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Your Questions About How To Discover New Hard Drive

Lisa asks…

How can I discover and correct whatever is causing my computer to run extremely slowly between pages?

My computer is a Hewlett Packard pavillion 6535 with a celeron 466 mhz processor, a 64 mb sd ram and an 8,4 gb hard drive. It runs on windows 98. I have been advised to use the recovery cd for the set and wipe everything off but, I don”t want to lose my files or internet programs such as yahoo email or netwous. what can I do?

New Niche Finder answers:

Had a similar problem. Waste of time trying to get speed without deleteing most of your programs. Everything you have downloaded adds to lack of speed, Buy a new computer and end the suffering. Get 100+GB hard drive and 2GB ram as a minimum. Then you can move all files to the new computer.

Ken asks…

Do solar storms have the possibility to create data loss on a hard drive?

I read we are expecting increased solar storm activity for 2012. I would like to prepare. What would be the best way to protect sensitive data on hard drives (backups and internal).

Would it be preferable to back up things on DVDs, or simply put the backup hard drives in a metal safe deposit box at the bank? You’d think those would be grounded enough but it would prevent nothing against neutrino or proton shower I guess… ???

New Niche Finder answers:

No, your HD would be safe, as long as you decouple your computer from the electric power network by using a UPS. Your CPU is at a higher risk for a solar storm than a HD, since the HD is only a very short “antenna”, while your CPU is not radiation hardened, so ionizing radiation from a geomagnetic storm can damage it.

Please, instead of letting yourself be turned stupid by such doomsday websites, learn a bit more about what things really are, instead of just swallowing what such frauds try to tell you.

The next solar maximum will be in 2013 and geomagnetic storms are more likely around the solar maximum. But there is no real way to say that there will be a solar storm in 2012, that is also directed towards Earth. All probability.

Neutrinos are called neutrinos because they almost don’t interact with matter at all. You need huge detectors under tons of ice for detecting a single neutrino interaction in the huge volume. There is no radiation hazard from neutrinos.

Protons are intercepted by magnetic field and atmosphere of Earth and cause the beautiful Auroras. You need VERY fast protons for having a few of them actually reach the surface of Earth and be detected as cosmic radiation. The strongest proton we have detected had the kinetic energy of a thrown baseball. Such things are part of the normal background radiation on Earth.

Also, the last really strong solar storm was in 1989 and such storms happen only about every 500 years. The chance for a second such strong storm is very low, especially around 2013, because the solar maximum of 2013 will be weaker than the one in 2001. The 1989 storm managed to damage the computers of the Toronto Stock Market.

Instead of getting panic, I recommend you to just do the normal security measures, that are common practice for any professionals. Secure your system from the biggest dangers and establish a standard backup procedure. You should do that anyway. Not because of 2012, but because 2010 has enough dangers for your data. Maybe even more dangers than 2012. 2012 will actually be a damn boring year.

DVDs are no radiation-safe backup media, since they are affected strongly by X-Rays. And storing your HDs in a bank is like taking a shower in a car wash: It is absolutely the worst wrong place for such things. If you really fear radiation damage (as a nuclear war could do ^^ ), you should use magnetic tapes as back-up medium, and stored them in a steel box deep in your basement. Also, you should make sure that your backup has spaceflight grade error correction enabled. Even during a “once in 10,000 years” solar storm, you would not get radiation on Earth, that spacecraft doesn’t already experience during a calm day.

I don’t expect to listen to the radio station from Madrid (2000 km away) in my car again before 2013… One of the funny things that a solar storm can do to your everyday life.

We have survived much more bad things in human history and until electricity was everyday technology, we didn’t actually notice solar storms at all. The first time a solar storm was directly discovered, was the 1859 storm, that was so strong that auroras had been visible over the Caribbean and telegraph lines melted. The 1989 storm was almost as strong, and produced Auroras over Texas. In 2001, the solar storms had been at least so strong that auroras became visible over northern Germany (I had seen them myself – and my computer was not affected).

William asks…

Which High Def hard drive camcorder would you recommend?

Im looking for a High Definition Hard Drive camcorder with the following…

– 25x optical zoom
– mounts to attach lights and a thread size to attach lens
– image stabilizer *plus still photo
-good lux to see at night

and I want it to have a viewfinder.

*I’ve been noticing that most HDD camcorders are nothing but standard Definition with the old CCD quality. No thread size or mounts or good night shot.

But please which would you recommend?

New Niche Finder answers:

Um… None.

The key is your requirements list.

In my opinion, your stated “good lux to see at night” has two definitions:

1) Camcorder has a built-in infrared emitter for monochrome video capture in zero or near-zero visible light. This limits you to the Sony camcorders with “NightShot” in their feature list. In the consumer area, this includes the HDR-CX500 series, HDR-XR500 series and HDR-HC9. The HVR-A1 (the pro-sibling to the discontinued HDR-HC1) has NightShot mode, too. None of these has 25x optical zoom. The HVR A1 and HDR HC9 (I think) are the only with a LCD panel and viewfinder. All have threads for lens filter and add-on lens mounting (and can get close to 25x zoom with an add-on lens). There’s a new Sony prosumer coming out that looks promising – an updated HDR-HC1 with interchangeable lenses and AVCHD compression – but still not internal HDD.

2) Low light color video capture without an infrared emitter (or other external light source) means big lenses an big imaging chips. This puts you in the realm of prosumer or pro-grade camcorders – and none have internal hard disc drives – because their known limitations are something those folks just don’t want to deal with. If absolutely required, an external storage device can be used. Typically, a Focus Enhancements FireStore series device is connected via firewire to the camcorder’s DV port. Sony also has external flash memory and hard disc drive devices for DV-equipped camcorders (in their HVR, HDCAM and XDCAM line up). Generally speaking, DV-port equipped camcorders use miniDV tape for internal storage – though not always. The short list includes (but is not limited to):
Sony HDR-FX1000; HVR Z5
Panasonic AG-HVX200
Canon XHA1, XLH series; XF series
These pro and prosumer models meet all your requirements (though no “NightShot” zero light capture, they will behave relatively well under low-light conditions) – other than the 25x zoom (but adding a tele-lens is easy to do). Since you did not state a budget, there is no way to know if these can be on your short list.

Even if you go with standard definition-only cams, “NightShot” limits you to Sony – and they have no consumer-grade HDD storage based cams that meet all your requirements. Specifically, at the low end, there is no “NightShot”… And the lenses/imaging chip are so small that low-light behavior is poor. You have already discovered this.

You can always add accessory mounts (search “bescor camera bracket”) to understand what this means.

Chris asks…

When I delete temporary internet files and clear the history are these files removed from the hard drive ?

In other words, how do I delete sites I have visited (porn) from the hard drive?

New Niche Finder answers:

Get a privacy software designed to do this, then when your spouse discovers it they will know you have something to hide.

Ruth asks…

How can i view my Yahoo archive messages stored on my computer?

I recently installed the new version of YM and discovered that i can store my messages online but not on my pc. Can i save these on my harddrive?
I also want to open old archived messages. I copied the archives in my profile but when i access the Conversation History, i can only see the recent messages stored online.

New Niche Finder answers:

On recent versions archive is saved ONLINE
*try (C:) drive > Programs Files > Yahoo > Yahoo Messenger > Archive

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