Monitor your PC with Sidebar Diagnostics

Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 by Steve Sinchak

Keeping an eye on your system performance is a must for any power user but using Task Manager or Resource Monitor can be inconvenient.  In Windows Vista Microsoft created sidebar gadgets that displayed useful performance information on the right side of your screen.  Unfortunately, Microsoft pulled the feature from Windows due to “serious vulnerabilities.”   Picking up where Microsoft left off, a new utility was created by Ryan K. (ArcadeRenegade) on GitHub called Sidebar Diagnostics.  This free utility displays all of the important system performance stats on a sidebar with a simplistic design. 

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Windows 10 Release Notes

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

After saying it was not possible because of the massive amount of changes associated with the rapid Windows 10 releases, Microsoft has reversed course responding to user feedback and is now providing update release notes  Published on a special Windows 10 website, the release notes are updated with every major public release and highlight items that were fixed, improved, or are new.

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How to Join the Windows 10 Beta

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

The Windows Insider program allows technical enthusiasts that ability to test out pre-release versions of Windows 10 on both the PC and phone.  Different from traditional beta programs, the Windows Insider program is open to the public and provides participants with frequent updates at various points of the development process. 

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Building The Ultimate Windows 10 Micro PC - Part 1

Posted in Windows 10 by Steve Sinchak

I have built and customized numerous desktops over the years. Each more powerful and smaller than the last. Starting out with mini towers, shuttles, and finally a highly customized Mac Mini, I have always been driven by the challenge of building a small yet powerful Windows PC. As my current PC is starting to show its age, it is time to begin a new journey and build the ultimate Windows 10 micro PC. 

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Make Windows Easy on your Eyes

Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP by Steve Sinchak

Do you use Windows late and night or before bed?  Studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light before bed can make it harder to fall asleep.  And if you are working in a dark room, this bright lite can make looking at your screen difficult.  A unique free app called f.lux was designed to solve this problem by automatically adjusting the amount of blue light your screen displays throughout the day. 

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Act Now to Keep 15 GB Free OneDrive Storage and Camera Bonus

Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 by Steve Sinchak

Early November Microsoft made the controversial decision to cut the amount of free OneDrive storage from 15 GB to just 5 GB.  In addition, Microsoft also decided to eliminate the camera roll bonus.  This has caused a number of users to abandon ship, but that may be unnecessary as Microsoft is offering current users of OneDrive to opt out of the upcoming changes and keep the 15 GB of free store and the camera roll bonus. 

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