RAM. What is it and how to get more of it.

 

ram chips - let's swap

 

If you own a computer, you have heard of “RAM” before.

 

RAM stands for Random Access Memory.

 

RAM in a computer is similar to your brain’s short-term memory–it’s fast, small and ephemeral.

 

It is what programs use to run and store program files, so the more programs the more RAM being used. When the RAM becomes low you may have too many programs running and/or installed.

 

Need more RAM?

 

Uninstall unneccessary programs you don’t use. Still need more RAM?

 

Adding more RAM is a low-cost solution for a significant boost in performance.

 

You don’t have to buy a new computer.

 

You just need to buy RAM chips.

 

Or swap chips from an old computer that is no longer functional.

 

Google search for RAM chips to find out where to purchase them. I will guide you through the steps to change them.

 

How to swap RAM chips…

 

If you are novice computer owner, you should be able to install your own RAM with no problems. It’s really quite simple.

Here is how I swapped RAM chips from my old desktop computer (1 GB RAM) into my functional desktop computer (originally 700 something MB RAM):

 

1. TURN THE COMPUTER OFF & UNPLUG THE COMPUTER. 

 

2. Start by taking off the side cover panel on your CPU. You may have to unscrew it or it may have a locking system that pops out.

swapping out my ram chips

 

 

 

3. Once you have successfully removed the cover you want to start by taking a look inside. It’s probably quite dusty… now is a good time to clean some of that up! A flashlight will come in handy here.

 

4. Locate the RAM chips, usually in a pair of two or a set of four. Here is what one of mine looked like…

ram chip from emachines desktop

 

 

 

5. To remove your RAM chips locate them in the CPU and pop the levers (mine were white) outwards. The RAM chip should slide out easily once the levers are moved. Do the one in front first, then the one in the back.

 

6. Once removed or if you’re just installing new ones you have bought take the cover off your main computer station as described in steps 1-5 above.

 

7. Insert new RAM chip(s) and make sure the levers snap into place on both the top and bottom of the chip. Wait to put the cover back on, but go ahead and plug your computer back in and start the OS.

 

8. If you hear beeping, don’t be alarm. Unplug the computer – you do not have the chip insert properly. Make sure it is correctly inserted, into the notches that allow the lever to click into place.

 

9. One you have the chips inserted you can put the cover back on and continue to work as normal.

 

10. Right click on my computer – then select properties and you will see that your amount of RAM has been indeed upgraded.

 

 

Memoria RAM

 

 

 

 

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HOW TO Embed Tumblr Blog on Self Hosted WordPress Site

Love Tumblr?

Want to incorporate your Tumblr blog into another website?

Good news, you can… and I will share with you just how easy it is.

Finally, after a week or two of searching, I have found a way to embed a tumblr blog (or any blog’s posts) in a self hosted WordPress site. Without knowing any coding.

This is my Tumblr page for my website Hopes Are High. Here is the page I embedded Tumblr on.

tumblr on hopes are high
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(Special thanks to simply Christian for finally steering me in the right direction.)

It’s actually quite simple to execute…

You will need two plug-ins. 

#1 A tumblr plugin that features a widget for your Tumblr or blog posts. An easy one to use is “Tumblr Widget” and it is the one I used initially

#2 The plug-in “Widgets on Pages

After you have both plug-ins downloaded and activated the rest is a cake walk.

* Configure your Tumblr or blog post widget how you want it by dragging it to the very last widget area on the bottom right of your screen. You may have to scroll down depending on your theme.

Here is an example using my site:

embed tumblr on wordpress
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   This widget area directly above this text is where you

need to put your blog post widget.
* Save the widget changes

* Create a new page or edit the page your want Tumblr or blog posts to appear

* Type the shortcode [widgets_on_pages] and any other content you want on the page.

* Publish your page and VIOLA! Magic.

And you can also add any widget(s) you want to a page with this handy plug-in. If you didn’t notice, on Hopes Are High I also have a Quote widget displayed right before my posts. VERY EASY & adds a great amount of interactivity/engagement to your website!

Any questions or comments? Let me know!

Tricks of The Trade

Tricks of the trade can benefit even the most avid internet pro. The’re always room for anyone to learn more. Who doesn’t want to make life easier? I know I do.

