Archive for the ‘Mobile Computing’ Category

IT Problems Hit Even The “Experts”

Monday, October 5th, 2015

bbI get around a fair bit, working for a wide range of clients throughout North America and Europe. In my travels I’ve noticed that business and IT professionals seem to be suffering from a common collection of problems, some of which can only be solved by collective activism and others through cultural change. I don’t expect people will rally to these causes, but I hope my observations will give you something to think about, and maybe even reveal opportunities for your organization to enhance its productivity.

I attend far more meetings than I would like–a complaint shared by many I suppose–and have noticed some disturbing behavior from fellow attendees during the last year or so. The problem is with the misuse of electronic devices such as BlackBerries and laptops.

In a desire to keep in touch while attending a meeting, many people are bringing their BlackBerries in with them and are sending

Mobile Internet Access – Wow Is It Better Now.

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

miaAnother example of fast mobile Internet access is the Nokia Communicator 9210 handheld computer, which doubles as a phone. When connected to the Orange network, the 9210 is able to provide Internet access up to 28.8kbps through a technique known as high-speed circuit switched data.

This effectively gives users two timeslots on the network, doubling the bandwidth on downloads from 14.4kbps to 28.8kbps for a cost of 25p per minute on the Orange network. Ray Haddon, Nokia mobile phones business development manager, says that at this speed “it becomes feasible for users to download their e-mail”.

Another new phone from Nokia is the 7650, a GPRS-based phone equipped with a mini digital camera. While geared to the snap-happy consumer who can use the phone to take and send e-mail pictures directly, it can also be used in certain business areas. One example Haddon suggests is insurance damage assessment. “An insurance assessor could

RAID Hard Drive Failure Is A Pain

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

You can back-up and design infrastructure for preventing data loss because of hard drive failures. In addition, you can also take some measures so that the rate of failure can be minimized. There are some tips that can help you with these issues.

Broken hard drives are insane!First, you should have ensured that your server has enough ventilation to prevent overheating. Make sure that you are protecting your system from power surges. Try to avoid running your RAID array too hard when it is excessively fragmented. Your drive set can fail if it works to hard, and too much. Excessive vibration can result in the drives crashing.

Also, take steps to stop the vibration of your server rack if needed. Reliability of drives may vary according to models and manufacturers. As an example, a Western Digital hard drives may fail quicker than a Seagate drive does. A Mac laptop hard drive may be easier to recover than a Windows PC or a raid drive failure. So be careful depending on what sort of storage device you are running. (more…)

Easy Laptop Hard Drive Recovery

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Example of laptop hard drives.

Times will come when blunders arise and a laptop user may lose his data or even lose the hard drive’s ability to store and retrieve data. Software engineers have come up with software that will either use the memory location of data to recover information or the engineer may use some application software to trace back the original files to where they were. One of the methods that is used is where the engineer uses software to establish the Host Protected Area of the hard drive, which simply means, the region of the hard drive that is visible to the laptop Operating System. The application then uses command queries to establish the size of the hard drive. Basically, the last memory address available on the hard drive provides the hard drive size.

Next, if the last memory does not contain data, the host protected area is established, meaning the data stored in it is safe. Finally, the reading of the native address gives the information that was in the hard drive and can now offer the true size of the laptop hard drive. But the major limitation is that the Host Protected Area is only useful when the user has software to utilize it. Thanks to this change in technology, laptop hard drive recovery is a lot easier than it used to be.

Hard drive failure is a common problem for today‚Äôs portable computer systems. What this means is that professional data recovery services are performing a lot more laptop hard drive recoveries than ever before. Hard drive recovery is based on the fact that all (more…)

Editing Video On An iBook? Seriously?

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

evoibAs with its predecessor, the new iBook is a great portable editing machine and is improved with its new 500MHz speed. For a laptop, this machine is quite small and inexpensive (ranging from $1,299 to $1,799 MSRP). Its integration with the FireWire technology, inclusion of QuickTime 4.12, and its latest version of iMovie 2.03 make it an easy-to-use and inexpensive video-editing solution.

It should be noted that iMovie2 is bundled free with all iBooks (and iMacs) and can be purchased to run on any G3 and G4 machine. On older machines, OS 9.1 and QT 4.12 are recommended. However, iMovie2 is not OSX ready yet.

The iMovie 2.03 GUI is a pleasure to use. (For an in-depth review, see Tony Gomez’s article in February 2001 C&CV.). It has four working areas: At top left is the Main Viewing window for viewing your edits; at top right, the Shelf Window for acquiring your …

Things You’ll Want When You Buy A New Laptop

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

ybanlIncreasing numbers of computer buyers are choosing a laptop not just for travel, but as a direct substitute for a home desktop. During the first nine months of last year, while desktop sales plummeted, laptop sales soared. Over the past three years laptops have actually taken market share away from desktops.

The reason for the shift? Faster processors, brighter and larger displays, and more-efficient batteries have narrowed the gap between desktop and laptop. For many people, the performance difference has become academic. Of course, most desktop computers still outshine laptops in options you can choose, such as keyboard design and display size. But in a fast-paced society, those differences may not outweigh the ability to plop a computer on the kitchen table or have it handy in a classroom or airport.

If you’re considering a laptop for significant duty around the house, you should consider one of the two types we tested