Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Old Personal Computer

The word ‘computer’ refers to a device or person that possesses the capability to compute. The earliest computer was invented a little more than half a century ago. In fact, the term PC or Personal Computer, which we are all used to by now, did not exist until the first home computer hit the commercial markets.

Our generation is so used to the PC; we practically use it for everything today. But, did you know that the modern PC is the result of a spectrum of technological evolution that occurred over decades. Well, if you didn’t, here’s a brief look at all the technologies that have led to the enhanced version of the PC as we know it today.

Magnetic drums and vacuum tubes

The first “computers” were very different from what we use now. They were fed power using vacuum tubes and storage was handled using magnetic drums. The vacuum tubes were used to control the flow of electricity via a sealed container. The container was composed of transparent glass and shaped roughly similar to a cylinder. The magnetic drums used for storage were basically cylinders coated with metal and a material called magnetic iron-oxide.

The first computer was called the ENIAC (Electric Numerical Integrator and Computer) and John Presper Eckert and John Mauchly invented it. The ENIAC’s construction included 70,000 resistors, 17,458 vacuum tubes, 1,500 relays, 10,000 capacitors, 6000 manual switches, and 5,000,000 soldered joints. It was a massive machine that covered the 1800 square feet and weighed over 25 tons. The ENIAC could carry out large-scale calculations within a second. To be more precise, that included 38 divisions, 357 multiplications or 5,000 additions.

However, due to the complex parts involved, re-programming the computer would take up to a week and maintenance was required round the clock. ENIAC was also an expensive machine to run and its application was limited to very specific tasks. Other problems included overheating and extremely high electricity consumption.

The advent of transistors

By 1956, vacuum tubes were replaced by a new technology that allowed computers to run transistors. Transistors had a significant impact on how electronics were developed and they were mich more dependable than vacuum tubes. Thanks to transistor, computers became more efficient, smaller, cheaper, and also, faster. This was also the time symbolic language like FORTRAN and COBOL came into play. These languages would eventually build the foundation for advanced programming languages of the future.

Eventually, even transistors had to be replaced with something better because they were causing drastic heating issues that led to internal damages.

Integrated circuits


By 1964, transistors were on the way out and being replaced by integrated circuits. Integrated circuits were a huge advancement in the field of semi-conductor technology. They paved the way for miniature transistors to be mounted on silicon chips. Some would say that this was the beginning of the modern computer. These integrated circuits improved things in a major way. Speeds improved and computers became way more efficient. Added to that, computers became smaller and could be accessed by a larger audience. Eventually, keyboards replaced punch cards and the monitor display was integrated into the system. This phase also saw operating systems come into play, allowing the execution of multiple applications on a single system.

The PC is born

The 4th generation saw the rise of the personal computer. This phase in the evolution of computers saw the development of microprocessors and it happened during the year 1971. Intel developed the first chip and it was called the 4004. Microprocessors consist of several integrated circuits on a single silicon chip. The chip played host to the CPU, input controls, output controls, and memory. The technology was simple leaps and bounds ahead of the previous generations.

A decade from this point, the world saw the launch of the first home computer or PC, which was introduced into the market by IBM. Apple with its signature Macintosh or the Mac soon followed IBM, as we refer to it now.

From here on, several iterations of the PC began to evolve, including the portable laptop.

The Internet and GUI

The next phase saw the creation of computer networks, which eventually led to the development of what we now refer to as the ‘internet’. This was also the same time advanced versions of GUIs (Graphical User Interfaces) came into being. GUIs are what allow us to use mice and keyboards to navigate our respective operating systems.

The Internet, on the other hand, needs very little introduction. Thanks to the Internet, our PCs today are more than just computing machines. They serve every task imaginable from allowing us to communicate with several people across the globe to even choosing our favorite kind of entertainment. 

Today’s PCs still run on microprocessors, however, on versions that are highly advanced compared to their predecessors.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure from Microsoft you can use for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a worldwide network of Microsoft-managed and Microsoft partner-hosted datacenters.

Recently, five major new features have been added to Microsoft Azure, including some expansions to existing features. These new features and additions are sure to be of interest to a wide range of users.

