New Year, Clean PC

Over the course of a year your computer undoubtedly suffers wear and tear from use, and there aren’t many better ways to start off the new year than to clean it up so it runs at peak performance! Step 1: Back-up As reliable and useful as they are, computers are not infallible, and they do break down. Backing up information and data prepares you for any catastrophe so that you lose a minimal amount of work in the event that your system fails. Windows has a back-up manager included, and many more can be found online. Step 2: Monitor Machine Health The hard drive is the hardest working part of a computer, and while each part has an important function to the performance of the machine, the hard drive is probably the most important. Using both a physical¬†health scanner (a SMART subsystem) and a logical health scanner, which is the chkdsk process on Windows machines, you can evaluate whether or not your hard drive needs to be retired. Step 3: Patching/Updating Software Despite the fact we will never have a perfect computer, we continue to make our systems and programs better, and for both security and performance reasons, it’s wise to update your files often. Now, for some people (AKA myself) you do this every day. But not everyone has that much time on their hands. But automating the process can also mean inconvenient system reboots, so it is best to set aside time to do it all at once every so often, or just update your files as you need to access them. Most update histories for programs...
Computer Troubleshooting Guides

Computer Troubleshooting Guides

I have compiled a guide that should cover most of the problems that you may have with your computer. Please note that this is an ever-changing document. If you think of something that needs to be added, or you have found a mistake, please send an email to GriffinB@Emailssd.com. Thank you. General Troubleshooting...

Cortana Tricks

Ever since she was introduced, Apple’s Siri has been the best known mobile device AI. From answering basic questions to being able to give accurate destinations, along with having access to every app on your device, Siri is the multipurpose tool that does your work for you at a simple command. Because of this, it’s no surprise that Microsoft wanted to do something similar.¬†Affectionately named after Master Chief’s AI from Halo, Cortana has many of the capabilities of Siri and some, and with access to the web, there isn’t much that she can’t do. Here are some helpful and even fun tips and tricks you can use with Cortana. -She can open Windows apps and even some applications on command -On PC (running on Windows 10) she will respond to the phrase “Hey, Cortana” without you needing to touch your keyboard! This is imperfect, however, as she will often hear that in other statements and open the Cortana window, minimizing whatever it is that you are doing at the time. -If she does not have an answer, she will immediately open your browser and Bing (yes, it is regrettably not Google) your statement or question for you -If you tell her to, “Beam me up, Scotty” she will respond with a variety of Star Trek related lines. -If you ask her about Bill Gates or Steve Jobs she will give responses like “He’s like a father to me” or (my personal favorite) when you ask her to compare the two she will say “That is like comparing Apples to Windows!” And many more! ~Chris Watson, Technical...