What Did the First Portable Computer Look Like

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What Did the First Portable Computer Look Like – I don’t currently have a desktop computer. I use a laptop to write because it’s so convenient — I can use it anywhere in the house (or at the library, or at a coffee shop). I think most people these days have laptops or use devices like tablets or smartphones to do a lot of things that we used to do on our desktop computers.

I’m not suggesting that desktops are going away anytime soon; they’re still preferable in a lot of situations. But today when you need something portable, there’s no shortage of options. Back in the earliest days of personal computing … not so much. But portable computers have been around since the mid-1970s — depending on what you mean by “portable.”

There are laptops on the market (sometimes known as ultraportables) that weigh around 2 pounds, but the computer widely thought of as the first portable weighed in at nearly 53 pounds. You wouldn’t have wanted it on your lap, but that wasn’t the idea. In 1973, IBM designed a prototype computer called SCAMP, which stood for Special Computer APL Machine Portable. (APL is a programming language that has since been replaced by A+.)

Two years later, it released what is often considered the 5100. The IBM 5100 was a single unit with a 5-inch CRT display, a keyboard, a 200K tape drive for storage and a processor. You could get it with up to 64KB of RAM, and either APL or BASIC (another programming language) operating systems, or both.

The 16KB RAM model with just APL sold for $8,975, while the 64K model with both operating systems hit at $19,975. Pricey by today’s standards, and that was in 1975. But you might have guessed that the 5100 wasn’t built for fun; IBM intended the computer to be used by scientists and programmers. There wasn’t much else available at the time in terms of a personal computer (it was all about the mainframe), and nothing that was as powerful in such a “small” and portable package.

Despite these achievements, the hefty price tag made it a tough sell, and you couldn’t really upgrade it. So maybe we should reassess the term “portable.” Portable computers still exist — they’re too big to be called laptops and plug in instead of relying on battery power, but they’re far easier to transport than a desktop. But when you first saw this question, you were probably thinking of a laptop. Read on to learn about the first one of those.

There’s some question about what makes a laptop, a laptop. Is it just about size? Ease of portability? Or do things like a rechargeable battery or screen size make a difference? Which one qualifies as “first” in the flurry of IBM competitors in the early 1980s is a difficult one, too.

The Osborne 1 sometimes gets the distinction of being the first commercially successful portable computer. Released in 1981, it weighed 23.5 pounds — easier to tote than the IBM 5100, but still not something you’d actually carry in your lap. And since it had no power supply (there was an optional battery pack that would give you an hour of use), it couldn’t be used just anywhere.

The Osborne 1 had 64K RAM, dual floppy disk drives, and a five-inch screen. It came with lots of software, worth almost as much as the machine itself. The whole thing closed up (it had a fold-down keyboard) and Osborne pointed out that it could fit under an airline seat. Retailing at $1795, it was a vast improvement over previous versions. But it’s called a “luggable” computer today — it’s definitely not a laptop.

The first laptop actually could fit in your lap. And it has an unexpected feature: a tiny, dot-matrix printer that used adding machine tape. Announced by Epson in 1981 and produced a few years later, the HX-20 was small enough to easily carry around at 3.5 pounds. It also had four rechargeable batteries.

The display was much smaller than the Osbourne 1’s; it could display just four lines of 20 characters. The data-storage device was a mini cassette recorder, and the computer came with either 16K or 32K of RAM. The HX-20 came in a hard case and cost around $795. A review written by David Ahl in Creative Computing magazine (published in March 1983) includes this: “For working on a plane, train or away from the office, the HX-20 is unrivaled.

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How often I have dreamed of having a spreadsheet or word processing computer with me on cross country or transatlantic plane trips! It would seem that the HX-20 is the answer to these dreams.

It still didn’t look like a laptop. The flip-form design came a bit later, and then the first machine to be marketed using the word “laptop” came out in spring 1983. But the HX-20 was arguably the first portable computer that you could easily carry and use anywhere.

When researching this article, it was interesting to see how passionate some people can be about older computers. Many models are still in use by enthusiasts. You can still buy the printer ribbon and other accessories for the Epson HX-20, and I came across a person who still writes programs meant to be used on it.

The earliest laptop I can remember using was my father’s and it was supplied by his employer for work. He sometimes brought it home so I could play the first “Sim City” on it, and this was around 1990. I wish I could remember the model, but I do recall that it was impressively small compared to the computers I was using at school!The first laptop actually could fit in your lap.

