Getting Patched with Windows Service PackWritten by Demetria Zinga
Are you one of those people that keeps track of recalls, just in case one of your most recent purchases gets recalled? Well, some of us do, but many of us don’t.
For those of us who don’t keep up with recalls in general, it’s just as easy to be unaware of fact that Microsoft Windows offers us this wonderful service called a Service Pack, which is essentially a recall service for Microsoft Windows. Most people are not aware of service packs, what they’re for, and how to use them. Let’s talk for a minute about how service packs can help save or even lengthen life of your PC.
First, you’ll need to set up your PC to receive those service packs on a regular basis. This keeps your computer safe from hackers. Oftentimes, Microsoft discovers faulty code or loopholes in operating system which also, unfortunately, gets detected by hackers. If your computer is not serviced and updated, you open door for hackers to step in and take over.
They way to set up your service pack for automatic updates is to open your Control Panel, and then open System. You will then select Automatic Updates tab. You can also choose to have your updates downloaded but not installed automatically. Be sure to check this often to make sure you still have your automatic updates for service pack selected.
The Dirt on ScreensaversWritten by Demetria Zinga
Remember back in days where screensavers were coolest thing at office? You could stare at your co-worker’s “fish in ocean” screensaver at cubicle next door for hours and actually have a full afternoon of conversation about that one screensaver. Well, screensavers are still “in”, but not as “in” as they used to be. In fact, back in old days, screensavers were essentially used to keep monitors from getting their images “burned in”. Back in those days, phosphors could be burned out of a monitor by leaving items displayed on screen. Nowadays, we don’t have that problem . Our high resolution screens don’t get “burned in” anymore. In fact, when you use screensavers, you hog important resources on your PC. Not only does it take up unnecessary space, but you will need at least 64 MB of RAM and a card that displays 256 colors just to run a screensaver. It’s especially important to make sure that if you should choose to download a screensaver, to make sure it’s from a trusted source. You wouldn’t want to download viruses along with your cute screensaver.