Category Archives: System

7 Free (or Cheap) Ways to Improve PC Performance

Sometimes I think that a computer is an always hungry monster – no matter how much you feed it, it is still hungry. Even if you spend a fortune on a powerful computer, you still will want more performance from it. On the other hand, there are many tricks that can help you improve your computer’s performance without spending tons of money. Here are some suggestions how you can improve your computer’s performance for free or for cheap: Continue reading

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Protect Your Network with GFI LANguard

Securing a network isn’t fun but if you fail to do it, the outcome could be disastrous. For small and midsized enterprises, the challenges can be really significant because you have a relatively large number of machines to monitor and you don’t have the lavish budget of large companies. Still, there are many affordable tools you can use to protect your network and GFI LANguard is one of your best choices. Continue reading

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Booting Your Computer

Introduction

Have you ever asked yourself how many steps does your computer perform from the moment you press the power switch to turn it on till the moment your favorite desktop wallpaper shines it its full glory in front of you? Well, there are many steps that the computer performs in order you to be able to enjoy your powerful hardware and your slick software but when a step or two fails to execute and you can’t access the contents of your computer, you become more and more interested to know what exactly happens when you boot your computer and what could have potentially gone wrong that turns your ultra high-tech computer into a useless piece of metal (and some plastic, to be more precise). Continue reading

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Guide to Processes

What are Processes?

Process is one of the core terms in operating systems. The simplest but very precise explanation is that a process is a program in execution, a running instance of a program. In the theory of operating system there are several states of a process, like running, blocked, terminated etc. but this is too much detail for somebody who is just eager to be able to monitor what is going on on his or her computer. (For those, who are interested in more detail, Operating Systems: Design and Implementation and Modern Operating Systems by Andrew Tanenbaum are an excellent source of indepth information about processes and operating systems as a whole.) Continue reading

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Dealing With Blue Screens of Death (BSOD)

If blue is your favorite color, maybe there is a guaranteed way to start hating it – by seeing it five times a day, accompanies by really charming messages that gently inform you that any unsaved information might be loss or that there was a hardware failure and so on. You guess what I am talking about? Blue Screens of Death, of course. The effects of Blue Screens can vary from causing slight irritation for the user, to real disaster for the data on the computer, to rushing to the computer shop for buying new hardware, etc. I was joking about the negative feelings towards the blue color because of frequent Blue Screens but if you really want (or have reasons – for instance if you are color blind), you can open the system.ini file and change the Screen of Death to be in a different color. More information about what to do after you open the system.ini can be found here. Continue reading

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