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Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Easy and Hard Way of a Computer Hardware Driver Installation.

When installing on a newly purchased computer or reinstalling driver on a old computer, driver installation can be both taxing or easy a breathing fresh air. A computer or laptop has two major components and that is the hardware and the software. Without one of these two the computer or any gadgets is useless. The hardware must work properly with the software to produce a beautiful piece of machine. Of these two the hardware require the most time in getting it to work properly. 

There is several computer hardware that requires separate driver installation for them to function properly.
1.       Network adapter components
a.       Network Interface Card
b.      Wireless Connectivity
c.       Bluetooth
2.       Display  Adapters
3.       Sound, video and Game controllers
4.       Chip components
5.       Mouse or Pointing Devices.

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The easy of installing the driver for the specific hardware components is by using the installer that comes with the computer or laptop. This driver is usually located on a piece of CD-ROM that comes with the laptop of computer. By running that specific CD-ROM we just need to follow the instruction or commonly known as wizard Installation guide to fully install the entire required hardware driver. This method is the easiest way of installing a driver.

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The hard way of driver installation is if the CD-ROM that contains the driver for all hardware components is gone. For this method we need an internet connection. Not just an ordinary internet connection because we need to find and download the correct version for each specific computer hardware. Yes each computer hardware has a different version. Not all computer hardware drivers will work once they were installed. So it is very important that we need to know several things about the driver that would make them the correct driver for that specific hardware.

List of things that we need to know about the driver before we install in the computer.
1.       Operating system Type
2.       Driver Version
3.       Manufacturer

For every driver that we need to install we need to know the current operating system of the computer. Especially in the Windows based computer or laptop. There are several version of the same driver for each version of windows operating system. Like the driver for the Windows 98 or ME will not work for Windows NT and the rest of its different windows version. So it is very important to know where that driver’s manufacturer and version so that driver compatibility is maintained at all times. Also the correct manufacturer driver version should be established to make the driver finder works a lot faster. Instead of going from one place to another, we can go through the manufacturer website or support page. This method can be very fast instead of searching the whole internet just looking for that specific driver.

Another very easy way of driver installation is by using software that detects the entire needed driver by your computer. Once installed these software driver detector can be used to quickly determine all the needed driver type and version, download each one of them and begin installation as soon as the possible. We only need to run it and it will find the correct driver software. This software is being to check all the driver components and once finish finding each driver. The software can be easy to use once the proper setup has been on- looker is washed properly. Once the driver have been identify, it is now the time to download and then installation could begin for each hardware component of the computer.

How about you what do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts on these.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

ID Card Printers and Public Transit

How an ID Card Printer can help streamline Public Transit operations.

Public transit systems do more than ferry passengers throughout the city on subways, trains and buses. They must also keep up with the fares of the passengers in the most efficient manner possible. Gone are the days of using tokens and cash for taking a bus trip. The most innovative transit systems have substituted identification cards for coins.

Unlike cash, ID cards and prepaid smart paper tickets do not require counting out individual tokens or returning change. Prepaid cards are swiped like credit cards, but they can only be used for the transit system. They save time for passengers by streamlining the payment stage of their ride and onto the transit vehicle – providing time savings for everyone on board.

Popular Transit Systems

Today, New York City's transit system uses prepaid cards or smart paper tickets exclusively. These cards were introduced in 1993, and 10 years later, they became the sole form of payment accepted. Kiosks let riders purchase new cards or add money to existing cards. The cards are then swiped at a turnstile, which deducts the fare and grants the user access to the subway system. Each transit card is tied to the fare the rider pays based on the user's age. Seniors, who ride at a discounted rate, have a photograph on their identification cards to prevent fraud.

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Other cities in the United States have also adopted public transit identification cards or prepaid smart paper tickets. These include large metropolitan areas such as Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and Washington D.C. The card technology is not just used in the United States. Dozens of countries around the world make use of the cards for the transit systems in their cities.

At its core, an identification card printer makes this system possible. It allows for the production of long-lasting cards for use on transit systems. Most cards resemble credit cards that users swipe, but as technology evolves, this method is becoming passé for some transit systems.

