There is an ongoing debate about the benefits of buying computer components to build your own customized personal computer and choosing a computer that is ready to use at a store in your local store. Apparently, a computer made in a store gives you the convenience of choosing a PC model that suits your specifications, then you take it home or to the office and plug it in and voila! It’s ready to use. Buying computer components on the other hand, gives you the freedom to set your own PC according to the exact specifications using branded parts that are more durable and easier to replace when you want to improve your system. But putting together the fine parts of a computer isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, no matter how simple the instructions are. Whatever choice you make depends on what works best for you, so it’s important to have a better understanding of the type of computer hardware that should be on your personal computer.
The hardware inside your computer including the box that holds all this comes from different individual manufacturers, and these parts are gathered together under the operating system which is software that is usually run by Microsoft. To keep the price of computers made in stores popular, distributors will usually use generic parts that may be of lower quality, and because they must meet market standards, it is difficult to find a personal computer that is specifically suited unless your proceeds to buy computer components as instead.
Your purpose in buying a computer can be categorized based on the following needs:
For basic computer tasks –
This includes performing Microsoft office functions such as Word and Excel, internet access for email, connecting with friends and family through social media, search or research, online shopping, online …Read more
Technology is ever-changing making it increasingly difficult to buy a computer that will last you three to five years after its initial purchase. Lasting a few years after purchasing it does not mean it will necessarily break down, but more along the lines that you won’t be able to run the newer software titles. Software is continually updated and always requiring the latest hardware to make it function properly.
The Portability vs. Function Debate
The portability of a notebook computer has made it quite popular among new buyers. The smaller form factor and seemingly limitless boundaries on using the computer have been a large selling point. Notebook computers are also able to fulfill a number of basic duties for users, such as Internet browsing, emailing and word processing, while adding the luxury of doing this almost anywhere you, please.
Despite this, notebook computers are sold at a much higher price point than a desktop and can sometimes be double or triple the cost. While portability is a nice feature to have on a computer, the reality is that you can buy a capable desktop/tower computer for almost half the price. Desktop computers are in some ways more versatile than a notebook computer because they can be upgraded with third party computer components. The computer owner can do most of these upgrades such as RAM, hard drive and video card on his or her own. The computer components in a desktop computer are more generic and can be bought for far less than notebook computer components, which are often smaller and more expensive.
While portability may seem important, the reality is that you may get more out of your budget and your computer by purchasing a desktop, rather than a notebook. You can also upgrade the internal components of …Read more
In this age of high-tech communications, do people really listen to the spoken word anymore? With the popularity of emails, texting, faxing, instant messaging, answering machines, automated phone calls and social networking sites, are verbal communications being affected in a negative way because of all this modern, communication technology?
As we have progressed into such a technical age, are we beginning to lose the human touch? Is our human interacting, also known as, one on one, or face to face, becoming passe’? It is uncommon in these modern times to place a phone call and hear a live voice spoken. Customer service is now a series of prompts by pressing keys on our telephones to lead us to the prompt which will give us all the information we are seeking. Occasionally we press prompts that lead us to a representative who is there to help, but too often they have heavy foreign accents which often makes it difficult to communicate with ease.
Because of so many technical communication methods in our lives today, talking face to face has disappeared in many areas of our lives. There was a time when communication was done only through face to face encounters, telephone calls, or through someones own handwriting. Today, picking up the telephone to chat with a friend, dropping a handwritten note, or stopping in to visit a friend just to say hi, is becoming uncommon. Instead it is more common today for people to drop a quick email, or pop in on their social networking sites to say hi to a friend, it is possible now days to send a friend an e-card, you can even send a friend a hug via cyberspace. What on earth ever happened to the days of giving real hugs in person?
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The technology and its enhancement each day has become the driving force of change in the modern world. It has altered the economic structures as well as the way we communicate.
Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) is one of the general terms these days as concerned to transmission technologies for the delivery of voice communications over IP networks such as Packet Switched networks or Internet. It is a system that allows you to make voice calls using a broadband connection instead of regular phone lines.
IP Telephony refers to communication that is transmitted via the internet. Under this system communications are converted into digital signals that travel over internet. All that you need to make your IP calls is a broadband connection service such as DSL or LAN network and a computer if the devices are such.
Because of its bandwidth efficiency and cheaper rates that is provided with VOIP technology it has been becoming more and more popular. More and more VOIP service providers have been emerging in the recent years and clearly it is turning over to move towards mobile VOIP that will allow same features and convenience on the go with its cheap call rates. As per improvement in technology there will be significant change in the quality of data transmission, with improved multimedia and video conferencing provided by many service providers.
The next step most probably would be towards the standard mobile networks particularly emphasizing over the 3G, GPRS standards. The implications of these would be profound enough to shake the future technologies to a huge extent. It has been speculated that like the iPhone and other smartphones have hit the market, so does the use of Voice over IP that would allow users to use applications like Skype and Fring that will allow make free …Read more
For those who prefer to design and build their own computers from scratch, the internal features that comprise the operating power of the system are just one of the considerations that go into the design and planning process. Casing is one important computer component that cannot be ignored. Not only does it cover your CPU, motherboard, and other important elements – it also provides protection and aesthetics for what should be an open collection of sensitive parts.
There are various types of cases available to hold your computer components, most of which are based on industry ATX standards for size and layout for housing motherboards. Because all the components of your computer will be placed inside the casing, it can easily be considered as the backbone of your computer system. When choosing a case, there are some important considerations you need to make.
These considerations include the amount of expansion space, and ease of access. Expansion cavity is a slot on the front of the casing where you can access various removable drives such as DVDs or DC-Rom drives. If you plan to improve your system for the rest of your life, you will want to ensure that you have more expansion space to accommodate future drives. The ease with which you use to access internal components is an important factor, because it will determine how easily you can make anticipated improvements, as well as carry out regular cleaning to remove dust and dirt.
How your case is placed will show how efficient your computer fan is at keeping internal computer components cool – reducing or eliminating the cause of most computer crashes and freezes. In addition, a quality filter cover over the fan area can help remove dust and other particles which can cause overheating.
As you can see, …Read more