In the News…

Sometimes we just like to give a few tidbits of info. Here are some that the Victor crew has found.

Windows 10 free upgrade ends July 29. After that you will have to shell out $119. How-to Geek has a fix for you if you decide to try it later on but don’t want to pay for it. www.howtogeek.com/

Last week there were articles about over 250 million email accounts being breached including Google, Yahoo, and Hotmail. It was later reported that most of the stolen information accounts didn’t match up with the passwords. If you are ever in doubt if you’ve been compromised, here is a handy little tool to check: haveibeenpwned.com/. Better yet, turn on 2-step verification. It may be a little bit of a pain to get started but once your device is authorized, there is nothing more to do.

This isn’t really news but a bit of trivia. You may see sites that have TL;DR popping up here and there. What does this mean? It means Too Long; Didn’t Read. It is editor shorthand notation when they indicate a passage is too long to invest the time to read it.

Some PC Myths

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A few weeks ago, we wrote about smartphone myths. This week we have some PC myths from the folks at How-to Geek.

More RAM will always speed up your PC. It doesn’t hurt but it doesn’t always help. You can monitor your RAM usage and decide if you really need it. Spare RAM is used for caching, so if you are getting by with what you have, you don’t need to increase your cache RAM.

A CPU with more cores is always faster. Each core offers the opportunity to do more than one thing at a time. However, if you are doing a process with one thread, it will only use one core anyway. A faster 4-core CPU will run faster than an 8-core CPU in this scenario. This tells us the speed of the CPU can matter just as much as the cores.

64-bit software is always faster. Most of the newer CPUs are 64-bit, as well as the operating systems. A lot of the software you run is still 32-bit. It depends on the software and what is does to determine speed.

You always want a faster CPU and graphics card. Buying the fastest CPU and graphics card you can afford isn’t always the best idea. If you have a separate graphics card, your PC will use more power. A laptop may burn out the battery faster. If you don’t use your PC for gaming, you can opt for the slower CPU.

Macs are always more expensive than PCs. Yes Macs are more than lower end Windows PCs and Chromebooks but when you look at higher end PCs you will find the prices more comparable.

Building your own PC will always save you money. Years ago, maybe it would have but not now. Do the research. Buying the individual components can cost more. You may want to get your geek on and build one yourself but it won’t save you money.