I get asked by a lot of people how to use BitTorrent clients and sites. Many people get themselves into trouble when downloading from sites such as thepiratebay or kickass torrents because these sites are full of deceptive advertisements and dodgy torrents, if you aren’t sure exactly what you are doing it is very easy to fill your PC up with all kinds of viruses and spyware; something I see time and time again. With a bit of common sense and caution you can use these sites with confidence to obtain a lot of handy files though, which is what this article is all about, so without further delay, I present ‘Torrents For Dummys’. A guide for people who have never heard of and/or used this powerful technology before… Continue reading “Torrents For Dummys”
Here are some super simple tips to make your blog or website more readable and easier to follow, decrease your bounce rate and increase your ad clicks. I have personally implemented ALL of the tips below and saw an almost instant improvement with my average time on site, page views and bounce rate stats in Google Analytics. Continue reading “7 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Website RIGHT NOW”
Sometimes websites ban or make unavailable some of their content to people in certain countries. This is often done because of copyright laws. In this article I will explain how to use a free proxy server service to bypass these restrictions.
Video sites such as Hulu and television stations use this on their online video streams. For example the BBC only allows people from the UK to view their catch up television shows online.
Having used computers for most of my life I have learned a lot of things that I now take for granted. Many of these things I falsely assumed that most people know but every now and then I watch people who aren’t so computer savvy taking a long time to do the simplest tasks. So I would like to share with everyone a quick list of shortcuts that I use almost every single time I am on the computer. Continue reading “Windows Shortcuts That Everyone Should Know”
If you have ever accidentally deleted a really important file from your computer you will know that it can be extremely frustrating, especially if you don’t have any kind of recovery software already in place to undelete it. Even if you do, a lot of the software I have used in the past has been cumbersome and unreliable to use.
Have you ever come across a video on the internet that you wanted to keep? Perhaps you want to download it on to your mobile phone so you can show your friends later without having to stream it from the internet again.
YouTube and most video streaming websites like that do not allow you to download any of their videos, you have to have internet access and chew up your bandwidth every time you want to watch the same video, unless it is cached but let’s not get smart about it. This article will explain how to quickly and easily download YouTube videos and embedded movies from other websites too. Continue reading “Download Streaming Videos From Websites”
If you have ever looked at all the cables that plug into your computer you probably would have noticed the one that connects the monitor to the computer it’s self. Chances are that this cable, on older machines is a VGA cable or more commonly these days, a DVI cable. (Pictured Left)
The question is what is the difference between them? Continue reading “DVI & VGA – What is the difference?”
Article first published as My PC is Frozen: How to Diagnose Faulty RAM on Technorati.
Does your computer frequently jam up? Do you seem to be getting a lot of blue screens? You may have faulty memory.
In this article I will try to explain how to diagnose your own faulty memory modules. The process is relatively simple, can save you money and can also be a valuable learning experience if you haven’t had much to do with computer repair before.
The first part of diagnosis is of course being able to recognise the symptoms, which include:
- The computer freezing up to the point that there is no mouse or keyboard input possible at all.
- A ‘blue screen of death’ followed by immediate shut down or restart.
- A failure to boot often accompanied by a series of beeping noises.
- Crashes during memory intensive tasks such as photo or video editing, gaming etc.
- Crashes and restarts during Windows installation.
I had the misfortune of experiencing some of these symptoms a few weeks ago when my computer began to freeze during different tasks especially while listening to music on Winamp for a while or within about 5 or 10 minutes of playing World of Warcraft or OFP: Dragon Rising. Luckily for me the fix was easy, all I had to do was remove the side cover from my PC and apply a bit of pressure on each of the memory modules to ensure that they were seated in the DIMM slots correctly. If you don’t know what a memory module or DIMM slot looks like then click on the image above left.
