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Protect Your Computer From Being Hacked!
The thought of people being concerned that
NSA is listing and monitoring their activities is a hysterically funny
concept to me. Whatever you think of Edward Snowden, know that he is a
day late and a dollar short. Most of these very same people that worry
about the NSA, have a "Tracebook", Twitter, Instagram or a half a dozen
other social media accounts that should be significantly reducing the
NSA operating budget. In fact, let's just disband the NSA and hire
Google! It seems that most of us have no issue publicly posting our
most intimate details on Facebook including everything short of our
Social Security numbers. Posting our current location and "checking in"
so that the entire planet knows not only where we are, but what we are
doing seems to be an absolutely essential public service and should
also include pictures of the meal I am about to eat. How many of these
same individuals are aware that every picture posted contains Meta Data
that also memorializes the GPS co-ordinates and the camera type used to
take the picture? I know you want to share picture of the family, but
do you really want ISIS to know exactly where they live?
everyone is so willing to publicly disclose these personal details, it
explains why so many remain ignorant of the data mining that goes on
that you do not knowingly consent to. I assume we all know that Google
is in the business of selling digital user profiles to advertisers?
Every type an email to a friend about planning a trip to the Italy only
to find your inbox now populated with travel agency "hot deals"? If
your email does not fill up with travel deals to the Italy, you can bet
your internet browser will now display a travel agency advertisements,
"learn to speak Italian" and top Italian Restaurants on every page you
view fin! Now ask me what we think about using Google Docs! We suggest
that you consider DoNotTrackme extensions to your Chrome and Firefox
browsers. We also recommend that you install "self-destructing cookies"
and watch how many cookies are exchanged with your browser each use.
Remember, we really don't need your username and password, we need your
cookies all of which are transmitted in clear text over that Starbucks
wireless you have been using! All available using FireSheep!
this is a vulnerability that effects individuals, what vulnerability
effects enterprise level environments? Forget the notoriously leaking
Windows Operating system and your hopelessly porous laptop, in the wake
of the 55 Million credit card numbers stolen from Home Depot and the 45
million stolen from Target, we now have to worry about the credit card
machines at the checkout counter. Actually the TJ Maxx heist was in
many ways much larger! You might be considering how did the hackers get
through the Firewall? As we have pointed out before, most computer
network security exploitations are not executed through the firewall,
they are executed by "social engineering" with the assistance of an
ignorant employee or paid hit man. It is suspect that at least one of
the above break ins was assisted by a third party trusted partner like
the heating and air conditioning service company. Nothing like a
starving janitorial night service crew to earn a few extra bucks
plugging a USB device into any desktop computer releasing a new and
improved malware version of BlackPOS! Most of these stolen credit card
numbers can be purchase here or on the Darknet using a Tor browser to
reach silk road type websites.
you can't turn on an electronic device today without it alerting you
that a software update is available for download. From the TV set, to
the mobile phone, tablet and now even your car, all are subject to
software updates. Do you even question what is being downloaded to your
device when you do a software update? You just assume you are
connecting with Apple, Amazon or Samsung? What if some evil doer was
really just spoofing a software update and you just willingly
downloaded a super basket of spy goodies that turn on your phone
camera, activate your microphone and email snapshots to back to the
mother ship. NSA, are you kidding? You would never know if it was your
spouse, or employer would you? Yet millions of people do this without
care, day after day and think nothing more about it. If you want to be
tracked everywhere you go, risk having your most intimate
communications published (just ask Jenifer Lawrence and the other
celebrity Nude hack victims) just carry your Smartphone with you at all
next to the Ebola virus and violent terrorism is the single most
economically destructive phenomenon to threaten the American way of
life since the Cuban missile crisis. Yet the average business owner
winces at the cost of engaging a computer network security audit and
thinks that penetration testing is lovemaking foreplay. When the IT
team asks for a Firewall upgrade or an increase in budget to cover a
subscription to virus, spam and bot net filtering they somehow can't
justify the added expense. Educating your employees on the safe use of
the Internet over WiFi should be part of the healthcare preventive
medicine program, but most business will ignore "social engineering"
vulnerabilities until a major data thief publicly embarrasses them.
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The Impact Of Technology On Young Minds
Technology has had both positive and
negative impacts on children & this has been quite significant.
Today, technology is a part of everyday life. If we look at the world
that was about two or three decades ago, children absolutely had no
exposure to television, video games, computers and media. But the
scenario is not the same today. There is no household without
television, computer, cell phones, etc. With the advantages, technology
has brought innumerable disadvantages with it as well.
has made life so much easier but has been causing a lot of damage on
the young minds. Internet has exposed children to a world that is
unsafe for them and for a healthy childhood. Kids should be educated
about the importance of using internet the right way. Addictions to
computer/internet/video games have made children live in solitude.
Social skills develop in a child only when the child gets to interact
with people directly/personally. Children have been found to develop
behavioural problems due to a lot of exposure to unwanted stuff. Tender
minds are prone to experimenting and getting exposed to unsafe things
like watching violence/crime scenes on television/dangerous stunts make
them get into trying out what they learn. The minds are corrupted by
should keep an eye on what the child is exploring. Creating awareness
at home & school, & also counselling children at
various stages will help reduce the negative impacts of technology on
them. This will help them learn how to use these safely.
with a lot of exposure to the adult world are growing up faster. Their
childhood is lost early. With the negative impact on mind, these also
have negative impact on the body. A child addicted to TV/video
games/internet will have no physical exercise. They will not be aware
of what they eat & how much they eat while watching TV. Over
eating & no physical activities are resulting in obesity in
children which in turn has its own repercussions.
being over protective these days feel their children are safe inside
the house. This has resulted in kids getting exposed to a lot of
unwanted stuff through TVs & internet.
been scientifically proven that prolonged exposure to light hastens the
involution of pineal gland which normally starts happening in the later
teenage years. When the hormone melatonin reduces, all other hormones
like the sex hormones, the steroids and adrenal hormones start
increasing in the body. Being bombarded by these chemicals the inner
child & the happiness are lost. The child starts looking for
happiness in the outside world & starts imitating adults. Early
onset of puberty these days is mainly due to this.
TV before sleep increases sleep latency & affects the quality
of sleep. The child never wakes up fresh the next morning. This results
in attention deficit problems at school.
television and playing video games each are associated with increased
subsequent attention problems in childhood. It seems that a similar
association among television, video games, and attention problems
exists in late adolescence and early adulthood. (American Academy of
Pediatrics, April 2010)
children exposed to more TV, both directly and
indirectly, are at increased risk for exhibiting aggressive behavior.
(Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(11):1037-1045)
on exposure to television and movie violence suggests that playing
violent video games will increase aggressive behavior. Exposure to
violent video games increases physiological arousal and
aggression-related thoughts and feelings. Playing violent video games
also decreases pro-social behavior, promotes antisocial behavior.
will grow as the demand grows. It is in our hands to give better of it
to the children. Libraries will be things of past with children using
internet to gather information to complete their assignments. Access to
internet saves time with such reference works. Misuse of the same
internet can be more harmful to children. It is completely the
responsibility of the parents to help their children be children
& enjoy their childhood. Children are precious & they
need to be taken care of well. It is our duty as parents to stop
feeding their minds with unwanted information in the name of
technology. Right things at the right age will help our children have a
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3D Printers Become Commonplace Tools Like InkJet and Laser
believe almost everyone has heard
something about 3D Printing. This new technology can be considered to
be one of the breakthroughs of this century even though it was
initially created in the 1980s. It started popping up in the news
several years ago. Usually, there were reports on 3D printed parts, 3D
model objects, 3D printing in medicine, and even 3D printed houses.
Nowadays, there is no doubt that the technology is growing rapidly and
bringing a lot to manufacturing process and medicine. However,
predictions about having at least one 3D printer in every household are
still far away from the truth.
One of the
main reasons 3D printers will hardly become as popular as ordinary
printers in the next few years is a large variety of companies that
create 3D printers. I am not against competition and believe it to be
very good for the entire industry but if someone who is not very
familiar with all the terminology (such as "extruders", "heating bed",
"nozzle", and etc.) decides to buy a 3D printer, this person will be
lost and after 5-10 minutes of reading endless reviews will simply
close the browser and return to watching TV or - that much better -
reading a book.
Another reason is the price of the 3D printers. You may say that someone
somewhere has created a 3D printer using an ordinary projector and
spent $50 on the other parts but this is not really the case I want to
discuss here. Most of the good 3D printers cost a lot of money and many
people cannot afford them (of course, there is always the option of
applying for another loan). The good thing is that it is not necessary
to buy a 3D printer, you can just type "3D printing service" into
Google and see a list of websites where you can choose a 3D model and
order to print it. I like 3D Hubs the most. Sometimes you may literally
find another 3D hub right next door.
Even if a
3D printer is chosen, the next step would be to find a good filament
for it. Believe me, it would be even more interesting than choosing a
printer. Thank God that we have professional communities where
experienced people can advise on what to buy and provide a good
explanation of why they suggest this particular filament. Another thing
is to browse catalogues where at least you can compare the prices of 3D
filaments which is also not the last thing to consider.
Most likely, once the big sharks like HP enter the 3D game, they will help
spread the technology everywhere. Still, one of the main questions is
how can 3D printing become useful for ordinary people. If you look at
different marketplaces, all you can find are different mini sculptures
like the shark model from Katy Perry's performance during the last
Super Bowl. Once again, there is no doubt that this technology is a
real breakthrough for medical research, especially bioprinting but I
suspect that it is highly unlikely that everyone will be able to 3D
print a new ear or another body part at home. And there is no need to
do it at home anyway, since we have hospitals.
