Choosing to boot or reboot an aging computer

Noble Horvath

Q: I have a Windows 10 computer that has become increasingly unreliable as it has aged over its three-year life. I’ll be using Outlook, Excel or Chrome and the computer stops responding until I reboot. Often, multiple reboots are necessary before it settles down. I tried deleting all non-Microsoft or Google apps, but to no avail. Do I need to buy a new computer, or is there an alternative?

a screen shot of an open laptop computer: The Windows 10 operating on a Microsoft Surface computer.

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The Windows 10 operating on a Microsoft Surface computer.

A: There’s a common misconception about computers in that computer owners think that their PC is slowing down or misbehaving because the hardware is wearing out.


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It’s not surprising, as we all know that this is true for things like our car or for household appliances that have a dominant mechanical component with many moving parts that can and do wear out and

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BART restores all service after shutting down due to systemwide computer issues

Noble Horvath

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BART restores all service after systemwide computer issue



BART has reopened all stations and services after a temporary halt due to a malfunctioning computer issue.

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BART has reopened all East Bay stations after a shutting down all services due to a systemwide computer problem.

Service has been restored between Montgomery Station in San Francisco through all East Bay stations. All stations between Powell Station and Millbrae Station still remain closed.

Bus service will be provided to passengers traveling between Powell, Millbrae and San Francisco International Airport.

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Exports Increased Because of Covid-19 Due to Work From Home

Noble Horvath


Goldman Sachs: These 3 Stocks Are Poised to Surge by at Least 50%

Is it time for the bears to break out the champagne glasses? Not so fast, says Goldman Sachs. Volatility has ruled the Street for the last few weeks, leading some to conclude that those with a more pessimistic outlook had been vindicated, but the firm believes stocks can still climb higher.According to Goldman Sachs’ head of U.S. equity strategy, David Kostin, the S&P 500 could still hit 3,600 by the end of the year, and 3,800 by mid-2021, on the back of vaccine-related optimism and progress with the economic reopening. This would reflect gains of 10% and 16%, respectively, should the index ultimately reach these targets.“Despite the sharp sell-off in the past week, we remain optimistic about the path of the U.S. equity market in coming months. The Superforecaster probability of a mass-distributed vaccine by Q1

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Government to examine sale of computer chip design firm Arm to US company Nvidia

Noble Horvath

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The Government is examining the sale of UK-based computer chip design firm Arm to US tech giant Nvidia, with Boris Johnson taking a personal interest in the deal, his spokesman said.

Earlier on Monday, it was announced that the firm is to be bought by the US graphics chip maker in a deal worth 40 billion dollars (£31.2 billion).

Nvidia has pledged to keep Arm’s headquarters in Cambridge while also promising to expand on Arm’s work to build a “world-class” technology centre.

Arm is best known as the designer of processor chips used in most major smartphones – including Apple and Samsung – as well as other devices such as laptops.

Now the Government has confirmed it will examine

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Computer Design & Integration LLC (CDI LLC) Announces the Promotion of Cyrus Lam to Chief Financial Officer – Press Release

Noble Horvath

NEW YORK–(Business Wire)–Computer Design & Integration LLC (“CDI” or “the Company”) announced today that Cyrus Lam has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In this capacity, he will be responsible for CDI’s overall finance, operations, accounting, merger and acquisition efforts, and investor relations across all existing and acquired businesses.

Lam joined CDI earlier this year as Executive Vice President (EVP) of Strategic Alliances where he was tasked with enhancing and expanding the Company’s relationships with key business and financial partners, including banking, technology and third-party vendors.

“CDI has always maintained strong momentum amidst a rapidly evolving technology landscape,” said Lam. “We continue to focus on delivering value to our customers and I look forward to utilizing my expertise to help expand our service offerings through intelligent acquisitions. I am honored to join this team of talented executives and am eager to contribute to our success as we progress into

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Justice Dept. to announce charges for Chinese government-linked ‘computer intrusion campaign’

Noble Horvath

The Justice Department plans to announce Wednesday charges involving a “computer intrusion campaign” tied to the Chinese government.