Azure to Integrate with Akamai CDN

Although Microsoft has always enjoyed a close relationship with Akamai, early in 2016, Azure users will be able to deploy content into the Akamai content delivery network and buy Akamai offerings through their Azure self-service portal. This will allow users to reach a broader audience, particularly in Latin America and Asia.

PowerShell Almost Ready

The preview release of Azure Powershell 1.0 arrived earlier this month. With it, you can manage Azure resources and services from the command line instead of through a graphical user interface (GUI.) However, it’s a huge change that it is not compatible with previous versions.

Azure App Service Supports Go

Support for Google’s Go with Web apps was added to Azure earlier this month. Currently, only Go 1.4.2 and Go 1.5.1 are supported in their 64-bit forms and the whole package is experimental at present. Azure will configure the web.config file if needed for the app, but you can supply your own if your implementation requires custom settings. Eventually, Go support on Azure with offer full support status.

Azure Backup Improved

Azure Backup has grown to provide backup support for Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange, and Windows Clients. The cost of backups is two-fold. There’s one charge for the size of the instance itself ($5 and up) and a charge for the storage used by the backup. The range of products covered by Azure Backup will likely continue to expand.

Azure File Storage Has SMB

Azure File Storage performs conventional Windows file shares via the SMB 3.0 protocol in the cloud. The idea is to support existing applications as they are moved to the cloud, some of which might depend of Server Message Block share operations. These shares can be mounted anywhere, allowing cloud and on-premises applications to share storage and data in a recognizable way.

It should be noted that clients connecting to an Azure File Storage share will be limited by their level of SMB support. SMB 2.1 for Windows 7 lacks support for encryption; Windows 8 and up, as well as Windows Server 2012 and up supports SMB 3.0, but most recent Linux distributions support SMB 3.0.

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Digital Storm Vanquish II

Gaming systems are expensive, be it desktops or laptops. It is difficult a find a gaming computer that is good and inexpensive. Digital Storm is a privately owned company in the United States that makes customized laptops and desktops specifically for gaming. The company released their latest custom-designed gaming PC, the Digital Storm Vanquish II, in 2014. It is a desktop computer that is solidly built, performs really well and can be bought for next to nothing. Take a look at the features and specs of this new gaming PC on the market.

What is good in the Digital Storm Vanquish II

Digital Storm is of the few boutique companies that makes and sells custom computers. The Vanquish II, their latest offering, does not disappoint. It looks pretty sharp with its gray body and blue lighting, and surprises you with its build quality.

  • Processor is the latest Intel 3.3GHz quad-core Haswell Refresh Core i5-4590.
  • The latest NVIDIA GTX770 or GTX780 graphics (depending on the level you choose), that gives high resolutions even at 1080p gaming and decently usable frame rates at even 2560x1600.
  • Spacious 8 GB memory, up to 1 TB Seagate storage, and a 120 GB SSD.

It is a very reasonably priced gaming computer that costs anywhere between $700 and $1300, depending on the level you choose to buy. It offers really good build quality for the price. The computer performs amazingly well while gaming even with a single GPU.

The system comes in four pre-tested models according to different gaming levels. Since they are ready pieces that are pre-customized and tested, they are shipped within hours of ordering, a big first for customized PCs. These computers come with an extended 3 year limited warranty period, another first. Most custom PC manufacturers offer just one or two year warranty periods in general.

What keeps the Digital Storm Vanquish II from being the best in its class

Although the Digital Storm Vanquish II is a well-built gaming computer, it does have a few drawbacks for its price point. The limited ports reduce expandability and performance enhancement options and the computer can feel quite bulky.

  • Micro ATX motherboard limits expansion capacity.
  • Limited ports not adequate for performance-enhanced gaming.
  • A bit bulky when it comes to the back plate.

