In its Beta release, FancyCache offers a simplex program that uses unused memory to boost the speed of your hard drive. But does it work? Yes. My Dell Inspirion is already fast, but with FancyCache, programs do open quicker and the computer is even more responsive. With the ability to tweak how I wanted to cache, I used 2gb of the 6gb of RAM on board in the settings.
The default settings alone were convincing enough to show how my computer sped up after a few minutes of use. Although my computer is a 64bit laptop, the caching methods used and the read/write cache algorithms did boost performance.
FancyCache is certainly beneficial for 32 bit users who are locked in at 3gb of RAM. FancyCache can take advantage of memory above this limit to speed up your computer. And whether you do or don’t elect to install FancyCache, at least tweak your settings in a 32 bit computer to tweak your memory. (See our Link)
The only problem I had was once I downloaded the software, it said it was expired. A quick check on their website and keys can be obtained here. The latest key is valid until July 2013.
Will I buy this product? I’m not sure yet, time and use of Fancycache will tell.
Annually our class studies wireless technology and its implementation into homes and industry. Surveys are conducted to analyze security used, transmit power and geographic location of wireless technology. According to Wigle.net, Security has improved over the last nine years. Home users are still setting up their wireless wrong by not providing a WPA2 (AES) form of encryption. Approximately 23% of home users still have open internet that neighbors or anyone passing by can use. (22 million are secure and 9 million remain unsecure!) Vendors have tried to make setting up wireless easy and secure by providing WPS and/or a setup utility disk that walks the user through step by step. Once you have secure wireless, you should change the password periodically to prevent users from learning what your passphrase is.
Wigle provides a map of wireless throughout the globe. As users find wireless, they upload their data to Wigle and the database is free to the public.
With GPS technology today, anyone including malicious wardrivers can map out coordinates of unsecured wifi. Make sure you secure your wifi.
The popularity of Windows 8 always falls in the usability of the operating systems. Really easy to use (my opinion), it can be downgraded to Windows 7 for free if you purchased Windows 8 Pro for free. Mickey found a great article on how to do this at the How-To Geek. Remember, there are a dozen or more simple menus you can add to Windows 8 if you just can’t get use to it.
Rick over at Whats On My PC has found a website with an amazing amount of resources. (See Rick’s article here) To credit Mike over at GE Geek, this website is one of the best references I have ever seen. Visit Rick for a direct link to this amazing website.
There is also a Toolkit you can download at the top of the page.
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Need to check your processor to ensure it is functioning properly. Intel’s tool to test your processor will stress your processor and test dozens of functions. Your computer will slow down during this test. Once the test finishes, you can truly check to make sure your processor is working correctly.
If you have slow or non responsive program properties; such as a database or other network program…Right Click on My Computer, go to Properties, select Hardware, Device Manager, click the + sign on Network, Right Click on your network card, select properties, select the Advanced Tab, Look for Speed – adjust the value to 100 Full Duplex, 100 Half or even select the 10 settings. Try it on each of the settings to see which one is optimal for your network.
When computers handshake (exchange data) autosense does not always work.
I’ve had replaced network cards, ran winsock fix and tried everything when the solution was right in front of me.
You should also disable everything under the Advanced Tab except Flow Control.
The maximum USB transfer size for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 is 64 kilobytes. You can increase this by downloading a hotfix from Microsoft (link). This update provides an increase in the maximum USB transfer size. This can greatly increase your performance on these computers!
To maximize the transfer, Type Regedit in the Searchbox
ATTO - “The industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage connectivity products” has great products and an excellent benchmarking utility that measures your hard drive’s I/O read/write ability.
Here’s a quick look at a laptop with Windows 7 vs. Server 2008 R2
Want to speed up networking in your organization? (See our post on this date)
I have found that restricted mode will often allow some of the benefits of autotuning with a number of problematic devices in your network -especially with large file copied.
Restrict autotuning by opening a command prompt and typing the following (Type CMD in the Search box and run as an administrator)
netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=restricted