Why Does My Computer Run So Slow? – Applications and Programs

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If you are like most of the people in the world, then that is you can not live without doing something on your PC. The problem is that many people ask: Why Does My Computer Run So Slow? There are many contributing factors, but programs running in the background / foreground or intensive programs tend to be a popular cause of slow computers. This article will aim to educate you on these common two problems so that you will not be asking, "Why Does My Computer Run So Slow?".

In Windows, there is many different processes running on your computer. Mainly, there are system files and there are program files. However, some of these programs are necessary and some are not. How do you know which is which?

Try this little exercise: Open your Task Manager by holding down the following keys: CTRL + SHIFT + ESC (You can also get the task manager by right-clicking your task bar and selecting Task Manager). There are the usual system files: svchost (although, sometimes this may be a virus), system, spoolsv, winlogon, etc etc. These system files run in the background and are necessary for your computer to function. Then there are your program files such as iexplore.exe, outlook.exe, etc etc.

You should get to know what each of files do and one way to do that is to use a program called Process Explorer (Just do a search on the Microsoft.com website). You will be able to see all running processes with descriptions. When you get familiar with these processes, you will be able to target which ones are not necessary to run all the time.

By using Process Explorer, you can also see what programs are using most of the CPU's processing. This is another cause for slow computers to occur because of the fact that a program is drawing all the attention from the CPU. In order for other applications to function, highly intensive programs need to be either run by themselves or run on a computer with a higher CPU speed. A lot of graphic applications such as Video Editors and Graphics Editors tend to require a lot of processing.

So to answer the question: "Why Does My Computer Run So Slow?" means for you to understand what processes are running and which are necessary. It is equally important to understand which programs require a lot of intensive processing. Now I'm not saying this is a means to an end, rather it is a start in trying to troubleshoot your computer issues. To readate, take a look at Process Explorer from Microsoft and start analyzing what programs are sucking the life out of your computer. …

More Value at Upstream Layer in Technology Pyramid

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Technology is the leader of the enterprising world. And it leads using a constitution. Unlike the traditional political structure, this constitution is Algorithms written by engineers, scientists, etc and not congressmen and politicians.

The global competition is largely who has the best technical group to write the best one; in this case, Algorithms, that comprise of patents, technical processes, tools, and so on. As a nation develops, adopts, applies and diffuses appropriately the contents of this constitution, it elevates the lives of its citizens. The more innovation a nation pursues, the more it refines this constitution.

Economists have shown a correlation between Knowledge Economy Index (KEI), productivity and standard of living. The challenge for any nation is to improve its KEI number. Doing that involves good education, economic regime and other variables that help to improve technology capability.

The age of natural resources dominating global commerce and industry is gone. What matters now is creating knowledge and applying it. Some nations will create, others will merely consume. But wealth is concentrated at the creative stage and nations that focus on consuming, without creating technology will not prosper.

Even with abundance of natural resources, which in many instances, the consuming nations cannot independently process without the knowledge partners will not change this trajectory of limited national wealth without technology creation.

On this basis, I separate the two layers where nations use and compete with technology as upstream and downstream layers. It is like a two layer pyramid where the downstream is at the bottom with the upstream seated on top. What happens here is that some nations focus on the downstream layer while others combine both the downstream and upstream layers.

The most advanced nations combine the two layers as they seek international competitiveness. They provide technology roadmap that looks at the future and have plans to take advantages that technology brings. They create and develop things and in the 21st century are classed as knowledge driven economies. In those nations, there is planning for continuity and technology succession.

For the other nations, usually developing, they compete at the technology pyramid primarily at the downstream layer. They lack the know-how to create things and commercialize technology intellectual properties. The nations are not driven by technology, rather commodities. They are prone to trade shocks and are usually economically non-vibrant. They fail to create wealth using technology and participate in the pyramid as consumers or prosumers.

Let me illustrate using Nigeria where they speak the language of petroleum. In the petroleum industry, there are the downstream and upstream sectors. While the upstream focuses on exploration of crude oil, downstream does the distribution and marketing.

The money is in the upstream sector, a major reason we have the foreign partners concentrated therein. That is where the knowledge creation is done and utilized in the industry. I am cautious to say, without the knowledge partners in Nigeria, helping to explore this crude oil, Nigeria cannot mine this product. Verdict: the oil will be there and …

Choosing a Computer for Freelance Graphic Design

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For many years, when a freelance graphic designer chose a new computer, Macintosh was the automatic choice. Macintosh computers provided the memory, processing speed and storage necessary for large design files. Most graphic design firms and printing companies used only Macintosh computers. Today, that trend continues but PCs are making inroads in what used to be territory exclusive to Macintosh. Therefore, the decision on what computer to purchase is not as clear cut as it once was for graphic designers.

