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Welcome to PC Weenie.com. This site is primarily a hobby/toy/repository for me (Craig Prall). Primarily, this site concerns two of my favorite topics: PC gaming and computer building. There's also a large section on how to create and maintain a home network. When I find an interesting piece of hardware or software, I'll put a review on here. More recently, I've started (occasionally) blogging about computer-related news and issues that put a blip on my personal radar.

As of December 27, 2015, this site is being hosted on a new home on one of the virtual servers at Linode. If you are not familiar with Linode, their "Linode Cloud" servers are similar to Amazon Web Services, but on a smaller scale with fixed pricing. It took me months to choose a hosting service, so if you are hunting for one yourself, give them a serious look.

Since this is a site done more or less by a single person, don't expect a lot of flashy graphics. I use pictures and draw graphics whenever that can be used to explain a point, but I'm not a big fan of unnecessary pictures used just to grab attention. Personally, I think that's a Good Thing™. I'm not paid to put anything on this site - good or bad, so what you find here is really just my personal opinion and observation.

What's Here?

Home Networking After spending some of my free time on web boards answering questions about networking, I realized there's a need to consolidate practical knowledge about how to set up and troubleshoot small home or business networks. This section is for those who either just bought a home network or were curious how to go about setting one up. It's hard to be thorough (a.k.a., long-winded) on those message boards. There's almost never a way to draw a picture, which often helps a lot. I also found the same questions getting asked again and again. I decided that I really ought to try to pull all of that information together in one place. So I did. It started out as a small guide, but I kept thinking of more topics I wanted to cover and more problems I wanted to try to head off at the pass. It grew, and when it got to 130 pages, I decided that this was going to be an ongoing project, but I had enough to start.

Reviews There's nothing that I hate more than buying some product based that's received glowing reviews only to come to the realization that the reviewers would have hated it if they had used it more than the hour needed to write the review. The reviews in this section are things that I have used for a while in my everyday goings on and have either come to like or hate. Some of these will be short and some will be longer. These tend to be computer related, but you never know.

Computer Building There are a number of good sites that talk about building your first PC, so I won't replicate that. Instead, I'll share tips, techniques and products that I've found helpful. I'm generally only interested in high-performance gaming PCs, so that will be the gist of this section. I'll also publish my answer to the question, "I have $___ to build a new PC. What should I buy?" The interesting thing is how different the answer is based on what the dollar range is.

Other Stuff Anything that doesn't fit into the other sections, but I want to share. A lot of this may only be interesting to family and friends (and even then, only if they are being kind). There are a few areas I am knowledgeable in, and I enjoy discussing and writing about them when I get the chance. Finding the time has always been the problem.

That's the high-level summary of what's here. Click any one of the menus at the top to get started.

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When I switched from my own home-grown content management (i.e., HTML with some JavaScript cuteness) to Drupal, I had the opportunity to have users sign up for accounts. I thought that would be really good as I could then let registered users add comments. I set it up to require administrator approval and email confirmation after approval. After about 100 applications, all of which were from bots (as far as I can tell), I decided to shut off that feature. If you applied for an account (and are not a bot) or would like one, please send an email to webmaster-removethepartafterthedashincludingthedash@pcweenie.com and convince me you are human (or at least close). Include the words "New user" in the subject. Tell me what account name you would like, your real name and include a realistic email address (to which a link to set your password will be sent). As a hint, if you enter your real name as Vasterviksgatan 27, your desired account name as ayualvaro60636348446 and your email address as ruthskrzypekkz3415@yahoo.com, dont expect to get an account. (That was my first applicant.)