You're right that keeping stuff in memory is a good idea - although
hard drives buffer so well that recently accessed data, like lookup
tables, aren't being read from the disk each time and really are like
being in RAM.
Remember when RAM disks were a big hit? We had so much memory (640k!)
that we could spare some of it to use as a virtual disk. Or was that
the entended (expanded?) memory between the 640 and the 1 mb line? I
Win7 makes great use of memory; it looks like it's all in use because
Windows is using it while it would otherwise be idle. That's good
programming, not being a memory hog. Oh, the Linux folks say, look at
how much memory it uses! Well, yes, and it gives it back when some
program actually needs it.
Win7 is a really good OS.
I put a loaded AST 6-pack in my original IBM PC and created a RAM
drive at boot up, so I remember it.
Think it cost me about $600 too.
Forgot most of the DOS and memory configuration stuff since Windows
left DOS as its underpinning. XP?
Some folks like to play with old stuff, but not me.
I haven't looked at mem usage in Win7 after maybe the first week I
installed it. Mostly to see how the quad core displayed it in the
One son who was born after my first PC now guides me on PC selection
when I upgrade, which is as seldom as possible.
I end up deciding what I want, but he gets me on the right path
quickly as far a processor.
I never even looked into Linux, since I'm a gamer. Same with my kid.
But he has a DOS box and uses DOS emulators so he can play old games.
I just don't like horsing around to find drivers, endless tweaking,
etc. Used to, but not any more.
The Linux vs. Windows extravaganza reminds me of Chevy vs. Honda or
AMD vs. Intel.
Lots of fanaticism.
The kid is also an over clocker and Intel "fan" vs AMD.
He's set records overclocking chips using liquid hydrogen.
A couple days ago he was over here and opened a box that came from
ebay. Had about 10 different processors for him to burn up.
Anyway, he'd be over here sometimes telling me about this argument or
that argument and how he smoked some "asshole AMD fanboy."
He'd get all hot cussing and comparing this chip against that chip.
I'd tell him to calm down, it ain't worth getting your blood pressure
up. A few times I just told him just shut the #$&@ up, you're boring
me with this !@*$. That's worked best.
Looks like the war between AMD and Intel is over, since he hardly
talks about it any more.
Yup, has been for me. Been using the 64-bit for over a year and it's
run anything I've thrown at it, no tweaking necessary.
No hard reboots required.
Anyone remember 386ToTheMax? - you could squeeze a lot of extra RAM out of
the machine if you were willing to use programs like 386ToTheMax to load
drivers in to high memory. IIRC, extended was the range from 640K and
expanded was memory on add-in cards that a very few program could use
natively (I think it was a drawing program, but ICRS.) However EMS could be
configured as a huge (for the time) RAM disk (up to 2MB, IIRC, maybe 4) to
speed up access (while increasing risk of data loss). Now 2Mb is the size
of the built in disk cache on a modern hard drive (or more). 386TTM was a
I think I had a RAM memory card I stuck in my 386SX/20 and I had
software that let me load Windows into the RAM and run the OS from
the RAM card. It's been almost 20 years so MY memory may have degraded
a little. Running the OS from the RAM card made things very fast
considering the times and it was so cool. In fact, I had to Polish
engineer a little squirrel cage blower to help cool the motherboard to
keep Frankenstein running. Darn, I had to do a lot of screwing around
with configurations back then just to keep things running but that was
part of the fun. :-)
You gotta be suspicious of a firm that uses scare, and untrue, tactics.
"If you install software often, your registry file gets bloated reducing
overall system performance."
Further, according to reviews, this product often goes two weeks between
updating its virus database. There are other, reviewed, AV programs for
free. AVG, Avast, and Microsoft Security Essentials all score in the top
four on every reviewers lists.
Not a given. Whether the registry is 100K or 20 gigabytes is irrelevant when
it comes to efficiency.
The registry is not searched sequentially; it is a highly optimized
relational database. It takes exactly the same number of disk reads and
accesses to find a requested key irrespective of the registry's size.
Admittedly, a HUGE registry is a larger target for something to go wrong,
say a bad physical sector on the disk, but as far as efficiency, a "bloated"
registry is of no effect.
For those who routinely dust the inside cover of shelved books, an
occasional pass of CCleaner might allow them to sleep better at night
(except for the nagging fear that the canned vegetables in the pantry might
not be in perfect alphabetical order...).
Well, they're not using scare tactics, they're just pointing out a
simple fact. I experiment with a lot of different software and can
sometimes have problems with odd conflicts. A lot of the software
is pretty good but some is junk and I don't download and install
everything that's offered. I installed The Cleaner 2012 on three
machines and it's doing a good job of finding malware that a few
different anti-virus programs missed. They offer Paragon software
from time to time and I always get it if I'm able.
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 6:58 PM
Subject: Re: Home computer problem
Yes, W-7 does have a host file where you identified it in
I have been there. Originally, the host file did not exist.
one using Notepad. The only thing I put in it was
'127.0.0.1' (without the
quote marks). Now that I think about it, after your
comment, I think I
named the file hosts (plural). Should it be just host?
Notepad is text editor, the file is saved as a .txt
extension. Could this
make a difference. If so, can the file be renamed to remove
Whenever I try to go to Google, it just times out.
Thanks for the reply, Bob-tx
Absolutely this *will* (not just "could") make a difference. Windows is
looking for a file called hosts, not hosts.txt.
Yes. At a command prompt, type "ren hosts.txt hosts" (without the quotes).
Or open it up in Notepad, click File | Save As, then enter the name as "hosts"
(this time, *with* the quotes -- that tells Notepad not to append .txt to the
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