Hardware is the first consideration of most freelance designers. While PCs have been proven to rival Macs in terms of processing speed, some people claim that Macs still process large graphical files more efficiently. Also, Macintosh computers have a better maintenance record than most PCs. However, when a hardware problem does arise a Mac can cost more to repair.

Software is where the Macintosh shines compared to the PC. All the major graphic design applications are available for both platforms and run with similar speed. However, the Macintosh operating system has historically been much more stable than the Windows operating system and much easier for the end user to troubleshoot. Additionally, Macintosh computers are far less susceptible to viruses, adware and spyware than PCs, which are notorious for their security flaws.

There are considerations beyond the hardware and software that a freelance designer needs to consider. For example, Macintosh computers typically cost more than PCs. However, once a PC is equipped with the appropriate memory, processor and graphics card to efficiently process graphic files, the cost is quite similar. If a designer decides to switch platforms any graphic design software already owned must be repurchased under a new license which leads many designers to stick with one platform.

Aesthetics are often a consideration of many designers. Macintosh computers are designed to look sleek and creative while PCs are typically more standard looking. However, some of the Macintosh's most originally designed computers are not suitable for graphic design work, leaving a designer with the standard CPU tower, monitor and peripherals, although perhaps in interesting colors.

Finally, careful consideration must be given to interactions with outside vendors and clients. Many printing companies and graphic design firms still have a strong pro-Macintosh bias and may reject native files created with PC software. However, if you are submitting EPS, TIFF or PDF files, the difference in platform will be negligible. …

Consider the Future of Coal to Liquids Technology

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With some natural resources dwindling quickly, such as petroleum, we are facing a fuel crisis in the near future if we do not make some changes. Using a resource that is abundant in our earth but underused, such as coal, could just be the change we need. The coal to liquids procedure is instrumental in turning solid coal found within our planet's shell into a usable clean fuel. Not only could this technology solve the dilemma of diminishing petroleum, but it would also make gasoline less expensive than it currently is.

The main process used when turning coal to liquids is the Fischer-Tropsch method. It is a system of indirect liquefaction, and it begins by getting rid of any impurities from the syngas created by underground coal gasification. Sulfur and mercury are just a few of the harmful substances that are taken out of the fuel at the end of the coal to liquids process. The gas is then further filtered so that the product is gasoline or diesel that is free of contaminants. Clearly this is a benefit to the environment.

If you have never heard of this process, you might wonder why. It is likely because many countries have experienced with the idea of ​​coal to liquids, testing out its effects on the ecosystem and their budget. However, only South Africa has put enough faith in coal to liquids technology to allow it to permeate the commercial sector, and the country has been using it in some form since 1955. Consumers use its product to fuel their cars, and it can even be used in commercial jets. Clearly, this technology suits South Africa, particularly because the area has an abundance of coal. The United States has its own reserves as well. In fact, the US has the largest reserves of coal in the world, which is why its residents should be especially interested in this technology.

The future of coal to liquids is bright. Aside of the interest in lower emissions from gasoline and decreasing the costs of fueling cars, there is also concern over the diminishing supply of the natural resources necessary in our current method of gasoline production. Coal has an advantage in this case, as there are about 200 years of coal left in the planet, most of which is in the United States, followed by the former Soviet Union and China. This amount of available coal will likely increase over the years as the technology for additional extraction is created. Until then, the amount of coal we currently have can at least offer the ability for us to lessen our reliance on oil over time.

Another reason for the likely future success of coal to liquids technology is that it has the support of both the military and many politicians, and rightly so. The adoption of this process would help create jobs in rural areas that house coal, and employees are less at risk than if they used traditional mining processes. This is because …

Network Marketing Tools – 3 Easy Steps to Start Your Blog

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Network marketing tools that will build your business should perform these core functions: capture, manage, and follow-up with leads in some capacity. Creating your own blog is still one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to handle these tasks online.

What Do You Need To Get Started?

  • A self-hosted, WordPress blog.
  • An optin form.
  • One follow-up message.

Self-Hosted Blog

A self-hosted blog is one where you pay for the hosting fees.

This gives you complete control over your content and any leads that you get.

A major problem with replicated websites is the MLM company owns those leads. If you were to join and promote another company to those prospects, you could face legal action.

Even though you did all the work in finding and making a connection with these people, most mlm network marketing companies have strict policies stating their ownership.

WordPress

I highly recommend WordPress because it’s an easy to install platform-most hosting companies provide quick install options.

Plus there are numerous free plugins- software programs, along the lines of Iphone apps- to help you maximize the capabilities of your blog without you needing to learn programming.

Optin Form

What is an optin form? It’s a form that you can post to your webpages to capture information of people interested (aka leads) in what you have to offer.

Usually network marketers give away a free report as an incentive for visitors to subscribe to their list.

