5 Ways to Speed Up Your PC

Written by Jim Edwards

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Click Start, point to All Programs (or Programs), Accessories, System Tools, and click Disk Defragmentor. Chooserepparttar disk you want to defragment and expect to letrepparttar 107778 program run for several hours.

~ Uninstall Unused Software ~

We all maintain software on our systems we rarely, if ever, use.

That software can steal system resources. Click Start, Control Panel, and "Add Remove Programs" to pull up a screen that allows you to remove old programs you don't use anymore.

Simply select and uninstall all programs you know for sure you don't need or want.

~ Buy More RAM ~

Increasing your RAM, a computer's memory, can dramatically increase speed when running certain operations or programs.

RAM costs so little now that you should installrepparttar 107779 maximum amount of memory your system can handle.

~ "Stop Them At Startup" ~

This operation requires a bit more technical savvy thanrepparttar 107780 other four, so proceed with caution.

Many programs load intorepparttar 107781 system tray inrepparttar 107782 lower right of your computer's desktop and consume system resources even if you never use them.

Click Start, Run, type in msconfig, and press Enter. Clickrepparttar 107783 "Startup" tab to see a list of programs that automatically start with Windows.

Clearrepparttar 107784 check box next to programs you know you don't want to load at startup.

But don't clear any checkbox unless you are 100% certain of a program's purpose.

Once you finish, click OK and it will prompt you to restart Windows.

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Viabilitty of Grid Computing

Written by Thom Leggett

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For example: a marketplace simulation requires, by its very nature, a high degree of interconnection betweenrepparttar entities that are carrying outrepparttar 107777 different parts ofrepparttar 107778 calculation. Many, (if not most), real-world tasks simply cannot be broken down as easily asrepparttar 107779 SETI calculation.

So how does Oracle, a database company, justify calling its latest database 10g (whererepparttar 107780 g stands for Grid)? Why does Sun believe that its business customers will benefit from Grid technologies?

Inrepparttar 107781 case of Oracle, they are just referring to a technology that has been around for a while called clustering. Clustering simply connects several computers together to act as one. This is nothing new and Grid in this context is nothing more than hype - Oracle are just using a topical 'buzzword' to market an already-existing technology.

Sun, onrepparttar 107782 other hand, may have a more reasonable position. It touts intra-company Grids rather than ones based on a worldwide reach. In these cases,repparttar 107783 above analysis breaks down - asrepparttar 107784 cost of network transmission inside a company is a tiny fraction of that overrepparttar 107785 Internet. However, there are still only a small number of applications that could benefit from such a configuration.

That said; there are a few notable exceptions. Smaller architecture firms, which lackrepparttar 107786 huge computing resources required to ensurerepparttar 107787 safety of more ambitious projects, will be able to have their designs tested using Grid computing power:repparttar 107788 input (a technical drawing) and output (a structural analysis) are tiny compared torepparttar 107789 massive amount of processing that needs to be done.

Similarly, 3D animation studios could render movies usingrepparttar 107790 Grid; asrepparttar 107791 3D model input andrepparttar 107792 picture that isrepparttar 107793 output are again small compared torepparttar 107794 processing required.

This article is not to say that computing Grids won't have an impact on our lives - high end scientific projects such as cancer research, human genome research and development of new materials will benefit hugely fromrepparttar 107795 huge pool of computing resource thatrepparttar 107796 Grid promises.

Inrepparttar 107797 commercial world however,repparttar 107798 Grid will only impactrepparttar 107799 very largest of enterprises until network connectivity is as cheap and readily available as processing power. With Moore's Law2 still holding, that is not likely to happen any time soon.

To summarise then,repparttar 107800 computing nirvana of processing and storage on demand (also known as utility computing) is a long way off - both technically and, most importantly, economically.

If you would like any more information, please contact FWOSS - we'll be happy to discuss our views with you.

1 Distributed Computing Economics Jim Gray March 2003 2 "Processor speed will double every 18 months."

This article is copyright Fire Without Smoke Software Ltd 2003. FWOSS can be contacted at www.fwoss.com Please feel free to reproduce this article on your site withrepparttar 107801 appropriate credits.

Thom is FWOSS' operations director

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