There never seems to be a shortage of new ideas related to computers. Because of the highly-technological world we live in, it is not at all surprising that this is so. There is actually a deluge of innovative startup projects literally flooding crowdsourcing platforms such as Kickstarter. Many have already been successfully funded and developed making it possible for interested consumers to conveniently buy Kickstarter products from an online Kickstarter store like that of ForeverGeek.
Startup Projects to Watch Out For
Kano: A Computer Anyone Can Make
Kano is a computer which you can do yourself. It is powered by Raspberry Pi and comes with a speaker, wireless server, and a custom case. It offers games, music and sounds, HD video, Debian Linux packages, and just about anything else because it is open source. It is something that can be built in a matter of seconds(technically) and with so much fun, Even the presentation is fun with Lego-inspired books to boot.
Swatchmate Color Capturing Cube
The Swatchmate Color Capturing Cube is a portable device that capture the color of any surface. The color data is sent to your Smartphone or Photoshop with the use of Bluetooth. It is very useful to artists and designers but of course can be used by anyone who wants to capture real color for their computer work.
This Tile Used to be Your TV
“This Tile Used to Be Your TV” is exactly what its name suggests. Using old computer monitors and TVs, recycled CRT tiles are produced. They can be used as coasters and for decorative purposes.
There are just three of the many possibilities proposed through Kickstarter and it is such a joy to discover the many ways people can think of improving lives through unique innovations. These projects aim to make the modern life more convenient and environment-friendly. Even the simplest but useful projects can make a difference. IT is no wonder then that many proposed projects get their needed funding from those who are able and can readily appreciate the possibilities they present.
Posted on November 30, 2013 at by Guest Blogger
E-learning is a method of learning that makes use of educational electronic technology. The environment in this kind of learning is that which occurs outside traditional classrooms with the aid of technology. One of the indispensable elements of e-learning specifically for those who are always on the move is a laptop.
Traditional classroom learning is a lot different from e-learning although the former is starting to make more use of electronic technology associated with the latter. E-learning however differentiates itself in the learning environment which is not limited to the four walls of a concrete classroom. Due to the unique learning style of people on the go, it is necessary to have equipment and gadgets that will facilitate the actual study. Laptops have made learning possible for many who have been previously limited from pursuing education through the traditional way.
Portability and mobility are the chief reasons why laptops have proved to be indispensable for e-learning. Without it, non-traditional students will find it difficult to comply with time requirements of traditional schools. Looking at it from the present angle, it almost seem impossible for non-traditional learners to finish a desired degree with the demands of family and work.
Laptops have evolved to become one of the must haves of every family in the aspect of learning. Many schools now have available computers for use by their students but students need to continue the learning process outside the classroom walls. Laptops are the most convenient option especially if students have to find time to study in between home and family responsibilities.
About the Author:
Teresa and her family makes use of the laptop for learning.
Posted on January 31, 2013 at by Teresa Martinez
With the relatively common occurrence of electrical fluctuations in many parts of the world, there are bound to be occurrence of power surges as well. A power surge is defined as a voltage spike which can happen at any time. Voltage spikes are extremely harmful to electrical equipment and have caused many to provide decreased functionality or be destroyed so as to render them useless.
The main safeguard used in most electronic equipment for protection against power surges is the surge protector. It is basically an appliance that is designed to limit the voltage that enters an electric device within the safe level. It works to block or to short ground voltage that goes beyond the acceptable threshold.
As a rule of thumb, any electrical device plugged into the wall would benefit from the protection provided by surge protectors. The quality of surge protectors available in the market are not equal thus buying the cheapest is not necessarily the least costly especially if the poor choice results to the damage of an important electronic device. One of the most important devices that needs such protection is the laptop.
Power surges that affect an unprotected laptop will not always result to a knocked-out system. However, such power surges can slowly damage the critical components of a laptop that can greatly reduce the laptop’s usable life. A surge protector is the least costly way of protecting a laptop against physical damages or information loss.
The use of surge protector is common enough in the typical work environment such as an office. Many laptop owners forget about this basic protection once they bring their devices outside or while on travel. So as to encourage laptop owners to observe the use of surge protectors in different environments without sacrificing portability, travel-sized surge protectors have been made available. Thus, every time a laptop needs to be plugged-in, basic protection is available.
