Archive for the ‘Computers’ Category
I know I am not the only person who experiences this from time to time. As a Windows user this might be a familiar irritation to you: A document is sent to print and all the printer does is choke up and refuse to print anything. Or maybe the document you sent is too large and is just taking too long to execute in the queue. Whatever your reason, you either end up having to restart the computer or power-cycling the the printer. Here, I will show you a simple way of clearing the printer queue using a batch script.
The batch script takes the manual effort out of purging the print queue. It turns off the Print Spooler, deletes the temporary files created from your print request, and restarts the Print Spooler. That’s all! You can do this manually, but why bother when double-clicking on a single file will do all of that for you?
Using a simple text editor such as Notepad or Notepad++, paste the following into a new file and, when ready to save, do so with quotes and a .bat file extension. For example, “force-print-purge.bat”.
@echo off echo Stopping Spooler echo. net stop spooler echo Deleting jobs in print queue... echo. del “%systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\*.shd” del “%systemroot%\system32\spool\printers\*.spl” echo Restarting Spooler. echo. net start spooler
The next time your printer is being stubborn, locate this file and execute it. You’re welcome.
Yesterday, The Tech Report published an interesting and extensive 18-page article that compares the performance of some of today’s best CPUs ranging from Intel’s Core 2 Duo to the Core i7 and AMD’s Athlon II to the Phenom II. I have not finished reading the article as yet, but it will definitely be recorded in my bookmarks for future reference. Go check out the article now, grab a coffee and prepare to spend about an hour discovering which CPU may be the best for your next upgrade, especially if you are concerned about the price to performance ratio.
Computers have become a very large part of our everyday lives. For the college or university student, a computer is an invaluable piece of technology with limitless possibilities. Not only do we use them to write reports, do research and communicate with our professors, but they are also a means for socialization and recreation. If you are a new student preparing to walk the halls of tertiary education then you will definitely need one. This guide will provide some useful tips on things students should look for in a good laptop. Hopefully, after reading this, you should be better equipped to make a decision on the laptop you want based on practicality and affordability, while not sacrificing much on features and appearance.
The following guide is part of a series that is primarily addressed to students, but can be utilized by anyone. My hope is that it will serve to help you in your fight against malicious software. Many times friends have come to me complaining about their slow computers and ever-annoying computing problems. It is amazing how much internet crud accumulates to lead to these symptoms. To a student, the computer is one of the most important tools while at university and, the last thing that needs to happen is for you to use the excuse that the computer ate your paper!
Mozilla Firefox is my favourite web browser. Not only is it free and fast, but there are countless addons that you can install to unlock new features and functionality. I have been using the free LastPass plugin for Firefox for over 4 months now and it has become one of my favourites, perhaps even more than the other addons I use!
LastPass is a password manager that allows you to store all of your login details in a central database which is itself password-protected. All you have to memorize is a single access password and logging in to your favourite websites can be performed by the simple click of a mouse. Furthermore, because your passwords are always synchronized, you can utilize LastPass on different computers without having to migrate any databases! There is also a built-in password generator which you can call up at any time when a strong password is required.
LastPass is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS. There is support for integration with popular web browsers such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome. Give it a try today!
The PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V power supply that I ordered from NCIX Canada has finally arrived. This solid piece of engineering will be replacing my unstable Antec 400W SmartPower power supply that came with the Antec SOHO case that I bought when building my first PC. I was hoping to also upgrade the PC’s memory to 2GB of Corsair XMS RAM, but in the state the economy is in right now, one has to be consider the more important priorities.
In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that my old Toshiba Satellite 1800-S204 crashed which left me in quite a tough situation. Fortunately, I was due for a new notebook, but I had not started working as yet to draw on savings. Thankfully, my parents stepped in and helped me with funding and I just recently got an on-campus job, so I will be able to give them something in return for their kindness. Now, to the notebook…
The notebook I chose was an HP Pavilion DV7-1034ca, which I purchased at a local FutureShop. Although I would have preferred to order online and possibly save a few dollars, I preferred to be there on-site to actually see what I was getting.