April 24, 2008
Earth Day 2008 has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we should be cognizant of our footprint only one day a year. With this in mind, I’d like to plead with everyone to please check the power settings on your computers and make sure they are running as efficiently as possible.
It’s an easy process to check, in Windows you can find the setting under the control panel and on the Mac you can find it under System Preferences.
The standard home/office setting in Windows should be more than sufficient for most users.
June 10, 2007
I don’t normally post about new products or upcoming things because they rarely live up to the hype. But these two projects are truly amazing.
First is a software called Photosynth, which could truly change the way people interact with images on the web. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-DqZ8jAmv0
Second we have the worlds’ most amazing coffee table.
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4217348.htmlI can already see the potential when sitting down at a client meeting and spilling all my photos out and discussing them in detail right there. The future looks bright!
December 13, 2006
For anyone working with computers, we all know how important uptime is to us. And we have all had the frustration at one point or another when the power goes off and we lose everything. Of course, a battery back-up can help mitigate this problem, and should be considered essential for every computer user. Of course, this assumes that the back-up will work.
For those who have older battery backup units, you might want to test it to make sure it still works. Pull the plug. See what happens. I dare you! In C.T. Hsu’s office, we had several blackouts, and it was painfully obvious how many units didn’t work like they were suppose to. Thankfully, there are things you can do before you lose everything.
- If you have a battery back-up, check it. Make sure it works. Shutdown your computer, plug in a light and pull the plug. The light should stay on. If it does, plug everything back into the unit and pull the plug again to test it under full load. Hopefully it still works.
- For those with older battery back-up systems, you might want to seriously consider replacing the battery or the entire system. Much like all the electronic equipment we own, there is only a small lifespan for these items before they loose efficiency. Plus, the prices have fallen dramatically over the past few years.
- Finally, as everyone else says, back up your data. I can’t stress this enough. Computers can be very sensitive to power outages, as well as brown-outs. Keeping back ups of all your important data will add another layer of protection to your information.
One final note. For those replacing a battery or replacing an entire unit, please recycle. These systems are made of extremely hazardous materials, and should not be sent to the local landfill. Instead, check out APC and their Trade-Ups program.