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Six tricks to clean and order your PC with Windows 10 and Windows 11 and start the year on the right foot

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When a new year arrives we always have resolutions among which great classics such as going to the gym more or having a better diet stand out. But there are also many people who take advantage of the beginning of the year to keep their computer clean and tidy, although the rest of the year they are not so careful in this regard.

And it is that throughout a year, if the computer has not been formatted, it can store many files that get in the way of a Windows PC, since take up unnecessary space on your storage drive. But it is not only limited to occupying a space inside the equipment, but it can also slow down the device. That is why we recommend you follow the following steps, which you may be familiar with, in order to get your PC ready for this new year.

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Free up hard drive space

One of the fundamental processes to clean up a Windows PC is to free up space on the hard drive, but without using third-party applications. The operating system itself integrates a really useful cleaner to do this task and it works wonderfully. To access it you simply have to type in the search engine cleanmgr. A section called Disk Cleanup. You must run this tool as administrator by clicking on the secondary button.


When you run it, it will ask you to choose the drive you want to clean (if you have several). Finally, after examining all the files that you have in the storage unit that you have selected, a window will appear with all the sections that you can delete and the space they occupy and that you will end up releasing on your PC.

After selecting those files that you want to delete, you simply have to click on Accept to start the process of freeing up space which can take several minutes to complete.

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Delete temporary files

In Windows there is another way to delete temporary files through system settings and with a single click. In this case you will have to enter the Windows configuration, scroll to System and finally click on Storage.

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A list will appear with the different kinds of temporary files that are on your PC with Windows 10 and 11 along with the weight that each of the elements represents in your storage unit. Select those points that you want to delete and click on remove files.

Activate storage sensor

Another of the tricks that exist to be able to save space without you having to do absolutely anything, is with the storage sensor. This function is able to automatically free up space by deleting files that are not needed, as temporary files or from the recycle bin. In this way, unnecessary files will be cleaned periodically without you having to do anything.

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To do this, go to Windows settings, click on System and then on Storage. In this case, click on Configure storage sensor. You will be able choose the time that will pass between each of the cleanings and choose the files to be removed by the operating system.

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Check your startup apps

When new applications are installed, they are often launched when the operating system starts up. This can cause the system slows down at first and can be difficult to start working. That is why from time to time you have to do a review of all these applications that run when the system starts to disable those that you do not need.

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To do this, you will have to access the task manager, clicking on Control + Alt + Delete, but also performing a search in the Start Menu. In the case of Windows 10, go to the top Start tab and if you are in Windows 11 at the back, tap on boot applications. At the moment a list will appear with all the installed applications and it will be possible to deactivate that they are executed at the start of the operating system.

It must be taken into account that some applications such as Steam do not appear in this section, or even Spotify does, but deactivating it does nothing, and that is why You must enter each of the application settings. This can be a bit cumbersome, but the running time of the operating system will certainly pay off.

Search for possible malware you have

But although we focus on file storage, we must also highlight the possibility of remove any malicious files that may exist. From time to time it can be interesting to use the native Windows antivirus, or any other that you have installed, and at the beginning of the year it can be ideal to start a new period without any type of malware.

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In order to access these functions, in the search engine enter the text ‘Windows Security’ if you are on Windows 11, and enter ‘Windows Defender’ if you are on Windows 10. In both cases, the first result displayed will open the dedicated program to the safety of the equipment. On the side go to the shield icon and there click on Quick test. In this case, a scan will be activated that will last a few minutes and will be superficial.

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But you can also access other exam options to be able to opt for other analyzes that are more complete, but therefore also take much longer. It will always depend on the number of units you have and the storage occupied by each of them.

Put order in your folders and desktop

And in addition to constantly deleting your unnecessary files, it is also very important to maintain order on your desktop. On many occasions it can be common to see how some Windows users have a desktop that is full of folders, applications and also files that you have been generating. And this, in addition to being really overwhelming for many, can also pose a serious performance problem when the operating system is running.

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That is why to speed up the loading of the operating system it is important to have the desktop as clean as possible, and especially if you have several screens. If you need to have something accessible at all times, it can be interesting choose to create a container folder on the desktop and store everything here. But you can also choose to better manage it through the file explorer and make use of the internal “Documents” or “Images” folders.