The Future of Fare Payments

Radio frequency identification (RFID) or near field communication (NFC) allow for transit system cards to come near a reader without touching it. A card with this embedded technology is tapped or waved in front of a reader for the card information to be processed. These help speed passengers past the turnstiles or payment boxes to get on board faster.

Smart paper tickets combine the benefits of a cashless identification card with a lower printing cost, keeping this technology within the operating budget of many public transit systems. The paper tickets can be used once or many times, but they are not as durable or long lasting as plastic cards. This fare method is commonly used by public transit systems for general tickets that do not have an age restriction and do not require a photo identification card.

Paying with cash is quickly becoming a relic of the 20th century. Most people now rarely pay with cash or checks, relying instead on more elegant payment means such as credit cards or cell phone payments. The wide range of options for a cashless fare system should encourage any public transit system to make the conversion. Doing so will bring the fare system into the 21st century.

Steve Stoltz is a sales representative for CardPrinter.com, an online retailer that offers ID Card Printers at a price that can't be beat. We carry a full line of Fargo Printers along with other major brands.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Should You Buy a Chromebook?

There’s been a lot of buzz about Google’s Chromebook, and the reviews have been mixed. There are strong opinions on both sides concerning whether or not you should purchase one. The Chromebook is a netbook. It’s unlike either a laptop or a tablet, and its primary purpose is to access the Internet. Previously Chromebooks were considered by many to be too expensive for their limited functionality.

But now the price has been reduced, and you can purchase one starting at $299. Many people love the simplistic nature of the Chromebook, and they find it incredibly useful. Whether or not you’ll feel the same usually depends on your personal computing needs and lifestyle, but it is definitely worth considering. So should you buy a Chromebook?

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Do You Compute on the Go?
The Chromebook is incredibly light and easily portable. It also has a battery life of approximately ten hours, and it boots up in mere seconds. If you frequently need to compute on the go, the Chromebook might be a great option for you. You can access the Internet anywhere with Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity. If you do a lot of typing and document creation or editing, it’s much easier to use than your smartphone and less bulky than your laptop. It will easily sit on your lap anywhere without getting hot, and you can leave in the morning with a full battery and not worry about bringing a charger.

Do You Love Google?
If you already use lots of Google services like Gmail, Docs and the Chrome browser, you won’t have any problem transitioning to a Chromebook. The Google brand is reliable and always improving. Google is constantly designing new features, and they’ve done wonders with the Chrome OS.

Do You Primarily Use the Internet?
When you’re on your computer, if your primary use of it is accessing the Internet, the Chromebook could be for you. Everything on the Chromebook is web-based, and you’ll access all of your files from your cloud storage. It’s not a great option for people who need to do a lot of photo or video editing, but it has plenty of functionality for people who rely on the Internet for most of their needs. If your only other needs are things like Microsoft Word or Excel, Google Docs has you covered. The Chromebook doesn’t have a whole lot of use if it’s not connected to the Internet, so make sure the places you would use it have Wi-Fi access, or you’ll need to pay for 3G. If you like to listen to music while you work, don’t worry because Google Music will let you access your library from the cloud, too.

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Do Computers Confuse You?
Even though we live in the technology age, many people are still confused by computers or reluctant to learn, especially senior citizens. The Chromebook is a great option for people who want a simple and straightforward way to access the Internet. It’s very user-friendly, and there isn’t a whole lot else to worry about.

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Do You Dislike Maintenance? 
The Chromebook requires little maintenance. The Chrome OS will automatically install updates, and you don’t have to worry about time-consuming updates and restarts. You also don’t have a need for extra antivirus software or constantly backing up your work, because the majority of your data will be stored on the cloud. Because of the cloud, you can also access your files anywhere and eliminate the need for saving your work to a disc, USB or other storage to transport it.

