Archives For March 2012

Do you recognise some of these people that have helped shape ICT into what it is today?

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Defraggler is a free disk defragmentation program released by Piriform with enhanced features which allow you more options to increase the ‘speed’ and productivity of your computer. Other defragging programs (such as the one that is built into Windows) only allow you to ‘defrag’ a whole disk at once (which can be laborious and time consuming).

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Have you ever thought about how much quicker working on a document would be if you did not have to click so many buttons in order to complete a simple task? If so, have you thought about using the keyboard driven commands? Many tasks that can be done with a mouse can be achieved quicker and easier with keyboard shortcuts. Download General key commands which tells you how you can speed up day-to-day running and make more efficient use of your time.

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Many people think that bionic electrics are a thing of the future, however, Nokia have filed for a patent (13/09/10) detailing ideas in the form of magnetically induced vibrating particles to be embedded in clothing or even under your skin as a tattoo! This odd twist of technology would work by an induction coil (similar to what you would find in an electric toothbrush charging station).

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If your computer is experiencing problems when starting up and you need to recover your important files then one viable option is to boot and run Windows XP (albeit trimmed down) off a USB memory stick. This process involves using a host PC to install Windows XP onto a memory stick of up to 2GB and will work on most modern PC’s and laptops that support USB booting in the BIOS. This method is particularly useful if you have a netbook or a device with no optical drive or testing a computer with no hard disk.

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If you have an old laptop, computer or devices that you no longer need but are too good to take to the recycling center, you have another option. Donate-a-PC is a website designed to pair up no longer required hardware with people or charities who may not be in a position to purchase equipment or cannot find specific equipment they may require. Visit the site by clicking the link below

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The Sixth Form Computer Suite has had a recent overhaul and has been re-designed and 26 brand new computers installed into it. These machines are LG Flatron N194WA’s ‘Energy-star’ rated energy efficient monitors with integrated n-computing L300 hardware supporting desktop virtualisation. These systems are far superior to the ageing HP Compaq SFF (Small Form Factor) traditional desktops as they consume far less power, run cooler and have a smaller footprint allowing more room for study. This has been made possible through a process called desktop virtualisation which means it is possible to run multiple virtual desktops from a single server.

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