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Running Windows on Apple Mac – Bootcamp

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Steve Jobs officially gave in the idea of running Windows on his Mac computer. There is a new version of dual booting Windows XP of Apple on the Intel based Mac which is called as Apple Boot Camp or Public Beta and it is now let to be downloaded from the official Apple website. This download is not for the hacker types, possibly the best features of it is the user friendly interface which lets average people dual boot with ease. The successfully addressed issue of BIOS from Apple also adds driver support for video cards and speakers which would bring in plenty of excitement to the entertainment and gaming community. This boot camp does not come without disclaimers as not everything might work and the Windows partition would be open to virus attack.

There are already assumptions about the official support for Windows with the joining of Apple BAPCO which is the new Windows based benchmarking company, after two programmers had figured out how to boot Windows on a Mac system and so the Boot camp download was their next logical step to drive sales. However Apple has already specified that they would not provide any technical support for Windows platform on the Mac system which can probably cause some concerns for non technical savvy community. Microsoft will however support the software issues and not any Mac hardware problems assuming that the user has a licensed copy of Windows XP SP2. It does not matter whether you are a Windows user or a Mac user this move would likely send several latent buyers to the nearby Apple store. Additionally the best thing is that it will also be in built as a part of upcoming Mac operating system X version.

The Boot Camp is the boot utility which lets users with Intel based Mac system to easily boot Windows. However it can only work if you have Windows XP SP2 which is also asked to submit. Therefore, make sure you have the blank CD-R disk ready as Boot Camp will require you to make drivers disk for all the Mac components so that you easily work XP. Some other things like running firmware and software updates are also necessary to make the Boot Camp run which should also be the first thing to do.

Procedure for installing Windows on Mac

 

There is a partition manage built right in the install procedure and so there is no need to create any separate partition for the new Windows XP on Mac. You just have to drag the bar that indicates how big you need the partition to be for Windows, and make sure that you write down the size that you are partitioning. Then the software would ask you for the bootable Windows XP SP2 disk in order to start the installation. This entire process might take you around an hour, and during the process if you decide that you don’t need Windows then Boot Camp can also revert back to Mac only computer. As you hold down the options key during startup, you can easily switch between Windows XP and Mac OS X.

How to clean your computer, physically

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

A hard key on your computer keyboard or some volatile mouse can be a nuisance when working on your computer and also a waste of time. This means that your computer needs a great amount of regular maintenance and care so that it operates properly and so if you can spend a few minutes every week on cleaning your computer can actually make a great deal.

The first common problem when it comes to cleaning the keyboard is dirt and dust accumulating between the keyboard keys. In this case you can turn the entire keyboard upside down so that you gently shake it and remove the large particles. This should be done at least once a week to avoid the particles get blocked. Then with a soft brush you remove the dust sticking to the keyboard, and then wipe it with either dump cloth or some special dust removing spray. Using the wipes soaked in clean solution, gently wipe between the keys. Make sure you never spray any solution on the keyboard any other part of the computer hardware as they can be damaged.

When  you clean the mouse, firstly turn the mouse upside down and using the pre-dampened cloth, wipe the base of it. It is a roller-ball mouse then remove the ball and clean it in water mixed with a little dishwashing liquid and then wipe it dry. You can use a small cloth bud dipped in Methylated spirits to clean any dirt inside the mouse ball casing. Make sure you specially clean the three small contact rollers which touch the mouse ball.

Hidden dust can be really bad for computers. The fans that are designed to pull in air to cool the processor and other items also cover up in dust, which can even settle over some components as an insulting blanket causing it to either overheat or to malfunction. You can us a can of compressed air to remove the buildup of dust while also holding a vacuum cleaner to suck up all the dust particles. However before you open any park of the computer make sure to first disconnect the mains and you don’t touch anything wit the vacuum cleaner nozzle.

Make sure you have a collection of basic cleaning materials for your computer always handy which should include lint-free cloth, a can of compressed air, cotton buds and a cleaning solution which all can help you easily clean and maintain your computer. There are also ready-made computer cleaning kits available at computer outlets and at large departmental stores and some even include a mini vacuum cleaner.

