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Computer For College 101

Computers are requirement of every age group. There is no general consensus regarding at what age to buy your kids their first laptop just like there is no disagreement about the importance of a laptop in college life. The hectic routine of lecture, assignments, presentations and assessments need hot foamy cups of coffee and a personal computer. That makes buying a computer for college an important investment, it should be chosen wisely because it’s a companion for the entire college life. Make a list of all things you want and always dreamed of having in your laptop; quad core processor, graphic processor and touchscreen then crush the list and throw it out and go for what you will need from your laptop in your education.

Extensive Battery Life: The advantage of laptop lies in its mobility constant need to plug it for charging converts it into desktop. Long battery life not only ensures better life of laptop but it also makes it easier to work for longer hours without interruption especially when student is on campus working for the entire day.

Hard Drive: You will need a laptop with good hard drive as you will need to store all the files, notes and videos in it. Normally 200 to 250 GB hard drive proves to be sufficient but some might require more space so they should choose according to their academic needs. External hard drive is also advisable for portability and backup purposes.

Size Does Matter: Offices allow chair and desk to place laptop neatly but for college students laptop is used literally to its name and is found mostly on lap. It also needs to be carried around classes along with books which can be difficult if it weighs more than 5 pounds. Having a proper bag which is easy to shoulders is also important.

Keyboard and Screen Size: Keyboard should have big easy keys and backlit if possible, the smoother the keyboard the better relationship with your laptop. Go for a good sized key board so you can type easily on it without errors. Same goes with screen size large screen means more option for multitasking. Normal screen sizes are 13 to 15 inch but students with subjects like photography, graphic design, multimedia and film making will require 17 inch screen to work.

Long Term Investment: Keep your purchase into your budget but also make it worth all the money. It’s better to have a good quality laptop even if it is slightly expensive that will last longer than the one who sucks up more money on repair. Purchasing extended warranty can be helpful if it covers all the computer repairs.

Optical CD and DVD drives: Laptop has big advantage over notebooks as they offer CD and DVD drives. Many college books come in CDs and they are also source of many software installations. Other than that multiple USB ports can be a cool option and will assist in multi taking as they will connect to printers, hard drives, cameras and IPod at the same time.

Academic investment is a good thing but one can go for web cam, wireless and attractive design without compromising other features. College, Cappuccino and Computer!

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Seven Best Laptop Practices

Laptop is not just a machine equipped with connectivity, storage and competence with constant use it becomes more than an investment. It shares you memories with you when you save your photos and videos in it. It becomes your companion due to all the assistance it gives and it turns into an entertainer when it brightens your day with its glowing LCD screen. The laptop is not a cheap product but it does not stop people from spilling drinks, instant noodles on it or dropping it on the floor that may lead to a costly computer repair . A man took extra care of his laptop and stored it in oven to keep it safe from burglars unfortunately his wife came home early and started cooking. Following are some top tips for ensuring long life of laptops.

Place it on Hard Surfaces: Soft surfaces like bed or cushions block ventilation holes at the bottom of the laptop as a result laptop cannot breathe air for cooling. This suffocation results in high temperature inside the laptop and reduces laptop’s life. The dirt on bed can also be sucked up in the laptop and can block the fan.

Active Antivirus: Precaution is always better then correction. Antivirus software can be easily downloaded and they help like white blood cells for laptop increasing its natural defense against viruses that can corrupt the computer and deform its functioning.

Keep Food Away From Laptops: It is visible in many cases that people do not want to be separated from their laptops. They work with them, sleep with them and eat with them. But this eating and drinking with laptop can decrease your overall relation with your laptop because one coffee spill on desktop requires generic replacement and spill on keyboard can ruin motherboard. In result of eating over it crumbs can go down the keys and invite insects inside laptop. It also damage circuitry and makes it look filthy.

Lift Laptop by base: It is suitable to lift and hold laptops from base rather than screen or from the middle part because direct pressure can lead to scratches.