You have also probably heard about food 3D printers. First time I read about it,
I recalled a scene from The Fifth Element where Leeloo puts something
in a microwave and pulls out a big juicy and crispy chicken in a few
seconds. Who knows, maybe it was a bag with different 3D printer food
filaments and the microwave had a built-in 3D printer in it. Looking at
current printer models, it is hard to believe that it will somehow
replace the well-known process of cooking.
Finalizing everything that was said above, I would add that I still believe in 3D
printing technologies despite of 3D printers price and the other
factors. Hopefully, this technology will make our world better,
especially in the field of medicine.
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10 Quick Tips To Speed Up Your Computer
Has your computer become slower than an old steam engine? If it has, it's
time to take matters into your own hands and speed it up. While there
are a number of tools that claim to help in boosting computer speed,
the best slow computer fix lies within your operating system. Check out
these ten quick tips to speed up your computer and boost its
1. Clear Up Old Programs
Clicking a few buttons on an installation
wizard and adding a program to the existing repertoire on your computer
is easy. However, every tiny program that is added to the list can play
a part in slowing down your computer. Even if you are not actively
using them, some of these programs tend to run background processes
that can be a huge drain on your machine's resources. Uninstalling
programs that you don't or rarely use is the first speed fix for your
machine, and can be done quite simply from the Control Panel. So get
started with "spring cleaning" your computer and watch it go from slow
to fast in no time.
2. Partition Your Hard Drive
If your computer runs on just a single
drive, it is time to partition it. Your computer's Control Panel's
"Administrative Tools" provides you with all you need to partition your
hard drive. Simply select "Computer Management", "Storage" and "Disk
Management". Right-click on the single existing drive and choose
"Shrink Volume". You will be prompted to specify the amount of space
you would like to shrink the drive by. Once the drive has been shrunk,
you will see some unallocated/free space available. Right-click on the
free space and create a new partition out of all the space or part of
3. Do A Disk Cleanup
Once you've partitioned your hard drive,
move files out of your "Desktop" and "Documents" folders. Windows loads
all your files in these folders each time it starts up, and this can be
a major drain on resources and can increase loading time.
A disk cleanup is a rather simple task, but
often overlooked. As you use your machine, there are often redundant
and temporary files that are backed up. A disk cleanup clears up all
these files and improves performance. The Windows disk cleanup utility
can be found under "Start" -> "Programs" -> "Accessories"
-> "System Tools". Choose the drive that you wish to clean up,
and Windows takes care of the rest of the job for you.
4. Defragment Your Computer
The option to defragment your computer can
be found in the same place as the disk cleanup utility. Defragmenting
basically implies that you are managing computer space better, thereby
improving performance. Over time, as you install and uninstall programs
or add and delete files on your machine, there are little pockets of
space over which Windows needs to travel before getting to the file or
program that you are trying to open. Defragmenting works similar to
re-organizing your wardrobe - it organizes existing files and programs,
re-maps their indices and frees up pockets of space so that performance
is improved. Defragmenting a drive can take quite a long time, but
should be done at least once in 3 months to keep your computer running
5. Turn Off Start-up Programs
Programs that are set to start up when your
computer loads can significantly extend the time your machine takes to
start, while causing a lot of processes running in the background. If
you don't need a program to start along with your machine, disable it.
Click "Start" -> "Run" and type "msconfig", without the quotes.
You will get a System Configuration window which will give you the
option to enable or disable programs at "Startup". Deselect all
unnecessary programs, leaving only your antivirus programs enabled.
6. Adjust Visual Effects
Themes, animations and visual effects sure
look great on your computer, but can significantly slow it down,
especially if you are running low on RAM and your hardware isn't really
up to the mark. Windows 7 comes bundled with the option to adjust
visual effects under "Performance Information and Tools" under the
"Start" menu. For older versions of Windows, adjust the graphics
settings for optimum performance and this will have a significant
impact on speed.
7. Disable Windows Indexing
If you are a frequent user of the "Search"
option on your computer, chances are high that Windows has indexed and
recorded information related to your searches and your files, and has
stored it somewhere. Disabling the indexing service can boost your
computer's speed rather noticeably. Click "Start" -> "Run" and
type "services.msc", without the quotes. Select the "services.msc" link
that displays to bring up the "Services" window. Scroll down to the
"Windows Search" service and disable it.
8. Set A Static IP For Your Computer
When you start up your computer, quite a lot
of time is spent in assigning it a dynamic IP address. Assigning it a
static IP address is easier on the network as well as on the machine
and can save a lot of your start-up time.
9. Get More RAM
To set a static IP address, go to the
"Network and Sharing Center" and choose "Change Adapter Settings".
Right-click on the adapter that you are using, select "Properties"
-> "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" ->
"Properties". Select the "Use the following IP address" radio button
and enter the static IP that your computer will be using. This has to
correspond with your network setup, so be sure to use the right IP
Increasing your computer's RAM is a simple,
yet effective slow computer fix! If you use a lot of programs, you need
more RAM or your machine will lag. While there is no upper limit on the
extent to which you can upgrade your RAM, 4 GB should do just fine for
10. Clear Up Dust
Your computer's speed issues could be more
than just internal, and could also be caused by dust and dirt. Dust can
inhibit free airflow and cause your computer to heat up, which in turn
reduces its performance. So, get out your cleaning kit and give your
machine a thorough cleaning, and you will be surprised at how well your
computer works after this.
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Advantages of Cloud Backup Solutions
up your computer system is
imperative, especially in the business environment where disaster
management needs to be in the forefront of your mind at all times.
Imagine the chaos that can take place should your systems crash or your network
is infected with an unwelcome virus which corrupts all your files. You
will lose valuable information from customer account information to
invoices and product information to stock levels and so much more. This
is why it's imperative that every company that uses a computer ensures
their computers are backed up effectively.
The biggest problem is that a majority of companies still use old
traditional methods. Backing up their systems to external hard drives
which they store in an office or safe, not the ideal situation. In the
event of a fire or flood, it is possible that not only the computers
get damaged, but the safe is compromised, affecting the drives inside,
which again means you lose everything.
Computer disasters are known to cost companies thousands each and every year,
which is why you need to be prepared. It doesn't matter if you have a
small work from home office or you run a large corporation, the
importance of backing up your system is exactly the same.
Another problem that is seen with traditional methods of backing up systems is
that team members will set an hour aside at the end of each week,
backing up their files for the week. While this is diligent, it's not
good enough. In the event of something going wrong with the computer,
you will have lost an entire weeks' worth of work. If all the systems
are infected or suffer the same fate, then you lose a weeks' worth of
work off each and every computer in the office. As you can imagine,
this is hours of work and possibly thousands of potential income.
The cloud backup solutions are a leading choice for many companies today
who want to ensure that their information and data is safe and secure
at all time. This is an affordable solution, which enables you to pay
for what you need. For smaller companies you will find that you can use
a set amount of storage space online that you need, adding more space
as the business grows. It's a type of modular system, which caters to
companies of any size with complete ease.
The benefit to cloud backup solutions is that you can access the data you
have stored at anytime from anywhere. This means that if you get home
and realise you forgot to draw up an important invoice or document, you
can do it in the comfort of your home at your own personal computer
with the log in information you have been provided.
All you need to use cloud backup storage is an internet connection.
This means you can access the data off your phone, tablet or computer
at any time. This is very advantageous for managers and directors of
companies that want to continue working after hours, but still leave
Further when you use this type of solution you will find that the backup is
stored off site, this reduces the risk of the all your data being
destroyed in the event of a fire or other disaster. With the
information backed up away from the office, you have complete peace of
mind that it will be there when you need it.
Further you will find that the system is automatic. Not risk of your system not
being backed up for days on end. As a document is saved or a report is
drawn, the system will automatically back it up to the system, so you
know your backup is always current.
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How to Build the Best HTPC Media Centre at
the Right Price
With DVDs phasing out and the rapid growth
in online media more and more people are looking to build a HTPC media
centre for their living rooms. Good systems are difficult to build and
there are many considerations to make when choosing your
components.There are three main considerations to make when designing
Price vs Performance
To many it makes sense to buy top of the range computer components to
build their media centre. They want a system that is going to last and
rarely need an upgrade. Unfortunately this is not a cost efficient way
to build a system and you will be paying far more than you need to. The
home computing market is ever changing and as new technologies come out
prices fall on the older kit. Buy the top of the range processor today
and in 12 months it will be half the price. To get the cost efficient
build you must first decide what it is you want your media centre to
do. Is it to simply watch movies and video content or do you want high
end gaming? When you have decided this, source the minimum
specification hardware that will carry out the task. If your system is
for gaming is an Intel I7 processor required or will the I5 suffice?
With all this said you do not want to degrade performance taking the
cheaper option. Yes the Intel I5 processor may run the games you want
to play but can it achieve the resolutions that you want and will the
gameplay be jumpy? People worry too much about future proofing their
systems but prices fall so dramatically it is more often than not
better to upgrade every 18 months or so and save on hardware costs.
Aesthetics & Size
When it comes to aesthetics you need to remember that your HTPC media centre
will be placed in the prime spot of your living room in full view so
you don't want a case that looks like a PC. With the recent boom in
home media there is now a whole range of HTPC cases available that look
more like games consoles or home entertainment systems and at quite
reasonable prices. The important thing to remember when choosing a case
is to ensure that your components will fit! It sounds simple but
getting the right case is one of the toughest tasks with most HTPC
builds. The more compact cases are often the most attractive but if
your system is for high end gaming you will struggle to find a compact
case that can house the high end graphics cards. Decide on your
components first and then select a case to accommodate them.
Heat and Energy Efficiency
High end processors and gaming graphics cards more often than not produce a
lot of heat. Heat is more of an issue when you select a tight compact
case. When choosing your case ensure that it has the ventilation
required to accommodate the heat production of all of your components.
