Computers and You – Part 2

So many computers, so little time. Do you often feel like you have been overpaying on technology and do you think you will have to always overpay on technology? If so this article is for you. After reading our last article “Computers and You” you should have a better grasp on what makes a computer tick. In this article we will tell you how to find a good deal on those parts by being informed.First you have to decide if you want to build or buy your next computer. If you want to build your computer you have to think a lot more about the internal workings of a computer to make sure you buy the correct parts. We will go into more detail about that in the next article. For now, we will show you how to see if you are being scammed into buying a computer for an outrageous price. Information is the key to success when you want to buy anything whether it be a car, a house or even a computer….so be informed and keep your money.When searching for a computer you do not always have to go to big name brand companies like DELL or Alien-ware to get the best deal.First, shop around. Some of the sites we have seen that come highly recommended are TigerDirect.com, Mwave.com and Newegg.com. These websites have high marks around computer builders for their customer satisfaction and their overall price. You can search through their products with the touch of a button. You can arrange the products by price, specs, name, and so on. Very versatile websites. Five stars if you ask me.Once you have found the right parts add all your parts together with shipping and see how much your computer SHOULD cost you. Generally you can expect a computer retailer to add $100 to $150 to the price you find just to pay for the work put into building your computer. For example, if your product adds to $589.00 with shipping and handling round up and add $150. This should give you a general idea of what a builder should charge you give or take a few dollars. If you can build your own computer then forget the builder and buy the parts and put them together yourself and just pay for the parts, but remember only build if you know how. If you do not know how, remember to take a crash course with part 3 of our articles.Do not be a sucker anymore. Get to know what you need and how much it costs them to build so that you know that $589.00 worth of parts does not cost $1000.00 to build. Usually you can use the same calculations when having a repair done. Do the research and find how much the part usually costs and then add a hundred (which is a very high figure for most repairs) and estimate how much you would pay if the computer store was legit and working for you…not against you.Understandably you may not know exactly what parts you are looking to put into your computer, but using our last article you know what it take to make a computer tick. We will go into detail on what to buy if you build your own with our next article and maybe you can learn how to keep from getting ripped off by combining all the articles and staying informed. Do not be a statistic and not know about this ever evolving technology….stay ahead of the game and and keep your money where it belongs. In your pocket. Stay tuned for our next article when we tell you how to build your own computer.

3D Animation Industry – Discover the Latest Trends and Technology in the Animation Industry

Here is a term that has not been heard of too often, Phenadistoscope. If you are familiar with it then you might be giving away your age. Actually, this was the technique used to give the animation effects. It was a matter of simple drawings that were made to move simultaneously.We do the same thing today but with much, more advanced methods. The general concept is still there it is the way that results are achieved that is so dramatically different. The techniques of phenadistoscope became extinct by the end of the 21st century when a more exciting and innovative way to get the job done surfaced. If you have not guessed what that is, then it is the computer. Naturally, these dynamic pieces of technology are just never ending in what they can do.What happened now in the world of animation was that the drawings could be scanned into the computer or even better created on it. The computer has the capability of rapidly displaying all those images that depict movement at a very rapid rate. These are images created from models of 2D or 3D artwork. They are then put into a sequential order, which the computer takes and is able to create the illusion of movement.The characters of animation today have taken on a dramatic look of realism thanks to the ability to view them from all angles.The computer is successful at achieving these great results by being able to perform a variety of techniques.It is capable of making a comic book or cartoon character look as if it were drawn by hand. This is done by a technique knows as cel-shading. To achieve the animation features of skin and facial expressions and cloth as well a technique called morph target animation is implemented. This means that the movements are stored as vertex positions. They in every major frame the vertex will move to a different position.The works not done yet though. There is skeletal animation that has to be comprised meaning rigging, which is a vertebrate technique. It entails the designing of bone that comprise a portion of the character to allow for visual representation.After the above has been carried out, a procedure had to be put in place to record the movement. Much like those in video games, called motion capture. Then another exciting aspect is known as crowd simulation. You know those pictures where you see multitudes of people; well this is the technique that is responsible for the realism of these shots.Often people think of 3D animation as only relating to cartoons. They fail to realize that many other moving objects as seen on the computer for example are animation as well. Perhaps you have viewed the beating heart on a medical site, or seen a 3d plan on a decorating internet show. What you are seeing by way of the presentation is all due to the amazing capabilities of the 3D animation. Therefore, as you can see this technology goes far beyond the use of just entertainment. It has a place in many different industries.

Ensuring Adequate Computer and Total Digital Security Through Safe E-mail Strategies and Practices

In today’s world of World Wide Web and high level of internet usage be it surfing or browsing to meet one need or another while in search of solutions to most of our life demands and life enhancing fun as well, the use of e-mail messages and messaging services has become very indispensable, vital and timely. The wide acceptance of use of e-mail services is probably due to the reasons of speed, cost efficiency, convenience, reliability, security/privacy, and the fun that follows the use of the services.To this end, the use of e-mail in sending, receiving and reading messages over the Internet has become almost the most popular activities in the life of an average internet user. But due to the wide acceptance and use of this information communication technology services, it has turned to become the primary source of threat to our technologically driven digital world of computer and computer usage. The high level penetration of the e-mail services all over the internet has synergistically made the service and other e-mail based technologies to become the fastest and the most viral means of circulating threats and dangers from one computer to another, be it a programmers’ computer or a newbie’s computer.The massive spread of the access and use of e-mail technological services have made it the most favorable way to spread computer viruses and other computer/digital security threatening agents such as computer worms, Trojans, spyware, adware and malware, all of which have its own attending dangers and threat.But against all these odds and current dangers, you can generally help in protecting your own computer against any type of assault by viruses that spread across the internet through sending and receiving e-mail messages. By protecting your own computer system, you are as well extending the protection to other people that you send e-mail to.Some precise measures towards safer e-mail practices include using regularly up to date virus scanning software, avoid opening e-mail message attachment from sender whom you do not know nor have them on your e-mail contacts, avoid reading your mails in HTML (Hypertext Transmission Languages), always read e-mails in plain text, always remember to turn on and use the e-mail service providers’ security features and avoid opening links in an e-mail message you received from a source or person you don’t know or be very careful if you should open and finally, be very careful in receiving and sharing of e-mail files containing fanciful images, pictures, icons and colorful backgrounds as these allow programmers and hackers as well to package, seal and hide dangerous viruses in e-mail messages.