Temperature aware: Extreme temperature or frequent change in temperature can be harmful for laptops. When enter indoor from an open space in winters let the laptop cool down to room temperature to protect disk drive from condensation. Also avoid direct heat from sunlight.

Battery Conscious: Nothing can move a lazy person faster than the battery low warning of laptop. Battery is the most common and frequent problem of laptops. Lithium batteries wear out no matter what but with care the harm can be postponed. Do not keep your laptop on charge all time nor avoid the battery low sign as it will result in sudden shut down. Drain laptop charger at least once a month.

Use Laptop Bag: Proper laptop case is very important. It keeps it secure and protected from all the menace traveling can bring.

Taking care of things around you is a responsibility and handling with care shows your respect towards facilities in life.

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Windows 8 Essential Tips and Tricks

With the wait for Windows 8 finally over, it’s time to shift our attention to how to get Microsoft’s newest operating system working in your favor. In this article, we’ll walk you through 10 useful tips for navigating the new interface, accomplishing advanced tasks, and using keyboard shortcuts to make your life easier.

1Windows Key Shortcuts

Microsoft’s operating systems have always shipped with some built-in keyboard shortcuts that use the Windows key, and Windows 8 is no exception. To execute the following shortcuts, just press the Windows key and the appropriate character key simultaneously.

Windows + X. This shortcut brings up a context menu that lets you quickly access things like the Event Viewer, Device Manager, Command prompt, Task Manager, Control Panel, Run dialog, and Desktop.

Windows + E. This shortcut launches Windows Explorer, making it easy to locate files on your computer, hard drives, or network location.

Windows + F. This shortcut opens the Search utility and defaults to finding document files.

Windows + Q. To quickly find an app you’ve lost track of, just use this shortcut. Windows Accessories, Ease Of Access, and Windows System utilities are also indexed here.

Windows + W. This shortcut also launches the search utility, but it helps you find settings menus, such as Devices, Privacy, and Notifications. It also lets you search for how to perform specific tasks, such as Add Printer, Connect To A Network, or Customize Your Account Picture.

Windows + C. You can quickly access Windows 8’s Charms menu (Search, Share, Start, Devices, Settings) by dragging your mouse cursor to the bottom-right corner of the screen. If your hands are already on the keyboard, however, this shortcut will also display the Charms.

 

2Close Applications

One of the fastest ways to close an application in Windows 8 is to simply grab it at the top of the window using your mouse, and then drag it down and off the bottom of the screen.

 

3 Do More With Windows Explorer

Microsoft is shipping a significantly tweaked Windows Explorer in Windows 8. To access Windows Explorer, press Windows key + E, then click the chevron icon from the upper-right corner of the window to access the File, Home, Share, and View menus.

 

4Change View In

Windows Explorer The two icons in the bottomright of the Windows Explorer window let you quickly switch between Details and Large Thumbnail views. The other views are still accessible as well; just click View and then choose an option from the Layout section, such as Extra Large Icons, List, and Small Icons.

 

Context Menus

Windows Explorer in Windows 8 features a number of context menus that only appear if you’re viewing a certain type of folder or drive location, or have selected certain file types, such as audio files, images, or applications. These context menus appear at the top of Windows Explorer and let you perform various file-specific actions. The menu tabs are brightly colored, so be on the lookout for them as you explore your files and folders.

 

5Library Tools

Libraries in Windows 8 are used to group files of a given type, for instance, Music, Documents, and Videos. When you navigate your Libraries in Windows Explorer, you’ll find a purple Library Tools menu option appear at the top of the screen. Click Manage to perform various Library- specific tasks, such as Set Save Location, Show In Navigation Pane, and Restore Settings.

 

6Recycle Bin Tools

When you view the Recycle Bin from Win8’s Windows Explorer, you’ll have access to the Recycle Bin Tools. Click Manage under this tab to access functions such as Empty Recycle Bin, Recycle Bin Properties, Restore All Items, and Restore Selected items.