Terry Ford is a technologist and a professional freelancer. This article was proofed using one of Terry's favorite tools Grammarly grammar checker.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Three of the Most Influential Gadgets of All Time Part 2

The next gadget is really very revolutionary gadgets where its impact in our day to day activity is still being felt today and will continue for next generation to come. It all started with the need of mankind getting tired of writing everything he knows so he imagine and design gadgets that would make writing so much easier. Thus the type writer was born out of the imagination and perseverance of the human spirit to make doing things a lot easier.  From then on we have seen the type writer’s development and evolution from its humble beginning. But still information had to be type immediately and printed immediately with the type writer. Man needed something that would make editing document very easy and because editing on a type writer was very tasking, we needed to find a way on how to make editing documents very easy before we need to print the final copy of the documents.

Then came the era of small electronic system, suddenly everything that was vacuum tubes turn very small and we could make electronic system on a very small package. This ushered in the new era of a gadget that would make a very deep impact in our daily lives. Before only large corporation or institution could only use these gadgets because of their size. The early computer like the ENIAC where it size is comparable to a small house. Also it would take several people to operate them. Then an idea was born that would make these computer become house hold name and necessity. They make them small and called it Personal Computer and put all software that would make it very useful indeed. Since then the Personal computer has been developed together with all its application, it has become a must have in every places that has electricity on it a must have.

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Today we could do almost anything to a computer except to take bath or wash our dirty laundry. I mean the computer can function as a type writer while making editing very easy. We could listen to it as we do in radio or watch movie or television on it like a television set. With the help of the internet we use the computer to do only transaction from bank or shop online or locate places all around the world best of all we could use it to communicate with our friends and family from anywhere on planet earth. With the advent of different social networking sites like Facebook.com. The importance and need for computer has never been more defined. With all these things coming to us we thought it would be enough for our needs. I mean we have the computer and its sister the laptop for mobile computing needs.

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The computer was excellent but we need to add an additional capability on it to make it the best gadget of all time. I mention we made the computer small but we need it to make smaller then we need to put another gadget into it where this gadget is also a very important to us. We use these gadgets in our daily activities to communicate with each other where ever we are on this planet. That gadget is the telephone and its cord less or wireless cousin the mobile phone. By combining these two gadgets the mobile phone and the laptop we now have a champion gadget called the Smartphone. Pretty nit gadgets, by integrating the telephone into the computer we now have an almost complete gadgets. The explosion of Smartphone in our time is very evident first there was Nokia, then came Apple which really redefined how a Smartphone should look and feel like, then a Korean company known for electronics products gave us the another Smartphone called Samsung Galaxy SII which could compete with the Apple I phone 4 series and many other manufacturer have their own version of the Smartphone.

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The Smartphone could almost do it all except using it as a kitchen sink. By combining all the features of previous gadgets within it we have created a gadget that is more than the sum of its parts. Hmm I wonder where I heard that part. How about you what is your best gadgets of all times?

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Three of the Most Influential Gadgets of All Time Part 1.

Back in the early days we were able to send our voice thru the air and hear them thru a very remarkable gadget known as the Radio. With the Radio the news and information can now be heard and delivered a lot faster in your living room. All sort of show was born and a lot of widely popular singer was first marketed or heard thru the radio. 

With the use of the radio, we can now hear song, commentaries, news and some other information that was using the radio at that particular time. Even with the coming of the television the radio was never totally replace but instead it continues to reach people where the television signal cannot reach or the actual gadgets or TV set is still beyond the reach of a buying capability of a person. While the radio is cheap and very light compare to the television which is for a tie is big and bulky.

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Then came the world of visual where now the news anchor can be seen in person or the singer of the song as well can be seen not just heard. This is now possible with the development of the Television. At first it was all black and white then the explosion of color came thru our living room with the advent of colored television. Now we two of the most influential gadgets in our time the radio and television. Together hand and hand these two gadgets has become the bearer of information from it live point. The color television usher in a new era of programming for each type of show that can be televise. 

There was the politics national or local, entertainment which covers a lot of area and has one of the most numbers of followers. Then there was the world of sport and all sorts of them was broadcasted or can be seen thru the television. The there is news and information, from weather report to Wall Street. All those type of information was freely being sent directly to us to our living room everyday and every night.

