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Best PC optimization software

Here is the a from www.techradar.com of their 10 best PC optimization software. We’ve downloaded and currently use Iolo System Mechanic.

1. Iolo System Mechanic

2. IObit Advanced SystemCare

3. Piriform CCleaner

4. Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2018

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10 easy ways to speed up Windows 10 from CNET.com

1. Go opaque

Windows 10’s new Start menu is sexy and see-through, but that transparency will cost you some (slight) resources. To reclaim those resources, you can disable transparency in the Start menu, taskbar, and action center: Open the Settingsmenu and go to Personalization > Colors and toggle off Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent.

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2. No special effects

Making the Start menu, taskbar, and action center transparent is one thing, but Windows 10 still has a lot of other snazzy, built-in special effects. To really go bare-bones on the special effects, right-click the Start button and click System.

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Click Advanced system settings to open the System Properties menu. On the Advanced tab under Performance, click Settings…

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This will open the Performance Options menu. In the Visual Effects tab, either choose Adjust for best performance to turn off all unnecessary animations and special effects, or choose Custom: and deselect the visual effects you think can live without. When you’re finished, click OK to apply your changes.

3. Disable Startup programs

If your PC is taking a long time to boot up — and you’ve enabled Fast Startup and everything — you may have too many programs starting up when you turn your computer on. To fix this, right-click on the Start button and click Task Manager. Click the Startup tab (click More details if you don’t see the Startup tab) and peruse the list of programs that start up with your computer. If you see a program that doesn’t need to be there, right-click it and click Disable. You can also arrange the list of programs by Startup impact, if you’d like to see the programs that are taking up the most resources (and time).

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4. Find (and fix) the problem

Windows 10 has a built-in performance troubleshooter that can help you find and fix any problems that might be affecting your PC’s speed. To open the troubleshooter, right-click on the Start button and click Control Panel. Under Security and Maintenance at the top, click Troubleshoot common computer problems. Next, under System and Security, click Run maintenance tasks.

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5. Reduce the Boot Menu Time-out

When your computer starts up, the boot menu is displayed for a certain amount of time before the operating system loads. This gives you time to do things like start Windows in Safe Mode. You can shave a few seconds off your startup time by changing the boot menu time-out, which is set to 30 seconds by default.

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To do this, right-click on the Start button and click Control Panel. Go to System > Advanced system settings, and, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings.

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Next to Time to display list of operating systems:, change the value from 30 seconds to 10 seconds and click OK.

6. No tipping

In an effort to be helpful, Windows 10 will sometimes give you tips on how to get the most out of the OS. It scans your computer in order to do this, a process that can have a slight impact on performance. To turn off these tips, go to Start > Settings > System > Notifications & actions and toggle off Get tips, tricks and suggestions as you use Windows.

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7. Run Disk Cleanup

This one’s a win-win. It’ll improve performance and free up space on your hard drive. Disk Cleanup has been around forever, but this trusted Windows utility can still help clean out the temporary files, installers and other junk littering your hard drive. To run it, just search for Disk Cleanup, run it and click the button labeled Clean up system files.

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8. Eradicate bloatware

If your PC came with preinstalled apps you don’t want or need, get rid of them. Same goes for any apps you installed that you later found to be of little or no use. Right-click the Start menu, choose Control Panel and under the Programs header, click Uninstall a program. Peruse the list from time to time and select the programs you no longer need and click Uninstall at the top of the list.

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9. Power plan

Make sure you aren’t using a Power saver plan if you don’t need to. Even desktops will sometimes feature a power-saver option, which doesn’t do you any good unless you are trying to conserve battery life. Open the Control Panel and go to Hardware and Sound > Power Options to see which power plan you are currently using. For better performance, make sure you are using a High Performance or Balanced plan (or a plan from the PC manufacturer that says it’s balanced).

