August 2008 Newsletter #2

  • Your PC is Not Old
  • Death to the Desktop
  • OverDrive – Overhauled
  • Top 10 Tips of 2008 (so far)
  • Bits from Bill: Spyware From Where?
  • Malware Survey
  • Pitstop Research: XP SP3 Adoption
  • Tip #1: Ebay Mispells
  • Tip #2: Rename Multiple Files at Once

August 2008 Newsletter

*The Hard Drive of the Future
*Software is Wasting Your Cores
*OverDrive – Once Is Never Enough
*A Faster PC – In ‘Any’ Language
*Bits from Bill: Top Sources of Free Software
*Malware Survey
*Pitstop Research: CPU Olympics
*Tip #1: XP Tweak Myths
*Tip #2: Remove Old Java Installs
*Tip #3: Print Folder File List

July 2008 Newsletter #2

*Vista Does Not Suck
*OverDrive Overhaul
*Firefox 3, Must or Bust?
*A Faster PC in any Language
*Bits from Bill: Apples Plan to Takeover the World
*Social Bookmarking Survey
*Pitstop Research: Graphics Trends
*Tip #1: Join Vista to XP Network
*Tip #2: Vista Multiple Languages

Battle Of The Sexes

Through our world renowned OverDrive diagnostic test, PC Pitstop has accumulated a unique view of trends in the PC industry. In this report, we take a look at several million computers to analyze the computing differences between males and females.

Surprisingly, there are some very large and real differences between male and female computers. We take a light hearted look at the battle of the sexes for computing supremacy. Roll your mouse over each chart to learn more about each and every tasty difference.

Men Are Faster than Women

The Road Ahead – SaaS


Earlier this month, Google and Salesforce.com announced a partnership to embed Google Apps into their CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software. The next thing you know the media is having a feeding frenzy about SaaS (Software as a Service). Then it struck me. That’s what PC Pitstop is all about. We are SaaS and here’s why.

Trashed From The Factory Straight To Your Doorstep


Recently my focus has been on how the computer manufacturers are clogging our machines with boatware and craplets. My most recent look at this problem was disheartening to say the least. Instead of continuing to whine, I decided to see what I could do about the problem.

I started with a Sony VAIO VGN-NR185 laptop. The same one used in the �From Bloat To Craplet� article. This first laptop uses an Intel Core2 Duo 1.6 GHz processor and 1024 MB of memory. I’ve always liked the VAIO from Sony but the recent problem with craplets and Sony’s position on DRM has led me to safer alternatives. I wanted to see how much time it took to clear this machine of the headaches installed by Sony.

PC Pitstop OverDrive Beta


Long time no see. What? It’s past Ground Hog’s Day? Man, I feel like I’ve been buried in a hole. The reason is because I have been working non stop on a (w)hole redesign of our world renowned Full Tests. We are renaming the service, PC Pitstop OverDrive Beta. Our plan is to run the beta for as long as necessary to weed out any last bugs. The product has already undergone substantial testing, but it is not possible to foresee every situation without a formal and public beta period. Once that is over, our plan is to move our signature Full Tests to OverDrive. Vrooom!

February 2008 Newsletter #2

Dual Core Doldrums
PC Pitstop OverDrive BETA
Bits from Bill: Virtual 3D
Dual Core – Double Delicious
Music Video Contest
Research: Multi Processor Trends
Processor Survey Results
Survey: SPAM
Tip: Clean Photocopy & Scan
Tip: Disable Vista Auto Update
Tip: Surf the Web Your Way