Archive for December, 2008

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.

PC turns 40 years old

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Obviously, it is 40 years today for the first personal computer that was introduced on 8th of December 1968 in San Francisco. It is really sad to see how many of them did really know this, the great invention which has actually changed the way people look at their daily lives and even the ability of solving several problems quickly. This weird old device did boast the manual movement equipment famously known as the little mouse and an interactive screen. I am still amazed why people call this minute little device the mouse, most probably due to its shape and its connection with the wire which looks like a cute little tail.     

 

Does anyone know that the inventor of personal computer Douglas Engelbart from the Stanford Research Center staged a public demonstration which was witnessed by thousands of people? On that day, many people came across windows, mouse, and hypermedia with addressing & object linking with video conferencing for the very first time. Engelbart was praised by everyone and in the year 1997 he was awarded the Lemelson MT Award of 500,000 dollars which is said to be the single largest price money in the entire world for innovation and invention. And again in the next year Douglas Engelbarts name was included in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.    

 

However, in the year 1968 when Douglas demonstrated on how the personal computer users who perhaps had to compulsory have training even before touching this mammoth device, could edit graphics and text on their computer screen. This presentation even offered a preview of several upcoming personal computer networks which would later become internet.  The personal computer initially raised hopes for many people to solve several major quandaries on how to navigate worlds quickly increasing and accumulating complicated levels of information. This demonstration was something different which no one dared to dream or think about the latest Apple and Microsoft.

 

Even though Douglas Engelbart has not actually achieved much of fame like Bill Gates his philosophical influence is widely known in this particular field. The 1969 personal computer demonstration at the Conference in San Francisco held at the Civic Convention Center featured Douglas Engelbart in a short sleeved shirt and a matching tie as his computer work station standing in front of a huge video screen. This may really seem old-fashioned and tame for the new generation of today that is familiar to the higher technical special effects of the modern day.

 

However, at the time when these personal computers were hyped, calculators almost the size of a car that operated on punch cards was really mind blowing. Bill, English, the man who invented the first mouse in the year 1964, said that it was really surprising to see the standing ovation which Douglas Engelbart received on the occasion of the introduction of the personal computer on the 8th of December 1968. It was the animating visions of Engelbart to seek advanced access to quickly expanding stores of human information and knowledge actually appealed Bob Taylor. It is even seen that the entire success of Engelbart was established on his abilities to encourage his co-workers.        

Wanna FREE laptop?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

It is definitely one of the biggest surprises that in this new generation’s financial condition, one of the fast-growing personal computer markets is the free laptop. Most of the free laptop deals with mobile broadband are increasing in fame at a very inspiring rate, challenging the financial crashes. Back in the mobile broadband and laptop deals were said to be accounting nearly 30 percent of all the broadband sales. They are at present trying to overcome the separate mobile broadband transactions by the end of this year. Certainly, with bundles of broadband nothing is even entirely free however broadband laptop transactions are one of the best methods to bag a new branded laptop model without a debit or credit payment.           

Certainly, there are several added benefits of being able to use internet while you are on a move. You will unavoidably pay a huge sum of monthly subscription for a particular broadband laptop transaction instead of only a USB dongle. Perhaps, you will also have minimum subscription of just 18 months however after some time the laptop will be entirely yours. Actually, broadband bundles are becoming cheaper alternatives for many customers who look for cheap broadband packages along with some added services. At present, just few broadband operators are offering free laptops even though it is worth to check the entire list regularly in order to ensure you are well-informed on the contract length, model of the free laptop, downloading speed and the subscription price.            

Orange is the new operator that has entered the broadband market and with this the there has been a huge reduction in the monthly subscription prices for a 24 month broadband contract. It has come up to 24.47 pounds per month along with a free Eee PC Laptop which has proved to be a winner with almost all the subscribers. Even providers have awarded Eee PC laptops the top rank in the customer service after an in-depth report which was commissioned by the consulting organization and the independent research. 3 Mobile also has a strong hold over the broadband laptop market with a combination of various attractive packages which vary in price, contract length and downloading limits.

