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The first of April marked my return to the blogging world. As fast as the time went, I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I started blogging again. Don’t ask me about my past experience in blogging. I love blogging but never had the courage to go all the way for a year in blogging.

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And if you guys wondering why you can’t access my blog yesterday, my blog had some problems and it’s something that can be resolved quickly. No it’s not April fool. Trust me, I’m not playing you guys. My blog pranked me yesterday. Damn it. Because of that, I need to change the layout of my blog too (in case you still haven’t noticed). Modifications still coming up as I’m too busy with the work at the office.

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Are you satisfied with your satellite provider?

When talking about satellite dish, one name came into our minds? For sure it’s Astro. Since Astro is holding the only right and became the only satellite TV provider, we don’t have any choice for favourite soccer games during the weekend but to subscribe to it anyway. I don’t know what happened to MITV but seems like it’s gone forever. By the way, did anyone get to test out MITV Dish Network Offers while it’s still around?

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Looking at what Astro can offer, we can imagine what Dish Network can offer to us. Besides from the TV programs themselves, many people don’t know that satellite receivers can offer broadband access as well. You think I’m joking? Apparently I’m not. What can Dish Network Offers is not limited to tv channel but much more than that. One of it is the internet access. A lot of people don’t know that in rural areas, they use satellite dish to get internet access but I don’t really know about in rural areas in our country. I don’t really know about internet providers that serve internet here but it’s surely popular in third world countries like Ghana, Africa, Zimbabwe and others. The only problem with it is the usual problem we have with Astro. It can’t cope with rain or very strong wind. High latency issues also make satellite internet not suitable for real time applications like video conferencing, VOIP, online game and remote surgery.

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What is Windows Prefetch File?

Have you ever heard of Windows Prefetch File? Windows Prefetch Files are used to optimize application loading and Windows boot up. In Windows XP, the main component is called Prefetcher and in Windows Vista, there are 2 major components that are working together to increase the prefetch ability which is Ready Boots and Super Fetch.

Prefetch files are used to monitor and adapt the usage pattern of files and applications over period of time and to load the majority of the files and data needed into memory so that they can be accessed directly and very quickly when needed instead of searching them from the hard disk making it slower due to seek and spin time of the hard disk.

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The picture above should show you the location of the prefetch file. There’s also a rumor that if you delete the files in the prefetch folder, it will make your computer loads faster. Well, eventually this is against the principle of prefetch file in the first place. Deleting the files in the prefetch folder will make your computer takes a longer time to boot.

Prefetch files can be identified as files with extension *.pf or File Extension OPF. Remember, these type of files are meant to increase the speed of application loading and deleting the files will make your program to load longer.

Getting know the file extensions

There are a lot of file extensions in operating systems as well as on the internet itself. Different file extension or usually referred as file types are used by different applications or as part of the program itself.

In operating system particularly Windows, we have extensions like *.exe, *.com, *.inf, *.bat and others while others that used on the internet are like *.html, *.php, *.swf and much more. I won’t go into details file extensions on Linux and Unix where it varies to the operating system distribution themselves. Anyway, let’s look at some file types that are on your computer but you might don’t have any clue on them.

File Extension PPS

PPS or Power Point Slideshow usually used for Power Point Presentation slides. Usually this is what people send as attachment through emails. Even if you don’t have Microsoft Office Power Point, you can still view the presentation file but without the program itself, you can’t edit the presentation file. You can use Open Office or Star Office as an alternative for Microsoft Office to edit the presentation file.

File Extension TMP

TMP files are usually stands for temporary file. Sometimes it exists not only as a file but also as a folder. Generally, this type of file is used as a temporary storage for an application and it’s safe to delete. In worst case scenario, some programmer or application developer use this file to hide important information on the application itself, hoping that nobody will take interest in the file because it’s usually worthless.

File Extension BIN

BIN extension files can contain any type of data and encoded in binary form. BIN files can be a file used for computer storage and processing purposes. Usually CD or DVD images are distributed with .BIN extension with another .CUE file. The images can be burned with CD/DVD burning program like Nero Burning Rom or can be mounted directly to the computer using virtual CD/DVD software such as WIN ISO program. In Linux, it’s a self extracting binary files and used to install programs on Linux.

File Extension TORRENT

This is one of the favorite file extension for downloading various files of the internet. Files such as movies, music videos, mp3s, application as well many others. Usually the torrent file needs to be opened with a Bittorrent application such as Utorrent and Azureus. Beware, the torrent technology is not illegal because it’s just a file sharing technology but depending on some countries, the file that you’re downloading might be illegal.

There you have it. Four of file types that you might come across but never have any knowledge of it. Just let me know if you need any information on the file types that you’re not sure of.

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