If it will not then check that you have space to install additional
cooling devices. (Word of warning: cooling devices are generally noisy
and may interfere with your movie enjoyment). You can also combat heat
by using energy efficient components. As a rule of thumb smaller
components tend to be more energy efficient. Even if your case supports
ATX form factor motherboards go for mini-ITX or mini-ATX as these
motherboards are far more energy efficient. The added benefit of
building with energy efficiency in mind is that your system will have a
lower running cost.
Getting your HTPC media centre right is a tough task and one that requires
careful consideration. Following the above will get your design right
and produce the entertainment system you need at the right price. These
are the golden rules for building the optimum HTPC media centre.
Uses of a Flash Drive
Flash drives are one of the most useful innovations of the last few decades,
giving us small portable and highly durable data storage devices that
are small enough to fit on a key-ring. This means that we need never be
without access to our most important files or current work so long as
we have access to a computer, and unlike CDs or floppy disks they
wona't break and will hold almost everything we need with up to
over a terabyte of storage space. No matter who you are a flash drive
will have uses that you can benefit from. Below are some ideas for how
different demographics might make use of a flash drive.
For Students - Students are probably the
group who stand to gain the most from the flash drive. Constantly
moving from home to home and not necessarily wanting to lug a giant
computer around means that they certainly require a storage device of
Additionally this will allow them to take
their work into the library to work away from their room, or to
download information from the University or library server that can be
useful for their essays. Students are forever working on large essays
or dissertations and use lost data as an excuse for handing in work
late. With a flash drive this needn't be a problem as you
constantly have something you can back your files up (but lose a valid
excuse at the same time). Flash drives should almost be compulsory for
Flash drives can also help with the
university life style too and are a great way to store music files and
photographs; to take music to a party or just because we all know at
Uni that a lot of pictures are taken that should never make their way
onto Facebook but that we all nevertheless want to see.
For Business Men and Women - Business men
and women are constantly working with lots of highly sensitive and
complicated information that often needs to be accessed from various
points. Using a USB stick you can back up your data and carry it around
in a format that you can keep close to you and even encrypt for extra
security. Don't be the guy who loses the sensitive data on the
train or forgets to make a backup of his day's work.
For Home Workers - Working from home can be both a blessing and a
curse, and though being your own boss is fun for a while the lack of
scenery and interaction with other people can soon become a drag. One
obvious solution is to take your work to a cyber café or round
a friends house so you can work somewhere with a bit more atmosphere.
Obviously carrying a flash drive facilitates this and enables you to
enjoy one of the main advantages of working from home andndash;
For Artists - If you make music, take
photographs, draw pictures or even write articles, keeping your
information on a flash drive gives you a portfolio that you can show
off to friends or potential employers at a moment's notice.
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How to Save Money by Building Your Own PC
Building your own PC has been the passion of
many gamers and computer geeks for decades - tracking the new hardware
releases, comparing specs, performance and the bang for buck has always
been a part of the PC world.
1. Work Tasks/internet/Office.
But with companies becoming ever more efficient with their computer
manufacturing, as well as new exclusive deals being struck between
computer parts developers and retailers, is it still worth it to build
your own PC instead of just buying one pre-built?
While the question is valid, and there are instances where buying a pre-built
PC can be the right choice, the truth is that, as far as price goes, it
will most likely still be cheaper to assemble your own PC, at least in
the foreseeable future.
So how exactly can you save money by building your own PC?
are a few factors that determine how much you actually need to spend on
a PC, not the last of which (obviously) is what your primary use for it
There are basically three main ranges of PCs. Even though there might be
countless variations of hardware you can combine, the three main levels
that are often cited by computer experts are:
The least demanding PC, simply used for tasks that don't really require
much recourses, is obviously going to cost the least. In this case, the
PC can cost as little as a few hundred dollars, but of course, there
are factors to consider as well.
You should take into account that technology gets old very quickly, and
that even tasks like browsing online or working with Office programs
can become more demanding in the future. So if you're buying a PC
that's already using out-of-date hardware, you might need to upgrade
much sooner than you'd like.
You don't really need to splurge on an expensive motherboard, in fact, a
simple Intel Graphics HD card will more than suffice for watching
movies or anything of that nature.
However, investing in an Intel i3 or i5 processor is a good idea because it
simply makes everything a lot more efficient. Since RAM got much
cheaper, there's no reason why you shouldn't get 6GB of RAM, even if
you likely won't be needing as much.
Finally, the Solid State Drive (SSD) has revolutionized the PC industry, so it's
one of the most important computer accessories nowadays, since it
dramatically increases load speeds.
At the low-end of the PC market, the savings of assembling your own PC
might not be as significant - many companies buy older discounted
computer parts in bulk and are able to sell them at relatively low
prices. Of course, if you dig around, you can also find amazing deals
and save even more.
2. Mid-range gaming/entertainment PC
The next level is a PC that just a few years back might have passed for a
high-end PC, but has now succumbed to the ever-growing demands of the
newest and hottest game releases. Of course, you can still use it to
play most of the games, but for the most demanding ones, only medium
graphics settings will be possible.
When you want gaming, the very first thing is the Graphics Card - many
stores selling pre-built PCs try to pass off NVidia GT series graphics
cards as gaming cards, but they really don't stand a chance against
current games, so if you plan to play any of the newer games
comfortably, you should always look at the NVidia GTX series graphics
cards. Also, you can check out the AMD Radeon R9 series, as they have
some budget graphics cards with a lot of bang for the buck.
As for the other specs, an Intel i7 is always nice, but as far as gaming
goes, it doesn't have that much of an impact that would justify the
increase in price. A SSD is also a must, and 8GB of RAM might be a good
idea as well.
Gaming PCs are a huge market, and even in the mid-level, stores often jack up
the prices significantly, so if you assemble the PC yourself, you can
often save up to 30 percent, if not more.
3. High-end gaming PC
If you want a PC that will give you the ultimate gaming experience no
matter what crazy-realistic graphics the game might have then buying a
PC with the cutting edge technology is your only viable option.
If you want the best, you have to pay for it, and there's no going around
the fact that in order to play the best game in high graphics mode,
you'll probably have to invest in one of the newer models of the NVidia
GTX cards, which won't come cheap.
An i7 processor is also recommended at this level, as well as 8, or even
16 GB of RAM. Also, consider opting for both a SSD and an optical drive
for storage, as that increases your options, since those games can take
up a lot of space!
Even though assembling such a PC can go beyond a thousand dollars, the
savings, compared to buying a pre-built one in a store are also very
significant. You can save up to 40-50 percent, since the high-end
gaming PCs often cost upwards of 2,000 USD.
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a Home computer: make a strategic decision
down to hurry up's is a phrase I often heard when I began
working many years ago. My boss would always caution me against
hurtling towards a predefined goal without looking around. Strange
advice? Perhaps. In a world where speed and goal oriented working is
encouraged, I was told to 'Slow down to hurry up'. What
he really meant was that keep your goals in mind but tread slowly and
carefully, learning along the way. Don't be so keen on the
final objective that you ignore the learning's along the way.
These learning's are what will keep you at the top. Look for a
good computer help services after buying a computer so that in case of
any problems it will prove helpful.
Technology is ever evolving
I would like to extrapolate this phrase to
buying decisions that all of us take on a regular basis, especially
technology buys. Most of us are in the market for a home computer at
some time or the other. Since its viewed as a one time purchase, most
people tend to buy a fully loaded say HP home computer and be done with
it. What next, the good-looking box is used as word processor at best
or to send and receive e-mail or download music at worst. Many of us
never really use the home computer for all its features and benefits.
In some case, multiple users together exploit different features at
What we often forget is that technology is
ever evolving and our systems are dated the moment they leave the HP
store. It's best to buy a standard HP computer at first. Get
hands on experience with it, explore and learn to use the same. The way
that HP's products are structured, you can add/upgrade your HP
system as your needs grow.
Now you know what I mean; slow down to hurry
up! You can upgrade everything from your RAM, CPU, motherboard, disk
drives, modem to your audio/video cards. So, what's the rush?
Slow down, pace yourself. Buy as per existing needs, get used it and
then buy a modern updated version of your requirement. Shop around for
your HP upgrade, while the HP official online store may have the most
comprehensive stock you may get better prices elsewhere.
Don't be shy
Not all HP products are compatible and not
all can receive upgrades, so do check with a qualified tech support
person before making any purchasing decisions.
Lets face it, we are all not born technical
wiz kids, just as not all of us are born gourmet cooks or creative
artists. We can however learn and use support for the rest of the
issues. We can get HP computer hardware support. HP itself provides
active support for all its products and services. Don't be shy,
ask for and get help. Go online, interact with peer groups, check
HP's official site for updates, tips and offers. HP support can
act as a wonderful guide in decision making. Alternative tech support
is always available for those who do not like to engage in support
Keep your eyes and ears open
Smart buying decisions leave us with several
options. Newer models and system updates allow us to invest in hardware
that is compatible with newer software versions. Typically, newer
avatars offer speedier and cheaper methods of communication and ease of
use. HP computers are a brand that has been in business since 1939.
They have a suite of products in the area of business and consumer PCs
and workstations. If we add good quality HP tech support to this, the
consumer, i.e. you and me is in a good place-at the cutting edge of
Green Screen Wizard
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Editing Your Pictures and Videos
Doing extreme sports is an incredible rush
– you feel yourself hurtling down mountains and across water,
you hang from huge cliff tops and you generally defy gravity and speed
limits. Impossible is nothing if you do extreme sports, and this
results in some of the most action packed and at the same time
picturesque moments you could capture on film.