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We though what could be the next gadgets that would top these two, at first the most influential of them all was develop separately. This gadget was a result of the combination of the two gadgets mention above but also of several other gadgets that we have develop separately and is very useful to us individually. The first of these gadgets was the camera from its early days of black and white picture to using negative to develop the picture to instant picture via the Polaroid camera where we can take the picture and after a few minute here comes the picture no more waiting days, before we could see the result. Then from still camera the moving camera came where with these gadgets we can capture an activity where the gadgets records the whole event not just a single moment of it. Imagine seeing your younger self over and over again playing or doing what you really like back then. The camera was indeed very useful by itself. 

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The next device is really very revolutionary gadgets where its impact in our day to day activity is still being felt today and will continue for next generation to come.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Microsoft Word 2007 Basic Menu Bar

Microsoft Office 2007 is a Windows version of the Microsoft Office System, Microsoft's productivity suite. Formerly known as Office 12 in the initial stages of its beta cycle, it was released to volume license customers on November 30, 2006 and made available to retail customers on January 30, 2007. These are, respectively, the same dates Windows Vista was released to volume licensing and retail customers.

Office 2007 also includes new applications and server-side tools. Chief among these is Groove, a collaboration and communication suite for smaller businesses, which was originally developed by Groove Networks before being acquired by Microsoft in 2005. Also included is Office SharePoint Server 2007, a major revision to the server platform for Office applications, which supports "Excel Services", a client-server architecture for supporting Excel workbooks that are shared in real time between multiple machines, and are also viewable and editable through a web page.

The Ribbon, a panel that houses a fixed arrangement of command buttons and icons, organizes commands as a set of tabs, each grouping relevant commands. The Ribbon is present in Microsoft Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Access 2007 and some Outlook 2007 windows. The Ribbon is not user customizable in Office 2007. Each application has a different set of tabs which expose the functionality that application offers. For example, while Excel has a tab for the graphing capabilities, Word does not; instead it has tabs to control the formatting of a text document. Within each tab, various related options may be grouped together.

The following pictures displayed below are the most basic menu bar or ribbon for the MS Word 2007 version.

The Home menu or Ribbon bar contains the basic formatting options from the font styles, color, and size. It also have the paragraph formatting like left, right, center and justify alignment.

Home Menu or Ribbon Bar

Next we have the Insert menu, the function of the this menu is to allow object such as picture to be inserted into the document via several method.This menu can be used to add picture, link, data sheet, graphs and many more into your document.

Insert Menu

The page layout menu is where we fix how the page size, orientation, margin or paper type of a document. By specifying those setting we can concentrate on creating the documents itself without worrying on its appearances.

Page Layout Menu

The reference menu or ribbon is used to create table of contents and insert reference point on the documents. Just as aptly name this is where all the needed reference for each document is inserted or created.

Reference Menu

The mailing menu or ribbon is where the document for mass mailing is being setup. Mass mailing is a lot easy if these feature is used and properly setup.

Mailing Menu

During the late 1990s and early 2000s, the default Word document format (.DOC) became a de facto standard of document file formats for Microsoft Office users. Though usually just referred to as "Word Document Format", this term refers primarily to the range of formats used by default in Word version 97-2003.

Word document files by using the Word 97-2003 Binary File Format implement OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) structured storage to manage the structure of their file format. OLE behaves rather like a conventional hard drive file system and is made up of several key components. Each Word document is composed of so-called "big blocks" which are almost always 512-byte chunks; hence a Word document's file size will in most cases be a multiple of 512.

"Storages" are analogues of the directory on a disk drive, and point to other storages or "streams" which are similar to files on a disk. The text in a Word document is always contained in the "WordDocument" stream. The first big block in a Word document, known as the "header" block, provides important information as to the location of the major data structures in the document. "Property storages" provide metadata about the storages and streams in a doc file, such as where it begins and its name and so forth. The "File information block" contains information about where the text in a Word document starts, ends, what version of Word created the document and other attributes.

