This question gets asked a lot, and unfortunately there’s no easy answer. All sorts of factors must be considered, such as how much power your computer draws vs. how much your electric utility charges per kilowatt hour; how important it is to you that you have immediate access to your computer at all times; and on and on. Essentially, it boils down to your own personal preference.
Here are some things to consider:
At a basic level, an average computer uses about 350W of power (including the monitor) or 0.35 kW. (This can vary depending on the size of your machine, what you use it for, etc.) Figure out how much your local utility charges per kilowatt hour, and then do the math to see how much electricity your machine would consume if left on all day. Rates fluctuate based on your city and the time of year, but for the sake of argument, if the utility charges 10 cents per kWh, then it’s costing you roughly $25 per month to run the machine all day. So, unless you’re hopped up on Red Bull and computing constantly, shut it down each night.
Wear and Tear
Computer parts are designed to be extremely durable and last for years, but as with all machines that have moving parts, things do eventually break down. In a PC, the cooling fans (for the power supply and the CPU) are the primary components that will be in constant use if you never turn the machine off. The fans don’t have to work as hard if the computer is in sleep mode or is not actively running several programs while still powered up, but eventually they’re likely going to give out and will need to be repaired or replaced. Hard drives also continue to spin when the computer is not in use, and it can eventually peter out, too.
Too Many Processes
If you leave your computer on all the time, it is still running all manner of processes, even if no programs are open. Over time, these processes lead to memory errors that constantly build up, which can cause crashes, programs to freeze, and operating system lag. Shutting down your computer when it’s not in use can help limit that kind of poor performance, along with periodic sweeps with antivirus/malware software.
The bottom line? To save energy and give your computer a longer lifespan, shut it down when you’re not using it.
Special thanks to computertips.com for the info.
So this weekend I picked up a Gateway laptop from a customer that said he had a bios password that he forgot so he hasnt been able to use this laptop for over a year according to him.
I went ahead a turned it on and yes a password was required to boot the computer, but it wasnt a bios password it was a harddrive password.
So I went into the bios (f2) and located the settings for bios password and harddrive password. The bios password was off, since I was able to enter bios without a password. So I went to the setting for harddrive password.
I wouldnt let me remove it since I didnt have it.
So I removed the harddrive from the Gateway laptop and hooked it up to a USB external hd case and tried accessing the files through Windows X, 7 and Ununtu but the harddrive was not accesable. I tried using a bunch of different programs on Hirens boot CD to not only get files but even format the drive so its usable.
I call tech support at Toshiba (brand of harddrive) and they said if you forget the hd password there is no way to use that harddrive again.
Well after 4 hours I just installed a new harddrive and reloaded his OS.
Moral of this failed story is bios password = ok, Windows password = ok, Hard drive password = fail
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Windows 8 system requirements
If you want to run Windows 8 on your PC, here's what it takes:
Additional requirements to use certain features:
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space:
16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
- To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch (more info)
- To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
- To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768
- Internet access (ISP fees might apply)
- Secure boot requires firmware that supports UEFI v2.3.1 Errata B and has the Microsoft Windows Certification Authority in the UEFI signature database
- Some games and programs might require a graphics card compatible with DirectX 10 or higher for optimal performance
- Microsoft account required for some features
- Watching DVDs requires separate playback software (more info)
- Windows Media Center license sold separately (more info)
- BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive (Windows 8 Pro only)
- BitLocker requires either Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 or a USB flash drive (Windows 8 Pro only)
- Client Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system with second level address translation (SLAT) capabilities and additional 2 GB of RAM (Windows 8 Pro only)
- A TV tuner is required to play and record live TV in Windows Media Center (Windows 8 Pro Pack and Windows 8 Media Center Pack only)
- Free Internet TV content varies by geography, some content might require additional fees (Windows 8 Pro Pack and Windows 8 Media Center Pack only)
To check if your PC meets these requirements, you can run the Upgrade Assistant
I made a video for Jim Burke Ford on how to get maximum MPG out of the Ford CMAX.
The highest liked video get submited to FORD MOTOR COMPANY and who know what will happen then.
Then scroll down to Contestant #2 video (thats mine) and push "like"
You can watch the others too. There are 6 total.
Thank you sooo much.
Well its 2013! I know its Feb 2 and im a little late. But I hope all of my blog followers, family & friends have a great year this year.
I try and make my blogs short and sweet, but today I think its going to be real short and sweet...
Thanks for your support and I hope all your desktops and laptops are running great.
Kyle Galaz - 661.302.6977
1. Determine whether your computer screen
is glass or plastic. Most older computers and some new ones still have
glass panes. If you have an LCD monitor, the cleaning will be more
delicate because these screens are plastic.
2. Gently wipe both glass and LCD monitors with a lint-free cloth. Natural
fiber or micro-fiber cloths are best because they are less prone to
leaving scratches. Wipe away any visible dust and dirt. Be careful not
to rub too hard or you may inadvertently rub the dust particles across
the screen, leaving tiny scratches.
3. If you are not using a micro-fiber cloth, you will need to either change
the cloth often or use the cloth in sections to avoid re-depositing
dust onto other areas of the screen.
4. Wipe the screen with a slightly damp cloth. Water is safe on nearly all
surfaces in small amounts. Never spray water directly on your monitor
screen because this could damage it. Spray or apply a little water to a
lint-free cloth and wring it out until the cloth is just damp. Gently
clean your monitor using the same procedure as dusting.
5. Never use ammonia-based products such as window cleaner on an LCD
monitor. You can apply a small amount of window cleaner to a soft cloth
and clean a glass monitor screen, but make sure your screen does not
have a special coating or glare-free finish. Ammonia can wear down the
6. Mix one part isopropyl alcohol and one part water to clean very dirty or
stained monitor screens. Use the mixture in place of just water to wipe
your screen. The cloth should be only slightly damp.
