Archive for February, 2011
Connections: The 7800N sits above the norm by offering gigabit Ethernet ports and interestingly, a WAN port. Unlike many consumer routers, Billion has chosen not to include USB ports for print sharing or storage — perhaps because usually they are rife with compatibility problems and cause more frustration than joy. Performance: After analysing the spectrum [...]
D-Link DSL-2740 has been around in some shape or form since 2006 now, and it shows in the design, this is one box you’ll want to hide away in a dark corner. The 2470B amounts to a middle of the road effort from D-Link. It’s not missing any features, but it doesn’t do much above [...]
Speed Double your performance and bandwidth with Dual-Band N technology. Simultaneous networks eliminate interference and optimize media-intensive applications like videos and gaming, with speeds of up to 300 Mbps. Modem supports ADSL 2+ connection. Security WPS/WPA2 encryption standards and preset security settings get you up and running safely. One-touch Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) securely connects [...]
You have seen the ads, people singing over this box called BoB. He stands for broadband in a box somehow and the people at iiNET think it is the best thing to ever happen to Australian internet before the NBN. BoB combines the modem, routor and also voip modem in one that allows acceess to [...]
So a few days ago, several, if not hundereds of images and video’s poped up all over the internet after Microsoft had a internal, closed conference. The companys ‘new logo design concept’ along with there brand new slogan “Be What’s New” have been revealed and leaked. Now other then this weird-ish slogan these new logo’s seem simple, too simple [...]
I have just implemented some new functionality into the Teachbook Blog site. This functionality will allow us to develop revision quizzes based on the topics that have been covered. Each quiz will generate 10 random multiple choice questions from the database of questions, this means that each quiz won’t be too long. Every time you [...]
Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating rich media applications and business applications for the Web, Desktop and mobile devices. Silverlight is basically a free plug in powered by the .NET framework that is compatible across mulitple browsers, devices and operating systems to bring a new level of interactivity wherever the web works. With [...]
Thursday was a very busy day in the internet world. As well as the release of new Apple products and releasing of Intel’s new hardware, Google has announced the release of their new Google Cloud Connect technology for Google Docs. I do lots of research publications with my Dad who lives and works in the [...]
Following on from the previous post about Intel’s light peak (thanks Ricardo). http://blog.teachbook.com.au/index.php/2011/02/intel-light-peak/ Thunderbolt is the new technology that Apple has integrated into its new Macbook Pro line. This is the same technology referenced in Ricardo’s article and was formally called Light Peak. This technology was developed by Intel and collaborated on by Apple in [...]
Looks like the Apple store are updating there line of products! Over the last few weeks a lot of news (that you should already know, if you don’t live under a rock) about the Macbook Pro’s being updated look to be correct. With possible moves from Nivida to ATI graphics, to actual confirmed details that [...]
Here is a great article to start of our merge into Networking for next week. http://mashable.com/2011/02/23/future-home-networking-tips/ Netgear employee David Henry talks about consumer demands for prioritising bandwidths, media streaming and faster transfer. The recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) showed that all devices are now being connected to the internet, be it a TV, Blu-ray play, [...]
Mashable has just reported the arrival of WordPress 3.1 update! http://mashable.com/2011/02/23/wordpress-3-1/ Whilst I haven’t had a chance to update this particular blog yet you can expect it very soon. The new features include customisable Administration menu and blog types which will allow you to post galleries and various other styled blogs entries.
#1 Logitech G19 Large color LCD supports digital photos and video playback; included software development kit opens LCD up to homebrew and community-made apps; 16 million color options for backlit keys; built-in USB 2.0 ports; improved macro recording capabilities with support for five simultaneous key presses. Price: $399.00 #2 Razer Tarantula Razer brings all [...]
The national broadband network (or NBN for short) is the next best things for all gamers, nerds and people who use the internet in Australia! The NBN is designed to bring fibre to the premises, basicly meaning that eventualy, they will get a fibre optic cable and either above or below ground attach it to [...]
Apple is holding an event in San Francisco on March 2, and many feel the company is getting ready to unveil the newest version of the highly successful iPad – Mashable.com has just posted. http://mashable.com/2011/02/22/apple-event-ipad-2/ There are also lots of rumour surrounding the release of the new Macbook Pro which is also due for release [...]
Following the redesign of the m17X gaming notebook, alienware went and gave the m15x the same extreme make over as they did to the m17x, its the newest 15 inch notebook today. Not only does this notebook have the smae extreme looks like the m17x like the menacing grill and backlit keyboard but the new [...]
Light Peak is a new high-speed optical cable technology designed to connect to your electronic devices to each other. Light Peak delivers high bandwidth starting at 10Gb/s with the potential ability to scale to 100Gb/s over the next decade. At 10Gb/s you can transfer a full length Blu-Ray movie in less then 30 seconds. Optical [...]
If you don’t use Gmail or Google Chrome you may not be aware of Google Docs. Google docs basically allows you to view and in some cases edit multiple forms of documents. The system also allows you to manage documents with simple document management system functionality. A recent article by Mashable.com references the official Google [...]
I dont know if any of you use Twitter at all.. however one person that I follow is Vivek Wadhwa (@vwadhwa) he is an academic and Senior Research Assistant at Harvard Law School and often writes for TechCrunch. Although he is very critical of Google his articles do raise some very good points. In a [...]
The Samsung S Galaxy could definitely do with a sprinkling of individuality, espicially for customers looking for a variable iPhone alternative, not an iPhone look a like. But its flaws are mostly skin deep and once you immerse yourself in the class leading 4- inch screen you would forgot all about the flaws. The Android [...]
