PC Specs Don’t Matter
OverDrive: “Outstanding Tool”
Ask the Pros: Kill Fake AntiVirus
2 Steps to Dual Boot Windows
64 Bit Systems on the Rise
Chris Pirillo Video: Do You Need More Memory?
Bits from Bill: 4 Reasons Win 7 is 10x Better
Technologizer: World’s Weirdest Laptops
TechBite: 6 Surprising Uses for Google
The Dodge Retort: The Politics of FIOS
Tip #1: Screenrecorder
Tip #2: Virtual PC
Tip #3: Refresh Firefox Tabs Fast
Tip #4: Monitor Off Utility
PC Pitstop Driver Library
Ira Wilsker, host of the Computer Information Hour weekly radio show on KLVI in Beaumont, Texas, recently reviewed PC Pitstop’s OverDrive scan and calls it “an outstanding tool to checkout the condition of any computer …”.
These are exciting times in the world of computing, and portables are seeing all the action. One thing that is becoming obvious is that the line between netbook and notebook is starting to blur. Netbooks are becoming more powerful and Notebooks are becoming lighter, and longer lasting. Shown below are your picks for Most Loved Notebooks. Keep in mind that Netbooks have been filtered out of these results and were the category we used to kick off the Most Loved series. You can find those results in the previous July Newsletter or by looking for previous articles in TechTalk.
Welcome everyone to a new and very exciting part of PC Pitstop. Roughly a year ago, as part of the incredibly popular OverDrive test, we began collecting user input about PC satisfaction. We began asking the following three questions:
- * How satisfied are you with this PC?
- * Is this PC running slow?
- * Is this PC hanging or requiring frequent reboots?
Syndicated Tech Columnists Bob & Joy Schwabach recently documented their visit to our humble site. Their ‘On Computers’ column is one of the largest circulation computer columns in the world and appears each week in 8 publications.
January 14th, 2009 marks an important upgrade to the PC Pitstop OverDrive scan. “World Portable Rank” is now a standard feature of our well known System Analysis Software. Untill now all computers were included in one group to compare rankings and performance. Thanks to Lyle, Sandy, and Kevin, it’s possible to see how your portable stacks up against other portables using this newly created class, No more comparing your 3 lb. ultra-light to my 56 pound gaming box or someones 6 drive RAID array.
Yet another reason to re-run the world renowned PC Pitstop OverDrive Scan.
OverDrive features a Memory Load Test that measures the percentage of RAM currently in use on a system.
Use the information in your OverDrive test results to learn more about the RAM usage of the applications that are running on your PC and how to make your system run more efficiently.
*Windows 7 Wish List
*The Best of 2008!
*Ask the Pros – Answers
*Bits from Bill: The Support You Deserve
*TechBite: New Year Time Wasters
*Technologizer: Secret Origins of Clippy
*Open Office Use Soars
*Cell Phones to Replace PCs?
*Tip #1: Icons for Shutdown or Restart
*Tip #2: Open Source, Security Tools
PC Pitstop is always striving to improve Overdrive and maintain our dominant position as the worlds best Free System Analysis Software. With almost 200 million tests in it’s database, Overdrive gives you a depth of analysis and suggested fixes found nowhere else.
Today we are proud to announce even more functionality has been added to help keep your system safe and fast. Just click the [SCAN NOW] button and see what’s really taking place on your computer.
This happened just 2 days ago. On Saturday I installed a new copy of Windows XP. It was a brand new copy and I put it on a brand new hard drive for the purpose of software testing. I finished the install and applied the drivers. I was behind a router which acts as a firewall. I opened the IE browser and went to a favorite site. I read the forums and exactly 23 minutes after the install I was receiving AV2009 popups. Itâ€™s scare ware. It told me I was infected and needed to download their program to remove the threat. I couldnâ€™t believe it. I didnâ€™t even have an email client installed, no Instant Messenger.
What graphics cards were surfacing as the top 3D video perforrmers based on the test results captured during the first month since its roll out?
On September 4, 2008 Sony, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, announced a voluntary recall of their VAIO TZ-series Notebooks.
An all new 3D Video Test has been added to PC Pitstop OverDrive.
Now you can measure your graphics capabilities as they relate to the requirements of high end games or business work stations. Find your World Ranking for all hardware in one test. Pitstop does it all, does it fast, and does it FREE
The world renowned PC Pitstop OverDrive Scan now scans for potentially dangerous Browser Helper Objects (BHOs) and Toolbar Add-Ons.
*The Hard Drive of the Future
*Software is Wasting Your Cores
*OverDrive – Once Is Never Enough
*A Faster PC – In ‘Any’ Language
*Bits from Bill: Top Sources of Free Software
*Pitstop Research: CPU Olympics
*Tip #1: XP Tweak Myths
*Tip #2: Remove Old Java Installs
*Tip #3: Print Folder File List
*Vista Does Not Suck
*Firefox 3, Must or Bust?
*A Faster PC in any Language
*Bits from Bill: Apples Plan to Takeover the World
*Social Bookmarking Survey
*Pitstop Research: Graphics Trends
*Tip #1: Join Vista to XP Network
*Tip #2: Vista Multiple Languages
Through our world renowned OverDrive diagnostic test, PC Pitstop has accumulated a unique view of trends in the PC industry. In this report, we take a look at several million computers to analyze the computing differences between males and females.
Surprisingly, there are some very large and real differences between male and female computers. We take a light hearted look at the battle of the sexes for computing supremacy. Roll your mouse over each chart to learn more about each and every tasty difference.
Men Are Faster than Women
Earlier this month, Google and Salesforce.com announced a partnership to embed Google Apps into their CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software. The next thing you know the media is having a feeding frenzy about SaaS (Software as a Service). Then it struck me. That’s what PC Pitstop is all about. We are SaaS and here’s why.
Recently my focus has been on how the computer manufacturers are clogging our machines with boatware and craplets. My most recent look at this problem was disheartening to say the least. Instead of continuing to whine, I decided to see what I could do about the problem.
I started with a Sony VAIO VGN-NR185 laptop. The same one used in the ï¿½From Bloat To Crapletï¿½ article. This first laptop uses an Intel Core2 Duo 1.6 GHz processor and 1024 MB of memory. I’ve always liked the VAIO from Sony but the recent problem with craplets and Sony’s position on DRM has led me to safer alternatives. I wanted to see how much time it took to clear this machine of the headaches installed by Sony.
Long time no see. What? It’s past Ground Hog’s Day? Man, I feel like I’ve been buried in a hole. The reason is because I have been working non stop on a (w)hole redesign of our world renowned Full Tests. We are renaming the service, PC Pitstop OverDrive Beta. Our plan is to run the beta for as long as necessary to weed out any last bugs. The product has already undergone substantial testing, but it is not possible to foresee every situation without a formal and public beta period. Once that is over, our plan is to move our signature Full Tests to OverDrive. Vrooom!
Dual Core Doldrums
PC Pitstop OverDrive BETA
Bits from Bill: Virtual 3D
Dual Core – Double Delicious
Music Video Contest
Research: Multi Processor Trends
Processor Survey Results
Tip: Clean Photocopy & Scan
Tip: Disable Vista Auto Update
Tip: Surf the Web Your Way