Understanding The Resource Monitor In Windows 7

Today, we’re going to talk about the Windows Resource Monitor. What is it? How do you use it? Most importantly…what’s it actually good for? We’ll start with that last question. The Resource Monitor is a built-in Windows utility that provides you with real-time feeds related to all the critical systems on your PC and how […]

So Is Bitcoin Actually Safe To Invest In?

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin seem to be all the rage these days. It’s not all that difficult to see why, really. The Internet is a global entity, without roots to any one nation. The problem, of course, is that even though the Internet is global, online commerce isn’t. Not really. There’s exchange rates to consider. […]

What Net Neutrality Means For You – And Why You Should Be Worried About The FCC

There are times when I feel incredibly lucky to live in Canada. This is one of them. Between the Comcast/Time Warner merger and the FCC’s blatant mishandling of net neutrality (do they even understand what it is?), the Internet down in the States seems poised on the brink of war. In a way, it is. And […]

Why You Should Shell Out For PlayStation Plus (If You Haven’t Already)

Until fairly recently, Sony’s PlayStation network was completely free to use. So long as you had a functional Internet connection and a legitimate copy of your game, you could play online to your heart’s content. Back in 2010, Sony announced a new service, known as PlayStation Plus. I marked the occasion with some curiosity, but […]

So, Windows XP Is Dead. What Now?

Well, it’s official. Microsoft has finally pulled the plug on Windows XP, officially discontinuing support for the operating system on April 9, 2014. This marks the end of a twelve-year run by the operating system, making XP the second longest-running operating system in Microsoft history (the longest-running was Windows 3.1, for which support was discontinued […]

Need A Timesink? Here Are Five Incredible Games That’ll Steal Your Life Away

I know better than a lot of folks that video games tend to be notorious time-sinks. If you’re not careful, you can waste days sitting in front of the screen, playing your life away. Failure to moderate the hobby can thus be a rather serious problem. That said, what if what you’re looking for is a […]

Five Tools To Help You Troubleshoot Your Blue Screen Of Death

I think a lifetime using Windows PCs has made me hate the color blue. It’s come to be the color I associate with misfortune; the blue-on-white to me signifies little more than pure dread. Many of you probably share my sentiments. After all, the well-known critical stop error has been around for as long as […]

How To Rid Yourself Of Irritating Multi-Page Articles On Chrome

One of my biggest pet peeves online is coming across an article that splits itself (most always unnecessarily) into multiple pages. Not only does it make reading through the article significantly more cumbersome, it’s also an underhanded tactic to gain extra hits on a page (and extra views for on-site ads). Although some webmasters have […]

Five Ways That Playing Video Games Can Make You A Better Person

I’ll be blunt here: no one ever gives video games enough credit. To most, they’re simply a horrendously effective means of wasting time. They’re a melting pot into which ambition, sociability, and personal health are unceremoniously tossed, all for the sake of a bit of shallow entertainment. It seems rare for anyone to focus on […]

Why Facebook’s Buyout Of Oculus VR Is Nothing To Be Concerned About

For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, Facebook bought Oculus VR (and by association, it’s virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift) to the tune of $2 billion. Gamers everywhere threw up their hands in frustration at the news. To them, this was a betrayal of everything the Oculus Rift Kickstarter had stood […]

Five More Great Tools To Help You Secure Your Productivity

Efficiency? What’s that? Let’s face it, none of us are as productive as we want to be, nor as efficient as we could be. It’s sort of a side effect of the world we live in these days; a culture where we’re actively encouraged to engage in frivolity rather than accomplishment. We’re assailed from all […]

Why Obsessing Over Keywords Is No Longer Worthwhile For SEO

Back in the yesteryear of search engine optimization (that is, back when search engines were in their infancy), it was all about links and keywords. How many links you had (and how high quality they were) you had essentially determined how high your website ranked, while keyword searches enabled users to find your page more […]

How Can You Deal With Ambient Heat While Computing?

I’m one of those odd fellows who happens to enjoy winter, and it isn’t just because I like the cold (though that certainly plays into it). See, my current apartment doesn’t have air conditioning. Most months, that isn’t really a problem; Western Canada’s a fairly cold place (as I write this, there’s still a fair […]

Gmail’s Filter/Search Tool Is Actually Incredible

The other day, I decided to log into one of my old gmail accounts for the first time in somewhere around a year. Turns out, I’d forgotten one tiny little detail: back when I still had the email account, I’d set up about ten different Google Alerts, to be delivered to me whenever a new […]

Five Best Practices For Keeping Your Smartphone Secure

It’s still a little shocking to me how many people fail to consider the issue of smartphone security. As the devices become more and more central to our daily lives, the data stored on them becomes increasingly sensitive. I’m talking about personally identifiable information and credit card details. I’m talking about GPS information and mobile […]