Showing posts with label Maplin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Maplin. Show all posts

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Google restricting the internal use of Windows over security fears

Browsing the news today, I came across this very interesting story.

Interesting because not only are they casting even more doubt over the security of Windows but also demonstrating that Windows does not have to be used in the workplace, for office use.

For many years Windows has continued to be the dominant and dependant operating system. Dominant because of its dependency, an addiction that is slowly fading away.

Of course Google have other motives for making such a drastic and potentially IT changing move, as repeated in the above stories they are competing with Microsoft on many fronts. Ranging from search engine, mail, browser client and more recently with the development of their operating system Google Chrome OS.

So yes it is a good PR stunt but I am not concerned about that.

I believe Linux will never directly take over Windows but it will take over people, causing us to adapt and change the way we work.

The move by Google is a clear indication of that.

For years already Linux has been used by home users and continues to gain popularity. In fact I can say with confidence that there are many people who can live without Windows and happily use a Linux distribution. They just do not know it.

Security is a big concern in today's society, especially with many users resorting to online banking and other e-commerce transactions.

Windows is failing to meet our expectations when security is concerned. I myself feel more confident accessing my bank account online using a Linux distribution, so do others.

Funnily enough I know my Windows PC is uncompromised but it has become a standard security practice to use Linux to check my bank balance.

Personally I think Google are doing the right thing and I fail to see why anyone would object.

Google are taking reasonable steps to ensure the integrity of their network remains uncompromised or is less likely to be compromised.

As a user of Google provided services such as Gmail, Blogger and Picasa, I want the peace of mind knowing that Google will do whatever steps are necessary to ensure my data is safe.

Others should follow the same steps, especially Government bodies given the financial state of today's economy. I'd rather my tax contributions went towards paying for better NHS care than Microsoft volume licensing fees.

I wonder just how much money is spent by all UK Government and Public bodies on Microsoft licensing fees?

If the UK Government is serious about reducing the UK debt, open source software is the way forward.

"According to some in the open source industry, the shift from proprietary standards could save the government £600m a year"

Reading articles like the above from the BBC News indicates a positive reception from the Government to the idea of open source software but I do not feel it is been pushed enough.

Any serious and responsible UK Government should be at the forefront of pushing realistic and viable money saving concepts.

Instead we are seeing privately run companies taking the lead. Companies like Maplin Electronics Ltd, who currently use CentOS throughout their company, more notably on their instore till system.

Achieving results and saving expense is business sense, does the UK Government have any?

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Keep your PC clean inside and dust it out regularly

After a while your PC will collect dust not only on the outside but also inside. Many people overlook this but it is extremely important for the life of your PC to keep it clean.

Notice the the dust on the gfx card fan blades

Dust will build up over time and if you fail to clean it you may experience a number of symptoms as a result of overheating.

Fine dust coats everything, over time creating layer upon layer

Having worked on a number of PC's over the years I still cannot believe some of the PC's I have seen and the amount of dust inside.

Some are so dusty, it is like someone poured a hoover bag inside the PC.

I have also seen instances where heatsinks have become so packed with dust that it no longer resembles a heatsink but a solid mass. As a result the cooling fan cannot blow air through the fins.

Where you place your PC can have a big impact on the amount of dust that builds up inside.

Placing your PC on the floor or under a desk will cause dust to build up inside quicker than having it on top the desk.

Do not be afraid to take the side panel off your PC, you should make this a regular habit. If it needs a good dusting out, the best method is to use compressed air.

You can buy compressed air at your local Maplin Electronics store.

Infact Maplin currently have the following compressed air on special offer at a reduced price.

Fellowes Air Duster - £6.99
Order Code: N32HU

The special offer price will end on the 15th June 2010.

It may seem like you are paying for air but it is better than paying for a new PC.

A cool (and clean?) blue fan spinning away!