PC Tablets Invading the Desktop Demands

The trend in the market today as far as buying computers is going miniature. We have seen the introduction of new miniature desktops to which the demand for them is getting higher. But should this be a cause for alarm for most desktop manufacturers? Apparently there is a difference but what are the chances that the traditional desktop user would turn towards these compact computers for a change?

The answer lies on where a computer would be used and who will actually use it. For example, in the modern offices of today, it is highly unlikely you will see the traditional employee working with tablet PCs. Also, for the hardworking programmers and developers, the use of desktops is still the way to go considering that they need visualization and better control when creating programs.

The same holds true for graphics designers who are sure to prefer desktops when creating images. In all, it all boils down to use and power of the PC. Tablets can be used for navigation or perhaps entertainment. They are not designed for professional undertaking and that is something we all know. While we cannot discount tablet PCs from advancing through the years, who knows how modern computing will be by that time?

Hence, PC tablets should not even be considered by the modern IT personnel for professional use. The best that they can offer is migration of finished documents or presentation files for easy handling. But when it comes to actual work, desktops are still the bet for working wiser.

Reliance on Computers

As far as technology is concerned, it would be an understatement if we would not admit that for most, both personal and business, we have been overly reliant on computer use. Too reliant that while we find computers as a big lifesaver, we forget to go further when treating certain issues such as backups and computer maintenance.

Computers make our life easier. That is a fact. But it also remains that for these devices to be able to work properly and efficiently, human intervention and responsibilities still remain. Here are some of the forgotten human responsibilities that account for human errors on computers these days:

1. Periodic Backup of data and system resources
2. Scandisk utilization
3. Defragmentation of Hard Drives
4. Proper Uninstallation of Programs
5. Spring Cleaning of CPU chips

These are things that are not so hard to do. But people are either afraid to try or lazy do them. Both are really unacceptable. The fact remains that computers do not have a mind of their own. They can perform certain routines but that will not happen if they are not programmed or scheduled. In short, human intervention is still imminent. Without it, a computer will sit there and do nothing but gather dust.

These days, if you want technology to work for you, you have to do your part in making it happen. A small effort will not hurt. And it is not even that complicated to do.

A Matter of E-Cycling Your Old Desktop

One thing we hear these days is what to do with an old computer. We can always donate it to charity or perhaps sell them at a much cheaper price. It is easy to buy a new computer set whenever we want. It is really disposing the old one that is a growing problem.

Unlike traditional things which we can just throw in a waste can, e-waste or electronic waste is something that has been a growing issue. It is not as easy as the normal object. There are a lot to consider including toxins and chemicals of parts that were made to assemble a computer as a whole. While there are various measures being offered locally, it remains that people should wise up and do their part as far as knowing how to get rid of an old computer. Some stock it up for use of other parts but the economical way is to have someone else use it, assuming that it is still functional.

The growing rate of old computers is as fast as new ones coming out in the market. It is apparent that we have to figure out where to put old computers before replacing them. While we are all going agog over what specs to place in that new desktop, try to figure out how you can make room for a new one. Don’t be drawn to that circle of ecstatic expectations. Address the disposal issue and then dream of that new desktop you always wanted.

Upgrading Incrementally and Wisely Today

Wise spenders include the people who invest largely in their computers. Unlike years way back, a person could easily change any computer peripheral when they buy it separately. But considering prices are not that consumer friendly these days, you have to control that urge and wait for the right time to really change a computer part. In short, living in today’s world needs wise spending including changing computer parts which go at the rate that technology is changing.

Apparently this can be seen at how frequent people are now getting when it comes to upgrading or changing a specific part. Making do with what they have in the form of processors, video cards and hard disks will have to do for the meantime. Gone are the luxury days when a new product would be introduced in the market where a computer owner can just take out the old one and install the new as easily as its plug and play feature.

But the cost of these peripherals is no longer easy to suffice. A mere hundred dollar worth of computer part can be used for another more needed cause. Evidently, wising up to the finance set forth today is a must and people should know better than to spend them unwisely. In short, computers can wait but needs cannot.

Think of it this way. Computers are better off bought as a whole. Part by part you will still get to the point where you will get the same parts in the end. So why spend now when you can get them more advanced later.

Second Hand Desktops: Are they Usable?

With reference to the current crisis and financial burdens that has plagued the world, turning to alternative desktops such as slightly used computers or even second hand ones can save a lot. Or can they?

When you say that a computer desktop, it could mean a lot of different things such as:

1. Internal Parts
2. Life Span
3. Performance Maximization

These would normally be the things to be considered. Many say that buying a second hand computer can save you some cash but may eventually push you towards spending more since they may break down. Another means of spending would be to upgrade by part such as the video cards, memory or hard disk. Add all of these up and you may be surprised that you had spent more compared to buying a brand new one in the market.

Hard times hit the desktop vendors as well. There will be sales offered so that they can close a sale and maintain their daily operations. With so much competitors in the market, it remains that each of them will try to outdo one another. Price slashes on offered computer packages can be expected and later on you would realize they are more practical than buying a second hand desktop.

The next time you consider buying a desktop, audit and canvass the costing for each. Consider as well warranty on parts since second hand desktops often don’t have it. That is already one tip to consider as far as feasibility of buying a PC is concerned.

How A Desktop Changes Standard Workloads

If we look at standard operational procedures, we would see most jobs and workloads relying so much on manual labor. But that was yesterday’s news. These days, we have seen the power of technology as some tasks have shown the latest injection of computers and systems to make jobs accurate and faster.

