Author: Nick Greene

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 they’re being used in order to keep things running. Generally, it’s not a utility you’re likely to use if everything on your system is running smoothly. If, however, you find yourself running into performance issues, well…the resource monitor can be your best friend. In...

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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. There’s banks and financial authorities to deal with. There’s a whole host of hurdles to jump over if you’re going to manage a proper transaction. With cryptocurrency, none of that is really a problem. It can be used to create and manage money without...

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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 believe me when I say that this is one conflict we all have a very large stake in. One thing, before we start getting into the hard details. For the uninitiated, net neutrality is the principle that both ISPs and governments should treat all...

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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 didn’t really pay it much mind. At the time, I was already paying for both Xbox Live and World of Warcraft, so I didn’t really feel the need to add yet another subscription to the mix. As it turns out, that was a bit...

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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 in 2008). In the consumer world, this announcement probably hasn’t made all that many waves. Most home users are probably relatively unaffected by Microsoft’s decision, as the majority of PC users today use Windows 7 or (God forbid) Windows 8.  The world of government...

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