Despite all this, the problem is actually capturing it on film. This is very
hard when you are busy concentrating on braking at the right time or
controlling the movement of your body as you twirl through the air. At
the same time the sudden impacts and high speeds aren't highly
conducive to the health of a video camera which is why it's so
important to make sure that you don't drop it or scrape it.
You can get more out of them still if you know how to apply a little
editing. Here are some tips.
Editing GoPro HD LCD video means making a montage of your action packed moments
and putting them to music. This can be achieved in Windows Movie Maker
or better video editing software. The secret to successful action
editing is to keep your clips short and not to let them linger too
much. The temptation is to show the whole of each clip, whereas having
shorter sharper moments will be more effective.
The music meanwhile should be selected to match the tempo of the action
– if it's too fast then the action will look slow in
comparison, but if it's too slow then it will seemingly drag the
footage down with it. You can also apply other effects should you so
wish such as fish-eye-lens or sepia tones for a variety of different
Editing images is something you can have even more fun with and that will allow
you to create awesome action shots. This way for instance you can add a
lens flare to something and change the focus of the image to give it
that magazine-quality look. Meanwhile a very subtle filter such as a
motion blur can help to make the action look faster and more dramatic.
Of course airbrushing your own features if you're in the shot is also a
good way to add to the action, while bringing out the color more can
also make it more picturesque. For a very professional feel try
increasing the contrast on the image which they often do again in
magazines. Again you can also use 'fun' effects if you so wish to
change the picture altogether.
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Our modern technology has become more and more complex, but the way we
interact with it has become more user friendly and almost anyone can
use some of the applications. Unfortunately, the terminology around
computer systems can be confusing to people who aren?t technologically
savvy, and that can scare them away from learning about the inner
workings of their computers.
Computer systems, simply explained, is a
computer with its various hardware and software components and any
other tools required to perform correctly. The average person
immediately thinks: laptop or desktop, and they would technically be
correct with this definition; but, like most computers, there's a lot
more that is included.
The purpose of computer systems is to
function properly and provide the applications and tools necessary to
complete a task. There are a variety of options available, all with
difference functions and specialties.
Finding one that works for you is simple
with a little research.
Computer analysts exist for the purpose of
examining computer systems, and reviewing them for the general public.
Their input is expert and is definitely worth looking into before
thinking about purchasing any system.
Prepared for complications, including a
security attack or power failure, these devices are built to the best
of their ability to withstand the unexpected.
Equipped with precautions such as, virus
protection and restoration software, computer systems continue to be
able to function and process information effectively, regardless of
Although these systems are mostly geared
towards offices and home use, there are portable computer systems
specifically designed for outdoor use, and any harsh environment. You
can feel confident that your purposes will be completed efficiently and
productively, even in the most unorthodox of atmospheres.
Our modern lifestyles require access to
technology all the time. There is access to such technology in all of
our environments, our schools, businesses, homes, etc. There is no
turning back from here, we can only improve on what we have.
As time goes on, we rely on computer systems
more and more. Whether in businesses, schools, or even shops, these
systems continue to be put to use. They can help organize data, store
information, and deliver all the necessary information we need to
remain productive and efficient.
What was once a nice benefit are now
necessities for our modern lifestyles.
At I.R.I.S., we build software and products that help people increase
their productivity while scanning and converting documents. We
make it easy to scan, edit and share digital files.
The number one crime in the United States continues to be
identity theft. An identity is stolen every 3 seconds, and
you could be next. Though IdentityForce, you can now access Military
Strength Identity Protection with the same level of
protection as top U.S. Government Agencies such as the Army, Navy,
Department of State, and U.S. Coast Guard.
Our Identity Protection Suite includes:
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utility, and loan applications.
• IDENTITY MONITORING, continuously scan thousands of criminal
web sites for illegal use of your personal information.
• $1,000,000 INSURANCE, recover out-of-pocket expenses and
lost wages if your identity is stolen.
• ONLINE PRIVACY SOFTWARE, surf the web safely. Protect
yourself when shopping, banking and networking online.
• LOST WALLET ASSISTANCE, prevent unauthorized access and
withdrawals when your wallet is stolen
• RAPID RESOLUTION, complete recovery services from
Certified Protection Experts available 24/7.
IdentityForce provides the best identity, privacy, and
credit protection. We've protected millions of people over
35 years and you can trust we'll do the same for you.
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Smarter Ways of Managing and Recycling
are surrounded by electronic gadgets,
IT peripherals, wires and batteries these days. Hence, more and more
e-waste is getting accumulated, making it a chief global concern.
Conscious efforts are being made to get this under control.
Purchase less electronics -
rid of out-of-use electronic equipment seems quite a task, thinking
about their impact on Mother Nature. So here are some easy and smart
steps to follow for e-cycling:
Buying unwanted and excess electronic gadgets is the biggest reason for growth
in the e-waste accumulation. Sometimes we purchase electronics that we
really don't need, so it's essential to ask ourselves about our real
requirement and just stop buying if it seems unnecessary.
Stop throwing obsolete electronics in the trash -
Putting your old electronic goods in the trash can be hazardous, so stop doing
the sin. Almost all such products contain toxic substances in them,
which can harm the environment if they are put in landfills.
Find a good recycler near you -
Many good electronics recyclers are now certified with the highest
environmental and social standard. So try finding out one nearest to
your location and sell the old electronic items you possess. They reuse
and even refurbish those equipment with all safety measures.
Donate your e-wastes -
But don't forget to be sure about choosing the right recycler, as there are
many who just export the old items and dump them in other emerging
Give away or donate the equipment that you don't need any more so that it
can be used by someone else until the electronics' end of life. This
effort would extend the use of the item and keep it from getting into
Use cloud and cyberspaces -
In cases where the products is not even worth donating, you may give it
away for free to organizations who takes them. A reusable product can
be donated to the reputed reuse organization, who puts these
electronics into work till the day they are functional.
Utilize the buyback policies -
In present days, a large number of electronic companies are spending in
different buyback programs. Almost every big manufacturer or retailer
has a buyback policy, some would take back old items for free and some
give discounts on new purchases in lieu of the returned product.
So make sure to ask about the buyback policy that the store provides while
making a new purchase.
With the latest technologies of cyberspace and cloud computing there is no
requirement of investing in large servers or heavy-duty machines for
your business. This technology enables you to easily sync, backup and
store a huge amount of data and files and even access them remotely
from anywhere and at any time.
As almost all electronic gadgets contain toxic elements in them so
disposing them in the best possible way is really essential. Educating
yourself, your kids and people around you about its benefits would
surely help in building a better and safe environment. So think wisely
and stop ramming more into the nation's landfills as there are many
easy ways of e-waste recycling to choose from.
Prakash has performed a series of interview with the employees of ePlanet
Enterprise LLC. This interview brought him to a conclusion that e-waste
recycling is gradually being acknowledged by many in today's active
world. Individuals and companies have started practicing it with
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That Are Commonly Faced When Using a Computer
problems are not new to a person using a personal computer regularly at
home or at work. Problems can go from simple issues like frozen screens
and lock-ups to major job effecting issues like drop of power supply
and a hard drive crash. An endless list of computer problems are bound
to happen out of which some can be easily cleared by shutting down the
computer and clicking on restart. However, there are other grave
problems that cannot be resolved without the help of an experienced
technician or a professional. If you encounter any such problem you can
always consider calling an IT professional to get your problem
resolved, however just before placing that call it would do you good to
analyze all the common computer issues and see if you can fix the
problem yourself. In situations that require professional intervention
such as a virus attack, it would be wise to take a backseat power off
your system and call the professionals.
Contrary to the thoughts of many individuals
where computers are considered magic machines, computers are after all
man-made and contain a lot of delicate parts such as memory chips,
programs, circuit boards and applications. These intricate parts, just
like other machines can fail and malfunction. Computer problems such as
strange noise coming from the system, performing slowly, freezing of
the screen and unresponsive programs are all common issues. A few of
the issues can usually be rectified by just rebooting the system and if
that doesn't work it mean that there is a serious error that has
happened which requires professional intervention.
Sometimes individuals refer to problems of
their personal computers when the problem is actually Internet related.
Most of the work done on the computer is with the help of the internet
and therefore a lot of browsers would be opened on the screen, this
could be consuming a lot of power. This type of power consumption can
cause the computer to run slow. If you encounter a slow computer, it
would always be helpful to check for Internet activity such as closing
of sites and tabs that are currently not in use. This will help in
freeing up of the system and improve the computer's speed.
One of the more serious issues that is very
common however cannot be easily fixed is the attack of virus. Without
being aware of it individuals keep downloading a lot of virus on a
daily basis. They become aware of the malware only when it comes to the
point where the computer does not respond crashes. This can be avoided
by keeping away from e-mails sent to you by unknown people, by
refraining from going into suspicious websites, by keeping away from
links that look fishy. These are just a few ways by which hackers
introduce viruses into your system. It is very important to be alert
when checking e-mails because you could be using a networked system
that is shared with the rest of the office and so when a virus enters
your system it can be easily transmitted to other machines as well.
is essential to be smart and diligent when using a computer. If you run
across any computer problems that you are unable to handle, make sure
to lay trust on a reputed IT solution professional
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Role of external hard drives today
Today, the world in which we live is actually a huge virtual” world.
It is impossible to remain indoors or remain stationed in a particular
place and mobilize life and business. Everything happens on the move.
Discussions, decisions and important mile stones are reached on the
move. In today s economy, everything revolves around dynamism and
nothing can afford to be static. Whether ordinary, professional,
sensitive or leisure, using external hard drives is the simplest way to
store data. Yet, the challenges these devices have to meet are
reliability, super-compatibility, affordability and environment
There are plenty of portable hard drives,
desktop hard drives and network attached storage servers available with
mammoth storage capabilities. Flexibility is the key, with an
increasing number of hard drives now designed for both USB and firewire
interfaces. Moreover, the portable hard drives with 1 and 2 TB
capacities make for a very spacious storage facility. A desktop hard
drive with eSATA or a USB 3.0 can really speed up your data storage and
these are categorized to be high-throughput hard drives.