If you are looking at value for money in a customized gaming computer that will be shipped right away and are not looking at updating your system very often, then the Digital Storm Vanquish II is the way to go. It is built really well, takes care of gaming needs beautifully up to 1080p, and is great value for money for the specs and features it has to offer.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Different kinds of mice serve different purposes. For instance, ‘Desktop mice’ are designed for standard everyday use. They have the typical left and right buttons and a scroll wheel in the center. Travel mice on the other hand are meant for on-the-road use and are generally quite small, so that they can easily fit inside your laptop bag’s pocket and connect instantly without the use of wires. Similarly there are ‘Gaming mice’ which are a totally different category with customized controls and buttons. Below is a list of some of the best mice that you could choose from for your specific needs:

Corsair Vengeance M65

1. Corsair Vengeance M65

The Corsair Vengeance M65 has a very futuristic design and is extremely comfortable to handle and use with its large scroll wheel placed at the center. The surface of the M65 is made from a soft kind of plastic which does not seem to collect any visible build-up of oil even after extended use.

On the other hand the rest and holding space for your pinky and thumb have a slightly more rugged texture for a good grip. There is a strong metal and rubber tracking wheel which rests on the middle of the right and left click buttons. It has a decent track wheel and has an LED light which glows underneath it. This lends both style and comfort to the overall look of the mouse.

Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse

2. Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse

Gamers are known to be choosy about their gaming equipment. And they have a good enough reason because the tiniest detail can destroy or make their game. It could be an inappropriate design, uncomfortable rest and similar other factors.

The Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming mouse has a comfortable design and comes with several thumb buttons which offer customized control. Tech experts believe that the placement of the buttons is perfect for advanced DPI switching. It is also an energy efficient device as the battery life could be stretched to a number of days, not just a few hours.

CM Storm Recon

3. CM Storm Recon

CM Storm Recon fits into the budget of almost all gamers and is a powerful yet comfortable mouse that comes in an ambidextrous design. It has plenty of decent features to boast about and looks good with its matte finish and a solid rubber grip.

Computer rentals are a great way to check out different kinds of mice and get the most suitable one from the different categories.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
The Computer Rental Process

Your business may need to rent computers on short term or long term basis. For all such purposes, you need to understand the process of renting computers from reliable rental companies.

For several kinds of businesses, renting computers is a much more feasible option. Computer rentals can serve various business needs such as:

  • Helping your staff in designing a new contract project.
  • Aiding online training processes for employees where they might need to access a certain software program.
  • Providing the equipment needed for corporate participation in certain events such as trade shows.
  • Minimizing risk in technology investment when the future requirements of the business are not clearly defines or predictable.
  • Experimenting and trying out different equipment prior to making a final purchase.

All computer rental companies provide you with a ‘rental plan’ addressing your various kinds of needs and business objectives. There are options to rent PCs on a ‘per day’, ‘per week’ or even a monthly basis. Good rental companies make sure that they have variety of plans that address the unique needs of different businesses.

Computer rentals made easy

So you have decided to rent computers to meet your various business needs, it is now time to approach a reliable rental company. Go online and research on the various options available and consult somebody who has already rented computers from a credible company and can give you appropriate feedback.

Once you narrow down on a good company, choose the PCs you require for your work and place an order with the rental agent. Your order will then be processed and the PCs/laptops or notebooks will be delivered to the location you have specified to the company at a suitable time.

Most companies assist with you any kind of help that you need with respect to the rented equipment throughout your rental term. You could get it touch with them simply over the phone and they could also send a technician for help if the need arises. In case there is a major glitch in the rented equipment that cannot be fixed, the company will replace the equipment with a new one.

The aim of all rental companies is to enable your business to run smoothly without any disruptions. Today, apart from just computers, you also have the option to rent other related equipment such as projectors, LCD monitors, computer accessories and even PC tablets for your various business needs.

Monday, January 27, 2014
Why customers prefer to rent Tablet PCs

Almost two decades ago, a PC was the only device in the world that could sustain multi-tasking functions. Since then, technology companies have created millions of products that have revolutionized the world. From touch screen smartphones to 15-inch tablets, computers have now become one of the most important kinds of equipment on the planet.

There are around one billion people in the world who have access to a computer, which shows the demand for such a machine. This growing demand has prompted technology companies to make a change in the way that computers look and feel by introducing a new line of computers called tablet PCs. Here are some of the reasons why you should rent a tablet PC from a computer rental company.

