How to speed up your computer’s hard drive

My hard drive is slow.

So is my processor, but thats not the point. I think my hard drive is something like 5,600 rpm’s, which is slow. my computer makes up for it by having a sweet graphics card, but again, thats not the point. I hate my slow hard drive, and I wanted to fix it. Being my lazy self, though, I didn’t look into it until something popped up in my inbox today. The letter is from Tuneup, the makers of the software I use to speed up various parts of my computer. I experienced a noticable boost in load times of some applications after following their advice, and I can now copy files to and from my hard drive about 25% faster. Awesome.

How did I do it?

All these nifty speed boosts can be obtained by activating your computer’s “Cache.” Normally, your computer writes 100% of everything it needs to save directly onto the hard drive. Because hard drives can only write so fast, this slows your computer down as it waits for an accumulating list of files to be written. By using a cache, files that need to be written are saved on a portion of your RAM, so that whenever your computer is under less of a load, the files that are ‘cached’ can be written. In the mean time, your computer just keeps on going full speed ahead. Read on to see just how I did this. Be warned that this tutorial is Windows-specific. Sorry, Mac users. Continue reading

my iPod VNC tutorial

As promised, I said I’d turn my old youtube video into a (much) updated tutorial.
All I’m going to do is teach you how to control your computer with your iPod Touch or iPhone. All this means is that you can see your computer screen on your iPod, and you can click/type/etc. just as you would normally, except on your iPod Touch.

Its also nice for fooling your friends into thinking you have Windows XP on your iPod Touch.

Ok. To start, you will need 3 things:

  1. Client software (i.e. what lets you VIEW other computers) for your iPod Touch.
  2. Server software (i.e. what clients connect to) for your computer.
  3. Internet connection for both your iPod Touch AND your computer
  4. Access to the router that your computer is hooked up to (assuming that you are not using dial-up or are only using a modem).
  5. About an hour of free time.

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Making those dvd’s useful

Don’t you hate it when your dvd’s can only be played on your computer or tv? Want a really, really easy way to copy your dvd’s to your computer, and from there to pretty much any movie player you want? I’ve put together a really, really easy tutorial that’ll have you ripping your vids in no time. All you need are 2 pieces of [free] software and a dvd drive.

The software you’ll need is…

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iPod Touch 2g finally jailbroken!

If you are one of the many people with a second generation iPod Touch, waiting long and patiently for an iPod Touch 2G jailbreak, fear no more. There is a jailbreak open to the public, and it does not involve plugging it into your computer every time you start it up (in otherwords, there is an ‘untethered’ jailbreak out). 

Read more to see my guide on how to jailbreak your iPod. Like anything, I wouldn’t recommend that you jailbreak your iPod Touch unless you really know what you’re doing. If you want to see a full length, detailed guide, try iPodTouchFans.com. Thats where I go, so what do you have to lose? As I only own a first generation iPod Touch, I can’t answer all your questions, and would request that you go to this website with any specific questions. Of course, I’ll answer anything posted here to the best of my ability. Regardless, I can’t wait to see all the cool developments that will come about thanks to this update. 

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Openoffice.org Easter Egg!

Do you own Openoffice.org? No? Get it. Its like Microsoft Office, but free. Thats not what I want to talk about, though.
Once you’ve installed it, open up “Openoffice.org Calc” and in the first row and column, enter this:

=GAME(“StarWars”)

And watch the fireworks. I won’t tell you what this does, but I can tell you that it has no detrimental effects to your computer, nor does it do anything visually displeasing. Just try it. Its rather entertaining, in fact.

iPod Touch: a blogging buzzword

I think i’ve done it. I figured out how to get blog hits.

All you need to do is write an article on fixing iPod touches, reviewing iPod Touch stuffs, or even mentioning the word iPod Touch. The article I did a week ago has had more hits than any other article, and by a huge margin. Apparently, there are a lot of people with iPod Touch problems out there… I’ll keep that in mind.

Just wanted to say that…