Although many of the internal hard drives
have expanded in size, their improvements do not match the versatility
introduced in the latest range of external hard drives. Movies, videos,
albums or any multimedia you want it to play is possible with media
players. The audio/video clarity and caliber are good in those brands
which have been in the market for a long time. Backup is another main
reason why external hard drives are in demand. If your laptop s or PC s
internal hard drive dies out or gets full, you can be sure that the
backup is safe in your external hard drive.
Security and mobility are other aspects
which add additional value to your storage devices. Some are available
with drop guard facility wherein a damage can safely stand a fall of
upto 7 feet and remain as robust as it was. Such features lend
affability of use and durability to the device. With plug-and-play
features, it makes them all the more appealing to lug around and keep
when flying as well. With the introduction of new range of network
attached devices, storing over a large network has become simpler and
far more reliable than it ever was. Work and travel with portable data
is a crucial aspect of business promotion and routine working. Portable
hard drives with terabyte space simplify your tasks. But all work and
no play can also make you dull. There are specialized storage devices
and multimedia players which are equipped with extreme versatility. It
supports and holds all multimedia formats thereby making it easier for
the user to access professional data and enjoy music or videos when in
transit as well. Combining technology and fun is the most appealing
factor that boosts demand and patronage of all innovations.
It makes practical sense to research and
remain updated on latest arrivals so that you do not get etched onto a
particularly outdated point in time, in other words an outdated
technological era. The build and design of storage devices frequently
and steadily undergo changes in leaps and bounds because of the
growing, challenging demands of users. In the virtual world the role of
hard drives is not limited to just additional storage but also a
perfect one at that, one that would be versatile and affordable.
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Basic Printer Issues and How to Settle Them
My Printer Won't Print
It's basic, yet this is a stand out amongst the most well-known and
most disappointing printer issues there is. On the off chance that
there is no blunder message directing you toward the issue, watch that
the printer is still joined by means of USB or Ethernet link, or on the
off chance that its remote, watch that the Wi-Fi is empowered and
associated with the right system.
2. Would I be able to Still Print When 'Ink
Levels are Low'?
Check the printer driver, once in a while
this can get to be undermined and should be reinstalled. The right
driver for your printer can be found on your makers download page.
In the event that your printer is joined
with up and coming drivers and still is not printer, counsel the
investigating segment in the printer's User Manual.
There is no hurry to supplant ink cartridges
when you get low ink notices. Most present day printers have a notice
for ink levels, alarming you when ink is low. Then again, the exactness
of these notices shifts in the middle of producers and models. Some
caution of low ink levels quite a while before ink levels are basically
3. I want to print from my Mobile Wi-Fi
The best way to really discover the amount
of ink you have left is to print until the quality goes down or the
printer stops. When you know the ink has without a doubt run out, you
can evacuate the ink cartridge and supplant it.
By doing it thusly, you will have a harsh
thought of how real you ink notices are. You'll have the capacity to
print later on and know the amount you can generally print once the
notices go ahead.
Most printers can print from telephones or
tablets, yet it's a smart thought to check your printer has the
capacity do as such first. Printers with Wi-Fi ordinarily bolster
AirPrint which permits iOS clients to print straightforwardly from
iPhones and iPads giving they are on the same Wi-Fi system.
4. Wi-Fi Printing Takes too long
The larger part of significant printer
producers have discharged applications permitting iPhone, iPad,
Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry clients to print from their
It is conceivable to print to a non-Wi-Fi
printer giving your system has a remote access point and a printing
utility introduced on an arranged PC. Printopia for Mac or Presto! For
Mac and Windows permits you to print from a telephone or tablet. Cloud
printing administrations additionally work crosswise over stages and
gadget sorts with non-Wi-Fi printers.
To accelerate your printing time over Wi-Fi,
you can take a stab at putting your printer as close as could
reasonably be expected to your switch. You can likewise verify that the
switch is satisfactory and that it bolsters offers 5GHz band and in
addition 2.4GHz. It may be worth watching that the firmware is
additionally a la mode.
5. My Printer is too slow
A few printers are quick. A few printers are
quick. Be that as it may it is conceivable to really accelerate a
moderate printer. In the event that you are not very worried about
having the most noteworthy quality yield, you can print in draft mode.
This will altogether expand print speed.
6. Printing Costs are excessively High
You ought to maintain a strategic distance
from twofold sided printing (if your printer underpins it) as this can
essentially ease your printer off as the machine needs to turn the
archive to print both sides.
The two fundamental expenses for printing
are ink and paper, yet there are a couple of approaches to lower
7. The Printed Text is Low Quality
Firstly, consider regardless of whether you
really require what you are printing. Perhaps you just really need to
print certain pages. On the off chance that you don't have to present
it, you can change to draft mode and spare ink. Whilst changing to
twofold sided printing can spare your paper.
You can purchase high limit ink cartridges
which contain more ink so you can print more for your cash. There are
likewise good ink cartridges which offer noteworthy investment funds on
lavish unique ink cartridges however coordinate their high calibre.
For some printers, you have a decision
between lower-limit and high-limit ink (or toner) cartridges. The
higher limit cartridges cost all the more in advance however they have
higher yields (can print more pages), and lower expense per printed
It is essential to take a gander at a
printer's running expenses before purchasing. You need to take a gander
at expense for every page data before you buy a printer. Make certain
to weigh up what you need from a printer and it could spare you cash
later down the line.
The print nature of content can contrast
incredibly between printers. As a rule, inkjets produce a quality
suitable for regular printing while lasers create more expert looking
reports. In the event that you've seen that the nature of your content
has been progressively going downhill, there are a couple of things you
can do to understand it.
8. My Printed Photos are Low Quality
Check your print settings are revise; this
applies to both inkjet and laser. Switch off draft mode and verify the
paper sort on screen is the same as the sort you are utilizing.
For laser printers, some of the time the
toner can 'settle'. Essentially take the cartridge out and shake it
from side to side and afterward supplant it.
For inkjet printers, you can take a stab at
cleaning the spout and adjusting the print head which can be gotten to
from the printer's upkeep menu.
Particularly for inkjets, verify that you
are imprinting on the right sort of paper. For printing point by point
photos you'll need to utilize photograph paper. Verify you have chosen
the paper sort you are utilizing as a part of your product settings.
Cleaning the spout and adjusting the print head will again help to
enhance print quality
9. My Printer Continues Jamming the Paper
You may be running low on one shading which may foundation for stained
prints, in which case now is the right time to change the cartridge. It
is likewise important the old ink cartridges ought to be checked and
supplanted where fundamental.
Paper jams are a standout amongst the most
widely recognized and most irritating of printer issues. The most
well-known foundation for paper getting stuck is the point at which the
paper is not adjusted legitimately.
10. My Multi-Function Print won't Scan Anymore
Verify the heap of paper is squared before
placing it in the plate and don't over-fill it. On the off chance that
the printer is as yet getting stuck, you can counsel the investigating
segment on the printer's client manual or find a helpful paper jam
On the off chance that your MFP's scanner
quits working, it might be down to the product. Take a stab at
reinstalling the product, however in the event that the issue
continues, check the client guide or check the makers bolster page.
Once in a while confused inbuilt machines like scanners can simply
fizzle, so it's vital to counsel with the maker first.
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All About Laser Printers and Its Parts
Laser printers are considered an
indispensable hardware in the homes, offices or any other place where
computers and laptops are incorporated. Believe it or not, laser
printers have become part and parcel of our lives. They allow us to put
a concrete form for whatever we are working on with our laptops
& computer, be it an illustration, a document, a form, a
diverse array of codes or whatever it may be. But, have you ever
wondered what makes printer an advanced and high-performing printing
machine? No, don't worry! Continue your reading to get the answer of
Chief Components of a Laser Printer
Main Power Supply:
It is one of the most important parts of a printer that
converts the AC voltage into DC voltage used in several circuit boards
and other printer parts. These DC voltages include +5 volts, -5 volts
and +24 volts.
High Voltage Power Supply:
The high voltage power supply of a printer
produces high voltages which are used for the purpose of the printing.
The high voltages are used to charge the EP drum, electrons, corona
wires, toner, and the paper.
The EP drum is a revolving cylinder that is thickly coated with a
photo conductive substance (also known as photo receptor). It is
charged with a highly -ve voltage (-600 volts) by the primary corona
wire. When the drum revolves, a highly focused beam strips the charge
from the specific points on the EP drum.
Main Motor Assembly:
Main Motor Assembly is an important part of a printer
which is used for the movement of several rollers inside the printing
Scanning Motor Assembly:
The laser printer parts in the scanning motor assembly
contain certain mirrors and motors which move the laser beam over the
surface of EP drum.
Primary Corona Wire:
The primary corona wire of a printing machine is used to
charge the EP drum with high -ve voltage (-600 volts).
Transfer Corona Wire:
The transfer corona wire of a printing machine is used to
charge the surface of a paper. It charges the surface with high +ve
voltage to attract the -ve charged toner.
The toner cartridge of a laser printer is made up of several
sub-assemblies which comprise the toner and a cleaner blade.
It contains heat and pressure rollers to bond the toner
particles properly onto the paper. That's why, when a paper comes out
of the printer is hot.
Now, you might have grabbed sufficient information about laser printer
parts. Now, if you are planning to buy a laser printer, go for it.
Efficient time and access control like KidsWatch is
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KidsWatch is competent, easy to use and an effective
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Don't Know How To Clean The Printer Rollers?
