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Cyanogenmod 7.2 RC1: Worth Trying

Cyanogenmod has released a release candidate for its latest ROM based on GIngerbread 2.3.7, Cyanogenmod 7.2. This is the final release in 7.x series and is coming with some couple of back ported features and fixes from 4.0, Ice Cream Sand witch. This particular version supports 20 new devices and in a total of 70! No official confirmation on date of final release. I had tested this ROM in my Idea Blade and found very interesting.

Comparing with the previous version, 7.1, this version has improved a lot. A notable change is predictive text dialer. Now you can directly search for a contact from dialer by simply pressing the numbers. This is indeed a good thing. Next, it supports installation in SD cards. Yes, previous version also supported this feature, then what is the new thing? It is, now you can install any application, I said any, to the SD card by default. That is interesting, no!

ADW is the pre-installed launcher in it. With some tweaks you can make it more faster. I prefer not to install any other launchers unless you are using a high memory device. This version has cyanogenmod’s propitiatory features such s theme support, DSP equalizer, and CPU overclocking etc. Unlock screen options are updated. Now you can completely disable the unlock screen or change its style. Also, you can move the notification bar to the bottom of the screen. This option is available in the tablet tweaks.

One major issue reported with this RC is that, it eats battery like anything. Battery is draining fastly and also some of the applications are crashing. After reviewing the overall performance, I PRESUME 7.2 will be a good alternative.

How to increase netbook performance in windows 7

Recently netbook sale has increased rapidly as everyone is using netbook instead of laptops. But netbook is comparatively slower. Todays most of the softwares are resource hungry. As netbooks are designed to perform basic net surfing documentation, presentation etc., they are not powerful enough to run resource hungry OS and softwares. However here is some tips for increasing your netbook performance.
1. Upgrade your memory
Most of the netbooks are shipped with 1 GB memory. It is advisable to upgrade it to 2 GB to get better performance.
2. Adjust your windows for best performance
There is an option inside windows to adjust performance settings. Adjust it as below. Right click on My computer icon and select properties. Then select advanced settings. There you can see advanced tab as shown in below picture
Then select settings under performance. 

Here select the option adjust for best performance. In this mode, all special features will be turned off. If you need any special kind of features, you can select the check boxes below.

3. Use CCleaner

CCleaner is a utility which helps to fix registry errors. Registry errors are generated after installing/uninstalling a software. Also it provide an option to take a backup before you fix registry errors.

4. Do not use antivirus

Antivirus is something which is highly resource utilizing softwares. In windows 7, windows defender is preinstalled which will take care of spywares. Also run CCleaner, which will delete temporary files. Also, avoid browsing sites which you are not familiar with.

5. Use ReadyBoost

This is a feature in windows 7, which enables to use your USB drive as an additonal to your memory and will help to speed up your device. Once you plug in a USB drive, an option will be shown in auto play whether you like to use it as a ready boost. If you choose, windows will show you how much memory in USB will be used for ReadyBoost. Always use this device plugged in your netbook.

6. Do not install too many softwares

If you are not using a software, uninstall it immediately. Because most of these softwares will be running in background, which will reduce the sysytem performance.

7. Turn off unnecessary system startup

Some programs will be starting up along with windows. If you dont use those softwares, turn it off. You can do it by type msconfig in run box. Also, if you are using CCleaner, there is an option to delete/modify startup values

8. Plug your netbook to AC supply whenever possible

Always try to use netbook with AC power supply. While on battery, some services will be turned off to save battery.

9. Turn off Media options

In windows 7, you can see media center software, which is high resource utilizing one.You can turn it off in control panel > Programs and Features > Turn off windows features

10. Use linux

Linux is super fast OS. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, is such a powerful OS that it boot in 3 or 4 seconds where windows 7 takes nearly a minute to ready to use. Also, there are many softwares are provided for free of cost. For more info go to www.ubuntu.com