I Installed 15 Popular Software For Windows – What Happened Next Will Shock You!

For the past few months I have been working on a monumental study about what makes computers slow down in use and whether or not there is anything you can do about it. You probably know what I’m talking about: when you buy a brand new computer, it runs fast and smooth but after a while in use, it no longer feels so fast.

So frustrating! But is this just a psychological effect similar to your new car or new smartphone no longer feeling “new” after a few weeks of use? Or do computers really slow down in use – and if they do, why?

In January of this year, HowToGeek.com ran a story called “Here’s What Happens When You Install the Top 10 Download.com Apps.” They tested what can happen if you installed 10 popular software to your computer. They noticed that in the process, a lot of so-called crapware is also installed to your computer. Crapware is software that you wouldn’t normally install but which comes piggybacked with known software.

A motto of my life is: If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.

So, this is what I did: I, too, went to Download.com – arguably the most popular Windows software download website –  and I downloaded the 15 most popular software. This was easy because the website lists software based on popularity by the number of times they have been downloaded so far.

The software I downloaded and installed were:

  1. DP Chip
  2. Avast Free Antivirus
  3. Download App
  4. IObit Driver Booster
  5. Free Youtube Downloader
  6. Hotspot Shield
  7. Internet Download Manager
  8. Virtual DJ
  9. IObit Uninstaller
  10. KMPlayer
  11. PhotoScape
  12. MiniTool Partition Wizard
  13. Start Menu 8
  14. YAC
  15. Youtube Downloader

(Note: The list is in alphabetical order. These were the top 15 most popular software of Download.com by the number of downloads. I skipped all potentially conflicting software, for example, only the most popular Anti Virus software was installed, to avoid any conflicts of running numerous Anti Virus software at the same time. All of the software were installed using their default, recommended settings.)

I wanted to see what exactly happens to computer’s performance after installing popular software. To do so, I used two benchmarks. Firstly, I measured the startup time of Windows in regards to how many seconds it took for the computer to start up and boot up the Windows desktop. Next, I ran the PCMark 7 benchmark software. It is a software that is used to test the speed of a computer and is highly recommended by numerous techies and reviewers to evaluate a computer system’s overall speed.

To see exactly how installing of these software affects to your computer’s performance, I did these tests before and after installing the software.

The tests were done in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (Technical Preview version). In each system, the testing process was the same:

  1. Install Windows
  2. Reboot
  3. Shutdown the system
  4. Start the system and measure the startup speed with a stopwatch
  5. Install PCMark 7 and get the overall benchmark score
  6. Install the Popular Software using their default settings
  7. Reboot
  8. Shutdown the system
  9. Start the system and measure the startup speed with a stopwatch
  10. Run PCMark 7 and get the overall benchmark score again

The results are here and frankly, they are shocking!

startup

benchmark

Between all three Windows test setups, simply installing a few popular software programs caused the system startup times to go up an average of 63 seconds and the PCMark 7 score representing the overall performance of the system went down on average almost 17%!

When I started to do these tests, I had a feeling that installing software could have an impact but little did I know it would be of this scale!

As kind of a follow-up to HowToGeek.com’s article, I wanted to dig a little deeper and focus more on the effects to system performance. However, this is not the full story – this was just the first part of the tests that I did. In the second part, I will show you something that is even more interesting…

There are dozens of software products that are claimed to make your computer work faster. I found a total of 135 such products and I put all of them to the test to see if they can bring the system startup times back up or recover some of the lost overall system speed. Can any of them actually do that?

The full test results will be published very soon at: www.macecraft.com. Please visit the website for the exact release date and more information.

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How to Make Money Online by Working on Freelancer.com

One of the most efficient ways of earning legitimate income on the Internet is to work as a freelancer. You can make additional  income by working online, while still continuing with your day job or you can even quit your real job and work as a full-time freelancer. With my years of experience in hiring freelancers, I can reveal how you can make smart money by working as a freelancer.

Among several platforms and marketplaces,  Freelancer.com is hands down the most proven and efficient online marketplace for freelancers and customers looking for reliable and affordable services within their budget.


freelancer

Freelancer.com is the world’s largest marketplace for online jobs. Freelancers and employers all over the globe use it as an efficient market platform to trade skills and projects. Individuals and companies require skilled assistance for both short term as well as long term projects.

