10 Easy Tips To Speed Up Your Computer

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There are many things that can bog down and slow the operation of your computer system. Here are some ways that you can speed up your system so it runs faster for you.

Turn Off Anti-Virus Programs

Leave your Firewall on but turn off anti-virus programs if you’re playing a game or working with an application that takes a lot of computer power. The firewall can protect you from Internet threats. Be sure to turn the virus protection back on once you’re done. You’ll gain some computer speed with the virus program off.

Plug In Your Laptop

When you run your laptop off of the batter you don’t get as much power from it. To gain some computer speed back you should plug the laptop in when you’re at home and not on the road somewhere.

Turn Off Programs You Don’t need

When your computer starts up there may be several programs running you never use. Close these programs down to gain speed. When your operating your computer normally, only run the programs you need, close everything else. The computer has to switch back and forth between programs and this slows it down.

Memory

Most computers have room for additional memory sticks. Add as much memory as your computer can hold. You’ll gain speed for games and application that require plenty of power such as video programs and photographs.

Virus Scan

Be sure to scan your computer for viruses, malware, and spyware on a regular basis. You may have these malicious programs and not even know it. Eliminating them will speed up your computer and reduce problems with the system. For serious infections a computer technician can help you.

Dust

Make sure your compute is cleaned often. The buildup of dust can slow down the entire system and even destroy the sensitive components. You can do this yourself or have a qualified technician do it for you. This should be a part of any sensible maintenance plan for your computer.

Defrag

Run the defrag program to speed up your hard disk. This can eliminate many problems with your system. You can do this on a periodic basis to gain more speed.

Upgrade

Software programs come out with upgrades all the time to fix programs with software and install new features. These new upgraded programs can work better on your system and you can gain speed by using them so make sure you have all the upgrades for your software. This is particularly important for the drivers of a video or sound card.

Watch For Error Messages

An error message means something isn’t quite working the way it should. Try to fix these yourself but if you can’t then see a technician. Errors can slow the system down and cause more problems if you leave them without doing anything.

Check Connections

Sometimes a bad connection can cause problems. Make sure all your cords are working correctly and upgrade older cords if there’s a need. Check the Internet connection too to make sure you are getting a proper connection if it seems slow.

5 Tips for Computer Programming Beginners

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Tip 1

The first tip might sound rather harsh but it needs to be said. This also goes beyond the scope of programming and relates to life in general, however as mentioned it needs to be said.

IF you don’t LOVE programming THEN choose a different profession. It is as simple as that. Computer programming requires hours if not days of sitting in front of your machine and figuring, debugging and rewriting codes until it is working – but even when it is working you would still need to improve upon it.

The world of programming or the world of technology in general is constantly growing and changing so you will always need to be educating yourself with the latest updates.

All of this requires passion, enthusiasm and motivation and all of those arise from your love for this subject of study. If your motivation is money because you have heard somewhere that being a computer engineer brings in easy money then please refrain from getting into it. You will waste your money and most of all your time.

Programming requires love, just like anything else in this life.

Let us move on to the rest of the tips. Shall we?

Tip 2

Don’t look at computer programming as a set of commands and functions. Instead look at it as a tool for solving problems.

That is what computer programming really is – it is a problem solving tool and nothing else. The functions and commands are all details, which come into play after you have decided how to solve the problem.

This is a major point to be understood because most beginner programmers have a tendency to just jump into details without even thinking about the problem. Some of them don’t even know what the problem is all about and they are already deciding what loop they are going to be using. That is not a good habit, which leads me into my second tip…

Tip 3

Before programming anything you should understand the problem you are trying to solve. If it sounds simple then you are absolutely right, it does, but as stated above most beginner programmers don’t follow it thoroughly.

I know that there is a great joy in writing a program that can solve a particular problem. This great feeling could almost become addictive to the point where you just want to solve the problem without understanding it. If you can resonate with that then you need to start working on that habit.

Problems need to be understood clearly. You need to understand the requirements, you need to understand certain exceptions about the problem, you need to come up with a couple of plans on how to solve the problem and then choose the most elegant, shortest and most efficient solutions out of all.

I know it sounds tedious, but this is what will separate you from bad and clumsy programmers. Remember – being successful is not easy but it sure as hell worth it in the end.

Tip 4

Spaghetti code is a sin. Don’t over complicate what can be done just in a few simple steps.