Take a Look
dust, debris and dirt will slowly
build up on the printer paper trays, cartridges, guides and rollers
which are most likely to cause paper jam when printing invoices,
business letters, business plan, proposals, legal contracts, board
resolutions, policies, spreadsheets or any other business document.
Therefore, it is highly recommended to clean the rollers of your
printer on a regular basis. While cleaning the printer rollers, you
should employ a safe technique which doesn't destroy the rubber of the
Paper Tray Rollers
Internal Pickup Rollers - For Laser Printers Only
Turn off your printer and unplug all the cables. Let it cool down completely
before starting the cleaning process. Now, pull out the printer paper
tray and try to locate the rollers on the tray. Each printer roller is
either black or gray in color and they are made up of rubber. Gently
remove the rollers from the tray.
On HP inkjet printers, rollers are not located on the paper tray but are
available inside the printer on the area where the paper tray slides
into the printing machine. Slowly remove the tray and place the printer
straight, so that the area of tray is facing upward and then try to
look for the rollers.
Pour 1 tablespoon of clean water or isopropyl alcohol onto a lint-free cloth
and then start cleaning the internal tray rollers with the cleaner
cloth. Fold the cloth in a q-tip shape and repeat the cleaning process
until the printer rollers are free from dust and debris.
Clean the rollers of your printer with a dry and lint-free cloth to remove
any residual dirt, dust or debris. Let the rollers of the printer dry
completely before sliding the tray back into the printer.
Turn off your printer and unplug all the cables. Uncover the printer's front
door and gently pull the printer's toner cartridge towards yourself to
detach it from the printer.
Try to locate the printer's internal pickup rollers. Rollers are either
black or gray in color and are made up of rubber. Slowly lift the
rollers in the upward direction towards the front of the printer. Now,
pull out the rollers and place it on a smooth and clean surface like
workbench or desk.
Pour 1 tablespoon of water or isopropyl alcohol onto a lint-free cloth and
begin the cleansing task. Fold the clean-up cloth in half and repeat
the process until the rollers are free from dust and debris.
Clean the rollers with a dry clean-up cloth to eliminate remaining dust or
debris particles. Let the rollers dry completely before placing the
pickup rollers back into their place. Now, properly reinstall the toner
cartridge and close the printer's front door.
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Guide To Buying A Refurbished PC
a refurbished PC is a very good way
of saving money, and is keeping with the phrase one man's garbage is
another man's treasure. Buying a new PC will allow you to keep it for
about five years, before its hardware becomes obsolete, if it is
maintained properly. However, some persons have occupations or hobbies
that require cutting edge hardware and will constantly need to upgrade
Buying a PC from an owner like this would be a great buy and would only cost
about two to four hundred dollars, but opportunities like this do not
present themselves rather frequently. When buying your refurbished PC,
you should always check its age and specifications. Chances are a three
year old PC may be enough to run older versions of windows and
Microsoft office. You can use Google to assess the software you plan to
use on a regular basis and find out their system requirements and
verify that they are compatible with the PC you plan to buy.
A good authorized PC refurbisher will test every PC that they receive,
and may upgrade hardware within the PC. Buying from a reputable
refurbisher will give you a better chance of receiving a high quality
PC, rather than a PC with spare parts that are sold on corner shops and
in the flea market.
You will not be able to find a second hand PC with a long warranty, such as
a year, but you should still ask for a warranty. I would recommend
buying a PC with a three month warranty, to make sure that it can be
returned if any parts are found faulty.
The average Industrial standard is a return rate of 12%. You should always
check to see whether the company has a higher or lower return rate for
the equipment they buy. A lower percentage would be better.
Refurbished PC do not regularly come with monitors and other peripherals, such as
wireless network cards and DVD drive. You need to always examine in
detail the specification sheet, as stated in Tip #1.
If you have considered each of these tips, you should be able to buy a PC
that is not only in keeping with your budget, but one that has great
specifications and a great return policy.
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Hard Disk Failure Factors
one who works with computers whether
it is a business or just for private use knows that the information
they accumulate on their computers is stored on their hard disk drive.
The data stored daily, hourly or every second is at its most current
therefore if it does fail and you don t have a current backup of that
data it can be a very big problem. While it is perhaps a great
annoyance for a private computer user it is a much bigger problem when
this is a business computer.
There are many types of failures for hard drives and the information stored
within them and we cover some of these specific failure types here. A
lot of these failures relate to how the data itself is stored. The data
itself is stored on a circular platter which spins from between 5400
rpm to 15,000 rpm. There is a read/write head mounted on an arm that is
positioned across the platter so as to access the data. This head
"floats" very closely at the surface by dint of an aerodynamic effect.
When you add to this any movement and the potential for heat generation
there are many things that can very suddenly go wrong.
A hard disk drive will "hide" instances of media failure so as to
maintain a perfectly readable disk, and prevent operating system
troubles as the result of unreadable sectors. How this is achieved is
by maintaining a set of spare sectors, therefore when a failure does
transpire this data is relocated to one of these spare sectors. There
is however a point in time when these spare sectors can be all used and
the errors will then start.
Often when this point is reached the disk itself is in very bad condition and
close to the point of imminent failure. At this point, if the disk is
continued to run in this state the problems then will rapidly increase.
Head Crash can occur as the result of an impact or perhaps a mechanical
failure within the HDA. HDA stands for Head Disk Assembly and is
comprised of the head/platter combination. In the worst cases this
contact can strip away the whole recorded surface of the platter
leaving only the base material which is typically glass.
The rotation of the platter must be nice and smooth. When there is any
unusual or unexpected vibration this can cause positional problems. If
there is any impact, or after prolonged use these bearings that permit
the platter to rotate can crumble and seize. When this occurs the drive
itself can not spin the platter and therefore no data can be read.
Hard drives are controlled by circuitry. This circuitry is vulnerable to
damage from electrostatic discharge or electrical surges. If a
component is near to the point of failure then often a relatively minor
electrical "blip" will tip the scales between continued operation and
electrical failure. The difficulty with a hard drive is that it has
information and code stored within the memory devices on the drive
controller. This is created when the drive is first formatted therefore
just replacing the electronics will not solve the problem.
In some cases the problem is not actually with the disk itself but more
with the system or the person using the system that is creating the
problem. When there is a disappearance of files or a partition of files
this could be a user error or an application error and the disk itself
may in fact be working perfectly. A data recovery specialist can assist
in this diagnosis.
Hard disk data recovery is a job for the experts. The term itself is related
to a variety of techniques to retrieve the data from a failed device
and locating a suitable way to retrieve the data in a usable format.
The most important thing to be aware of is that there is no 100%
guarantee that your information will be retrievable and there are a
variety of factors, as listed above that may in fact be the cause of
your data loss.
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Computers and Laptops, Why Do They Freeze?
it s a computer or a laptop, the
common problem which almost everyone has experienced is when they
freeze. The average PC is not different from a laptop so the reasons
why it freezes now and then must surely be not different. When we look
into the causes of freezing, they mainly freeze because of errors in
their computer registry. The difficult thing is that most computer
users don t care much about registry files neither they care about how
to fix them. The registry would have to be scanned to avoid freezing
If the computer has a risk of freezing then the works needs to be saved
often to avoid wasting the efforts. Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del pops up the
Windows Task Manager. This appears in various versions of Windows. This
tells which software is responding and which one freezes. The End task
option can be clicked on the software that is not responding. If
Windows still doesn t respond, then the PC can be switched off
temporarily relieve the freeze, the button in front of your PC has to
If the RAM is running out of space and the user continues to ram files
down its throat then it s just like strangling it. This may be the
reason and the unnecessary programs and files need to be deleted to
increase the RAM space.
If the computer or laptop is affected with virus then this is the reason
because they re the usual suspects in frequent PC freezing. The user
has to make sure that security software is updated and installed
correctly. Good anti-virus and spyware software have to be used to
check if any virus.
If a new hardware was installed that was not compatible with the PC or
laptop, then there might be freezing problems. The hard ware has to be
checked. The system would have to be scanned. The software can also be
the cause but even so the operating system gets in the way of your lap
top s basic processes. A system freeze starts from within.
The system may be overheated, when it overheats because the CPU s
temperature goes wrong, the lap top has auto power down feature. Most
PC and lap top lock ups happen because of overheating. The temperature
device has to be checked and the vents have to be cleared. A blow-off
duster from the fan area can be used to clean the PC with it. If this
doesn t work and you re pressed for time, take you PC to a trusted
technician. It could mean that the motherboard and hardware need
There is an advanced configuration power interchange in some laptops and PCs.
They show completed message on the screen before the system shuts down.
BIOS or basic input/output system is in a PC that allows the operating
system to turn off its power supply automatically.
Sometimes the system freezes because of the website browsed. If this is
the case then those websites have to be avoided and if not, another
browser has to be tried. If freezing still continues, it has to be
uninstalled and reinstalled for minutes. If it still doesn t work, a
new browser would have to be installed.
The computer also freezes when it handles too many applications at the same
time. The most number of programs running a PC can have are three. A
freeze doesn t make working on the PC cool. The user has to get rid of
it and get back on the right track.
Easy Guide To The PC
When people first buy a PC, they will often
ask Where is the
instruction manual? The PC is amazing complex with all of its
components and hardware that make it work. The Windows Operating System
by itself is complex; however nobody thinks to include a proper manual
explaining how to operate the PC and how to use it correctly.
