WorldStart Tech Tips 2013-10-14
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Randy from Tennessee writes:
I have Windows Vista and I’m comfortable with it. Is there any gain to upgrading to Win 7 or 8 other than just having a new operating system to learn?
Although many people hated Windows Vista, I’m like you. I thought it worked fine. We’re in the minority, though. Only 4% of computers are using the Vista operating system.
If you’re happy with Windows Vista and it works well with the programs you use, you don’t have to switch. Microsoft will offer extended support of Vista through April of 2017, while support of Windows 7 will continue until January of 2020.
From personal use, I find Windows 7 to be much faster than Vista. I will also say that switching from Vista to 7 really isn’t learning a whole new operating system. They are pretty similar. As for Windows 8, it’s really a pretty nice operating system.
But when it comes down to it, a personal computer is, well, personal. Use what works well for you, but don’t be afraid of change.
It’s time for me once again to issue my warning that Microsoft will end security support for XP in April 2014, so even if you love XP, it’s time to upgrade.
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Everyone needs a flash drive.
Okay, well not Crazy Bob - he doesn't have a computer. But if you have a computer, you NEED a flash drive or two!
There's NO easier or faster way to store, transfer, or share data than popping it on a flash drive and plugging it into another computer!
This flash drive will hold SO MANY FILES!
A lot of people who end up buyin' MASSIVE flash drives quickly find out they bit off more than they could chew!
Once you get one of these, you'll be SHOCKED at how hard it is to fill them up.
Can you think of a THOUSAND photos?
How about a couple HUNDRED MP3s off the top of your head?
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You'll have enough room for ALL your important stuff!
Sometimes you DO need the big flash drives, but it's always smart to keep important documents or files on their own drive.
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Windows 8 Search - Don't Overlook This Powerful Feature
A lot of people love to hate Windows 8. They miss the old-school Start Button, but the powerful and convenient search feature in Windows 8 does everything that the Start Menu did and a little bit more. Let’s check it out.
To activate the Search Charm, just swipe your finger or stylus from right to left on the right side of the screen or point to the upper-right of the screen with your mouse pointer and move the pointer down. You’ll get a ribbon with Search, Share and Start. Select Search by either tapping or clicking on the magnifying glass icon.
You’ll see the Search Charm, which allows you to find things on your computer, in the Windows Store and on the Internet from one location.
Let’s say we type the word “Word” into the search box. You’ll see that there are 2 results in Apps, 17 results in Settings and 2616 results in Files.
Let’s take a look at what each of those mean. Apps replaces what would be called Programs in previous versions of Windows. So, if you want to open any program or application in Windows 8, type it in the search box and select Apps.
When I search “Word” in Apps, over to the right of the screen, the results will be displayed. Here, I see Word 2013 and WordPad. If I click or tap on either of these icons, I will open the program.
Now if I click or tap on Settings, I will see a different set of results.
In results under Settings, I’ll see options to change passwords, autocorrect words, enlarge the size of text. All settings that have to do with “words.”
If we select Files, we’ll see another set of results.
These results include documents and pictures.
You can also search for things on the Internet. If you choose Store, you can look for Apps in the Windows App Store.
Here I have results for Apps that contain the “Word” in the name.
If I choose the Internet Explorer Icon, I’ll get search results for “Word” from Bing. Weather will show places with “Word” in the name and People Will show show Contacts with “Word” in their names.
You can even search within Apps. Here, I’ve selected the Cocktail Flow app.
I’ve typed in “martini.”
Here are my results.
If those results aren’t what I’m looking for, I can simply tap Internet Explorer and get search results for Martinis instantly.
All in all, an exceptionally handy way to find things all in one place. It’s really much quicker than the old Start Menu. So, if you have Windows 8, make sure to take full advantage.
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Make Facebook Hashtags Work For You
Leave it to comedian Jimmy Fallon to kick up an old social media habit and make it cool again. If you’re a Facebook user, get used to the idea of “hashtagging,” or as savvy social media gurus know it, as “#.”
