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Ask LH: Does Bad Broadband Make My Computer Run More Slowly?

Dear Lifehacker, To what extent does a “slow” internet connection affect operating system and application response times? My work connection is much faster than my home connection, and it often feels like the same machine is slower at home. I suspect that operating systems and applications often “phone home” and that waiting for responses over slow links slows things down. Does this actually happen?


The Limitations Of Positive Thinking

Positive thinking and striving for happiness are common goals associated with self-improvement. It seems that they’re becoming more pervasive within company cultures, too, as employee happiness, customer happiness and a focus on productivity pop up in more company culture documents and mission statements.

At first glance, it seems like a step forward for company leaders to be focusing on the emotional health of employees and customers. But there’s more to positive thinking than might appear on the surface.


Do Pre-Workout Supplements Actually Help?

Pre-workout supplements make big promises to boost your performance, and with those promises come high price tags. You supposedly get a burst of energy, fatigue less easily and increase blood flow, all to help you get more out of your workout. The thing is, these supplements are really just powerful stimulants.


Use The Hidden 'Low Resolution' Option To Improve Game Performance On Retina Macs

Mac: Macs with a Retina display look great, but most of them do not have the power to run games at that incredibly high resolution. While you can usually change the resolution in-game or on a system level, OS X Daily points to a hidden little option that makes all that easier.


MicroSD Card Quality Makes A Massive Difference In Raspberry Pi Performance

When you’re putting together your Raspberry Pi projects, you likely just grab whatever microSD card is on sale without thinking much about it. However, over on Midwestern Mac, they did speed comparison between cards, and found a big difference in performance.


The Worst Performance Killing Android Apps Are Exactly The Ones You'd Expect

Some of the apps you use on a regular basis are worse for your phone than others. AVG has done some analysis and identified the worst offenders. Unsurprisingly, things like Facebook, Spotify, Netflix, and Amazon top the charts.


Five Ways To Speed Up A Chromebook

Feel like your Chromebook is performing a little sluggishly? These tweaks can speed it up.


Speed Up Chrome For Android With This Settings Tweak

Android: Chrome is one of our favourite Android browsers, but it can be a little sluggish sometimes. This settings tweak, thanks to Redditor erythrocytes64, may give you a tidy speed boost, depending on your device.


Five Powerful, Built-In Windows Tools You Might Not Know About

Even if you live in Windows, you may be surprised to find that it includes some rather powerful built-in tools to help you monitor your system and troubleshoot when things go wrong. We’ve taken a look at Windows’ dark corners before and at some awesome features you may have forgotten about. Here are a few more of our favourite overlooked Windows tools.


The Specs To Look For In A Workstation Computer

For everyday computer use, processing power is rarely a consideration anymore, but when you’re looking at a workstation system for more advanced technical tasks, all those specifications become vital. These are the features you should look for.


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