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Souping Up Your PC

happycomputerIf you’re looking for some good ways to soup up your computer, then look no further than these tips from some of our top readers.  They have written in to suggest to you the best ways to help you to get the most out of your computer, even older computers that have begun that slow crawl into old age and destruction.  You know the drill (haha).

Anyway, we highly recommend that you do a few of these steps so that you can ensure that your computer is running as fast as it possibly can, and that you have to deal with a minimum of frustration.

Get more RAM

One of the best ways to speed up a slower computer is to get more RAM.  RAM stands for “random access memory” and it’s a physical measure of how much your computer can do at one time.  RAM is relatively easy to update – just go to a website such as and use their auto RAM finder.  Some computers can’t update their RAM, such as tablets.

Clean Up The Junk

If you can clean up the junk files and folders in your computer that are lying around then that will go a long way towards speeding it up.  The more “junk” a computer has inside, the worse off it is and the slower it will become.  The best way to do this is to employ the use of a cleaning software program, such as CCleaner or PC Health Advsior.  These programs make short work of the excess files, duplicate files, extra registry entries, and all the other stuff that is likely clogging up the system.

Remove Any Adware / Spyware

If you can easily remove all the adware and spyware that tends to be on your system then you’ll be much better off.  These programs can sneak onto your computer and slow things WAY down.  The easiest way to complete this task is to run a software tool such as Spyhunter 4.  This program will make quick work of any infections or spyware that you have on your computer.  I’ve actually used it myself to get rid of a particularly annoying adware called Conduit.  You can check out an article about Spyhunter here at so that you can see just how good and safe it is.

I also highly recommend (if you don’t have it already, which you should) that you install a good antivirus software program such as Norton 360.  This program will help you to ensure that no viruses get on your computer.  Adware is slightly different, but at least this helps.

Uninstall Useless Software

If you have any software on your computer that is useless and just sitting there then we highly recommend that you uninstall it.  It’s just sitting there hogging disk space and some programs even load into memory when you boot your computer.  So if you can get rid of these you’ll be in pretty good shape.  I always tell people not to install software unless it’s absolutely necessary.  However some people love to download lots of programs and then they complain that their computer is slow.  Well, no kidding!

Ways To Protect Your Data

spywareI have found that one of the best ways to protect your data this day in age is to sign up for a cloud based backup solution that automatically updates and uploads all your new and changed files.  This is a relatively new concept – as internet speeds have gotten faster and faster the concept of the cloud is a lot more accessible.

I have been a customer of BackBlaze for a while now, and when the hard drive on my video editing computer died a premature (well, maybe not so premature) death on me out of the blue, the fact that I had been running BackBlaze for a few months literally saved my butt and prevented the loss of hours of work as well as video footage that would have been impossible to get back.

Therefore I now use BackBlaze on all my computers.  Actually this post is a reminder that I have to set it up on my new editing computer, but it’s raining right now and I’m worried about a power outage.

Anyway, the best defense against anything such as malware, viruses, and other similar “baddies” is a good backup.  However we obviously encourage you to implement as many security features as you feasibly can so you can save yourself the time and hassle of cleaning up after a virus or malware breakout.

Besides backups, you’ll want to protect your PC simply because you need to protect your personal information from hackers.  Identity theft is a real danger these days and you don’t want to take any chances that you don’t have to.

I highly recommend using a password storage service such as LastPass so that you can create different and secure passwords for all of your logins.  The worst security is using the same password, which many people do simply because they cannot feasibly keep track of all the different passwords they need for all their different logins.

Another thing I highly recommend to my friends and family is to turn on the automatic updates of your software.  This means that you won’t have to remember to run or install an update – it’s done for you automatically.  This takes away the risk of security holes as most updates to software are to patch security holes.

Do you have any other security tips for our readers?  Leave a comment below!

The Wonder Nature of the Internet of Things

internetofthingsYou realize that in 2016 you are looking at a highly volatile internet connected world. You get into a bus or walk to a park or maybe into almost any building whatsoever, and the one thing that seems to be present other than you and the air you are breathing is the Internet! That is virtually how indispensable the internet has become. The world has become a global village. Thanks to the advent of the Internet.

I did this exercise once, just to observe the prevalence of the Internet in this day and age; I wrote down a list of the things I could do without the help of the internet. It so happened that, of the things I could do, which were very few that I could think of in the twenty minutes that I thought really hard; was eating and walking. Maybe I did not think very hard. But even so, one may argue that in case you need to find out your calorie intake or what healthy foods to eat, then eating automatically falls under what the internet can help you do – which is to eat healthy, not the act of placing the food into one’s mouth. Needless to say, the internet is here with us, in every step of the way. It is being assimilated into virtually everything, and I mean everything we do. Now some may wonder whether it is a good thing or a bad thing? That is entirely another story for another day. But, it is important that we understand that technology does not exist in a vacuum; what it does is to present an opportunity to society, and we as the society determine how we are going to use it to our advantage. It is therefore in our hands what technology can do and what it should not do. So far, data privacy/security is the one problem that is seemingly becoming quite difficult to handle. Almost every industry that uses the internet finds it a challenge to maintain 100% data privacy, but we can still work towards making it better.

Being that the internet can be our friend, we as humans have taken full advantage of this and are manipulating our stakes to find the best possible opportunities that the internet offers. The internet therefore is the body that keeps growing, each and every day, expounding on new discoveries, enhancing the old ones, and making it better and easier to carry out everyday activities. Look around you, you could have a watch on your wrist that has your health records! Such is the internet of things, the revolution is extraordinary!

Looking forward, it is indeed the future that offers the possibility of more to come with the internet, which stirs fear in some people and excitement in others. What is important though is to remember that we are creating, and creations are meant to live for a long time – look at the human race, for example, and you will realize how far we have come, and therefore we are obliged to be mindful creators. What you create now will determine our world today and impact it forever.