I Hate Slow Computers

I really, really hate slow computers.  I also really hate it when my previously fast computer suddenly becomes slow again.  It always seems bound to happen; one day you suddenly notice that your computer is taking forever to boot up, or the time it takes to open your internet browser has doubled.  While there are a lot of things that can cause this, there are several key things that are prone to causing computer slowdowns.  The best thing is that you can do something about this.

Another thing to worry about is viruses and malware affecting your computer and crippling it.  If you get a virus it can damage system files on your computer, causing you to have a very sporadically working computer that sometimes won’t even work at all.

I can tell you about the time I got a virus/worm on my computer while I was in the middle of working on a video editing project.  I couldn’t get the virus off of my computer.  Norton would say that it removed the virus, but it would always duplicate itself and come back.  Nothing I did seemed to work.  Then I tried Reimage which is a computer repair program designed to help repair damaged Windows installations without having to reinstall Windows itself.  This was huge because I hadn’t backed up my system so I would have lost all of my video editing work!  I was freaking out.

However, I ran Reimage and it worked like a charm.  It took a while to do it’s job, but when it was done my computer ran great.  The only thing that was interesting was that it kept running Windows updates.  Whatever, I didn’t care so long as I could finish my project, get it off the computer, then wipe the hard drive and reinstall Windows later.

This is where Reimage really saved my life.  It enabled me to finish my project and get my important files off of my computer.  Reimage might not fix your computer to perfection, but it will do enough so that you can avoid losing all of your data.

Of course, if you have had to use this to repair your computer due to a virus, I highly recommend that you reinstall Windows anyway because it’s just safer.  Windows will also run much better with a fresh installation.

One thing that you can do to speed up your computer as well is to run a cleanup utility after you run Reimage to ensure that it’s spick and span.

I really like PC Health Advisor however there are a whole slew of programs such as this that you can choose from.  Some are free and some are paid, however the paid ones give you a few more features that might really make a difference.

We want to hear from our readers!  Have you ever encountered a computer problem where you almost (or did) had to completely wipe your computer and start over, losing data in the process?  What was that like for you and how did you recover?  Did you try any software programs to help fix the computer first?

Tips On Optimizing Cloud Backups

If you are acclimatized to the new technology and its advancement, you most definitely understand the ability to store your data in a virtual disk space, the cloud. Cloud backups help you to save up more data and also, you can access it whenever you want to. When backing up your data on the cloud, you will not worry about vandalism and other accidents in your office. The data will always be safe in the cloud and nothing can tamper with it. So how can you ensure that you fully utilize the cloud backup? Here are some tips you will want to apply;

• Start with the most vital files
Usually, when you start using the cloud backup services, you will be needed to carry out the initial backup. The time that is taken to backup the data will vary, depending on the internet connection and data amount. At times, it can take as much as 3 months to complete the initial backup. For that matter, you might want to sort out your data and ensure that you start with the most important.

• Make use of the bandwidth throttling
Since the initial cloud backup may take longer to terminate, it may be crazy to limit the backup intentionally. Nonetheless, this is what you might want to do. If the backup client is consuming more internet bandwidth than the regulation, you will want to use the bandwidth throttling. There are some providers that will include a setting that can give you a good balance. This will regulate the backup performance and be sure of enough bandwidth to use. Ensure that you use the bandwidth that has been regulated by the provider.

• Prioritize the newer files
You might want to install a software that will help you sort out the newer files. This will help you back up those newer files. In most cases, you might find a user requesting to restore a data that was created a few days ago, rather than seek for the files that were created years back. You might want to customize your cloud backup to automatically back up newly created data.

• Consider De-duplication
Minimizing data backed up in the cloud is very important, especially if you are paying for the backup depending on the gigabyte uploaded in a month. You can limit the data that is being backed up by applying the deduplication. This can be applied in various ways, whereby, some will back up the files once. In case the file already exists in different locations, there will be file pointers that will be created. Some will offer a block-level deduplication. Here, they will develop a checksum for every block that has been backed up. The provider will then use the checksum value to determine if the block is already up.

Cloud backups can help you a lot, but you will want to ensure that you clearly utilize them to the fullest. You might also want to backup the data on your site. The data center of the cloud backups might be at risk, but it will be much safer if you had the data backed up on the site.  If you want more information on cloud backups then check out No More Sad Computer, a tech blog that has numerous good articles on what services are best.

What Is Your Opinion Of Hacking?

The recent uproar over the Ashley Madison website hack has had the internet in a big debate. Do you agree that the hack was a good form of vigilante, Robin Hood type justice? Or do you think it was wrong, and a criminal act? There are many opinions out there over whether or not it was something that should have been carried out.

The thing is, two wrongs just don’t make a right. It’s not like you’re helping people by exposing their private information. Even though cheating is bad, I don’t think people have a right to “play God” so to speak and determine when they should have to reckon for their behavior. I’ve had my ear to the ground and I’ve been reading a bit about what these individuals are going through. There have been suicides linked to the hack and data dump as well as many, many upset and stressed out individuals. Many had signed up for the site but never went through with cheating.

Is it the thought that counts? Where do you draw the line? Are you as good as Jesus when he said anyone looking at another woman (or man for that matter) lustfully has ALREADY committed adultery in their heart? Yet even Jesus did not hold people to that high standard. He stopped the Pharisees from stoning a woman for adultery and said “He who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Either way, it is now coming to light that news networks are backing away from the story as it is revealed that it is illegal to publish any information linked to the hack.

In other news related to the hack, there is a battle between the hackers and the CEOs of Ashley Madison. Ashley Madison has offered a 500k bounty for any information leading to the identification of the hackers. The hackers, in turn, have released emails proving that Ashley Madison had hacked a rival company that had been trying to set up a dating website.

All in all it’s a three ring circus, and proof that nothing is sacred anymore in the tech realm. The hacking storm has just begun. If you want to be safe online you must assume that any service that you use CAN and WILL be hacked. Have safeguards in place. Use fake emails. Use different passwords. Change it up. Be paranoid. It will only help you out in the end.