The Perfect System for You
Calibrating a new Computer.Some of the professional nomenclature of the computer industry may appear just as mystifying as the Latin language of a physician.
You will find that most of the essential characteristics are in fact just synonyms for speed and capacity.
I speak your language and will guide you through the process using familiar terminology.The latest developed high-end components in a computer are the most expensive ones. If you work with sophisticated graphic, sound, or video programs that require some particular exclusive hardware, you are likely to be familiar with their specifications. For all other purposes, you will be well served by choosing more affordable standard solutions.
Clearing the Software Jungle.The computers software is another jungle that has to be conquered. The easiest way to master this terminology is to think of the system as a layered structure in the order the components are installed and activated at startup.
- Defining hardware is intuitively straight forward;
any component that has a physical existence.
- The BIOS (Basic Input Output System) resides in a chip at the motherboard. It performs an initial hardware check
and then loads the operating system.
- The operating system (Windows, Unix, Mac or Linux) is
the platform for the user programs and the user’s interface with the system.
It may be preinstalled on the hard drive. If not, or if you prefer a different operating system, you may have to buy one separately.
(To add to the confusion, most operating systems include some user applications )
- User programs are installed on top of the operating system and ideally activated by the user as needed. Microsoft’s Office Suite and Adobe’s Creative Suites are examples of advanced user programs. But this family also includes antivirus and firewall programs, drivers that interact with peripheral hardware, and configuration programs.
I can design a software setup that ensures reliable productivity and capacity compared with ample security at the most affordable prices.
Laptop vs. Desktop?
The laptop should be a supplement to the desktop, never an alternative.
The components in a laptop are often miniaturized versions of those in a desktop computer and they have limitations and weaknesses.
With the appropriate configuration your laptop can become a valuable remote extension of your office system.
Peripherals.Computers can link up to a vast array of electronic devices and gadgets and the list keeps growing.
Once you have decided that you need a given device, you need to know if this particular peripheral is compatible with the system on your computer. This is almost a given with the latest Windows versions, but if you use one of the less prevalent operating systems, it may not be the case.
Especially when using handheld devices, make sure that you do not jeopardize the security of your system by copying sensitive data from a protected to an unprotected media. Caution is required with any device that can store data (text, images, sound, or video) as they have the capacity to become sources of virus- or malware infection.