A person new to the PC should know these components and what they do to
use the PC efficiently:
– This is probably the most used component and is
used to point to selected items on the PC's screen. The usual mouse
only has three buttons, with some mice featuring programmable
buttons, but using the operating system, the three mouse
buttons can be used for an extensive amount of tasks. In different
software programs, the mouse may act differently. A right click should
result in a menu, which explains to the user what can be done. When
this is finished, a left click can select an item to either
open/execute or drag/move. You should read the specifications of the
mouse that you have purchased to know exactly what it does
– There are many different types of keyboards,
the most popular being QWERTY. The keyboard is used to input text by
way of clicking specific identifiable keys which corresponds to various
letters. If you click on the A” on your keyboard in a text
document, A” should appear on your screen. Along with the
Different numbers and letters, keyboards feature buttons such as
shift” ctrl” and alt”. These can be
programmed to do tasks when clicked at the same time with another
character, such as alt” and f4” causes a program to
shut down. Microsoft's website shows different keyboard combinations
that can be used in the Windows Operating System.
– This is the main background screen. It consists
of the wallpaper, any shortcuts that you have created, and a task-bar.
The task-bar is located at the bottom of the screen and is used to open
and execute the main options of the operating system, supplying the
user a various number of items to click on upon entering the start
menu. This is what you encounter when you first boot up your PC, and is
the main part of the Graphical User Interface.
– These are programs that are run as an extension
of the Windows operating system. The window” system allows
persons to multi task with more than one application at a time, with
each taking up a window. These windows can overlap and vary in size,
and users can generally customize how they would like them to act in
the Control Panel
Files and Folders
– Everything that you save to your PC, be
it music, pictures or videos, is stored in a file. The system used in
windows is similar to a filing system seen in an office, where
documents are kept in a draw (in this case the hard disk) to be stored
for future reference or usage.
These are the basic concepts that a person should know when operating a
PC. This will help you not only use your PC more effectively, but it
also allows you to understand just about most of what you do on the PC.
I Fix My Computer or Buy a New One?
you are a recent entrant to the world of computers, this is probably a
question you've asked yourself before. After all, if your computer
doesn't work properly, you may have a strong instinct to throw it out
and go get another one but keep wondering if it is worth fixing. This
article is intended to help you decide which of these paths you should
take to get a PC up and running so you can go about your work or play.
Let's look at some reasons to repair your
You may be thinking that since this is a
computer repair technician writing this article, I'm going to tell you
that in almost every case, you should fix your computer rather than get
a new one. Not so. Just as there are a host of reasons to fix your
computer, there are plenty of reasons to buy a new one instead.
Although the costs of consumer computers are
nowhere near the costs of new cars, those of you who have had to decide
whether to fix an older automobile or buy a new one may find it helpful
to think about that process because it is similar. I would advise you
to make two columns and write the reason to buy or fix in the
If you think it through this way, you will
find yourself coming to a reasoned and reasonable conclusion. Also
remember that if another person has your same PC model and the same
problem, what he or she decides does not make their decision good for
you. Keep in mind that there is not a right or wrong answer, only the
best answer for you. While this article and others can help your
decision process, the best answer for you is something only you can
decide. Be wary of people who are certain that they know what you need.
- Although the extra expense can be worth it, buying a new PC is USUALLY more expensive than
fixing your current computer. If you are on a tight budget or are just
a frugal person, fixing most problems may be best for you.
- This second reason is related to the budget item. Whichever route you decide to take, you can
(usually) keep your pictures, documents, music, emails, business files,
and important personal information. It is easier, though, if you are
keeping your computer because if you get a new PC, you will have to pay
someone to transfer that information to a new PC. Many of you can do
this without problem but not everyone can. Also, if your PC won't boot
to Windows and the data has to be extracted from the computer, most of
you will need someone to get the data off the hard disk, which means
you will be paying both for a new computer plus a service fee to a
- If you get a new
computer, you will also have to reinstall all of your applications.
Some can be downloaded, like iTunes or Adobe Acrobat Reader. Any that
you paid for, such as Microsoft Office, however, will likely be on
CD/DVD. They must be installed from this media, along with the product
key that came with them. My experience has been that both organized and
unorganized people have a tendency to lose application CDs,
particularly if they have had their computer for several years. Before
buying a new computer, gather all your application installation CDs and
make sure you have a disc for all the applications you use. You may be
able to avoid this process and have all your applications as they were
if you get your computer fixed. However, it should be noted that if the
proposed fix to your current PC is to reinstall Windows, this issue is
moot because all of your applications will have to be installed on a
new Windows installation, just as on a new PC.
- If your computer is
just a little slow or can't do a certain thing, you can usually upgrade
the RAM or video card, or the aforementioned USB 3.0 card much more
cheaply than you can buy a new PC.
• Windows 8
- Have you used or seen
Windows 8 or 8.1? If you get a new computer, it will have Windows 8.1
on it. This is important because for all its pros and cons (and I don't
wish to engage those questions here) many, many people find it hard to
use and a significant departure from the interface of Windows 7 and
earlier versions. Like anything else, you would probably get used to
it, no matter how much you dislike it, but if it isn't intuitive to
you, why buy a machine that comes with it? Windows 7 can be put on new
computers after purchase by computer technicians if you buy a copy
online. But again, you would be paying more-this time for a new
computer, plus a legitimate copy of Windows 7, plus the cost of a
service technician to install Windows 7 on the computer.
• "Right Fit"
- Buying something
new is usually seen as "sexier" than keeping or repairing something
used. So, if none of the reasons above grab you, think of this. If you
were happy with your computer before it needed to be fixed-happy with
its speed, memory, accessories, capabilities and performance, it is
likely that that computer is the "Right Fit" for you. Why get another
computer when you can probably spend less and get to keep something
that fits you?
Now, let's take a look at some of the
reasons to replace your broken computer rather than fix it:
- Although there is no
specific age at which retirement and replacement kicks in, most people
know it when they see it. If your computer was slow even when in tip
top shape, that's probably a clue you need to go to the computer store.
• Antiquated Accessories
- If your
PC has a factory-installed floppy disk drive or has a CD but no DVD
drive, it is probably time to think about a new PC. Many people want
fast peripherals through a USB 3.0 port. If you have a desktop, you can
easily get a card installed, so I wouldn't consider this alone a reason
to trash the old PC, but if you're keeping score, I would mark it in
the buy column.
• Major Hardware Damage
spilled a Coke or such in the computer, ruining its motherboard, I
would not invest in a repair.
• The Laugh Factor
- Although I
have never laughed at my customers, I have, on occasion, laughed at a
machine that is brought in. Why? Because it is so old, so full of dust
and cigarette smoke, so slow, that it is almost a joke that someone is
actually paying me to fix this computer. If this is your computer,
there's nothing to be embarrassed about but if you don't already know,
deep down, that you need a new computer then take that message from
this article. If you decide not to fix it or you just keep your
computers for a long time, make sure they inside is cleaned our
regularly, whether you do it yourself or bring it in for a cleaning.
That dust and smoke residue doesn't just look bad, it can overheat your
computer and cause its death
The question of whether to fix or whether to
buy anew can be confusing. I hope that these questions and commentary
have helped you make a solid decision.
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to Block Pop up Ads
up ads are of three different categories namely pop-ups created by
spyware and adware, messengers service advertisement and general
browser pop-ups. Pop-ups ads occasionally appear on the screen and
interfere with the user s ability to view the contents displayed on the
screen. The user can easily avoid these advertisements by installing a
Messenger service advertisement:
These types of pop-ups are applicable only
for Windows XP and Windows 2000. They usually occur because someone is
accessible to your computer network and is can transmit this message to
your computer through TCP and UDP ports. It is the responsibility of
the messenger service to transmit these messages. For controlling these
pop-ups, the security has to be hardened by installing firewall
software like zone alarm or by installing Windows XP which puts off
messenger service by default and activates the windows firewall. The
port which facilitates the transmission of these messages gets blocked.
For activating firewall in Windows XP, click
the Start icon on the desktop, press Run and type the word
Firewall.cpl, select the on button lick OK. It is recommended not to
connect to the internet before activating the Firewall because there is
a risk of computer getting infected. Pop-ups created by adware and
The function is same as the general browser
but spyware is usually run by the browser assistant object which is the
activeX controls that connects to the internet explorer and gets in
touch with their server without the user knowing it. This can also be a
cause of leaking the user s confidential information to the spies as
well as wasting the internet bandwidth. In relation with this, any
outgoing connection without the user s authorization should be taken as
threat to the security of the user. For preventing pop-ups that are
generated by adware and spyware, anti-spyware application such as
spyware blaster, Ad-Aware, Spybot Search and destroyer should be
installed in the computer. They are just the same like the anti-virus
software. These applications work by employing the services of the
folders of the hosts for preventing unnecessary ads servers and sites
that are responsible for conveying these ads, they also increase the
security settings of the browser.
Applications like Sygate and Zone Alarm will
always signal the user every time when an outgoing traffic is detected.
This will enable the user to block Trojans and dialers from reaching
the internet. It will also give the user same attentions to the
settings of the firewall, it can be assumed as the passage security and
operates only with programs that are needed to be assessable to the
internet. This point will make the user be able to investigate the
performance of the firewall being employed to the websites. They will
do a thorough checking of the system for accessible ports and
weaknesses, therefore they will accordingly advise the user. General
Guidelines that should be followed:
- The system should not be connected to the
internet before activating Anti-virus and firewall.
- The security configurations should be amplified in the browser so
that the Activex control is blocked from installing automatically.
- The system should be always updated by
seeking latest information online or by subscribing to Microsoft
Security Bulletin in order to be aware of the possible threat. - The
services of the HOSTS folder should be employed for preventing unwanted
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Things to Keep in Mind When Buying Computer Components
Many people might know nothing about the hardware of the computer they are
using. Their knowledge about the hardware of the computer is
constrained to pressing down the power button. Such people will also
have a tough time when they have to bargain or look for good prices
when they buy computer components. Their inability to know what to buy
in terms of specific technical specifications is limited because of
their inability to see what their computer has. When it comes to shopping,
users who prefer to shop, computers components might look perfect if
they come in nice cases. The abilities of the components are pretty
much, ignored by the user who has no interest of what their computer
is, made of.
