Tablets and laptops are exceptionally powerful today right off the shelf. PCs aren't exactly a dying breed but there isn't much contrast between a laptop and a PC in terms of power. That doesn't mean PCs are going the way of the dinosaurs. Avid gamers often build powerful PCs themselves with special attention to comfort, layout, heating, cooling, and ventilation. Now if you're interested in building a PC but have no idea what to buy and are on a budget, ChooseMyPC
is an excellent place to start. It's a very simple app that asks you to set your budget, select which country you're in (only four supported at the moment), and whether or not you plan to overclock your system. The app will give you a complete list of parts to buy and you can add other parts to the PC such as an optical drive. The list of parts updates but keeps you under or on budget.
Before we begin, a disclaimer. Even though I write mostly about Macs
and this post's title is inherently antagonistic, please know that the content is created strictly for comparison. We are not living in a fanboy delusion on the subject of Macs vs PCs. We know full well that no matter what we try
, Macs do not stack up to PCs when it comes to gaming. We also know that even after the decline in sales, PCs still command nearly 90% of the computing market. None of that information is alien to us. With that in mind, we approach the subject of things Macs can do and PCs can't
, objectively and with zero resentment. Read More
Android apps that support
pushing your mobile notifications straight to your computer are a dime a dozen in the Google Play Store. However, if most of the already tried-and-tested ones left you yearning for a simple and more comprehensive solution, you should consider giving DeskNotifier
a try. Developed by XDA Member greenday123
, DeskNotifier is a lightweight, yet handy app that pushes almost all types of Android notifications to your PC over Wi-Fi as well as USB connections. Be it the missed calls, new next messages, updates from the Google Play Store, or any notifications from various apps, DeskNotifier supports pushing all of them straight to your Windows-based computer via translucent popup messages. In addition, it also lets you send text messages to desired contacts right from your desktop.
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview release is just around the corner, and while you get ready to see what features Microsoft decided to scrap, which ones it decided to keep, and what’s new, you will either be reading a recap of its new features or what the general expectations are. This is neither of those two. This article looks to address what the initial expectations and reservations were that circulated the web and how much truth there is to them. Be warned that the post does not address anything on the developer end, and is based on my perception solely (which includes my giddy excitement for new things). It does offer you some insight on what it’s really like to use Windows 8, and will hopefully put you at ease about using the new system, and perhaps at arms, if you hadn’t taken them up at first. Read More
Network administrators of small scale networks, ranging from 10-50 systems connected to one server, often require a standalone network suite that can automatically administer all the connected systems. There are many network tools available to control the client operations such as system shutdown, restart, hibernate, wake-on-LAN, send critical messages and more, but what if you don’t want to switch between network utilities to perform required network tasks. If you’re using a variety of tools to control each aspect of the deployed network, check out Network Sorcerer
. It’s a comprehensive application that has been specifically designed to handle small networks. Providing a unified administration console, it lets you perform client PC-related tasks right from system tray, including ping hosts, shutdown, suspend, restart, and hibernate, and send direct messages. Moreover, these options are highly configurable; you can select the options you want to access from system tray. Details to follow after the jump.
Kiosk mode is a minimalist mode for computer programs, which restricts the user's rights on a computer. This mode is used for public and enterprise computers, where user privileges are reduced to avoid system issues or data theft by the end user. For example, public information computers in pedestrian zones and museums are often run in Kiosk mode. KIOSK Enterprise
is an application that has been designed for a kiosk environment. KIOSK Enterprise allows configuring PCs to run in kiosk mode, which prevents users from accessing certain functions of the operating system. The idea behind KIOSK Enterprise is to avoid laboriously gathering the registry keys for applying user restrictions. The developer has mentioned that he had to manually search and identify keys via the internet to apply these restrictions in the past, and therefore, developed this application to provide the necessary keys for applying such restrictions. This application has been developed for system administrators and to make their task for configuring (kiosk) computers easily.
System Stability Tester
is a a cross-platform system stress testing application for determining the true potential of your computer’s stability. During the testing process, the tool creates two or more threads. Once the calculation step is complete, the result of all the threads are compared, which enables analyzing the differences between them. You can select Pi digits to calculate the number of threads to use to suit your testing needs. It must be noted, however, that selecting higher values takes longer for the test to complete.
When playing games on your PC, system resources can get easily strained, resulting in lags during gameplay. Many users either do not know the precise settings to switch off unwanted system services (for better gaming performance), or find it annoying to continually switch between numerous systems settings. Toolwiz GameBoost
is a Windows tweak for optimizing system settings, and for increasing your gaming and internet performance. Unlike other tweaks of its kind, it does not require complex configurations.
Earlier we discussed a few ways to diagnose Windows problems and fix the issues when PC fails to boot up using Ubuntu Live USB, including reset Windows 7 admin and standard account password
, perform disk wipe operation
, repair lost partitions and recover hard disk data
, and run anti-virus scan over entire hard disk
to fix booting issues. If you've persistent Ubuntu USB, you could fix various kind of issues which are generally hard to identify on Windows, such as removing virus-infected read-only system files and services, but before you start repairing your PC using Ubuntu Live USB, it’s recommended to backup all the important data at remote location, so that you can fearlessly perform the system repair operations. In the past, we showed you how to clone an entire hard disk
and make IMG (image file) of hard disk partition and then restore at defined location. This time around, we bring you a step-by-step guide on backing up important files and folders on network when PC fails to boot up.
