Archive for December 2010

Differences Between 32-bit and 64-bit Operating systems

The main difference between 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows has to do with memory accessibility.

In a 32-bit version of Windows, users will not be able to install and use more than about 3GB of memory. Though many 32-bit versions of Windows list a 4GB maximum memory, they are not able to address anything more than 3GB. This is due, in part, to the way your system sets up memory addresses in your computer.

A 32-bit processor is programmed to use 32 bits (hence the name) to locate each byte of memory.  To determine how many addresses this gives us, we would need to take 2 (each bit can be either 0 or 1) to the 32nd power. So 2^32= 4,200,000,000. This means that each memory address 32 bits long can only refer to a location within this number (4.2 billion, or 4GB). Because your computer uses these memory addresses to locate all peripherals in the machine, it cannot address 4GB of memory even if it is installed

This means that if you would like to use more than 3GB of memory, you would need to have a 64-bit Operating system.  It is fairly easy to tell which version of Windows you have. You can check this by clicking on the Start button and going to Control Panel. Once in the Control Panel, click on the System icon.

Windows XP:

On the General tab, next to Windows XP, it will say x64 if you have a 64-bit version of the OS.

Windows Vista:

Click View and Print Details. In the System section, it will show the version of the OS under System Type. If your machine is capable of running a 64-bit OS, but is not running one, it will tell you.

Windows 7:

Under Windows edition, it will tell you if you have a 64-bit version.

Note: If you would like to install a 64-bit version of Windows, please check with your system manufacturer to ensure that you have a 64-bit processor as 32-bit processors are not able to run a 64-bit OS.

EDGE Tech Corp. 10 inch Digital Picture Frame Review

The EDGE Tech Corp. branded 10 inch Digital Picture Frame provides high sensitivity touch controls and a pocket size remote. This frame displays photos in portrait or landscape mode depending on how it is positioned and it also has a built in calendar, clock, alarm and speakers for MP3 Playback.

There is no computer connection required and it will run off most removable media. Just insert your Compact Flash Card, Memory Stick, Multi Media Card, SD and SDHC Card, XD Card or USB Flash Drive into the frame for easy photo display. By not requiring a computer connection this feature makes it easy to take your frame to any location. You can also run a slideshow that runs with background music from your own personal collection and has customizable transition effects.

The EDGE Tech 10 inch Digital Picture Frame supports image formats in BMP and JPEG and video formats of AVI, DivX, Xvid, MPEG1, MPEG2 and MPEG4.  Audio formats are MP3, WAV, and WMA. This frame supports up to 12 Megapixel image files in JPEG format.

The Digital Picture Frame comes with a 1 year warranty and toll free technical support. The package contains a power adapter, Mini USB Cable, remote control and user manual and also comes with a free gift of your choice. For this gift you can choose either a 1GB SD CARD or a 1GB Flash drive. Just make sure to choose your gift before completing your order process. In addition to your free gift, the frame also comes with a $40.00 mail in rebate that lowers the price of the frame to $59.95.

With its ease of use and functionality the EDGE Tech 10 inch Digital Picture Frame is a perfect gift for any occasion. It will be the hit at your next party and show off the latest pictures of your family to guests and friends and even plug it into your T.V. for larger viewing. Operating the frame is easy and seamless, but you can contact your EDGE Customer Support team at 1-800-259-6565 with questions or comments.

New computer models for the week of 12/17/2010

Released this week, 100% compatible memory upgrades for the following systems

Acer Aspire Timeline X 1830 (AS1830T-3505)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 3GB (2GB+1GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

Acer Aspire Timeline X 1830 (AS1830T-3721)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

Acer Aspire Timeline X 1830 (AS1830T-3927)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 3GB (2GB+1GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

Acer Aspire Timeline X 1830 (AS1830T-68U118)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

Acer Aspire TimelineX 3820 (AS3820T-3051)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

Acer Aspire TimelineX 3820 (AS3820T-5246)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

Acer Aspire TimelineX 3820 (AS3820T-7459)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

