Shrinking a partition in Windows is not something one does often, but when it comes to creating a disk image for a new SSD, or splitting a drive’s space into multiple sections, you’ll probably need to do some resizing beforehand. Unfortunately, Windows doesn’t always play nice when you fire up Disk Management and hit the “Shrink” option — despite having a load of free space, you’ll often find a significant discrepancy in the area you can reclaim.
Good antivirus software, once installed, doesn’t make its presence known until its needed — that is, it’s detected a virus, trojan or other nasty and it requires your attention. Unfortunately, while it’s nice not to be bothered by unnecessary dialogs, it makes it easier to forget it’s running in the background, monitoring file operations. This isn’t usually a problem, unless you happen to be copying a few gigabytes of data.
Jet-lag is one of those conditions that you just have to endure, unless you’re willing to ingest copious amounts of caffeine or staple your eyelids open. That said, next time you’re suffering from a radical shift in time zones, you might want to give Entrain a go. It’s an iPhone app that claims to get you back into sleeping sync as quickly as possible, by aligning your circadian rhythms with that of your environment.
Advertising on the internet was once limited to annoying popups or excessively-animated banners, but these days even software installers can be packed with mostly unwanted extras. In light of this shift in adware distribution, Microsoft has revised how its anti-malware measures classify such software and has given developers until July 1 to get their houses in order.
No one likes an unresponsive website, but how slow is too slow? A second? Ten seconds? You might find it surprising that waiting even 500 milliseconds can convince a user to take their browser elsewhere. If you want to know just how important it is to have a snappy site, best to take advice from the largest players on the internet.
Australian web users are all too familiar with the dreaded “This content is not available in your country” message when trying to access US-based services such as YouTube, Hulu and others. In the last few years, browser extensions have saved many the effort of setting up a proxy to side-step these restrictions, with Media Hint being a popular option. Unfortunately, the once-free geo-unblocker now requires users to pay for its benefits.
I’ve previously mentioned my love for cauliflower rice, though I haven’t had it in some time. This is mostly because I don’t have a food processor and grating this particular vegetable is always incredibly messy. When I do cook it, I usually toss it in a frying pan, but that’s just one of a few ways to prepare it.
Whether you’re studying for an exam or trying to teach yourself something new, there is a stark difference between memorising what you’re reading and actually comprehending the subject matter. Both are useful tools, given the right circumstances, but when is it best to use one method over the other, or a combination of the two?