And it has an unexpected feature: a tiny, dot-matrix printer that used adding machine tape. Announced by Epson in 1981 and produced a few years later, the HX-20 was small enough to easily carry around at 3.5 pounds. It also had four rechargeable batteries. The display was much smaller than the Osbourne 1’s; it could display just four lines of 20 characters.

The data-storage device was a mini cassette recorder, and the computer came with either 16K or 32K of RAM. The HX-20 came in a hard case and cost around $795. A review written by David Ahl in Creative Computing magazine (published in March 1983) includes this: “For working on a plane, train or away from the office, the HX-20 is unrivaled. How often I have dreamed of having a spreadsheet or word processing computer with me on cross country or transatlantic plane trips! It would seem that the HX-20 is the answer to these dreams.

It still didn’t look like a laptop. The flip-form design came a bit later, and then the first machine to be marketed using the word “laptop” came out in spring 1983. But the HX-20 was arguably the first portable computer that you could easily carry and use anywhere.

Author’s Note
When researching this article, it was interesting to see how passionate some people can be about older computers. Many models are still in use by enthusiasts. You can still buy the printer ribbon and other accessories for the Epson HX-20, and I came across a person who still writes programs meant to be used on it.

The earliest laptop I can remember using was my father’s and it was supplied by his employer for work. He sometimes brought it home so I could play the first “Sim City” on it, and this was around 1990. I wish I could remember the model, but I do recall that it was impressively small compared to the computers I was using at school!

Evolution From Generation one to five

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Evolution From Generation one to five – Computers in the form of personal desktop computers, laptops and tablets have become such an important part of everyday living that it can be difficult to remember a time when they did not exist. In reality, computers as they are known and used today are still relatively new.

Although computers have technically been in use since the abacus approximately 5000 years ago, it is modern computers that have had the greatest and most profound effect on society.

The first full-sized digital computer in history was developed in 1944. Called the Mark I, this computer was used only for calculations and weighed five tons. Despite its size and limited ability it was the first of many that would start off generations of computer development and growth.

First Generation Computers

First generation computers bore little resemblance to computers of today, either in appearance or performance. The first generation of computers took place from 1940 to 1956 and was extremely large in size. The inner workings of the computers at that time were unsophisticated.

These early machines required magnetic drums for memory and vacuum tubes that worked as switches and amplifiers. It was the vacuum tubes that were mainly responsible for the large size of the machines and the massive amounts of heat that they released. These computers produced so much heat that they regularly overheated despite large cooling units. First generation computers also used a very basic programming language that is referred to as machine language.

Second Generation Computers

The second generation (from 1956 to 1963) of computers managed to do away with vacuum tubes in lieu of transistors. This allowed them to use less electricity and generate less heat. Second generation computers were also significantly faster than their predecessors. Another significant change was in the size of the computers, which were smaller. Transistor computers also developed core memory which they used alongside magnetic storage.

Third Generation Computers

From 1964 to 1971 computers went through a significant change in terms of speed, courtesy of integrated circuits. Integrated circuits, or semiconductor chips, were large numbers of miniature transistors packed on silicon chips. This not only increased the speed of computers but also made them smaller, more powerful, and less expensive. In addition, instead of the punch cards and the printouts of previous systems, keyboards and monitors were now allowing people to interact with computing machines.

Fourth Generation Computers

The changes with the greatest impact occurred in the years from 1971 to 2010. During this time technology developed to a point where manufacturers could place millions of transistors on a single circuit chip. This was called monolithic integrated circuit technology. It also heralded the invention of the Intel 4004 chip which was the first microprocessor to become commercially available in 1971.

This invention led to the dawn of the personal computer industry. By the mid-70s, personal computers such as the Altair 8800 became available to the public in the form of kits and required assembly. By the late 70s and early 80s assembled personal computers for home use, such as the Commodore Pet, Apple II and the first IBM computer, were making their way onto the market.

Personal computers and their ability to create networks eventually would lead to the Internet in the early 1990s. The fourth generation of computers also saw the creation of even smaller computers including laptops and hand-held devices. Graphical user interface, or GUI, was also invented during this time. Computer memory and storage also went through major improvements, with an increase in storage capacity and speed.

The Fifth Generation of Computers

In the future, computer users can expect even faster and more advanced computer technology. Computers continue to develop into advanced forms of technology. Fifth generation computing has yet to be truly defined, as there are numerous paths that technology is taking toward the future of computer development. For instance, research is ongoing in the fields of nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, as well as quantum computation.

