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Laptops as Entertainment Centers

If one is prone to traveling long distances, spending nights in motels and hotels and log cabins, it is almost essential to bring a laptop, lest an entertainment contingency plan be necessary. Some places are just downright boring, with nothing going on and no tourist attractions to visit and take selfies in front of. It is for these locations a laptop will come in extra handy, providing that entertainment you may very well be desperately seeking as you wait to hit out on the road again once more.

Online Entertainment Avenues

There are a number of options you can go with. The amount of entertainment readily available on the world wide web is enough for most to spend (or waste) hours of time, from information centric sites like Wikipedia to comedy sides like Cracked and to artist communities where people share their own creations. Sites like Newgrounds allow users to upload their own flash animations, many of which have gone viral over the years. Soundcloud allows musicians to upload their music and to listen to others music. But some times, the WIFI internet connection might cut out. You try unplugging the device and plugging it back in, but still no blinking green light – it’s stuck on yellow. Then what are you to do?

Gaming

Laptops these days have as much power and flexibility as their desktop counterparts. Companies like Alienware manufacture gaming specific laptops, complete with super cool, lit-up keyboard with customizable color screens, to meet the sometimes intense system requirements to properly run modern games at full capacity and quality. Steam is a great resource for games, as well. With weekly sales (and these sales are substantial – 50% – 90% off during the summer!)

Steam allows you to sign into your account from up to a certain amount of devices (you’ll need all kinds of info to ‘unlock’ other devices). The Steam browser will have your entire library of purchased games, so it’s extremely easy to install and uninstall games. I personally boast a pretty healthy Steam collection, with titles such as Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Dead Pixels, the Doom collection (classics!), Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide, Goat Simulator, the horrifying Outlast, and numerous other great titles.

As an avid gamer, it’s imperative you check out ModDb and similar communities. These sites exist to house user made content for games. Some go as far as remapping an entire world, full new stories, tons of new missions…it varies game to game. In any case, Skyrim Super Mario crossover. You needn’t know more!
Movies / TV Shows

Watching movies and TV shows while on the road might be the final thread holding together your insanity from the clutches of boredom. Netflix is what should immediately spring to mind. Having a sleeve of DVDs is also another good practice to go with. Netflix oftentimes hordes some titles, so it’s best to use sites like Instant Watcher to check out ALL movies currently streaming through the service. With a new season of Trailer Park Boys freshly uploaded, I’ll doubt you finding need to seek other entertainment for at least a little while.

Posted on September 22, 2014 at by Jonathan

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Best Laptops for Businessmen on the Go

While tablets are the best friends of youngsters today, the laptop is still the most reliable for business people constantly on the move. The device, being the portable version of the desktop computer, is capable of performing both light and heavy tasks even when a business professional is traveling to other places.

But with the numerous brands and models of laptops on the market these days, it can be a real challenge to choose the best one that fits your lifestyle and budget. Experts recommend a laptop with 13-inch or 14-inch display and one that weighs less than five pounds. This type of device is easy to bring along wherever you may be heading to and still powerful to accomplish your business tasks while in a remote location.

Lenovo ThinkPad X240

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The traveling businessman will definitely benefit greatly from the Lenovo ThinkPad which boasts of having the longest battery life for a laptop. A fully charged battery can last foro more than 20 hours so you can be sure to do your work seamlessly even while on a long-haul flight. Read more…

Posted on March 22, 2014 at by Guest Blogger

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Latest Startup Projects Related to Computers

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.

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Startup Projects to Watch Out For

Kano: A Computer Anyone Can Make

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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.

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Swatchmate Color Capturing Cube

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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.

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This Tile Used to be Your TV

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“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.

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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

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E-learning with Laptops

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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.

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Teresa and her family makes use of the laptop for learning.

Posted on January 31, 2013 at by Teresa Martinez

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Protecting Laptops from Power Surge

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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.
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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

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