Tag Archives: Computers

What happens when you turn a computer on?

Working on a computer is so easy nowadays that we find even children handling them expertly. However, several things start to happen when we turn on the power to a computer, before it can present the nice user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) screen that we call the desktop. In a UNIX-like operating system, the computer goes through a process of booting, BIOS, Master Boot Record, Bootstrap Loading, grub, init, before reaching the operating level. Booting As soon as you switch on the Read more [...]

Raspberry Pi to Displace the Business PC

For a business establishment, maintaining PCs for each of their several hundred employees can be an expensive proposition. It is much simpler and cheaper to have a centralized workstation with several thin clients connecting to it. The ubiquitous single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) is a suitable component for use as such a thin client. As the low cost of the Raspberry Pi makes it a very attractive proposition for use as a thin client computer, Citrix is offering an HDX Ready Pi to replace Read more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]