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Cool Video about our Solar System, all of the known asteroids found since 1980…

This is what happens when you get magnets close to an old CRT TV or Computer Monitor
This doesn’t happen as easily anymore, LCD, and LED Screens don’t get effected by magnets like the older CRT Screens.

Wow, I guess that this TV Probably doesn’t work quite right anymore…

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Ubuntu 10.10

So it will be that time of the year soon, the newest version of Ubuntu appears to be shaping up very well. This version is getting a lot of new features. they’re working very hard on removing bugs, and it even has a slightly different interface.  I’m looking forward to the newest Ubuntu.

http://ubuntu.com/

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Useful computer tip of the week

Clean your computer on a regular basis.  This means keep the harddrive defragmented, remove old software, temporary files, and clean your registry.

CCleaner is a good program for removing the old software, temporary files, and the registry.

Also you should clean your computer’s interior as well.  Dust buildup can clog the fans, short out the electronics, and it has a chance of causing a fire. (Just know that for it to get to this point, your computer will have to have gone a number of years without cleaning.)

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Changes in Computing

Hmmm… Computers have changed a lot havn’t they?  I remember when we got a Gateway brand computer with Windows 95 installed, for over $1000.00 (I’m not sure on the number, I was a little kid at the time) It may have been powerful for it’s time, but now it can’t even compete with the lowest end computer from today. (Although… it does seem faster, as operating systems have been bloated with more features over the years)

Now, two years ago, I got a high end gaming laptop for just over $1000.00, it is a fast computer, but I need to work at keeping it’s copy of Windows 7 from getting gunked up, and slowing down…. hmm, that reminds me, I need to clean the filter on my vaccum cleaner. 🙂

My friend bought a new laptop yesterday, and asked me if I could get it to go any faster, it’s a quad core laptop, with 4 GB of RAM, and it was MUCH slooooooooweerrrr then my dual core laptop from two years ago, or even the Gateway computer from over 10 years ago!

Turns out that between Windows becoming heavier, and useless software being installed, many Windows-based computers are getting slower, even though they have faster, yet cheaper, hardware.  I was able to speed his computer up by removing unneeded software from the computer, including a second antivirus program, then the computer became quite fast.

I find it kind of freaky that the hardware is becoming cheaper, but it’s becoming harder to do any computing at a good speed, since most new computers have tons of bloatware pre-installed, which you have to remove, or else the computer can be pretty well useless.

Thank you for reading this post 🙂

–Peder Erickson

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Microsoft has a new marketing campaign

Microsoft has started a marketing campaign against Apple, http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare/pc-vs-mac.aspx , and the Mac users don’t seem too happy.  I, myself am a Linux Person, and I remember Microsoft’s ‘Get The Facts’ campaign, which did the exact same thing to Linux, annoying lots of Linux users.  (Well they did have the top link on the Google search page for Linux…)

Looking at their new site, it appears that this time, it’s just trying to keep people that are on the fence from switching away from windows.  Those who have already switched are not likely to change back, I know that, because I switched to Linux a few years ago, and only keep Windows around for those few games that don’t run on Linux, through Wine or other means…

As time passes, I see Microsoft becoming irrelevant because everything seems to be moving to the ‘cloud’.  I like the fact that I can easily move from computer to computer without needing a flash drive, but I still like having a local copy of my data.  On the ‘facts’ that microsoft has on their site, most of them seem to do with shortcomings in their software, which requires users of other systems and programs to do workarounds, because Microsoft Products refuse to work with Mac or Linux formats, but Mac and Linux can work with Microsoft formats.

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Useful Tip of the week

Here is a program that many people will find useful.

OpenOffice.org

http://Openoffice.org

OpenOffice.org is a free office suite that can be used in the place of Microsoft® Office.  It may not have every feature of Microsoft’s Office Suite, but it has all of the features that the general computer user needs.  It has a Word Processor, Spreadsheet program, Presentation program, Art Program, and Database Program.

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux

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