As can be seen on Youtube, comedian/show host Fallon recently did a skit on his show, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” with singer-actor Justin Timberlake. Timberlake played on the excessive use of hashtags, a social media metadata tag popularized by Twitter as a way to extend a conversation or brand idea. Fallon’s skit is just one example of how hashtags are becoming popular again — so much so that other social media giants, such as Facebook, are seeing its value and potential.
The Rise of the Hashtag
The hashtag has become so popular and universal — #ReTrending — it even has its own website (Hashtags.org), where one can see what’s trending up and what’s trending down. The site also gives you pointers on how to use it.
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Removing Previous Windows Installations
Michelle from SC writes:
I had to have my computer reformatted last month. Now when I do a disk cleanup it shows “previous windows installation(s)” (34.6 GB) as one of the option boxes for the disk cleanup. Is it safe to tick this box or should I leave it alone?
When you format your system and upgrade from an old version of Windows to a more recent version (e.g Windows XP to Windows 7), Windows stores the previous system files in the “Windows.old” folder. When you perform a custom installation of Windows 7 on a drive but do not format that system partition, the old system folder is automatically renamed from “Windows” to “Windows.old”. The result is nothing but two folders (Windows and Windows.old), as shown in the following example screenshot:
The answer to your question is Yes, you can safely get rid of the Windows.old folder, provided you are completely sure that you won’t need the older settings, program files or your documents. It is a good idea to open the “Documents and settings” folder under “Windows.old” and recheck your My documents, My pictures and other important system folders. If you are sure that you have already backed up everything from your old operating system to the new one, there is no reason why you should keep the “Windows.old” folder and waste precious disk space.
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Build Your Own Computer Part 9: The Cooling
Buying a new computer can be an expensive ordeal. When you go to a big box retailer or manufacturer, you often pay for components you don’t need or get overcharged for the ones you do. The best solution is to build your own computer. What most people don’t realize is it’s actually surprisingly easy to do. To help you design your next computer, or just to become familiar with what to look for, WorldStart is doing a 10-part series on the components you’ll need to build your own computer.
In each part, I’ll offer recommendations on the components discussed. I’ll recommend parts to accommodate those both looking for value and those looking for high performance. Since manufacturers are always updating styles and features, your final decision should be based on your own judgment, aided by the knowledge you gain from these articles. You know what you want from your PC, I’m here to help you design it.
Part Nine: Cooling
The cooling solutions you choose for your PC components can mean the difference between years of reliable service and an early computer grave. Heat is the enemy of long-term reliability for computer components, so it’s important to understand which cooling products will work best for your computer.
CPU Coolers: Most processors will include a stock, or factory supplied, heatsink and fan. This fan and heatsink combination is designed to give you the minimum required cooling. While it will perform sufficiently, there are aftermarket coolers which perform better. When looking for an aftermarket cooler, it’s important to match the cooler to the socket version of the processor and make sure it will fit in your computer case. Some heatsinks are quite large.
Case Fans: While most cases will come with a few fans, there are often spots for extras. It’s important to balance the noise level with the amount of fans required to effectively exhaust heat. A good idea is to have at least two intake fans and two outtake fans. Placing a fan near or around critical components like hard drives, graphics cards and power supplies can help exhaust air from those hot spots.
Fan Controllers: Perhaps one of the best investments is a case fan controller. This component is a control panel that lets you adjust the speed of your case fans. This allows you to precisely control the balance of noise versus cooling. This is an especially good investment if you have more then three case fans and want to have fine control over them.
I want to take a moment to say that if you’re on a strict budget and have no interest in overclocking, the third party CPU cooler and fan controller is optional. I would still recommend making sure you have at least three if not four case fans, but you can make do with the stock CPU cooler and plug the case fans into your motherboard/power supply.
Budget CPU Cooler – COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO – $34.99
The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is the latest generation of a successful line of processor cooling setups. It features a 120 mm fan and four direct contact heat pipes. The copper pipes and aluminum fins allows for effective heat transfer and it’s leaps and bounds above a stock cooler. The package includes mounting hardware for all the current popular socket types for AMD and Intel. All in all, a good value for someone looking for maximum processor life or some overclocking potential.