Besides that Vodafone has also started to offer laptop and broadband bundles even though its system is entirely different. As an alternative of handling separate USB dongles to connect the internet while on the move its broadband comes with an in-built to the personal computer. In the near future, you are sure to see lot more changes in these offers which are available at present. Some of the biggest mobile service operators, Chipmakers and even personal computer manufacturers of the world revealed that they are going to unite and pre-install a higher speed mobile information service into their notebook personal computers.              

Some of those who took part in the joint-venture revealed that they are hopping include broadband laptops which will prove to be so famous that it will equal the usage of Wi-Fi hotspots. But till then, the basic broadband laptops transactions appear to be playing the trick with all the consumers just like some of the people commented on this topic. They said that since the launch of these broadband laptop transactions they have seen considerable growth in their monthly sales and have predicted that these transactions will increase by the coming Christmas.

Speedup Your PC with 5 Maintenance Tasks

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

If you feel like your computer is slower than usual, then one of the reasons may be due to the disorganization of the files or if the resources are used up by some software. The operating system will have tools which can be used for cleaning up the computer and also help in enhancing the performance of the computer. There are some basic steps which can be implemented if your computer has started running a little bit slow. It will help you in tuning the computer which runs on Windows or even Vista. Before you start using them make sure that you create a backup which will help you to save important files if anything goes wrong.  

Removing the unnecessary files

 

Removing all the unused programs is the first step which means removing all the unwanted files. The programs will consume a lot of space on the computer and it will run in the background without you knowing. It is important that you remove all these files which will help in the restoration of the computers performance. The speed will also increase if you have a lot free space as it will help in the proper functioning of the programs.

 

Installing anti spyware software

 

A lot of programs can be removed with the help of the programs of ‘Add or Remove’ which could be accessible through the control panel. These spyware programs are very efficient and will scan the whole computer. These programs will help in the detection of any unwanted programs. You should install this software into your computer which will help you in the detection of any spyware which has been installed into your computer.

 

Free up the wasted space

 

You should remove all those unwanted programs which are not being used for making disk space in your computer. It will help in improving the speed of the computer and improved performance. The tools for disk cleanup will help you to find all the unwanted programs which can be deleted. You can run these programs in the properties option which can be found in the local disk of my computer. The cleanup will take a little while for scanning through the whole computer. A dialog box will start appearing when you choose the disk cleaning tool. After the cleanup you will have some extra space which will help in giving you extra space.   

 

Defragment the computer

 

The computer will have both fragmented and unfragmented. The fragmented files will take more time to be read compared to the defragmented files. The computer will go through different sections in the fragmented files. Performing a defragmentation will help you to improve the performance by the reorganization of the files. Fragmentation looks like a very complicated process but it is an easy process which will help in improving the performance of the computer.

 

Disconnect all the unused networks

 

This will help in better response by the computer and you will have better speed on your computer.

How to shop safely online this holiday season

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Holiday season is the time when consumers will be looking for good bargains on the internet. When you are shopping online, be very careful to make safe deals and not end up with any hoax deals. The retailers will be fully prepared with the special deals along with incentives for the online shopping. This is a great opportunity for the consumers to land great deals. One thing to keep in mind is the threat which is involved in online shopping in the form of hackers. You should stay away from the dangers which are involved in while shopping through the internet. Fundamental rules should be followed when you are using the internet for activities like shopping. Computers are basically dynamic devices in which new programs can be installed. When using the computer beware of the virus or other spyware programs. When you connect the modem and start using the internet, then you will become the part of the world wide network which may put you at some risk. Things may not be what it looks like. A lot of threats will exist before and more after the installation. These have been designed with exploitation in mind and you may install them automatically even without your knowledge.

