Computing Group – Meeting Held on 9th August 2018

Meeting Content

Subjects covered:

  • The importance of Backing-Up your internal hard-drives

  • Improve your internet performance

  • Caching - What it is, how it works and why it’s very useful!

A little detail on the meeting…

 

The meeting had two parts: 

Gary Tomlin covered how to back up your internal hard drive on a pc with Windows OS; he also explained how to improve the performance of your internet connection.

Tony Darbyshire explained how to back up your internal hard drive on a Mac, using the program known as Time Machine. 

We also covered the details of ‘Caching’. The cache is a section of your computer's memory where your temporary internet files are stored. Saving internet files is your computer's way of speeding up the process of opening web pages. (This way the computer shows the pages as already stored in memory, rather than go out the Web and get it again).

Those who weren't able to attend can also benefit from knowing about the meeting content. 
The presentation covers backing up your data.   (This is the PowerPoint slideshow that Gary used. Click on it and it will open up so you can read each slide.)

The video link below is from YouTube.com - it will explain how to configure Windows 10 File History to backup your data.

(The link to the video will open up in a new tab or window). 
The video link below is from YouTube.com - it will explain how Time Machine for the Mac Works.

The link to the video will open up in a new window; you may have to click on the "Skip Ad' button on the video if an advert pops up. Or you may need to wait a few seconds for the ad. to finish occasionally. (That's how YouTube make their money, so we mustn't get frustrated; after all these videos are 'free' to watch).

At some point hear about cache/caching; hopefully this will explain something which even the most techy of people can struggle to understand at times. This super little slideshow is conceptual and easy to understand!
The presentation covers an introduction to computer performance and how to check your internet speed.

The link below will take you to a google search page of Internet Speed Tests.  The first link on the page will 
then take you to the Google "internet speed test"