Syndicated Tech Columnists Bob & Joy Schwabach recently documented their visit to our humble site. Their ‘On Computers’ column is one of the largest circulation computer columns in the world and appears each week in 8 publications.
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.
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. Itâ€™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.
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.
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.
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. Itâ€™s an excellent guide but thereâ€™s something missing. How do I save the drivers that are installed on my PC now?
Thatâ€™s the question to start this monthâ€™s ASK THE PROS.
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.