To be able to go to the right place to shop, computer components
knowledge is necessary to get the best out of your shopping experience
and thus give you a good buy. It is not enough to know only the name of
the brand or the package design when you go out to buy computer
components. You have to make sure that the hardware that you are buying
is compatible with the rest of the computer that you already have. You
will also need to know the capacity of your existing hardware and the
level of performance that you are currently experiencing with your
Computers just like other electronics have
many cables and ports that need to be, connected to be able to operate
well. It is very important to know about the ports and the cables that
you have with your computer when you are out buying computer components
to support your computer. Only with that knowledge, you will be able to
buy a component that is fit for your computer. If not, it will be, a
complete waste to buy, a component that you cannot fit with your
You will need to know if you can connect the
component that you buy into the USB port of your computer or if you
will need to buy computer components that need a different kind of
cable to connect to the main computer. This information is very vital
when it comes to buying new components.
Along with this, you should be able to
determine the capacity of the computer hardware that you are using.
According to the capacity, you will be able to tell if the components
that you are buying, will work or if it will not. If you are determined
to buy a particular component but you do not have enough of capacity to
support it, then you can always expand the capacity of your computer.
There are new upgrades available for any kind of computer that you
have. You can go to a nearby retailer or the same retailer you buy your
components, to even get a upgrade on your capacity.
To find information on what you can find in
the market, you can look in magazines and in books to know what the
latest you can buy. Many people come forward to give reviews when they
buy computer components.
To Clean And Erase Cookies and Cache Of Internet Browser
Any individual can delete their search history on their internet browser
and it is a pretty simple process. Your internet, web and browser
search history has long had the option to be deleted regardless of your
liking of browser, from Internet Explorer to Firefox among others. The
trick is if you know what to do.
Numerous programs out there claim to be able
to forever erase your search history by writing over your files, which
is the only way to actually "delete" them from your computer. Built in
functions will make it achievable for a lot of users that don't know
how to erase history or get access to history to do just that.
Internet explorer is the most common browser
used to surf the web. Users can "delete files" by using the menu at the
top of the screen and clicking Tools/Options/Internet Options/General
and clicking the button, aptly named "Delete Files" then OK.
The last step is clicking "Yes" after
clicking "Clear History".
It's even more uncomplicated for Safari
users. Merely simply click History on the top menu, and then simply
click Clear History on the bottom of the list that appears. Safari is
now offered for Windows users for those that may not know. When it
comes to the best browsers it is significant to protect your search
history and enable private browsing.
Choosing Tools/Options/Privacy/Clear, will
finish the activity for users of Mozilla FireFox. Cupcake city, right?
It is just as quick using
AOL...Settings/Preferences/Toolbars and Sounds/Clear History Trail Now.
Using "toolbars and sounds" is not a greatly
intuitive but it does bring up an essential topic. The toolbars on your
browser, such as Google, Yahoo, or Alexa, will keep your search history
in tact for long term reference...this can be quite valuable when you
are trying to find something and you can't recall how you formerly
When trying to take care of your tracks,
however, this info shouldn't be accessible to snooping eyes. For
example, click the Down arrow to the right of where you enter your
search on the Google toolbar, this brings the search history right in
front of your eyes. A link that says "Clear History" should have shown
up now. Your history will be removed from your vision after clicking
Your internet search history can be cleared
or possibly not even stored if you use your toolbar to turn off the
Don't forget, your search history may look
like it is gone, but it is not truly gone until you get third-party
privacy control. Rescue of your history, cache and cookies will not
even be achievable with undelete or data recovery software when you use
notebooks have always been a top name when it comes to computers and
notebooks but only recently have they been available in high street
stores. This has made them even more popular and their huge range of
models means that there is a notebook available for anyone. Their
smallest notebook is the net book. This is a smaller version of their
home notebook the inspiron. It is an ideal notebook for home and can be
used surfing the net, playing games and even word processing.
The net book has been designed smaller for
people who are on the move or who wish to have a mini (and less
expensive) version of a traditional notebook these computers are
popular with teenagers and commuters. The Dell inspiron is also great
for general home working. It can be a good alternative to a home
computer and has the added advantage that it can be carried and used
around the whole home.
A more specific notebook that Dell makes is
the Latitude. The Latitude is designed to be a work notebook with
larger hard drive and RAM. This notebook can be used as both a carry
around computer and a standalone computer. It has built in wireless so
you can connect to the internet from home, work or any hot spots you
may find on your travels. It works well on site or in an office and is
ideal for the busy businessman. The precision has been specifically
designed for those who work with AutoCAD. Many different companies and
businesses use CAD from civil engineering to kitchen designers. The
Dell precision has a large hard drive, large RAM, fast processor and
most importantly a high spec graphics card. All of these make using
AutoCAD much easier.
Of course buying a branded notebook doesn't
come cheap. So how can you cut down on the price a little? Well why not
look at buying a refurbished notebook? They are not second hand or
faulty as many suspect but simply excess stock from the warehouse
By buying a refurbished notebook you can
expect to pay up to 60% less than the normal RRP of these notebooks.
Why not check out some refurbished Dell suppliers today and see how
much you could save off your next notebook?
How to Choose a Hard Disk Drive
the arrival of the Solid State Drive (SSD) on the market, offering
quicker speeds and improved durability, the (HDD) remains the most
common type of hard drive for personal computers today. Offering a
higher storage capacity and a significantly lower price per GB of
storage than the SSD, this is perhaps unsurprising.
The uses one or several storage platters as
well as a motorised arm that reads and writes information onto disk.
These devices use random access data retrieval, meaning that
information can not only be read sequentially, but also in any order
There are a number of factors to consider
when investing in a HDD for your computer. These include looking at
various specifications of the model as well as the price tag and
compatibility with your PC. A few other important considerations are
One of the first things to take into account
is how much data storage you will need. Although the hard disk remains
a better option for storage volume compared to the SSD, HDD products
can vary significantly so it is worth making an honest evaluation of
your specific requirements before purchasing.
Those who should consider investing in a
higher storage capacity drive - and therefore a possibly more expensive
product - include those who record and store videos on their computer.
Other computer users such as gamers, those with an extensive music
library and professional photographers with large portfolios are also
advised to opt for more space.
On the other hand, users who mainly use
their computer for word processing tasks and a more modest collection
of photos and music files can comfortably choose a smaller capacity
drive and be reassured that they will likely never run out of space.
It is also critical to consider the capacity
for performance before investing in a new HDD. There are various
factors that fall under the 'performance' umbrella, including data
transfer rate, cache or buffer size, spindle speed and interface. For
technophobes, it is best to ask a drive specialist at a reputable
computer store to explain how these factors will affect you
Spindle speed is a significant aspect to
consider when looking for a disk drive whose principalfunction will be
to store data. Spindle speed refers to how fast the mechanisms inside
the drive work to read and write data. Faster spindle speeds,
therefore, mean that information can be quickly written on and read
from disks more rapidly.
Cache or buffer speed will also affect the
performance of the hard drive. The cache is a memory for
frequently-used information, allowing users to quickly access this
data. It therefore is logical that any disk drive with a large cache
can provide better speeds of data retrieval.
It is necessary to take into account the
durability of the hard drive that you are looking to purchase. Because
of their mechanical components, HDDs are susceptible to damage if
bumped or dropped. Other factors such as heat, moisture and vibration
also come into play here.
If looking for a hard drive for a laptop,
which due to its portability is much more likely to suffer shock damage
than a fixed desktop computer, consider manufacturers who take this
into account and can deliver a more durable and shock-resistant
product. Otherwise, if price and volume of data storage aren't issues
for, a solid state drive could be a great alternative option.
These are just a few of the factors that
need to be taken into account when choosing a hard disk drive for your
desktop or laptop computer. By looking at your data storage needs, the
performance of the drive and its durability, you will be on your way to
choosing the right disk drive for your specific requirements.
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To: Buying Cheap Laptops
you looking to replace your old laptop because it is outdated, broken
or just won't work as you like? Well, maybe some useful ideas about how
to buy your new cheap laptop could help save you some cold hard cash.
For most people buying a laptop is hard
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around the laptop and feel completely bewildered. This information may
make sense to a techno geek but to us mere mortals, we have no idea
what they mean! So if this is the case, how do we go about buying a
laptop that will suit us and get a good deal on it at the same time?
Well this is where your research comes in. Once you have worked out who
is going to be using the laptop and what for, you can then decide what
functions and components it needs. This will narrow down your search
and will allow you to get more for your money.
Most people don t realize that by not buying
the right product at the time that they will spend out even more money.
Think about the extra cost of having to buy a wireless internet dongle,
extra storage and even a bigger screen? This all costs money and means
that your cheap laptops suddenly aren t so cheap anymore. Of course if
you don t know your RAM from your elbow then you are going to find it
difficult to pick a laptop that s best for you. Don t panic though, I
have a solution.
That solution is refurbished laptops. They
are a really cheap way to get a huge amount of technology and get
really good value for your money. They are not second hand but they are
excess stock and cancelled orders and are greatly reduced because of
this. They are often branded names and have a really high quality
specification. You will be surprised to know that even the highest,
most technical laptop comes at a good price and you won t have to worry
about spending out on the wrong things. With refurbished laptops
everything is covered so you can be sure you ll never have to buy an
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decide what you need from it. If you don t know what you need from
cheap laptops then simply buy the one with the most technology for the
cheapest price, that way you have got a lot for your money and you won
t be let down! Start looking online today and see if you can find a
cheap laptop that ticks all the boxes for you.
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