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Desktop Computers: Tips, Tricks And Other Great Advice

Posted on 19 October 2013 by yizhan

At some point in your life you have probably come across a desktop computer. All over the world people use them for business and pleasure, making a desktop computer one of the most widely used products the world. The following article has numerous tips that show you a lot of what you don’t know about desktop computers, so keep on reading!

If you’re looking for a new desktop computer, try QVC, HSN and other home shopping networks. They offer monthly payment arrangements which allow you to get a computer home for a fraction of the price. Be careful when you are doing this, however, make sure the total price is reasonable.

Check the sound capabilities of desktop computers that you want to buy. This is especially important if you do projects or work on computers that relies on sound. Many of the standard sounds cards work for most computer users. That said, if you do sound editing or mixing, you may need something more powerful.

If you desktop is slow you can do a boot check to get more speed. Head to the “start” menu and then run “ms config.” You can see which programs start when booting the computer. Stop programs that you aren’t using from launching at start-up. That ought to make your system a bit faster.

Keep your desktop computer’s tower away from places where you set your drinks or other things that could spill. It’s really hard to fix a computer if the parts were to get wet. If you must set a drink on your desk, make sure it’s on a side of the desk away from the tower so if you do spill something it doesn’t get on the main part of the computer.

When choosing a desktop computer take into consideration what you will be using it for. If you will simply be using it for web access and word processing, then you can afford to go cheaper. If you will be gaming you’ll want a graphics card, and more RAM. The task you’ll be using it for will be important in deciding your price point.

When purchasing a desktop, don’t only think of your needs today, think about your future needs too. You’ll likely have this desktop for multiple years, so if you’re thinking about getting into photography or video work, you’ll want to get a computer that’ll handle your future work. It’s more of an investment up front, but it will save you from buying another computer too soon after this purchase.

What will you be using your computer for? It is important to buy a computer that fits your needs. If you will be using your computer to play games, what you need from your computer will be different from what you will need if you are planning on using the computer to write papers for school.

Now that you read the above article there is no way you should not be knowledgeable about desktop computers. Of course you can’t learn everything in one article, so it is up to you to follow up your learning by seeking out additional information. Pretty soon you will be an expert about everything desktop computers has to offer.

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VAIO Duo 11 Notebook and Computer Review

Posted on 19 May 2013 by yizhan

When it comes to the latest laptop, you know that you have plenty of options to choose from which include VAIO Duo 11. This product is completely different from any other models that you can find in the market today. This review will tell you everything that you should know about this product.

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Sony VAIO Duo 11 is the first Windows 8 toting tablet-laptop hybrid. This product is full of stunning features that are not available in other models. Anyone will surely love this product.
The Features of VAIO Duo 11

This product is among the latest gadgets that you can find in the market today and it comes with the following features:

  • Surf Slider design – this feature provides smooth transitions in between 2 modes. You can use the touch operation on its slate mode or you can use the usual PC operation with its keyboard mode. You can also use the digitizer when taking down notes and using the apps. This feature is ideal for both leisure and work-related applications.
  • With Intel Core i5-3317U processor with a turbo boost
  • With Windows 8  one language
  • A 11.6 inches wide TFT color display
  • Portable, sleek and full-featured ultrabook
  • Accurate-writing digitize stylus

Its design looks simple and perfectly made. The hybrids which followed the slider are usually flimsy and annoying, except for this one. It comes with a sliding hinge that is smooth and solid. You will never experience wiggling as you type and its hinge will not be activated when you are using this gadget as your tablet.

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Pros of VAIO Duo 11

This particular product comes with the following advantages. You will never go wrong in choosing this product due to these facts. First of all, it comes with a bright display, so you can clearly see the angles of the image displayed on the screen. The sound quality is also great because it comes with great and clear audio quality. VAIO Duo 11 is also a great gadget to use if you love internet browsing as it comes with consistent and reliable connection to the web. As you can see, the advantages it has are the things most gadget lovers want in a tablet or laptop. Sony is always eager to answer the needs of their clients by creating gadgets geared to make everything possible for them.

