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 Launchscore.com, 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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The Novell-Microsoft War Was A Hard One

nomsIt’s a rare person who won’t return a phone call from Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates.

Or a letter.

Or a “hello.”

But Novell Inc. Chairman Ray Noorda continues to do just that. In light of the latest disagreements between the two companies –stemming from the inclusion of NetWare code in Windows for Workgroups, for which Novell has threatened legal retribution — why doesn’t the normally mild-mannered Noorda just sit down with Gates and work out a deal to work together?

“To have a heart-to-heart, you have to have two hearts,” Noorda jibed recently.

Such is the state of Novell and Microsoft’s relationship, a long and winding acquaintance since Novell’s inception in 1983. Keeping a peaceful balance has become increasingly difficult as the two companies’ competitive worlds overlap more and more.

While so far avoiding direct confrontation with Gates, Noorda has no qualms about …

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WebTV – Interesting Tech, Bad Timing And Interface

Naturally, Microsoft contends that variations of Windows CE, the slimmed-down version of its flagship operating system, will be the best choice for the brains inside these devices. In fact, the new WebTV boxes have their own operating system with a bit of Windows CE running underneath. By doing this, Microsoft is encouraging software developers to write applications for its set tops, using Windows CE tools they already know. Small applications for the WebTV devices, as well as games and other home-oriented programs, are expected to ship this year.

It's just that cheezy.

It’s just that cheezy.

It’s a long way from the latest version of WebTV to Microsoft Icebox OS 4.0. But while Microsoft and other companies wait for the Internet appliance market to develop, they’re quietly turning your home PC into something that looks more like a TV.

According to specifications proposed earlier this year by Intel,

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Mother Teresa’s Death Was A Low Point For TV

The often lackadaisical coverage of Mother Teresa’s death, coming as it did in the middle of funeral preparations at Westminster, was remarkable even in an age noted for its celebrity worship. Tom Brokaw’s comment was but one example of many. Mark Harris wrote trenchantly (and accurately) in Entertainment Weekly (9/19), “…when news broke of Mother Teresa’s passing, all of television paused for the approximate length of a sigh before getting back on the gravy train.” On the day of Mother Teresa’s funeral, The New York Times featured a minuscule front-page story on the event above a much larger column announcing: “Diana’s Death Resonates Most Among Women in Therapy.” Oh.

mtThe striking contrasts between the coverage of the Princess and the saint were difficult to miss. Like many papers, The New York Times ran acres of worshipful articles about the Princess of Wales in the

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