Asus Asus Motherboards M4A87TD

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: AMD 870

Asus Asus Motherboards M4A87TD EVO

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: AMD 870

Asus Asus Motherboards M4A87TD/USB3

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: AMD 870

Asus Asus Motherboards M4A88TD-V EVO

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: AMD 880

Asus Asus Motherboards M4A88TD-V/USB3

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: AMD 880

Asus Asus Motherboards M4A89GTD PRO

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: AMD 890GX

Asus Asus Motherboards M4A89GTD PRO/USB3

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: AMD 890GX

Asus Asus Motherboards M4A89TD PRO/USB3

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: AMD 890FX

Asus Asus Notebooks B43J-A1B

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 2GB or 4GB
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

Asus Asus Notebooks B43J-B1B

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

Asus Asus Notebooks K42JC-C1

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

Compaq ProLiant DL320 G6 (470065-235)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 3GB (1GB x 3)
  • Maximum RAM: 96GB
  • # of Banks: 3
  • # of Sockets: 9
  • Chipset: Intel 5500

Compaq ProLiant DL320 G6 (470065-257)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 6GB (3X2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 96GB
  • # of Banks: 3
  • # of Sockets: 9
  • Chipset: Intel 5500

Compaq ProLiant DL320 G6 (593493-001)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 96GB
  • # of Banks: 3
  • # of Sockets: 9
  • Chipset: Intel 5500

Compaq ProLiant DL320 G6 (593498-001)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 96GB
  • # of Banks: 3
  • # of Sockets: 9
  • Chipset: Intel 5500

Compaq ProLiant DL320 G6 (593499-001)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 6GB (3X2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 96GB
  • # of Banks: 3
  • # of Sockets: 9
  • Chipset: Intel 5500

Compaq ProLiant ML150 G6 (630441-S01)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 2GB
  • Maximum RAM: 48GB
  • # of Banks: 6
  • # of Sockets: 12
  • Chipset: Intel 5520 Series

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-H55N-USB3

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel H55

Nikon CoolPix S3000

  • Speed of RAM: N/A
  • Fixed RAM: N/A
  • Standard RAM: N/A
  • Maximum RAM: N/A
  • # of Banks: 1
  • # of Sockets: 1
  • Chipset: N/A

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Different Types of Data Encryption

In the world of data encryption, you have several types of options available these days. I wanted to walk through an explanation of encryption and the different options you have when data deciding what you need. Encryption could be defined as a process that takes information and uses a mathematic algorithm to transcribe data into a different form. It then requires a special “key” to read the encrypted data and translate it back to a useable form. The two most common types of data encryption are:

Software Based Encryption – This type of encryption will typically consist of a standard storage device (Hard Drive, Flash Drive, Digital Media Card, etc.) and a software program to facilitate the encryptions. For example, the standard DiskGO Secure drive comes with a program called CryptArchiver. This software allows the user to create an encrypted “Vault” on the drive, with all files stored in the Vault area to be encrypted in either 256-bit AES or 448-bit Blowfish algorithms. The drawback to this type is encryption is that your system hardware (CPU, RAM) is responsible for all the encryption tasks done during a file transfer. This is compounded by the fact that USB itself relies on your system hardware (CPU, RAM, and hard drive speeds) to maintain reliable speeds. Because of this, you trade security for performance. Data transfers made using this encryption method can cause dramatically reduced speeds for file transfers. For example, let’s say a flash drive can be copied to at an average minimum of 4MB/s. If you added software encryption to the mix, your transfer speeds could drop to as low as 1MB/s for certain types of files.

Hardware Based Encryption – The only significant difference with Hardware Based Encryption is that all data intensive encryption tasks are done onboard the storage device, rather than relying on system resources to do the work. With this method of encryption, file transfer speeds will remain more stable during the encryption process. Also, most hardware encrypted drives are built with more robust materials and are typically highly resistant to physical damage and are likely to be water resistant. The drawback to this type of encryption is higher costs to manufacture, which means higher costs for consumers. Hardware based encryption of flash drives can sometimes be 2-3 times as expensive as software based options.

Finding out exactly what type of encryption will work for you can be a challenge, but with a little time and research, you can easily find something to suit your personal or business needs.