Windows 11: to upgrade or not to upgrade

Every time that I log onto my computer I look to my system tray, staring at the update button with the blue dot on it. This indicates that my computer is compatible with Windows 11 and that I can upgrade it. In this post, I will discuss the pros and cons of upgrading to Windows 11.

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Solving your computer performance issues with Windows Task Manager – Part 3

In my previous post, I went into detail about the columns in the “Process” tab. These columns can be of great help when solving performance issues of programs you are running or the performance of your computer in general. In case you are not able to do it yourself, it supports you in doing a basic root-cause analysis that makes your Tech department very happy. It is great for them to receive a constructive problem description instead of: “computer is slow, fix it”.

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Solving your computer performance issues with Windows Task Manager – Part 2

In my previous post, I showed how easy it is to check the memory that is used by all the programs and processes you are running on your computer. Additionally, I showed how you can quickly shut down programs that suddenly freeze up and can’t be closed and restarted again. This is all done by using Task Manager. One of the basic features that a Tech supporter checks in order to do a root cause analysis for performance issues of programs and applications on your computer.

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Solving your computer performance issues with Windows Task Manager – Part 1

Do you know the feeling of annoyance when you start up your computer or a specific program and you have to wait for ages? Or of getting a little upset when a program just doesn’t work at all or suddenly stops? I do and I think a lot of people that frequently use a computer at the office run into this situation now and then as well. It’s very frustrating and leads to restarting your computer over and over again without a real solution, leaving you without a clue why it is so slow. Especially not having a clue about the root cause of the problem is the biggest annoyance I have for myself: I want to fix it but I don’t know how so I just keep going while frustration is building up.

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The CPU – Part 2

In my previous post about CPUs, I explained the basics of their functionality. Because of all the technological progress, we make (AI, laptops, tablets, mobile phones), the CPU requirements are ever-increasing. Luckily both Moore’s Law and the creative tinkering of the CPU architects made it possible to keep up with the never-stopping technology speed train. 

In this post, I will discuss the different CPU enhancements throughout the years that were being tinkered by the CPU architects so that the CPU was able to keep up with technology.

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The CPU – Part 1

If you are very interested in cars, you are probably also interested in the hardware of the car: what is below the hood and what makes the car drive. For myself, this is the same with computers. I think that it is also important to have a better understanding of the hardware to get a better grasp of technology. Without doing this (sticking to the analogy I used), would give me a feeling that I am driving a car without knowing what is under the hood of the car. And to start this off, I would like to get more insight into the heart of the computer: the Central Processing Unit or short: the CPU. 

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