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Living Lean – How I Keep My Laptop in Top Shape

7-5-13: Initial release.

So this past week, I had come home from work to login to my Internet, only to be greeted by a splashscreen from my ISP saying that a device(s) on my network is participating or infected as part of a botnet.

Before I could go back online, I had to agree to a statement that I would take care of the issue.  Otherwise, I would be disconnected from the Internet again until it was taken care of.

So I thought about it and the only device that I use a lot (more than my desktop actually) is my Dell Mini 1012 netbook.  I did a virus scan, and malware scan, and found nothing.

But just because I didn’t find anything doesn’t necessarily mean that it was gone, it could just be hidden. I didn’t want to take a chance, so what did I do? I formatted the laptop, reinstalled Windows 8, and I was good to go.  The coolest part about the whole thing? I didn’t need to backup any major files, or save my bookmarks or anything. Why? Because due to the way I have setup my laptop, those type of worries that would plague traditional computer users I don’t have. I’ll tell you what I did so you too can run a lean, mean, computing machine.

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The Results of Netbook Experiment

Last month I had done what was known as the Netbook Experiment.  It was pretty drastic, as I have never had done anything like this before. The goal was for the time period of Lent, I would give up my dual core desktop PC, in lieu of using my netbook more.  By doing so, I wanted to see what would happen to my productivity, and ultimately the effect on my power bill.  The results may surprise you.  Let story #2 unravel…

Read on to see what happens

AMD Announces Price Cuts on Desktop CPU’s


Are you looking to build a new computer? Dual core from AMD has just gotten cheaper. Check out these newly released prices:

* Athlon 64 X2 6400+ $220
* Athlon 64 X2 6000+ $167
* Athlon 64 X2 5600+ $146
* Athlon 64 X2 5200+ $125
* Athlon 64 X2 5000+ $136 Black edition
* Athlon 64 X2 5000+ $115
* Athlon 64 X2 4800+ $104
* Athlon 64 X2 4400+ $89
* Athlon 64 X2 4200+ $78
* Athlon 64 X2 4000+ $68

And in case anyone still wants a single core chip:

* Athlon 64 4000+ $58
* Athlon 64 3800+ $50
* Athlon 64 3500+ $45

If I was building another desktop computer, I would definitely get another AMD dual core chip. The best part is, if you are not looking into heavy gaming, you can build a badass dual core machine for less than $500, with 2 gigs of ram and a 160GB hard drive.

Check out more information from digitimes.

VERN: Virtual Environment Resource Navigator


Ignore the title. It will bore you, scare you, even make this article seem terrible.

Of course, we like to tell you what you are reading about.

So, feeling crowded? Looking for that extra space? Have just too many darn windows open and need to use all of them?


“Vern allows you to have many programs running at once with each occupying its own Virtual Screen. Vern displays a representation of each of the Virtual Screens in its selector, which, in total, we refer to as VernSpace. A mini window on the surface of the Vern selector is a representation of the actual program in VernSpace.”

Basically, VERN “results in a cleaner looking desktop and can actually speed up the look and feel of Windows.” Anything in the VERNSpace not used is not active and does not require as much physical memory. The programs not used but running are not redrawn. what does that mean? well, your computer spends a short time on doing everything. for example, 10 millisecond (ms) on program A, 10 ms on B, 10 ms on C, etc. till you go back to program A. then the loop repeats with minor modifications. as such, something not used in the VERNSpace is not redrawn and is partially skipped in the loop. Vern’s use of memory is minimal, for real.

I use this thing all the time, and its really amazing. much like Launchy from our earlier posts, VERN holds a space in our hearts as one of the top programs to use on your pc.

Click here to go to VERN