If you suspect that you have faulting memory then ensuring that the modules are pushed properly into the slots would be the first thing that I would try as this is normally the problem 20% of the time. Make sure you check the conditions of any warranty you may have on your PC first as removing the side cover and tampering with components may void it. Continue reading “My PC is Frozen: How to Diagnose Faulty RAM”
Windows Key shortcuts.
Tips and shortcuts for easy and efficient PC use.
Following in the foot steps of my Window’s Run Commands article I have decided to give you even more handy tips to make your computing experience much easier and efficient. These shortcuts work in all versions of Windows up to Windows 7!
Below is a list of 12 shortcuts utilising the Windows key on your keyboard (pictured). The shortcuts I have written require you to hold down the Window’s key and press once the letters in the instructions.
- Windows Key – Opens the Start menu.
- Windows Key + E – Opens up an Explorer Window.
- Windows Key + D – a.k.a The Boss Key – Minimises all Windows and display the desktop, press D again to return all your Windows to normal. (Use this when you are doing dodgy things and the boss walks in the room 🙂 ).
- Windows Key + F – Opens the Find dialogue.
- Windows Key + L – Locks your PC.
- Windows Key + M – Minimises all open Windows.
- Windows Key + Shift + M – Returns minimised Windows to their previous state.
- Windows Key + R – Opens the Run command box. (Read ‘100 Handy Run Commands’ article).
- Windows Key + F1 – Displays the Windows Help menu.
- Windows Key + Pause/Break – Displays System Properties.
- Windows Key + Tab – Cycles through open Windows (Looks cooler than Alt + Tab in Windows 7).
- Windows Key + U – Displays the Utilities Manager.
Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading!
Windows Run commands are super handy to know, especially when dealing with computer users over the phone. Trying to talk them through an issue can be difficult enough without worrying about what version of Windows they are running or whether or not they have moved the shortcut to their control panel and all sorts. With the big list compilation below you can access most of Windows important features with simple ‘Start > Run > type in xxx’ instructions to users.
All you need to do is click on ‘Start’ and select ‘Run’, or hold the ‘Windows Key’ down and press ‘R’ and enter the commands listed below.
Enough small talk, I am sure you know what you are looking for so check out my top 100 handy Windows Run Commands. Continue reading “100 Super Handy Windows Run Commands”
Shifting your page file off the boot partition on to a secondary hard drive to increase system performance.
So I’ve made a pretty big promise with that headline but believe me I plan to deliver with this one but first a bit of theory. Stay with me! It isn’t difficult, you might even learn something and once you see the performance increase of this little tweak for your self you will be thankful you took the time to read more.
I also highly recommend reading this article on boosting your computer’s performance as well.
If you own a computer you would have heard of memory or RAM. Memory is often measured in megabytes (mb) or gigabytes (gb) and it is where your computer stores information required for your computer programs and services to run.
If you already know all of this or are completely trusting you can skip this whole section and move on to the “How-to” section.
Programs running on your computer will use up some (or all of, in some cases) your computer’s memory, some programs and services use up quite a lot of memory while others barely use any. As memory usage increases computer speed and general performance decreases. Continue reading “1 Simple Tweak To Double PC Performance”
What do you do to ensure that your computer is regularly maintained and tuned-up for peak performance? Find out what you should be doing as part of a regular computer maintenance plan.
What do you do to ensure that your computer is regularly maintained and tuned-up for peak performance?
I found this question on Yahoo! Answers, it rated as one of the most popular IT questions on the site so I thought I would answer it myself.
As I work in the IT industry I quite often work with other people’s computers both through work and through personal contacts and I have seen some messy ones! Nine times out of ten when someone brings their computer in for repair the only description they will give you of their problem is that “their computer is slow”.
Some times these are near-brand new computers that they have somehow managed to bog down with browser toolbars, background processes and a taskbar that is 40 feet long with all kinds of weird and wonderful items in a few months.
Following these tips you can keep your computer running nicely for a long time.
First of all I am only explaining what I do personally so if you have any suggestions please let me know in comments or send me an e-mail!