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The Basic Function of a Computer Firewall

The word firewall is a very term in the world of computing. It is a part of a security of a computer or network but for today’s topic where going to focus a personal computer firewall. First what is a computer firewall, well it could be a software firewall or hardware firewall, wait a minute here this is getting to deep before we go any further let’s see what a firewall in general do or how does it gets to function. Firewall checks information coming from the Internet or a network and then either turns it away or allows it to pass through to your computer, depending on your firewall settings. In this way, a firewall helps prevent hackers and malicious software from gaining access to your computer. Windows Firewall is built into Windows and is turned on automatically.

The firewall has different settings depending on its work areas. For a firewall of a personal computer the general setting is usually determine by the owner which program is allowed or denied access to computer. Allowing a program to communicate through the firewall, sometimes called unblocking, is when you allow a particular program to send information through the firewall. You can also allow a program to communicate through the firewall by opening one or more ports. If you run a program such as an instant messaging program or a multi-player network game that needs to receive information from the Internet or a network, the firewall asks if you want to block or unblock (allow) the connection. If you choose to unblock the connection, Windows Firewall creates an exception so that the firewall won't bother you when that program needs to receive information in the future.

The recommended general default firewall settings are listed below:

·         The firewall is on.
·         The firewall is on for all network locations (Home or work, Public place, or Domain).
·         The firewall is on for all network connections.
·         The firewall is blocking all inbound connections except those that you specifically allowed.
·         E‑mail viruses

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The two items listed below are the two most common applications that a computer firewall can prevent from entering your computer. With the help of a properly set firewall the two items below can be prevented from infecting and gaining information from your computer.

E‑mail viruses

E‑mail viruses are attached to e‑mail messages. A firewall can't determine the contents of e‑mail messages, so it can't protect you from these types of viruses. You should use an antivirus program to scan and delete suspicious attachments from an e‑mail message before you open it. Even when you have an antivirus program, you should not open an e‑mail attachment if you're not positive it's safe.

Phishing scams
Phishing is a technique used to trick computer users into revealing personal or financial information, such as a bank account password. A common online phishing scam starts with an e‑mail message that appears to come from a trusted source, but actually directs recipients to provide information to a fraudulent website. Firewalls can't determine the contents of e‑mail messages, so they can't protect you from this type of attack.

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If I have a router with a built-in firewall, should I also turn on Windows Firewall?

Yes, because router-based firewalls only provide protection from computers on the Internet, not from computers on your home network. For example, if a mobile computer or guest computer connects to some other network, becomes infected with a computer worm, and then connects to your home network; your router-based firewall won't be able to prevent the spread of the worm. However, a firewall running on each computer on your network can help control the spread of worms.

However, running more than one firewall program on your computer at the same time could cause conflicts. It's best to just use one firewall program, in addition to a router-based firewall.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Simple Guide on How to Have The Best Laptops

Christmas day is almost upon us, somehow a lot of people out there has already gotten his/her gifts for Christmas and some of those gifts are gadgets such latest smartphone, desktop computer, tablet or laptop. For those who have not yet gotten there gifts especially if they want a laptop or the gift giver has not chosen any laptop yet for gifts because of  still confuse on what to based the choices to get that laptop, i have created a list of things to consider when buying a laptop this Christmas season as gift or for personal enjoyment.

The first part of the list for some has one of the most weigh in deciding on getting a laptop, you do not need to be a technical person to understand the first part. while the second part needs a little understanding of the technicalities of laptop and computers. Enough about these here they are and i hope you find the list very helpful.

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1. Price. You have to have a fixed budget when planning to buy a laptop because in case you don’t know, laptops are more expensive compared to their counterparts. Once you identify your budget, then you need to stick to it.You need to be strict when it comes to your budget.

2. Size Laptops come in different screen size and thickness. So, if you require portability, then you can buy a smaller one around 10 inches wide. But, if you will be working in a fixed place and only requires lesser portability, then you can choose the 15-19 inch laptops. What is the most comfortable  screen size for you since laptop is smaller than desktop you need to set the size of the screen that you want when considering the size of the laptop.

