

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 ...
17
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3answers
191 views

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 ...
17
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1answer
1k views

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 ...
17
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1answer
398 views

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/...
17
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1answer
174 views

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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4answers
1k views

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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4answers
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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 ...
16
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2answers
3k views

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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3answers
223 views

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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2answers
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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 ...
16
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1answer
103 views

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 ...
16
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1answer
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Recommendation for prosumer 3D Printer

I'm looking for a prosumer FDM 3D printer. I have the following requirements, in order of importance: 2+ printing nozzles <= 40 micron layer height. Capable of printing in all commonly available ...
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3answers
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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? ...
16
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1answer
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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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15answers
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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. ...
15
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1answer
207 views

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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2answers
258 views

Standing desk with ability to raise/lower?

I have been wanting a better desk for many months. Pretty much my only requirements are: Desk must move up/down Must have some sort of continuous mechanism for this (ie not just every 2 inches, etc) ...
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3answers
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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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2answers
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Engineer's headphones for PFL/AFL in a live sound environment?

We have a couple pairs of headphones we use with our GL2200 for listening to PFL/AFL during a live church service. One pair works fine, the other... does not. We want to replace the pair that doesn't ...
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2answers
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Any REAL wireless webcams, that can be carried around and stream live in house?

The short version: Can anyone recommend a webcam that I can carry around the house - totally unwired? I guess it should be wifi, battery-charged, and if there are both mic and speakers it would be ...
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1answer
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Touchscreen technologies for outdoor use

First of all - I must say that I am not a hardware expert, I am just a simple programmer, and I also not sure this is the right place for this question (but title of site suggest it might be). I ...
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4answers
193 views

USB headset with good headphone quality and comfort?

I am on a headset for work several hours each day. I also listen to music extensively at work. I currently listen to Sennheiser HD 380 headphones. My headset is pretty low quality comparatively. ...
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3answers
173 views

What's a good life-proof Android phone?

I'm quite a clumsy person and so for me phone durability is one the most important aspects for choosing a phone. Functionally the phone should be a standard high-end phone: Decent photos Responsive ...

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