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 [...]

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 [...]