5 July 2007 Budget Business PCs That Run Vista Since the introduction of Microsoft latest operating system Windows Vista, most of the PC buyer are forced to purchase the systems that run the Windows Vista. The three
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giant PC vendors Dell, HP and Lenovo are also pushing towards Vista aggressively as
Microsoft will stop allowing any vendors to preinstall Windows XP on new system in
next six months.
Nevertheless, still there are a number of high performances, inexpensive business
PCs that come with both Windows Vista and Windows XP options. These are Dell
OptiPlex740, the HP Compaq dc 5750 and the Lenovo 3000J115. Despite their $1000-
1250 cost range, all three models came with large wide-screen LCD monitors. They are
preferably design to support small business setup as all three systems are based on
business’s PC-based cash-register system with higher level of security, reliability, service
Although all three systems are comparable to their performance and business
class features, yet Dell OptiPlex 740, with 2. 2 GHz Athlon 64X2 processor, 160GB Hard
drive capacity, superior mini-tower case design with horizontal orientation and super
quiet operation has advantage over the HP Compaq dc 5750 and the Lenovo 3000J115.
The ultra compact PotiPlex 740 can be mounted at the back of 17 inch LCD monitor.
The OptiPlex’s hard drive has been installed perpendicular to casing in plastic sleds with
rubber mounts to avoid the vibration. Slot cuts are made into the interior of OptiPlex
740’s case to mount the optical drives without screws. The expansion cards can also be
installed by a quick-release adapter. The OptiPlex’s also has a superior cooling system.
The Dell uses a 5-inch-diameter slow turning fan to pull air through an even bigger
plastic shroud which is mounted over a massive CPU heat sink. A 3-inch fan is mounted
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at the back of case and an inward cooling fan for power supply cooling is provided hence
a cross air ventilation arrangement is made. Compare to Dell OptiPlex, HP and Lenovo
PCs use the traditional cooling setup with two fans- one in the power supply, located
against the back of the case and one mounted on the top of CPU’s heat sink.
The HP Compac dc 750 has micro tower configuration with same 2. 2 GHz
Athlon 64X2 processor and 160GB HDD. HP too have utilized the same quick release
mechanism yet it is not as good as OptiPlex. The expansion slots retainer, for example, is
a metal piece held in place by the case lid and if we remove the lid, the retainer can rattle
The Lenovo 3000J115 also has same Athlon 64X2 processor with 80 GB hard
drive capacity and old-fashioned tower casing with a gray-green, flat plastic front panel
with colorfully lit buttons.
All three models are using integrated graphics systems. According to WorldBench
6 Beta 2 tests, OptiPlex740 has better performance compared to others two models. Also
all three models have 1680X1050 pixel resolution displays. The Dell Optiplex 740 and
HP dc 5750 also offer chassis-intrusion detection mechanism, security sleeves for
mounting the systems under a desk or on a wall and Trusted Platform Module chips on
their motherboard. The chip works with vista’s Bit Locker Security feature which encrypt
entire hard drive.
All three companies offers 24/7 tech. support and on same or next business-day
on site warranty and service depending on different charges rates.
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Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) is a handheld device that has combined features
of cellular phone, fax sender, Web browser, personal organizer and global positioning
system (GPS) device. Unlike portable computers, most PDAs are incorporated by either
voice or handwriting recognition features or both, using a stylus and voice recognition
technology rather than only a keyboard for input yet like standard desktop and laptop
computers, PDAs are powered by microprocessors and all functions are coordinated
by microprocessors according to programmed instructions.
Apple Computer, which introduced the Newton MessagePad in 1993 at a price
of $700, was one of the first companies to offer PDAs. In March 1996, Palm Computing,
a subsidiary of US Robotics, introduced the popular the PalmPilot, at a price less than
$300. The PalmPilot has its own Palm operating system (Palm OS) and can be
synchronized with consumers’ PCs. In November 1996, Microsoft released Windows CE
– the first Windows-based system for mobile devices, a true competitor for the PalmPilot.
Shortly thereafter, several other manufacturers offered similar products. HP, Compaq and
Casio, adopted the Microsoft released Windows CE for what was dubbed the Handheld
PC (Carmack, and Craig Freudenrich, 1). Nevertheless, the Palm Pilot from Palm, Inc.
has remained one of the most popular brands of PDAs. The latest version of Palm ‘the
Palm Treo 755P smart device’ is equipped with a smart phone with wireless email, a
built-in browser and rich media capabilities-all at blazing, broadband-like speeds (The
Palm Treo 755P smart device, 1).
Although the basic function of a PDA is to handle standard personal information
management (PIM) functions, run application software and synchronize it with PCs, yet
with the new innovations, PDAs capabilities have been increased by including the IR or
Bluetooth, Internet and corporate network connectivity through Wi-Fi and wireless
access points, a memory card slot that accepts flash media such as CompactFlash,
MultiMediaCard, and Secure Digital cards and audio support for MP3 files and a
microphone, speaker jack and headphone jack (Carmack, and Craig Freudenrich, 3).
