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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Facebook must be allergic to privacy concerns

Facebook has gone from a social networking website for university kids to an Internet powerhouse. That’s precisely why it’s so disappointing for the website to once again
 mess up something as important as privacy.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

10 steps to making your car look great

Step 1: Vacuum with authority .                        

Start with the inside of your car, because once it's
 finished, a big part of the job is done. (Not to mention you'll be cleaner before

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sony to pull plug on floppy disks

Sony has finally decided to stop making 3.5-inch floppy disks, according to international news reports.

The Japanese electronics giant has announced it will stop selling the 30-year-old storage format in Japan in March 2011 because of dwindling sales. It has already discontinued the

 discs in most international markets.

Other storage media like USB keys and DVDs offer far more recording space than floppy disks - which typically contain less than two megabytes of memory - and are increasingly affordable.

A four-gigabyte USB key generally retails for less than $20 in Canada. A 10-pack of Sony 3.5-inch floppy disks, which altogether total less than 15 megabytes of memory, sells in central Tokyo for about $6 US, according to PC Magazine.

Apple stopped designing computers with standard floppy disk drives in 1998, and Dell followed suit in 2003.

Sony said in March it had stopped selling floppy disks in most of its international markets, with the exception of India and some other regions, Japan's Mainichi Daily News reported

Floppy disks are still commonly used in Japan, where Sony has 70 per cent of the market share. Companies sold about 12 million floppy disks in 2009, although that's a steep decline from 2002, when 47 million disks were purchased.

Many of the remaining Japanese floppy disk customers are in the education and research sectors and use older computer equipment, according to PC Magazine.

Meanwhile, research company Global Industry Analysts predicts the USB market to reach over 568 million units by 2015.

The first floppy disks were developed by IBM in 1971 to help consumers save data, documents and pictures in a portable format.

The eight-inch disks were made of flexible plastic, hence the "floppy" description.

How to Pick a Safer Bank Pin

Picking smarter passwords and PINs

Do your passwords and PINs need a makeover? How to pick ones you can remember, but hackers can't easily guess.

Remember how much fun it was to have a secret password for your playhouse? Now it seems we're asked for a password or personal identification number (or PIN) just about everywhere we go. Online banking and

Friday, April 23, 2010

Color E-ink: Electrowetting Brings Color and Video to E-book Reader Screens

A new release from a group of Dutch researchers paves the way for efficient e-book readers with color and video e-ink displays.

Do you love the gorgeous color and video on

your laptop's LCD but find the long battery life of e-ink displays tempting? Dutch display company Liquavista might have the solution for you. By using a process called "electrowetting" Liquavista has created high efficiency displays that not only show text and still photos in color, but can also animate videos.

What differentiates electrowetting from a traditional e-ink display, like the one on your Kindle or Nook ? E-ink uses an electric field to move pigment particles in order to make text and images, while Liquavista's electrowetting process uses electric charge to move colored oil drops to change a display's color or to play a video. Because of the high switching speed of electrowetting, this microfluidic phenomenon is perfect for applications that require little power draw, like e-book readers or smartphones.

Some of the advantages of electrowetting over LCDs include that electrowetting draws less voltage and power than a traditional LCD. Displays using electrowetting can also be thinner than their LCD counterparts, as well as up to eight times brighter because of the lack of polarizers required for the electrowetting technology displays.

While there aren't yet any consumer devices available in the US offering colored e-ink displays that use high speed switching of colored oils, it's been possible to get video on the Kindle and other e-book readers for a while:

pc world

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Verifying Your Identity Online

 Microsoft On The Issues

Indeed, online identity management is a topic that is receiving considerable focus and discussion in privacy circles these days.

In the context of citizen and consumer protection, the promise of online identity management is essentially the same as the promise of identity management in the physical or “real” world.

How to reduce your cellphone bill

If you’re sent into a rage when you receive your cellphone bill each month, here are six tips to bring it down to a more budget-friendly amount.

Complaining about cellphone bills may be our most popular pastime. According to a report last month by the Better Business Bureau, across North America there were more complaints to the non-profit watchdog about cellular companies than any other industry — although

Monday, April 19, 2010

How to: Access Your Entire Computer From an IPad

I don't buy into the iPad as a laptop replacement—not quite. But it is fantastic at tapping into your computers to access video and audio, documents, and even your

Apple's next-gen device

                                                 ‘Found’ iPhone might be new model, site says

Was Apple's next iPhone, perhaps the most talked-about device on the planet, made by one of the most secretive companies on Earth, left in a bar in Redwood City, Calif.?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Apple delays iPad's global launch

The launch of the iPad tablet outside the U.S. will be delayed one month until the end of May, Apple Inc. announced Wednesday.
Apple said strong demand in the U.S. for the touch-screen device is behind postponement of the
 international launch.

Maximum PC (1-year): Magazines

Maximum PC (1-year): Magazines

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Apple Previews iPhone OS 4

Apple Previews iPhone OS 4

Includes Multitasking, Folders, iBooks, Unified Inbox & More

CUPERTINO, California—April 8, 2010—Apple® today previewed its iPhone® OS 4 software and released a beta version of the software to iPhone Developer Program members.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Microsoft Application Virtualization Dashboard

Published: March 15, 2010

About the Application Virtualization Dashboard

The Microsoft® Application Virtualization Dashboard helps you monitor virtualized software applications across your organization. The dashboard’s built-in charts, gauges, and tables let you track any APP-V dataset in near-real time, so you can easily stay on top of the usage, health, and compliance of all your virtualized applications.