Here are some more tips about cleaning your computer. Reading on a dirty computer screen especially when light strikes it from different angles can be difficult and can slow down your work. In this case remove all the finger marks and dust with a clean and soft cotton cloth and take good care with an LCD screen as they are prone to scratch sooner. A little clean water is generally enough to clean computer screen but you can even use any clean solution to get rid of stubborn marks. The scanner glass should also be cleaned in the same way as the computer screen. Your computer CD writer or reader can also accumulate dirt and dust and so it is also important to frequently clean the CD player optical lens with a special cleaning material.

Surf the net in your hands

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

By the year 2020, cell phones would be amongst the primary net-surfing devices for majority of people across the globe, as per a board of experts. They have also moved a step ahead by predicting that internet technologies would possibly not cause ‘increased social tolerance’.

“The cell phone, now with noteworthy computing power- would be the main internet connection and sole one for around 90% of the individuals all over the world”, as mentioned by Pew Internet and American Life project in the report headed ‘Future of the Internet”. It has been said that telephony would be presented under a group of universal protocols and standards accepted by almost every operator internationally, thereby making up for considerably effortless movement, that too, from one portion of world to the other.

Around 4 out of 5 experts have agreed with the above-mentioned scenario, as per Pew survey conducted online. Pew went on to survey around 578 people in all, related to internet. They included builders, activists, commentators, and builders, identified via numerous technology associations, along with a widespread canvassing of government, business, and scholarly documents between the period 1990 and 1995 for seeing who had proper predictions regarding internet’s future impact. Some of the experts that were polled included Nicholas Carr, i.e. author of ‘The Big Switch’ and Rough Type blog, havi Hoffman from the network of ‘yahoo Developer’, Michael Botein, i.e. New York University Law School’s Media Law Center’s founding director, and various members of ICANN board.

Experts had been asked if broader exposure to diverse groups via web would significantly go on to advance a thing called ‘social tolerance’ by the year 2020, causing declination in terms of violence, overt acts such as bigotry, sectarian strife, and ‘hate crimes’.

Merely 32%, i.e. 1/3rd of experts agreed that web would bring about social tolerance to a greater extent, whereas 56% of them disagreed. The number of survey participants depicted that divide between intolerant and tolerant could probably be deepened owing to information-sharing tactics used by people on internet.

The respondent of survey, i.e. Adam Peake stressed on the fact that social tolerance isn’t in the nature of mankind. Adam Peake is also one of the policy analysts for ‘Center for Global Communications’. The 1st link-up with regards to global satellite was in the year 1967. Apart from 578 experts, the other 618 respondents who are not regarded as opinion leaders or experts aiding in the construction of web were surveyed by Pew. Results of poll were quite similar within the non-expert as well as expert groups. Let some light be thrown on certain other results of pew report.

Around 55% of the experts are of the opinion that people would interact in superficial faces on the daily basis via virtual worlds as well as the other kinds of ‘augmented reality’. Majority of well-equipped users of internet would be spending certain portion of their hours- at play and at work- at least to augmentations of alternate worlds or the real world…as stated by Pew.

Are you ready for 3-D TV?

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

If you want to know when three dimensional programming would be ultimately functional on television, you need not wait any longer. Answer to this query is ‘now’. However, do not expect it at your door step right now.

On 4th of December, reality went on to shoot the 1st NFL game, which was to get broadcasted in three dimensions. They also moved further with production of U2 concert in 3-D, distributed by ‘National Geographic’, which performed the task of playing in cinemas all over the country.

The good news is that it’s not tough to have created three dimensional programming for television any more. This procedure is, in fact, difficult for cinemas. However, setting of 3D standards is facing loads of technical obstacles at this moment. The situation is so critical that there isn’t any agreed-upon method for transmitting the image ‘over the air’ or through satellite. Besides, there isn’t any prescribed method to decode the image after it reaches television, and to create a three-dimensional effect on television.

