How to upgrade memory on an Acer Aspire One

My Acer Aspire One came with 1GB of memory, and after installing Windows 7 on it, that 1GB has become inadequate. I bought 2GB of 800MHz DDR2 memory on Newegg for just over $20. This is great value for the money, and improved the overall performance of the netbook significantly. This quick guide will show you how to upgrade the RAM on an Acer Aspire One AO751h, but it might apply to many other laptops as well.

NOTE: Follow this guide at your own risk. I am not responsible for any damages or injuries caused by following these instructions. Your laptop may differ from mine.

1. Buy the correct RAM for your laptop. For my Acer, I bought one 2GB stick of Corsair 800MHz DDR2. Make sure you’re buying laptop memory, not desktop memory. The laptop RAM is obviously a lot smaller.

2. Shut down the laptop. Disconnect your power supply and remove the battery. Ground yourself by touching something metal. I touched my steel computer case. This should dissipate any static electricity that is on you.

3. Get a small phillips screwdriver and unscrew the two screws holding the memory bay on. Then gently pry it off – it is still held in by plastic clips.

4. Remove your RAM by pulling the two tabs on the sides apart, and pulling the RAM up and out. Be gentle.

5. Install the new RAM by pulling the two tabs on the sides apart, and gently inserting the RAM into the slot. Once it starts going in, release the tabs, and when fully inserted the memory module should snap into place.

6. Screw the cover back on and push down on it a bit to get it to clip in. Reinstall your battery and power on the laptop. Right click on “Computer” on your desktop or in your start menu, and click “Properties”. If you see 2GB of memory indicated, the install was a success!

How to make text on a laptop screen easier to read

If you have a small laptop screen or are using a netbook, the text on your screen is probably difficult to read. There is an easy way to make the text more visible, and it’s called ClearType. I have covered how to use ClearType text on Windows XP, so here is the updated version for Windows 7.

ClearType is very easy to use in Windows 7 because it comes built into the operating system. Just follow these steps to turn it on:

1. Open Control Panel by clicking Start > Control Panel

2. Click on Appearance and Personalization

3. Click on Adjust ClearType text

4. Check the box for Turn on ClearType, and then click Next as you follow the instructions to pick the best looking text for your screen

And that’s all there is to it. I recommend picking the darkest setting during the last step, especially if you are on a netbook.

Here is a standard size Reddit button for your website

If you have social media buttons on your website, and have ever tried adding a reddit button, you may have noticed that reddit doesn’t provide a standard sized button. Most other websites, such as Digg, Facebook, and Twitter, have 20px tall buttons as an option. Reddit didn’t have one 20px tall, so I made one by modifying an existing button, and here it is:

To use it, save this button to your own server and replace the image URL in the button code with your own URL (wherever you uploaded the button). Also, note that I say button, not widget. This won’t work with the interactive widgets because they are a javascript code. Use the “reddit this!” button under “commonly used buttons” to get the right code.

10 Free Useful Android Apps

Wifi File Explorer

This app lets you browse files on your phone without plugging it in or removing the SD card. It works through wifi, letting you connect directly to your phone through your router. It’s as easy as opening the app, opening the web browser on your computer, and typing in the local IP address of your phone. There is an option to set a password, and your phone is only accessible when the app is open, so the security is good as well.

Amazon Appstore

It’s an app store from Amazon. There is an app of the day, which is always an app that costs money, but on that day, it’s free. So you get free apps that you would otherwise have to pay for. Not much more to say.

Advanced Ruler

Just as the name of the app suggests, this is a ruler for your phone. Ever need to measure something but didn’t have a ruler around? This app makes measuring small items as simple as putting them next to your phone’s screen. The ruler can be adjusted for any resolution so it should work with all phones.

ConvertPad

While not very polished in terms of visuals, this app is the best free converter I have seen. There are options for almost anything that you can possibly convert, and it lists multiple results at once so you don’t need to switch back and forth between units.

Andie Graph

This amazing app lets you have a graphing calculator right on your phone. It is an emulator, so you must get your own ROM, but that isn’t a problem. Now if I forget my actual TI calculator at home, I don’t have to worry because it is right on my phone. It’s really a perfect emulator and you’ll feel as if your phone is a real TI calculator.

TeslaLED

This little app lets you do many things with your phone’s built-in camera flash. There is the option of using it as a normal flashlight, as a strobe light, as a morse code beacon, as a timed light that turns off after a set amount of time, and as a hold-to-light flashlight. Plus it can use your screen to display hazard lights and police lights, which is just a cool bonus. It also comes with a widget so you can activate your LED without even opening the app. Very convenient.

SiMi Folder

This is the best folder organizer I have found. You can create many different types of folder widgets and customize them in many ways. It’s the best way to organize all your apps, rather than having them in one giant list where it’s hard to find anything. Just make some folders for a few different categories of apps and games, and suddenly your phone becomes much more useful because you can actually find the app you’re looking for.

Alarm Clock Xtreme

This is a very cool alarm clock. There are many features, such as having to solve a math problem to turn the alarm off, for those of us who tend to hit snooze while still being completely asleep. You can also customize the vibration and ringing, making it gradual, you can make a large snooze button, and so on. You can even set it so it turns off only when the GPS senses that you are moving. It also comes with a cool clock widget.

Embiggen

This simple and very polished app lets you enlarge text on your screen. You type a message, and it displays the words as big as possible. This can have many uses, such as communicating with people in cars without having to open your window, talking to someone next to you when you can’t actually speak, such as at a lecture or at school, and I’m sure people will find even better uses for this app. It might not seem useful, but it has potential to create funny situations, and might even come in useful sometimes for something important.

Parcels

If you buy a lot of stuff online, which you should because 99% of the time it’s way cheaper, then this app will keep track of all your shipments. You can customize which carriers show on the add list, and you can point your phone at a QR code so you don’t have to actually type in the tracking number. Very good way to stay organized and to know when to expect your packages.