Monday, April 05, 2010



Once you convert a drive or partition to NTFS, you cannot simply convert it back to FAT or FAT32
you will need to reformat the drive or partition which will erase all data including programs and
personal files on

Installing Windows

lnstalling Windows 2000 Professional

(These are just basic steps which give you an idea of installing Windows)

To install Windows 2000 Professional, follow these steps:

 Start the installation by using one of the following methods:  Start from the Windows 20OO Professional installation CD-ROM. Make sure that the CD-ROM is set to

 start before the hard disk starts.

PCI and PCI Express

PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect)

Is a computer bus for attaching hardware devices in a computer. These devices device
need the PCI specification, or an expansion card that fits into the PCI slot. Despite the availability of
 faster interfaces such as
 PCI Express, conventional PCI remains the most
common interface The PCI specification covers the physical size of the bus (including
wire spacing), electrical characteristics, bus timing, and protocols.

Components Layout

( Asus P5N32-E SLI motherboard shown below)

A. PCI Slot - This board has 2 PCI slots. These can be used for components such as
Ethernet cards, sound cards, and modems'



Memory can be very confusing but is usually one if the easiest pieces of hardware to add to your computer. It is common to confuse chip memory with disk storage. An example of
 the difference between memory and storage would be the difference between a table where the actual work is done (memory) and a filing cabinet where the finished product is stored (disk).

Sunday, April 04, 2010



Connect internal components to the Motherboard, which is a board with series of electronic path ways and connections allowing the CPU to communicate with the other components of the compute



Cards are components added to computers to increase their capability. When adding a pripheral device make sure that your computer has a slot of the



The case houses the microchips and circuitry that run the computer. Desktop models usually sit under the monitor and tower medels beside. They come in many sizes, including desktop, mini, midi, and full tower. There is usually room inside to expand or add components at a later time.



Scanners allow you to transfer pictures and photographs to your computer. A scanner 'scans' the image from the top to the bottom, one line at a time and transfers it to the computer as a series of bits or a bitmap. You can then take that image and use it in a print program, send it out as a fax or print it.



A modem is used to translate information transfered through telephone lines or cable.

The term stands for modulate and demodulate which changes the signal from digital, which computers use, to analog, which telephones use and then back again. A high speed connection

also requires a modem but because the information is transfered digitally it isn't required to change the signal from digital to analog but is used to creat the connection between your computer and the computer you are connecting with.


The monitor shows information on the screen when you type. This is called outputting information. When the computer needs more information it will display a 


Most modern computers today are run using a mouse controlled pointer. Generally if the mouse has two buttons the left one is used to select objects and text and the right one is used to access menus. If the mouse has one button (Mac for instance) it controls


The printer takes the information on your screen and transfers it to paper or a hard copy. There are many different types of printers with various levels of quality. The three basic types of printers are; dot matrix, inkjet, and laser.
  • Dot matrix printers work like a type writer transferring ink from a ribbon to paper with a series or 'matrix' of tiny pins.
  • Ink jet printers work like dot matrix printers but fire a stream of ink from a cartridge directly onto the paper.
  • Laser printers ues the same technology as a photocopier using heat to transfer toner onto paper.

Removable Storage and/or Disk Drives

All disk need a drive to get information off - or read - and put information on the disk - or write. Each drive is designed for a specific type of disk whether it is a CD, DVD, hard disk or, floppy. Often the term 'disk' and 'drive' are used to describe the same thing but it help to understand that the disk is the storage device which contains computer files - or software - and the drive is the mechanism that runs the disk.

USB Flash drives or thumb drives work slightly differently as they use memory cards to store information on. Digital cameras also use Flash memory cards to store information, in this case photographs.

Saturday, April 03, 2010


The key board is uesd to type information into the computer or input information. There are many different keyboard layouts and sizes with the most common for Latin based languages being the QWERTY  layout (named for the first 6 keys).

Friday, April 02, 2010


What is PCI-E 1x Slot


There are 3 of these smaller PCI-E slots, and they are the slower 1x speed. These can be used for expansion cards such as Sound Cards, or Ethernet.


What are PCI-E 16x Slot?


There are 2 of them on this motherrboard diagram, both are blue. These are for your grahpics card. With two of them onboard, you can run 2 graphic cards in SLI. You will only need this if you're a gamer, or working with high end video / grahpics editing. These are the 16x speed versions, which are currently the fastest.

Thursday, April 01, 2010


 What Is PCI Slot


This board has 2 PCI slots. This can be used for components such as Ethernet cards, sound cards, and modems.

Central Processing Unit (CPU)


 are the parts of computer itself, including the Central Processing Unit (CPU) motherboard, keyboards, monitors, case and drives (floppy, hard, CD, DVD, optical, etc...) Other extra parts that connect through USB), parallel cabels are called peripheral components or devices include, printers, scanners, digital cameras, PDA....
Central Procecessing Unit:

TeluuStore - Logitech QuickCam Deluxe for Notebooks (Silver)

TeluuStore - Logitech QuickCam Deluxe for Notebooks (Silver)

With a stylish look and performance to match, QuickCam Deluxe for Notebooks provides a high quality video and audio experience that ensures you always look and sound your best. Logitech's RightLight Technology and RightSound Technology adjusts intelligently to produce the best possible video and audio, even in noisy or dimly-lit rooms.


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