Slow computer? Quick, easy DIY for SPEED!

By managing your startup items, you can Speed up your computer in under 10 minutes for FREE!  A clean startup helps speed up a slow computer, regardless of platform.

 

Over time, as you install apps, unnecessary entries are added to startup causing competition for precious CPU time. How do you get your speed back?  You have the power to easily disable unnecessary apps.  Programs remain installed and available, but will not be running in the background until YOU start them.

 

for Mac, Go to:
System Preferences → Users & Groups → your username
click on “Login Items” → select a program you do not need to automatically start
click the “-” button below

 

for PC, Go to:
Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Delete) → click on “Startup”
select a program that you do not need to automatically start
click “Disable”

 

Reducing the number of startup programs is a quick & easy way to help add speed to your computer!

 
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Best Photo Backup Service

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“I’m wondering about the best way to back up photos, especially when you have older computers.”

 

What cloud product should you trust to keep your photos safe? When choosing a cloud service you need to consider: file restrictions, cost, compatibility and reputation- reliability, security & speed. Weighing all of these factors, you can find the solution for your specific needs.
Below are some rock solid cloud options. After checking out the specifics, if you are still wondering what service to pick, sign up for my newsletter and I will send you a FREE custom recommendation based on your needs!

 

Google Photos Dropbox Amazon Photo iCloud
Maximum file size 5GB 10GB (website) or unlimited with app 2GB (website) or unlimited with app 15GB
Free storage Unlimited photos <16 megapixels

15GB >16 megapixels

2GB No*

*included in Prime

5GB for iOS users

1GB non iOS users

Paid Plans $2/month 100GB

$10/month 1TB

$10/month 1TB

$99/ year

$60/year unlimited

included in Prime

50GB: $0.99

200GB: $2.99

1TB: $9.99

2TB: $19.99

OS supported Windows, Mac, Android, iOS Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Kindle Fire Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Kindle Fire Windows, Mac, iOS
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IMPORTANT NOTE:

What is the difference between “sync” and “backup”?

 

Sync:
The saved photo will change across all platforms (phone, tablet, computer) based on your changes to the photo.

For example, you take a photo of Fido with your phone. After the file completes syncing, you open the photo from your phone to share and notice that Fido has red eye. So you edit the photo to remove the red eye. You accidentally remove Fido’s nose in the edit, but save the photo anyway. When the file syncs, Fido has no nose on any platform- phone, tablet, and laptop.

 

Lucky for you and Fido, most syncing services allow you to roll back your changes.

 

Backup:
An extra copy of your original photo exists on the cloud.

For example, in the same scenario above you could edit the photo on your phone and there would still be a copy of the original backed up photo on the cloud service.

 

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Best Computer to Purchase

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“Kevin’s computer burned out hard drive when power flickered (despite surge protector). He is looking to buy a new computer desktop with great graphics card for gaming) do you have a suggestion?”

 
Computers, like pants, are NOT one size fits all! How do you purchase a computer that fits you? You want to balance the features that you are willing to pay for and the features that you can do without, to price out a machine that fits your needs. There are several things to consider:

    1. What will the computer be used for? A computer used for email and web surfing does not need the same components as a high end gaming machine.
    2. Use reputable consumer review sites to search for ratings based on your ideal machine. Ex: For Hattie, I would google “pcmag.com best gaming machine 2017”
    3.  Each of the listed review sites will give you consumer and professionals opinions on individual systems. The side by side comparisons help you compare apples to apples. Clicking on the specific system will also give you a more in depth review of the system.
    4. When you have your list of systems that you are considering, be sure to check another resource for reviews. If I did all my research at PC Mag or Tom’s Guide, I would pop over to Cnet to make sure that there is a consensus about the machine I am considering.

My recommendations for Hattie [AND you] are both lots of research and a UPS. An uninterruptible power supply or backup battery, keeps the power at a constant flow. Power “flickering” is extremely damaging to computers. In depth research, comparing the benchmark tests, company reputations and system specifications will help you get a computer that fits your needs.
 
Reputable review sites: