Talon was instilled with a passion for cars, engineering, and technology practically from birth. An old home videotape shows him at 2 years old, calling all his Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys by make and model. He's applied this knowledge and enthusiasm to pieces for The Drive, Popular Mechanics, Car and Driver magazine, and now to How Stuff Works.

Recent Contributions

Bad weather equals bad driving conditions — and bad drivers. To avoid becoming one of the wrecks on the road, take a look at six common driving errors to steer clear of (pun intended).

By Rachel Oswald & Talon Homer

Is a random number you don't know blowing up your phone? Try reverse phone lookup and maybe you can solve the mystery of who it belongs to.

By Diane Dannenfeldt & Talon Homer

Before you sell or give away an old computer, you need to wipe the files from the hard drive. But deleting data takes more than just dragging and dropping it to the trash bin.

By Talon Homer

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With new cars in short supply, more people are turning to used cars. But buying a used car can mean buying someone else's problem. Here's how to get a great deal on a used car.

By Talon Homer

If you have trouble sleeping you might have been told to get a white noise machine. But white isn't the only color of noise out there.

By Talon Homer

Overclocking a processor allows it to run at higher than factory speeds, but it also can lead to reliability issues if you don't do it safely. So how do you do it, and does it void your computer's warranty?

By Talon Homer

Need to trace a circuit in your home without knocking holes in the wall? Consumers have a few handy tools available that can detect electrical current and match two ends of a wire without headaches.

By Rosalind Jackson & Talon Homer

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Memory card storage is a handy way to transfer images and video from a phone or camera to your main computer. Here's how to use it.

By Talon Homer

You want to set up Wi-Fi on your laptop, but you're not sure how to do it. We break down the steps required to set up a wireless router and connect to a Wi-Fi network on Windows PCs and laptops.

By Talon Homer

Most PCs use simple electrical fans to keep them cool. But upgrading to a liquid-cooling system can keep high-end gaming PCs running faster for longer.

By Tracy V. Wilson & Talon Homer

Celeron and Pentium chips have a lot in common, but there are some features that separate them. Which one is right for you?

By Talon Homer

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Your computer probably uses both static RAM and dynamic RAM at the same time, but for different reasons. See what both types of RAM do in your computer.

By Talon Homer

Circuit breakers protect your home's electrical grid and appliances by cutting off excessive flows of electricity. Learn about a few different kinds of breakers, and what to expect when using them.

By Tom Harris & Talon Homer

If one of your home's circuit breakers keeps tripping under normal use, it may be a sign of a faulty part. In this article, we'll tell you how to diagnose and replace an old breaker and keep your home running smoothly.

By Talon Homer

Want to learn how to reset a circuit breaker? It's easy to get your devices back up and running after a circuit breaker trips.

By Talon Homer

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Microphones have been around in some form for more than 150 years. Modern mics incorporate fiber optics, microchips, and even lasers to suit a variety of audio needs.

By Mark Boyer & Talon Homer

Sales of stick shifts are down around the world and even some sports car manufacturers have stopped making them. Still, many zealous auto enthusiasts are doing all they can to keep the old three-pedal motion alive.

By Talon Homer

Wireless networks, or WiFi hot spots, are one of the most popular methods of internet connection on Earth. They're found in homes, coffee shops, airports and even vehicles. Let's look at the technology that makes WiFi such a reliable choice.

By Marshall Brain & Talon Homer

Unlocking cellphones is not the problem it used to be. Here's how it changed.

By Ed Grabianowski & Talon Homer

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For high-end gaming and video editing, an upgradeable graphics card is a must. Cutting edge video processors allow users to render complex visual effects, blisteringly fast frame rates, and multiscreen displays, with resolutions up to 4K and beyond.

By Jeff Tyson, Tracy V. Wilson & Talon Homer

Up to a point, adding RAM (random access memory) will make your computer feel faster on certain types of operations. However, upgrading the CPU may make it several times faster across the board.

By Talon Homer

If your car is built like a supersonic plane, you can sure reach blazing fast speeds. But what about a car you can actually buy?

By Talon Homer