Tag Archives: Computers

The Emergence of BBB: the BeagleBone Black

Many a time we have wished our bulky PCs that occupy so much of the desktop space could somehow be magically squeezed into a portable unit. Although such systems are there including the new smartphones and tablets, their sky-high prices are very discouraging for most of us. Despair not, for such a package has arrived and is well within the reach of an average person's pocket. Moreover, if you are technically oriented, you could build one yourself. Texas Instruments has provided the core processor Read more [...]

The Future of Cloud Computing

What is Cloud Computing? Cloud Computing, an efficient method to balance between dealing with voluminous data and keeping costs competitive, is designed to deliver IT services consumable on demand, is scalable as per user need and uses a pay-per-use model. Business houses are progressively veering towards retaining core competencies, and shedding the non-core competencies for on-demand technology, business innovation and savings. Delivery Options • Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS): Delivers Read more [...]

The Chromebook – the new standard for a $250 laptop?

We have been anxiously awaiting the release of the newest Chromebook.  After reading about the larger Chromebook 550 last year, we wondered if this smaller version might be the answer to our 'bigger than a tablet and netbook' and 'better for travel than a laptop' needs. With it's smaller memory (16GB - not expandable), you most certainly will be relying on the cloud (100GB free for 2 years from Google) to store your documents, music and images. This is not necessarily a drawback as you can Read more [...]

How to wipe a hard drive clean

If you are donating, disposing of or selling anything that contains a hard drive, chances are that drive should be wiped clean before it leaves your hands. Even if the hard drive has failed, special equipment can read a hard drive which could expose your private and confidential information to the next owner. So what should you do before your dispose of your equipment with a hard drive? There are several methods that are recommended by the experts. Here is an explanation of two of them: 1 - Read more [...]

Can an iPad replace a notebook computer?

At our electronic components e-commerce business, we love to push the limits with our electronic gadgets. But could we replace our notebook computer with an iPad2? We wouldn't have thought so, but a writer for PC World did a 30 day challenge where he set out to prove once and for all if it were possible to replace his trusty Windows7 laptop with an iPad2. There were many computing tasks that he looked at. Most of the criteria he included in his challenge were everyday tasks that most of us could Read more [...]

Great deal: $349 for new laptops for travel or office

Need a small and thin laptop for travel? How about a larger 15.6" dual core for the home office? You can buy either right now for $349. The lighter and smaller notebook computer is currently available from Dell is a Vostro V13. Some of the features and specifications are: 2.0GB, DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM, 1 DIMM320GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, with Media, 32-bit, English Microsoft® Office Starter Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor ULV SU7300 (3M Cache, 1.30 GHz, 800 Read more [...]

Wired or wireless or both: What is best for small businesses?

Whether you are updating your office's networking component needs or starting from scratch, there are many things to think about when you are considering wired vs wireless. For starters, ask yourself: How many people are on your network? How about in 2 years? How long will this system be in place? (any moves planned within 2 years?) How fast does the network/internet access need to be right now? How about in 2 years? What kind of files have to be moved across your network Read more [...]

30 quick fixes for Windows 7 & Vista

We have a love/hate relationship with our computers....and anyone running a Windows operating system or Microsoft Office knows the frustration that we've all experienced at one time or another. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to make your system and applications run smoother by tweaking the settings in Windows and other commonly used programs like Microsoft Office. For example, plugging any device like thumb drives, smartphones and cameras into our USB ports will generally bring up Read more [...]

When Does A Small Business Need A Server?

If your small business uses more than one computer to manage its business, you may be ready to upgrade to a small server to efficiently run your business. Keep in mind that adding a server to your business is not a huge expense - in fact you can get started by putting an unused desktop computer to work, but the rewards go beyond the financial concerns. Here's how to recognize the signs that it's time for you to invest in a server for your small business. - Has your business grown beyond Read more [...]

Buy a Mac – get a free iPod touch

Just in time for graduation, Apple has announced a super deal: Buy a Mac and get a free iPod touch Pretty cool! Here's how it works: If you buy a new Mac with Apple education pricing from May 25 through September 7, 2010, you can get a free 8GB iPod touch. That's a value of $199! The $199 is in the form of a rebate which is processed online, and if it's like other Apple online promos, it's pretty painless and fast. Want a bigger iPod touch? No problem. You can get the 32GB iTouch for Read more [...]