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Chips and nanometers: What is behind 7 nm, 5 nm, 3 nm and 2 nm?

If you find out about processors, i.e. the so-called “chips” in computers, smartphones and other electronics, you quickly stumble across the abbreviation nm. This stands for nanometer and has been used with regard to computer hardware since the 1960s. But what exactly does it measure and is the unit of measure representing 0,0000001 cm perhaps slow...

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Activity Monitor on Mac - How to Use It and What It Shows

With the activity monitor on the Mac, CPU-consuming processes can be identified, the RAM requirements of individual apps can be viewed, network activities can be monitored and other data can be viewed. With the app you can keep track of what is happening in macOS. In addition, non-responsive apps can be closed via the activity monitor. So in many ways it is the Apple counterpart to the...

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Liquid metal thermal paste: advantages and disadvantages to be aware of

A so-called thermal paste is used to transfer heat from the CPU or GPU to the cooler in the computer and laptop. There are different types of it - with zinc oxide, aluminum, silver, graphite or gallium. The latter is a liquid metal with a melting point of around 30°C. Because the boiling point is only reached at 2400°C, the ...

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mdworker process slows down Mac: Rebuilding Spotlight index helps

In the operating systems of the Apple Mac, i.e. Mac OS X or macOS, processes and applications that improve file and memory management are constantly running in the background. The computer should thus maintain its working power for as long as possible and perform tasks quickly. However, the system is not perfect, as the mdworker process shows, among other things. Similar to the kernel_task...

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The process VTDecoderXPCService sucks properly on the CPU. But what is the cause of this process?

The “VTDecoderXPCService” process generates a CPU load of over 100% on the Mac - what to do?

Today I learned something again. My MacBook Pro suddenly became quite slow, keystrokes took seconds and the mouse pointer only moved in slow motion. A look at the "Activity Monitor" utility - permanently installed in macOS and to be found under "Applications" -> "Utilities" - immediately showed me the cause: A process ...

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