3. Brand The proven laptop brands include DELL, HP, LENOVO and ASUS which does not have much computer breakdowns. However, there are other brands that are also dependable but still under review. this part needs a little research or get some information from your friends ask them what kind of laptop they have and what are the key feature for each then based on that set your mind to the brand of laptop that yo would like to buy. This will make it easy for you to choose among the different brands of laptop available today.

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After discussing the aesthetic parts and company guarantee of laptops, here are other important things that you should know to help you decide what to buy:

1.Central Processor Unit (CPU): The CPU refers to the speed of your laptop and is measured in GHZ. Now, if you are going to use your laptop doing some basic stuff only, then there’s no problem with a lower GHZ but if you will be using it in gaming or graphics or videos, then you should opt for a faster CPU.

2.Memory Cards: Most laptops today only have 2GB memory but it’s not a problem for an average user. Nevertheless, when you want to open many programs at once and still require your laptop to run fast, a higher memory is what suits you.

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3.Hard Drive: If you plan on saving or downloading movies and audio files apart from the data files that you have, then you should opt for a bigger storage like a 400GB hard drive.

4.Operating System (OS): Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X which only runs on Apple computers, and Linux are just the few of the Operating Software in the market. The OS is the base software that is running on your computer.

5.Wireless network card: To be able to connect to the internet, your laptop computer needs to have a network card so that wherever you go, you can surf the internet once your laptop detects a wireless network.

6.Optical Disk Drive: If you want to watch DVD movies or have files saved on cds then you should buy a laptop which has an optical disk drive and shun away from net-books and notebooks though you can still buy an external optical disk drive.

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These are the basic features of a laptop and this Best Rated Laptops Guide is to help you decide what to look for in a laptop. With these tips, you will now be able to buy the laptop that really suits your needs.

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IPad Accessories Getting it Right

The iPad is a line of tablet computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc., primarily as a platform for audio-visual media including books, periodicals, movies, music, games, and web content. The iPad was introduced on January 27, 2010 by Apple's then-CEO Steve Jobs. Its size and weight fall between those of contemporary smartphones and laptop computers. The iPad runs the same operating system as the iPod Touch and iPhone and can run its own applications as well as iPhone applications. Without modification, the iPad will only run programs approved by Apple and distributed via the Apple App Store

The iPad is one of the most successful launches in recent history and there are many apps and accessories for it. Depending on your interests, you can probably find a few good accessories that will protect your iPad or allow you to perform more tasks with it. The following iPad accessories are worth considering.

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For those who enjoy taking pictures the ipad camera connection kit, which enables you to synch photos and videos back and forth between your camera and ipad is a necessity. This kit also works with other iPhone, iPod touch and iPod Nanos too. The connector uses USB port connection to interact with your camera. You’ll also get an SD card reader with the kit. If sharp photos are something you enjoy this is definitely not an accessory you want to bypass. An Apple Composite AV cable is a must if you want to watch video via your home theater system or large format TV. When you have an iPad, you have access to the iTunes library, where you can download movies as well as music (for a price, of course). You can also get a free YouTube app that allows you to watch any YouTube video on your iPad and, if you have the AV Cable, on a larger screen. This is one of the most versatile accessories for your iPad.

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Some iPad accessories like screen protectors are practical but others are just for fun or to add color. You can find skins or removable decals for your iPad that come in various patterns and colors. Smirkabout is one of the companies that offers these skins.

iPad cases can also be as decorative as they are practical. The Incipio Feather Ultra Light Case is one example; it is a very soft cover offered in bright neon colors but still protects your iPad. And there are other options; these are just two examples of how you can dress up your iPad.
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More accessories will become available as the iPad grows in popularity. Lower prices will be available on items when this happens. However, there are some accessories, such as a screen protector and an iPad case that you should really get right away to make sure your unit is protected. The accessories we’ve discussed above allow you to do more with your iPad, though you may want to research this topic further and see what other accessories are being sold.

