Tagged With performance

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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Management invariably wants IT to be faster and cheaper and more reliable. Delivering that trifecta is almost impossible, but it's worth bearing in mind that improving raw performance doesn't always have to be the goal. You may need speed, but you probably don't need speed everywhere.

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In an era where wireless networking is dominant, the role of the network switch is often an afterthought. However, switch selection and configuration can make a big difference to overall performance. Here are five ways switching up your switch can help.

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Hey Lifehacker, Every time I'm playing a Flash video in chrome, it seems to cause lag in my other applications. I have a pretty powerful computer so it can handle multitasking, IE doesn't cause this problem and it only started happening a couple of months ago. Any thoughts? Thanks, Rolling Chrome

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Imagine if you'd never heard of the Rolling Stones and saw the above video with the sound muted. Would you be able to tell they were something special? According to new research, visuals are more important than sound when it comes to judging musical performance. It's all in the hips, apparently.