I have not organised my contacts in the Apple Contacts app in nearly a decade. For every meticulously maintained contact (usually people I mail gifts to for the holidays) there are hundreds of other contacts polluting the field. So many it would take me a few days and a lot of wine to finally sort through them all.
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It took a few revisions of Windows, but Microsoft is finally providing a consolidated and user-friendly way of managing applications the run at startup. Previously, you'd have to use Task Manager / msconfig or a third-party tool to do this easily, but come a future update of Windows 10, you'll be able to do it via the in-built Settings console.
We're all generating data faster than storage providers can keep up, and that problem is only going to get worse. On Friday, Western Digital announced a potential game changer that promises to expand the limits of traditional HDDs to up to 40TBs using a microwave-based write head, and the company says it will be available to the public in 2019.
For fans of Lenovo's (and before that IBM's) no-nonsense business systems, 2017 marks a momentous occasion as it's the 25th anniversary of the ThinkPad line. And for quite a while, rumours were floating around that Lenovo was going to make a special throwback ThinkPad to celebrate the date, to the point that Lenovo later came out and confirmed it was happening. However, despite that admission, Lenovo's secretive approach had many wondering what its commemorative laptop would actually look like.
On Monday, a team of scientists in Australia announced an exciting breakthrough: For the first time, researchers were able to turn light into sound on a microchip. But -- as crazy-sounding new physics applications tend to be -- it's probably going to be a long time before you see one of these chips on a computer you can buy. More importantly, what the heck does "turn light into sound" even mean?
There are weeks where it seems like every piece of physics news mentions quantum computing -- but we are nowhere near a quantum iPhone. You probably remember that computers can consist of billions of nanometre-scale transistors etched into silicon. Those chips used to be enormous, room-sized setups where instead of transistors, there were tubes the size of light bulbs. Physicists in the quantum computing world are still trying to pick out the best vacuum tubes.
You've heard time and again that "256-bit" encryption is the bee's knees when it comes to security. But what does that even mean? Encryption is a topic that can be quite complex, though this educational video from 3Blue1Brown does an excellent job of visualising how hard 256-bit is to "crack".
You've got more choices than ever when it comes to backing up your data -- you are backing up your data, right? -- so how do you choose the best one for your needs? First, it's a good idea to pick up some kind of external hard drive. You can go the Network Attached Storage (NAS) route if you want to access the storage from your Wi-Fi (or build your own Netflix). You can also just get a regular external hard drive from someone like Seagate or Western Digital.
At the start of the week Apple showed off some of the upcoming features in macOS HIgh Sierra, but the company's keynote by no means covered everything in the desktop OS update. We've been using the developer beta of macOS 10.13 for the last few days and scouring the web to uncover some of the hidden features coming down the pipe.
If you really want to make Windows crash, it's not that hard. Fire up Photoshop and resize an image by a billion per cent. Done. There are other ways that don't require third-party software of course, thanks to bugs in the operating system's core code and in the case of pre-Windows 10 platforms, the NT file system.
Building a computer processor from scratch isn't for the faint of heart, but for those with the knowledge and willpower it can be incredibly fun and educational. Keen to have a crack themselves, Eric Schlaepfer and Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories spent two years making a large scale (and prettier) version of the humble MOS 6502 microprocessor.
At Microsoft's Build conference, the dorkiest of companies put on a big show, complete with fog machines and fancy lights, in order to show it's a cool competitor to Apple and Google. The speakers who came on stage during keynotes had stylish hair. "Do they have dressers backstage?" an attendee asked a group of us when it was all over.
In the perfect world, we'd store absolutely every bit of information generated each day, but that task is almost impossible, even with dedicated efforts like the Internet Archive. Try targeting your efforts more, say just movies. You still have to find a robust, eternal-as-possible storage medium, rock-solid processes and well, making sure that medium isn't highly combustible.
It has been nearly two years since Microsoft introduced a new Windows phone. Sure, HP is still making Windows phones and marketing them to businesses, but Microsoft has been basically silent on the subject of its flagging mobile platform since 2015. There have been zero flagship devices, despite the persistent rumours of a super Surface phone. Logic dictates that Microsoft needs to get in the game here.
Modern processors can run at temperatures ranging from 25 to 90 degrees, depending on configuration, cooling and workload. That said, when a CPU takes on a heavy load, that increase tends to be gradual, rather than instantaneous. And it certainly shouldn't occur for basic, undemanding tasks. Unfortunately, Intel's Core i7-7700k might have a temperature problem, with spikes of 30;deg&C not uncommon when, say, opening a webpage.
Microsoft has gone ahead with its plan to disable updates on pre-Windows 10 operating systems running on newer AMD and Intel processors. While your machine won't suddenly stop working, it does mean your Windows 7 or 8.1 install won't benefit from the latest updates. Fortunately, a simple workaround is now available.