4 Steps to Keep your Computer Safe

July 27, 2012 – 12:18 pm
Modern day computers need to be constantly protected, so to speak, thanks to the existence of viruses, spam, pop-ups and so on and so forth. If left unchecked, these unwanted applications or files can hamper our system’s performance. So, here are a few steps by which you can keep your computer safe: #1: Anti-virus Protection Even though most systems these days come with antivirus protection, it’s important to understand that in order to enjoy maximum benefits, one should not forget to renew the service once the term if over. Ensuring that you have antivirus software at all will ensure that you are able to keep your computer clean from common issues related to viruses and spam. #2: Check to see if Windows Defender or Firewall is turned on The next thing that you have to do is to find whether Windows Defender or Firewall is turned on for real-time protection. First, you’ll have to find ...

3 Steps To Determine Whether an Apple Macintosh Or PC Is Right For You?

July 20, 2012 – 12:17 pm
If you are looking for a new personal computer, a bit of research will tell you that there are PCs available using platforms based on MacOS, Windows and Linux. What makes the decision of figuring out whether any of these PCs are right for you hard is because there is very little between them Yet a comparison between their weaknesses and strengths will help you determine which PC is right for you, and so here are a few steps to do just that: Step #1: List out what you want to do with your computer While basic functions such as web browsing, scheduling and management, multimedia playback and document manipulation are usually no different on these platforms, there are certain advanced features that are best on certain platforms. For example, if you’re a gaming enthusiast, then Windows would be your choice as opposed to the other two. Content creation, the other hand, is where ...

4 Steps to Buying the Right Assembled PC

July 9, 2012 – 12:08 pm
Almost anyone knows the difference between branded and assembled PCs, where the former is built to meet general computing needs while the latter is custom-built for purposes that cannot be met by their branded counterparts. Although, there are advantages to both types, what becomes apparent is that a lot of thought must go into buying an assembled PC. So here are steps that can help you buy the right assembled PC: #1: Decide whether you want a laptop or a desktop If you’re planning to work from one location, then a desktop would be a good idea. However, if you need to move around for your work, then a laptop would work well instead. What one must keep in mind is the fact that assembled desktops are common rather than laptops. #2: Make a list of what you might use the computer for As mentioned earlier, an assembled computer is usually built for specific needs. So, ...

How Warfare Changed Calculations

February 2, 2016 – 4:31 pm
By Samuel Phineas Upham World Wars I and II significantly changed how we used calculators. It’s strange to consider that dropping bombs required greater computational urgency than sending a man to the moon, the latter being accomplished with the use of a slide ruler, but the reality is that warfare and math go hand in hand. For the military to perform precision air strikes, or to shoot down incoming planes with any sense of accuracy, real-time calculations had to be performed. Math had another coveted property: encoding. Using mathematic principles applied to language or numbers could produce a code for communication. The enemy on both sides struggled throughout World War II to gather intelligence in order to crack these codes. A great deal of money was poured into programs designed to crack intelligence codes and decipher communications to gain the upper hand in war. Most of these attempts were more like machinery you’d ...

How to Access Geo Blocked Content

January 31, 2016 – 11:03 am
Netflix recently launched its services in an additional 130 countries. Amidst all the fanfare, what they did not mention was that not all countries would get the same catalog as Netflix USA. They did hint at different licensing restrictions for different shows. It turns out the differences are quite large. Most countries have less than 20% of the complete catalog. For Netflix and other services that limit their services to specific countries, users ended up using third party services to use the full catalog. There are two main ways of doing this. The first are called SmartDNS services. DNS is how website names are resolved into actual server addresses. Once you sign up for a Smart dns service, you change the DNS servers on your router. The next time you call up the Netflix website, it redirects it to a server owned by the dns provider. They then route traffic through their ...

How Does Current VR Technology Work

January 30, 2016 – 10:58 am
Virtual Reality is being hailed as the next big thing in tech. The highlight of the last Consumer Electronics Show was every company showing or announcing their VR plans. Even Apple is rumored to have up to 800 people working on some form of virtual reality tech. At present there are two products on the horizon which are generating the most buzz. The two products are by Oculus and HTC. The Oculus rift is a head mounted virtual reality stereoscopic 3D display. You get a controller and can look around in every direction. However, VR is more than just about games. While gaming is the primary draw, the ability to look around in 3D limited mostly to cockpit based interactions. You can be in the cockpit of a fighter and can actually look around for enemy fighters. The other two uses for VR are movies and exploration. With exploration you can ...

