Top Linux distros for computer repair | There are specialized tools that can aid you in fixing problems with a computer or help you be prepared for when something bad does happen. Many of these tools are actually highly-specialized Linux distributions.  This article takes look at five different Linux distributions designed to make your life easier when computers start giving you

Secret chips in replacement parts can completely hijack your phone’s security | Ars Technica Booby-trapped touchscreens can log passwords, install malicious apps, and more. People with cracked touch screens or similar smartphone maladies have a new headache to consider: the possibility the replacement parts installed by repair shops contain secret hardware that completely hijacks the security of the device. The research, in a paper presented this week at the 2017 Usenix

Banana connector types A banana connector is a single-wire (one conductor) electrical connector used for joining wires to equipment. The term 4 mm connector is also used, especially in Europe,because the pin’s diameter is nominally 4 millimetres (0.16 in).The pin has one or more lengthwise springs that bulge outwards slightly, giving the appearance of a banana. The original plug consists of a cylindrical metal pin about 20 millimetres (0.79 in) long.However other

GarrettCom Converter Repair I did more than two years ago tear-down of this 100 Mbit/s copper to fiber Ethernet media converter (link above). Now I decided to try to fix it. It turned out that originan PSU did not put out right 3.3V voltage, but considetably less. The digital electronics worked out nicely when fed with 3.3V

Top Linux distros for computer repair | This article takes a look at five different Linux distributions designed to make your life easier when computers start giving you a headache. Give them a try, and make sure you keep CDs or USB drives with your favorites handy for when something does go wrong. 

Tips for troubleshooting with Linux | Although it would be nice to believe that cars, home theater systems, computers, and Linux never break, the reality is that they do. Many people have no problems with Linux, but those who do want the best information and guidance possible.