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Entries from February 2009

Some computer “Best Practices”

February 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

There are certain accepted “best practices” for working on and using computers, including: Preparing for the unexpected by backing up data and recording configurations. Turning off and unplugging all related equipment. Using the appropriate tool for the job. Doing what you can to reduce the risk of electrostatic discharge (ESD). Most CD and DVD drives come with […]

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Tags: Soap Box

XP Tweak – 8.3 file names and speeding up your computer

February 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Now that most of you are off of Windows 98 and ME, I would like to share this little tweak. Files that use the 8.3 naming convention can degrade NTFS drive performance. Unless you have a good reason for keeping the 8.3 naming convention intact (such as if you’re using 16-bit programs), a performance gain […]

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Tags: Backing up · Optimizing · Speeding Up