Yesterday, we reviewed Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection (MRDC)
, a Mac app that allows you to remotely connect to any Windows PC and access it. One of our readers sounded off in the comments about CoRD
, citing it was better than the aforementioned app, and we took a crack at it. CoRD is a free, open source Mac app that allows you to connect with any Windows PC, and is similar in functionality to Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection (MRDC). It allows you to control how audio is played, lets you access files on your Mac through the Windows PC you are connected to (without breaking the connection), and control just about everything on it. With both apps being so similar, and with the exact same price (read free), the deal maker for us was how fast the changes made on the other end were reflected on the Mac, and Cord definitely performed better. Granted, there was the minor glitch or two, but the only major inconvenience we faced was that the screen never froze, which was fairly common with Microsoft’s app.
Many a time, one can end up leaving a system running for a longer period of time than might be required. In fact, some people seldom turn off their computer, which results in straining system components (such as the battery) and the computer on the whole. When it comes to more professional requirements, servers are almost never shut down, except for perhaps maintenance windows and repair purposes. Either way, it becomes necessary to check the time a system's uptime in order to calculate the load that the system is facing. For example, if a backup server is shut down on a periodic basis, while load is transferred to another server (as a rule), then it might be worth checking out if any of them are being run more than their designated time.
It is required to keep a system updated with the latest operating system and third-party application updates, to avoid functionality issues by acquiring necessary software patches. For example, over the years, Microsoft’s Automatic Updates
have not only provided new and improved applications for their users, but also added required hot-fixes to address system issues being caused by incompatible drivers, bugs, hardware compatibility issues and various others. Patch My PC
is a portable application that searches for critical updates for installed software and Windows Update, in order to patch up existing and potential vulnerabilities of your PC. The supported third-party programs include a large number of widely-used applications, including Adobe Reader, Mozilla Firefox, Oracle Java, Apple Quicktime, iTunes, Microsoft Silverlight and many more.
Almost a month ago, we covered Cheetah Sync
- a free Android app that provided two-way data sync between your device and your PC over a commonly shared Wi-Fi connection. While the free variant of the said app allows users to manually sync just one folder at each sync instance, My Sync Center
– a handy replacement for Cheetah Sync with dual-way data sync support – lets you specify multiple custom folders on your device, as well as on your PC, and syncs them automatically over the same network. In addition, My Sync Center supports syncing some of the most common content/folders from your device (music, pictures, videos, ringtones, alarms et al ) to your PC, and vice versa. Furthermore, My Sync Center extends its support to even sync your iTunes-music based on various categories (tracks, albums, artists). All you need to do is specify the desired folders on your device as well as on your PC, and let the app sync all the content automatically. The app supports manual syncing of data as well, and keeps you informed of the sync status via status bar notifications.
Gameplay Time Tracker
(as the name suggests) is an application for tracking the amount of time a user spends on a particular game and displays the achievements acquired during the gameplay (e.g. the user’s score). The developer has mentioned that he has developed this application for people who may be willing to track the amount of time they are spending on a particular game. Gameplay Time Tracker gathers game play data by recording the mouse usage and keyboard key strokes. A log of your achievements is recorded over a period of time in the form of graphs and histograms. It also helps hardcore gamers to compare their gameplay completion time for improving their score, parents who may be willing to monitor their children's gaming activity, as well as Raptr and Xfire users who want to track their game stats offline.
is an app that you are sure to love if you own a Windows Phone 7 device and have a bit of a lazy streak going on. This awesome free (but ad-supported) app lets you control a multitude of things on your PC right from your Windows Phone! All you need, apart from the app, is a good internet connection on your PC and mobile. So now whether you want to control a slide show while lying down on your couch or just wished that you could turn down down the volume of the movie you are watching without leaving your dinner, use PC Remote! The app is not just for controlling some of the stock features available in your PC, there is a whole section dedicated to controls for third-party services like Hulu and Netflix.
This news would have been pretty mind-blowing and awesomely cool had it come about 2 years earlier, that is, before the launch of Windows Phone 7! But here it is anyways, Fujitsu’s latest handset, made in collaboration with DoCoMo and called the F-07C, has been reported to have built-in dual operating systems. Sounds good, right? But wait till you find out what are the two operating systems this baby is running. One of them is Symbian, and the other is Windows 7! You read that right, it is Windows 7, not WP7, as it logically should have been (although that would have left the inclusion of Symbian pretty pointless). To a few people this idea might sound appealing, but frankly we find it quite strange!
Gaming enthusiasts and IT professionals are known for spending a large amount of money on computer hardware. But sometimes system from the most well known brands contain faulty parts which do not provided optimum performance. If you have spent a good amount of money on your new system or would simply like to test the stress capability of your PC, then you should try StressMyPC
. It is a portable application which is designed to test your hard disk, graphic card and CPU under stress conditions to help you determine if your system components will do well under stressful conditions, e.g. during gameplay or when a resource hogging applications are being used. This app is from the same developer who has brought us IsMyLcdOK
and the quad pane file explorer Q-Dir
Buying a new laptop or desktop PC can be quite confusing. Many people find it difficult to compare prices, features, processor types,etc to find the right choice in accordance with their requirements. In this post we will tell you the top 10 things to consider before buying a PC.
It is always a pain to lose something, both financially and in terms of the emotional stress that a person goes through. And if it is something as valuable as a laptop, which contains your personal data, the damage becomes even more pronounced. Laptops come these days with Kensington lock slots, but you cannot find a Kensington lock everywhere as well. So what is the solution?
Did you buy a new computer and want to look out for some system information, or maybe you want to find out the information on installed software? To make sure you have got the right system, you want to check the hardware information maybe? In all above cases Free PC Audit solves the problem for you. It also comes helpful to those looking to update their driver.
This tool is designed to present the maximum information about your computer’s software and hardware in a simple-to-use window. Read More