How To Choose The Correct Mouse

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How To Choose The Correct Mouse – The mouse has long been one of the most important PC peripherals since the advent of the graphical user interface (GUI). In fact, it’s only relatively recently that alternatives have come along to challenge the mouse’s efficiency and accuracy in manipulating on-screen items. And even those alternatives, such as touchscreen displays, pens, and voice controls, are often used to augment the mouse rather than replace it.

There’s an entire industry dedicated to making PC mice, and the one that shipped with your new PC might be a low-cost version that’s holding back your experience. The mouse industry is constantly introducing new and better mouse options, creating what can be a difficult choice for anyone looking to replace a poor performer.

We created this guide to provide you with an overview of some of the things you’ll want to keep in mind as you peruse the hundreds of mouse options in Newegg’s selection.

Wired vs wireless

A good place to start when making your mouse decision is determining whether you want to go with a wired or wireless mouse. Simply put, you don’t have to plug in your mouse and hassle with a cable. You can go wireless and achieve complete freedom of movement – as long as you stay within wireless range.

That sounds appealing, and so why would anyone choose a wired mouse? There are few reasons that you’ll want to think about before making this decision.

To begin with, all wireless mice have at least some latency, meaning that there’s a split-second delay between a mouse action and its impact on a PC. Wireless technology has advanced considerably over the last several years, and reduced latency is one of the benefits. However, while wireless mice now generally have low enough latency that they’re usually fine for casual and productivity uses, you’ll probably want to make sure to get a high-performance mouse if you’re going to be playing modern gaming titles (more on that in a bit).

Next, wireless mice require power. Some use replaceable batteries while others have rechargeable batteries that need to be plugged in to charge up. The latter usually use a USB cable for charging, and they can be plugged into a PC to act as a wireless mouse while the battery is being topped off.

Finally, wireless mice can cause interference with other wireless devices. That’s less of a problem today, as mice have migrated toward Bluetooth wireless technology that uses frequencies that aren’t as likely to interfere with other devices. But it can still occur.

Wireless connectivity options

Speaking of wireless technologies, you’ll find two main versions. Bluetooth mice are increasingly common, and those are safe choices with most contemporary notebooks that tend to have Bluetooth radios built-in. If you’re using a desktop PC, then you might need to purchase Bluetooth dongle if the manufacturer doesn’t provide one with the mouse.

The other technology typically used with wireless mice is radio frequency (RF) adapters. One popular example is Logitech’s Unifying protocol, which operates at the 2.4GHz frequency and supports up to six Logitech wireless products. The Unifying adapter usually comes with Logitech mice (and keyboards), and you can connect that one Unifying receiver to a PC and then connect multiple compatible Logitech devices.

Wireless mice have a few important advantages over wired mice, and they also tend to be more expensive. A wireless mouse is, therefore, an increasingly popular choice that can work well for you, as long as you can live with keeping the mouse powered up and you can find one that provides the performance you need.

Gaming vs. general use

While you’re considering whether to go wired or wireless, you’ll want to consider exactly how you want to use your mouse. As we mentioned above, if you’re going to be using your mouse for gaming, then you’ll want to include performance in your list of important specifications.

Latency is one important performance consideration for gaming, where you’ll want the least latency possible. Also known as “input lag,” latency can be a killer, literally, in today’s fast-paced first-person shooter games. You don’t want to find yourself falling behind your competition, and latency can do just that, making you the tiniest bit slower on the trigger.

Sensitivity is also an important mouse specification, and manufacturers define it as dots per inch (DPI). The higher the DPI, the less physical distance the mouse needs to move on a surface to register movement on-screen. For gamers, sensitivity can be particularly important. Some prefer high sensitivity that allows them to move quickly across a screen with smaller hand motions, while others prefer to move their hands in larger gestures without such a large on-screen impact.

For this reason, some mice provide the ability to adjust DPI on the fly, from a low of 1,200 DPI or less to 6,400 DPI and even higher. This adjustability allows gamers to optimize their mousing experience for each game, and even for different in-game situations.

Some manufacturers optimize mice for certain kinds of games, with specific buttons and keypads that make certain kinds of games – like massively multiplayer online (MMO) games – easier to play. Many gaming mice come with software that provides game optimizations, and there are even customizable gaming mice that allow for physical changes, such as adjusting button response and changing the palm rest angle.

Sensitivity also matters for anyone who uses PC applications that require very precise movements. Examples include photo editors, 3D rendering software, and computer-aided design (CAD) applications.

