Throttling CPU Usage for Applications (Windows)

This is for CPU throttling on the application level, and is different than dynamic frequency scaling, which is used to prevent overheating and save power. CPU throttling for applications allows you to control how much overall CPU usage a specific application is allowed to use.

Sometimes applications can go rampant on CPU consumption, which may cause other applications or even the operating system to become unstable. This can happen if the application was designed for a smaller use case and you are pushing the application’s boundaries–for example, a CSV editing application may be designed and tested for up to thousands of records but if you open a CSV file with 10 million records, it max out your computer’s CPU cycles.

I recommend using a software called BES, which stands for Battle Encoder Shirase (no idea what this means). It is a simple piece of software that allows you to Target and Limit the CPU usage by percentage for up to 3 applications.

Download BES

The website says it is compatible with Windows 7/XP/2000 but if you have Windows 8/ 8.1/10, you can still use it without any issues. Below is a screenshot of the software—not the prettiest user interface but it gets the job done.

Convert Word Document to Clean HTML

Often times, I receive either website copy or press release articles in a Word document with links and formatting within it. The manual way of converting it to HTML would be to copy and paste all of the verbiage from the Word doc into Notepad or TextEdit in plain text, and then start replacing the special characters such as double quotes, apostrophes, etc., and adding the paragraph tags and formatting such as <strong> and <em> or <b> and <i>. If the copy is going on a WordPress site or a platform that automatically converts new lines into paragraphs, then you can omit adding <p> or <br /> tags.

The good news is I have a tool that will help boost your productivity in converting Word documents to clean HTML:

Convert Word Doc to HTML

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How To Find Files That Take Up Most Space

Hard drive running low on disk space? There are programs that will go through and empty your computer’s cache and temporary files. The problem is you may still have a bunch of unnecessary files taking up space. To identify these culprits taking up disk space, I recommend downloading WinDirStat, which stands for Windows Directory Statistics. After running the analysis, I found a ton of both automatically saved files and forgotten files generated from my screen recording software, GoPro Studio and VMWare—I was able to clear up 80GB of disk space.

Download WinDirSTat

Disk Inventory X is the alternative for Mac and KDirStat is the alternative for Linux.

WinDirStat creates a tree map of your hard drive where items that take up large amounts of disk space are take up more space on the map visually and vice versa, giving you a visual diagram of your hard drive space allocation. You can click into the large blocks and if they are files that you no longer need, you can right click, go to Explorer Here and then delete the file.

How To Find Files That Take Up Most Space

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