Employers like myself post projects and service providers (Freelancers) bid on these projects in a competitive environment hoping to increase their connections and get more leads, which in turn will fetch them more  projects and revenue. At the time of this writing, there are 6 614 996 live projects in Freelancer, such as these:

Projects in Freelancer.com

As you can see from the above screenshot, projects can be anything from a very simple and fast chore to highly complicated and challenging tasks. Usually projects range from designing a website or doing some programming work, to answering emails, making phone calls, translating or writing, voice acting, taking photographs or doing research or academic work online. There are myriads of different types of works available, updated every single minute.

How does Freelancer.com work?

The employer writes down a detailed description of what needs to be done and usually gives an outline of the budget and the deadline. All this information is posted as part of the new project. The project remains open until a candidate to do the project is found. If not awarded after more than one month, it is automatically considered expired.

The workers can search for or browse all the currently open projects. After finding something that suits your skills, you should bid. Making a bid simply means that you are letting the employer know that you can do this job, while adding a short description of your services, and eventually some past references but also how much money you would need to complete the task and how much time you would need.

profile

This is a screenshot of my profile. I have been doing this for many years, exclusively as an employer.  I have completed over 670 projects at Freelancer.com.

How to win projects on Freelancer.com

Now I will reveal what my criteria’s are as an employer that I follow before deciding whom to award my projects.

Here are some tips and tricks on how to prove to your potential employer that you are the most eligible candidate to work with him/her.

First of all, you’ll need to create a profile to Freelancer.com, if you don’t have one already. Your profile is very important. Before I hire anyone to do anything for me, I always take a look at their profile, quickly checking their achievements, description of services offered and also the professional and academic background.

What matters for your Freelancer.com profile

These are the main things I look after when checking a Freelancer.com profile:

  1. Your profile photo. If you have a good looking profile photo, it’s a plus. No photo or a smiley face as a profile photo is a big disadvantage. Using a stock photo of some random person is probably the worst mistake you can make as it shows lack of reliability and can automatically put you in the category of scammers and time wasters.
  2. Your profile summary text. There is basically only one thing I want to read from your profile summary: if this is your personal profile or are you representing a company with many workers. Any typos or poor English in your introduction text raise a major red flag as it either indicates lack of interest for details or problems with communicating in English.
  3. Number of projects you have done. If you only completed a fewer jobs under your belt, that is not a red flag, but it means I’m expecting you to offer your services on a lower price than the other bidders. This is because I would take an extra risk by hiring you since you don’t have a solid track record of positive feedback yet.

Whether your profile is a personal profile or a corporate profile is very critical information for employers. For example, if you are working individually, there is a limit of how many projects you can do at the same time. If I see that you are currently working on many projects, you won’t probably get a new project from me, especially if I’m on a tight deadline because most probably you will not be able to do justice to my selection!

That being said, the problem with corporate profiles is that you’ll never know what you are going to get. One time you can get great results, another time you may end up working with someone else inside the company that will perform poorly. That’s why I usually prefer personal accounts, because their personal reputation is always on the line. Also, I want to know more about the people who work for me. Who you are, where you are from, about your family and what you like to do in your free time.

How to make the perfect bid on Freelancer.com

The secret for the perfect bid is…

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Performance Enhancing Drugs and Nootropics for the Entrepreneur

I love what I do! Every day I work with programming, online marketing, websites, graphics, conversions, optimization, newsletters, social media and it’s always a blast! In fact, I love my work so much, I’m always looking for ways to be able to do more and push myself further.

Here are all the tips and tricks I use to improve my work performance and keep a crystal-clear focus through my work days.

Nootropics

The term “nootropic” was first introduced in 1972 by a Romanian doctor called Corneliu E. Giurgea. Nootropics are supplements, drugs or foods to improve the vital components of your mental performance such as focus, memory and motivation.

The entire field of nootropics – or “noots” as they are also called – is huge and I’m not trying to discuss everything. This is more like the Nootropics 101, I will discuss the subject more in future posts.

How I maximize my productivity

This text contains all the main techniques I use to achieve my best work performance. I have tried many things and these are the things I have found to work, at least for me.

Warning: This text only discusses what I do, I’m not endorsing or recommending anything on this post to anyone. If you want to follow my routines, you are doing so at your own risk. The supplements mentioned in this post are what I typically take, I don’t take everything every day.

Preparation: Task listing and good sleep

The night before a workday, I’ll spend a few minutes thinking about what I need to get done. I write a To-Do list with larger tasks split into smaller, easier to handle sub-tasks.

no light

For optimal sleep quality my bedroom is always pitch black no matter what time I go to sleep. If something is worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.

