Month: April 2009

PC Pitstop April 2009 Newsletter

    Guide to Choosing a Processor
    Restaurants Yes, Processors No
    Ask the Pros: Booting & Burning
    March Madness Winners
    Optimize ‘On Computers’
    Bits from Bill: What is Twitters?
    TechBite: Posterous: a Cool Web Repository
    Technologizer: My Most Memorable Computer…
    Chris Pirillo Video: How to Find Duplicate Files
    Tip #1: 30 Tips for Windows 7
    Tip #2: How To Tweak Windows Explorer
    Tip #3: Descriptions of Crash Errors
    Tip #4: 5 Tips For Video Conversion
    PC Pitstop Driver Library

Video – How Do You Find Duplicate Files (or Compare Them)?

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How many files do you have on your computer? You probably have too many, and you probably have a lot of duplicate files. Finding those duplicate files can be a challenge without the right software. What if you need to compare files? Again, this can be a challenge. Thankfully, Chris Pirillo has a couple of pieces of software to tell you about.

March Madness Winners

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Congratulations to the lucky winners of the First Annual PC Pitstop March Madness Contest

First Place: Matthew R, Nevada ($500)

Second Place: Larry A, Kansas ($250)

Third Place: Jeff H, Washington ($100)

ASK THE PROS 2009 Booting and Burning

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Another busy week for ASK THE PROS. Some interesting questions that cover a lot of ground so let’s get to it.

Q. K. Woods asks: How do I make a bootable disk with an ISO file?

A. Thanks K. Woods, You are correct, an ISO image or file is used to make a bootable disk. It’s a CD image file that instructs your system to give a prompt to boot to CD when installing operating systems or anything that needs a bootable disk. They are also commonly used for Games.

A Beginners Guide To Choosing Processors

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Intel’s latest announcement describing the new Stars rating system has me questioning what’s changed in the way of judging processors by their specifications.
Maybe if I redefine what a processor is, that will help me focus on what I’m looking for when making a purchase.

The job of a processor is to execute program instructions which perform functions. These instructions come in the form of software, so basically a processor interprets software. How well it does this is determined by its architecture or its internal design. Intel and AMD describe this internal design with names like P4, P III, i7, and so on. Within these architecture types are family names like Nehalem, Centrino, and Sempron.

PC Pitstop Newsletter – April 2009

    Netbooks – The Way of the 8 Track
    Ask the Pros – Backup Drivers
    Conficker Removal
    PC Pitstop on Facebook
    PC Pitstop on Twitter
    Bits from Bill: I Don’t Want Your #^$% Toolbar
    TechBite: 10 Super-Duper (and Free) Tools
    Technologizer: Is the Mac Tax Real?
    Chris Pirillo Video: Do You Use a KVM Switch?
    Tip #1: Open,view, and print Excel files
    Tip #2: Defragment Your Page File
    Tip #3: User Manuals
    Tip #4: Router with USB, Modem, Dialup
    PC Pitstop Driver Library

Restaurants YES! Processor NO!

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Intel introduces new rating system. How simple it was when all you needed was a processors family name and clock speed. Getting the fastest was just a matter of buying the most recent architecture with the highest clock speed. The battle between AMD and Intel was only a matter of watching for the next highest clocked processor.

ASK THE PROS 2009 Drivers and More Drivers

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Every week ASK THE PROS receives questions about drivers. They are not always the same but between looking for specific drivers and wanting to know how to find drivers, the questions mount up. A few weeks back I referenced our Drivers 101 offering. It comes with every DriverAlert subscription. It’s an excellent guide but there’s something missing. How do I save the drivers that are installed on my PC now?
That’s the question to start this month’s ASK THE PROS.

Netbooks: Size Matters

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With sales approaching only 400,000 units in 2007, netbook sales exploded in 2008 reaching 11. 4 million units. Small, light, and super-portable are the catchwords describing a netbook. Definitions vary but the determining factors are price and size. Generally they have a screen size of 10″ or below, a reduced power/performance processor with 1.0 and 1.6 gig. the most popular of sizes. Price is dictating the use of limited amounts of memory but drive size has been creeping up.