Archive for December 2010
Power management (laptop cords AC adapters)
Ever turn on your computer to draft an important email, or look up directions only to get warned that your battery is about to die? That race against the clock that we’ve all performed on more occassions than we’d like to admit is a part of life we have become accustomed to, but can probably be avoided. I’m sure you or a friend has had to deal with a laptop that just wouldn’t charge unless you ‘wiggled the cord’, but did you know that this is a common problem and easily fixable? Ever make it to the coffee shop and find out you forgot your AC adapter (power cord) at home? That ones pretty easy to avoid as well. Read the rest of this entry »
If your not already, you should be running Windows 7. By now you’ve heard the myriad positive reviews, and the hype is 100% deserved on Microsoft’s part. Windows 7 is the dream that Windows Vista should have been and much, much more. It’s a full-featured operating system that runs smoothly, looks great and is easy to use.
Remember the feeling you got when you first brought home that nice new shiny computer, and how fast it booted up, or turned on? There’s a widely spread myth that most versions of Windows suffer from what is called “OS rot”. This is the phenomenon that occurs when over time, you add and remove programs, and the registry (the database of software and settings that makes up your experience) becomes full of things no longer installed or remnants of older versions. Some people used to recommend reinstalling Windows every year or two, but with a good tune up, and/or a memory upgrade, your computer will grow with you, and what you expect out of it. Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever come across a program you really wanted to use that’s only made for Windows? Whether you want to play Windows-only games without having a second computer or there’s a critical application you’re used to using that doesn’t support Mac OS, the availability of software for Mac can be the one thorn in an otherwise splendid computing experience. With Apple’s switch to Intel processors, the dividing line between Mac and “PC” is blurring into obscurity. Using Apple’s Boot Camp, you can install and run Windows side-by-side with Mac OS 10.5 or higher. Read the rest of this entry »
(Laptop Cords/AC Adapters)
Laptop computers have changed our lives over the past decade as they have given us greater and greater computing power anywhere on the planet. If you have the batteries, the will and a strong sense of tongue-in-cheek irony, you can use an air card and a laptop to blog from some remote bit of wilderness about how wild and unspoiled by technology it seems. They have allowed us to take the full spectrum of computing capabilities to anywhere we might feasibly want to compute, and they are doing it faster and cheaper every year. But with the great power these portable computers afford us comes a great need for (electrical) power. Read the rest of this entry »
Ten years ago, Apple Macs product line came stock with around 64MB of memory. Nowadays, one open tab in Safari consumes more available system memory than the systems of yesteryear. Despite everything they do for us, we all wish our computers could do more. As technology advances, things like Facetime video chat over the Internet and increasingly vivid computer game graphics and rendered animations have created a need for more system memory. Ten years ago, a computer could hop along with one sixteenth of the memory the average computer has today and still be able to load AOL’s bloated dial-up client. Read the rest of this entry »
Viruses are the scourge of the Internet – whether you’re enjoying social networking sites, responding to email, or just stumbling upon things – there’s always the chance of contracting this week’s new security threat. Knowing how to deal with potential threats and having the latest protection against them are the best way to defend yourself against malicious software.
If you’re running an Intel Mac with OS X right now, you should be running Snow Leopard. By now you’ve probably heard great things about Mac’s latest kitty, and it has enough bells and whistles to make any computer purr. Snow Leopard is the first iteration of the Mac operating system to tout a 64-bit architecture, which means it will be able to use more than 4GB of memory for applications. It finally unleashes the full potential of Intel’s Core-2 processors for the Mac platform and it’s snappy to boot. Read the rest of this entry »
Despite everything they do for us, we all wish our computers could do more. As technology advances, things like on-demand video over the Internet and increasingly vivid computer game graphics have created a need for more system memory. Ten years ago, a computer could hop along with one sixteenth of the memory the average computer has today and still be able to load AOL’s bloated dial-up client. Read the rest of this entry »
You’ve seen it happen – a once sleek and sexy, cutting-edge Mac has succumb to the woes of age and doesn’t feel as fast as it used to be. Programs load slower, it groans when you assault it with too many tabs while browsing the Internet and let’s not talk about how long it takes to boot OS X these days. Chances are good that, even if your Mac is quickly growing in age, it could see a significant speed boost from a Mac tune-up. Read the rest of this entry »