CPU – Chris Pirillo http://chris.pirillo.com Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:05:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i1.wp.com/chris.pirillo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/cropped-37b9d6c24a61d1dd94c262aae9077715.png?fit=32%2C32 CPU – Chris Pirillo http://chris.pirillo.com 32 32 Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? CPU – Chris Pirillo Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? CPU – Chris Pirillo http://chris.pirillo.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chris.pirillo.com 32776375 How Often Do You Upgrade Your Computer? http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/12/07/how-often-do-you-upgrade-your-computer/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/12/07/how-often-do-you-upgrade-your-computer/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 09:14:53 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=23459 Continue reading How Often Do You Upgrade Your Computer? ]]> Your computer is slowing down. Things don’t run the way they should anymore. You baby it along by defragging, uninstalling programs, deleting files and cleaning things up as much as possible. Perhaps you go as far as cursing at your poor machine or even threatening it with a hammer. At what point, though, do you throw in the towel and upgrade that sucker? When do you know it’s just TIME to spend a few bucks to add a new stick of RAM or upgrade your processor?

The general consensus over on Lockergnome seems to be that geeks upgrade on an as-needed basis. Only one person was brave enough to admit that they upgrade any time something new comes along. One other person stated that they NEVER upgrade – they simply start fresh with a new machine.

Where do you fall in the computer-upgrade spectrum?

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Chris Pirillo University (CPU): Writing for Google http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/11/16/chris-pirillo-university-cpu-writing-for-google/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/11/16/chris-pirillo-university-cpu-writing-for-google/#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2010 22:21:33 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=23197 Continue reading Chris Pirillo University (CPU): Writing for Google ]]> Are you a blogger, copywriter, journalist… or just someone who enjoys writing online? If so, then content discovery is likely VERY important to you – even if you didn’t realize it already. On Thursday, November 18th, I will be co-hosting a webinar with my good friend Jake Ludington called Chris Pirillo University (CPU): Writing for Google. Between us, Jake and I have more than 25 years of combined online publishing experience. We are prepared to bring you the best tips, tips and secrets we have to help you write for Google.

How will people find what you’re writing? Sure, there’s the social media outlets – but, chances are, Google is the primary gateway to your intended audience. How do you rise above the competition? Forget about buzzwords and busywork – we’ll show you how to do things right the first time so that you don’t have to hire anybody else to help you make things work for yourself in terms of writing for discovery on Google (and other search engines, vicariously).

Prepare yourself to learn:

  • How to write titles that rank
  • How to do effective keyword research
  • How to use keywords without stuffing
  • How to make the most of your 300-500 words
  • How to link for maximum impact
  • How to craft better file names for your pages
  • How to integrate rich media with your text

And get your questions answered, like:

  • Do “meta tags” matter?
  • Are there tools to make writing easier?
  • Where do I find great article titles?
  • Can images help my articles?
  • Should I link outside my blog?

All registrants will receive a copy of the webinar – so even if you can’t interact with us live, you can still learn on your own schedule! You have nothing to lose (especially since you’re likely already writing online and wanting to optimize your time).

Tickets are only $97.00, and they won’t last long. Be sure to sign up before it’s too late.

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Are Two Cores as Good as Four Cores? http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/11/10/are-two-cores-as-good-as-four-cores/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/11/10/are-two-cores-as-good-as-four-cores/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:57:02 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=23103 Continue reading Are Two Cores as Good as Four Cores? ]]>
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Michael from CMPLive decided to do a special episode of “Real or Hoax” for our channels. He is a brave soul, and decided to take on the age-old question of whether or not two cores really are as good as four. In order to do this test properly, he made sure that the machines used were truly alike, apart from the cores themselves.

To run this test, Michael performed tests on four different popular games. He also did tests on several different types of software. You can see from the graph shown in the video, there’s a significant difference in the performance, but could easily be a bottleneck in the graphics. The difference is most definitely NOT double, though, as you might expect.

During a different test, Michael set his graphics to the highest possible settings. Low and behold, there was NO difference between two cores and four cores as far as performance. This is because his graphics card experienced a bottleneck long before the CPU would have.

When testing playing Assassins’ Creed, you can see by the charts that both low and high graphics usage produced nearly the exact same results – no matter how many cores were being used.

Flight Simulator X has been long believed to be CPU intensive… again, though, there was no difference. How can this be so?

Overall, Michael proved that there truly is not much difference when you use four cores instead of two. The biggest difference was in rendering and processing videos… the quad-core machine definitely performed faster. In every other case, though, it didn’t matter how many cores were installed in the computer. When it came to the games, the graphics card mattered far more than the CPU itself.