Likewise, it is also relevant to search for all those that are empty and eliminate them. This is quite common for those applications that have been installed in Windows and then uninstalled. Despite the fact that your files are deleted, it resists the presence of the folder where your information was contained and sometimes the cache or logs can be preserved. That is why it is It is important to check in C:UsersusernameAppData all folders with application names. If they are empty, they can be uninstalled.

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Make your life easier with these 11 ways to use ChatGPT on a daily basis

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Having ChatGPT available to everyone and also free (for the moment) not only means that you can tinker around to discover its potential, but also that you can (and should) incorporate it into your work routines. Some people fear that artificial intelligence will take away their work, but the reality is that it is a powerful tool that can become your best professional ally, as long as you know how to take advantage of it. Here we give you a lot of good ideas.

Of course, first of all we want to remind you that ChatGPT responses are not completely reliableso when in doubt, it is better to take your time to verify them.

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Let me write messages for you

You have an idea in your head: that your superior considers you for a promotion and you don’t know very well how to approach it, or you simply don’t want to spend time doing it. Also on the other side: you may have to craft a message to tell someone that their candidacy is out of the selection process. ChatGPT takes your order and wraps it in a suitable language for that conversation.


to suggest templates

You may want to write the document yourself, but you need to shape it, find the perfect structure that suits what you needfor example to write a report or for your CV.

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that corrects your style

One of the most amazing aspects of ChatGPT is its ability with language. Thus, she can prepare a sonnet for you, write to you like Gloria Fuertes or adapt a text to make it suitable for children or simplify it to make it easy to read.

He is able to write it autonomously, but also you can use it to pass your writing and let the magic work. Each person has their own style of writing: their inappropriate use of punctuation marks; the love for short sentences or, on the contrary, elaborately long ones; confusing compositions…this tool gives them a spin. There you.

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help you with spreadsheets

Excel (and by extension, the rest of spreadsheets) is much more than preparing a schedule using colors and fonts, but there are those who are unaware of the potential of formulas and pivot tables. The fastest way to remembering the structure or discovering new formulas is asking ChatGPT for them.

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This AI-powered ChatGPT extension for Google makes your life much easier for filling out spreadsheets

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unleash your creativity

Have you always wanted to write a script but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you want to compose songs but need a hand with their structure, want to learn brushstroke techniques, or become someone who has mastered the art of donut making.

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Your custom tutorial

It is a law of life that we do not always know how to face what lies ahead. It can be something as mundane as changing a tire or preparing rice with things and not being clear about the proportions or something more important like knowing what you can deduct from your income statement. If you can google itbut each person has their particular characteristics.

Remember that more than “spitting” a question to receive an immediate response, with ChatGPT there is room for hold a conversation in which he is able to understand the context and clarify.

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start a new hobby

If you have ever considered starting an activity, ChatGPT can be your Cicero. Note that the more specific your question is, the better the answer will be. For example, if you want to ask him what paddle tennis racket to buy if you are going to start in this sport, it is better to ask What beginner’s racket is better to buy? that What paddle tennis racket to buy?

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Helps you program and find bugs

Although banned from StackOverflow for its poisonous ability to offer code that seems correct but then doesn’t work (something you should keep in mind to review it line by line), it can be useful for you. give you an idea about how to chop something or directly, that you write your program and it finds bugs Or give it a spin to make it look better.

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Personal questions

Incredible as it may seem, ChatGPT can also give you general guidance on physical and mental health. Of course, it will not replace medical professionals or a diagnosis that these people make, but at least it can serve as an alarm signal.

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Suggestions for movies, literature, games

How many times have I sat in front of the TV with a good half hour of time and wasted it rummaging through Netflix, HBO Max and other similar services in search of a series that I like?

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Don’t waste time again: ChatGPT can make you the best recommendations. Remember the precision in the question for better results, well above the recommendations that these streaming platforms usually suggest.

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games on demand

A true classic: you dust off the Trivial, assemble it and start playing. The questions are too difficult or out of date. It’s okay, ChatGPT can generate a battery of questions on the topic you want.

