Category Archives: Hardware & Gadgets

Making your home energy efficient and cash friendly

Just as we know that “Charity begins at home”, it is imperative that the habit of saving first strikes its roots if you are taught the same at home. We adopt several measures to save some of our hard earned money every month. But have you ever thought that there’s a lot you can do to start saving at home. All you need to do is make certain changes in your lifestyle. Let us say, you can install energy efficient appliances that can save a lot of energy every month. And you will perhaps be surprised to find out how much you can actually save. In this article, we will catch a glimpse of the changes that you can make in your nest in order to save some money every month. Continue reading

5 Unbeatable Tips to Keep Your Company’s Premises Secure

Keeping your company’s premises safe requires a holistic approach to security, with a smorgasbord of factors to be wary of aside from locking the front door and hoping for the best when you’re done for the day. Considering the furtiveness and tenacity of contemporary criminals, it’s no surprise that your firm should be on the front foot to avoid your property – physical or electronic – from falling into the wrong hands. Continue reading

Types of Popular Internetworking Technologies

Internet technology comes in many forms, such as the connection and communication options. The use of the Internet requires a desktop computer, laptop computer, a web enabled device, or a smartphone or other wireless device. Today, it is almost a basic need for every individual to use internet technology, to perform his daily activities. In this article, we list some of the basic internet technologies which have grown popular in emerging economies.

DSL

One type of Internet connection that is common for many households is DSL. DSL is provided by your phone company and uses the existing phone line to your home. Speeds are offered at different prices to meet any type of need. A special modem is needed to connect your computer to the Internet. A wireless connection can be created in your home by adding a wireless router to the modem.

Cable

A second type of Internet connection for households in large cities is cable Broadband. This connection uses a cable connection to your home for the Internet. Cable connections are shared by other connected to the same cable line. This means that speeds will vary depending on the time of day. A special modem is also required to connect your computer to the Internet.

Satellite

A third type of connection for homes in rural areas is satellite. A dish needs to be installed on your roof to receive a signal for an Internet connection. The speed is similar to A DSL connection and will be the best option if no other connection options are available.

WiFi

This is a type of wireless connection that is available at many locations, such as restaurants. The use of a WiFi connection requires a laptop computer or web-enabled wireless device. WiFi is a free option for anyone to use to connect to the Internet. Users without an Internet connection at their home should find a local WiFi hotspot.

Dial-Up

Homes that only have a standard phone line may still use a dial-up connection. This connection needs a modem that is installed in a desktop or laptop computer. A dial-up connection uses the phone line and is the slowest type of Internet connection for a home. One downside is the inability to make a call when a connection is made to the Internet.

Communication Options

Many types of communications options are available for high speed Internet connections. The use of an Internet connection that is high-speed is required for most communication options. Communication can be done via voice and even video over the Internet. Some of the popular communication options are as follows:
VOIP

One communication option that is used on the Internet is VOIP. This is the Internet technology used by many companies offering phone service over the Internet. You can use VOIP at your home if there is a high-speed connection available. The use of VOIP allows you to cancel your land line service and only use Internet technology to make voice calls.

Skype

Skype is a computer application that uses the Internet to make calls. You can make a voice call or make call with video using a web camera. This software needs to be installed on your computer to make calls to other Skype users for free. Calls can also be made to land line numbers at a price that is peanuts when compared to ISD calling rates.

Author’s Bio:

Want to know more on the local internet providers? Go through more of Jason King’s articles which are rich in internet provider related information. He works for Internetbyzipcode.com.

Windows 7 – The Mango Phone

Microsoft has finally launched the next generation operating system for the smartphones.

Once the leader in the Smartphone operating system developers, Microsoft has currently a penetration lower than 5% in the smartphone market towards the end of 2011, currently ruled by Android. Android now has a third of the global market share  (33%). RIM’s share has plummeted to 29%. Apple is barely holding at 25% and Palm, which is barely worth mentioning anymore, fell another point to 2.8%.

Microsoft is targeting to gain considerable market-share upto 10% for the time being and slowly regain its otherwise lost competitive advantage. By collaborating with HTC (Radar), Samsung and Nokia, Microsoft is targeting a mass market where it can reach out to its potential customers.

A question that may worry many technocrat is that with all the added GUI that microsoft has pumped into the Mango phones (Windows 7 and Windows 7.5), how will the added power consumption be handled by the high end processors added to these really smart phones (1 GHz processors are the norm now). Smartphone users are often plagued by the battery support that forces them to recharge their phones every alternate day or even everyday, if one talks for 4-5 hours. While, due to this very specific need, smartphones from Blackberry (RIM) and Nokia Symbian Smartphones are still in the market, its time to realize that business users of smartphone often value these hard performance factors over GUI improvements.

Another major area of focus is connectivity, especially over web. Most of these smartphone sucker out while being connected over 3G. If you are online, in most phones, if not all, you are likely to need to recharge your phone everyday, and effectively after a year, your battery starts showing signs of stress. I personally sometimes miss those days when I could charge my mobile once a week and that would satisfy all the phone-calls I needed to make. While I thrive on the web, it has its costs too.

With other features in the mobile market going for a rat race (like cameras, internal memory, etc), a major decision point in the purchasing behavior may be these factors. Also another decision factor may be the accessibility to services and distribution channels, something which Microsoft is targeting in a very focused manner by collaborating with Nokia, which has one of the most extensive servicing and distribution channels.

While in the days of cloud computing, what everyone else is using is also adding drastically to the experience of using a smartphone, it is necessary to understand that jumping into the smartphone bandwagon should be a decision taken more judiciously for every user, based on a smart analysis of one’s actual needs.

It remains to be seen who will win this fight for market-share in the operating systems market. It indeed is getting intensely competitive. Will Microsoft be able to turn over its bad times with this Windows 7 series? Only time will say. What do you think?

Information Technology and Information Systems

People often use the terms Information Technology and Information Systems interchangeably, although both the terminologies have established identities of their own. However it is crucial for every professional and individual to understand the subtle differences that defines the individuality of these disciplines.

Information Systems (IS) is a discipline bridging the business field and the well-defined computer science field (popularly called information technology) that has been evolving since it was coined in the early 1970s.An information systems discipline therefore is supported by the theoretical foundations of management social science, information theories and information technology such that students of the discipline have unique opportunity to explore the academics of various business models as well as related algorithmic processes within a computer science discipline. Typically, information systems include people, business procedures or processes, data, software, and hardware that are used to gather and analyze digital information. Specifically Information Systems are the intersection that people and organizations use to collect, filter, process, create, & distribute data (computing) through its business processes, and implemented by its human capital.

While Information Technology (IT) typically is the acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination of digitized information, often represented technically as “Data” through electronics-based media built upon the disciplines of computing and telecommunications. The terminology was first coined in a 1958 by Leavitt and Whisler who defined it as “the new technology that does not yet have a single established name. We shall call it information technology.” Essentially, in its raw form, it comprises of Hardware, Software, the platforms to support both, communication networks and protocols.

It is crucial to understand that while “Information Technology” is a huge discipline with an identity of its own, it essentially is a subset of the discipline “Information Systems”, although the latter evolved much later. The discipline of Information Systems specifically studies the intersection of Business Processes (which may or may not be technology enabled), People (who will be part of the business processes and will use information technology) and Information Technology.

Hope this clarifies your thoughts. Do let me know what you think or would like to discuss further,