TAG: Computer

Ensure your computer does not become landfill

Donate your computer

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide toss their junk computers in the garbage, perhaps unaware of the incredible damage its battery juice, plastic parts, metal alloys can do to the environment. If you’re considering getting rid of a computer, and are looking for options on how to properly dispose of it, you’ve come to the right place. Instead of throwing away your computer, consider donating it to a local school, thrift store, or someone in need. Each dumped computer represents a wasted opportunity for someone to become educated on the technology available to them in today’s world. If… read more

Software That Shows How A Living Cell Works

Software That Shows How A Living Cell Works

Developments in medical research can provide significant discoveries that lead to innovative applications in the real world. Researchers from Stanford University have designed a new way of seeing how cells operate. They have developed an inclusive model of a specific type of bacterium, a single-celled microbe called Mycoplasma genitalium. The computer based simulator replicates a single-celled organism and demonstrates how it works. The program includes entire sets of data from over 3,000 model simulations that show development and division processes. The video provides a glimpse into the whole-cell model. This impressive endeavor is made accessible by the creators through WholeCellViz,… read more

What a Clever Keyboard

TransluSense keyboard

Since the first computer and monitor combination were created in the early 1970’s, very little has changed in the actual design and layout of keyboards. While some are shaped differently and vary in ergonomics, a keyboard has always been a plastic or metal slab with keys spread out on it. That all changes in 2013. A company called TransluSense has debuted their Luminae Keyboard+ and Trackpad+ typing device. It is a glass surface keyboard that uses state-of-the-art lasers and infrared sensors to detect finger movements and key presses on the glass. It’s curved for an ergonomic feel and design. It… read more

Tips for a Green Computer

A green computer

In a report last year by Environmental researchers some alarming information was released. They took four laptop computers of leading brands and took an x-ray scan which revealed that those laptops had some very hazardous materials inside them. Unavoidably, the manufacturing itself involves additions of hazardous materials in order to fulfill certain customer needs such as a sleek design and an appealing look. We cannot compromise the hardware by spending money on a “Green Computer” which would be made of non-toxic recycled materials; rather we can save the power consumed when we are using the computer. There are some very simple and… read more

National Unplugging Day

National Day of Unplugging

“Sabbath Manifesto is a creative project designed to slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world.” The 2013 National Day of Unplugging, starting March 1-2 is an American concept created a few years ago. “Sabbath” comes from the Hebrew shabbat “to cease” and refers to a weekly day of rest. Many religions observe a day of rest, most usually on the weekend. All denominations, nationalities and backgrounds are welcomed to take part in Sabbath Manifesto on 1-2 March. It is, in a way, a digital detox. With the astounding reliance we have on technologies in the modern world could render this… read more

Repair and Reuse

Repair and reuse

Are you tired of breaking things and purchasing new replacements? Do you wish you had the skills to fix the item yourself? Do you live by the motto “Waste not, want not?” If so, then this article is perfect for you. Nobody likes shelling out money unnecessarily, especially if an easy solution lies within reach. Perhaps you didn’t think it was so simple to mend your sweater zipper, or unshrink your brand new t-shirt. Maybe your computer is so full of trash and garbage that you’d rather just wipe the thing and buy a new operating system. We’re here to… read more

The Ecobutton

Ecobutton Lite

Many new computers come pre-equipped with an “eco-button” that regulates your computer’s energy usage when not employed. Rather than fiddling around with the settings, you can simply press this button when you leave your workstation for convenience and peace of mind. It can put your computer to sleep, lower the backlight, send it into hibernation which uses almost zero energy without completely shutting down, etc. This is great for when we are absent-minded and walk away without properly ensuring that we’ve taken care of everything. However, not all computers have this function, nor do most older laptops. Instead of spending… read more

Tablet vs Computer

A tech debate for the ages.

There are many great arguments supporting the purchase of a tablet to cover all your computing needs. Likewise, one could be convinced that owning a PC is the be-all-and-end-all of technological devices. Nonetheless, as a tech enthusiast and owner of multiple gadgets, I would like to go into further detail the importance of utilizing both. First off, we will analyze the Pros and Cons of these machines. Tablet Pros: Portable Lightweight Long battery life Touchscreen Apps Front & Rear camera Multitasking machine Fast HDMI (most new tablets) USB Hub Tablet Cons: Smaller screen Limited computing ability Easier to break (i.e…. read more

Tablet Computing

Tablet computing

The modern era of tablet dominance officially began when Apple Inc. introduced the iPad back in 2010. That initial launch paved the way for multiple tablet variations to hit the market, effectively presenting a challenger to the overshadowing PC industry. This year worldwide tablet sales are expected to reach 119 million so there are several reasons why you may want to consider joining the bandwagon. Some consumers and old-school hardliners still have a personal aversion to touchscreen devices. However, the reality stands that multitasking and productivity is much more efficiently accomplished through the use of touchscreen gadgets. This is true… read more