If you’re not a gamer, then your decision in choosing a mouse will be much simpler. You can focus on things like size, ergonomics, and various non-gaming features. We’ll cover each of these topics next.

Sensors

Older mice used balls and infrared sensors for measuring movement. Modern mice, on the other hand, use one of two kinds of light sources to take images of a surface and determine movement by comparing one image to the next as the mouse changes location.

Optical mice use LED lights that shine on the very top of a surface, and work best with certain kinds of surfaces, such as a fabric mouse pads and other non-glossy materials. Laser mice are more precise versions that work on more surface types.

Laser mice tend to be more expensive, but they’re not always the best choice. First, while they’re more sensitive, they generate more noise and can cause more variation in tracking. Second, they work at further distances from a surface, meaning that if you lift them up and move them across a mouse pad, they’re more likely to register that movement.

These factors can cause unwanted on-screen movement that can be particularly bothersome in gaming. Unless you’re a gamer, though, you’ll probably be more happy with a laser mouse based on its ability to work on just about any kind of surface.

Physical design

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Mice come in all shapes and sizes, from small travel models to monster-sized options aimed at providing enhanced features and ergonomics. Which is best for you depends on a few factors, including your hand size, where you’ll be using your mouse, and whether you need to carry it around with you.

The first characteristic to consider is a mouse’s size. Mice that are intended to be portable tend to be smaller, and mice that are meant to sit on a desk tend to be larger. That’s perfectly logical, of course. Which is better for you comes down to the size of your hands – someone with smaller hands might choose a portable mouse just for its smaller dimensions – and to user preference.

Ergonomic mice, or those that are designed to reduce hand and wrist strain, are usually on the large end of the spectrum. They tend to conform to the hand, and they coax users into holding their fingers, hands, and wrists at angles that allow for more comfortable long-term mousing sessions. They’re also usually made for right-handed users – unfortunately, a much smaller number of mice are designed specifically for lefties.

One differentiating feature is a mouse’s style of grip. There are three common grip types: palm, claw, and fingertip.

Some mice, usually larger models, have a design optimized for laying your palm across the top and pushing the most around with the entire hand. Other, typically smaller mice use designs aimed at a fingertip grip, where the user grasps the mouse with the fingertips to guide it. And yet other, narrower mice are designed such that the palm rests on the back of the mouse and the fingers are most comfortable resting on top, forming a claw.

Which grip works best for you comes down to personal preference, as well as your desired mouse size and shape.

Other features

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Now that we have those basics out of the way, we can consider some of the other features that you’ll find on modern mice.

Most mice have at least two buttons, commonly referred to as the left and right buttons. Most operating systems assign the left button to primary actions like selecting objects and clicking on-screen items, and the right button to secondary actions like opening menus. The main exception is Apple’s line of mice, which have a single button and use various tricks to emulate a right button click as necessary.

Then, more complex mice are available that include additional buttons on the top, side buttons for accessing various special actions, and wheels that scroll and perform other actions. In many cases, these multi-button mice have special software that allows the buttons and wheels to be customized and remapped, enabling a wide range of individualized functionality.

Picking a mouse with the right kinds of buttons and wheels can make the difference between productivity and frustration. If you use complex applications, then you might be able to benefit from a mouse with a variety of buttons that can map to various functions.

LED lights are another feature, primarily found on gaming mice. They add some additional flair, as well as feedback during gaming systems. Usually, such mice come with software that can customize the lighting and match it with a user’s installed games.

Traditional mice aren’t the only way to control your PC. Several other options exist that can work in different circumstances. For example, if you’re using a tablet, then chances are you’ll be relying exclusively on a touch display. You might also use a digital pen or stylus that allows you to write and draw on the display.

Notebooks use touchpads, which measure a user’s finger movements across a flat surface. Some touchpads include physical buttons, some allow light taps with one or two fingers to register left and right clicks, and some support multitouch gestures where up to four fingers can be used for actions like scrolling and to switch between application windows. Apple’s latest MacBook Pro touchpads incorporate special 3D sensors and haptic feedback to mimic physical button presses.

One of the most popular kinds of portable device today is the 2-in-1, which can convert from a traditional notebook into a tablet. With these machines, you’ll switch between using a touchpad and using a touch display, and you’ll often use both depending on the situation. Further complicating matters is that some newer traditional notebooks also offer touch displays.

Finally, another very mouse-like input accessory is the trackball, which essentially inverts the old ball-style mouse mechanism. Rather than rolling the ball around a surface, the user spins a ball that’s set into the top of the device to register movement.

