June 15, 2007
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Happy Friday, everyone! If you don't mind, I just wanted to share a proud moment of being a dad. Yesterday was my son's preschool graduation ceremony. And this was his very first big event that he participated in where his class sang songs and even performed a little skit for us parents. Even though my son looked like he had a bit of stage fright, oh, what a joy and a proud moment it was to see him hit a milestone and be up there on stage! All I can do now is look forward to more moments like these. Sigh, how fast they grow up. So for all you out there celebrating Father's Day this coming Sunday--a shout goes out to you--from one father to another! Happy Father's Day! Now let's tackle these mystery startup tasks.
Well, Larry, I'm with you when it comes to trying to decipher many of those individual task names in the Windows Task Manager list. Some are obvious, but others are as foreign as they get. But hey, no worries, because as long as your best friend on the Web is a search engine, you're more than likely to get an answer to what those foreign-looking tasks are just by searching by task names. Your other option, of course, is to turn to your other best friends--your fellow members here--who have graciously helped out by submitting recommendations to you in this week's discussion thread. Here are a few to start you off, but don't stop there--read on, as you'll find not only great advice, but also a number of great Web sites that list all those tasks. I've even picked up a few recommended sites that I wasn't aware of. Hopefully, by reading these answers, those foreign tasks will all make sense to you. Good luck! Thank you, each and every one of you, for taking the time to stop by and lend a hand to help another! Have a splendid weekend!
Member Question of the Week
So there have been a lot of questions and discussions about
making computers boot faster and run faster, and I've done a
bunch of stuff to help. Still, when I first turn on the
system I have 49 processes running in my task manager, using
more than 300MB "Commit charge" (memory? I haven't added all
the numbers listed as Memory Usage to see if it matches).
They have names like shstat.exe, UdaterUI.exe, wmiprvse.exe,
issch.exe. How do I know what these are, and if any is
unimportant and can be stopped? Also, some seem to be listed
multiple times, like svchost.exe (seven times--once for local
service, twice for network service, and four times for
system). Is all this really necessary? Explanation of exactly
what is needed or not during start-up will be very helpful!
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All right, so I've been trying to become involved in the high-definition era for a few years now. As far as I'm concerned,
picking the right cables can be controversial. Whenever you
go buy a new HDTV or an accessory component, the salesmen
always ask if you have the appropriate connections. Then they
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Cables and connections for stereo, HDTV, or any electronic media can be compared to hoses for moving water around your house. If you have a pump that will deliver 50 gallons of water per minute and you need to deliver 75 gallons per minute to some plants or a fountain--sorry, it will deliver 50 gallons max and your fountain will not chirp merrily, it will just slog along. Cables have a maximum delivery capability and if you don't meet or exceed that your media will suffer. But on the same line of thought, if your plumbing will deliver 200 gallons of water and your pump will supply 100, you have wasted a lot of capability...
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