The above information was put together with great care because we know the value of accurate and timely material. There are so many who have been helped with information just like this, and we also know that on our own end. You can easily find tremendous amounts of information on touchpad driver, and there are relevant sites that are very helpful. Take care that your efforts are not hindered by your zeal to learn and then put into use. We never have any problems at all in disclosing that what I offer in my material may or may not be comprehensive. What some do, and we have also done this, is to pick one particular aspect and really go deep into it.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

SMTP Servers are excellent communicative platforms.

SMTP server also known as simple mail transfer protocol is an internet platform for transmission of emails. Today SMTP servers are widely used across the globe. Email servers and different other mail transferring mediums make use of SMTP for sending and receiving of messages. However, client-mail applications primarily rely on SMTP server. These are smart servers designed with features send mail messages at lightening fast speed and believe me they don’t make the slightest error while sending a mail. The mails go hit the right destination at the right time. These servers are specially designed and are best for emailing applications. Advancement of technology has given birth to a host of new ideas and technical solutions, and the simple mail transfer protocol system is no exception to this fact. This is a super-fast technology grabbing control over the internet media. 

We have now entered a world where technological developments to facilitate better and faster communication have become a widespread concept. Imagine even a few decades ago we had to depend on the manual ways to reach a message or a letter. Now situations have bettered ever since the arrival of the internet. Now sending a mail to desired destination takes place in a matter of seconds. The SMTP server allows you to carry on with your business level communication in a butter-smooth manner. These advanced servers enable faster and smarter sending and receiving email facilities for the user.

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However, the process of installing this special server involves a lot of activities which need to be handled with care. At first you need to take note of the features to be installed. Yes you have to abide by the fundamentals to install the simple transfer protocol system. First of all you need to determine if the host is properly rendering its services or not and then connect the port with a specific domain. Remember the date and time settings would be shown. Once you see the correct time and date in your monitor you are assured of the fact that the SMTP Server has been rightly fitted. You can even fit one to your personal computer. All email programs can be conducted with the SMTP system.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Computer 101: The Dot-Matrix Printer is here to stay.

One of the early technology in printing is the impact printers, during the early era of computers in work place, home and school there is the all kinds of impact printers. One of the most recognizable model of the impact technologies for printers is the Dot-Matrix Printers. It is every where, where there is computer there is bound to be one of this kinds of printer. As time and technology for printer evolve and developed new type of printer started to dominate the landscape for printing. The once proud and dominant dot-matrix printer where slowly replace by the more silent and more efficient ink jet and laser printer. But did the dot-matrix completely loss is usefulness in the era of ink jet and laser printer, well the answer is a big NO. 

Even with today's new type of printing where almost all printer is a combination of three machine or the so called all-in-one type, where one can print, scan and photocopy any type of documents, and yes there is the fourth one the printer can also be used as a fax machine. But before we go any deeper, let's do a quick tutorials on what is a dot-matrix printer. 

What is a dot-matrix or impact printer?

A dot matrix printer or impact matrix printer is a type of computer printer with a print head that runs back and forth, or in an up and down motion, on the page and prints by impact, striking an ink-soaked cloth ribbon against the paper, much like the print mechanism on a typewriter. However, unlike a typewriter or daisy wheel printer, letters are drawn out of a dot matrix, and thus, varied fonts and arbitrary graphics can be produced. Because the printing involves mechanical pressure, these printers can create carbon copies and carbonless copies.

English: Inmac ink ribbon cartridge with black...Image via Wikipedia

Each dot is produced by a tiny metal rod, also called a "wire" or "pin", which is driven forward by the power of a tiny electromagnet or solenoid, either directly or through small levers (pawls). Facing the ribbon and the paper is a small guide plate pierced with holes to serve as guides for the pins. The moving portion of the printer is called the print head, and when running the printer as a generic text device generally prints one line of text at a time. Most dot matrix printers have a single vertical line of dot-making equipment on their print heads; others have a few interleaved rows in order to improve dot density.

Close-up of text from a dot-matrix printer. Th...Image via Wikipedia

Well i hope that the explanation above is clear enough for us to understand what is a dot-matrix or high impact printers. Even though we think that because of new development in printing technology the dot-matrix printer will become obsolete. Well for me i think not, because until this very day that i wrote this article there is a lot of offices and home that is using the dot-matrix printer.