Cons of VAIO Duo 11

On the other hand, this particular gadget also comes with some minor flaws. Some customers complained that the keyboard was terrible and navigation is quite difficult with this gadget because it does not have a touchpad. Likewise, its battery has a shorter life capacity and Sony VAIO Duo 11 is offered at a more expensive price.

After all, this product remains to be one of the best gadgets that you can find in the market. These problems are just mild and you can solve them easily. When it comes to the price, this gadget deserves to be expensive since it is the first laptop-tablet hybrid gadget from Sony.  To know more about Sony VAIO Duo 11, you should look for technology reviews online.

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Acer V5-431-10072G50Mass 14″ Laptop

Posted on 14 May 2013 by yizhan

Laptops are getting slimmer by the day, but there has not been much compromise on the price factor, yet. Low-budget laptops, on the other hand have had certain tradeoffs between specs and design. With the influx of new Aspire V5 series, Acer is planning to assemble a beautiful design that often accompanies an Ultra book with a low enough price for their new V5-431.

Thin as it is, V5 still packs a strong power and graphics. Some models even feature useful optical drive and LAN / VGA combo port, while they all promise cool-to-the-touch comfort. Elegant design sports a smooth surface.

Acer V5-431 is a 14-inch laptop with 1366 x 768 pixels and above webcam and comes with a silver initial resistant exterior and borrowed a lot of looks at the top of the notebook market. Well it’s definitely not a bad thing considering the price. V5 is slim wrapped strong power and graphics. Some models even feature useful optical drive and LAN / VGA combo port, while they all promise cool-to-the-touch comfort. Elegant design sports a smooth surface.

Acer V5-431 has completed a dual-tone silver and black and looks quite sleek and stylish. No metal was used in construction but still superior finish and looks like a horde of plasticky laptops on the market. The corners have a well contoured finish to them which further adds to the style V5. Acer V5-431 complete tasks quickly and brilliantly. Acer V5-431 comes with the latest generation of Intel processing, and Intel HD graphics. Using the optical drive, you can watch movies and play games, along with true-to-master Dolby Advanced Audio v2.1 LAN / VGA combo port2 lets you easily connect to the Internet or an external display.

Acer Always Connect links to familiar hotspots in just 2.5 seconds. Acer V5-431 has 3 simple file transfer is swif USB 3.0 ports, 2-in-1 card reader, and Bluetooth 4.0. With this tool you can transfer photos, videos, music and documents in seconds. In addition, Acer V5-431 has a DVD writer and a Kensington lock is located on the right. Below the screen is a full-sized keyboard, along with the power switch ON. The track pad is a little out of the center, so it does not come in the way while typing. If you are uncertain V5, below are the specs of the V5.

TECH SPECS

Operating System : Windows 8
Processor : Intel Celeron processor 1007U (1.50 GHz)
Chipset : Mobile Intel HM70 Express Chipset
Memory : 2GB DDR3
Hard Disk : 500GB
Display Screen : 14-inch HD Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD
Video Type : Intel HD Graphics with 128 MB of dedicated system memory
Audio : Optimized Dolby Advanced Audio v2 audio enhancement
Optical Drive : 8x DVD Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
Dimension : 342 (W) x 245 (D) x 20/23 (H) mm (13.5 x 9.6 x 7.9/9.1 inches)
Weight : 2.1 kg (4.63 lbs)
Battery Type : 37 Wh 2500 mAh Li-ion battery pack
Battery Life : Up to 5 hours battery life
Network Interface : Gigabit Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready
Bluetooth 2.1
Wireless LAN : Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™
Card Reader : 2-in-1 Card Reader
Camera : Acer Crystal Eye HD Webcam with: 1280 X 1024 resolution
Standard I/O Ports : 2-in-1 Card Reader (SD, MMC)
(2) USB 2.0 ports/(1) USB 3.0 ports
HDMI port with HDCP support
LAN/VGA combo port
Headphone/Speake jack, supporting 3.5mm headset with built-in microphone
Microphone-in jack
DC-in jack for AC Adapter
Special Keys : Multi Gesture touchpad, supporting two finger scroll, pinch, rotate flip
Carrying Case : Acer Carrying Bag
Warranty : 1 year Limited Local Warranty (Parts and Labor)

