Because I can

Okay. I’m feeling giddy and all. But I’ve done something fun and useless yet again.

At the moment, I’m running linux (ubuntu) from my Windows 7 partition (thanks to wubi), and then emulating the Windows 7 environment again through virtualbox within Linux. What’s the point?

It’s fast. It feels fast at the very least. Booting into linux takes half the time, booting into windows within linux is friggin fast too. Honestly, if not for school, I would definitely do this cause it makes things easier in a sense. Then again. It’s too bad.

But well, it’s been so long since I geeked for no reason at all. And it feels great. Just that the last paper is tomorrow and I really REALLY should be studying since I’m not very confident. Oh well. Probably some videos and stuffs coming up before I retire for the day.


Update to SP1

Alright, after a couple of hours of fiddling. I’ll say. Go ahead. Update it.

There’s a observable performance boost in speed. Not very sure what exactly is causing that. And that my chrome is now resolving IP really REALLY quickly. It’s almost instant. So yes my internet is faster now. Maybe they cleared some kind of hidden cache that I didn’t know of.

Either way, I’m a happy geek now.

Also, I totally forgot about the days when we have to sit and wait for the updates to finish before we can do anything with the computer. Honestly, computers have improved drastically, I can even multitask while updating. This is just proof of how awesome technology is.


Windows 7 SP1

windows 7 sp1 release

Alright guys, the Service Pack 1 for windows 7 is finally out.

Right now it is an optional update. Though as a geek I’ll say, if your operating system has an update, UPDATE IT. So anyway, it isn’t a terribly important update. It basically rounds up all the previous updates into one pack, and adds a couple of other functionalities.

So if you haven’t update your computer up till now. I think you should do it. Right NOW. Or just take your time. The update shouldn’t that too long.

So well um, in case you’re interested in the new features:

 

  • Improved HDMI audio device performance: there’s a small update that helps reliability of HDMI audio devices after rebooting. This is listed as a feature in the release notes, but really feels like a bug fix.
  • Corrected behavior when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents: If you’re trying to print XPS documents that have landscape and portrait pages in the same document, now they will print correctly. All 5 of you can now rejoice.
  • Change to behavior of “Restore previous folders at logon” functionality: If you used the “Restore previous folders at logon” feature in Folder Options, the folders would restore into a cascaded set of windows. Now they will restore to where they were.
  • Support for Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX): supports a newer processor extension that improves performance for floating point intensive applications.
  • Improved Support for Advanced Format (512e) Storage Devices: hard drive manufacturers are transitioning to a new 4KB physical sector size, and now Windows 7 supports this better.

[via Howtogeek]

 

So uh, just go to Windows update, click on the important updates available and check the box and update.

Alternatively, you can download the ISO file directly from Microsoft. (not recommended if you’ve done previous updates)

Windows 7 SP1

So yeah! Cheers to the new update 😀


Geek – Cleaning myths

As promised, here’s the post about the myths of computer cleaning.

bustedplacard

ONE. Cleaning your registry

Honestly, it does more harm than good. If you have been using programs that scans and tells you what registry you don’t need and says that you should delete them, you’ve probably ran into errors here and there before.

THAT, is the cause of it. First and foremost, the freeware that we use isn’t smart enough to know what is good to go or stay. Many of a time, just because a certain registry value isn’t called upon by a program, it doesn’t mean that it’s TOTALLY ok to remove it. (eg. Spybot, CCleaner. Don’t get me wrong, they are useful in their own ways)

Though, if you’re smart enough, it DOES help speed up your computer. HOWEVER. I would NOT recommend this to anyone.

Fix? Defrag your registry instead.

That would provide a much safer way of cleaning your system. (though honestly? it would take many months/years for that to slow down your computer)

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Geek – keep your computer clean

Alright, I don’t know why I’m writings this at this ungodly hour, but hey, when inspiration comes, you just have to embrace it don’t cha?

As the title suggest, I’ll be giving tips on how to keep your computer running as clean as possible. (which means as fast as it can be)

p.s. I will be writing this specifically for windows 7. If you’re running older versions of windows, it should still be applicable to a certain extent.

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