Ask Leo! #746 – The Journey to My New Computer: RAM Upgrade

As I somewhat suspected would be needed, I upgraded the RAM in my new laptop.

Are you using a compromised password? There's an extension for Google Chrome that will tell you. I recommend it.

That free trial you just downloaded; is it telling you that your system has a gazillion errors? Yeah, no. It's probably marketing.

Just a reminder that most weeks I'm one of the co-hosts of the Tech Enthusiast Hour podcast. Each week a few of my friends and I gather around the microphone and discuss what's new and exciting. Last week, for example, we dove into Google's antics, what "ISO" may, or may not, mean in digital photography, foldable phones and other random items. It's around an hour long, and typically available each Tuesday morning. Listen in sometime! No podcast player required, just click the TEH image below for the most recent episode.

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The Journey to My New Computer: RAM Upgrade

My new laptop was capable of holding 32GB (gigabytes) of RAM, but for reasons I didn't bother to pursue, I could find it only available with 16GB pre-installed.

I didn't worry about it too much, knowing I could easily upgrade the RAM myself should I find it necessary.

I found it necessary. Smile

16GB worked fine, but it was clear that running virtual machines put a little too much stress on the machine, and RAM was the limiting factor.

Continue Reading: The Journey to My New Computer: RAM Upgrade
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Password Checkup: A Recommended Chrome Browser Extension

Keeping track of passwords is hard enough (though a good password vault helps a lot). But now, it seems, we need to start keeping track of all the various and sundry breaches that have occurred, possibly without knowing whether we're directly impacted.

Services like Have I Been Pwned? are a great start, particularly with its Pwned Passwords service, which lets you know if your account, or a password you use, is discovered in a breach. You can get notifications when your email address is discovered in a breach, but when it comes to passwords, it's still a manual process.

That's where Password Checkup comes in.

Continue Reading: Password Checkup: A Recommended Chrome Browser Extension
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Why Do System Cleanup Utilities Report So Many Errors on a Supposedly Clean System?

I have a couple of good cleaning programs to protect my computer (which are usually recommended by you!). But occasionally, I get suckered into running a ‘free trial' of a program (like a registry cleaner). I may have just run my cleaner and have been given a clean bill of health, but when I run the ‘free trial', I invariably get hundreds of errors. Why?

What you're experiencing is what leads me and many others to avoid recommending entire classes of registry and system-cleaning utilities.

It's not just a few bad apples that spoil the entire bunch; in this case, it's often difficult to find an apple worth biting into at all.

Continue Reading: Why Do System Cleanup Utilities Report So Many Errors on a Supposedly Clean System?
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