Saturday, August 29, 2015

How do I speed up my computer - working methods to actually increase the speed of your computer

Over time our computers can become bogged down and become very sluggish and slow. This article will show you some tried and true methods of unclogging your computer and quickly speeding it up. Whether you're on a Pc or a Mac computer, these tips will help you easily speed it up and get it running like new!

How can I speed up my computer?

Tip 1: Remove all unneeded desktop icons.
I often help people speed up their computers, and when I do one of the main issues I always see is tons and tons of icons on their desktop. Too many desktops icons can drastically slow down your computer by putting a strain on your systems RAM (Random Access Memory). Your RAM is essential to keep your computers speeds up, and when too much of your RAM is being used to render all the icons on your desktop you will see a performance decrease. So delete any icons you do not absolutely need and keep your desktop clutter free.

Tip 2: Free up some hard drive space.

The hard drives in our computers are what store all our data (files, folders, pictures, music, etc.) on. When a hard drive becomes too loaded with files it can often cause your computer speed to slow to a crawl. Keeping your hard drive clean of unnecessary files helps to keep your computer running at it’s best. So try to go through your computer and delete anything you do not need. Backing up your files to a cloud hosting provider like Google Drive can be a great way to clear some space. Storing your files in the cloud on not on your computer will help keep things organized and running nicely.

Tip 3: Get some more RAM
Like we talked about earlier, RAM is the stuff computer speed is made of. Having too little RAM will send your computer into snail speed. Random access memory is what you use for just about everything on your computer, without it our computers couldn’t “think” or operate. Today most computer run with an average of 4 gigs or ram or more. As programs become more and more advanced, more and more RAM is needed to run them. So if you are experiencing slowness on your computer, then by all means purchase a few new sticks of RAM.

Tip 4: Scan for viruses
Viruses and malware are notorious for slowing down computers. Even if you think you are completely safe from malware you can still have some hiding out on your computer. Some crafty viruses are fully undetectable by most anti-virus programs. And Mac users do NOT think your immune to get a virus! There are plenty of Mac viruses out there that can do harm to your computer, so do yourself a favor and run a virus scan, you may be surprised at what you turn up.

Tip 5: Defragment your hard drive
Data on your hard drive is stored in small sectors. As we download programs, delete programs, and move programs, we are fragmenting our hard drive or causing the sectors to become out of order. When these secotrs are out of order, it takes your computer longer to do things with the information. This can caus a sluggish computer. Defragmenting your hard drive is a way of rearrange the data or sectors in a way so that your computer can quickly and effortlessly access the information. This will greatly increase the speed at which your computer operates.

Conclusion: Did that help?
Well after trying these tips you should see at least SOME kind of spread increase on your computer. All these steps combined work together to give your computer a huge boost in speed. If you want some more tips and to see some great software for cleaning up your computer check out some great software available to clean your machine.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Download Torrents Safely by using a Remote Seedbox - Seedr

A few years ago I shared a free seedbox (JustSeed.it) offer with you all. Unfortunately, that service has since gone down in quality and the owner has made some questionable decisions that for one reason or another, simply can't be trusted. Not to mention the service was also extremely buggy and suffered from uptime issues.

Fortunately, nearly 3 years later I'm happy to share a new seedbox service. Seedr is a new startup from Israel that lets you download torrents remotely. They have a free plan that provides a healthy amount of space and paid plans that offer a very generous allotment of data compared to competitors. The service is very fast, and the reliability has been impeccable. If you download a video or movie file, they will even transcode it and allow you to watch it directly from their service (pro tip: their video player even supports streaming it to your Chromecast, and it works amazingly well - better than Streamcast and other Chromecast plugins).

Seedr lets you upload a torrent or magnet link to start download files immediately. You can easily manage you completed downloads and delete or compress files before downloading them. The user interface is put together very well and the speeds are incredible.

I will admit that it's early in the startups lifespan, and I'm a little afraid that the service could become a victim of its own popularity (signups are now open to everyone and with that could come a lot of riff-raff). If you regularly download torrents, give Seedr a chance - it's really a great service!

Try Seedr today!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Free $1 to Amazon MP3 Credit for Download a Free Application

For a limited time (February 23, 2015 - December 31, 2015), Amazon is offering $1 free MP3 credit if you download one of a few applications. The trick here is that they offer a bunch of free apps, among some paid apps. Simply choose one of the free apps (Pandora, TuneIn Radio, Vevo, Shazam, Soundcloud, etc.) and get your free $1 MP3 credit. There's no payment needed and you don't even have to download the app!

