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Is Your Internet Service Provider Giving You Enough Bandwidth?

Is your internet service provider (ISP) giving you the bandwidth you’re paying for?  How much bandwidth does the average household need?  The use of internet for downloading music and video and other uses has exploded during recent years.  More devices, such as smart TVs,  game consoles and some household appliances are now making use of …

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Microsoft Windows

Windows Operating Systems Life Cycle – End of Extended Support Coming for Another Windows Product

End of Support for Microsoft Windows Products – What does it mean? Windows Operating Systems life cycle report, which Microsoft maintains, provides end-of-support dates for each of Microsoft’s Windows products. Based on the report, support for Windows Vista happens in April of 2017. Source: Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet  – Dec 2016 The life cycle report …

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Cloud Storage

Cloud Based File Synchronization Software – What are you Waiting for?

What is Cloud Based File Synchronization? Cloud based file synchronization represents the storage and access of electronic data or media files via the “Cloud”.  In simpler terms, it just means saving and maintaining your PC files use cloud storage.  Cloud storage is just another way of saying a hard drive found on an internet server.  …

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PCs Installed Base by Manufacturer – Have Brand Loyalty Rules Changed?

Gartner reports that total US shipment of PC were down 6.6% year on year for Q1 of 2016.   Our analysis looks at the brands of the Windows PCs that ran PC Pitstop scans during the past several years.  The PCs installed base analysis reveals that both desktops and portables have shown a consolidation of brand …

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US Geographic Average Home User Download Bandwidth

How fast is your internet download speed? The average US download bandwidth speed for PC Matic home users for 2016 is 22,383 Mbps. Your internet speed affects your browsing habits. Many folks with higher bandwidth rates take it for granted. They stream videos and music, perform quick research and check and interact with their social …

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Solid-State Drives (SSD) Continue to Gain Popularity

The rotating platter hard disk drives (HDD) have been around since the early days of PCs.  Technology improvements are allowing for the improvement of speeds and capacity.  Basically the HDD technology involves a armature that moves across the surface of the platter.  Using magnetism, the drive head reads and writes information to the disk.  SSD …

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64-bit vs. 32-bit Processing Architecture- What does it all mean?

In 1995, Windows 95 operating system came out with 32-bit  as a replacement for the 16-bit processing.  In the early 2000’s Microsoft introduced a version of XP operating system that was designed to run using the Intel Itanium 64-bit processor.  All the versions of Microsoft’s operating systems since then have been available in both 32-bit …

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The Browser Wars – The Search for the Best Browser

It seems that browser wars have been around forever.  During the early 1990’s, the browser of choice was Netscape’s Navigator.   Netscape’s massive successful IPO in 1995 got the attention of Microsoft.  Microsoft began delivering their Internet Explorer bundled with their operating systems.  The browser wars were underway.   Some readers may recall the 1995 battle …

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CD ROM, DVD and Blu-Ray Drives – Has Streaming Doomed Optical Drives into Obsolescence?

Back in the mid-1990, the optical drive was introduced for use in PCs. One of its primary purposes for the CD-ROM player was to replace diskettes for distributing software. It also allowed users to play their audio CDs on their computers. The optical drive quickly caught on quickly. The technology evolved to include CD-ROM writers …

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Windows 10 Adoption Rate

It’s been just over a year since the consumer launch of Windows 10. Microsoft pulled no punches in attempting to accelerate the adoption of this new PC operating system by providing free upgrades for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. The PC Pitstop waterfall chart for Windows operating systems shows that there hasn’t been a …

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The Migration to Windows 7

The long awaited official launch of Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system has come and gone. On October 22, 2009, Windows 7 hit the retail shelves. The initial media blitz and the launch parties are now just a fading memory. The early reports appear that folks are generally very positive concerning Microsoft’s newest operating system.

Top Loved Commercial Desktops

Loved Desktops

It appears Dell is doing something right when it comes to providing users with desktop computers. It was quite interesting and I was more than a little surprised to see Dell sweep the top ten positions in the PC Pitstop Satisfaction Rankings for Commercial Desktop PCs as of July 2009. The rankings are based solely on user feedback describing their experience with their systems.

Top Loved Custom Desktops

Custom Desktops

As PC Pitstop began collating the user satisfaction feedback for desktop systems, it became evident that there was a significant number of custom built Desktop systems. Based on system information we were able to segregate these custom built systems into a separate satisfaction report. From this we were able to tabulate what motherboards were in the most loved systems. It is interesting to note that 4 out of the top 10 best loved motherboards are AMD boards.