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What happened to Loquendo, that canned voice that Spanish-speaking youtubers turned into an Internet phenomenon

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In these times in which so many applications and platforms receive names in English or derived from it, ‘Loquendo’ is, on the contrary, a word derived directly from the Latin: it is the gerundive (future participle) of the verb ‘loquor’ (to speak), and can be translated as ‘what will be spoken’ or ‘what is speakable’. But don’t worry, the beginning of this story does not go back to Julius Caesar and Cicero, but only to the mid-70s. Although, yes, it is also located in Italy.

It was then that the CSELT (Centro Studi e Laboratori Telecomunicazioni), a research institution in Turin attached to the Institute for Industrial Reconstrution of Italy, created the first highly intelligible speech synthesizer capable of speaking (and singing) Italiancalled MUSE (MUltichannel Speaking Automaton), which used diphones (vowel and consonant combinations) pre-recorded to synthesize voices. The first practical application of it was to create the voices for the musical album ‘La voce del calcolatore’ (computer voice), released in 1978. And if you’re wondering… yes, we’ve come a long way since then:

That technology, however, became the basis for much more refined applications released during the 1990s, also by the CSELT, as ‘ELOQUENS’ or ‘ACTOR’. Finally, in 2001, Telecom Italia (successor to CSELT) created crazy as a commercial company intended to exploit all this speech synthesis technology. At that time, the new company was developing multiple tools for both home users and large call center servers.

The loquenders arrive

It would still be five years before, on May 22, 2006a user called ‘fingazzz’ (a Valencian named Mateo, who proclaims himself on Twitter “Father of loquenderos until proven otherwise”) uploaded to an almost newly created YouTube the first ‘loquender’ video in history, which immediately became a viral hit and started the fever for this kind of content. We are talking, of course, about ‘Still Dorito’:

A few months later, another Spanish user (MrCoucou) started a fashion that would eventually generate thousands of videos on YouTube, the video reviews with Loquendo. The funniest thing is that many users still took a while to find out where that characteristic voice that seemed to be present on multiple YouTube channels came from… even when youtubers began to add the word ‘Loquendo’ to the title or description of their videos , many comments implied that they thought he was a voice actor.

When it became clear what Loquendo was and what it allowed to be done, this phenomenon of videos with Loquendo, initially 100% Spanish, expanded with great success to Latin Americawhere it became fashionable to use this voice synthesis software to publish criticisms (when not mere successions of insults) against all kinds of groups (otakus, reggaeton, emos…).

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The English Wikipedia itself stands out, despite the existence of successful English-speaking ‘loquenders’ such as loquendointeractivethat “Loquendo’s voice synthesis has become an Internet meme on YouTube, although it is more common in Spanish language videos“.

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The most viewed videos in the history of YouTube that mention ‘Loquendo’

After that first wave of ‘loquenders’, another wave would arrive in 2009 focused on the publication parodic dubbing of gameplays, preferably from the game ‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’), as well as anime reviews. Around this time, most of these dubbings were created using the free application TextAloud, which made it possible to synthesize speech from text.

Today it is possible to use a few seconds of recording of any voice and have an AI synthesize it

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The ‘cracked’ packs of TextAloud and Loquendo voices were all the rage for a while…

Global interest in Loquendo peaked between the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012., more or less at the time when Telecom Italia decided all its shares in Loquendo to Nuance, a company specializing in OCR and speech recognition systems that, a decade later, would end up being acquired by Microsoft. Nuance would close its doors in 2022, so Loquendo’s speech synthesis tools are now part of Microsoft’s portfolio of Technologys, just like other tech legends like Windows and Clippy.

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Worldwide searches for Loquendo since 2004.

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what it is, how to use it and everything you need to know about this Internet-connected AI search engine

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Faced with ChatGPT, there are those who have the same feeling as when they tried the internet for the first time, but the reality is that despite its great potential, OpenAI’s conversational chat has flaws and limitations, one of which is the lack of sources or that it does not connect to Internet to search for answers. But ChatGPT is not alone: ​​there are AI tools capable of looking face to face at OpenAI chat like Perplexity AI. If you are not sure what Perplexity AI is, what it can be useful for and how to starta good start can be reading this article. (more…)

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