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Defrag Follow up

Do you use a Mac and wonder why you don’t have to defragment your hard drive? You can go back and read my first article on why Windows users must defragment their hard drives to better understand what defragmenting your hard drive actually does and why you must do it. Click here for "What is Defragmenting" article Macintosh computers running OSX 10.2 or newer (this is most likely every Mac user especially you as you would not be able to view this webpage if you were using legacy OSX) use a file system called HFS+. This filing system automatically tries to avoid using recently freed up space when it saves files to your hard drive. The filing system instead looks for a nice, large space on the hard drive to plant your files to avoid fragmenting your files in the first place. In addition to this smart placement, OSX will also automatically move small groups of files to a larger space, defragmenting all the files in these groups as it goes along.

OSX also implements Hot File Adaptive Clustering. HFAC is constantly looking for files on your computer that are frequently accessed but not edited (read only). When it finds these files, it moves them to a spot on the drive that can be quickly accessible. This spot is called the hot zone and is reserved for only these types of files. As always when it moves these files it defragments them along the way.

In addition to all of these safeguards, OSX also automatically scans every file when it is opened and if it contains a certain number of fragments, the system will automatically defragment the file. It is worth noting, however, that these safeguards do fail if you let your hard drive fill up over 90% capacity. All of this is happening unbeknownst to you as you play Diablo III or while you are watching Battle Star Galactica on Netflix.

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What is Defragmenting?

Defraggler - Defragging Your PCHard drives contain a number of sectors and each of these sectors contains a small piece of data. Large files must be stored across a number of these different sectors. The first time you save a file, your computer will save that file across a number of continuous clusters of sectors. If you go back later and edit the file making it larger your system will attempt to add the additional information to the adjoining sectors. Unfortunately, these adjoining sectors will most likely be filled by additional files that you have added to the system since the original file’s creation. Your computer will skip over these sectors and save in the next empty space thus splitting the file into multiple pieces across different clusters of sectors. This happens automatically and you are none the wiser that it is going on.

When your hard drive goes to read these files the hard drive head (part of the hard drive that reads information from the discs) must skip around to find the entirety of file it is looking for. You will notice this skipping around as your computer will be slowed down by the search.

What defragmenting your computer does is move these non-continuous sectors of files around so that they are all together and your hard drive will no longer have to skip around to find your files thus speeding up your computer. The next time your computer goes to retrieve this large file it can retrieve all of the information in one continuous sweep and will not have to skip around.

In order to keep your computer running smoothly, it is important to defrag your computer on a regular basis. Call the Machado Consulting Help Desk at any time and we would be glad to help you with this relatively simple process. 

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Is Microsoft falling Behind?

Microsoft Surface

According to an article by Timothy Lee, investors are recently giving up on Microsoft. Although their profits are up, they released a statement saying they recorded a $900 million charge for inventory adjustments for their Surface tablets. Basically, it sounds like the extensively advertised Surface isn’t doing as well as anticipated on the market. The Surface is clearly falling behind the two leading tablets: Apple’s iPad and Android’s tablet. Tablets and phones seem to be the future of computing and consumers are quickly switching from laptops and netbooks to tablets. If Microsoft can’t move itself into the mobile computing market, they may be doomed to stay behind the times.

Microsoft has been the leader in business and office applications for many years, but when it comes to home users and every day consumers they seem to not have a place to stand. Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office are the company’s two most profitable products and they seem to be at the top of the food chain in this respect. Think about how much your day would change if you could no longer use Windows and Office products to conduct your daily tasks. You may find alternatives but it would never be the same or even all that similar to how you work now. Businesses seem to thrive on Microsoft products and that may never change but it looks as though Microsoft will not be moving forward with the rest of the world. They can continue to update their current products but the majority of the consumer market is turning towards new innovations which Microsoft can’t seem to keep up with.

It looks like Microsoft has a long stagnant road ahead of them. Businesses will continue to use Office and Windows like they always have for years to come. As long as Microsoft can keep its costs down, they should be able to continue to thrive as a manufacturer of business applications. The problem is that Microsoft doesn’t want to admit that they can’t thrive on the bleeding edge of technology. They will most likely continue to pour money into research products like the Zune, Bing, and the Surface which all seem to have failed for the most part. We will have to sit back and watch to see what they decide to do. Currently they have two options: stop trying to stay with the times and continue doing what they know they are good at or continue to waste money on new failing innovations and eventually drive the company into the ground. Let’s hope they make the right choice so we don’t end up trying to run our businesses without Microsoft.

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Seen any "dragons" on your network lately?

Seen any "dragons" on your network lately?

Weather it's hackers, viruses or just plain malware, there are many "dragons" that can plague your employees and network. This makes your people and company run poorly at best and worse case will bring your entire network and your business to a screeching halt. 

If you have any doubt about the health of your server or network, give us a call at (508) 453-4700 and let us help you slay those dragons right off your network.

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Machado Consulting does MOVEMBER!

During the month of November, Machado Consulting will be participating in Movember. Movember is responsible for the sprouting of mustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo's, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. All of our raised proceeds will go toward the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG. Please consider supporting us in our mustache growing adventure or create a team of your own and help raise awareness!

Click the mustache to go to Machado Consulting's Movember team page

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