Windows 8 is Coming Soon

Competition has definitely heated up with the increasing success of everything i. The ipad and its obvious tie in with mobility, the iphone and i computing is keeping Microsoft in search of some wind for it’s large but not so billowing sails, pun intended. Whether The Cloud will help push a favorable wind is yet to be determined but you can bet that MS would like to steal some wind from Apple’s soon to be released Lion operating system.

What other ways can MS keep it’s established dominant position? Take a look.

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Man Wins $100.00 Finding PC Matic Easter Egg

By Steve Hogan

Very meticulous people are an asset to any business. They are also the ones that get FREE CASH from PC Pitstop.

Will your keen eye make you some loot? Keep clicking, you may be next.

Paul almost overlooked it but it wasn’t long before his clerical roots and curiosity got the best of him. Paul went back and scoured every line until he found the source of the the mysterious flash. At first he didn’t recognize what he was seeing.

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Technologizer: Windows 7 RC – FAQs

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By Harry McCracken

Sixteen questions (and answers!) on the new, almost-finished version of Microsoft’s next OS.

Windows 7 is here–sort of. Yes, Microsoft still isn’t talking about when it’ll ship the final version–all evidence suggests it’ll be sometime this Fall–but the company is unleashing the Windows 7 Release Candidate today. It’s a free, all-but-final version of the operating system, and it’ll work until March 1st, 2010 before Microsoft forces you to uninstall it or overwrite it with a paid-for copy of the final edition. In short, if you’re itching to give Windows 7 a try, you can.

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Software is Wasting Your Cores

Back in February, Steve Hogan made the case for getting a multi-core system. Rob Cheng’s experience shows that dual-core systems aren’t always faster though. It’s possible for a multi-core system to outperform a single-core system, but you’re not likely to see a desktop operating system or many applications that can take advantage of it. There are good reasons for that problem, and they aren’t going away any time soon.

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The Gateway Blues

Hi Everyone,

I’ve been working hard at PC Pitstop trying to get out our new products. I love this challenge, but my work flow has suffered a major interruption. Acer is buying Gateway, and I received 10, count ’em, 10, emails, asking for my thoughts. Rather than respond to all 10 emails, it is a far more efficient use of my time to write a blog.

How does this make me feel? Two basic and extremely visceral feelings, mad and sad.

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CPU Clock Speeds

The processor clock speed is only one of several factors that will ultimately determine the productivity of a given computer system. The micro architecture of the CPU itself, the number of instructions per clock cycle, the speed of the disk storage system, the design of the software in use, etc, will all play a contributing role. But raising the clock speed of the CPU has traditionally been one sure way to get more work done in the same amount of time.

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Why Defragment Your Hard Drive?

When you first loaded files onto your new hard disk, they weren’t fragmented. Each whole file followed the last in consecutive disk clusters, lowest to highest. Your disk performance was never better.

When you began using those files — changing them, adding and deleting records and files — they were broken into smaller and smaller pieces scattered around the disk. That’s because your system writes each new record into the first empty slot it finds on the disk, even if it’s nowhere near the rest of the file.

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