It is possible that extreme power surge can damage a surge protector, thus it would be wise to opt for one that provides a clear indication of whether they are still working or not. The safety of a laptop would depend on the efficiency of a surge protector in doing its job so a fast-acting one is highly preferred. For best protection that goes beyond physical, laptop owners should look into warranties offered by manufacturers. There are actually manufacturers who do offer to compensate laptop owners if their device gets damaged even with the surge protector in place. These devices however may be more costly.
About the Guest Blogger
Jack is a voracious reader whose main interest lies on finding better ways to do things. He is currently reading about New York Energy Companies.
Posted on January 30, 2013 at by Guest Blogger
Of the 84 million Americans who traveled over the 2012 holiday season, an estimated 42 percent (35 million) of this population flew to their destination. Air travel is continuously growing in popularity for travelers all over the world, and it’s not expected to slow down anytime soon. However, it wasn’t always this way. Fifty years ago, air travel was considered a luxury (and came with a luxurious price tag), often excluding the average American. Actually, this convenient mode of transportation didn’t become accessible to the general public until relatively recently.
A Timeline of Air Travel From the 1960s Onward
- 1960s: Air travel in the ’60s was expensive. The average round-trip ticket between Cleveland and Washington, D.C., was approximately $75, which equals about $400 today when accounting for inflation. Passengers went through zero security screenings and meals were served on every flight. Smoking was even permitted throughout the plane.
- 1970s: Flying peaked in popularity in the beginning of the ’70s, with passenger numbers nearly doubling in 1972 compared with those of 1955. Flight attendant uniforms were colorful, stylish and often featured miniskirts and hot pants in an effort to appeal to a male majority of travelers.
- 1980s: Pillows and blankets were liberally supplied during flights in the ’80s in an attempt to keep passengers comfortable throughout the flight. Passengers were never charged for extra luggage and one movie was shown, which could be heard only with headphones. Although there were metal detectors in the ’80s, passengers could keep shoes and belts on and endure no pat downs or X-ray screenings.
- 1990s: The introduction of the Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet had a dramatic impact on the air travel industry. These more fuel-efficient planes could carry up to 500 passengers, which increased the availability of both domestic and international flights. Since flying was simpler and less costly for airlines, tickets subsequently became more affordable for travelers, and so more people chose this transportation option.
Air Travel Today and in the Future
More stringent security screenings may be an annoyance for passengers traveling by air today; however, these measures have made flying safer, more efficient and more accessible for passengers around the world. The industry has undergone many changes in the last 50 years, and is only expected to become more sophisticated and accessible as technology improves. This bright future, combined with the growing need for aviation professionals, makes aviation management a promising educational path for students who want to be a part of this exciting industry.
Air travel has changed so dramatically in the last 50 years that younger travelers almost don’t believe it when learning what this transportation option used to be like. More efficient machines and improved regulations for comfort and safety are part of what makes air travel as popular as it remains today. With the rapid advancement of modern technology, air travel is expected to improve on a faster and more massive scale than it has in the past. Being a part of this industry gives professionals the unique opportunity to contribute to this growth and experience the flight industry’s incredible progress firsthand.
Posted on January 17, 2013 at by Guest Author
Laptop owners should never in their wildest dream presume that a high-cost laptop will take care of itself. No matter how expensive a new laptop is, it doesn’t have the capability to clean itself or protect itself under abusive conditions. The more expensive a laptop is, the more reason there is to take care of it.
The portability of laptops is the very reason why they tend to suffer more abuse than desk-top computers. Since they are carried around everywhere, laptops are exposed to more risks of being damaged. With a little more effort, laptops can enjoy an extended life of functionality providing much service to their owners.
Physical care is important. Laptops have to be cleaned regularly at least once a week but it needs to be done with the proper products. Regular household cleaners are too harsh to be used on laptops as most substances contain alcohol, ammonia, or acetone. A microfiber cloth is the best wiping aid to use since it will not scratch the monitor and screen unlike paper towels. Wiping in circular movements will prevent streaking.
The dirt and crumbs caught in between keyboard keys can be removed through blasting with air using a canned aerosol cleaner. A soft toothbrush can sweep the rest of the remnants left. It is not wise to place a laptop on any surface that cannot be considered even and stable. Overheating can easily result from placing a laptop on top of a soft uneven surface such as a pillow or blanket which effectively prevents airflow to the computer’s bottom.
Laptop owners should remember that it will require a few seconds for a hard drive to shut down even if the laptop has already been closed. It is best to allow some time before keeping it or transporting it. Preventing accidental spills involving laptops is important since fluids can easily affect the circuitry.
Posted on September 30, 2012 at by Teresa Martinez