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10. Restart your PC

Is speeding up your computer as simple as…restarting it? Maybe. Restarting your PC clears out its memory and stops any processes that might be taking up resources. Also, shutting down your computer is not the same as restarting it — shutdown is affected by Windows 10’s Fast Startup, which saves a snapshot of your PC and its processes in a hiberfile for faster boot-up. Restart is not affected by Fast Startup, so if you have Fast Startup enabled, restarting your PC is the only way to fully clear the memory and shutdown processes.

Source: 10 easy ways to speed up Windows 10

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My method for picking stocks

Picking stocks can be a daunting task. There seems like there is an endless amount of stocks to choose from. I have a method that could help you choose stocks from companies you are already familiar with.

The first step is to gather a list of all the brand names that you regularly buy or use. You can create this list while you are out shopping at the store or simply go through the cabinets of your home. You should be able to come up with a pretty long list of companies.

Here a short the list of companies I came up with just by walking through my house:

  • Dell (computer manufacturer)
  • Samsung (washer & dryer)
  • Pixel, Google (cell phone)
  • Canon (camera)
  • Hot Topic
  • Johnson & Johnson (various products from the bathroom)
  • Funko Pops (toys)
  • LEGO (toys)
  • Nintendo (Wii)
  • Sony (PPlayStation4)
  • Nike (shoes)
  • Vans (shoes)

Next, search online for the companies in your list and find what symbol the companies are listed under on the stock exchange. Be sure to add ‘stock symbol’ at the end of whatever you are searching – ‘Dell stock symbol’. This way your search result will take you to that companies stock information.

Once you have the symbols for the companies and the prices of the stock, you can start researching the companies and find the ones you want to invest in. I also suggest looking at those company’s competitors too.

This is just one of many methods of picking stocks for your portfolio. In no way is this a sure way of picking the best stocks however it’s just something to help with the process. Doing it this way helped me pick 2 stocks that paid off in the long run.

Do more research and find a method that works for you.

Here are a couple of articles from investopedia.com explaining ways of picking a stock:

Guide to Stock-Picking Strategieshttps://www.investopedia.com/university/stockpicking/?utm_source=sim_welcome&utm_campaign=www.investopedia.com&utm_term=&utm_medium=email

4 Steps To Picking A Stockhttps://www.investopedia.com/articles/stocks/09/screening-stocks-for-investing.asp?utm_source=sim_welcome&utm_campaign=www.investopedia.com&utm_term=&utm_medium=email


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Aurora Cannabis Is Going Public on the New York Stock Exchange

Aurora Cannabis is a stock that I have been waiting to hit the NYSE for quite some time. I’ll be monitoring the stock price for the next couple of days and try to get the best price I can. I’m not expecting it to drop a lot, but anything between and $8 and $9 is good for me. Cannabis stocks are hot right now.

As a reminder, please research any stock suggestions. My suggestions do not guarantee that will make a profit. For more help on stick investing, I suggest that you check out the following websites: motleyfool.com, investopedia.com & Yahoo Finance.


Aurora Cannabis, one of the largest Canadian marijuana producers, is going public on the New York Stock Exchange. It’s joining a select list of cannabis producers, including Tilray and Cronos, that are able to list on US-based exchanges.

Source: One of the largest cannabis companies is going public on the New York Stock Exchange

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What Determines A Stock’s Price?

Recently a friend asked me what determines a stocks price. Luckily Motley Fool has answered the questions already!

How stock prices are determined
The opening stock price of a company is established when the company goes through an initial public offering (IPO). As part of this process, an investment bank will use in-depth financial formulas to figure out how much a company is worth, as well as how many shares will be offered to the public and the stock price for each share. The bank may use comparisons to similar businesses to help determine what a company’s stock price should be coupled with other factors such as current and projected performance.

A company’s stock price is determined in part by the total number of shares it issues. If a company is given an estimated value of $200 million, it may issue 20 million shares at a price of $10 per share, or it may issue 40 million shares at a price of $5 per share. 

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Source: Motleyfool.com

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China Pharma Holdings (CPHI), A 134% Return…So Far!