Finding the right mouse for you

The lowly mouse might seem like an afterthought when you’re buying or building a new PC, but as you can see, there are some important factors to consider when making your purchase decision. The right mouse can make your PC experience vastly more productive, efficient, and fun, and so be sure to check out all of the mouse options in Newegg’s mouse section, where you can compare various mice side-by-side to find the perfect one for you.

Traditional mice aren’t the only way to control your PC. Several other options exist that can work in different circumstances. For example, if you’re using a tablet, then chances are you’ll be relying exclusively on a touch display. You might also use a digital pen or stylus that allows you to write and draw on the display.

Notebooks use touchpads, which measure a user’s finger movements across a flat surface. Some touchpads include physical buttons, some allow light taps with one or two fingers to register left and right clicks, and some support multitouch gestures where up to four fingers can be used for actions like scrolling and to switch between application windows. Apple’s latest MacBook Pro touchpads incorporate special 3D sensors and haptic feedback to mimic physical button presses.

One of the most popular kinds of portable device today is the 2-in-1, which can convert from a traditional notebook into a tablet. With these machines, you’ll switch between using a touchpad and using a touch display, and you’ll often use both depending on the situation. Further complicating matters is that some newer traditional notebooks also offer touch displays.

Finally, another very mouse-like input accessory is the trackball, which essentially inverts the old ball-style mouse mechanism. Rather than rolling the ball around a surface, the user spins a ball that’s set into the top of the device to register movement.

Finding the right mouse for you

The lowly mouse might seem like an afterthought when you’re buying or building a new PC, but as you can see, there are some important factors to consider when making your purchase decision. The right mouse can make your PC experience vastly more productive, efficient, and fun, and so be sure to check out all of the mouse options in Newegg’s mouse section, where you can compare various mice side-by-side to find the perfect one for you.

Study Advanced Computer Science Masters / MSc

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Study Advanced Computer Science Masters / MSc – Broaden your knowledge of cutting edge areas in computing. This  Advanced Computer Science Masters/MSc programme is designed for graduates with a degree in Computer Science or a related discipline, and a solid foundation in programming.

This programme is closed to international applicants to join in September 2020, however a January start is available which you can now apply for. UK/EU applicants may apply to join this programme either in September or January.

Drawing on the School’s international research reputation, you will have the opportunity to select from a broad range of advanced modules to reflect your own interests. You will also undertake your own software-development or summer project (which may be research-focused) to deepen your knowledge even further. It is essential preparation for a career in academic or industrial research.

In the first eight months of the course you study your choice of taught modules to a total of 120 credits, which may include a mini-project. In the final four months, you will work on your summer project and dissertation, individually supervised by a member of the research-active staff in the school.

Why study Advanced Computer Science Masters/MSc at Birmingham
Birmingham is one of the leading universities in the country for postgraduate study in computer science, and we are proud to deliver outstanding programmes that offer a range of exciting career opportunities for students from around the world.
State-of-the-art, multi-million-pound facilities include dedicated laboratories for Computer

Science students, a teaching laboratory for Robotics, and research laboratories for Security, Medical Imaging Intelligent Robotics and Computer Vision
We are a partner in The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence

Our Security and Privacy Group is recognised as an EPSRC/GCHQ Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and we have a strong collaboration with the Centre for Computational Biology (CCB)

Award-winning development

At the School of Computer Science we are not just renowned for teaching and research excellence. We also produce novel solutions for real-world applications, including:

Working with Jaguar Land Rover to make their vehicles more secure
Contributing to the development of the Trusted Platform Module which makes many of our computers capable of secure cryptographic operations
Deploying autonomous, intelligent robots in security and health support facilities
Developing a revolutionary, award-winning method for diagnosing skin cancer
Ruanbang talks about the MSc in Advanced Computer Science

A quick guide to selecting a mouse

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A quick guide to selecting a mouse – The good ol’ two-button mouse just won’t cut it anymore. They’re unresponsive, uncomfortable, and the cord somehow ties itself up every time you put it in your bag. However, buying a new mouse can be confusing, so if you’re having difficulty picking the right one, here are some things you should keep in mind.

Cable or wireless?
Choosing between a wired or a wireless mouse is a factor you have to consider if you’re planning on purchasing a new mouse. Wireless mice are generally more comfortable since your range of movement isn’t limited by a cable and they’re usually travel friendly. However, they tend to be less responsive, which can be frustrating.

