I’ve heard that the Chrome browser has its own Task Manager. If so, what is it used for and how can I access it?Chrome’s little-known Task Manager is similar to the Windows Task Manager in that memory, CPU usage and other activities are monitored. Another useful similarity is that it can be used to end a process.To launch Chrome’s Task Manager, I go to Tools > Task Manager. (You will find Tools by clicking the little three-line icon to the right of the Address field. Once in the Task Manager, right-click any item in the list to display additional information. If you want to force a Web page or application to close, click the End Process button.While this isn’t something you are likely to use on any regular basis, if your Chrome browser freezes on a page, you may find it comforting to know that you can go to its Task Manager and thaw it out from there. This might be a bit of a geeky question, but what determines the maximum screen resolution a computer can display?The single, most-important factor is the resolution of the screen or monitor itself. When you purchase a new monitor, its screen resolution (which is the number of dots or pixels across and down the screen) will be included within the product’s documentation or shipping container (back in the old days we called it a box), and sometimes on the monitor itself.Another factor is your system’s video card. If you are displaying high-definition (HD) video or playing visually complex games in which you attempt to rescue Princess Kumquat from the dark and foreboding Planet Quoxqf, you will want a fairly powerful video card, perhaps one that has its own on-board RAM (memory) and its own cooling fan.If you don’t have a video card with on-board RAM, the amount of RAM in your computer itself becomes an important factor. The more RAM, the more goodies (components, programs) you can have open and running at any given time. So, if all of your memory is being gobbled up by system processes, you will have little left to display graphics. I’m confused about all the different types of computers available. I know what a laptop is, but what the heck is an ultrabook?Laptops, notebooks, Netbooks, tablets and now ultrabooks. It’s enough to make one’s head explode. So what is an ultrabook? It’s really just a high-tech-sounding marketing name for a super-thin Windows-based laptop computer that resembles the popular MacBook Air. Ultrabooks have an instant-on feature that allows you to snap the laptop open and use it immediately. Most also have faster, solid-state (SS) hard drives.
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