Time is relentless. Each second represents exactly the same passage of time, but for some reason, computers seem to age a lot faster than our other gear! a good portion of my professional life is devoted to speeding up computers. a primary concern of mine when putting a new computer into service is “How long will this last?” Speed and performance are always at the forefront of decisions about computers.
Technology Makes all The Difference
My television set is 15 years old. It still works fine but probably within the next five years, it will need to be replaced. when I bought the TV, I didn’t think about how long it would last; I just knew it would last a long time. since I bought my now hopelessly outdated TV, we’ve seen the rise of cable, IPTV, HD, 3D TV, Smart TVs, and flat panel displays. If the TV died today, I would have to choose among LCD, LED-LCD and plasma sets. old analog TV technology isn’t even made anymore. My TV is a true dinosaur.
No one in his (or her) right mind would buy a computer and expect it to still be in service in 15 years. unlike televisions, computers just aren’t used like that. The average life expectancy of a computer in a corporate setting is about four years. some computers are retired earlier than that – every three years. Lately, due to the tough economy – some corporations are moving to a five-year replacement cycle.
Unlike TV technology, computer technology changes a lot faster. Newer, more innovative technologies enable computer chips to run faster and do more while sitting in smaller packages and consuming less energy. This, in turn, means that a computer that’s about the size of a bread plate can do 200 times more than the ten-year-older model that took up an entire tabletop.
It also means that subtle decreases in performance are magnified significantly and are noticeable instantly. It doesn’t take much to slow down a computer, but finding the cause of the degraded performance isn’t quite as easy.
Certain obvious things cause delays. Anti-virus and anti-malware software cause delays, mostly for good reasons! Large applications, little available RAM and poor software design cause delays. Routine maintenance can combat a lot of the performance degradations we see today. Regular file system maintenance can make a big difference in performance, as can regular registry maintenance. Using a registry cleaner like RegCure can help keep your computer’s registry free of old, unnecessary entries that can cause a computer to slow down. Download a copy of RegCure and see for yourself what a difference routine registry maintenance can make.
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