In some cases, wireless mice can also interfere with other wireless devices nearby, and most require batteries, which can create problems when they run out of juice. And, if you use the same mouse for both work and home, you run the risk of losing the tiny USB receiver for your wireless mouse when you travel.

On the other hand, wired mice are cheaper and easy to plug-and-play. The only problem you’ll have to worry about is dealing with tangled wires. So when you’re deciding on a new mouse, think about whether you’re looking for comfort or convenience.

Ergonomics matters
You’re going to be using the new mouse for a while, so it’s important to choose one that feels comfortable in your hands. When deciding on the right mouse, focus on the size and the grip of the device. The size of the mouse usually comes down to hand size. For example, someone with smaller hands might find larger mice quite unwieldy.

Certain mice can also accommodate different types of grips — fingertip grip, palm grip, and claw grip. Users who want high-precision control of their cursor should opt for a mouse with fingertip grip, those needing comfort should get a palm grip mouse, and if you want both control and comfort, the claw grip mouse is the way to go.

DPI (dots per inch)
Higher sensitivity is necessary for precise mouse movements, especially if you’re editing images, videos, or audio files. Mice with 1200 DPI or greater guarantee finer control.

Although mouse specifications like DPI might be the last thing on your mind when it comes to buying new hardware, your comfort is important. A good mouse with the right fit can make you more efficient and reduce the risk of injury.

If you need assistance setting up the best hardware for your company, give us a call. We’re happy to help.

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Microsoft Plans Largest Security Update in More than Three Years for Next Tuesday

Microsoft Plans Largest Security Update in More than Three Years for Next Tuesday- Microsoft announced yesterday that they would be issuing 16 security updates on Tuesday, November 11th around 1pm EST to patch the following:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Windows
  • Office
  • SharePoint Server
  • Exchange Server

This is the largest security update in over three years, and has been referred to as both “whopping” and “overwhelming” by Microsoft employees.

Of the 16 updates, referred to as “bulletins” by Microsoft, five were noted as “critical” which is Microsoft’s most serious threat ranking. Five were identified as fixing vulnerabilities that could result in “remote code execution,” if they were exploited. In Laymen’s terms, successful hackers could potentially hijack a system and install malware on the machine if these issues were not resolved.

Microsoft did not put a number to the individual Internet Explorer vulnerabilities it will patch, but in the last five months the company has taken care of 161 bugs in the browser (which is about 32 each month).  Microsoft will patch all versions of it’s Internet Explorer browser.

Other critical updates will tackle vulnerabilities in various sectors of Windows, including Bulletin 5, which affects only the server operating systems. Microsoft said that the one or more bugs being resolved in Bulletin 5 were not present in the client editions, but that they would still be updated to provide “additional defense-in-depth hardening” as protection against similar vulnerabilities that may potentially pop up in the future.

Fixes will be applied to SharePoint Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2007, 2010 and 2013 to deal with elevation of privilege flaws, and may require restarting the servers, often a risky deal for IT staffs as both SharePoint and Exchange are mission-critical systems that cannot be offline for very long.

How to Choose Between a Laptop and Desktop Computer

Choosing between a laptop and desktop can be a difficult decision. In a desktop vs. laptop comparison, it is important to determine which features and benefits are consistent with your needs. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each; in order to help you understand which option will best suit your needs.

Listed below are the key areas to consider when choosing between a laptop and desktop computer.

  • Portability
    • The key difference between the two options is portability. If you need a portable device then it would be ideal to invest in a laptop. However, if the laptop will simply act as a desktop with the very occasional need for portability, a desktop is also an excellent choice and far less expensive.
  • Price
    • Laptops typically cost slightly more than an equivalent desktop.  However, recently prices have dropped and laptop prices are extremely competitive.
  • Security
    • Desktop computers are usually more secure than laptop computers due to their lack of mobility. The portability of a laptop makes the device more appealing to be stolen if it is not properly secured.  Security cables can be purchased with laptops in order to reduce this threat.
  • Network Access
    • Both desktops and laptops have equal connectivity to the Internet through the following technologies including dial-up modems, DSL or Cable modems, Ethernet and Wireless networking. Owning a laptop gives users the ability to take advantage of wireless networks that they can access when traveling with their device.
  • Upgrades
    • Laptops may not be as easy to upgrade with the addition of new technology. Be certain to configure a laptop with the necessary features that you will utilize. Desktops are generally much more expandable.  With a desktop you can easily add a new video card, larger hard drive, a new processor, or other components as technology evolves.