7. Choose a commercially made monitor cleaner. Many home and office supply
stores, electronics shops and mass retail stores sell cleaners made for
all types of computer screens. Many of the cleaners are sold as a kit with a micro-fiber cloth included.
Thanks to ehow.com for the article.
Laptops tend to lose their charm quickly when you’re constantly looking for the nearest power outlet to charge up. How do you keep your battery going for as long as possible? Here are 15 easy ways to do so.
1. Defrag regularly
- The faster your hard drive does its work – less demand you are going to put on the hard drive and your battery. Make your hard drive as efficient as possible by defragging
it regularly. (but not while it’s on battery of course!) Mac OSX is better built to handle fragmentation so it may not be very applicable for Apple systems.
2. Dim your screen – Most laptops come with the ability to dim your laptop screen. Some even come with ways to modify CPU and cooling performance. Cut them down to the lowest level you can tolerate to squeeze out some extra battery juice.
3. Cut down on programs running in the background. Itunes, Desktop Search, etc. All these add to the CPU load and cut down battery life. Shut down everything that isn’t crucial when you’re on battery.
4. Cut down external devices – USB devices (including your mouse) & WiFi drain down your laptop battery. Remove or shut them down when not in use. It goes without saying that charging other devices (like your iPod) with your laptop when on battery is a surefire way of quickly wiping out the charge on your laptop battery.
5. Add more RAM - This will allow you to process more with the memory your laptop has, rather than relying on virtual memory. Virtual memory results in hard drive use, and is much less power efficient. Note that adding more RAM will consume more energy, so this is most applicable if you do need to run memory intensive programs which actually require heavy usage of virtual memory.
6. Run off a hard drive rather than CD/DVD -
As power consuming as hard drives are, CD and DVD drives are worse. Even having one in the drive can be power consuming. They spin, taking power, even when they?re not actively being used. Wherever possible, try to run on virtual drives using programs like Alcohol 120%
rather than optical ones.
7. Keep the battery contacts clean: Clean your battery’s metal contacts every couple of months with a cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol. This keeps the transfer of power from your battery more efficient.
8. Take care of your battery – Exercise the Battery. Do not leave a charged battery dormant for long periods of time. Once charged, you should at least use the battery at least once every two to three weeks. Also, do not let a Li-On battery completely discharge. (Discharing is only for older batteries with memory effects)
9. Hibernate not standby – Although placing a laptop in standby mode saves some power and you can instantly resume where you left off, it doesn’t save anywhere as much power as the hibernate function does. Hibernating a PC will actually save your PC’s state as it is, and completely shut itself down.
10. Keep operating temperature down
- Your laptop operates more efficiently when it’s cooler. Clean out your air vents with a cloth or keyboard cleaner, or refer to some extra tips by LapTopMag.com
11. Set up and optimize your power options – Go to ‘Power Options’ in your windows control panel and set it up so that power usage is optimized (Select the ‘max battery’ for maximum effect).
12. Don’t multitask – Do one thing at a time when you’re on battery. Rather than working on a spreadsheet, letting your email client run in the background and listening to your latest set of MP3′s, set your mind to one thing only. If you don’t you’ll only drain out your batteries before anything gets completed!
13. Go easy on the PC demands – The more you demand from your PC. Passive activities like email and word processing consume much less power than gaming or playing a DVD. If you’ve got a single battery charge – pick your priorities wisely.
14. Get yourself a more efficient laptop
- Laptops are getting more and more efficient in nature to the point where some manufacturers are talking about all day long batteries
. Picking up a newer more efficient laptop to replace an aging one is usually a quick fix.
15. Prevent the Memory Effect - If you’re using a very old laptop, you’ll want to prevent the ‘memory effect’ – Keep the battery healthy by fully charging and then fully discharging it at least once every two to three weeks. Exceptions to the rule are Li-Ion batteries (which most laptops have) which do not suffer from the memory effect.
Bonus Tip #1:Turn off the autosave function. MS-Word’s and Excel’s autosave functions are great but because they keep saving regular intervals, they work your hard driver harder than it may have to. If you plan to do this, you may want to turn it back on as the battery runs low. While it saves battery life in the beginning, you will want to make sure your work is saved when your battery dies.
Bonus Tip #2: Lower the graphics use. You can do this by changing the screen resolution and shutting off fancy graphic drivers. Graphics cards (video cards) use as much or more power today as hard disks – Thanks to Andrew from Friedbeef.com for article!
I just relized I have owned every version on Windows. My favorite game back in the day was Ski Free. If you remember that game you will also remember the Abominable Snowman that you could not escape towards the bottom of the seemingly endless Double Black Diamond hill.
Windows Xp had a fun pinball game built in, but unfortunatly it only had one level.
Does anyone else remember JezzBall? Windows 8 has a version of Jezzball thats pretty fun. But nothing beats the original.
I also remember the first time using the paint program in Windows 3.1. I remember looking at an image of these puffy white clouds then I zoomed in as far as it would let me and I saw different color pixels. Blue, Brown and other random colors. I thought it was so odd that there would be color is a white cloud. But I was also 9 or 10 years old.
Does anyone else remember early Windows stuff?
I was reading an article online about all the computer user and what operating systems they use. Here is what caught me by surprise, but now that I think about it it makes sense.
It said that 34% of computer users are still using Windows XP. Windows XP came out in 2001 and I remember seeing it for the first time at Circuit City. I worked there at the time and XP was amazing.
I still believe XP is a great O/S. I think people just like its simplicity and they are use to it so they are not jumping to a newer O/S even though there are 3 newer O/S' out.
XP, Vista, 7, 8 and beyond!
What are your thoughts?