 

7Show Hidden Files

As with Windows 7, you can configure Windows 8’s Windows Explorer to display hidden file types, but the procedure for enabling this feature is a little different. Start by launching Windows Explorer by pressing the Windows key and the E key simultaneously. Next click View, and then put a checkmark in the box adjacent to Hidden Items to display the folders and files hidden by default.

 

8Quickly Access Drive Tools

If you want to quickly optimize (defrag), format, or clean up a drive on your Windows 8 machine, just launch Windows Explorer (Windows key + E) and select the drive or Computer from the left pane. This displays the Drive Tools toolbar at the top of the window. Just click Manage to access these handy functions.

9Quickly Access BitLocker

In Win8 If you want to encrypt a folder or file, you’ll typically use Windows Explorer to navigate to the drive first. Helpfully, Microsoft has added a BitLocker (Microsoft’s folder encryption utility) shortcut to Windows Explorer. Simply click the drive you want to encrypt, click Manage from the top of the window, click BitLocker, and then select Turn On BitLocker. You can also enable BitLocker from the context menu that appears whenever you rightclick a drive or location.

 

10Quickly Access

Common Networking Tasks Windows Explorer features a Computer context menu that you can access by double-clicking the Computer icon from the Win8 Desktop. Click the Computer tab to see a list of the available Location, Network, and System functions you can perform. The Network functions include Access Media, Map Network Drive, and Add A Network Location.

 

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Top Surveillance System Features

Homes and small businesses have just as much need for physical security as their warehouse and data center counterparts. But smaller organizations may not have the on-staff expertise or budget for a high-end security deployment. If this sounds like your situation, don’t worry. There are plenty of affordable ways to set up surveillance in your setting, and it doesn’t take a computer scientist to handle the networking. The first thing to remember is that you’ll likely have a much easier deployment, as well as more functionality for less money, if you opt for a surveillance system based on IP (Internet Protocol) networking rather than older, analog CCTV (closed circuit television) technology. CCTV still dominates in many stores, and professional security installers still opt for CCTV as a first choice because it’s where they have many years of experience. But you want digital, and we’re going to show why by examining a few security options. Computers Repair Las Vegas NV!

Elements Of A Solid Surveillance Kit

There are three basic things you want a security package to do:

  1. Provide remote visibility into a given area.
  2. Detect and record intruders.
  3. Alert you through multiple means when intrusion is detected.

 Resolution

If you’ve ever compared a Blu-ray movie to its VHS equivalent, you know what a difference higher resolution can make. The more resolution (higher pixel count) you have, the more detail you get in a given field of view. If all you care about is seeing if an intruder is in an area, even 320 x 240 resolution will be sufficient. But if you want to make out the intruder’s facial features, you’re going to need more pixels.

Optics

The quality of the lens can have a significant impact on the surveillance image you see. Unfortunately, quality is subjective, and there are no mainstream ways of grading lens quality in cameras. Still, generally speaking, a $300 camera will provide better optical quality (and thus better image clarity) than a $100 camera, all other factors being equal. The quality of the sensor recording images from those optics can also play a role in defining clarity.

Audio

A camera with an integrated microphone will let you hear what’s being said or done in the camera’s environment. Some cameras offer a port for plugging in an external microphone. This usually adds overall cost but can yield superior audio clarity. Also note that some cameras include speakers, enabling two-way conversations between you and the people being observed and/ or the playback of a recording in case an intrusion alarm is triggered.

Movement

Most low-end cameras are fixed-position. Wherever the lens points, that’s what you see. However, many mid-range cameras incorporate motorized panning (side to side) and tilting (up and down) that you can control remotely. When trying to cover a broad area with only one or two cameras, “PT” capability is extremely useful. Higher-end cameras may offer optical zooming, just like on handheld still and video cameras. This feature is most useful in environments that are being actively monitored throughout the day. Note that some cameras may try to emulate PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) functionality digitally. This involves isolating a central part of an image, then scooting the borders of that cropped area around within the original image. You can’t see any additional detail with digital PTZ.