Here's the steps needed:

  • Create an Amazon account if you don't already have one
  • Access the special free mp3 credit landing page
  • Select one of the free apps (or buy an app if you really want), here's a few of the popular free ones (Pandora, Fruit Ninja, Shazam, Pandora and Temple Run 2)

    Click on one:


  • If you're logged-in, you'll see a 'buy' button and the price is $0.00 - click the button and you should get your credit within a matter of minutes.
  • You must redeem your free MP3 credit by January 31, 2016. It's basically good for any signle song purchase, or you can discount an album purchase. Easiest money / credit you'll make off Amazon!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Free 100GB OneDrive Storage Account for 2 Years (Worldwide)

SkyDrive free 100gb
Free 100GB Backup Storage
A few weeks ago, Microsoft started offering US consumers 100GB of free storage space on OneDrive (formerly called Sky Drive). While that offer was limited to US visitors, now everyone can enjoy the offer, regardless of your location. Microsoft is offering the free storage space for a limited time and it will last for 2 years, after which you can either upgrade (paid membership) or downgrade to the free 15gb provided for life by Microsoft.

To get started, follow these simple steps:

  1. Register for an account with Microsoft/OneDrive
  2. Register for a Dropbox account if you don't already have one
  3. Access the promotion page, which is available to all users - International and US
  4. Click the verify button on the page and let OneDrive access your dropbox (it'll place a get started with Onedrive PDF in your dropbox, which you can of course delete later).
  5. You should now have 100GB of space and you can confirm it by looking at the storage space indicator on your account!

Enjoy :)

Update: Changed the links, originally there was a workaround for Bing Rewards provided which gave a 2 year life span for all storage space added, but the new Dropbox promotion is limited to just 1 year!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Free Coupon for 2 Months of Audiobooks from Audible

So once again, Audible is offering a free limited time coupon to get any 2 free audiobooks from their e-library. You get 2 coupons (which are redeemable for any book in their library regardless of price), but note that you get 1 coupon each month for 2 months with this. You have to redeem this initial coupon by 11:59pm on June 30, 2014 to get your 2 months. It also requires you to have a US shipping address added to your account, although it doesn't need it or seem to verify the details (you can add multiple addresses to your account). It also looks like you can stack it on previous offers.

Update: If you've preivously applied for the 2 month trial, you can generate a new coupon code, but you won't be able to apply it to your existing account. You could ofcourse create a new audible account and use it on that.
Follow these instructions to redeem:
  1. Visit the Audible voucher page
  2. Click the claim coupon button and the page will be reloaded.
  3. You should see a confirmation message that the offer has been claimed. You'll receive an email that also confirms that the voucher has been added to your account.
  4. Visit your vouchers section to see the coupon and to redeem it to claim your free ebooks!
  5. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Free $5.00 from Amazon towards any Android App or Game

For a limited time (expires July 31, 2014), Amazon is providing $5.00 free to anyone who purchases a digital game or application off the Amazon Android store. A little workaround lets you get this credit for free, without purchasing anything or for purchasing a game that's $0.99. The credit is auto-applied to your account after you purchase and you'll receive a confirmation email telling you about the credit. The caveat is that you have to use the promotional credit by July 31, 2014 - but it can be used on pretty much any android app available on their store (which is prety vast). To get the promotional credit, follow these steps:

  1. Create or login to your Amazon account and order the free demo of King's Bounty: Armored Princess
  2. Go through the entire process and be sure to use a US shipping location (otherwise it'll reject your order).
  3. Once you've completed your order for the free demo (which costs nothing), you'll be asked to download the demo. You don't have to actually download or play it - but hey it's a free game!
  4. You should receive an email with the free $5.00 added to your account automatically!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Free £2 ($3.37 USD) Amazon Android App Store voucher



Free £2 ($3.37 USD) Amazon Android App Store voucher Maybe it's just me, but Amazon is on fire with all these great free vouchers and deals! If you haven't caught any of the previous offers, be quick and get a free $2 British pounds (or $3.37 USD) voucher that can be spent at the Amazon Appstore for any Android app available. There's lots of free apps out there, but there's some great paid apps that I would otherwise never pay for - but can now get free :)

So there's a few caveats - but this offer can be used by anyone (regardless of location). The apps work on any Android device (so it's not just limited to Kindles or Amazon tablets).
  • You have to redeem the voucher by 11:59pm on June 18, 2014
  • Voucher can be used on app and in-app purchases, but cannot be redeemed against in-app subscriptions.
  • It can only be used only on apps, you can't use it towards products.
To get the voucher:
  1. Claim your voucher (you'll get a confirmation receipt)
  2. View the apps available for download and download!
Few of the top paid apps you can get for free:
Angry Birds: Star Wars II, Dummy Defense, Tipping Point, Fruit Ninja, The Chase, Scribblenauts Remix, Plants vs. Zombies, Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom, Monster's University, Birds of Britain and basically anything 2 pounds or less!  
No purchase is necessary beyond an Amazon account and it may require you to have a credit card linked (it never actually makes a purchase or uses your Credit Card, so I'm not sure if this is a requirement). If for some reason you get a message about location, try the following:
Go to your account settings and click on manage my kindle and then click country settings and switch it to UK by changing your address temporarily to a location in London. Once done the steps above, make your purchase - although it wasn't necessary for most people.