 

China Pharma Holding (CPHI) – Top 3 Healthcare Penny Stocks for 2018

I purchased this stock in July and the price was at $.25 a share. There hadn’t been much movement on the stock until this weak. So far the stock I’ve gotten a 134% return. A great pick up so far. Analyst predict that the stock will get up to $3 within the next year.

Penny Stocks are high-risk investments so be sure to do your research before investing.

For first time investors, I recommend using the Robinhood app. Robinhood lets you invest in the stock market for free, directly from your phone or desktop.

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HMNY is Worth A Honey Bun

So Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (HMNY) is the company that owns Movie Pass. The stock isn’t doing so well since they have run out of money. The reason is that the Movie Pass is $9.99 a month for their unlimited plan. Having 2+ million subscribers can get pretty expensive. Movie Pass pays the difference for the movies you see that month. Let’s say you see two movies a month at the average rate of $9 per ticket. So that’s $18 for two movie tickets. The $9.99 you pay for your movie pass subscription pays for the first ticket, then Movie Pass covers the cost for the second ticket. See where this is going? Now you understand why they run out of money so quickly. Because of this, their stock isn’t doing too well since they aren’t making a profit. It’s sitting at $.18 right now.

I’m going to take a gamble on this one since it is so cheap. 10 shares would cost you $1.80. Its 52-Week high was at $33. If it were to ever get back to $33, that’s $328.20 you made from a $1.80 gamble. If the stock completely tanks, you are $2. Oh well! Looks like you won’t be getting that honey bun from your job’s vending machine.

Many analysts are saying don’t buy it.

I’m saying, take that gamble. All you are losing is a honey bun!

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Stock Tips From a Novice Trader

Although I have been trading stocks on and off for 15 years, I’m still a novice. I learned enough about stock trading to find a method that works for me. When I research a stock and learn new things along the way. Here are some tips I use when trading.

Find a good broker to trade with – If you are just starting out, I recommend the Robinhood mobile app. Robinhood offers free trading, although it’s limited, it’s a great way to get your feet wet with stock trading.

Pick Stocks Of Products and Brands That You Actually Buy  – Researching the brands and products I use made it easier for me to choose which stocks to buy. I was already familiar with the brand and now have a vested interest. FUNKO was the first stock I purchased. Having spent hundreds of dollars buying Funko Pops, it made sense to invest in a company that makes one of my favorite collectibles.

Good choice because I purchased the stock at $8.35 and is now sitting at $13.67.

It’s all about being comfortable with your stock purchases.

Learn as You Go – Don’t try to learn everything about stock trading all in one day. Just begin by reading articles and when you come across a term or phrase you don’t understand or don’t know the meaning of using the resources that are available. The internet is a wonderful thing.

Google and Youtube are your best friends!

Stay Within Your Budget – Don’t invest money that you can’t afford to lose!

Google Is Your Friend

 

If you aren’t sure what stocks to buy, all you have to do is search Google for stocks under $10, $5, or even $1!

Most trading websites publish articles daily where they pick the top stocks under a certain price range. They even go in depth as to why those stocks are good picks.

Here are some sites that I use daily:

www.zacks.com
www.investopedia.com
www.investorplace.com

Overall, learn and have fun while making money. Educate yourself. Spread the knowledge!

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Top 11 Instagram Hashtags For Gaining Followers and Likes on Instagram

Gaining new followers on Instagram can be a difficult and an exhausting task. Here are some hashtags that could help you gain new followers and likes. If you aren’t using hashtags in your Instagram posts, then you aren’t using one of the most important features on Instagram.

#follow

#like4like

#tagsforlikes

#instalike

#likeforlike

#follow4follow

#followforfollow

#l4l

#f4f

#followback

#instafollow

 

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Tips & Tricks: Facebook Business Page Cheat Sheet

Here is an infographic that shows the image dimensions for the various image elements on Facebook.

From Visually.

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