What is Advanced Format Technology?

Whenever I buy a new hard drive such as 1 terabytes (TB), put it into my computer and format it, it's usually less than 1 TB of usable data. There is a new type of formating technology that increases the sector size from 512 bytes to 4096 bytes.  The larger 4k sectors can yield disk space increase of 7 - 11%.  So for a 1 TB drive, it can potentially yield an additional 100 GB. Western Digital is the first hard drive manufacturer to implement this technlogy. It's supported natively in Windows 7 and MacOS but also works for Windows Vista and Windows XP.  It will be implementable with a clean ...
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How do I view Google US results when I’m in Canada?

I get this question asked a lot from co-workers and customers. Whenever you open up a web browser and and type www.google.com in any browser, Google will automatically change the url to www.google.ca and page to Google Canada. Google is geotargeting based on your ip address.  It does this to provide relevant results to Canadian surfers.  Google knows that the vast majority of people within a particular country want to be directed to a Google site that is themed to their specific location and language. But what happens if you want to do a keyword search and find out what US surfers are s...
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Why Should I Use A Third Party DNS Provider For My Local Computer?

The majority of people with highspeed DSL or cable internet connection for home or office already have their dns resolvers configured to use their ISP providers' DNS servers. DNS servers basically translate something like www.yahoo.com into an ip address 209.131.36.158.  Once translated, your browser can show the site. But there are times when your ISP provider's DNS servers get bogged down and takes a little longer to resolve or not at all during periods of high usage.  The end result is the website you're trying to access either is slow to resolve or does not show in the browser.  For...
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Google Breadcrumbs

Google has updated their search results for some listings to make it easier for searchers to find relevant content. Instead of displaying the URL, Google now displays links taken directly from the actual site's breadcrumbs (site navigation). Here's an example: As you can see this type of site navigation allows your visitors to easily know where they are on your site and gives them a chance to quickly navigate to another page. It makes it easier that your site's search result listing is more user friendly. But the big plus is that the breadcrumb categories displayed in the search resul...
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