When you buy a computer with Windows 10, or first boot up after an OS upgrade, there are some things you should do (and change) immediately. Here are some of most important:

Enable system protection and create a restore point

The first thing you want to do is enable system protection and create a restore point. When you install software and new devices, things can go wrong, and the best method of recovering from that is to have a restore point that you can apply. Just remember to create a restore point before you install any new apps or add new hardware.

Enable file extension and hidden files

This is the first thing that power users do when the set up a new installation. However, even normal users can benefit when they can see the extension of the file they are about to open. For example, when a virus changes an image to an executable, you will be able to tell immediately.

Set a PIN

One common mistake is to disable the login screen. Without the login screen there is no security, and if your computer is stolen, you can lose all your data to a thief. Make the login experience easier by setting a pin instead of a password; it is secure and easy.

Windows.old

When you come from an upgrade, there will be a folder with the name “windows. Old”, which contains all the operating system files from the previous installation. Once you have a stable system and will not revert to the older OS, you can delete the folder and recover a lot of disk space.

 


Thanks to Bitcoin, not a day goes by without some news from the Cryptocurrency world. However, a lot of people don’t know or don’t understand how cryptocurrency and the blockchain works. Here is a quick primer on the blockchain, the entire technology on which cryptocurrency is built.

When dealing with virtual currency, the biggest stumbling block is the confirmation of stake and existence. For example, in a real-world transaction, when someone gives something to another person, both people are party to the transaction. However, when the currency is virtual, confirming the transaction id harder. The solution to the problem and one that presents several other advantages is the blockchain.

The easiest way to describe the blockchain is as a ledger of all transactions. There are two ways the blockchain operates. When someone confirms a block, it becomes read-only, and nobody can change it. Also, the block is distributed across the entire network of nodes. When a new happens in the network, like a coin transfer, it is only available to the recipient when the block is confirmed, which can take as long as 15 minutes.

With the distributed nature of the blockchain, it is secure from corruption. Unfortunately, this very same technology makes it theft easy. Much like cash, when you lose it, it is gone forever. Which is why it is very important that owners of bitcoin secure their wallets.

 


Summary: Technology has advanced to the point where video walls are the staple in today’s command centers.

It might be difficult to believe at first, but video walls can improve an organization’s security and efficiency by improving its video wall systems.

Now, video walls are designed to deliver real-time information via digital solution within a command center. The allocation of funds towards an optimal video wall can result in a drastic improvement in both ROI and productivity. Most companies go with third-party integrators like ConstantTech.com to create a quality video wall.

“Video Wall” – The Term

Video walls are often believed to be high-end, expensive displays that are utilized in stadiums and lobbies of expensive hotels. However, while the technology suits the cause, they can also be utilized within a command center of an organization for security measures. Organizations of all sizes are now finding that video walls are increasing in quality and decreasing in costs, making them ideal to purchase in bulk without having to spend massive amounts in overhead costs. Needless to say, they’re an attractive option and a hot commodity on the market.

A Change in Technology

In the past, it would be ludicrous to spend valuable company resources to digitally display information. However, manual signage systems would become obsolete over time and video walls had their chance to shine. Additionally, they catch the eye and automatically pull information from the company’s primary system – and at a low price point, it makes logical sense.

Video walls do not have to be spectacular. They don’t have to be the latest model on the market. Rather, a small installation can still provide a high-profile platform and deliver an impactful visual expression of the organization’s message. It’s a win-win for any company.


 


With Google dropping prices on one terabyte of storage to $9.99 a month, a number of competitors will feel the pressure of dropping their prices too. However, experts believe that these developments are much more than a price war.

In comparison, Apple charges $100 a year for its 50 GB plan while Microsoft’s OneDrive costs about $25 for 50 GB for the same time period. Similarly, both DropBox and SugarSync want $9.99 (100 GB) and $55 per month (1 TB) respectively.

But that’s not all – this price reduction gives a consumers a better deal than Google’s own cloud storage platform for developers, Amazon’s S3 as well as Microsoft’s Azure storage platforms too.

While a number of cloud storage startups use these platforms and even get discounts for using such large amounts of storage, this move will ensure that consumers will still get a better deal than developers will going forward.

However, one might wonder why Google is doing this: it’s simple, really. Such a price reduction means that it want to take its competitors out of business in a market that it doesn’t dominate just yet.

And there are clear reasons why this is so.

Firstly, users think of online storage and syncing when one thinks of DropBox while Microsoft OneDrive is built into Windows 8.

Google Drive, on the other hand, isn’t yet recognized as these two tech giants are even if people love its collaborative productivity apps. That’s an area that Microsoft is now taking seriously with its online (and free) versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote.

So, by just cutting prices, one can see how Google should be able to garner a host of paid users even if Microsoft’s Office suite is still used by corporations around the world.

Yet what makes the next few months interesting is the fact that not only has Google cut prices but it is also increasing its investments on products that use its storage service.


Just like desktop gaming rigs, a gaming laptop can cost an absolute fortune. Fortunately, if you are on a budget, you can still find some great options for gaming laptops. Here are some of the best laptops you can buy under $1,000 that will still keep games like Destiny running along at decent frame rates:

HP Omen 15

The top pick is the HP Omen 15. Unlike its predecessor, the Omen 15 has a better-looking chassis that will appeal to gamers. Also, it sports a nice clicky keyboard along with a user-replaceable hard drive and RAM. You also get decent and loud speakers with a vibrant display.

Specs:

CPU: 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU * GPU: AMD Radeon RX 550 GPU with 2GB of VRAM * RAM/Storage: 8GB/1TB 7,200-rpm HDD * Display Size/Resolution: 15.6/1920 x 1080

Lenovo Legion Y520

Are you looking for the best possible graphics performance at this price range? Nothing will beat the Lenovo Legion Y520. With its Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti GPU, the Legion managed some surprisingly high frame-rates for a laptop of this configuration.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop

When it is battery life you are after, then look no further than the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop. Battery tests show the laptop running solid for as long as seven hours. It is also one of few laptops in this range that is ready for VR.

Specs:

CPU: 2.5-GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ CPU * GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (Max-Q) 6GB of VRAM* RAM/Storage: 8GB/256GB SSD * Display Size/Resolution: 15.6-inch/1920 x 1080