Autoreponder services, a service that processes email on your behalf, is the easiest way to create an optin form. They will provide you with the html code you need to post to your blog to create your form.

Autoresponders house the technology that put your follow-up on autopilot.

One Follow up message

Technically, to get going with building your list, you only need one follow up message.

This is the confirmation email.

Most autoresponder services will set this up for you once you create an account with them. All you’re required to do is fill in any personal details you would like to add to the message.

Once a visitor subscribes to your newsletter, a confirmation message will automatically be sent to them to verify their consent to continue receiving information from you.

At this point, you’re in business. They’re on your list. So even if you aren’t ready to send out a campaign, you have their contact information when you do get your offer together.

These are just the beginning steps to point you in the right direction of creating a lead-capturing blog-one of the best online marketing tools to build your business. Click the links below to find out how attract a year’s worth of leads in a month!…

What You Should Do When Your Computer Runs Slow?

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There are many causes of a slow PC and knowing these causes is the first step in trying to make your computer faster. A slow PC can be as a result of the hard disk drive that is full with unnecessary and malicious files. Another cause of a slow PC is when you have several software that have been installed or uninstalled in your computer thereby leaving behind some malicious files or may confuse the software. Your computer run slowly when there is corruption of data, PC is overheating; corrupt OS, bad hardware, or when there are Windows updates missing or outdated drivers.

In order to make your computer faster, you need to check wherever there is sufficient space in the hard disk drive. You need to verify that there is at least 200-500MB of free hard disk space in order to allow your machine to have room for the swap file and increase n size and to make room for the temporary files. If the hard drive is corrupted or fragmented, you need to run Scan-disk or anything equivalent in order to help in ensuring that there is nothing physically wrong with the hard disk drive of your machine. Furthermore, you need to run De-frag to ensure that your data is arranged in the best order.

Another thing that you need to do to speed up your PC is to look for background programs. You need to disable or remove completely any program or TSRs that start automatically every time your PC boots. If you want to find out what programs are running in the background, their CPU usage or how much memory they are consuming, you need to open the Task Manager. In case you are running Windows 7, you may be required to run Resmon to establish the programs that are taking up a lot of space.

Moreover, you need to verify that the Device Manager is completely out of conflict. You are expected to look at the hardware conflict and if there is any conflict, you need to resolve these issues as they may be the causes of your PC running slowly. Doing the above things will ensure that you have a clean registry. …

How to Generate Website Traffic in 10 Easy Steps

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Targeted Traffic for your website is hard to receive? Not with these 10 easy steps that will show you how to get website traffic with ease.

1. Optimize Your Site – Potential customers primarily use Google, Yahoo, MSN and AOL to search for services and products. Search Engines are picking up keywords so make sure your website contains sufficient relevant text and not just pictures.

2. Email Signature – By adding a personalized signature with your website URL to your email is one of the quickest and easiest ways to increase your website traffic. If you have employees, ask them to do the same.

3. Viral Marketing – One of the most powerful marketing strategies is still the word of mouth. Put an incentive program into effect and give your customers a reason to spread the word. They can easily be added to an affiliate program by supplying them with a link to your website that they can put in their blog and email.

4. Paid Search Placements – Paid Placements you can find on the right side and top links on the Google website. You can purchase these area on a "pay-per-click" basis. This is a phenomenal way to generate website traffic and it is fairly inexpensive when compared to the return on your investment.

5. Link Or Banner Trade – To trade a link or banner with other relevant websites is always a good idea. You advertise for them and they advertise for you. Also, having links posted on other sites that are relevant improves your Search Engine Ranking.

6. Offline Advertising – You are missing out an easy way to increase your website traffic if you do not have your website URL visible on your business cards, letterhead, packaging and even certain products. Business cards are one of the most powerful marketing tools you have access to, be sure that you are reaping your maximum rewards from them.

7. Customer Email – Repeat customers are one of the most important parts of your business. To keep your customers informed of new products and promotions be sure that you have their email addresses.

8. Virtual Sales Force – Sign up for an affiliate program to increase your website traffic. An affiliate is paid a small commission to send people to your website. When you see sites or blogs with a "Buy at Amazon" type of link or banner, those are put there by affiliates for example.

9. Powerful PR – Have a media release about a new product or contest that you are offering. Be creative! The eye of a busy journalist will catch a unique story much faster than a generic one will.

10. Write Articles – There are many industry websites where you can publish articles relevant to your product or service and supply a link to your URL. Additionally, EzineArticles, Hubpages and Squidoo are all wonderful outlets to use to increase your website traffic. …

Owning Your Own Website

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Having your own website to share what you know can be very exciting for many people. The size and capacity of the internet allows pretty much anyone to have their own website for any purpose that they desire. However, owning a website will not guarantee that there will be people visiting your website. You need to find ways to draw people to your site for the information that you are sharing. Using articles for SEO can help to draw more people to your site by placing your site well on the search engines.