Firstly, I have light reflecting films installed to all the windows. Secondly, I use double curtains in the bedroom. First, closest to the window are special light and heat reflecting curtains and for the second curtain I have your typical light colored bedroom curtains. The result: Let there be no light!

Another sleep improvement trick I use is air conditioning which I use to bring the temperature down. For me, optimal sleep means rather too cold than too warm.

Before going to sleep, I take:

  • 5-HTP
  • Testosterone undecanoate
  • Milk thistle
  • Zinc

Exercise and pre-work

My face when having a cold shower

I wake up early and if I feel tired, I’ll take a quick, cold shower. Cold water, especially on the head is exceptionally good way to wake up your brain and there are even studies suggesting that it can have an anti-depressive effect.

Right after waking up, I take:

  • Caffeine
  • Beta Alanine
  • Creatine
  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine
  • Choline Bitartrate

These supplement take some 30-40 minutes to kick in. While I wait for them to start to work, I start to work.

I start with tasks that are quick and easy to do to get my momentum going right from the morning. This means not doing anything requiring too much creativity.

After I start to feel the Beta Alanine tingles, I head out to the gym of my apartment building. My morning workout starts with running hard for 10 minutes. That’s enough time for about 1800-2000 meters. After running, I lift weights and do body weight exercises for some 20 to 30 minutes. I try to do everything with high intensity and high heartbeat.

My exercise routine may not be optimal for building muscle or losing weight, but it’s optimal for my brain. The harder I work at the office, the harder I need to workout at the gym to keep my focus and energy levels up.

After my morning workout I take:

  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine
  • Choline Bitartrate
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Piracetam
  • L-Theanine

I also have some protein, such as unflavored, grass fed whey, pea or soy protein. I actually run a small protein drop shipping business here in Thailand called ThaiProtein.com so I always have some high quality protein available.

Keep calm, work hard and drink tea

green tea wtih coconut oil

I start my day at the office by following the To-Do list that was prepared before. I cross off the items after they are done to visually see my progress.

If I get new ideas, I write them down and evaluate them later. If I get stuck on some item on the list, I move on to the next one and return to it later. If I notice my work performance slowing down, or if I get distracted by something, I take a five minute break away from the computer.

Also, it’s worth noting that one thing from this blog you should probably try is green tea with coconut oil. Because it’s awesome!

Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to green tea leaves, let it sit for two minutes. Add hot (not boiling hot) water and wait another two minutes. The result is amazing brain boosting drink.

While working I sometimes top up with Piracetam.

Intermittent fasting

In case you didn’t notice, I haven’t mentioned breakfast. That’s because I usually have my break-fast around two or three o’clock in the afternoon by eating some fruits, nuts and seeds.

There is a reason for this: I believe that not eating (too much) makes me sharper.

That might sound very unusual. Doesn’t not eating cause your blood sugar levels to crash and make you go stupid?

Well, I don’t think so. To give you my reasoning, we need to go back in time and think about the so called cavemen: Being hungry meant you had to stay focused to find food. Those who didn’t stay sharp ended up starving and dead. This means that since you are now alive, your ancestors probably had the genes to allow them to stay sharp while hungry. This means that you probably have the same genes too.

I know, your mind is telling you that you are hungry and you are about to starve to death if you miss your breakfast. However, what you need to understand is that your mind isn’t always right!

I believe while your mind is telling you to eat something when you are hungry, your body is automatically tuning in to the high performance mode that is built-in to your body from the days when being focused or not meant the difference between getting food and staying safe, or dying. It may take some time to get used to working and working out without any food in your system but it may be worth it.

Finally: Rest and recovery

I can work for 12 hours every day during the week. Not because I have to but because I want to!

After a long and productive day at the office, it’s important to eat and rest properly. I usually ensure proper protein intake by having some whey or pea protein after work, especially because I usually end my working day with another quick, 30 minute workout at the gym.

To avoid burning out, the weekends are spent trying to keep as much distance to any and all computers and by having a lot of rest. During the weekends I’m also completely off caffeine as well as all the other supplements and nootropics.

These are the things that I use to improve my work performance and my focus. I’m always trying out new things so a version 2.0 is probably coming out soon. And please, if you are thinking of following anything from this routine, please first consult a doctor and probably a lawyer, too.

Nootropics infograph

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