Remote storage

When triggered by an alert, some security cameras can store video straight into an inserted flash memory card (usually Secure Digital type). This enables video capture even if Internet connectivity is lost. Preferably, though, you want to store video away from the camera first, then on the camera as a backup measure. Some cameras can stream recordings straight into an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) site, but most will relay streams back to a PC running some sort of surveillance client application.

Night vision

Cameras with excellent sensors may be able to capture clear images in very low light conditions, but in our experience, these are nearly useless for surveillance because shutter speeds become so slow. If the camera is only capturing two frames per second in near-dark conditions, any recorded movement is likely to look like a smear. The better approach is to use a camera with infrared lamps. Infrared is invisible to the eye, but most camera sensors treat it like regular light, so you get greenish/gray night vision footage. Even if your camera doesn’t integrate IR lamps, you can always buy a separate IR lamp and point it within the camera’s field of view.

 

Smart Computing | October 2011 p.71

 

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Apple iCloud Online Service

Cloud computing is more than just a virtual playground for developers, now that Apple has announced the launch of iCloud (www.icloud.com), the company’s new wireless syncing platform and successor to the MobileMe (www .me.com) subscription-based service. Originally dubbed iTools about a decade ago and then renamed .Mac, MobileMe was released in 2008. Although support for MobileMe is slated to expire on June 30, 2012 for subscribers with accounts activated prior to June 6, 2011, Apple discontinued MobileMe availability in retail stores on Feb. 24 this year. The transition to iCloud will incorporate some features from MobileMe in addition to new cloud-based offerings. Moreover, iCloud will be offered at no charge for iOS 5 and OS X Lion users. At this time, MobileMe users can access data on certain programs, such as MobileMe Mail and Mac OS X Mail; Contacts and Bookmarks; iCal; and the multimedia created in iPhoto, iMovie, and iWeb, on multiple Apple devices. For instance, if you have an @me.com or @mac.com (f m the .Mac phase) email address, you can sync your Address Book, calendar events, and photos on your PC, MacBook, iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. Basic storage in MobileMe costs$99 per year for 20GB (or $149 a year for the Family Pack with a 20GB primary account and 5GB sub-accounts), whereas iCloud offers 5GB of free storage, unless you decide to buy a storage upgrade. Another $20 each year will get you 10GB of iCloudstorage. For $40, you’ll receive 20GB. And for $100, you have access to 50GB of space. Any purchased music, apps, books, TV shows, as well as the photos in Photo Stream (we’ll explain this later), “don’t count against your free storage,” Apple says. Although we could continue making MobileMe and iCloud comparisons, we’ll get right to it and cover the must-know info about iCloud in its beta stage, including current and upcoming features.

iCloud Raining Features

Mac Computer Repair – At press time, only the developer community could access iCloud. Apple will release iCloud as part of iOS 5, the next generation of its mobile operating system. iOS 5 is compatible with the following devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch third generation, iPod touch fourth generation, iPad, and iPad 2. Essentially, iCloud will function as an online service that lets you access almost all the content on the aforementioned devices (plus on a Mac or PC) whenever you like. By wirelessly pushing app content and multimedia to your devices, you don’t have to sync your mobile gadgets to your home computer, such as when you connect your iPod touch to your MacBook Pro in order to back up apps and music.

Music

In iCloud, you can purchase new music, TV shows, and movies via iTunes, and iCloud will push the song, episode, or film to the rest of your devices, regardless of which one you use to download the media. When you use this Automatic Downloads feature, you must have a broadband or mobile broadband connection for iCloud to sync content. iTunes tracks your purchase history, making it possible to get to previously purchased items on each of your devices. While both of these features are currently available as beta versions for the general public, an additional feature called iTunes Match will come with the official release. For $24.99 per year, iTunes Match will search your iTunes music collection for songs ripped from CDs or albums you’ve bought from other Web sites and back them up to iCloud.

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