Archive for December 4th, 2012

Speed Up Your Computer

We have a list of things which will increase speed of your computer.

Fragmented Hard Drive

One of the most common causes of a slow computer is a fragmented hard disk drive. Checking the disk for fragmented data won’t take too long and can help with dealing with slow performance issues. In Windows 7, open Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter.

Too Many Permanent Temporary Files

Temporary folders are supposed to make using Windows and your browser faster by providing easily accessed files that can be loaded up quickly.

When your hard disk drive becomes over 90% full you will find that performance drops. In order to fight this, one of the best things you can do is delete your Windows temporary files. While deleting your Internet history and temporary Internet files is something you can do from your browser, CCleaner is a good option for tidying up the Windows temp folders.

System Startup

Booting Windows typically takes around the same length of time on any computer. As you install software to your PC, any that is required to launch as part of the Windows startup will result in poor performance of your computer, and perhaps even freeze your computer.

To fix this you will need to reduce the number of applications that are loading at the startup.

Viruses & Spyware

Malicious software is one of the main reasons for slow or poor system performance, and can add themselves to your computer while you install software downloaded from the web. Malware doesn’t just come in the form of viruses, worms and Trojans.

You can deal with malicious software by ensuring that your computer is fully equipped with anti-virus.

Old Hardware

Old hardware can prove deadly to your computer. It’s a familiar tale – the computer bought years ago slowly upgraded component-by-component until it eventually has all brand new shining parts that simply cannot hope to perform as intended.

Windows Registry

When you uninstall software on Windows, the uninstaller doesn’t necessarily remove everything from your computer.

The Windows Registry is like a database of filepaths and instructions for the operating system and installed software, and it can become corrupted and overloaded. These issues will cause slow boots, poor performance and a very slow shut down.

You can CCleaner to fight this problem.

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Monster Kill: Game of the Day

Monster Kill is a first person shooter game developed and published by HackingTag Security. The game is very similar to Doom. The game was created by Yoyo Game Maker. The game consists of various guns and levels.

Download via C|Net: http://download.cnet.com/Monster-Kill/3000-7441_4-75745790.html

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Vita YouTube app updated, adds new features

The PlayStation Vita YouTube has been updated, and now features a number of improvements. The app now has added channel and subscription support, improved controls, the ability to create playlists and support for closed captions, continuous playback and search filters.

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SMS Turns 20 Today

Some might find it hard to believe, but the text message, or short message service (SMS), turned twenty years old today. SMS came from the mind of Finnish engineer Matti Makkonen, who pitched the idea for a messaging service as far back as 1984.

The first message was not sent from Makkonen, but rather a young English engineer named Neil Papworth to another friend from PC to a mobile device. The service that carried the message was Vodafone, where an employee received a simple sentence: “Merry Christmas.”

Within twenty years, the text message has become somewhat of a cultural icon of technology and communication in the United States and elsewhere. An unusual texting language was born, usually assisted by a large amount of criticism by teachers and others trying to push proper writing of English. It seems that we have all just chosen to live with it. However, even Makkonen himself choses to intentionally write the correct language (Finnish, in his case) according to CNet.

Along with mobile devices themselves, text messaging has undergone quite the evolution as well. At the birth of the technology, SMS texts could only be sent from one device to another that was in the same network.What’s even more limited is how phones themselves couldn’t actually send texts just yet, which is why Papworth had to send his from a PC.

Before cellular plans came into play, the data transmitted through texting, though small, would cost a fixed amount per message. Though many customers would be reluctant to send too many messages, it still brought in millions, and in some cases billions, of dollars to communications companies.

With the anniversary of SMS, many are now beginning to question where the direction of it will go. With the commonality of smartphones instead of flip-phones, a mobile Internet connection has allowed users to simply contact through email, Facebook, or most other social networks. Text messaging is still in use, but many companies have reported a declining trend throughout the years.

That isn’t to say that text messaging will go away completely in the coming years, or at all. The ability to say something quick without having to call is what has allowed SMS to be as successful as it has. Verizon and AT&T will still certainly adapt their services for continuous text messaging, and now Google could be looking into a cellular service as well. Texting will play a role in that as well pending further developments.

According to The Guardian, around fifty text messages per week are sent from the average English citizen. They go on to say that the average citizen of the Philippines sends a staggering twenty-seven messages per day.

The role in texting is transparently very influential, but our need for the service has certainly changed since our phones have become more connected. Despite the direction, we can attribute our modern communication to a simple 160 character or less message.

 Ezra Melino is a tech blogger who manages the blog DX3, a news blog that covers connections technology and society.

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