Last night Nintendo announced some big news: the company’s next home console, code-named NX, will be launching globally in March 2017. That’s a quick turnaround from the Wii U, which launched in November 2012. However, even though it’s releasing in less than a year, we know very little about what the NX actually is. Nintendo has been very quiet about what the device will be, but thanks to a number of reports and rumors, we can at least piece together some details on the Wii U’s successor.
Microsoft is building a new browser, codenamed Spartan, which is not IE 12. Microsoft is reportedly planning a drastic fix with a new browser codenamed Spartan tipped to launch alongside Windows 10. Intended to be more lightweight and flexible – borrowing a look and feel more akin to Google’s Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox – than previous Microsoft web browsers, Spartan would stick with Microsoft’s existing engine technologies under the hood, but wrap them up in such a way that the company’s engineers hope users forget whatever bad experiences they may have had with legacy software such as IE6.
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Computer reuse or the process of recycling any other electronic goods in termed as the recycling. Recycling is the simple process of reusing the old gadgets after little patchwork. This patchwork can be done by completing replacing the old machine or doing some fixing and dismantling the machine and making it new or usable. This is very economical and helpful system of using the damaged system. Recycling doesn’t only help you getting a hold on your cost cutting and budgeting but it also helps the environment and by doing this you is somewhere or the other saving the maker of another gadgets which again involves the process in which the nature gets hurt.
Ever since I was a young mouse I have been fascinated with computers. As I began using them for various purposes, I came to realise how indispensable they were. I can now comfortably say that I cannot live without a computer.
Allow me to explain:
Since discovering MP3’s, I have stopped listening to CDs. All my music is stored in digital format on my hard disk. (And yes, I own the CDs of the music I have). Additionally, I have recently bought a DVD writer so I can record my favourite songs from my hard disk to a CD and then listen to them in my car.
I always pin photos of family and friends up on my corkboard. This of course has a disadvantage: photos become damaged with time. To keep my precious photos forever, I scan them and keep them stored on my hard disk. This also gives me the flexibility of editing them and e-mailing them to friends.
Of course I am also an email freak. I use email all the time. I am sure most of you do too. Categorising and storing my important personal and business emails has become part of my daily routine. It is always nice to check out old emails from friends, and it is definitely useful to keep track of important business correspondence.
The amount of data I store on my computer’s hard disk is crucial: phone numbers, addresses, music, photos, emails, documents, personal and business accounts, the list is endless…
Do you see what I’m getting at? Do you see how one can become increasingly dependent on computers? What if something happens to your hard disk? What if you lose the 3000 digital songs you’ve spent hours and hours downloading? What if you lose your precious photos, emails and documents?
Hard disks have a relatively short life span compared to other components of your computer; they are the most fragile and of course the most valuable. As opposed to other electronic computer parts, hard disks are mechanical components, which makes them more prone to failure.
Some of you may think that I am a paranoid mouse because you may rarely have heard of hard disk failures. The more experienced ones amongst you may argue that hard disks show signs before they fail. Well … let me tell you about my personal experience with hard disks:
A few months ago, I decided to spoil myself and buy a new state-of-the-art computer. I chose each component carefully and made sure I got the highest possible technical specifications and a reliable brand. The brand I chose for my hard disk in particular was the best in the market.
Less than 3 weeks later, and without any prior signs of failure, my new hard disk did it. It died. All my attempts to recover my precious data had failed. Since this was a new computer, and the chances of losing data were quite low, I was a lazy mouse and I did not backup my work. Luckily enough, I still had my old hard disk, and I could at least recover my old files. I have, however, lost three weeks of work for good! I don’t want to even think about what would have happened to me if I had gotten rid of my old hard disk!
In the next few articles I will tell you about the strict safety measures I have taken to prevent my data from getting lost forever, as well as simple ways to organize and backup your data.
Until then, please listen to Mousy’s advice and go backup your important data right now before it is too late.
Hi, my name is Mousy, your Hanem.Com computer consultant. Every week I will be giving you tips and tricks to make your life easier when dealing with these unpredictable creatures called computers. Together we will try to understand how they behave, and how they react to whatever we ask them to do. I promise not to get into boring technical details and not to talk in Chinese.
My first article will be for the beginners amongst you. That being the case I have to admit that there is something that really annoys me with some of you beginners: lots of you call your computers hard disks. First, let me settle this point once and for all. That ‘box’ which sits next to your monitor is the computer not the hard disk. The hard disk and memory are two of the main components that are kept inside the ‘box’, your computer… Which leads me to a more important point: many of you probably don’t know the difference between a hard disk and memory…
Let me explain…
Drawers & Desk – Hard Disk & Memory
Imagine yourself walking into your office in the morning and sitting in front of your desk. This action is equivalent to opening your computer. You open your drawers and get some files out and put them on the top of your desk. The drawers, your storage space, are like your hard disk. The top of your desk, your working space, is like the computer’s memory. Putting files on your desk is like opening computer programs or files, which basically involves copying computer files from the hard disk to the memory.
You can put more files in your drawers than on the top of your desk. The same applies with your computer, the hard disk can take more computer programs and files than the memory.
You can store files in the drawers/hard disk permanently. The more storage space you have, the more files you can store. If your drawers are full, you either buy bigger ones, or alternatively you get rid of some of your old files. Similarly, when your hard disk is full, you either buy a larger hard disk, or you delete some of your computer files or programs.
The top of your desk/memory is a limited and temporary workspace. You can’t put all your files there at the same time or forever. The more files you put on the top of your desk, the more crowded the top of your desk will be, the slower you will work. Similarly, the more programs you open, the fuller the memory will be, the slower the performance of your computer.
If the top of your desk is full of papers, and you need to get another file from the drawers, you will first have to remove one of the files from the top of your desk and put it back in the drawer. Similarly, when your computer’s memory is full, and you need to open an additional program or file, your computer will tell you that it can’t open that program until you close some of the active programs.
You finish work and go home and arrive the next morning to find that the cleaner has cleared your desk and placed your files in the drawers. When you start work again you need to take out your files from your drawer and put them on the top of your desk. Similarly, when you close your computer and then restart it you will find that the computer programs you were working with are no longer active; they were removed from the memory when your computer was switched off. When you open your programs again, you are once more copying files from your computer’s hard disk to the memory. Your Hard disk is permanent storage and your memory is temporary storage.
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