How to Clean Disc Drives

When your CD or DVD (disc) drive starts giving you problems, your first thought may be to replace it or take it to the repair shop, but a good cleaning may be all it needs.  Below are three methods to clean the disc drive. The easiest method is the least effective. The hardest method is the most effective. Since the hardest method takes some time to do, I recommend that you start with the easiest method. If it solves your problems, congratulations. If not, try the next method. Continue reading

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Complete Overview of Linux

Linux at its most basic form is a computer kernel. The Kernel is the underlying computer code, used to communicate with hardware, and other system software, it also runs all of the basic functions of the computer. The Linux Kernel is an operating system, which runs on a wide variety of hardware and for a variety of purposes. Linux is capable of running on devices as simple as a wrist watch, or a cell phone, but it can also run on a home computer using, for example Intel, or AMD processors, and its even capable of running on high end servers using Sun Sparc CPU’s or IBM power PC processors. Some Linux distro’s can only run one processor, while others can run many at once. Continue reading

Operating Systems: File Systems

File systems are an integral part of any operating systems with the capacity for long term storage. There are two distinct parts of a file system, the mechanism for storing files and the directory structure into which they are organised. In mordern operating systems where it is possibe for several user to access the same files simultaneously it has also become necessary for such features as access control and different forms of file protection to be implemented. Continue reading

Could Your IT Department Be More Streamlined?

Many companies take on extra staff when business is good, ensuring they have enough people on board to cope with all the tasks that need to be done. But ‘enough people’ does not always correspond to ‘the right number of people’. Moreover it’s easy for job roles to become blurred, creating an overspill of talent in one area and a shortfall in another. Continue reading

Do You Have Access To Enough IT Staff?

No matter how well a business is run and how efficient its computer system is, employees will always run into problems now and again. Whether it’s a simple computer glitch or a major error, it’s good to know you have the right staff on hand to solve the problem in the shortest amount of time possible.

The problem is that you need to know this ahead of time – not when your computers crash and you suddenly realise you don’t have the staff or the resources to cope with it and get things back up and running again. Continue reading

Pointers For Choosing Your Laptop Computer

If you’re thinking of buying a laptop computer there are undoubtedly some great deals to be found, but what should you be looking for when you’re in the market for a updated or even your first laptop computer.

Well, it’s always worth sitting down with a pen and paper and thinking about exactly what you need your new laptop computer to do. If you’re simply going to use it for word processing and the odd email here and there you don’t need the super fast processor and hard drive that can hold thousands of files, so don’t let a slick salesman tell you otherwise that’s just going to hurt your pocket. Continue reading

Choose The Most Cost Effective Portable Computer

Who is theportable computer user? When choosing a laptop computer, it is important to understand who will be using it.., school student, college student, professional businessman ,office worker, etc.

Where will the laptop be used? For big mobile users such as college students and professionals, size, weight and battery life are very important. So when looking over the reviews and relevant specs, keep those factors in mind. The average high school student uses a laptop from room to room in their house, and have loads of access to AC power most of the time. So for these users, the factors listed above may not be as critical. Continue reading