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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Data Warehousing Has Immense Benefits

dtwhData warehouses, as the word “warehouses” suggests, are a method for distributing and storing data from larger systems to smaller, less-expensive computer platforms.

Companies that plan to downsize or distribute data to departmental LANs will find data warehousing an effective solution. Some basic components must be defined, however, in order to flesh out the warehouse analogy.

The central data center of a corporation is the main collection point for data and is analogous to the manufacturing center of the warehouse scenario. The central data center sends data to the various departmental data warehouses, so that it can be used at a local level.

Just as a manufacturing site does not store too many months’ worth of its products, the central data center stores only data that is needed daily. The warehouses store excess data locally to free the data center for production.

In today’s corporate environment, data is used in the process of making decisions that affect the future health of an organization. Providing data for management and departmental operations is not accomplished without first overcoming several obstacles. In fact, according to, even small businesses are experiencing the benefits of data products formerly used by only large corporations.

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Understanding When Hard Drive Recovery Can Help

Hard drive recovery is a  serious business because hard drive failure is very common. People request this kind of service because they need to retrieve the data stored on a device. It is also more practical to have the hard drive repaired than purchase a new one. But if the device is terribly damaged and the cost of repair is too expensive, you should consider shopping for a new one. The cost of hard drive recovery may differ from one company to another. The complexity of the problem should also be taken into account when estimating the cost of recovery. If you believe that the device is terribly damaged, you should anticipate a costly repair. The broken parts will be switched with new and functional ones. You may need to pay for emergency hard drive recovery, depending on the degree of damage.

hard-drive-problemThe technician will evaluate the hard drive and point out the damaged areas. You will also receive an explanation about the procedure that should be done. It is not encouraged to settle for any service because the cost is much cheaper. You have to be assured that the quality of repair is also satisfactory. An expensive hard disk recovery is not an assurance that the hard drive will be repaired well. It is suggested you examine the company, possibly checking out local business reviews, before doing any kind of business with them.

The hard drive of the computer is an important device because it holds all of your data. This is the reason why it is very important to be oriented about the things that can cause hard drive problems. If computer owners are informed about the things that can prompt hard drive problems, they will be able to avoid these things. These issues can come from a number of things such as virus and malware attacks, deletion of key files or registry components and even improper shutdown procedure. These could contribute to the destruction of the logical aspect of the hard drive.

The Condition Of The Drive
The physical condition of the hard drive can also influence its performance. Faulty components can cause malfunctions and data deletion. It is crucial to be observant of the sounds that the hard drive is producing. Clicking and grinding sounds usually indicate physical problems. You should stop the movement of the internal components before its damages the disks of the hard drive. It is advised to turn off the computer once these unusual sounds come into your attention. You should open the hard drive and repair the damage if you are not too familiar with hard drive repair. It is suggested to bring the device to a hard drive recovery professional.

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Leave HDD Recovery To The Professionals

When people use the term HDD recovery, it is so ridiculously broad I have to contain myself so I do not chuckle a bit. Basically, that term covers every instance where a hard drive would fail and need to be recovered, for whatever reason. Did you know that a hard drive can actually store multiple different systems at one time, so narrowing down which system caused your hard drive failure is virtually impossible?

But that is nowhere close to the only reason a hard drive would fail. It could be from extreme temperature changes, from hot to cold or vice versa. Even from jostling around the hard drive can cause issues. What most people do not realize is that if they are not a technician, they should not try and complete a HDD recovery on your own. It can literally take one wrong move and it is dead beyond recovery.

If there is data on your hard drive that you want to recover, please leave it to the professionals. At least this way you can be certain that every possible step was taken to recover your data. The professionals are experienced in dealing with corrupt, damaged, and with systems that have been deleted.

Why A Hard Drive Recovery Service?

Have you faced a Hard Drive Failure or Drive Reading Instability? Have you lost your extremely important data? You might be worried about your data loss and searching for a solution. No more worries. There are several solutions to overcome this issue. The most conducive and perfect solution is to call a hard drive recovery service like Hard Drive Recovery Associates. The hard drive failure rate every year is 2-4%. Average life of a hard drive (including all companies’ HDD) is 4 years and can be up to 6 years.

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Auto Companies Motivate Employees With Television

Dealership personnel, corporate employees and factory workers are being encouraged to watch TV on the job. Programming, courtesy of the automakers, ranges from talk shows for service technicians to coverage of auto shows.

While most auto companies say they get along well without TV communications, a handful – the Big 3, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. and BMW of North America Inc. – rely on TV systems to inform dealers and train dealership sales and service employees, and to allow corporate employees to meet, all without people leaving their workplaces.

With the exception of BMW, it is the larger auto companies that have invested in TV communications. Several other auto companies say they have looked at the systems, but their operations are too small to merit the investment. Those companies opt for video conferencing, which uses telephone lines and monitors; rent satellite TV

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