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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Tricks Renew Old Computer

1. Upgrade

Did you just install a software or game, and your computer is crawling while loading them?

Yes, it’s probably a very good to spend some money, and upgrade that tortoise. It’s definitely one of the best ways to speed up the old computer with minimum cost.

While it’s not always possible to do an upgrade, especially for laptops, you should still be able to upgrade its RAM and hard disk drive. RAM, also known as PC memory, can give you an extra boost in performance. And upgrading your hard disk to a solid state drive is another way to do it – not only will it boot up faster, your applications will perform better as well.

Just these two minor upgrades will keep your computer fresh and faster.

2. Steroids for CPU

While some computers don’t have the option to upgrade their processor unit and graphics card, you can always work around tweaking its processor.

Overclock it.

If you are adventurous enough, you can try overclocking your processor. It’s one of the best way to squeeze out more performance without breaking the bank.

3. Monthly Clean Up

Before you jump to conclusion, you may want to troubleshoot your computer and make sure the slowness is not caused by malware – viruses, worms, trojan horses spyware or adware.

Do a full computer scan with your antivirus software like AVG, Symantec or McAfee. Also, you can clean up temporary files, update windows, and defrag your hard disk.

If all else fails, don’t despair, you can try to reinstall your operating system from scratch.

4. Speed up Your Applications

Even when it sounds weird to be true, the truth is that some good programs are not optimized to run at their peak performance.

For example, if your web browser loads slowly, it could be due to its history size, installed extensions, or plugins.

5. The Older Versions

If your hardware doesn’t support the latest version of a particular application, like Photoshop CS5, use an older version instead. While running older software isn’t always the best idea, if it can still get the job done, you will get lesser frustration and time wastage.

Monitoring Server Room Temperature

Ensuring efficient airflow inlet and exhaust.

Placing temperature sensors on the front and back of your server racks will allow you to measure the temperature of the air going in and coming out of your servers. This is important to know to make sure that the cold airflow is not being mixed with hot air circulating in the room, as well as to ensure that the hot air exhaust from your servers is within the proper ranges. Additional airflow sensors can monitor the presence of airflow within your server racks and will alert you if it stops.

Fine tuning your AC to reduce power consumption and increasing energy efficiency.

If you are actively monitoring the temperature in your server room, you will begin to notice trends and baselines. By looking into this data, you should be able to see if your ac unit is able to keep up with the load and if there is cost savings to had. Many times room temperature will be set lower than is actually needed in-order to compensate for not knowing exactly how much is needed. If your server room is around 64º and steady there is room for you to optimize as you may be cooling too much.

Using this temperature data you can begin to test and optimize your server room temperature by incrementally increasing the temperature over time to find that sweet spot for better energy efficiency. A degree or two can make a large difference in cost when considering the 24/7/365 running times for your AC units. The mark you are trying to hit will be around 75º with relative humidity between 45-50% which is still below the 80ºF recommended high from the ASHRAE.

Make sure to take a wait and see approach, as the differences will take time to manifest and you do not want to make these changes too quickly. As you optimize, your temperature monitoring software should be able to show you the slight increases in temperature as you optimize your cooling but it should also show you a new maintained baseline level.

Server Room planning and scaling.

Using the temperature data collected from your temperature monitoring sensors you should be able to understand the cooling loads and airflow distribution of your current layout. You can now use these insights to help plan for the load of adding new equipment as well as proper layout for best airflow.

By taking into account your electrical consumption for the AC unit to cool your current server room configuration, you should be able to determine what is needed if any to scale the cooling of your room to add additional server racks and devices.

You can use the forms below to calculate the costs of running your AC unit and cooling your server room to come up with the total costs to cool your server room for the year. From there you can also use them to scale upwards and determine the costs if more cooling is needed.

Extending the Life of your Equipment

Last but not least. Monitoring your server room temperature and ensuring that it is maintained within the proper temperature range will help to prevent additional wear and tear on your equipment which means replacements are done for scalability and innovation reasons rather than breakdowns and failures. Both of which tend to happen at the most inopportune times, and may larger issues such as downtime, added labour to replace, and potential lack of service to your employees or customers who rely on these tools to be productive.

Some Types of USB Cables

USB-Mini

The USB-Mini is a smaller version of the standard cable and a practical choice for connecting the portable devices. It is useful for hardware like camera and MP3 players. This type is rarely used in modern tech and replaced by the USB Micro.

USB Micro

The USB Micro is the preferred choice for connecting memory sticks, flash drives, or similar to the latest mobile devices. It has the ability to read data without having to rely on a computer.

USB 3

The USB 3 cable is a high-speed and versatile option. It is designed with backwards compatibility to make it easy to use with the early USB ports and cables. There is a slight change in the shape of the connector pins to make it more durable and able to stand up to repeated use. Also, there is also a USB 3 micro cable that is built with more pins to make it more efficient at transferring data.

USB-A

The USB-A is a preferred choice for using with power outlets or computers. It has multiple uses including data transfer, connecting devices to computers or charging devices. This type of cable can only be connected in one way.

USB-B

The USB-B is the most practical choice for connecting an external hard drive or printer to a computer. This type of USB cable isn’t very common.

USB-C

The USB-C is one of the latest developments to easily connect devices. This cable is appreciated for its high power flow and high-speed data transfer. Also, the cable is reversible for greater flexibility in use.

Compatible Toners

One of the benefits of using compatible toners that you may not have known is that they are often made up of recycled parts, making them environmentally friendly solutions. These days recycling, the environment and finding ways to reduce your carbon footprint is important, using one of these cartridges can help you get one step closer to your goal and enjoy peace of mind that you make an environmentally friendly decision today.

The next benefit which you probably are aware of, but have always pushed to the back of your mind when buying compatible toner is the cost. Compatible cartridges are considerably cheaper than their original counterparts and you may wonder why this is. Printer manufacturers want you to believe that their cartridges are worth the money they charge, when it fact they are on a par with the compatibles available on the market today.

You will find that compatible toners are high quality, unlike years ago where they had a bad name. Companies are focusing on providing clients with good quality cartridges that they can rely on and trust without having to break the bank to get the ink they need to enjoy printed pages on a daily basis.

You will also get to save time and energy when it comes to buying compatible toner for your printer. When it comes to buying the genuine product, you will have to spend hours trying to find the best prices that work within your budget, it is time consuming, frustrating and can be a very expensive exercise.

Buying compatible toner is convenient, affordable and time saving. In addition to this, it is important that you focus on only buying from a reputable supplier with extensive experience in the toner industry. The best way to achieve this is to look for suppliers online that deliver to your local area.

Choose three suppliers, giving you a good number that you can review and then compare against each other to find the one you feel you can trust and that will provide you with the best quality product at the best possible price.

Buying online provides you with convenience, but it can also be daunting, which is why you need your printer model number and cartridge number at hand. Having this information at your fingertips will help you search for compatible toner for your machine with each supplier, identify their prices and quality and then make your decision from there.

Remember that in addition to finding the best quality compatible toner at the best possible price, you are also going to want to focus on their delivery times, their returns policy and how long replacements take to arrive.