We’ve all been trained to archive every email we get. After all, we have basically infinite storage, and we can just find all the emails we need with a quick search, right? Makes sense. But that’s a trap. Gmail Promised Endless Storage but Hasn’t Kept up Whether or not you use Gmail, it’s important to understand that the idea of never deleting emails was widely popularized by Gmail. Before that, people generally deleted their emails regularly. You had to delete them to free up space so that you could get more emails. Gmail was earth-shattering when it was launched back in 2004. Google’s email service delivered a whopping 1 GB of free email storage. That put its competitors to shame—the free version of Microsoft Hotmail offered a tiny 2 MB at the time. Yes, Gmail launched with five hundred times as much free storage as Microsoft’s email service. It’s no wonder that Gmail became so popular. Its competitors struggled to keep up , but even they added much more storage space. … [Read more...] about Why You Should Delete Emails Instead of Archiving Them
Microsoft releases new versions of Windows 10 roughly every six months. However, not everyone gets them all at once. Some PCs remain stuck on older versions of Windows 10 for a year or more. Here’s how to check whether your PC is up-to-date. Why Windows 10 Updates So Slowly For example, AdDuplex’s report for November 2020 found that only 8.8 percent of Windows PCs had the latest October 2020 Update at the time. 37.6 percent of PCs had the previous May 2020 Update. More than 50 percent of PCs were running versions of Windows 10 released in 2019 or earlier. Microsoft slowly rolls out updates to PCs, carefully measuring whether any problems occur with each update. For example, a specific hardware device in one particular laptop may have a hardware driver issue that needs to be fixed before it can work properly with a new version of Windows 10. Some PCs may be running security software that requires changes to function on newer versions of Windows 10—and so on. Due to … [Read more...] about How to Check If Your PC Has the Latest Version of Windows 10
The ECG app on the Apple Watch Series 4 and later lets you check your hear t for a condition called atrial fibrillation (AFib), where it beats irregularly. It works like an electrocardiogram (an ECG) you’d find in a doctor’s office. Because of how medical devices are regulated worldwide, the ECG app isn’t available everywhere . And where it is available, updates between versions can take varying amounts of time, depending on where you are. That’s why there are two versions of the ECG app—version 1 and version 2. Let’s look at the difference between them, and how to check which version you have. Note: The ECG app cannot detect heart attacks. If you experience any of the symptoms of one , contact your doctor. What’s the Difference Between Version 1 and Version 2? Version 1 and version 2 of the ECG app are similar, although there are a few differences: Version 2 can check for AFib when your heart rate is between 50 and 150 bpm. Version 1 can only check for … [Read more...] about How to Check Which Apple Watch ECG App Version You Have
If you use Windows, you might have wondered about the small key with the Windows logo on your keyboard. It opens the Start menu and performs useful shortcuts, but where did it come from? Why is it there? Let’s take a look. The Origin of the Windows Key It might seem like the Windows key has always been with us, but it hasn’t. It first appeared in September 1994 on the Microsoft Natural Keyboard . This ergonomic keyboard was in the same vein as the earlier Apple Adjustable Keyboard , which split the standard QWERTY keyboard in half. Unlike Apple’s keyboard, though, Microsoft’s tilted each half at gentle angles to reduce wrist strain. By this point, Microsoft had already created other hardware products , including its widely acclaimed mice. When it was time to create its first keyboard, someone at Microsoft had the brilliant idea of including a permanent piece of Windows branding on it. This resulted in two Windows keys, located between the Control and Alt keys to the … [Read more...] about Why Do Keyboards Have a Windows Key? Here’s Where It Started
The power supply (PSU) is a critical part of any PC. It powers all the components in your PC, and a bad or faulty one can bring everything down. Here’s what to look for in a power supply while putting together a PC. A PSU Is a Critical Piece of PC Infrastructure When we turn on a light, open a faucet, or walk down a nicely paved street, we don’t often think about the wondrous infrastructure making all that possible. But if somebody hadn’t taken the time to think about it, things wouldn’t be so wondrous. It’s the same when building a PC. We get obsessed with how many cores a CPU has or the number of compute units in a GPU . But rarely do we think twice about the power supply unit (PSU,) which provides power to everything else in your PC. You don’t need to think about your power supply too much, of course. But, if you don’t consider the PSU at all, there’s a good chance you’ll be thinking about it a lot once it starts causing problems. If your computer doesn’t get … [Read more...] about How Important Is the Power Supply (PSU) When Building a PC?
A while back we showed you how to customize your OS X Dock with themes and other kinds of changes with a small, free program. Today we want to take that a step further and create unique custom themes using that same application. If you’re not familiar already with cDock, we suggest you read our article so you know what it can do . It’s best to relocate the tiny cDock executable to somewhere like the Applications folder so it’s always there if you want to use it, plus it can automatically check for updates so you’re always using the latest version. With cDock open, go ahead and play around with it if you like. Today we want to familiarize ourselves with the custom options, so click the menu next to “Dock theme” and select “Custom” and “Apply.” Your Dock will reload plain white and semi-transparent (50%). Two text documents will also open, “settings info.rtf” and “settings.txt”. It is recommended you place these docs side-by-side to facilitate easier … [Read more...] about How to Create Custom Dock Themes in OS X