Building a Raspberry Pi Desktop Computer

Raspberry Pi Desktop

Building a Raspberry Pi desktop computer is an inexpensive project and it is a great way to learn Linux. It may also be all the desktop you need! If you are new to Linux, don’t worry. It is easy to install and configure Raspbian, Raspberry’s version of Linux. Raspbian has a Windows-like desktop that makes it easy to use too. 

The Raspberry Pi is a favorite among hobbyists. They make amazing things with it, from a miniature game console to a Reddit powered plant waterer. But can it be used as a desktop computer? To find out, I built a Raspberry Pi desktop computer and installed software that performs the most common tasks of a desktop PC, and then some. Here is how I did it, step by step. 

Read More

Local SEO or PPC – Which is Better?

By Tom Ledford | The Practical Computer

Local SEO or PPC?

Both. You cannot afford to ignore SEO (search engine optimization) if you have a local business. Yes, your efforts for keyword ranking will be weak against national, or even global competition, but there a several, well-documented methods to compensate for that. One of the most important methods is PPC or pay-per-click advertising.

You may have heard the phrase, “organic versus paid search.” Organic search results are those that occur because of how Google ranks your page. SEO certainly influences that rank. Paid search is paying to place ads on the same page as organic search results. The ads are ranked by how much you pay. Paid search is sometimes called search engine marketing or SEM.

Read More

Acer Switch 7 – Move Over Microsoft Surface Pro

  • Acer Switch 7


By Tom Ledford | The Practical Computer 

Acer Switch 7 is more than just a challenger

The Acer Switch 7 Black Edition is not only a challenger to the Microsoft Surface Pro and MacBook Pro, it may well be the winner when the dust settles. The Switch 7 is the world’s first fanless 2 in 1 equipped with discrete graphics. Acer’s innovative Dual LiquidLoop™ fanless cooling technology keeps the powerful 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 graphics chilled and ready for intensive tasks, creative production and content streaming.

Read More