How to give second life to old devices

Revitalize with new components Solid State Drive (SSD) – Solid State Drives present a tremendous performance improvement over the traditional mechanical drives. Full performance will be achieved if your device supports SATA3 (600MBPS) Even if the device only supports older SATA revisions, SATA2 (300MBPS) and SATA1 (150MBPS), an SSD will still deliver a performance increase over a mechanical drive If an older SATA interface is used, a the SSD will be limited by the speed and capabilities of the interface RAM Upgrade – Upgrading the RAM on an older system can help bring it up to par with newer systems Older system was designed with RAM requirements for the time in which it was released Make sure that you buy enough RAM to at least meet the requirements of your intended operating system Windows 10 – 32bit = 1GB minimum 32bit systems can only have a maximum of 4GB RAM Check RAM compatibility Lookup the model of your device or look at the internal RAM sticks Motherboard compatibility (speed, DDR standard, number of slots) and number on pins are the most important Revitalize with software Perform maintenance Delete old and unused programs Choose which programs run on startup Remove programs from the list that you do not need to start on login (Ex. iTunes) This may tremendously speed up login time and reduce RAM usage Located under the ‘Startup’ tab of windows 10 ‘Task Manager’ Check for viruses Viruses may be taking up valuable resources or reducing performance Set a disk defragment schedule Defragmenting the hard disk will help speed up performance by rearranging fragmented data Check the size...

7 Gmail Plugins for Productivity

Unroll.me – Unroll.me is designed to prevent emails revived from annoying promotions, social media updates, deals from filling up your inbox. It works by scanning your inbox and allowing you to choose which emails that you want to block, and it will block emails from those specific senders to appear in your inbox. This may help create a more focused and less distracting inbox that may be easier to manage. Signals (Chrome) – Signals allows you to see: if the recipient of your email has opened it, when they opened it, how often they opened it, what links they clicked on, and more. This plugin does not alert the recipient that the email being tracked. Signals also allows for you to schedule emails to send at a specific time. Cloud Attach for Gmail (Chrome) – Cloud Attach for Gmail allows for you to attached files to an email directly out of your cloud storage provider. It supports many different platforms such as: Google Drive, Drop Box, One Drive, Box, GitHub, and more. Files are directly attached without leaving the Gmail web page. This plugin is extremely useful for those who do not wish to download files from their cloud provider and then attach them, it completely eliminates that step altogether. MxHero (Chrome) – MxHero sends an email that will destroy itself after a period of time. It informs you if the email was opened and shows you additional tacking information like what links were clicked or what attachments were accessed. This is good for people who want to make sure that their email won’t be seen by anyone other...

New features of IOS 11

The latest major revision of IOS has brought many new substantial features to the platform, which have made a positive impact on user experience whether they realize it or not. Photos and Videos now use the newer HEVC (h.265) compression Higher quality at much lower file sizes and bit rates This will allow users to store many more new photos and videos with much less of noticeable impact on device storage space (about twice as many) Integrated QR Code scanner built into the camera app No longer necessary to download third party QR Code scanner apps The IOS Control Center has gotten a new look and now allows the user to customize and rearrange some of the functions of within it Not all Control Center functions are customizable e.g. music, volume, brightness Some of the cus tomizable functions include: Low Power Mode, Flashlight, and Apple Wallet Customize the intensity of the flashlight with 3D Touch Hackers and jailbreakers have been adding this feature on their own ever since the original Control Center was introduced so it’s no surprise that apple finally included it Notifications are now simplified All notifications, recent and missed, are all sorted in the same area for easy accessibility Do Not Disturb While Driving mode added While active, the phone will stay silent and automatically reply to texts with a message that replies with an alert that you are currently driving Timers, alarms, and emergency alerts will still be shown Lock screen navigation still shows if active The volume indicator has been modified to be less intrusive while watching video File Manager app added Google Drive,...

How to install Windows 10 using VMware

First, we must choose the ‘Create a New Virtual Machine’ option, either from the home screen or the ‘File’ drop down menu.   Choose the ‘Typical’ installation option unless you find it necessary to change the specific settings listed in the description of the ‘Custom’ option. Some of these options include: Compatibility settings, SCSI controller type, virtual disk type, and pre-allocate disk space. There are other settings included in the custom installation as well, but we can change those later. Here, we make sure we have our installation media present, either an ISO file or an installation disk. Browse for and select the appropriate installation media; choose the ‘Installer Disk:’ option if using a disk for installation. Notice that VMware alerts us that it will be using Easy Install. This means that VMware will help automate the installation process by asking some questions before the installation begins. Input your Username, Password, Edition, and Product key for ‘Easy Install’ to use during installation. The product key may be submitted after installation; however, it is important to know what edition of windows 10 that you need (not all keys will work with any edition). You may also choose to log on automatically at this point if you desire. Next, choose a name for the virtual machine; I will be naming mine ITSUP198-WIN10, so I know exactly what the purpose of it is. Choose a location for the virtual machine if the default location is not where you intend to store it. Choose the size of the virtual machine to fit your needs. In this case, the default of 60 GB is...

Make Travel arrangements for the Business Trip from Milwaukee to Shanghai, China

When someone thinks of an information technology job, they usually think of someone who is very stationary and solely technical. As your career progresses beyond a mere beginner job into something greater, that is not always the case. As you indulge deeper into to your career you will be making greater contributions to your company, be handed greater responsibility, and more will be expected from you. As a result, business trips are nearly inevitable. A trip from Milwaukee to Shanghai would be somewhat tough to plan for, for someone who has never been there before. Without knowing what to expect, it is important to do some research in order to plan a proper budget. After all it is a 17 hours flight all the way to the other side of the world. Often times, companies will cover the cost of the fight and stay. Another common thing they may do is open an expense account to cover the cost of your travel expenses. If you need a passport, you will have to cover that cost yourself for about $110+$25. Regardless there are many ways to form your budget if need be. There are websites which allow you to check the costs of hotels and car rentals. However, renting a car is not always the best choice. Shehnai has a vast subway system that will most likely take you wherever you need to go. The only reason that I would go with car is if you are sharing it with multiple people. A somewhat underestimated cost would be food. Me personally, would probably spend a lot on food for at...