Several games studios latley have tried to find a sweet spot for user’s to bring there own passion and ideas into that game. Other then Call of Duty, there are many new games around that have been created by one or two people that have no story-line at all, but is as large as other games [...]
A computer chip which is read only memory (ROM), which retains its data when the power is turned off and that can be electronically erased and reprogrammed without being removed from the circuit board. Many modem and PC’s have their BIOS stored on flash memory chip so that it can be easily updated if necessary, and [...]
For all young students aspiring to a future of entrepreneurship and commerce, perhaps you should consider a career in information technology? This list was developed by Michael Dunlop from Retire at 21. Topping the list is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. His company was recently valued at 50 billion dollars and his personal value at $700 [...]
Over the last few months, iiNET have been redesigning, and building there Western Australia backbone data-centre. Housing a total of 88 racks, this new built centre will control the entire Western Australian network for iiNET, and also Westnet. It’s a state-of-the-art building, being flood proof (even though we don’t get floods >.<), fire resistant and [...]
Video published on on YouTube by Sony Entertainment… did you know? The video looks at current statistics in ICT, communications and sensis data.
Matt Wuebbling from NVIDIA talking about their new Tegra 2 product.
Here is a video of the new 2nd Generation intel chips verse the currrent i7 chips.
Here is an interview with WACOM at Consumer Electronics Show 2011.
Mike Fard from Intel at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show talking about the Intel Sandy Bridge Chip and what is coming up from Intel in 2011.
Techcrunch interview with Mark Zuckerberg talking about Facebook and where he thinks privacy on the internet is going.
What is a GPU? GPU stands for Graphics Processing Unit. It is a specialized processor that offloads 3D graphics rendering from the microprocessor. It is used in embedded systems, mobile phones, computers, workstations and game consoles. What is a CPU? CPU stands for Central Processing Unit. It is a microprocessor chip that does most of [...]
Before you go on to write lots of meaningful articles about various topics on this course, it could be worth having a read over this article written by Problogger. The article outlines the 10 most imporant things about writing successful and interesting blog posts that your peers would actually like to read. http://www.problogger.net/archives/2005/12/30/tens-tips-for-writing-a-blog-post/ 1) Make [...]
This is a short video I found about the use of blogs, like this one in an Education forum. The video shows how useful and interesting blogs can be as an activity in class room. The alternatives to a blog/wiki are research essays, in-class discussions and teacher lectures…. which would you prefer?
1. Learn what a Logo is & what it represents Before you design a logo, you must understand what a logo is, what it represents and what it is supposed to do. A logo is not just a mark – a logo reflects a business’s commercial brand via the use of shape, front, colour, and [...]
Graphics processing unit or GPU is a is a specialized processor that offloads 3D graphics rendering from the microprocessor.Modern GPUs are very efficient at manipulating computer graphics, and their highly parallel structure makes them more effective than general-purpose CPUs for a range of complex algorithms. In a personal computer, a GPU can be present on a [...]
Single Core Processor – A process which only has one main core, so it can only start one operation at a time, in some instances it can start a new operation before the pervious operation is complete. Dual Core Processor - A dual core processor is a CPU with two separate cores on the same die, each [...]
A multi-core chip can execute multiple instructions at the same time. Dual cores have two cores, and quad cores have four. All the cores are on the same chip though. So, they share the same memory, and data path to the motherboard. So, a quad core chip may be able to execute the instructions four [...]
Single Core: A chip with one CPU (one processing unit). Microprocessors have been single core since their inception in the early 1970s. After the turn of the century, chips with two or more CPUs emerged. Dual Core: A single chip that contains two distinct processors that work simultaneously. IBM introduced dual cores in its Power [...]
Dual cores have two cores, and quad cores have four. All the cores are on the same chip though. So, they share the same memory, and data path to the motherboard. So, a quad core chip may be able to execute the instructions four times faster, but that doesn’t mean it can receive instructions from [...]
I bet right now you are thinking of a bridge with sand on it… … or something weird. But Sandy Bridge is actualy a code name for the just-newly-released processors by Intel. These processors are based on the 32nm process, and is designed to bring in the new age of CPU’s. On the 3rd of [...]
The moderation exercise which was performed in class has now finished. Any users who have continued to spam the site will be banned and will be required to complete a research essay in order to meet the outcomes of the course and pass this assessment task. All comments must be on-topic, relevant and mature. If [...]
So a few day’s ago, I posted a quick and easy PHP tutorial. HTML is a vital part of using PHP, as it requires HTML in many parts. With this post, my aim is to give you a first look into HTML, and then over several day’s or even week’s I hope to write several [...]
From last lesson we can all agree that there is an inherit difficulty with moderating online commmunities. Through the exercise in the previous class we identified how users with either too much previliges and freedom comments and blog posts can easily spiral out of control and drift off topic. Whilst it is up to the [...]
Around the world, some PC makers are hulting all lines that include a new ‘sandy bridge’ CPU line from Intel. Dell and Hewlett-Packard have removed from there online stores some of there laptop’s and desktop’s that include Intel’s latest Core i5 and i7 processors. These brand new processors have a design flaw which make them [...]
PHP is a scripting language used around the world on mostley every site today. PHP makes what Facebook is today, even this website that you are viewing now uses PHP. If you want to learn how to create a page with PHP, read on… Every file that contain’s PHP will have to include ‘.php’ as [...]
At the end of each semester ICT teachers gather a large collection of USB devices and flash storage. Rather then students forgeting or loosing their semesters work and giving the teachers an early Christmas present, I suggest that students look at some cloud storage. Dropbox is an awesome solution which allows students to sync folders [...]