A computer owner should take a few steps to make sure his or her computer runs smoothly. Luckily, one can take a few simple precautions to keep the machine up-to-date and running longer. Here are three tips to keep a system running more efficiently and longer.

Remove files: Some users leave thousands of unnecessary files on their computer. When doing this, the owner of the PC will experience problems since the hard drive will load programs and files slowly. Luckily, a user should have Read the rest of this entry »

Building a computer takes multiple parts that have different purposes. It’s important that you have each part handy before you start to build your computer.

Motherboard: The motherboard is by far the most important component. The motherboard consists of slots that are made specific to fit a particular processor. It also holds other important electrical components like the hard drive, RAM, and other peripherals.

Processor: This component follows instructions from a computer program by performing input/output operations of the computer system.

RAM: RAM memory stores data on a temporary basis and is Read the rest of this entry »

The modern operating system (OS) is getting pretty old. The two basic families of operating systems, the UNIX OSes (including Linux, iOS/OSX and Android) and Windows, have architectures that go back decades. These OSes were designed long before anyone could fathom what would power modern mobile computing, wearable computers and more. UNIX was originally designed for servers in the 1960s. And bugs from the 1970s have been exploited in modern attacks. How can we continue to innovate with such outmoded software powering our devices?

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Computers are constantly developing as new technology emerges frequently. It’s astounding how rapidly computer technology has advanced in the last twenty years. In the 1990′s an average computer hard drive held one gigabyte of memory. Now, it’s not unusual to see a terabyte of memory in a hard drive, which is an incredible 1000 gigabytes. The best computers out today come equipped so they are able to support playing video games on the highest settings. Since graphics are one of the Read the rest of this entry »

Although many claim to have built the first personal computer, including the 1973 Micral and the Altiar 8800 in 1974, IBM had them all beat with the 610 in the 1950s. John Lenz slapped the auto-point computer together in the attic of Columbia University’s Watson Lab between 1948 and 1954. This was a computer designed for a single person to operate. It was named the IBM 610 Auto-Point Computer (PAC). It was the first computer designed to be operated from a keyboard. Sitting beside the keyboard was a large cabinet filled with a magnetic drum, a control panel, DIRECT TV Packages, arithmetic control circuitry and paper tape readers. Lenz controlled the computer by punched paper tape readers that duplicated themselves as he pecked at the keyboard. Output reached an astounding 18 characters per second. The keyboard acted as a control and a point for data entry. A control panel acted as a device for controlling programming. Lenz stated that the 610 acted as a solver of complex problems for people who only had experience with a desk calculator. No computer expertise was required. The machine calculated floating-point math naturally and required no air conditioning or special power. IBM made several other computers afterwards before releasing its famous PC to the world in 1981.