The Nature of RAM

Regardless of how long you’ve worked with something (in this case, computers) you learn something new every day. I just finished a college course on networking, related to Cisco, and one of the things we had to do was set up a router configuration. In so doing, one of the important steps was to save the configuration file so that it wasn’t lost upon reboot, because the current settings were running on RAM. Now for the post 4 or 5 months, I’ve taken to rebooting my PC once a day. Not shutting down and turning it back on, but restarting, because I noticed that the longer I went without a reboot, the more RAM the base Windows processes would consume, which chopped my performance down noticeably. Now, I finally understand why restarting it deals with it. RAM is only stored while it is active, and if you reboot, that wipes the slate clean. ~Chris Watson, Technical...

Creating Your Own Macros

  Creating Your Own Macros I like being productive. To me, it’s honestly one of the most satisfying feelings that I can describe. Although, I don’t know if you feel the same way about productivity as I do. Keyboard shortcuts (also known as macros) are one of the many ways that I can make myself more productive. It may sound a little crazy, but if a macro can save me as little as 2 seconds every time that I use it, I would gladly spend the 5 minutes that it takes to create it. A couple of weeks ago, I made a .pdf file that contained all of the macros that are available by default on Windows computers. You can see that post here. Today, I will be showing you my favorite program for creating your very own customizable macros. A word of caution however, if you do not enjoy the thought of having to program something yourself, then this may not end up being very enjoyable. The program that I use for my macros is called Auto Hotkey (AHK). AHK is a 100% free program that can create macros and it can even detect what you are typing. For example, I could create a macro that sends an email with a preset message with one keystroke. Another example, if I were to type the letters “btw” I could make a small program that expands those three letters to “by the way” without even having to press a button. Pretty cool isn’t it? How do you obtain this software? Just click here to download the program. Install it after...

The Rules of Rebooting/Shutting Down Your PC

Something I’ve noticed about a lot of end user’s is that they never turn off their PC, let alone restart it. Whether this is out of fear that it won’t reboot, or simply out of laziness, I do not know, but it is not healthy for the machine. Think of it this way: a human needs sleep to be able to function and think well. The less sleep you get, the less functional you are, and if you go days/weeks without sleeping, your mind becomes a complete mess. The brain is a lot like a biological computer, so if it needs rest, why wouldn’t your mechanical computer? A fresh restart a day is a good place to start, and then a complete shut down for every night isn’t a bad move either. You see, restart and shutdown are two very different things. Shut down is not to be confused with sleeping/hibernating. If you close your laptop, IT IS NOT SHUT OFF. To shutdown your PC, go into the Start menu, go to power, and select shut down. If the computer is frozen due to a virus or a crash, hold the physical power button for a few seconds to do a hard shut down, but only due this in EXTREME circumstances as a last resort. Sleeping/hibernating causes it to use minimal power but keeps it running for a faster start-up, while shutdown turns it off completely, causing it to use no power, and deals with issues such as overheating and hardware stress. But it doesn’t fix all problems. With Windows 10 especially, I’ve noticed that the longer your machine...

How To Create Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts

You can create your own keyboard shortcuts to open up programs on Windows computers. Before you start, you need to make a shortcut on your desktop of the program that you want the keyboard shortcut to open up. Once you do that, there are a few steps in the rest of the process. 1. Right-click on the shortcut. 2. Click Properties. 3. In the Shortcut Key dialog select the letter that you want to be the shortcut. 4. Done. (Note: Windows automatically inserts Ctrl + Alt before the selected letter, you cannot change this.) ~Griffin Brautigam – Technical...

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

If you are like me, you enjoy being productive, getting as much quality work done as possible in a relatively short amount of time. One way that I accomplish peak productivity is by using keyboard shortcuts that are built into every Windows computer! I have compiled a list of many keyboard shortcuts that work on Windows 7, 8, and 10 machines. These shortcuts can open programs, save files, delete files, and many more cool things! ~Griffin Brautigam, Technical...