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Memories

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By Joe Callison
5 September 2018

There are many types of computer memory being used these days. It used to be simpler when you had RAM memory and a hard drive. Sure the RAM memory evolved over the years from DRAM to DDR, then DDR2, DDR3, and DDR4 and hard drives went from SCSI or PATA to SATA, then SATA2, and SATA3, but now there are several more new types to confuse us.   Continue reading →

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Power Cycling and other Maintenance Tips

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By Joe Callison
16 August 2018

Most people are aware that many times a computer, modem or router problem can be resolved by just turning off the power to it, waiting a few seconds, and repowering it. This also works for all kinds of other equipment with electronic components, especially logic boards, in them. Sometimes even the power supply for a device has a protective circuit that must be power cycled to reset it. The following are some common experiences I have had that were fixed by power cycling.   Continue reading →

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Migrating Operating System to SSD

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By Joe Callison
10 June 2018

One of the most cost effective ways to improve the performance of a computer is to migrate the operating system from a mechanical rotating hard drive to a solid state drive. Accessing and reading data from a solid state drive can easily be at least 30% and up to 100% or more faster. With prices as low as $25 for a 120GB SATA type, it is the most bang you can get for your buck and is relatively easy to do. Here is the easiest method for any desktop or laptop computer with a SATA type hard drive:   Continue reading →

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Virtual Machines

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By Joe Callison
9 May 2018

A virtual machine is an emulation of a computer system in software. It provides the ability to test or try out various operating systems on your current computer, often at no cost for non-commercial use. It was even provided by Microsoft as an optional Windows feature that could be enabled in Windows 7 Professional to run Windows XP in a virtual machine. For those who still like to tinker with old DOS programs or games, free emulators such as DOSBox are available.   Continue reading →

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Google Experiments & Labs

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By Joe Callison
21 April 2018

Google has insider user groups just as Microsoft does. You can browse experimental apps for Android or Chrome or sign up for early access to test new Android and iOS apps through Area 120, a workshop for Google’s experimental products.   Continue reading →

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USB Info & Tips

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By Joe Callison
17 March 2018

USB or Universal Serial Bus started showing up in computers in 1998, beginning with the Apple iMac. The USB 1.1 ports were designed for Low Speed (1.5 mbps) or Full Speed (12 mbps). Three years later the USB 2.0 standard improved USB to High Speed (480 mbps) and supported up to 100mA (0.5W) of power for low power and up to 500mA (2.5W) for high power. SuperSpeed USB 3.0 devices started showing up in 2010. The first generation USB 3.1 supports 5 gbps speed and up to 150mA (0.75W) for low power or up to 900mA (4.5W) for high power. The second generation of USB 3.1 increased the top speed to 10 gbps, and the current USB 3.2 top speed is 20 gbps. The USB 3.x standards are backward compatible to USB 2.0 devices.   Continue reading →

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Windows 10 Download

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By Joe Callison
14 February 2018

So now that both the free upgrade to Windows 10 for the general public and the extended free upgrade for those using assistive technologies have ended, you are out of luck for a free upgrade, right? Well, not necessarily. Supposedly if you download the Windows 10 installation software from Microsoft at www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10
and upgrade using a qualifying Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license key, it will still upgrade and activate Windows 10 for free.   Continue reading →

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Windows Reliability Monitor

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By Joe Callison
4 January 2018

If you have ever tried to analyze the contents of the Windows Event Viewer to troubleshoot a computer, you should appreciate the value of the different views of events offered by the Reliability Monitor.
Start typing Reliability Monitor in the Search bar and you should see “View reliability history” as a Control Panel item show up in the search results. Running the Reliability Monitor produces a daily summary of events by categories and a reliability trend curve scaled from 1 to 10. Clicking on a particular day will list the events for that day, where you can also click to view technical details for each event.   Continue reading →

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Fixing Printer Offline

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By Joe Callison
3 December 2017

Recently a lot of people have been experiencing their network printers going offline and having great difficulty getting them back online or keeping them from going back offline. These are printers that had been working fine in the past and something must have changed to create the problem. It could be due to a change in the router firmware by the internet service provider, an operating system update, or a printer driver update. It has occurred with various makes and models of printers, multiple internet service providers with various makes and models of routers, and both Windows 7 and Windows 10 operating systems.    Continue reading →

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MBR and GPT Based Hard Drive Partitions

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By Joe Callison
6 November 2017

Windows on a UEFI-based device must format the hard drive for Windows with a GUID partition table (GPT) file system instead of a Master Boot Record (MBR) file system. Besides the EFI System Partition on a GPT drive, it will have a Microsoft reserved partition (MSR) to help with partition management, the Windows partition, and a Recovery tools partition for the Windows Recovery Environment tools image, which also supports booting partitions with Windows Bitlocker Drive Encryption, if used. Additional OEM-utility partitions or data partitions could optionally be present.   Continue reading →

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About ISO Files

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By Joe Callison
25 September 2017

An ISO file is the image of a CD or DVD that is typically used for burning a copy of the CD or DVD. Windows 8 and 10 come with a built-in ability to mount an ISO image directly from the file so that a CD or DVD player is no longer needed. A utility can be added to Windows 7 or Vista to provide the same capability. For information on how to mount (and unmount) an ISO file or to obtain the utility, see the following link:
https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/mount-an-iso-image-in-windows-vista/

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Restoring the F8 Function During Boot

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By Joe Callison
1 September, 2017

Welcome to zero-day for my new blog. I thought it might be fun to start a blog for the more advanced senior computer users interested in digging into the bowels of the Windows beast. I may also sprinkle in some opinions, reviews, rants, and even some Apple or Android nuggets from time-to-time. What you will not find are step-by-step tutorials (except in links) as they should not be needed for the intended readers.   Continue reading →

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