Premium CPU Cooler – Noctua NH-D14 – $89.99
The Noctua NH-D14 is the champion of air-based cooling. It features dual 140/120 mm fans and 6 heat pipes spread over dual radiator fin assemblies. The copper pipes and aluminum fins allows for effect heat transfer and it’s as good as air cooling gets. The package includes mounting hardware for all the current popular socket types for AMD and Intel and NT-H1 thermal compound. So what’s not to love? This thing is GIGANTIC, measuring 6.2 x 5.5 by 6.5 inches. If you have room in your case, you’ll find no better air cooling system.
Budget Case Fans – COOLER MASTER SickleFlow 120 – $7.99
While I’m recommending the Cooler Master fan, it really is just the lowest-priced fan I could find from a name-brand manufacturer. Look for a case fan that will fit your case, most will be 120 mm in size. This cooler master unit runs at 2,000 RPM and has a nearly 70 CFM (cubic feet per minute) air flow rating, which is sufficient for most applications. This unit also includes a 3 pin to molex adapter which lets you plug the fan directly into your power supply, a helpful feature if you run out of fan controller ports on your motherboard.
Premium Case Fan – Noiseblocker NB-Multiframe M12-P – $29.99
The Noiseblocker M12-P combines two things which are almost always at odds, high performance and low noise volume. The specially-designed fan blades and rubber mounting system reduce vibration and sound while still providing up to 79 CFM in air flow. The included PWM controller (4 port) allows you to control the speed of the fan from compatible PWM fan ports.
If you want the top-of-the line case fans and can afford the price there is nothing better then Noiseblocker’s fans. If your planning on buying a fan controller opt for the NB-Multiframe M12-S3 which has a 1800 RPM/73 CFM rating and a standard 3 pin fan cable.
Budget Fan Controller – Lamptron 20W – 4 Channel Fan Controller FC-4 – $29.99
This budget fan controller features four ports to plug-in case fans and backlit knobs to adjust the voltage. With 20 watts of power, it offers more then enough juice to run your fans. Turning the knob will allow you to adjust the voltage (and hence the fan speed), giving you the ability to turn down the fans when you’re browsing the web and turn them up on a hot summer day playing the latest 3D video game.
Premium Fan Controller – Lamptron FC Touch 30W – 6 Channel Fan Controller FCT – $74.99
This fan controller is just really cool. It’s got six 3-pin fan controller ports, a touch screen to control the fans and six temperature probes to measure case temperatures. The fans can be adjusted manually or set to automatic with a preprogrammed temperature goal. It comes with fan extension cables and can provide up to 30 watts of power. If you’re willing to drop some money on a fan controller, this is the ultimate in customization (and no pun intended, cool factor.)
P.S. While I don’t normally recommend any store (outside of WorldStart.com of course!) the people at FrozenCPU offer an AMAZING selection of cooling solutions. I’ve personally visited their store (they do online ordering too) and the people who work there are computer enthusiasts who want to make computers cool and reliable. I’d highly recommend looking at http://www.frozencpu.com if you need any PC cooling products.
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It’s apple season! I’ve been thrilled to be finding my favorite apple in the stores, which apple is that? Why the Honeycrisp! I adore it.
I had a honeycrisp apple with peanut butter for lunch the other day and it got me thinking – just how did my favorite apple come to be? Well I went off and searched the internet for the answer and found this really cool site all about honeycrisp apples. Of course I had to share it with you.
On the main page you’ll find two links you want to check out, they are:
All About Honeycrisp Apples – where you’ll learn all about its heritage, where they grow, and how to find them. I’m ridiculously lucky that I live near Michigan as it brings the cost down on the apples per pound decidedly. Which means I can buy more of them. Last fall I bought a ton and kept them in the crisper in my refrigerator and they lasted till early summer!
Honeycrisp Apple Growers – this section points you to high-quality growers of the honeycrisp apple. It doesn’t do well in all conditions, but thrives in places like Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Idaho, and Illinois.
Go learn about my favorite apple today!
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