Chris Pirillo: Why Should You Use a Virtual Machine?

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What are the benefits of virtualization? This is a question asked over on Lockergnome Q&A recently, and I thought the answers may just benefit several of you out there. Now, we know that many of you already use virtual machines. Why not leave a GOOD comment on the video, explaining to those who don’t why it is they might want to look into doing so? See how that works? We all help each other! Remember – YOU were a n00b at one time, too!

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Chris Pirillo: Build Your Own PC vs A Pre-Built PC?

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When I opened up the virtual floor for your questions (as announced on http://www.facebook.com/chrispirillo and http://twitter.com/ChrisPirillo if you’re not already following me there): one of you asked this question. What’s the value in building your own computer versus getting one off-the-shelf, pre-built?

My PCs seem to be happier if I let someone else assemble and mitigate issues before I have to face them. Sometimes, I just need to save time in life – not waste it.

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Chris Pirillo: The Best & Worst Web Hosting Service

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By Chris Pirillo

I’ve been through a lot of different web hosting companies in my days online. I’ve struggled with uptime issues. I’ve dealt with poor customer service. I’ve had to wind my way through the maze of service problems and back again on more occasions than I would like to count. Each company I’ve worked with has had their strong points – and their weaknesses.

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Chris Pirillo: Do You Use Dropbox?

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By Chris Pirillo

It’s been a while since I last talked to you about Dropbox. It’s a service which gives you 2GB of free storage space in the cloud. You can then purchase up to 100GB of space if you wish to. The best part of Dropbox is being able to share your space with as many others as you choose. Invite people to download or add files, and even help organize them into separate folders. Don’t worry – if you accidentally delete something, Dropbox even lets you undo your oopsie from the interface.

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Chris Pirillo: When Will 4GB of RAM Be Not Be Enough?

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By Chris Pirillo

The Lockergnome community was recently asked when we feel that 4GB of RAM just won’t be “enough” for our machines. As of now, there are very few people who need more than this, even though we all like to think we do. If you think back to when Windows XP was released, the minimum requirement to install was 64MB of RAM. Compare that to Vista or Windows 7 – or any other software on the market today. Most of it will require you to have at least 1 or 2GB of memory. So – when will we see the day where 4GB isn’t enough anymore?

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Chris Pirillo: SSD vs Traditional Hard Drives

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By Chris Pirillo

Over on our popular questions and answers site Lockergnome.net, bcgocubs asked how a computer will benefit when using an SSD. Also, they would like to know what everyone’s general opinions are regarding solid state drives vs traditional hard drives. A traditional hard drive has moving parts, but is quite inexpensive compared to an SSD. The solid-state drive is just that: suspended in a solid state with no moving parts. It may be more expensive to buy one of these, but many people are starting to believe that they are much better for your computer. What are your thoughts?

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Chris Pirillo: Portable Keyboard Fits in Your Pocket

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By Chris Pirillo

If you’re someone who wants a physical keyboard to use with your device, you might want to look at the Magic-Pro. It’s a full keyboard with a touchpad that actually rotates and works in either direction. It’s one of the only pieces of hardware that’s able to do that. It connects by way of a 2.4 GHz wireless network and will fit in your pocket!

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Tell Us How PC Pitstop Has Helped You

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By submitting your video, you agree to let us share it with the rest of the PC Pitstop community here at techtalk.pcpitstop.com and pcpitstop.com

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Chris Pirillo: What is Bloatware?

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By Chris Pirillo

A caller the other night asked simply: “What is Bloatware?” That’s actually an easy one to answer! Bloatware is when you have a piece of software that should be a certain size. However, due to several unnecessary things being added in, the size of the software increases dramatically. Heck, sometimes companies add so much crap in that the original software ends up being buggy and laggy.

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Chris Pirillo: How to Clean Text

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By Chris Pirillo

The community has asked me to do more videos about software. The biggest challenge is to find titles that most people may not have heard of. I also try to find things that are affordable and cross-platform. The other day, I stumbled across this software which is free – and cross-platform. What does it do? Perhaps the title of this video will help you figure that out! CleanHaven will clean up your text.

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Chris Pirillo: How Many USB Devices Do You Have?

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By Chris Pirillo

I love USB. I love the ports, the devices and the hubs. The problem with hubs, though, is that most of them top out at only seven little spots to plug things into. I have SO many USB devices. How the heck am I ever going to plug them all in at once? How many USB devices do you have? List them all in the comments thread and let’s see who has what! Whoever has the most (and can PROVE it with a picture of them all together at once) will win my existing USB hub!

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Chris Pirillo: Should You Quit Facebook?

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By Chris Pirillo

Are you leaving Facebook? With all of the concern over privacy lately, many people are choosing to close their accounts. Others are educating themselves with the changes Facebook has made and making the best choices for their profile pages. Still more people are clueless… they don’t realize what is being shared and with whom. They have no idea how to fix this problem once they do learn of it. They just keep going along with their heads in the sand, and hope for the best. This isn’t the way things should be, folks. You shouldn’t have to be so afraid of what the wrong person might see. The fact is, if you put something online then someone will see it. I have come up with the perfect two-step plan to help solve this problem.

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