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Category Archive: Computers

Articles about everything computer related.

SSD, The New HDD

Solid State Drives (SSD) in recent years, have become increasingly cheaper making them affordable to the general consumer. Although SSD’s have been around since the 1950’s, they have until now, remained outside mainstream retail computing. This is mainly due to their high price and low capacity compared to conventional Hard Disk Drives (HDD). Fundamental Differences A current SSD with the fashionable “Aggressive” look....

Free Photography Downloads: FastStone Image Viewer

Photography can be a rather expensive hobby and once you have spent out on lenses, bags, tripods etc., there can be little money left in the kitty for software tools like photo editors. Thankfully, there are some very good free tools out there and in my software “kitbag”, I have the following: Image Browser Exif Editor Photo Editor RAW Tools Panorama Stitch Software HDR Creator Image Recovery Software For this first article, I shall...

RAM Installation Guide & FAQ

A cost effective way of speeding up your computer is to upgrade the RAM (Random Access Memory). Some may find this daunting, but the reality is that it is in-fact one of the simplest procedures even novices can use to drastically improve system performance. Checking your Operating System To avoid any unnecessary overspending, you need to determine whether your OS is 32-bit or 64-bit.The reason for this is 32-bit OS’s can only utilize a...

5 Free Ways To Speed Up Your Computer (Software Based)

Customers often ask us questions like “How do I speed up my computer?” or “My computer has become very sluggish, what can I do?”. This article is going to show you 5 ways any Windows user can do just this using software that is either included on your PC already or available for free online. By following these simple steps, you will help to revitalize, maintain and boost a deteriorating operating system. 1. Disk Cleanup...

Top 5 Must-Have Free Downloads

I am regularly asked to recommend a piece of software to fulfil certain tasks by customers, friends and family so they can pop out and buy it. I normally end up pointing them in the direction of a free download online that I have been using for years. So today I am going to share with you my list of top downloads that (in my humble opinion) all computer users should have installed. Paint.net Whilst it lacks the advanced features of a programme...

Calculating Page Coverage with AP Fill

Here at Refresh Cartridges we often get asked how many pages certain cartridges will print before they are empty. Customers will often seem surprised when we recall the figures given by the cartridges manufacturer as they can be substantially higher than the amount of pages they have got in the past. This is generally because the industry standard way of measuring page yield is at a 5% coverage on an A4 page. The estimation of page coverage for...

CD/DVD Firmware

A consistent problem that we’re having at Refresh is customers purchasing DVD discs and then returning them as being ‘faulty’ because they refuse to work correctly on their machines. Once they come back in to store we then run a couple of tests and they check out as being absolutely fine meaning that quite often a customer has just returned to us dozens of completely fine discs.The reason for the media being incorrectly identified as being...

BluRay and HD DVD

High Definition seems to be the current buzzword in the technology sector; we have had high definition ready TV’s on the market for some time now and now not only do we have a choice of one high definition playback format to choose from but two. To be honest the whole affair is very much like the old Betamax and VHS video war which repeats itself so often in the technology sector as two different formats struggle for supremacy. This war is...

DVD-R or DVD+R

We still get people coming to our trade counter on a daily basis to pick up DVD media for their machines but when asked whether they are after DVD-R or DVD+R a puzzled expression shoots across their face. It was for this reason that I thought it would be nice to recap on the different types of disc that you can buy for your DVD writer and the differences between them. The DVD-R Format The DVD-R Format was initially developed by Pioneer and is...

All about DVD media

Although I’d expect the majority of my readers to know exactly what an DVD disc is, it seems that far too many people have not taken the plunge to purchase a DVD player for their computer even though you can pick up a drive for around £40 or so. DVD technology has been around in Europe now for around 4 years and although most people have used one in order to watch a movie, many may not yet be buying and using DVD data discs for their PCs. Back...


 
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