Beginner computer programmers have a tendency to over complicate simple problems because they love the feeling of writing more code. This is good because that means they are passionate about computer programming; however that passion needs to be controlled.

Of course this will only come with experience, but it is also good to be working on it as soon as you start programming so it doesn’t develop into a nasty habit.

Try keeping your code clean.

You should be able to see your code without scrolling to the right all the time. It should be nice and short – unless the function names themselves are very long and you can do nothing about it.

Keep your blocks organized.

Most of the code editors these days will do this for you, but it is always good to stay aware of the fact on how organized your code is.

This will largely help you with maintenance in the future.

Tip 5

My last tip for the beginner computer programmers would be to start from ONLY one language and don’t mix anything else during the process.

If you start from C then go ahead and learn it as fully as possible. Dedicate at least 2 years for learning it fully and absolutely.

After you have learned one language, moving on to other languages will not be at all difficult. I have started learning PHP after Java and started programming with it in less than a month.

The secret is the fact that most programming languages have MANY similarities. Of course some syntax will differ here and there, and some functions will have different names – but what stays the same is the CONCEPT of programming which is what matters the most. Once you have learned the concept of programming learning the language will not be a problem at all.

 

Buying Tips: Laptop Computers

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Need some buying tips for a laptop computer?

More and more people are turning to the style, size, and portability of a laptop these days to replace their bulky, unsightly desktop computer around the house. And why shouldn’t you? After all, a laptop eliminates the need to waste a corner of any room by devoting it to a laptop, desk, and the mess of cords associated with it. Plus, a laptop can go almost anywhere you can go with ease. However, the laptop and desktop do share one thing in common; it can be extremely difficult to find the one that best fits your situation, needs, and most importantly finances.

No one laptop is going to be perfect for every individual. There are however some aspects of a laptop that every individual needs to consider when shopping for a new laptop. Make sure to consider the following features during the shopping process:

• Size: Generally speaking, the smaller the laptop is the fewer features it will have as far as hardware is concerned. This is balanced however with improved battery life that can reach seven hours on some models because there is less for the battery to power. Larger models offer more in the range of hardware and connectivity, but are bulkier and steal from the portability aspect of the laptop

• Battery Life: The laptop came about to meet the need of on the go individuals who needed or wanted to freedom to work, be entertained, or goof around outside the home or office. Consider how much traveling you’ll be doing with your laptop in order to narrow down your list to models with the right battery life to match your needs.

• Screen Size: Laptops come with a variety of screen size options ranging from 13.3 inches to 17.1 inches. Smaller screens make for easier transport and are ideal for those using their laptop for general web browsing and email, while larger screens make for bulkier units but are ideal for watching movies and playing games.

Aside from these three main features anyone should consider when buying a new laptop, there are other features that individuals should look for to fit their specific computing needs. Generally speaking people buy laptops for one of three reasons, general computing use, gaming and entertainment, business and travel. These different groups of people are going to have vastly different needs when it comes to buying a new laptop, some of those needs include the following:

• General Computing: These individuals use their laptop mostly for web browsing, email, and word processing purposes. A medium sized screen and decent power (3GB Memory and 250 GB hard drive) will suffice just fine for these individuals. Generally these individuals need basic software and hardware included with their new laptop.

• Gaming and Entertainment: These individuals use their laptop for playing games, on and offline, watching movies, and burning CDs in addition to web browsing and email. Most will look for a laptop with a larger screen (17.1 inch), lots of power (4MB memory and 320 GB hard drive), and advanced graphics cards to appropriately handle the needs of video game software.

• Business and Travel: These individuals have the most unique set of needs when it comes to purchasing a new laptop. Smaller screens (13.3 inch) and ultra thin units are a must as they make transporting laptops much easier. Business travelers need a laptop with great connectivity options and Wi-Fi to help them stay in contact on the go. Additionally, long battery life and a good set of software included to help them remain productive is a must.

Every individual should consider their budget when purchasing a new laptop and adjust their needs accordingly. Some will find that some of the features they desire in a new laptop will put the unit out of their price range. Business travelers, for instance, looking for a thin and sleek design for portability may have to live with a small screen as screen size often dictates the size of the rest of the machine. If however they want a larger screen, they can find it in newer ultra thin designs, but these models will significantly lighten their wallet in the process.

Bob regularly writes about personal finance, but occasionally writes about laptop computer buying tips and other techie stuff. He recently wrote about the best 13 inch laptops money can buy.