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Three ways to increase the computer speed

Who likes a slow computer? No one does. You wouldn’t like to open an application or a document and wait for it to open, right? This is not a movie, there’s no popcorn. Your computer needs to run fast! And there are ways to do it. To make sure that your computer is running at the fastest speed possible, you need to maintain it properly. Here are three easy ways to increase the computer speed.

Malware and Spyware

Spyware takes all your personal information from the computer and you wouldn’t even know about it. If your computer has spyware, you need to get an antivirus solution and clean up your computer. Checking for malware and Spyware on your computer should be done at regular intervals on your computer. Both malware and spyware are harmful for your computer and they also make your computer run terribly slow because these applications would be running silently in the background. Make sure you are using a good antivirus solution on your computer and make sure that the virus definitions of that software are updated regularly.

Disk Cleanup

When the Disk is full, the computer takes longer time than usual, to respond. Cleaning up the disk space can make your computer lot faster. There’s a Microsoft tool that you can use, which is called Dish Cleanup. This tool removes the temporary files, empties the recycle bin on your computer, deletes the error reports, and also remove unused Restore points on your computer. By cleaning up this space from the computer, this tool makes your computer faster. You can also delete unwanted programs that you’ve installed on your computer with this tool!

Disk Fragmentation

This is another great Microsoft tool that you should be using. Disk Fragmentation is a process which consolidates the fragmented data on your Hard disk. Whenever a file is saved on hard disk, it’s broken into bits and pieces and is saved in various locations on your hard disk. And when you access the file again, your computer searches for all these bits and pieces, which are in various locations, and then opens the file. With Disk Fragmentation these bits and pieces are brought together so that the computer takes less time to search for these bits. Hence this tool is really important to make your computer respond faster.

Here’s how you can optimize your computer

Your computer needs regular check-ups and maintenance runs to be in an optimized state. Is your PC really slow? Does it take too long to respond? Do you regularly perform any checks on your computer to see if it is running well? You must. Here are a few things that you can do to optimize your computer easily.

Disk error clean up

Disk error is a log that your computer creates whenever an error happens on the hard disk. If there’s a power outage, which doesn’t leave you with time to save your documents and shut down the PC, the Disk Error tool creates a log entry for it. If these errors get accumulated, there’s a chance that your computer might run slow. You need to run a program called Disk Check to check and clear these errors from your computer. To run this program, you need to login from the administrator account of the computer because only an administrator has the rights to run this program.

Windows update

Sometimes, your operating system might need a bug or an update to keep up with the times. That’s why Microsoft releases patches and updates on a regular basis. To automatically install these updates and patches/fixes, Microsoft came up with the tool, Windows Update. On Windows Update, you can set the option to ‘Install Updates Automatically’ to automate the Windows Update Process. You don’t have to worry about the fixes and updates anymore! They would be downloaded automatically as soon as they are available for download.

Cleaning up temporary files

Whenever you open any file or a document on your computer a copy of that is saved in a folder that’s called ‘Temp’. This folder is on RAM of your computer because it’s easy for the computer from retrieve the file from RAM than Hard Disk. This ‘Temp’ folder on your computer needs to be cleaned regularly. This folder can be cleaned with another Microsoft Tool called ‘Disk Cleanup’. Again, you need to have administrator rights on your computer to run this program.

These are a few things that you could do, to ensure that your computer is in an optimized state, all the time.

Viruses, Spyware, and Malware

Nowadays, computers and Internet play a major role in daily life. With the increasing use of computers, there has been a rise in security threats such as viruses, spyware, Trojans, worms, etc. Computer users are suffering losses due to malicious programs which easily install themselves from the Internet or other sources, and multiply by downloading other infected software. These malware are categorized as virus, spyware, and Trojans, just to name a few. Each of these programs harm your computer in different ways.

A virus is a program created with the intent of damaging important system files, corrupting the software, and causing various  kinds of errors. A virus can infect other computers as it spreads through the Internet, CDs, DVDs, pen drives, etc. The common symptoms of a virus infected computer include slow system performance, frequent occurrence of blue screen error, and hanging of applications.

Spyware is a type of program that infects your computer and starts collecting confidential information stored on the system. A very common spyware program is the keylogger which records keystrokes while a user is typing on the keyboard. There are other spyware which will trace your actions and browsing behavior on the Internet.

It is necessary for users to take security measures to ensure computer protection. You can install an effective antivirus and antispyware on your computer. Users should periodically perform a full system scan for the detection and removal of malware. The virus definitions should be updated regularly so that the security software is able to detect the latest security threats.

XPedite7331 Single Board Computer

Single Board Computer systems or SBCs, are self-contained embedded computers. Such computers are generally employed as embedded computing systems. These computers run embedded and real-time operating systems. Real time operating systems or RTOS are specific operating systems that are designed and programmed according to the device. The basic functionality handled by real time and embedded OS includes system control and management, input and output expansion, networking and communication of the device, storage and graphics capabilities.

