Spruce Up Your Garden This Spring

Winter has gone and spring has come. Every living creature on the planet is rejoicing. We can not wait to explore the beauty outside as signs of life can be seen blossoming everywhere. The thought of climate change and global warming, aside from having sheer delight in being able to give life to something, is a great excuse to find out whether you have a green thumb.

Whether you have or don’t yet have a garden at home, making one isn’t as hard as you think it is. Look for a clear spot somewhere in your yard that is exposed to the sun and is likewise close to a water source. The first thing in your agenda is to make sure that the area is clear of anything and the soil is fertile or risk wasting all your time and effort trying to make …

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The Evolution Of Computing

Technology keeps on progressing as the years go by. Back then we were still watching black and white films through Betamax and VHS tapes but now we can live stream our own videos using just our phone in all colors of the color spectrum – a smartphone that can do all sorts of things you don’t need individual gadgets to do the job anymore. And no other better example of seeing these advancements in action than seeing how computers have evolved through the years.

Computers of yesteryears were bulky and used floppy disk drives you’ll never see used anymore in modern computers. Computer hardware is essentially the backbone of any computing device. What use is sophisticated software if there’s no sturdy and functional hard drive to house and protect it. Hard drives can have issues, however. But overall, they still somehow look the …

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How Powerful Social Media Has Become

Social media is no longer just for sheer entertainment. It has evolved to become a powerful platform where people connect with the world, share their experiences, and voice out their opinions on all issues affecting mankind. What started out as a convenient way to get in touch with family and a close circle of friends are now being used as a business tool to promote and grow brands, big or small, and even a medium where people learn about the latest news from all corners of the globe that mostly contain raw and unedited videos.

Social media platforms like Facebook is a hub for just about everything you can think of, from status updates, photo, and video sharing, messaging support, business advertising, live streaming feature, and so much more. There is so much going on that you can get lost in it for …

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Understanding Computer Programming

While we are all surrounded by technology, it does not mean that we have mastered them all. Some people have – they are experts and authority figures in the computing field. The rest of us are mere users who know just enough to navigate sophisticated technology without really fully understanding the technology and logic behind them.

We may think of computers as advanced pieces of technology that can do almost everything we ask them, the truth is, not. Computers can look up websites when you are browsing or store files we save on them because they have been programmed to do that. But if you ask them to, say, clean the house for you or cook food, then nothing will definitely happen because they weren’t programmed to do that at all. So see, they aren’t the supreme machines we used to think of. And …

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Remember When There Were Chip Manufacturers Everywhere?

cmsIt’s no secret that the cost and availability of Intel (or compatible) chips has a major impact on the prices customers pay and the performance they get. While there are often allocations or limited supplies of some specific parts (like the 486DX2 in the third quarter of 1992), a general overall balance has always applied.

That’s about to change.

As the accompanying chart shows, overcapacity on the manufacturing side is going to cause a staggering gap between chip supplies and personal computer consumption in the next 12 months.

Of course, not all X86 processors go into PCs. Some are used in appliances and electronic gewgaws, so a difference between PC units and processors is inevitable. But the roughly 40 percent “overage” for this year isn’t going to be absorbed in these other markets.

This oversupply will cause no small amount of strange happenings. Moving …

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Everex: My First PC, And Then, Well… Gone!

mfpcIn certain circles, Everex Systems Inc.’s downfall has been portrayed as a classic example of how a vicious PC price war can quickly turn a $500 million company into a casualty.

However, many observers and former employees attribute Everex’s financial woes, which culminated with last week’s Chapter 11 filing, more to its own lack of identity than to the price war.

In particular, the Fremont, Calif., PC maker operated without a clear product strategy, instead saturating the market with as many as 150 models of computers as well as servers, monitors, modems and peripherals that differed little from each other.

This lack of focus, coupled with its sprawling product line, alienated Everex from its dealers, VARs and, ultimately, its customers, observers said. “Everex tried to be everything to everybody,” said Randy Giusto, senior analyst for WorkGroup Technologies Inc., a market researcher in Hampton, N.H. …

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Peer To Peer Just Couldn’t Beat Client/Network

ptpjcAlthough peer-to-peer networking has picked up steam as a low-cost, low-maintenance alternative to client/server networking, the stark differences between the two options are worth noting before buying.

Peer LANs allow networked users to share each other’s disks, printers and other resources without requiring a dedicated server. Each user’s workstation functions as both a client and a server.

By comparison, a client/server LAN revolves around a centralized server for operations such as user login, file sharing and E-mail, as well as the storage of applications. All networked PCs function as clients to the server.

Peer-to-peer LANs have several advantages for small groups of users over the more complex client/server solution, according to William Donahoo, director of marketing for Novell Inc.’s desktop systems group in Provo, Utah.

“A peer LAN is an inexpensive and simple solution,” that is “good for certain services such as file and …

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PC-TV – A Blast From TV’s Past

Because there are no standards in what is known as the PC-TV category, products from different manufacturers will be incompatible. For consumers to have confidence in this new product, and for this new category to grow, open industry standards based on today’s technology must be established. Such standards will allow companies from both the PC and CE industries to develop compatible PC-Theater products. Consumers must be able to select a display and a PC from different manufacturers and use them together as a system without needing custom cables and complicated setup procedures. In addition, the standards must be compatible with existing standards, so PC Theatre displays and computers may be used with standard PC and CE products.

TV on PC - still in effect!

TV on PC – still in effect!

Last year, a consortium consisting of Compaq, Hitachi, Intel, Mitsubishi Electric, NEC Technologies, Philips Electronics, Thomson Consumer Electronics, and

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MacIntosh To Clear The Roads? Believe It

mac1Drive the streets of Washington, and you’ll quickly understand why so many politicians are hot about infrastructure.

D.C. roads aren’t impassable, so you can reach your destination eventually, but along the way you’ll inevitably encounter potholes, detours and other time-wasting obstacles.

Set up server products to work with Mac clients, and you’ll quickly think of the D.C. streets. The Mac’s inadequate networking infrastructure has condemned it to the role of second-class network client and turned many server software vendors into the equivalent of road crews.

Fortunately, unlike the D.C. roads, Mac networking appears to be headed for a dramatic turn for the better. We were tickled to hear reports of Novell alpha testing an IPX protocol stack for the Mac. Native IPX support on the Mac would bring Mac clients one step closer to parity with PC clients in heavy NetWare shops.

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X.400 And Email’s Baby Stages

gmGlobal messaging is not yet a fingertip convenience, but the potential is there, according to users of X.400 gateways. The gateways generally do their job well, and X.400 has “opened up new horizons” in communications, according to at least one buyer. Nevertheless, administrators said, tracking down external addresses and maintaining up-to-date directories can interrupt the easy exchange of information.

“We use X.400 as a critical part of our business in terms of disseminating information … and it’s working reasonably well here. It requires some management; it requires some overhead and resources; but in general, it does work.”

That’s the word from Matthew Hymowitz of Standard Microsystems Corp., a networking products manufacturer in Hauppauge, N.Y. A senior technical specialist for the information-systems division, Hymowitz said Standard Microsystems uses Retix Corp.’s OpenServer 400 and its cc:Mail X.400 Gateway to connect users of Lotus Development Corp.’s cc:Mail …

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