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Carmack, Carmen and Craig Freudenrich. ” How PDAs Work.” (n. d.). 30 June 2007.
< http://communication. howstuffworks. com/pda. htm> The Palm Treo 755P smart device. 2007: 1-2. 30 June 2007.
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The term iPod refers to a brand of digital media players developed and introduced
by Apple Computers in 2001. Devices in the iPod range are digital audio players, fifth
generation iPod the smaller iPod nano and the display-less iPod shuffle. The iPod was
developed from Apple’s digital hub strategy, when the company began creating software
for the growing market of digital devices being purchased by consumers. Realizing the
consumers growing demand for digital cameras, camcorders and organizers and also
recognizing the fact that existing digital music players were either ” big and clunky or
small and useless” with user interfaces that were ” unbelievably awful”. Apple had
decided to develop its own product, incorporated with the latest state of the art
technological features. A Mac-compatible product with a 5GB hard drive that has
storage capacity of 1000 songs was developed within a year and was launched by Apple’s
CEO Steve Jobs on 23 October, 2001 (Kahney, 1).
Although Apple’s innovation successfully developed and introduced the iPod yet
uncharacteristically, Apple did not develop iPod’s software entirely in-house and it used
PortalPlayer’s reference platform which was based on an Advanced Reduced Machine
(ARM)’s 32-bit Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) processor architecture. The
ARM’s 32 bit RICE processors were developed by ARM Limited and because of their
low power consumption was dominating the mobile electronics market and were used in
a number of embedded designs. The PortalPlayer’s reference platform had rudimentary
software running on a commercial microkernel embedded operating system
iPod can play MP3, Advance Audi Coding (AAC)/ Apple’s QuickTime container
format based M4A, Protected AAC, Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF), Microsoft
and IBM audio file format standard WAV (short for Waveform), Audible audiobook, and
Apple Lossless audio file formats. The iPod photo display ability can display JPEG,
BMP, GIF, TIFF, and PNG image file formats. The 5th generation iPods have additional
features that can be used to play MPEG-4 (H. 264/MPEG-4 AVC) and QuickTime video
formats, with restrictions on video dimensions, encoding techniques and data-rates.
Originally, iPod software only worked with Macs, however, starting with the 2nd
generation model, iPod software worked with Windows and Macs. Most of iPods are
equipped with an uncluttered, minimalist interface of either five buttons or with an
integrated five button click wheel. iPod’s operating system (OS) is stored on its dedicated
storage medium while an additional NOR flash ROM chip of capacity of either 1MB or
512KB contains a bootloader program is used to load its OS from the storage medium.
The iPod’s RAM size varies from 32MB to 60MB-80GB for the 5th generation iPods.
Except above mentioned features iPods are also incorporated with a number of other
features including an online media store called iTunes Store, a limited PDA like
functionality, a mass storage capacity and many accessories like the Nike+iPod
pedometer and the iPod Camera Connector, sound recorders, FM radio tuners, wired
remote controls, and audio/visual cables for TV connections, external speakers, wireless
remote controls, protective films and wireless earphones (wikipedia: iPod, para. 5-28).
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Kahney, Leander. ” Straight Dope on the iPod’s” Wired News. 17 Oct., 2006 : 1-3.
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The term ” Multimedia” is used to define a media that uses the multiple forms of
information content and information processing e. g. text, audio, graphics, animation,
video, interactivity to inform or entertain the audience. According to the iWebTool
Computer Glossary, the multimedia is defined as ” the communicating of information in
more than one form and includes the use of text, audio, graphics, animated graphics and
full-motion video” (What is multimedia, para. 1).
Multimedia can arguably be distinguished from traditional motion pictures or
movies both by the scale of the production and by the possibility of audience interactivity
or involvement. Multimedia tends to imply sophistication (and relatively more expense)
in both production and presentation than simple text-and-images. Multimedia
presentations are possible in many contexts, including the Web, CD-ROMs, and live
theater. The latest multimedia applications are dexterous enough to tap synesthetic
responses, which enable the user to feel the sensory inputs that cannot be delivered by
traditional media. The next generation multimedia innovations are bringing the sound,
text, graphic and video applications together. However, a ” sensory input” component is
likely to be yet another generation away (Linda, para. 6-7).
The growing importance of digital information technology presents our industry
with many serious challenges. There is increased need to be aware of the forces driving
the development of information technology, such as the potential consumer market
demand for multimedia. Whether or not the widespread availability of information
appliances outweighs the significance of the printed word, there are numerous ways in
which prepress and printing firms can use information technology and multimedia
computing to establish and maintain competitive advantage today. Managing the choices,
challenges, and opportunities which multimedia computing offers will be less difficult for
those who seek out knowledge today and plan for the future.
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Linda, Rosen. (1991). ” Sorting Through the Multimedia Maze.” Information Today.
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