This is not to say that man cannot do routine work on his own. But the real competitive leverage these days is being fast and efficient. Apparently this has become the benchmark for companies to be at par with modern companies and also a means of getting them a step ahead. In the corporate world, you cannot afford to nap and if you do, chances are you will find yourself tailing other companies that are the frontrunners for success.

While the presence of a computer desktop may seem like a threat to most workers today, it should not. Computers are innovations and they are in now way present to take the place of hands-on labor. This is the wrong perception that most people put in their minds today. Rather than cooperate and enjoy the fruits of making their work easier, they make it harder by treating these fruits as banes to their livelihood.

This is crab mentality that many just cannot figure out. Rather than make life easier, they take at the influx of computers and gadgets as a step towards a different direction. So rather than enjoy and even look forward to gaining additional knowledge from these technology developments, they are showing that they have resistance and may even lose the opportunity to advance in knowledge and experience. In job requirements these days, you will notice that computer literacy is a must. Perhaps people should look at this chance as working to their advantage.

Choosing Between a Branded and Clone Computer

Branded computers are perhaps the best computers in the market to buy but there are still some people who go for the cloned ones since they are cheaper and can be fabricated in the way of choosing the computer peripherals to use. Of the two, we can single out the choice as dependent on the end user.

For the typical computer user who simply wants to use software and do business or anything that a computer will allow them to perform, most of them would vouch for the branded ones as offered by big name players in the computer industry such as IBM, Compaq and Dell. Although price may be an issue, at least they are assured of quality parts and service to which will be needed should they find themselves distraught for sudden problems with their computer.

Clone computers or something I refer to as chop-chop, are normally preferred by the technical savvy people who can take them apart and assemble them as they wish, using various computer hardware stuff available in the market. Normally, the typical computer geek would have their CPU case opened since they often want to upgrade and change parts as often as they can.

Of the two, preference depends on the one owning or using the computer. There are people who have a high level of satisfaction when it comes to computer requirements while others are simply satisfied with using them as long as they can provide the needs of their software to get their job done.

It may seem obvious but depending on the nature of the person who owns and uses these computers, chances are it will divide which is for branded and which is for cloned computers.

Unplug A Powered Off Computer

When your computer is not in use, the normal understanding is that it is no longer running and is not in any manner threatened. As far as network connectivity, this is true. But as far as power surges or electric current threats are concerned, think again.

Once your computer or your automatic voltage regulator is switched off, it does not end there. The simple task of also making sure that the plug is not plugged in the outlet is another thing and apparently this is because power still runs on the sockets even if there is no power being taken from it. Especially if there are thunderstorms, be advised that a sudden electric current of any sort may affect your computer.

As it is, the plugged computer serves as a conductor to which sudden voltage surges can make its way to your computer. While not operational, it can fry your power supply, network cards or your motherboard without your knowledge. And how will you know that your motherboard has been fried? Well just switch it on and you will find no response. Chances are that at this stage, you will think that there is just some loose wires or connections somewhere. Sadly you are looking in the wrong direction.

That is why it is advisable that computer owners should be wary at times when there are storms in your area. Aside from the fluctuating current, your computer is a sitting duck and may eventually be a candidate for sudden bolts of electricity that can be a cause for computer wrecks. Take the initiative and unplug your computer from the socket. It doesn’t require much effort to do so.

Avoid PC Crashes from Memory Module Inconsistency

If people had their way, as long as a memory module would fit onto the motherboard slot, they would install them. But wait. Memory modules also have their proper classifications as well. This dates back to the type of memory modules that are acceptable.

We look back at the Pentium III or IV. If you will recall, they had these tags of either a PC 100 or PC 133. To this day we see them still and one thing you will note, memory modules of a different kind do not work well together. You will notice this if you dare try. Other than seeing your operating system not loading properly, you will get tons of blue screens which will point to numbers which you may try to figure out.

While you are busy trying to determine which hardware component this may be, take out one of the memory modules and see if the blue screen will go away. If it does, then you are trying to do something that will be constantly giving you headaches.

At times when you may not even know which is the proper ram module to use, it would be best to try them one at a time. Module compatibility also depends on how the motherboard will accommodate them. After you have determined which specific module type is acceptable, then that is perhaps the best way to stick to the brand that suits your PC.

Testing memory modules will not really hurt your PC immediately. But if you are wise and cautious, it would be best to stick to the actual PC specs given and avoid experimenting for the proper well-being of your PC.

Don’t be a Cheapskate PC Buyer

For people who want premium performance from their computers, they would normally check out the market. Would you buy a new one or a second-hand computer? Let us take them up individually.

Buying a New Computer
When you buy a new computer you have no worries to think about. Except perhaps for some hardware defects which are for sure to be covered by supplier warranty, you not only enjoy the benefits of new technology peripherals but can also expect to enjoy the leisure qualities of a brand new computer and use programs at a more optimized rates.

While the price for buying a new one may be stiff on the pocket, rest assured you can have lesser things to worry about like breakdowns or hardware failure. You have supplier warranty and service under your wing at least for a year in most cases.

Second Hand Computers
For people who want to save on cost, they usually define first why they would need a computer. There are people who sell their old computers to buy new ones. The money they get from selling their old computer will certainly be helpful especially if you consider the price of a new PC.

On the part of the buyer, you have a lot of things to worry about. Issues such as hardware and components installed are sure to be playing around in the mind. The question of “how long will this PC last?” is sure to be the top question they would have.

But perhaps the real question would have to be “Is a Secondhand PC worth the price?” We all know that being cost-conscious is one thing but as far as computers are concerned, do include in your consideration the fact that technology evolves fast. A used PC may be outdated faster than you know it. Think ahead and define why you need a PC. It will evidently point you in the right direction.