I recently finished building my first PC. It was an experience, to say the least. Not a lot went right and I got it working by the skin of my teeth. Come to think of it, I’m still not sure that the thing came out of the process entirely undamaged. We’ll see. Anyway, let me save you the trouble and tell you how to put together the parts of a PC in a way that doesn’t mess up your heat dispersion. These are tips that everyone needs to know but a lot of the guides I found seemed to skim over.
Computers are never perfect. We’ve all been stuck with that annoyingly slow work computer, the one loaded down with way too many unwieldy enterprise programs and not enough memory. You might be able to build the sleekest rig in existence but your company probably won’t let you use it for work. I’ve been working with a Windows PC for my day job that could definitely be faster. 2 GB of RAM and an older processor means there is only so much I can run at a time before it starts locking up. Here are some quick tips I found to manage system resources.
Computers revolutionized our world with their micro-second response times and multifaceted uses. With time we have progressed to a point where even the extra second that it takes for us to locate an application in the computer to open it has started irking us. This is where the keyboard shortcuts to applications come into the picture. It might only take a few seconds to find your Word App in the Start menu and open it, but with a keyboard shortcut you could manage that in a fraction of the time. These shortcuts are especially useful for those applications which are embedded deep into the folder system of your Windows machine. It is a good idea to assign keyboard shortcuts for those apps that you open regularly.
Despite the arrival of several rival office productivity suites, and standalone presentation software, there is no denying the appeal and popularity of MS PowerPoint. Microsoft’s ever popular presentation software, which is sold as part of its Office suite- is used by billions of users worldwide to make presentations. These can be for school, colleges or even corporate boardrooms. Microsoft has enhanced each version of PowerPoint with killer features and visual elements like templates and themes. However, the inbuilt themes and stock templates may seem inadequate for some users. If you’re among those users looking beyond the routine then we have a list of resources which will add visual flair to your slideshows without pinching your pocket.
Today an Android or iOS smartphone can perform many mainstream computing tasks on the move that would have been impossible even 5 years back! However, you still may feel something is lacking when it comes to syncing data across devices and sharing them in real time. At times, you may need to sync and share data real-time between two devices, like the contents of a web page. Thankfully, it is actually possible to share the clipboard between your Windows or Mac and your Android or iOS smartphone. You just need the right type of apps for this.
iMessage is both one of the most useful products I've used and proof that Apple does not understand how to provide online services. On one hand, I love that I can send texts through iMessage and SMS from my Mac and iPhone and that they sync between the platforms. On the other, I hate that my messages are only available on a Mac, and a Mac that I've signed in on. iMessage is awesome, as long as you only use a Mac. If, like me, you find yourself on a Windows machine at work, it means no more quick access to a full keyboard for texting. Unless, of course, you're willing to make some creative changes to your iPhone. You can actually use iMessage on Windows, Linux, Android or any platform with a web browser thanks to some cool tweaks. You can even add all your notifications on top of that. Here's how.
Present computers and devices offer a number of states for keeping the system on hold for short or extended periods. Unlike devices released a decade ago, today’s devices have built-in functions to automatically store and retrieve data in a matter of seconds to allow the users quick access to applications they were working on. The two major states that allow devices to easily store temporary data are the Sleep and Hibernate modes. Each of these modes functions a bit differently to allow added functionality. Let’s dive deeper into the two modes to better understand how they work and the best way to use them in different situations.
One of the biggest issues when using a built-in fingerprint reader in Windows is the drivers involved. A simple driver update, even when necessary, can break the way the fingerprint reader works with your computer. This has to do with incompatibility between the drivers Windows thinks you need, and the drivers your PC manufacturer thinks you need. Let’s look at some simple troubleshooting steps to get your fingerprint reader to work again if drivers cause it to malfunction in Windows 8/8.1/10.
When it was announced Satya Nadella would take over when Steve Ballmer stepped down as CEO of Microsoft, those in the company’s corner and those who would like to see it burn down applauded. Almost six months later and those following Microsoft’s developments are still wondering: Is this a different company than when it was under Ballmer’s control? Truth be told, it’s hard to tell. Sure, Microsoft is moving in the right direction, but at a slower pace than most thought. Let’s look at Nadella’s latest remarks and whether or not Microsoft is moving forward instead of just standing still.
While many Windows users turn elsewhere when it comes to software to clean up the machine, Microsoft has included a variety of tools to help you do just that. While you may want to rely on third party software, the Windows cleanup tool is an effective way to rid your system of Windows files, temporary files and more that eat up storage. Learn how to use the Windows Cleanup tool in Windows 8 or 8.1.
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