Portable

Tablet PCs can be carried anywhere the user goes. One main difference between carrying a laptop and a tablet PC is that although a laptop is portable, it is difficult for the user to operate it at times while traveling as the screen opens outwards. The tablet PC, on the other hand, has a touchscreen functionality that makes it easier to use it while on the move. Instead of opening the laptop screen in order to use, the user can operate the tablet PC from the surface of the device.

Comfortable

One of the best features about a tablet PC is that it is relatively lighter in comparison to a regular PC. This makes it easier for the user to carry it around wherever he/she goes. It is also created to fit comfortably in the user's hands and is flexible enough to be used even with one hand. The screen rotation feature on the tablet PC allows the user to view the screen from different angles without any disruptions.

Suitable for business professionals

Another feature about a tablet PC is that it is highly suitable for businesses professionals. Tablet PCs have many programs and applications that allow the user to take notes, give presentations and calculate the professional fee to his/her clients. Instead of taking out a pen and paper to write notes at a meeting, the user can input the important points on the tablet PC.

This way, the user does not have to go to the office desktop in order to get a copy of the minutes as the information can be accessed from the portable tablet PC. Tablet PC is among the most complete products in the market today which has made tablet PC rentals quite popular.

Friday, January 17, 2014
Why Customers Prefer to Rent Dell Computers

Dell has been the leader in the computer industry for more than a decade. Their computers are unparalleled and every year they find a new way to better their previous results. This is why they are one of the most trusted computer companies in the world.

The name ‘Dell’ is synonymous with computers all around the globe and whenever a customer has to make a choice of which desktop or laptop to buy, Dell is one of the first few names on that list. Here are a few reasons why you rent a Dell computer from a computer rental company.

Performance

In terms of performance, Dell computers are one among of the best in the world. Whenever there is a competition for the best computer, Dell has always featured in the top half of the winners list. Its computers run on Intel Processors which are one of the best processors in the industry.

All Dell computers run on Windows and with the latest Windows 8 in the market, the performance of every laptop has increased dramatically. Dell is known for having the fastest laptop known as the Ultrabook.

Design

One of the clear reasons why everybody chooses a Dell computer over the others is because of its outstanding design. The makers at Dell have taken it upon themselves to make the most creative and contemporary designs for the desktops and laptops. The developers have understood that a large number of computer customers fall between the ages of 20 and 35.

This means that the people who are buying these laptops are generally of a younger age and they have a different sense of style and fashion. Makers at Dell  are aware of this fact and have incorporated it into their products. Dell offers a  wide range of colours to choose from along with different sized laptops too.

Reliable

This is arguably the main reason why people choose this laptop over any other. There are million customers all across the globe that have a Dell laptops and the reason why they prefer this computer is because they know that it will last for a while.

Dell computers are fitted with the best of technology which adds to its durability and consistency. It has the best batteries and operating systems in the business and with a solid cover, the laptop can last for more than 2-5 years without looking out-dated.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Reasons to Rent a Desktop

A computer is an important tool for a business and an individual. Its multi-tasking function is why many people around the world want to buy one or two of them for their home. The capabilities that a computer has are second to none and it is also one of the reasons why businesses also use its functioning.

Businesses need computers for each of their employees as they help in increasing their productivity. Renting a  desktop from a desktop rental company has many benefits for the user. Here are some of the reasons why you should rent a desktop from a desktop rental company.

Periodic payments

For a businesses, it will be unwise to buy 100-200 computers for their employees at the office. This is because the cost of a desktop is relatively expensive. The price range for a desktop could range from $500-$2000. If the company has to buy the computers in bulk, it will have to shell out a lot of money to do so. This is why businesses prefer to rent a computer from a desktop rental company.

These companies give out their computers to their clients in exchange for a periodic payment. This means that the business will have to pay a fraction of the total cost every week, month or quarter, depending on the terms and conditions that the two parties have agreed to. This will help the business save up a lot of money while having the services of a desktop.

Complimentary services

One of the best parts about renting a desktop from a desktop rental company is that it provides complimentary services to its clients. Some of the services that these companies provide their clients include updating of software, setting up of desktops at the place of work, installation of anti-virus and other useful programs, etc. In order for one desktop rental company to get ahead of the competition in the market, it must provide these services to its customers to gain more potential customers.