Extreme Engineering Solutions Inc. is a company that has been manufacturing single-board computers since many years. It is popularly known as X-ES. Apart from the fabrication of SBCs, it also provides chassis, I/O devices, and system-level products within the industry of embedded computers. The latest news from X-ES is the launch of X-ES XPedite7331 single board computer. This SBC from X-ES is built on Intel Core i7 technology. The processor unit of this SBC is supported by Intel Core i7-610E, 620LE, and 620UE processors. Along with this superior processor, the machine is supported by Intel QM57 chipset. The X-ES XPedite7331 is designed to deliver the maximum performance for industrial purposes. This SBC will enhance the efficiency of application driven for industrial control, test and measurements.

Following is the basic hardware configuration and application support features of X-ES XPedite7331 SBC:

The processor unit of this SBC is supported by Intel Core i7 technology. These processing units of the SBC operate at a clock speed of 2.53, 2.0, or 1.06 GHz. Apart from the SBC based on Intel processors, X-ES also offers SBCs that are based on Freescale Power PC processors.

Along with this superior processor inside X-ES SBC, it has 8 Gigabytes of DDR3-1066 ECC SDRAM as onboard physical memory. The SDRAM of this SBC is provided on two channels on the board.

The dual core technology with this SBC is further supported by hyper-threading technology to provide superior performance. Along with Intel powered processor units, chipset unit of the device is supported by Intel QM57 chipset.

Further, the machine can be upgraded up to 16 Gigabytes for physical memory, although it comes with 8 Gigabytes of physical storage.

XPedite7331 supports a variety of operating system environments. The device work smoothly with Wind River VxWorks, QNX Neutrino and Linux operating system. It comprises a 3U CompactPCI Express module. The chassis of this SBC is enhanced by air cooling. The NAND flash of the device can be upgraded up to 16 Gigabytes. This SBC can be used as a system controller or peripheral and it also has a 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet port for data communication.

Google™ TV for EDU offers education through web and TV

Google is and has always been known as an innovative group of professionals, who even within their organization promote creativity and lay maximum stress on education as a culture. Trust Google to enter the education field with their Google Apps Education Training Center and their 5 billion dollar education project for schools. The websites of Google provide the foundation for sharing and displaying education projects for students and the faculty.

With the technology explosion and convergence of the computer, smartphone, TV and the Internet, education through web and TV is becoming a reality. The Google TV team is trying to partner with various institutions around the world, promoting the Google TV for EDU program through the web and TV.

With the fairly large success of Google Logitech Revue, smartphones, search engines and the Android open source community, this is one area that will see lot of developments and growth in the near future. Bringing Google TV to campuses has brought about a new found interest in smart TV curriculum and innovative educational tools. With Android there to support, it is definitely on the right path. The research in consideration with live applications going on-screen of the Google TV at educational institutions, is a large source of education. The implications on revenue generation through this unique social and technological cause are also mind-boggling. Besides, this is just the tip of the iceberg, since any such far-fetched and exhaustive perspective is going to have implications of use, misuse, security etc., even considering the fact that the far-reaching growth in education is inevitable.

Suggestions for protection from viruses

Each day some new viruses are developed, which are aimed at damaging computers or the data stored on them. To counter this problem, antivirus programmers develop new virus definitions and updates for dealing with new security threats. Though there are many antivirus and antispyware programs available in the market, still there is a lot which we often neglect and fall prey to these attacks. Let us see some ways by which we can protect our computers.

Step 1. Backups – It is good to implement many security measures. You should regularly backup your hard drive or folders to stay protected and prepared to deal with situations of hard drive failures or data damage caused by viruses.

Step 2. Installation Disks – You should always keep a separate copy of restore disks ready with you. These disks can be used for restoring the entire operating system along with the other software so that you can easily reinstall the entire operating system and software in case needed. Just imagine a situation when your operating system fails and you do not have any disk to reinstall it.

Step 3. Firewall – Firewall is a software which protects your computer from any incoming infections, attacks, or intrusions. It works as a boundary of your computer and checks the authenticity of every data packet before it could enter your computer. Microsoft has bundled firewall in all its operating systems since Windows XP SP2 and you should always keep it ON and updated.

Step 4. Antivirus – A good quality antivirus software has become a must for any computer and most of the computer manufacturers sell their computers with some good antivirus pre-installed on them. Antivirus software is necessary to detect and remove any kind of viruses. They work with the help of virus definitions and thus it is very important to keep your antivirus software regularly updated.

Step 5. Windows Update – Since most of the viruses are written for Windows operating system, so even Microsoft regularly releases security updates to close all the loop holes for minimizing virus attacks. Thus it is always good to have Windows Update ON and let them install as and when required.

Step 6. Be aware of security risks – Many a times while browsing through CDs, or websites we install many small games, programs, add-ons, plug-ins etc just for the sake of checking what they do. Try avoiding this habit. You should not install anything and everything on your computer as such files may carry infections. Also do not open e-mails which contain attachments and you do not know who the sender is. E-mail attachments are the easiest mode of spreading Internet viruses.

Step 7. Use Strong Password – Always use strong password on your computer so that no one can access it without your consent. Keep your computer security tight enough so that an administrator password is required before installing any new application.

Step 8. Use advanced web browsers – Web browsers are vulnerable to virus attacks. Most of the viruses are scripted keeping the architecture of specific browsers in mind. So if your browser gets infected, switch to some other browser with advanced security features.

Step 9. Block spam – As already mentioned, e-mails are the easiest mode of spreading infections, so do install some kind of spam protection in your e-mail client so that spam mails are discarded.

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