The content on your website will greatly affect where your site ends up in search engine results and how interested visitors will be in your site. It can affect whether or not users choose to visit your site repeatedly. Many website owners want to draw in visitors and keep them coming back. Using articles for SEO will ensure that your website achieves a high ranking in the search engine results. This type of content will also help to keep visitors interested in your site.

Articles for SEO will cover the information that you are offering on your website. They will explain to potential visitors what your website is all about and what they can expect to find there. The information contained in this content should be interesting and should be geared towards holding a reader's interest long enough to keep them on your website. Having content that is boring or that does not follow a rational line of thought will cause people to lose interest and likely never return to your site.

Constantly adding articles for SEO to your site will also help to ensure that visitors return. If they liked what they saw initially, they are more likely to return to your site to learn more. If they return and there is no new content, it will more than likely be their last visit. New content will keep them coming back for more.

It is a lot of work to write more articles for SEO [http://www.articlehelium.com] but they are important. This type of content will not only help internet users to find your website but it will also help to keep them coming back again and again. …

How to Speed ​​Up Google Chrome

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One of the fastest browsers available online is Chrome. Although it performs well most of the times but sometimes it starts to malfunction suddenly. Many users have reported multiple errors related to this browser. A few of these problems are that Chrome runs slow, it crashes, Flash Player does not work properly with the browser and also that it redirects to some unwanted web sites. All these problems including how to speed up Google Chrome are intertwined and can be fixed through a unified approach.

As there are too many problems occurring in Chrome, the slow speed of the browser is easiest to fix. Normally tuning up internal Windows settings and removing the browsers junk result in improved browser speed.

If Google Chrome is running slow in your computer then follow these tips:

1> Clean Windows Registry

This technique will not only speed up Google Chrome but also fix most browser and computer errors resulting from the internal corruption in the Windows registry. The registry is a very important component and too much load in this area can make browser slow as well as cause it to crash or freeze frewuently. You should first of all do this thing in order to speed up the Chrome.

2> Clean Chrome Junk

As we browse, there continuously accumulates browser junk which include internet history files, download history, cookies and temporary internet files. This junk data will be removed daily to enjoy faster browsing. Although you can use the Chrome's internal option to remove this data but it is wise to use an external application such as a computer optimization software. Such a software can not only clean Chrome's junk in a faster way but also fix the registry errors.

3> Delete Excessive Add-ons

The add-ons also called extensions in Google Chrome are quite useful. However, some of these extensions are notorious and can make Chrome slow. Not only this some of the extensions are also found to be behind the freezing and crashing issues with this browser.

It is wise to delete those add-ons which are not frequently used. This, in addition to clearing registry and browser junk, can easily speed up Google Chrome.

4> Clean Windows Junk Files

There is also a huge junk files data thatathers inside the Windows. This data can slow down your web browser. It is a good habit to regularly remove this data from time to time through some good PC optimization tool. …

5 Marks of a Great Content Management System

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The functionality and appeal of your CMS website rests on your ability to select the best content management system for your needs. There are a lot of big names competing for attention as well as some smaller names that have great promise to become big names. This means lots and lots of choices for those who want to design CMS websites.

To make the selection process a bit easier, consider five tell-tale marks of a great content management system:

# 1: You do not need an IT crew on staff to install the CMS.

Installation is where some of the less effective content management systems fail. If a user can not figure out how to get the system installed they start to wonder if they will be able to actually use the system once it is installed. The best content management systems will be very easy to install even if the IT guy is not down the hallway.

# 2: The backend must be very easy to use.

This may be debatable for some people, but in most cases the backend of a CMS website should be incredibly simple to use. Most people using a CMS do not know HTML code or do not want to waste time messing with code. This means they are looking for a very simple system that allows them to add to, tweak and change their websites without getting into complicated procedures.

The simpler the backend is, the better suited a CMS will be to those who do not know how to completely code a website for themselves. This is important if you are designing websites for consumers who do not know much about web design. The easier the backend is for them to maneuver, the fewer calls of frustration the designer will receive after the product is in the hands of the client.

# 3: The CMS should offer templates that are reliably easy to modify.

The great thing about designing a CMS website is the ability to easily modify templates to come out with the perfect website for a given client. You should be able to take a template and make changes so it matches what you want your site to be or what a client wants their site to be. If the modification is too difficult or not possible, then the CMS fails to live up to its main purpose.

# 4: A great CMS will allow easy manipulation of extensions to extend the functionality of the CMS website.

If you can not add extensions, you can not get the most out of your CMS website. The best content management systems will make it easy to work with extensions so you can create the perfect website with any template.

# 5: There should be some form of community or support service where help in the design process can be found.

Finally, make sure the content management system you select has some type of support where you can ask questions and get the …