Latest desktops

Businesses that wish to rent out the latest desktops in the market can do so as these desktop rental companies provide their clients with the most up-to-date models. Desktop rental companies ensure that they rent out desktops whichdesktops, which are highly rated in the market and have outstanding specifications. This is one of the many ways in which a desktop rental company can lure its target market.

Friday, September 6, 2013
DELL Alienware X51

Video games have been very popular among children and teenagers for almost five decades. Whether it is on the PC, PlayStation, or Nintendo, there is a large community of people who take gaming very seriously. Gaming has evolved over the years and now more people are designing new games each day for different platforms. The PC, however, has always remained the most popular gaming experience for any video game fanatic. The combination of the mouse and keyboard has increased the standard at which new games are made.

New games also require a very a good system for them to work properly. This includes having a good amount of disk space as well as having a video and sound card that can support its graphics. Although the PlayStation and the Xbox have impressive graphics, the feeling of playing on a computer is always preferred.

The question that has dawned upon many gamers is, "which PC can suit all my needs, especially gaming?" There are many computers that are being released almost every month, which makes it harder for people to make the right decision. Also with the popularity of mass multi-player online role games (MMORPG), computers that have a good online connection are more preferred for gamers. Another important feature of a gaming computer is that it must have a good internal cooling system, as most of the time, gamers tend to play for hours, which will undoubtedly heat up the system. This is where computer rentals step in as they allow you to fulfill your gaming needs on a temporary basis. The question is, which one should you go for?  Here are the top 2 gaming computers that are in the market and are recommended by gamers all around the world.

DELL Alienware X51

When a person talks about Alienware, the first thing that comes to their mind is gaming. Owned by Dell, Alienware is tailor-made only for gaming purposes. It has dimensions of 13-inches by 3-inches which is about the right size for a gaming console. The best thing about this computer is that it gives you the option to have a standard front-on speaker setup or you can connect it to a home theater to a get a more realistic effect while gaming. When it comes to performance, this computer manages to do its best in providing a perfect gaming experience.

The PC runs on the Intel i7-4770 processor which helps run multiple applications without any glitches or flaws. This makes it easy for gamers to play any graphic-rich games available at the moment. Even games that require 1920x1080 videos graphics perform seamlessly on the Alienware X51. Even for games that run on a 60fps cap, the X51 manages to always ensure that the cap is always matched allowing gamers to get the high-definition quality that the developers intended when selling their game. This is definitely one of the computers that you should get on rent, if you are into gaming and expect a seamless gaming experience.

Origin Genesis Mach V

If you thought that the specifications in the Alienware were highly impressive, then you have not seen the Origin Genesis. This PC is definitely the best gaming computer in the market as of now. The laptop was bred in the heart of Miami and is here to take gaming to the next level. The PC is stacked with an Intel i7 2600K processor clocking at 5GHz, which is amazing for any computer (average gaming computers – 3.5GHz–4.5GHz). If that does not impress you, then maybe its 12GB Kingston HyperX 1600MHz RAM, 1.5KW Silverstone power supply, EK Waterblock liquid cooling solution, three GTX 580 graphic cards (SLI), two 64GB C300 SSDS (RAID 0), a 12x BluRay burner, and the 1 TB WD 7200prm drive (Western Digital) with an already installed Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) will definitely change your mind.

When it came to rating the PC on its gaming performance, the Origin Genesis created the benchmark which all gaming consoles should be rated against. It had literally scored the highest marks for any gaming computer on the face of the earth. It had absolutely no difficulty in keeping the fps above 50 for any game that had a 1920x1080 resolution making the textures seem almost realistic. In short, there is no game at the moment that the Genesis cannot handle. After critical game reviewers used the Genesis, there was no turning back, with all the reviewers giving zero feedback with regard to improvement.

The Genesis is the gaming computer 'god' and it rightfully comes at the top of the list for the best gaming systems in the world. If you are renting out a computer for the sole purpose of getting the best gaming experience, then you should not even look at any other computer except the Genesis Mach V. The only drawback is, with such high performance, the PC costs close to $6000. This is quite the investment for lifetime tech support and one year hardware guarantee.

Friday, August 23, 2013
Acer’s Predator

Acer and Lenovo have recently released different series of desktops in the multimedia and business categories. Both the series have great specification and promise performance as well as power to users.