Use of  Dot-Matrix Printer Today

As of 2005, dot matrix impact technology remains in use in devices such as cash registers, ATM, and many other point-of-sales terminals. Thermal printing is gradually supplanting them in these applications. Full-size dot-matrix impact printers are still used to print multi-part stationery, for example at bank tellers and auto repair shops, and other applications where use of tractor feed paper is desirable such as data logging and aviation. 

English: Printronix line matrix printer shuttl...Image via Wikipedia

Some are even fitted with USB interfaces as standard to aid connection to modern legacy-free computers. Dot matrix printers are also more tolerant of the hot and dirty operating conditions found in many industrial settings. The simplicity and durability of the design allows users who are not "computer literate" to easily perform routine tasks such as changing ribbons and correcting paper jams.

English: An Epson MX-80 dot matrix printerImage via Wikipedia

Some companies, such as Printek, DASCOM, WeP Peripherals, Epson, Okidata, Olivetti, Lexmark, and TallyGenicom still produce serial and line printers. Today, a new dot matrix printer actually costs more than most inkjet printers and some entry level laser printers. However, not much should be read into this price difference as the printing costs for inkjet and laser printers are a great deal higher than for dot matrix printers, and the inkjet/laser printer manufacturers effectively use their monopoly over arbitrarily priced printer cartridges to subsidies the initial cost of the printer itself. Dot matrix ribbons are a commodity and are not monopolized by the printer manufacturers themselves.

What do you think is the future of the dot-matrix printer for the next 10 or 20 years, will still be around by that time or for all usefulness and durability it will be another extinct commodities in technology? Can you share your thoughts on these?

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

3 Best Programs to Help with Your Web Design

Designing a website is a very difficult thing to do. Once you sit down and have a real idea of what you actually want to accomplish, you need to have a handle on the programs you’re using as well. If you aren’t tech-savvy enough to really go in-depth with your tool-set, you’ll be behind with your design before you even started. The most important thing to do is pick the most appropriate programs so you’re not wasting your time. If you’re interested in programs that will appeal to just about anyone, whether you’re an expert designer or just a beginner, this list will help you out big time. 

Adobe Dreamweaver

This program is considered, and has been considered for a long time, as the benchmark by which all web design programs are measured. With an array of tools that appeal to beginners and master designers alike, Dreamweaver is just about the perfect program for anyone looking to design a website themselves. The only downside is that there is a steep learning curve with this program due to all of the tools you need to get a hang of. But once you get comfortable with the interface, you’ll be creating beautiful and dynamic sites like a pro. 
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Microsoft Expression Web 4

Expression Web is the other major web design program on the market. While not quite as popular as Dreamweaver, it’s still a major component of the web design field. While Dreamweaver is great for just about everything besides certain programming languages, Expression Web picks up the slack in its support of the other major programming languages. Expression Web also has a much cleaner interface when compared to Dreamweaver, which may entice beginners. Even though it has less of a learning curve, it is still a very powerful design tool for designing NY Volkswagen websites, for example. 

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Adobe Photoshop

1    You’ll need this program to get professional images and layouts on your site. If you’ve ever done CSS (cascading style sheets), Photoshop will definitely help you design great looking designs. If you’re unfamiliar with how this program works, it’ll take a little while to get acclimated with it, but once you do, it’ll be your best friend. Since you’re developing a great site with some of the best tools out there, you might as well finish the look with professional styling and imaging.

Deutsch: Logo von Adobe Photoshop. English: Lo...Image via Wikipedia

With these programs, you’ll be able to create some unbelievable websites in only a matter of time. All it takes is dedication and a bit of time to learn them. You can check out online classifieds if you need help learning about them.

About the author:

Joe Petchonka has been a writer for over five years, and has written for newspapers, websites and automotive dealerships. In addition to having an extensive writing background and bachelor’s degree in English, he has helped companies develop professional material to help them achieve their goals.

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