Would  you like to make more efficient use of you time?

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Here’s how.

– A calendar or planner is key.

Everyone will forgot something somewhere, no matter how good your memory is. Did you know when you write something down it actually encodes it more effectively in the brain? This holds true even if you keep track of your daily to-do on the computer. It’s not the act of writing or typing per say, but by doing so you are putting what you are writing in your short term memory.

Mike Rohde´s Custom Moleskine Planner

It is easier to retrieve this information later on than if you just said to your spouse, “remind me to feed the dog later”.

– Going on the last trick discussed, writing stuff down in general will make your life easier.

Now don’t go putting everything on paper, but keep a notepad (actual or virtual) handy. A great virtual notebook to consider is Quick Note. It opens with a simple right click on the mouse and it saves everything you type automatically – no need to worry if you forget to.

And if you need to copy something from a website or email it have a super easy copy and paste feature. And if that hasn’t sold you yet, you can even sync it to your Google documents account.

– Google documents.

Google 貼牌冰箱(Google Refrigerator)

If you haven’t tried this one yet, you need to. It will not only save you time, but money as well because it does everything you would most likely need Microsoft Word to do. Not to mention many other websites you use sync with it, such as Box.com, saving you the effort of uploading everything.

– Create a weekly schedule of computer maintenance to keep things running smoothly.

I know most of us forget about the actual health of our computer systems, but they need check-ups too. If we get in the habit of doing check-ups on a schedule, doing so will become part of our daily routine.

For example, if every Monday you decide to scan your registry for errors, your brain is more likely to associate Monday mornings with scanning for registry errors, which makes the likehood that you will forget. Even if you think these types of scans run automatically or in real-time, they don’t with most free-ware programs.

– Free software is great.

Open Source Logos

There’s no point in paying for something when getting it for free does the same job if not better. It’s like the non-profit of the computer world. But be careful and download with caution. Not every free program out there is safe, but there is a pretty fool proof plan to find out if it is.

When downloading off the internet, keeps these tips in mind:

#1 Don’t assume that just because it comes from a trusted source or has the “trusted seal of approval”, that it is indeed safe to download.

Try right clicking on that “trusted program download button”. You can save it to your computer can’t you? And even if you can’t you can’t still easily get a screen shot and doctor it up to look like the real deal. Looks can be decieving.

And these trusted download sites can’t be held responsible for every program. The do a great job and personally I’ve never had a problem with my favorite site. But you can never be too careful.

#2 If possible download from the programs actual source.

That just means if you need to download Google Chrome, try and do so from Google.com. If it is not a repetuable company like Google, find a good well-known and used site such as Download.com or Filehippo.com.

#3 These sites offering free downloads make a lot of money from the ads on their sites.

They are pretty slick in their tactics, but they have to make money somehow. Make sure before you click “run” or “save as” before the actual download process that it is indeed the program you originally intended to download. I know it sounds silly, but it happens.

#4 But before downloading anything from a trusted site, get to know that program.

Google it, read reviews outside that site, ask your friends, whatever. If no one has heard of it or have bad things to say about it, then maybe you should give that particular program second thought. No matter how safe you think it is, shit happens. The more educated you are, the less stress you will encounter down the road.

#5 So you’ve found a great program and all the reviews are good.

Ask yourself how the program will benefit you. Seriously. Most people who complain about their computers running slow are looking in all the wrong places for the answers. They download a program to speed things up and it works for a while, but soon things are back to how they were before.

More programs = more RAM used and less RAM = slower processor speed.

And just because you “uninstalled it” through your control panel does not mean it’s gone. Well for the most part.

#6 Windows (I’m not sure if Mac or Linux is similar in this fashion..) is notorious about leaving shit behind.  One of your must have programs is a good uninstaller. It will not only uninstall a program, but also scan your computer for any left over traces of it. An easy to use and effective such program is Advanced Uninstaller Pro. It can do so much for your systems health and more.

Download NOW! Wait, hold on a minute. Your computer is begging you to listen.

Some “things” to consider prior to downloading new stuff on your computer:

We are all guilty of downloading programs or software just because. Then we forget about it and never even use it. It sits on our computer’s hard drive, taking up precious RAM and if we do this enough (download aimlessly) it ends up slowing our processing speed down.

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