Three Steps to Safeguard your Computer From Malicious Software

January 29, 2016 – 10:55 am
There are many more security risks on your computer than ever. In the past we only had to worry about viruses. Now there are viruses, trojans, rootkits, zombies etc. However, with just a few simple steps you can prevent 90% of the threats facing most users today. These steps including operating without admin rights and staying clear of unknown or pirated software. These steps are detailed below. Admin rights Make sure that your everyday account on the computer does not have admin rights. Admin rights are only needed when changes are being made to the computer. Instead create a separate account that does have admin rights and use that whenever you need to install software or make a change. On Windows and Mac OSX,the computer will popup a request for admin rights if the running user does not have them. This prevents most malicious payloads from executing on your computer without your ...

Creating Diamond-like Carbon Coatings

January 19, 2016 – 2:05 pm
Written by: Denton Vacuum, LLC Diamond-like carbon coatings can be created in a laboratory. Diamond like carbon coatings can be deposited in a variety of ways using different methods. Some of these methods include: ion beam, electron beam, lasers, and sputter coating. The Coating Process The entire coating process takes place in a specially designed vacuum chamber that varies by system. Some of the more optimal systems utilize a fixated carousel that the vacuum lies on. The source material is then preheated to a specific temperature, typically less than 150 degrees Celsius. During the preheating process, the substrate that is going to be coated is rid of all of the moisture produced by the material utilizing the vacuum attached to the sputter coater. The adhered moisture can affect the product’s properties as well as the final result. The next phase requires there to be a scrubbing of the surface with ions to enhance the ...

The Advantages of Self Driving Cars

December 30, 2015 – 12:04 pm
Picture a future where you don’t own a car. Whenever you want to go anywhere, you start the app and request a ride. A car arrives, waits for you and takes you to your destination and leaves. This could be our future if Googles self driving car program is realized. This comes with several advantages. Cost The cost of car ownership will be shared. Travelling will basically become a larger taxi service. You will only pay for the cost of your ride and not for any unused time of the car. This is unlike modern taxi services where ride costs include the total cost of owning the vehicle. Because of nearly 100% utilizing of a vehicle the per mile cost lessons dramatically. This makes it cheaper than owning your own vehicle. Safety In a world where the majority of cars will be self driving, you can expect almost no accidents. The average number of ...

Finding a Quality Oligonucleotide Supplier

December 29, 2015 – 2:02 pm
Written by: The Midland Certified Reagent Company Here are some factors that you should consider. If you are a laboratory that is in need of custom oligonucleotides, there are a variety of factors that you need to look at before selecting your supplier of choice. There are many trusted and reputable brands out there that meticulously care for their products and those should be the companies that you should be doing business with. Flexibility When you’re dealing with a supplier, you’re going to want to make sure that they supply you with a flexible amount of oligos for your laboratory. B sure to check the flexibility of their synthesis scales as well as how their bulk orders work as well – usually you’ll be able to score a discount when ordering in bulk. You’re also going to want to take a look at their catalogue to ensure that they can supply you with the ...

The Advantages of Chromebooks

December 29, 2015 – 11:48 am
Chromebooks are Google’s take on the desktop computer operating system. It is based around their web browser Chrome. In it, the web browser takes center stage. You cannot run any applications, only websites that you visit through the web browser. Chromebooks have become very popular with schools and other education institutions and have taken a significant portion of education sales in the last couple of years. There are several advantages to using Chromebooks, here are three: Administration Chromebooks are registered online. Each chromebook can be registered to a specific account and this makes it much easier to manage. There is also no directly usable local storage so anyone can switch from one Chromebook to another as long as their data is in the cloud. For cloud storage on Chromebooks, Google Drive is built in. In the same vein, if someone loses a chromebook, they can be up and running on a new ...

Top X things to buy with an iTunes gift card

December 2, 2015 – 12:10 pm
What gift do you give a techie who already has everything they need? a gift card. An iTunes gift card is one of the most popular gifts, especially for the holidays. It is popular because you can buy it in several denominations, but most of all it is an actual physical card which is essential when you want to be able to give a physical gift. There are so many things you can buy with it, here are a few apps: Tweetbot There are a lot of twitter clients available on iOS, but nothing compares to Tweetbot. Ask any techie or Apple fan and they will tell you the same thing. If you don’t have this already, and are still using the official Twitter client, this is a good purchase.   Riptide This is a game that never gets old. You can get hours and hours of fun. Even better is that you can play ...

How to use your Smartphone to track your infants growth

December 1, 2015 – 12:05 pm
Parents of newborns are seen walking around with notepads writing down every detail they can. What time the baby fed. The timing of his last diaper change. Monitoring total feeding times and quantities. These are just a few details that need to be tracked early on. Thanks to some modern smartphone apps, this is no longer necessary. There are now smartphone apps that can track every facet of your babies life. Let’s take feeding. Breastfeeding can be tracked by time spent feeding or for formula fed babies you can enter quantities. At the end of the day several indicators can show how much your baby has fed. This data can be graphed over time and compared to previous days. You can also track growth. Weight and add that information in regularly and you can track the babies growth. This information is plotted against several graphs that compare to WHO and CDC infant ...