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Macintel of Apple Computer

Posted on 19 April 2012 by Guest Author

Apple Computer is beginning a wrenching tectonic shift, taking its Macintosh computer line from IBM and Freescale Semiconductor’s PowerPC to the Intel Core Duo, two chip standards that have little in common — aside from a reliance on silicon and a vocabulary limited to 1s and 0s.

The change is so radical that existing Macintosh software could have become obsolete — if not for some near-wizardry. CEO Steve Jobs, always the showman, came to the Macworld Expo this week and unveiled two new Intel-based hardware products that have enthusiasts — and Wall Street — salivating. Analysts and rumormongers had been anticipating an Intel-based Mac since June, but it came as a surprise when Jobs announced not one, but two such products: a new iMac and the MacBook Pro laptop such as Apple A1175, Apple A1185 and Apple A1078, the latter already shipping.

This rapidity was key, says Nathan Brookward, principal analyst of industry research firm Insight 64.

“When Apple first announced the Intel switch in June, I was concerned sales of PowerPC Macs would slow and there would be severe software shortages for end users,” he says. However, now he believes the speedy hardware roll-out could “smooth the software transition.”

And there was more to Jobs’ announcement. The switch to Intel had raised serious questions about backward compatibility for Apple software that runs on the former PowerPC architecture.

So Jobs also unveiled an application called Rosetta, which offers interface-free emulation to translate PowerPC code into Intel code on the fly.

This application was vitally important, because the fundamental differences between Intel and PowerPC architectures mean no Mac user’s library of existing software would run on an Intel-based Mac. Apple’s solution, at least until developers reconfigure their applications into Intel-native versions — a process that could be little more than a recompile or, for massive projects like Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Office, a mammoth undertakings — is to use Rosetta.

Rosetta is not a perfect solution, though. Even Jobs admitted in his keynote speech that the application is not an optimal solution for professional users — some pro-level software, such as Apple’s own Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro and Aperture won’t run under Rosetta. And running an application under Rosetta means a drop in performance. But for everyday users, the new Mac is, well, a Mac.

Michael Gartenberg, vice president and research director at Jupiter Research, says that Apple has taken extensive steps so that “for Apple customers, the transition is almost seamless — it almost doesn’t matter.”

Certainly, the new Intel iMac looks identical to the previous model — Jobs stressed that it had “the same design, the same features and the same prices” as its PowerPC predecessor. Similarly, the new MacBook Pro looks almost indistinguishable from the PowerBook model it supplants.

Although the present seems to be about Macs being Macs, research analyst Gartenberg points out that the future may bring a change, given the similar strategic goals of Apple and Intel. “We know that Intel has designs on the digital home, the digital living room, and Intel has found a good partner in Apple,” he says. “It’s not about convergence anymore, but how to integrate TV with the other digital content that lives in a computer.”

For Apple, the future is about seamlessly marrying the two mediums. And now there’s more entertainment to share: Apple has led the way, making a much-publicized deal last fall with ABC and Disney to sell downloadable video content through its iTunes Music Store. Yahoo and Google, among others, have since made similar moves.

Even without a computer-to-computer network, Apple has a potentially killer front-end for content playback — something Intel has never managed to create. Apple has also debuted Front Row, which replaces the Mac OS X interface with a screen that can be viewed from across the room, and which serves to navigate and play movies, music, and other digital content. Indeed, Front Row, which ships with the new iMacs and MacBook Pros, includes a remote control. Some have looked at Apple’s ability to stream and sell videos, extensive and extending content partnerships, Front Row, and QuickTime standard — and seen a computer that can replace the need for a TiVo-like device.

