Posts Tagged ‘#limits’

Memory

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis September 12th, 2011

You may have heard about the breakthrough in Alzheimer’s treatments, but what about your PC?  I have a lot of customers that think adding RAM will cure their computer’s problems.  Usually it’s slow, and they want a quick fix (see my previous article about this).   Sometimes it CAN help, especially if your PC wasn’t engineered right in the first place.  First of all, there is a “sweet spot” memory limit for Windows;  XP = 500 Mb, Vista = 1 Gb, Win 7 = 2 Gb.  If you don’t have at least this much memory, you should add some.  But for a long time now there’s been a cool thing called DUAL CHANNEL MEMORY on the mainboard of PC’s.  It means that the stuff that gets processed via RAM has twice the pipeline to do so, and can REALLY give your PC a boost.  Cheaper equipment will often have a single stick of memory installed, which is just silly given how cheap the chips are these days.  If you go configure a new computer on the Dell site, for example, you might notice a choice between 2 sticks vs one.  ALWAYS GET TWO!!   It’s better (faster) to get two sticks of 1 Gb RAM than a single stick of 2 Gb, even though it’s’ the same amount of physical memory.  Go figger…

Email Woes

Helpful Hints, Warnings | Posted by Dennis August 27th, 2011

The biggest problem I see with people’s email are because they NEVER CLEAN IT UP.  They let all their folders keep filling and filling until BLAP! they hit a wall.  For web mail it’s because there’s a limit to the amount they let you store.  For Outlook, it’s a problem with the program.  Depending on the version, Outlook will only allow 2 Gb of email to be stored…. more for the later versions  (Outlook express is worse, and just crashes).  Tips to manage your storage:  1) EMPTY THE TRASH! (deleted items)  2) Clear out as many sent items as possible (do you REALLY need 7 years’ worth?)  3)  Don’t leave everything in the IN BOX!  Create folders to stay organized, and move stuff out to those after you read them.  4) Auto-archive in Outlook can help automate cleanup, but there’s a catch.  If you turn on this feature, IT WON’T WORK UNTIL YOU TELL IT the setting you want for each folder.  So it defaults to not touch it.  This is good, but people don’t realize that each folder has an archive setting that you should set.  For example, I want my Tech Newsletter folder to get dumped if it’s 6 months or older.  But my login/registration folder I NEVER want touched.