In many ways the functions of tablets and smartphones are very similar. Typical tablets in the last year include wireless internet, GPS, and video functions, weigh around 1-1.5 kilograms and typically have a battery life of three to ten hours. Servers The term server can refer to both hardware or software that’s specially designed to “serve” or “service” computers. A server may be about as powerful as a good workstation or many times more powerful, offering considerably more processing, memory and storage capabilities. Servers, in the traditional sense, refer to hardware running a special network-based operating systems. In the hardware sense, servers can cost anywhere from $1000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Fun Fact Supercomputer speed is measured in ‘petaflops’ - The word “peta” stands for a million billion, or quadrillion - meaning they can perform a million billion calculations per second. As at June 2011 the ‘Fujitsu K’ computer in Japan is the world’s fastest supercomputer at 10.51 petaflops per second, a staggering power consumption of 12,659.89 kW per year and an operating cost of a lazy $10M per year - and it’s still not fully completed..... Crazy! Do you have a suggestion for an article you would like to see? Let me know! Jo Ireland Communications Manager Almond Board of Australia P 08 8582 2055 or 0417 819 765 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
PDAs & Smartphones Personal digital assistants, or PDAs for short, are tiny, hand-held computers. PDAs have now evolved into smartphones and boast some impressive features such as full colour touch screens, audio, video and media players, wireless internet access and a whole host of applications for business and personal use. The Apple iPhone seems to have taken over the world in recent years, with Blackberry, Samsung and HTC also right up there in the smartphone stakes.
Above: Apple iPhone, Blackberry Bold,
Desktops come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from the large vertical “tower” cases most of us are used to seeing, horizontal cases a monitor is intended to sit on, to small systems that can be tucked away and hidden behind an LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor, which are often mounted on walls. These computers can be networked together through a LAN (Local Area Network) inside an office, and although intended to be used by one person at a time they are able to run multi-user systems that allow easier sharing of resources, programs and even screens with one another. Laptop/Notebook A laptop, also called a notebook, is a portable personal computer whose major parts are packed into a small, single unit with a built-in monitor, keyboard and mouse. In a laptop you’ll traditionally find most of the parts that are found in a Desktop computer, but as you would expect, they’re much smaller, thinner, and portable. There is a wide array of accessories for laptops, and you can do the same things you can with a desktop - but large complex programs will invariably take longer to run and slow them down. Laptops are powered by rechargeable- batteries, which SHOULD last between 3 hours to 12 hours or more before needing recharged. If your battery is dead after only a short time you should have your computer looked at by a professional. Replacement batteries can be ordered (dependent on the age of your laptop) or your computer may have unnecessary programs and or features running in the background that are chewing up your battery power.
Smartphones are used in diverse ways to improve business operations, management and personal convenience. The most common reasons for purchasing a smartphone is the ability to ‘sync’ your email and calendar with your computer - gone are the days of carrying around a paper diary! Tablet A tablet, is a mobile computer, larger than a mobile phone or PDA, with a flat touch screen and operated by touching the screen rather than using a keyboard. In 2010, the world went mad as Apple released the iPad, which used touch screen technology similar to that used in their iPhone and became the first mobile computer tablet to achieve worldwide commercial success. It has been reported that the iPad 3 released recently sold more than three million units within the first week!
Above: The Then: Commodore Amiga 500, 16-bit computer (1987) Right: The Now: All-in-one PCs put everything in the monitor—there’s no need for a separate PC tower (2012)
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