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich and other officials will take part in a news conference at 11 a.m. ET to make the announcement, a DOJ statement obtained by Reuters said. 

Last month, White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said that Chinese government-linked hackers have been targeting U.S. election infrastructure before the November election. China has denied claims that it hacked U.S. government agencies.


In July, U.S. security officials tracking Chinese hacking revealed that hackers backed by the Chinese government attempted to steal coronavirus vaccination data from U.S.-based biotech company, Moderna Inc.

China pushed back on this accusation and said, “Such allegations are pure slander.”

The week before, the DOJ indicted two Chinese nationals working for Chinese intelligence agency 

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Giant robotic scorpion could be the ultimate gaming computer rig

Noble Horvath

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It may look and move like a scorpion, but this $3,999 chair is the ultimate gaming and work station.

A US firm unveiled the Scorpion Computer Cockpit that is powered with a push of a button, allowing the user to transform the design to fit their needs.

The ‘tail’ moves from the back of the chair overhead to become a screen mount that holds up to three displays and owners can choose to sit upright or lie down to take a break.

Stretching nearly five and a half feet long, it is also equipped with a massage and heating feature so ‘can enjoy some quality time while you’re making yourself look like the ultimate villain.’

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a person sitting on a chair in front of a curtain: It may look and move like a scorpion, but this $3,999 chair is the ultimate gaming or work station. A US firm unveiled the Scorpion Computer Cockpit that is powered with a push of a button, allowing the user to transform the design to fit their needs

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It may look and move like a scorpion, but this $3,999 chair is the ultimate gaming or work station.

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Computer attack disables California school district’s system

Noble Horvath

A ransomware virus took down a California school district’s computer system, forcing a shutdown of distance learning for about 6,000 elementary school students, an official said.

The attack disabled the computer server and email service for the Newhall School District in Valencia, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The attack affected all online learning in the district’s 10 elementary schools.

The Los Angeles County Office of Education defines a ransomware attack as “malware” targeting human and technical weaknesses by denying availability to an organization’s most sensitive data and systems.

Newhall Superintendent Jeff Pelzel said he believes the attack took place between the late hours of Sunday and early Monday morning.

“This obviously came at a difficult time for us since we’re 100% digital learning,” Newhall Supt. Jeff Pelzel said Tuesday.

Pelzel noticed no emails were pushed to his smartphone Monday morning before he received error messages while attempting to

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How to quiet a noisy computer fan and a free app to track your medications and dosages

Noble Horvath

Q: My computer’s fan has been running almost constantly of late and at times it seems to be really laboring. What’s going on and what can I do about it?

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A: The fan you are hearing is most likely the one used to cool the interior of the machine.

Computers require their internal parts to stay below a certain temperature so that none of the hardware within the chassis gets damaged due to overheating (there’s a lot of plastic in there, after all). The cooling fan plays an integral part in keeping that interior temperature down. 

If you hear the fan working harder than normal, or being louder than normal, or running for longer than normal, then it’s likely due to the machine’s internal temperature being

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Is FormFactor (FORM) Outperforming Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year?

Noble Horvath

For those looking to find strong Computer and Technology stocks, it is prudent to search for companies in the group that are outperforming their peers. Has FormFactor (FORM) been one of those stocks this year? Let’s take a closer look at the stock’s year-to-date performance to find out.

FormFactor is one of 604 individual stocks in the Computer and Technology sector. Collectively, these companies sit at #6 in the Zacks Sector Rank. The Zacks Sector Rank gauges the strength of our 16 individual sector groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups.

The Zacks Rank is a proven system that emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions, highlighting a variety of stocks that are displaying the right characteristics to beat the market over the next one to three months. FORM is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy).

Over the past 90 days,

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