The best way to determine whether to buy a desktop or laptop computer is to determine how you plan to use your new computer. If mobility is important and your requirements are everyday functions such as email, surfing the web, and streaming video, then a laptop should be sufficient. A laptop should even suffice for most work projects using software such as Microsoft Office.

If your computer usage extends to programs that require a vast amount of system resources like video and photo editing, streaming high-definition video, and high-end 3D gaming, then a mid- to high-end desktop would be a better option.

If you need help choosing if a desktop or laptop computer is the right fit for you; we are here to help. Here at Everything Computers, we are dedicated to providing high quality computer repair services for residents in the metro Atlanta area. Located in Marietta, we have been in business since 2002, and we are committed to providing you with an excellent customer experience.

If Desktop Computers Interest You Then Read This!

If Desktop Computers Interest You Then Read This! – don’t set off shopping on the following desktop computer because the job seems to difficult. The fact is it requires only an expense of a few hours to figure out the latest facts and data to make computer shopping fairly straightforward. Keep on reading for some tips.

Think about the disk burning capabilities of any desktop computers that you’re having a peek at. Consider if you would like to see media or to produce your own CDs and DVDs. Should you anticipate doing the latter, then make sure certain the computer which you would like affirms it. Not all desktops incorporate those abilities.

If you’re trying to find a desktop make certain to look around. With the rising popularity of laptops, tablets, and cellular devices, notebooks have fallen out of favor. Thus, sales are combating. Use this to your advantage and hunt for the lowest prices in the marketplace when purchasing a brand-new desktop computer.

Keep your desktop computer’s tower in regions where you put your drinks or other things that may trickle. It’s fairly hard to fix a computer if the elements were to find moist. In case you need to set a drink on your desk, then be sure it’s on either facet of the desk at the tower so if you spill something it doesn’t get on the principal field of the personal computer.

Prior to making your personal computer purchase, examine various reviews on tech sits. It can seem intimidating to sort through everything, but large pick lists might help tremendously.

Speak with friends and family about having a background computer. A number of them may happen to be needing to obtain a new computer, and if you inform them that they have an incentive to do so. Take in older computers, which generally do the job nicely. A whole lot of people only have computers sitting around, so determine if your loved ones have a computer they are eager to supply you with.

If you’d prefer a brand new backgroundcomputer, search online. The net has numerous different deals and options, you are certain to find a pc that is both in your financial plan and does all the things you need it to execute. The 1 thing that you want to remember is to compare prices from several companies so you are getting the very best bargain.

If purchasing a computer, don’t assume a system new to you personally is brand new. A range of the most critical deals are refurbished apps, which may be openly acknowledged. However, sales clerks will often say that these were just systems sitting screen shelves or bought and instantly returned. From time to time, these systems are only as obsolete as a decade and just came back from a business rental.

Everything you buy a pc will get a lot to do with the period of your purchase. You must definitely use the best earnings and exclusive bargains. When it was something you obtain all the time, then it might be challenging to make that happen. However, a computer is a regular purchase, so you want to be able to time your purchase to finding an offer you can’t refuse.

The area of laptops is an ever-changing one, and today computers are inclined to be less expensive than notebooks. You will frequently track down a trustworthy background for around 400 dollars at many computer stores. Make certain the store you purchase the pc from is reputable and will stand behind the buy price.

Buying a new computer can be very intimidating if you don’t know what it is you do. It’s easier to upgrade your equipment as soon as you apply tools like the ones found within this report. Everybody should be well-equipped for a computer they need.

Purchasing A Desktop Computer: Tips And Tricks About Finding The Right One For You

Desktop computers are Excellent for getting Jobs done quickly – Maybe you would rather make home movies, or you would really like to remain in touch with loved ones inside Facebook. No matter find out which computer is perfect for you by studying these tips.

Contemplate onscreen displays desktop for your own requirements. This normally implies that the computer has a massive track with almost all of its components from the back. They can be found in a number of sizes and without touch input signal. They’re more easy to transport due to less cables. Many also have built-in webcams for easier video conferencing. They work great for entertainment purposes, too.

In the event you’ve got a home office or a small business, a laptop computer probably won’t fulfill all your requirements. Though a cellular computer is excellent as soon as you’re outside and about, a desktop computer version is better if you would like a printer, copier, scanner and fax. Furthermore, a great deal of people find typing on a standard keyboard is easier than working on a laptop computer.