Thanks, Michael, for producing a fantastic video for us.

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VMWare CPU Usage in XP http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/04/28/vmware-cpu-usage-in-xp/ Wed, 28 Apr 2010 18:57:07 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=19395 Continue reading VMWare CPU Usage in XP ]]>
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Some people have trouble gaming inside of VMWare. It tends to throttle their CPU. However, in the newest version of VMWare Fusion one of the toggles have been removed. You can change quite a bit of settings to optimize your virtual machine explicitly for gaming purposes.

It’s going to hit your CPU no matter what. You’re running software. Make sure that you’ve allocated the most RAM that you can to the VM. Maxing out your CPU won’t kill anything, no. I run my live stream on the Mac Mini every day. It’s run for the past three years, even though the Mac Mini’s CPU is throttled almost constantly.

Yes, the games are going to throttle your CPU. It could happen with XP outright, let alone when it’s running inside of the virtual machine. That will have more overhead.

In terms of mitigating that, it’s not really possible honestly. The latest version of VMWare will take care of most of it for you. Play around in your settings. Check your hard-disk buffering status. Optimize what you can – wherever you can.

It’s not going to kill your computer, no. You’re safe to keep on gaming.

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Flash Video is Better With AMD and ATI http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/03/29/flash-video-is-better-with-amd-and-ati/ Tue, 30 Mar 2010 04:53:32 +0000 http://1165169499 Continue reading Flash Video is Better With AMD and ATI ]]>
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There are a lot of people making and watching videos online these days. When I visited the AMD campus in Texas during the SXSW conference recently, Casey showed me how AMD is helping people all over the world enhance their Flash experience. Adobe Flash 10.1 is a collaborative effort between Adobe and the team at AMD.

This new version of Flash takes advantage of the benefits that are enabled through AMD’s ATI Stream technology. This provides viewers with improved playback, reduced usage of their CPU, and longer battery life due to the comination of using all of the resources found in both their CPU and GPU.

The GPU is a much more efficient way of processing video than the CPU is. As we move more to a mobile lifestyle, your battery will wear down faster if you are processing video using your CPU. AMD wanted to make this much more efficient, and take advantage of different components of the computer or mobile system.

In addition to better battery life, the video footage will actually look better. With hardware acceleration enabled, videos are sharper and are much clearer. You’ll even see more vibrant colors. Even the whites are whiter using this technology.

You can experience this for yourself right now. Make sure you have the updated video driver from AMD installed. Then, of course, you’ll need to download and install the beta of Adobe Flash 10.1 to your system.

Thanks to the team at AMD for the help they provided to me to attend SXSW, and for all of the time they spent with me to discuss what’s new and exciting at AMD / ATI.

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AMD's Vision http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/03/25/amds-vision/ Thu, 25 Mar 2010 21:00:00 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=18441 Continue reading AMD's Vision ]]>
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During my trip to SXSW last week, I spent some time at the AMD campus. I was able to talk briefly with Raymond from the AMD Product Marketing Group. I had heard that AMD has a vision for Vision, and wanted to get more information for all of you. It’s a difficult process to buy a new computer these days, with all of the choices there are. AMD Vision was created to simplify that process for you.

When a consumer walks into a store, they typically have ideas as to what they want to buy. Vision, Vision Premium and Vision Ultimate designations are similar to “good”, “better” and “best” hardware configurations. What this will do is give the purchaser a much better idea of what they will get with any particular model, to help them decide if it is the right one for them.

Even without knowing a model number, people can compare models against each other by using the Vision designation. People don’t necessarily care about the tech terms, such as “gigabyte”. They want to be able to look at something, and just know it will work for them. With this program, it’s simple for an average computer user to figure out what is what, and what will do the job.

For instance, let’s say a woman walks into the store and needs to buy a notebook that will allow her to surf the web and watch movies. The Vision line would be perfect for that. However, if she also needed to do some light video processing, she would be better off choosing the Vision Premium model. If she’s a power user who does a lot of processor-intensive work (or even a gamer), she’ll need to go with a machine designated with the Vision Ultimate tag.

This is the vision of Vision – to simplify the buying process, and make it more intuitive. AMD has been seeing very positive results with this program. People understand what they are trying to convey, and are using it to their advantage.

From what I’ve seen, I have to agree. Vision is fantastic, and I highly recommend using this system when you are looking to buy your next computer.

