Archive for the 'performance' Category

Mac Maintenance and HDD updates/upgrade

[Updated 06-26-2011] I just spent a few days doing lots of maintenance on a few Mac’s. Cleaning up, optimizing and replacing one HDD for a new larger one. So I thought I’d share what I do with my Mac’s to keep them running happy and having my data safe should there be problems to those […]

Improving productivity and fun with browser add-ons and scripts

I spend all day working online and managing information systems. I was asked again how come I don’t have the same ‘bad experiences’ others do when browsing the internet. Why I don’t get things like getting ‘drive by Trojans’, bogus Anti-virus pop-ups, and obtrusive music or videos that play no matter what. I mentioned that […]

Simple Performance Tips

I am asked a few times a week at minimum “how can I speed up my system?” by friends, family and colleagues alike. Here are some very simple performance tips I perform on nearly all Windows systems I work with. Before starting any system modifications please make sure you have a recent backup. Follow my […]

Speed Up Windows 7 with ReadyBoost and Removable Drives

When your PC and especially a netbook goes low on memory (RAM), it is bound to slow down. It does try to get that extra memory from the hard disk, but that hardly enhances the overall performance. Most netbooks ship with 1Gb of Ram, and many older netbooks shipped with even less.  Even if you […]

Microsoft FixIt Center – diagnostics tools for most versions of Windows

I haven’t used this yet so I can’t give my personal recommendation only pass on the information I received and the reveiws that I have read. But this does look like it should be a great help to users who are not that technically savy or who don’t have ready access to a techno geek. […]

Increase the performance of your Windows 7 netbook (or other Win7 PC)

I had a post about this previously but the HowToGeek just put up a simpler one.If you are someone who has a Windows 7 Netbook or other Windows 7 system with limited RAM this is a great way to add some real performance to your system. Again Netbooks will see the most dramatic increase in […]

More on Freeware that I use

I keep getting asked about what applications I would ‘install on a new system’ or what apps to I use for this or that and how can I find them. So I put together a list of  most of them I use again. I already have posted on my affection for Firefox used with add-ons […]

Windows 7 ‘God Mode’

This is a really cool hack.It seems to work in all versions of Windows 7. “GodMode” feature lets users access all of the operating system’s control panels from within a single folder. By creating a new folder in Windows 7 and renaming it with a certain text string at the end, users are able to […]

Another Great Remote Support Tool

I have been using premium and free versions of LogMeIn for years and have been very happy with their products and services. I looks like they are adding another great tool calle LogMeIn Express.[sorry for now only WinXP and above – no Mac yet] LogMeIn Express is a screensharing tool from the makers of the […]

Anti Virus/Anti Spyware Suite Shootout Results

Here are the results of a very well done study on the effectiveness of current anti-virus/anti-spyware suites.Review of the review here.The top of the current list is Nortons latest suite.They did not test Microsoft’s new/updated foray into this arena – their Freeware solution;Microsof Security Essentials.As I have mentioned previously I have been a fan of Norton […]