If you are watching out for a brand-new desktop computer, make sure you remember the accessories. You may have found an excellent monitor and the computer may be equipped with a quick chip, but recall things like your computer mouse and keyboard. Your mouse and keyboard bring about a computing experience, so be sure you devote some time choosing the very best ones.

Since now is the time to purchase a desktop computer, shop around. You might be amazed to find shops frequently have earnings on machines, and occasionally, the computer you desire will maintain a much lower price in precisely the exact same store versus another store. Perhaps you will choose to appear on the world wide web to find that of your local shops are having sales.

To locate the best deal when purchasing a brand-new desktop computer, shop through and after straight back to school time or before Christmas. All these are the times when computer companies give excellent deals on lots of the best advertising computers. Computer company also provide packages of computers and printers that might save you extra money.

If you’d like to invest less in your desktop, research buying a refurbished version. These machines are those that were fixed in the mill and therefore are often given in a steep reduction. These are usually supplied in the pc brands in their websites, so take a peek prior to buying a new computer.

Try to customize your purchase when buying your own PC. If you are ordering straight from the manufacturer, you have to have the ability to upgrade individual pieces. By means of example, you will need to be able to secure more storage space for a larger fee. You might be able to get another video card by paying a bit more. Look into different companies to be sure to have this alternate.

As you select your desktop, look carefully at the kinds of software that are included, particularly in case you take a word processing package. You’ve got to take notice of if you’ll be supplied a extensive version of those programs, or in the event which you will only obtain a trial version which will ask you spend more cash later on.

Back up your desktop computer from time to time. Unfortunately, computers do crash and might take all of the data about the hard drive collectively. Many occasions that info is important and it might be catastrophic to reduce things like pictures, papers, or anything that you store on your PC.

You really ought to know a lot when you are getting a new computer. If you’d like to make the procedure simple, learn whatever you can. You may flip it into a piece of cake if you apply the info located here as you browse around the stores.

A Guide For People Wishing To Get Into Desktop Computers

Purchasing a computer can actually be a feat of brilliance. When you receive a machine that provides you with the features you want at a price you are able to afford, you simply can not fail. This report will direct you towards the path of the ideal computer deal which you have been on the lookout for.

When purchasing a desktop computer, you have to understand exactly what you intend on using it for. Being aware of what you will utilize the pc for is essential, since it dictates how much storage space you will require, the sort of calculating speed you want and the type of track you want. When you understand exactly what you want to use the pc for, you are likely to find it a lot easier to locate exactly what you want.

When selecting a desktop take under account what you’ll use it for. If you’ll just be using it for internet access and word processing, then you’re able to manage to go more affordable. If you’ll be gambling you are going to need a graphics card, and more RAM. The job you’re going to use it will be significant in determining your cost point.

To find the very best deal when buying a brand new desktop computer, store during and following back to school time or before Christmas. These are the days when computer businesses provide great deals on lots of the very best selling computers. Computer business also provide bundles of printers and computers which may help save you additional cash.

What are you using your pc for? It’s very important to obtain a computer that suits your requirements. If you’ll use your pc to play games, what you want from the computer will differ from everything you may need if you’re thinking about utilizing the computer to write papers for college.

Decide exactly what you are going to use the background for the first. A lot of men and women purchase a computer that’s updated for capacities they will not even be utilizing. Your private interests and your intended applications for your pc should help you determine what specs must be contained on your new machine.

If you would like to run many apps at the same time, you will want at least 4GB of RAM. If you only want to do simple jobs, significantly less than 4GB will probably be fine. Want to play with video games? Start looking for 10GB and over to make sure that your games are not lagged and difficult to play with.

In case you want a powerful computer, search in places recorded as “gambling” or “amusement” computers. All these may have more RAM and faster chips which could take care of these jobs. Should you get a computer recorded as an “regular” machine, you will discover that it simply does not fulfill your requirements.

When the time comes for you to get a desktop computer, ensure any software it includes is legal. You ought to receive the CD with the proper key in order for your possession can be established if necessary.

When searching for a computer program, keep a look out for what sort of images chipset it has. Cheaper systems generally have video cards which are known as on-board, or incorporated. This means it’s actually part of this motherboard. You will get far better movie quality and gambling by a dedicated video card that’s attached in a slot.

Search no longer! This guide has provided you with all the guidance needed to make sure your next computer purchase is right on the money. Utilizing this new understanding, find a computer that is suitable for your listing of prerequisites. In the long run, you are going to be pleased with yourself for taking the time to find out all you can.