 

After it gets installed, you cannot view them but they will be looming in the background. It will start logging in and take up all your personal information. In order to avoid this always update your computer with proper antivirus. The manufacture website will give you updates on all the latest virus and be sure not to ignore them. You should secure both your computer and the internet connection. People who are using connections with low bandwidth like dial up will be very susceptible to the threats as they will be directly connected. You can use something else from the PC like apple as hackers will not create exploits of the apple computers. It will be very difficult for the hackers to hack an Apple system.

 

Using another browser rather than the Internet Explorer will help you to reduce the risk of hacking. You can use other internet browsers like Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. You should check for the updates of these browsers as it will help in keeping hacking at bay. You should always carefully guard your personal information. Avoid typing financial information, security number etc in places where it is not needed. No bank will ask for the security number through the mail and so be aware of any such threats or phishing scams. Be sure to avoid the pop up ads as they may be potential hackers. Always take action after proper analysis and checking. Always research before you install, download or start running programs to check for its quality and content. You should think before you react to any sort of situation. Pop ups which will be in the form of security alerts should be checked properly and never open them. Hackers are anywhere and everywhere on the internet, make sure that you keep your eyes open.  

Holiday PC Maintenance Guide

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Holiday PC Maintenance Guide 

Well, if you are having weekend off then one of the best methods to utilize your time is by taking care of your personal computer. Most of the people do not have any idea on how to maintain their PC. Actually, there are five main aspects which everyone must consider when they want to maintain their PC at home. Most of these methods does not cost much and are even very easy to perform these include cleaning your screen, cleaning the junk from your PC, backing-up your data, cleaning-out your programs and adding extra memory.

 

  • Cleaning Your Screen – This can be done quiet easily. However, when as you last time of cleaning your PC screen? There are times when your computer’s monitor appears to look dim; this was because your screen hasn’t been cleaned for years. You must understand that when things are cleaned they appear bright to our eyes. So, if you are having a CRT monitor then you can wipe that screen by using a paper towel. Initially, spray the Windex on the cloth and then wipe the screen completely. However, if you are having LCD monitor then use pre-tested sprays specifically designed for flat screens to wipe the screen.
  • Cleaning the junk from your PC – Well, if you see any junks in your computer screen then make sure to clean it frequently. You must know that computers especially desktop usually have fans which pull lost of air and along with the air dust particles are also pulled into the fans which literally pollute your computer. However, to clean your PC you have to initially unplug the cables completely and clear the surface on which you will place your PC. Open the cover of your PC, connect the vacuum cleaner and clean the dust which is stored inside or near the fan. Make sure you perform this act carefully. Just make sure that you use the vacuum nozzle to clear the dust particles from the surface of your PC because it may fly everywhere you blow the vacuum.
  • Backing-up Your Data – There are times when your hard drive crashes and this can result in loss of several important files. This is why it is necessary to have a back-up which will perhaps save you money and even your data. Many people may be anxious to know what is backing-up however with the reduction of prices in external hard drives it has become very easy for many to save their important fields. Once you have purchased one for yourself, plug it to your PC and in the windows folder go to the users folder and drag all your important files from it and place it into the icon that represents external drive which is in the My computer. So, this will prevent your important files from being lost with the hard drive getting crashed occasionally.
  • Cleaning-out your unused programs – If you have some unused programs in your PC then it is always better to delete them in order to have sufficient space in your hard drive. You can do this by looking for these unused files in the control panel. You will get a program named Add/Remove program where-in you can select the files which you do not need and remove them.
  • Adding extra memory – This is one of the best things you can actually do to the performance of your PC. RAM modules are cheap and so adding an additional one will provide you additional space to save more data. Once you purchase the RAM, follow the instructions available on the case and install the RAM in the perfect position. Make sure that your PC is switched-off when you are adding the RAM to your PC.

These are some simple methods through which you can easily maintain your PC at home.