Acer Predator AG3-605

Acer’s Predator AG3-605 series laptops are multimedia monsters that have amazing performance, power and audio for movies, games, and much more. These desktops are packed with features such as EAX, Sound Blaster Cinema, Intel Haswell processors, two bays for driver and hardware, two PCIe slots, and GeForce GTX 660 graphics card, among many others. The series starts at $999.

According to the company, the new series offers different models to suit a particular budget and power requirements of users looking for a system coupled with multimedia and gaming needs. With features such as outstanding audio technology and the Haswell processors from Intel, the new Predator series provides gamers and multimedia enthusiasts with a robust computer for experiencing the latest games, movies, and music.

There are a total of five models in this series. The prices of the models range from $999 to $1499. The AG3-605-UR20 is the highest model in this series, and comes with Core i7-4770 Intel quad-core processors, with a speed of 3.4 GHz. Other features include DDR3 RAM of 32 GB, 1.5 GB of GeForce GPU, Blu-ray writer, Ethernet and wireless networking, 3TB of hard disk space, and Windows 8 operating system. There are several ports including HDMI, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, and the standard audio jacks, among others.

The UR21, which is the lowest of the series, is not as meaty as the UR20. The device comes with Core i5-4430 Intel quad-core processors, speed of 3 GHz, GeForce GTX 660, 2TB of hard disk space, Ethernet and wireless capability, DVD burner, and Windows 8 operating system. The ports are similar to that of the UR20, and both models come with additional SD card and Bluetooth slot.

The Predator series also includes the UR22, which is priced at $1199; the UR23 priced at $1299; and the UR24 priced at $999. The UR 24, in spite of a cheaper price tag, comes with core i7 processors, the same as the premium UR20. The UR24 comes with GeForce 640 GPU, speed at 3.4 GHZ, DDR3 RAM of 12 GB, 2 B of hard disk space, wireless networking, DVD burner, and lots more. The specifications are almost the same as UR 21, except for the CPU, GPU, and the power supply.

Selected models may be fitted with SD card storage of up to 120 GB, and an additional hard drive. The devices are also EAX compliant, have embedded high-definition audio with5.1 surround sound channel, and include Sound Blaster Cinema. Also included is an exclusive headphone cradle which enables music, movie, and game lovers to hang the headset onto the machine directly. This is very neat and frees a lot of space. The AG3-605 models are available with a warranty of one year.

Lenovo ThinkCentre

Lenovo ThinkCentre

Lenovo is putting a lot of faith in the concept of smaller enterprise and business PCs, with the launch of four models in its new ThinkCentre series.

The four new desktops are powered with the latest Haswell fourth generation processors from Intel. The new models include the All-in-One ThinkCentre M93z, extra small ThinkCentre M93p, and the E93 tower desktop as well as ThinkCentre M83. The M93p has a lot of power in its small frame. The M93p Tiny doesn’t look larger than a normal optical drive, and still boasts of Core i7 processors from Intel, apart from a 64 GB SSD storage that also comes with an optional SSHD for even more storage.

The compact chassis of the M93p is also packed with VESA mount, which lets users mount the device easily to a wall. This model also includes the Smart Power On feature from Lenovo, which lets the device power up through a wireless or wired keyboard, and comes with ready Citrix. The other model, M93 Small Form Factor Pro, has also been released and offers dual graphics as well as HDD support, minus all the heaviness of having a mini-tower. Both Small Form Factor Pro and Tiny are priced at $719 for the basic version.

Another model is the M93z AIO or All-in-One PC, which comes with 23” HD display. The device also includes an optional 10 point multitouch. The M93AIO comes with Core i7 processors and is primarily built for the business industry. It also includes Intel vPro Technology for security and management from a remote location, Windows 8 certification, and in-built TPM. The M9z starts at $799. The final model is the M83 and E93 Enterprise PCs, available in both SFF and mini-tower. These business desktops include 64 GB SSD, and more SSHD as optional storage. The E93 and the M8 will be priced at $499 and $529 respectively. You can try other desktops from Acer and Lenovo by renting one from a local computer rental agency.

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