I appreciate the folks at AMD sponsoring my trip to SXSW, and giving me the opportunity to get important product information to our community.

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AMD for You and Me? http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/03/12/amd-for-you-and-me/ Fri, 12 Mar 2010 22:05:54 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/amd-for-you-and-me/ AMD for You and Me?

Visiting AMD today, seeing their new technology. I can’t thank the folks at AMD enough for helping get me to SXSW!

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Monitor Your Macs With iStat Menus http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/02/13/monitor-your-macs-with-istat-menus/ Sat, 13 Feb 2010 18:52:24 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=17778 Continue reading Monitor Your Macs With iStat Menus ]]>
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Billy has done several screencasts in the past for our channels, and has received some pretty good feedback. Today, he’s going to show you how to monitor your system if you’re using OS X, using an application called iStat Menus. Remember, if you want to submit a screencast for possible use on our channels, see the information in the link at the beginning of this description.

iStat Menus can monitor many different things on your system, including:

  • CPU – Realtime CPU graphs and a list of the top 5 CPU resource hogs. CPU usage can be tracked by individual cores or with all cores combined, to save menubar space.
  • Disk Usage – See used or free space for multiple disks in your menubar. More detail for all your disks is only a click away.
  • Memory – Memory stats for your menubar, shown as used and free memory or wired, active, inactive and free. The memory dropdown menu shows a list of the top 5 memory hogs, as well as other useful info.
  • Disk Activity – Detailed disk I/O in your menubar, including a variety of different read and write indicators.
  • Network – The realtime graph will keep your finger on the pulse of what data’s being sent and received for all network connections.

iStat Menus is fully customizable, and each menu extra comes with many different display modes, each featuring customizable colours, font sizes and widths.

Thanks for an excellent screencast, Billy! This little application is sure to come in handy for many Mac users!

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What Happens When Your Laptop’s Motherboard Goes Bad? http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/07/09/what-happens-when-your-laptops-motherboard-goes-bad/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/07/09/what-happens-when-your-laptops-motherboard-goes-bad/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 04:02:14 +0000 http://1578921641 Continue reading What Happens When Your Laptop’s Motherboard Goes Bad? ]]>
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There is this thing sitting inside your computer that is the one thing every other thing is connected to! It’s called a motherboard. I have no idea why there’s no fatherboard… but yeah. The motherboard is crucial. If it’s not working – good luck using your computer at all. Ian from the PCPitStop community is sad because his Sony Vaio died. His motherboard is now dead, and wonders where he can find an affordable replacement.

Virut won’t corrupt your motherboard – but it will usually lead to having to reformat your system. With that said, if your motherboard is hosed for any reason, you might want to run a few diagnostics if you can. It’s possible it could be a bad power supply, you know? Check everything you possibly can, to determine for sure that it’s a motherboard.

I feel your pain. I’ve heard some not-so-happy things about Sony support in the past. Unfortunately, if it is a motherboard problem – it’s going to cost you. My recommendation is to find a local Geek. Pay them in pizza and cola. They’ll take a look at the computer to assess the problem. Sometimes it’s something small that trips us up, and I certainly hope that’s what is going on with you!

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Are GPUs the future of CPUs? http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/05/17/are-gpus-the-future-of-cpus/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/05/17/are-gpus-the-future-of-cpus/#comments Mon, 18 May 2009 01:58:40 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=13249 Continue reading Are GPUs the future of CPUs? ]]> Kerrick Long is a geek who submitted the following question to me this weekend:

I’ve been thinking recently about the advances that chipset makers have been making with GPUs, and how the CPU market seems to be stagnant at the moment. Recently, ATI made the first GPU clocked at 1GHz available with the Radeon HD 4890, factory over-clocked. In addition, that same card has 800 stream processors, while most CPUs have only two or four cores. Those cards also use GDDR5 memory, consequently.

On the software side, Snow Leopard is integrating OpenCL into the Mac OS, allowing developers to harness the power of the GPU in applications that traditionally might’ve just used the CPU. CUDA from NVIDIA also allows C programmers to harness some of the power of their GPUs with the right compilers, wrappers, and drivers.

All of this combined makes me wonder if someday soon we might see the death of the CPU as we know it today, to be replaced by a closer relative of the GPU. If GPU clock speed caught up with CPU clock speeds, the benefits of parallel processing available to the GPU would be immense! I know that changing architectures on an OS level would be quite a task (considering that Microsoft and Apple are just now making the switch from the decades-old x86 architecture), but do you think it will happen? Could the CPU be on its way out the door?

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