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How safe is it to Leave Your Laptop Plugged in All the Time?

How safe is it to Leave Your Laptop Plugged in All the Time?

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One often discussed question is whether it’s better to keep your laptop plugged in, or if you should use it on battery power. Turns out, the answer isn’t entirely straightforward. Let’s take a look. Know Your Laptop Battery There are two main types of battery used in laptops: lithium-ion and lithium-polymer. Although they are different technologies, they function in broadly the same way, with power being created by the movement of electrons. This flow also helps to keep the battery healthy.  For both types of batteries, the following statements are true (for modern laptops): A battery cannot be overcharged. There’s no danger of a battery being overcharged if you leave it plugged in all the time. As soon as it hits 100%, it will cease charging and won’t start again until the
What’s The Difference Between Internet Bandwidth And Speed?

What’s The Difference Between Internet Bandwidth And Speed?

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All this long, we have been using the terms bandwidth and speed interchangeably when talking about how fast is an internet connection. Did you ever think about the fact that the two of them could have differences, although, using one in place of the other doesn’t do any harm or confusion? What is the bandwidth of an Internet connection? Internet bandwidth or network bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in Kilobit, Megabit or even Gigabit) that can be transferred per second over a network link between two computers. The actual meaning of the term bandwidth is entirely different than the one promoted for computer networks. Bandwidth finds its use in the field of signal processing where it denotes the difference (measured in Hertz) between the lowest and highest frequency in
Is it necessary to Safely Eject USB Drives From PC?

Is it necessary to Safely Eject USB Drives From PC?

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Safely Eject USB Media From PC - Explained If I ask you to eject a pen drive while some data is being written on it, you’d refuse to do so. It might corrupt the data that’s being written on the drive, I know that. However, even when your USB drive isn’t in active use, abruptly ejecting the drive could still corrupt the data. This happens due to the write caching process that’s used by most operating systems. So, information isn’t written immediately to the USB drive. Instead, it’s possible that some information is stored in your computer’s RAM. When you give a copy command, the operating system waits for a number of requests to fulfill and then satisfies those requests all at once. So, it’s possible to corrupt some data if you abruptly remove a USB drive. Why Linux, MacOS and Win
How safe is it To Charge My Laptop With A Charger That Has Different Specifications?

How safe is it To Charge My Laptop With A Charger That Has Different Specifications?

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What if I use a different charger to charge my laptop? You might be knowing that each power adapter is designed to work with a certain AC input. It converts the input into a particular DC output that charges and runs our electronic devices. Many sensible device manufacturers write lots of information on the chargers, making the harder part of fetching the values of voltage and current easier. However, in situations when there is little or no information on the label, one should select a different charger with utmost care. The first thing that anybody would consider is that the charger you’re grabbing has a connector that perfectly fits. In most Android smartphones, it’s no brainer. In laptops, many shapes of connectors are proprietary (Apple says hello!). So, other chargers might n
What would happen If I Never Shut Down My Computer?

What would happen If I Never Shut Down My Computer?

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  The modern day operating systems are designed in such a manner that they can be used for a long time without performing the complete shutdown process. However, there are some points that one should keep in mind. Software issues: On the software front, the programs being used by you keep collecting all sorts of junk. So, restarting your computer might rejuvenate it and make it seem faster. Well, if your computer has enough RAM, it can be used for a longer period of time without shutdown. The systems being used as servers have more liberty. On a server, one starts just a few programs and they keep on running. Compared to a desktop computer, where one keeps interacting with the programs and running different applications, a server system will run longer. Also, the server operat
What Is The Difference Between Fast Startup, Hybrid Sleep, Hibernate, Sleep, Shutdown

What Is The Difference Between Fast Startup, Hybrid Sleep, Hibernate, Sleep, Shutdown

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Terms like shutdown, sleep, and hibernate are common to most users. If you use your computer regularly, then, you might be familiar with hybrid sleep and most recently fast startup. All of these are various power management modes to reduce power consumption of your computer while you’re away. A common thought might have sparked among most of the users - What’s the difference between Fast Startup, Hybrid Sleep, Hibernate, Sleep, Shutdown? Shutdown The process involves disconnecting the power supply to the machine. The state (services and apps are running at the moment) of the operating system is not retained before initiating the shutdown process. So, when you boot your machine next time, the system loads with its default settings and services. The machine takes longer than other powe
What’s WWW And The Internet? What’s The Difference Between The Internet And World Wide Web?

What’s WWW And The Internet? What’s The Difference Between The Internet And World Wide Web?

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We usually assume that the internet and world wide web (commonly known as the web or WWW) are the same things. But they aren’t, although, they’re required to exist together to get things done. Most of the time, we don’t give a second thought before using one word in place of the other.  So, what is the internet? The Internet is the physical network of network of networks, and so on. The devices connected to your home router can be called as the part of local area network (LAN). Similarly, if a network expands across your city, it would be known as the Metropolitan Area Network (MAN). The Wide Area Network (WAN) can have its reach across the whole nation, or even overseas. (I will be writing a detailed article on LAN, MAN, and WAN in future) In a nutshell, an uncountable number of
Why Restart Is Required? How Does Restarting A Computer Fix Most Problems?

Why Restart Is Required? How Does Restarting A Computer Fix Most Problems?

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Tech Support: “Did you restart your PC?” This is the question that’s asked very often when you contact tech support. We question the utility of this step and seek the logic behind it. This isn’t something that’s just related to our computers and laptops. Instead, it applies to smartphones, televisions, routers, and other electronic gadgets. This simple advice is so common that people try this solution on their own without giving a second thought.  So, what’s this restart magic? Why does resetting a PC or program fixes lots of problems?  Before trying to answer this question, let’s talk about what are things that happen when your computer is running. Working on a computer mainly consists of opening different programs, performing some tasks with their help, and closing them–for other ga
Why Do We Have QWERTY Keyboard, Not ABCDE?

Why Do We Have QWERTY Keyboard, Not ABCDE?

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We have been using QWERTY keyboards for ages. Most of us have been believing that the unusual arrangement of the keys, rather than ABCD, is because the people who used mechanical typewriters in the past moved their fingers too fast–fast enough that it would jam the typewriters. It might have been one of the probable causes which compelled active minds to think about arranging the keys in a random fashion, QWERTY. But, the story can be a total myth, or somewhat, less accurate. And it becomes more convincing after we read a piece of text tagged as a ‘research paper’. I’m not the first human to be curious about the history of the keyboards. There are many people who went past their curiosity and made efforts to find what’s hidden in the history. Pointed out by Jimmy Stamp of the Smithso