The credit of developing a three dimensional camera goes to 3ality. To be precise, 2 cameras are tied to one another. ‘Depth Effect’ differs on the basis of the distance between the two cameras, and the angle between each lens and its partner. By having manipulated the relative positions of the camera, foreground can be extended beyond screen or receded behind it.

If you have found watching a 3-dimensional movie difficult, the main reason isn’t the ‘technique’ used, but lack of perfection in terms of application. 3ality’s sister-concerned in Germany is in to development of a lot of ‘software techniques’ which permit one of the post-production operators to rectify for three-dimensional cameras and mismatched frames that had been placed far apart for having created an image that’s comfortable to see.

If you expect 3-D to resemble reality, you don’t need to hold the breath. While there isn’t any question of the effect creating depth, scenes having ‘planes of depth’ are often created. However, there is little depth inside an object. Hence, 2 people might appear at dissimilar distances, but every figure appears of being flat.

To combat this problem, producers of three dimensions frequently keep camera in motion; by continuously changing shadows and angles. The brain goes on to perceive objects with greater depth. This technique has been used by 3ality in production of U2. Next year would be full of surprises for the tech-savvy people. NBC would be airing the shows, i.e. Chuck’s 3-D episode. Capabilities of 3D would be seen then.

The above-mentioned show, would, however, not show 3ality’s finest work, as Chuck would be shot by making use of anaglyph three-dimensional method. As with three dimensional comic books of the 60s, viewers would be required to put on special glasses with cyan and red filters for seeing the three-dimensional effect. The ‘anaglyph technique’, unlike polarizing three-dimensional system, can’t go with accurate reproduction of colors. This is the reason behind it being not taken positively with regards to future three-dimensional television programming.

Hi-tech Digital Camera From Kodak

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Kodak has released the new eyeshare M1033 which has great features that make it a perfect digital camera. It is a compact digital camera that is slim, sturdy and has simple operation that makes it a good choice for home use. The picture quality is also very good compared to other models in its class. The features are well set and have a lot of rudimentary features. The only flaw is that it has a lackluster video and has limited option of three shot burst. Kodak eyeshare is ultra compact and will fit into an average person’s budget. The camera is ten megapixels and is a great pocket camera. M1033 is a great asset and it helps you to capture excellent pictures. The length of the camera is around 2.3 inches and has a width of 3.7 in. The best feature of M1033 is that it is ultra compact and weighs only 5.2 ounces.

 

 

The camera has a metal body and comes in a lot of colours like black, copper, silver, gray, pink and also red. The design of the piece is very clear cut and the simple features allow anyone to use the camera easily. Buttons for shutters, power, mode selections and for flash are on the top side of the body. It is flushed with its body and gives a streamlined look to the camera. The back side has a 3 inch LCD which is very bright that can be used for viewing the sunlight. It has a large locker zoom switches of 3 x 35- 105mm which is equivalent to a 3.1 -5.7 lens and it is positioned to the left side of the screen. The bottom portion has joystick that can be used for navigation purposes and it can be used for playing the captured videos and photographs. It also comes with the option of playback, delete and also menu. It helps you to tag an image that can be printed or even mailed after connecting the camera to the computer.  The first shot will take 1.7 seconds to get snapped and this is the duration between different shots.

 

 

The flash is very big and helps in getting much more clear images. Shutter lag option can be used in bright conditions. The burst mode will give a 3 shot spurt which is almost 1.4 seconds. Pressing the camera’s shutter button will help in focus confirmation and the picture will be more focused. It also has face detection technology and helps in giving clear images of people. The additional features include smart capture, video mode, program, and also scenes. The dynamic range is very broad it helps you to capture a good quality image. The improved detail capturing and the contrast options will work regardless of the lighting conditions. The scene modes have of 22 different types and it includes options like portrait, or landscape modes. It is a great gadget that is perfect for rough use and is an all rounder in terms of compact digital cameras. The picture quality is higher compared to the cameras in its class.