Intel, for its part, is promoting its Viiv brand (tag line: “Change the way you enjoy entertainment at home”). A Viiv-based PC is supposed to meet minimum standards for remote control of applications, on-demand digital content, DVR, and other functionality. Currently, this requires Windows Media Center Edition; but given the new partnership with Apple, there’s no reason the same technology can’t go toward a media center Mac — especially with Intel designing and manufacturing Apple’s computer motherboards. (On the other hand, Apple may feel that Front Row makes this unnecessary.)

“The role of the PC is evolving,” said Gartenberg. “They’re not giving up their current role, but adding high-definition TV, music and more.”

It’s not clear that any one company could do this alone. But Intel has had billions of dollars waiting for a good idea — and Apple has nothing if not ideas.

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Computer Hardware & Computer networking

Posted on 08 April 2012 by yizhan

With the boom seen in the IT industry, there has been an increasing demand for computer hardware & computer networking graduates. It has become essential to have them in the workplace since these are people who have every bit of information, theoretically and practically, in all the required areas. Having such capable men who can solve any problem that rises in the workplace regarding hardware’s can easily be sorted out by these people and thus they play an extremely important role in the market, and the industry today needs these professionals to give a better face to the future of the country and to help it grow economically.

Computer hardware and computer networking is something that almost every other individual wants to do today as there is a huge growth and demand in the IT sector.

People have realized that it can prove to be extremely benefitting and rewarding and thus it has attracted a large number of people. This has led to the rise in the number of institutes also. Since a number of people are eager to know more about it, it becomes essential to have enough knowledge about the same too. The market today has a number of institutes and you can choose from the one you find best suited. One of the institutes that provide quality education and knowledge as far as hardware and networking is concerned is jetking.

Jetking is known to be one of the finest institutes and the students passing out from here are known to be the best in the industry and they have an easy adaptability to work well under stress, to work effectively, to provide the market with every little detail required and thus are an all-round package in the workplace.

Graduating from computer hardware and computer networking institute has a number of benefits as their curriculum includes a mix of theory knowledge, practical knowledge, working on field and understanding the technicalities that are essential while dealing with the hardware and IT industry.

Getting the best knowledge from the best companies and institute has its own benefits as you are easily picked up in the industry and can prove your worth effectively.

I am a professional Red Hat Linux Certified Hardware Networking engineer & currently working in multinational company. For more information related to Online IT courses, Computer training centers , networking jobs, hardware & networking institutes & courses please visit:www.jetkinginfotrain.com

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Microsoft Surface

Posted on 02 May 2010 by yizhan

Microsoft Surface, A multi-touch screen device developed by Microsoft, capable of responding to a natural hand gesture and real-world objects. Keyboards and mouse are not needed, you can just grab digital object with your hands and drag it. The Microsoft surface has the ability to identify and interact with an object place on the screen allowing you to transfer information between devices like digital camera and mobile phone.

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Microsoft Surface technology uses cameras and images in the  infrared spectrum, making it possible to recognize different  object  that was placed on the screen and then processed by the computer to display the content of digital devices such as camera and mobile phone.  The user can now interact with it just simply by using hand gesture  instead of mouse and keyboard.

Microsoft Surface’s technology started in 2001, when Stivie Batiche of  Microsoft Hardware and Andy Wilson of Microsoft research began exploring the concept of a interactive table.  Their goal is to mix physical and virtual world to provide rich interactive experience.  This idea was then presented by the New Consumer Products Group  to Bill Gates, and then a month after the first fully working prototype was created, based on an IKEA table and sheets of architect vellum as a diffuser. Microsoft Surface begun evolving as more application was created.   In 2007 the team developed and became the Surface Computing group and begun refining the prototype’s functionality and application. They have built more prototype for use by some software developers, hardware developers and researchers.  In 2007 the team shift from prototyping to building the and preparing to sell the first fully functional multi touch-screen multi-user computer and was commercialize in 2008.

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