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Feature Articles:
  • The Chip Within the PDA
    When you think of the microprocessor, what comes to mind is almost always the PC chip or CPU. Yet, you'll be surprised to know that more than 98 percent of all microprocessors are used in "embedded" products, and not PCs!

  • Windows Server 2003
    In June, against the present dismal global economic backdrop, Microsoft officially released the latest version of their software operating system (OS) -- Windows Server 2003. Whether or not this latest Windows platform iteration will enjoy popular favour with organisations and users is anybody's guess.

  • Going the All-in-One Route?
    Today's technologically enhanced office or home will most likely have a PC, an inkjet or laser printer, a personal copier, a fax machine, and perhaps even a scanner. However, to get all of these things to fit on your desktop will often pose a problem because of your space constraints. Enter the AIO or MFP to the rescue!

  • The Power Continuum
    In the information age, the need for dependable, reliable and uninterrupted power supply will continue to increase exponentially with new users and applications. With highly sensitive electronic equipment, a proactive contingency plan -- one that addresses failures and corruption of data and services -- that deals with possible system failures due to poor or corrupted power must be implemented.

  • Display Monitor Screens
    Pictures are the broadest band of information humans can process. Not surprisingly, electronic displays have become an important interface for human customers when dealing with electronic data and information streams. Such electronic displays are generically known as colour monitors -- quite similar to the ubiquitous TV screens.

  • Outsourcing Services and ASPs
    What are Application Service Providers? Put simply, ASPs manage and distribute software-based services and solutions to customers across a wide area network from a central data centre. Software is rented on a Pay-Per-Use or fixed fee basis. Essentially, ASPs enable small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to outsource some or almost all aspects of their IT needs. Thus, ASPs may be commercial ventures that cater to customers, or not-for-profit or government organisations, providing service and support to a group of endusers.

  • The Linux Adventures
    What started out as a hobbyist's software project in Linus Torvalds's bedroom has now grown into a major challenge to the proprietary world of server computing. Besides Windows, MacOS, and the various flavours of Unix, there is the familiar open source software operating system (OS) known simply as Linux. Against all odds, Linux is now a major powerhouse in the OS market, despite Linux being freeware and open source.

  • Choosing a PDA?
    There is no escaping from one phenomenon -- handheld devices like PDAs are very popular nowadays. The mental picture that comes to mind about the Personal Digital Assistant revolves around a tablet with a stylus (or pen for hand written input) and a somewhat square-looking display screen.

  • PC Usage Trends?
    The present market scenario on PC buying patterns is interesting. Many users have discarded their desktop PCs in favour of a mobile alternative. Also, new PC owners are opting straightaway for the mobile platform. One in every four PCs shipped is now a mobile PC. Furthermore, this trend is set to rise further and will be in the ratio of one in three by 2006 says analyst GartnerGroup.

  • Digital Rights Management
    It is a fact that many of the companies that own the most popular songs, books and movies are eager to sell their content over the Internet. If only they can find a way that's both convenient for customers, and profitable for copyright owners.

  • E-Learning and You
    The emerging knowledge-based economy is a demanding continuum -- where the individual person's knowledge and skill levels need to be constantly updated. The people, companies, and countries with the greatest knowledge, skills, and the ability to efficiently create and share knowledge will have the best chance at success in the Internet economy.

  • The Wireless LAN
    Work demands are compelling the need to be on-the-move in order to keep pace and be in-sync with rapid changes in the marketplace. Thus, mobile communications is even now, a daily necessity. The trends indicate that people are increasingly spending more time away from their office desks. At the same time, they need reliable access to corporate networks and the Internet. Enter the wireless local area networks or wireless LANs (WLAN) to empower the mobile generation through wireless connectivity.

  • The Computer Virus Threat: What You Should Know?
    The virus threat is often "more serious" than we tend to give these malicious code the serious attention we give to other security violations. The real cause for concern are the viruses that accompany our messaging systems that most modern day businesses have come to rely on, i.e., our electronic mails.

  • Consolidate Your Glass Houses?
    As servers proliferate rapidly, often, you lose track of where the physical server resides in your company's network infrastructure. Or perhaps, you may have too many small servers all over the place -- that your IT department has a nightmare trying to manage the systems infrastructure, and at the same time, handle the quirks and problems that users encounter in a typical working day.

  • Broadband for SMEs
    The Internet revolution has brought about phenomenal change in the way we share, re-jig and use information. Starting with the common dialup modem, our need for fast access speeds have led to bigger pipelines to satisfy our evergrowing, Internet-driven appetities in this information-thirsty era.

  • Enterprise Connectivity Via PDAs
    Today, we tend to rely on a personal digital assistant (PDA) or a smart handheld device (SHD) to keep track of the things we need to do. In fact, the PDA is fast replacing the pen-and-paper-based organiser -- and helps you keep a list of your appointments, stores telephone numbers and documents, recognises your handwriting, serves as a wireless connection to the Internet, exchanges data with a PC, and even allows you to watch videos or play games.

  • Home Desktop PC
    Today, a person does not have to think twice when deciding whether or not to invest in a desktop PC for the home. Connectivity is the new mantra of the Internet-savvy human being.

  • A Symphony of Projected Images
    When it comes to image projection, there is often a need to compromise between the amount you are willing to spend, and the quality you expect. What are the issues you must address before you decide what's available at the budget you can afford, and the selection of a decent projector.

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