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Repair Hard Drive Crashes Without Spending More

Monday, November 9th, 2015

In order to repair a hard drive crash without having to spend more, it is important that you research on the internet. There are several computer repair shops that can repair your hard drive efficiently. Their contact details can be obtained via the internet; which is why it is very convenient to find a technician online. It might a little confusing, but it will be easier for you to browse the internet and make comparisons of their services. Different companies have different services or credentials. If you do not compare, you might not be able to receive the best services for repair hard drive crash. Thus, do not make a decision right away if you are unsure with the company that you are transacting.

Furthermore, you can seek help from online forum sites. These sites allow you to post queries on potential computer technicians for hard drives. You just have to wait for the replies of forum site subscribers so that you can identify the right opinions. If this does not help, you can read company reviews like this one and get feedback from previous customers. It is certainly important to consider these reviews so you can distinguish the best services for repairing hard drive crashes. This article shows a step by step plan once you’ve encountered a clicking drive.

Prevent Severe Hard Drive Damage

It often happens that a person is peacefully surfing on internet, watching a video, or playing a game on a computer that works well, when it suddenly stops working. If you try to turn it off and on again, but it doesn’t react, you can really fall into a panic feeling but maybe a hard drive has been damaged and you will have to wait a while until a company can fix that broken hard drive. But what actually affects damaging a hard drive? And, (more…)

Video Game History: Lookin’ Good, Despite The Graphics

Monday, June 29th, 2015

vghOnce upon a time, disco ruled the airwaves, Rocky packed unmatched movie theater punch, and the Atari Corporation dominated the family room. The year was 1976 and Atari had just released the Atari 2600 home video game console, a four-bit system that promised to bring the arcade experience to the home. Riding the strength of hit titles such as Asteroids and Space Invaders, Atari dominated the video game market, moving millions of 2600 units in its heady heyday.

In 1996, one finds a vastly different video game console landscape. Atari is gone, having merged with disk drive manufacturer JTS Corporation in July 1996, and today’s video game console manufacturers enjoy technological advances that far surpass the Atari machines of the 1970s and including, with some exceptions, the use of CD-ROM as a game publishing medium. Moreover, many of todays companies are beginning to move beyond the standalone console to surf the wave of the World Wide Web.

Today, video game consoles manufactured by (more…)

A Neat Story About A Data Recovery Company

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 10 years or are one of those grandmothers who have never seen or used a computer in your life, you probably have had some kind of issue with either a file or a hard drive at least once. You may have had a blue screen, or a clicking hard drive (which after some research I have found people actually call the “click of death”), or some kind of loss in which you really couldn’t get anything back.

Me. If I was a blond. And a woman. And had a particularly large mouth, apparently.

Me. If I was a blond. And a woman. And had a particularly large mouth, apparently.

I was one of the lucky ones for quite a long time. In fact, I think I never had a lost file in all 15 years of me using PCs. Do I think it has something to do with the fact that I’ve always used Fujitsu laptops? Uh, probably not. I have read a lot of bad reviews of Fujitsu laptops that had me sometimes even reconsidering the fact that I own one. But, I will say the fact that they also manufacture  their own hard drives has got to mean something as far as overall consistency. At least, this is my theory, of which I have very little proof 🙂

Well, all that changed a couple of months ago when I was working on a paper for a company that I was doing consultancy for. Naturally, the thing was due only a couple of days before my hard drive finally up and crashed, and I was absolutely freaking out. Money was pretty tight at the time, and I assumed that I would probably be doomed here.

Anyway, after freaking out for a while and doing some searches on the Internet for the absolute most perfect data recovery software that has ever been created that can somehow recover files from a hard drive that is a brick, I finally chilled a little bit. Decided to weigh my options when I was looking to recovery my Mac laptop. I checked out this forum. Most of the data recovery techniques were way over my head. So, I did a couple searches and decided to contact a company called Hard Drive Recovery Group. The guy I talked to was actually pretty cool and I’m surprised at how well he was able to diagnose the problem with my hard drive over the phone. I was calmed down right away because I could tell that he was an expert immediately. I don’t typically deal very much in terms of IDE or SATA, so the whole thing, needless to say, impressed me a lot. Hardware has never really been my game, let’s say.

He said that it was likely that I would need clean room data recovery in order to get all my files back. (more…)

How Exactly Do Graphics Cards Really Work?

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

hegrwIn the setup phase, the triangle vertex data streams (x, y, z, color, etc.) are organized for presentation to the rendering engine. Triangles are sorted, culled, and clipped, and edge slopes are calculated for input into the raster engine. Subpixel corrections are needed to avoid anomalies such as poke-throughs and frayed edges. Converting from the floating-point “software” domain to the fixed-point “hardware” domain also is necessary. Doing all this in the host processor burns a lot of CPU cycles.

Finally, in the rasterisation phase, triangles are shaded, sorted, texture mapped, blended, and mapped to the display. Antialiasing and dithering functions are applied to help correct for a number of different artifacts, such as those seen on near-horizontal edges. Quality is not necessarily guaranteed here – some VGCs use simpler scanning techniques which can, for example, result in bleed-through along triangle boundaries.

System Performance

Let’s take a look at how three contemporary systems perform full 3D-geometry lighting-model simulations using fixed 10-pixel triangles. They run 3D software on a 100-MHz Pentium processor with a 2D Windows accelerator, a 3D VGC with 30-Mpixel/s performance, and a hardware-assisted 3D VGC.

For small numbers of triangles, the performance is dominated by system copy calls. They occur most often in the case of the software 3D system (which composes the picture in system memory). The 3D VGC with setup shows lower frame rates due to a double-buffer approach synchronized to the monitor frequency. (more…)

Android And Flash – Can’t We Just Be Friends?

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

I never really expected to be somebody that you would call a tablet geek. I frankly thought that apples were probably going to be a waste of time and that the PC was still want to be king for a period of time. I think I was alone here, as there were quite a few experts that said the same thing.

I never really thought that I would be a tablet owner, but then I received one for Christmas from a friend of mine and I immediately took to it.

I can say that I am a gadget guy, and obviously the fact that I started with a high-end tablet like the Asus Transformer Infinity, meant that I would either sink or swim right away. There would be no opportunity for me to complain about the technology, or the lack of hardware power, because really this is one of the best tablets you can buy right now. What’s more, the fact that you can use a keyboard is a huge plus for me. I will say that the keyboard itself is a bit of a piece of junk, but it does provide battery life and actually makes this a usable device. Very usable, in fact; I use it for reading books and when I’m cooking in order to read recipes, as well as to play a lot of the games that are available. I certainly won’t be talking about the IPad, of course, but that’s because I never really had any time for Apple products because I feel as if they are a lot of hype and mostly junk.

flash-androidBut Android is actually a phenomenal ecosystem as far as programmers are concerned. As a user, I’ve always been very impressed with the fact that most Android software is actually either cheap or free. Those are two characteristics that make the platform very attractive for almost anyone. So it really was a surprise for me that Adobe stopped supporting Android when it comes to Flash. I understand that they already have a number of platforms that they are (more…)