Stats2000 Collect information about your files

Here’s an older program from that I have used for years.   This program is old but works on newer operating systems.   This powerful little freeware shows you size and detailed file information about your drives.

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Tobii Introduces Gaze Interface for Windows 8

Tobii tracking software will be at CES 2012.   This amazing software and hardware track your eye movement and allow you to use Windows 8 without touching your mouse or screen.  Read their press release.

An expert’s review of solid state drives

Brandon and some of the other students including myself dream of having a solid state drive.  Bill Mullins recently purchased a solid state drive and gives and excellent review of how solid state drives are truly the way to go.  Go over and read his review.

Here’s a YouTube video of 24 SSDs in a RAID configuration.

What kind of hardware are you running?

Want to know more about the hardware you are running?  How about a small program that has a small benchmark, sensor program and shows detailed information about your video card and cpu?

HWInfo comes in both 32 bit and 64 bit and shows all of the information above and more.


A comprehensive CPU and GPU (Video) summary allows you to view detailed information about these devices including system memory information.

Minimal benchmarking is available to measure and compare your computer and hardware.

The Sensor Report allows you to log, configure and select Fahrenheit or Celsius when viewing your sensor information.


A comprehensive report is available along with filter information that allows you to select what you want on the report.  With different formats available, HWInfo allows you to save the report in popular cross platform formats.

From HWiNFO’s website -

 Comprehensive hardware information
System health monitoring (Thermal, Voltage, Fan, Power)
Table, Logfile, Graph, Tray, Gadget, LG LCD reporting
Basic benchmarks
Text, CSV, XML, HTML, MHTML report formats
Periodical updates
Windows 9x/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2003/2008/Windows 7
Platform: 32-bit (IA-32), 64-bit (x64, IA-64)

Duplicate Your Hard Drive

Macrium Reflect allows you to replicate your old hard drive.  With Christmas coming up, this software can replicate your drive when you get the new one for Christmas.  Macrium Reflect.

From Macrium Relect’s website:

  • Create a disk image whilst running Windows using Microsoft Volume Shadow copy Service (VSS).
  • Image to Network, USB, FireWire drives and DVD.
  • Built in scheduler.
  • 32 bit and native 64 bit versions.
  • Industry leading compression levels and speed.
  • Linux based Rescue CD with Network access and full GUI. Only 6.5MB in size!
  • Built in CD/DVD packet writing engine. Supports packet writing to DVD DL media with Windows Vista.
  • HTML log files.

Turn your 4 core processor into a 6 core processor?

Tonight I reminded my students to check their motherboard manufacturer’s website for downloads and support on their motherboards as their computers begin to age.  Motherboard manufacturers often update BIOS to support more RAM, processors, other hardware or to correct issues reported about the motherboard.  Sometimes for several years afterwards.

Amazingly we built our Quad Core computers two years ago and during our curriculum we covered the updating of the system BIOS.  When we checked online, there is a flash available that will program the BIOS to accept hexacore processors on our motherboard’s website.  This option is not available on all motherboards but it is always worth looking at.  Why?  The new BIOS may allow the motherboard to accept more memory or it may allow for a faster processor.

Warning- before attempting to update your BIOS, you should run, SIW, HWINFO or other software to see exactly what motherboard you have.  You may also check the documentation and may have to check the motherboard and look for labeling that indicates the motherboard’s model number and the exact version number.  If you flash the BIOS and it is not the correct BIOS you can ruin the motherboard.  Always read your motherboard’s website on how to flash the system’s BIOS.

Seagate’s huge new 3TB drive won’t work on your PC – Computerworld Blogs

Seagate’s huge new 3TB drive won’t work on your PC – Computerworld Blogs

This article was posted on Computerworld and I have to disagree….  PC manufacturers along with leading operating systems will make modifications in order for larger drives to work…Great article in the fact that it informs users of the growing pains PC users face as storage devices grow.

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Information On Your Computer’s Hardware

With many different applications available, there are several that analysis your computer and find out details about the hardware you have installed.

HWiNFO32 scans your computer and finds out details about your hardware.  With information about every piece of hardware, HWiNFO32 also performs benchmarks and creates custom reports in many different formats.   An excellent freeware utility, HWiNFO has dozens of options available.