The Three Step System to Cable Heaven – Don’t Get Your Audio and Computer Cables In A Twist

We have all been there (Or at least the gadget lovers amongst us have!). Waiting anxiously by the doormat to hear that friendly ring from the postman that means our shiny new gadget has finally arrived. Exciting stuff. Now, if it is something small and self contained like an iPhone or an iPod then all is well with the world. You can generally just take it out of the box and figure it it out as you go along. There will be no trailing wires or cabling to mess up your tidy rooms, because thankfully, those gadgets are portable and so don’t infringe on anything much (apart from your enjoyment levels, which they will hopefully infringe on quite a lot!) But if it is a bigger gadget purchase like a computer, a home theater system, or a new audio system then you are going to be in for much more of a shock.

Because the simple fact is that these devices haven’t evolved nearly as much as you might have expected on the cabling side. You see, 10 years ago everyone was touting the potential for a ‘wireless’ age (actually at much the same time that a ‘paperless’ age was being touted, and look how far we have come with that ten years down the line!) And in some respects strides have been made. The fact that there are now wireless networks, and that gadgets like the iPhone are actually sneaking out of the development hatches and onto the high street are certainly big steps forward.

But, in reality, in many areas of gadgetry, when it comes to connecting you new, freshly delivered toy, you will find that you will be buried up to your armpits in cables. This is especially true of home theater systems, audio systems and computers (laptops are a lot better these days, because wireless networks are becoming easier to use in that arena). And it is really an area that you need to give separate thought to, BEFORE you take delivery of your new system.

Or, at the very least at the same time. Because it is very common for gadgets to be delivered WITHOUT all the cables that are required for their operation. For example, I recently took delivery of a swanky, new DVD Player. All good so far. Equipped for the digital age this baby had hdmi connectors. The works. So it was all setup for the high definition age. Apart from one thing… No cables!!

Now, as it happened I planned ahead, and bought a beautiful gold, connector hdmi cable at the same time as I bought the dvd player. So all was right with the world. And I was able to get playing immediately, because they were delivered at the same time. But, my point is that planning ahead really is a necessity, not a luxury these days. Gadgets used to ship without plugs! Now they ship without cables. Go figure! So, step one, figure out what cables you need.

And my advice here is to buy the very best you can afford. There is no point spending $2000 on a fab new tv, and then skimping on a $5 cable to carry the signal to it! That’s like having a Porsche to drive, but then only bothering to put three tyres on it! So, upgrade the cables to something decent. This need not cost fortunes. But spending $50 can improve the picture quality (speaking of high definition tvs here) much more then you would think. The picture will be smoother, and the sound better.

So, a worthwhile investment. Secondly, take a look at the layout of your room, and consider where cables would be least obtrusive. This is a bigger factor with audio systems where you may need trailing wires to four corners of a room to get quadrophonic sound. But consider whether you can put the wires under carpets, or whether you can get trunking fitted, or even (for the very committed!) sink the wires in the walls, so they don’t show at all. Thirdly, get some cable tags. These are dirt cheap, but will tidy up your workspace like you can’t believe. A $5 dollar investment in a bag of cable tags will provide dividends for your sanity down the road!

A Comparison Of Software Engineering And Computer Science

Institutes of higher learning are still not in consensus of what is meant by many technical degrees, such as software engineering and computer science. These fields, along with information technology, information systems, and computer science engineering, are simply too new. Therefore, what one school or employer perceives as a requirement of computer science may be interpreted by another as software engineering.

There are many similarities between the two fields. Both will be expected to understand how computers work, how programs are structured, and what the user is entitled to expect. However, computer science is typically overseen by the mathematics department while software engineering is normally included in the engineering school.

In the early days, computers were hard-wired to perform a certain function. The user did little more than punch a button. Allowing greater user control led to the development of programming languages and compilers to translate “normal” language into computer language. Punched tapes or cards allowed the user to write his own routines. The actual keypunch was often performed by another, typically someone with clerical skills. A misplaced dot, missing bracket, or transposed letter meant that the entire program would fail. There was often no clue as to why, leaving the programmer to pore over the cards as well as his program.

Computer programming began to come into its own with the development of the personal computer. Simplified languages such as BASIC gave more control to the average user. A few minutes spent with a book enabled the user to begin to construct rudimentary programs. Many times, however, the lack of understanding about what a computer could and could not do led to failure. This laid the foundations for the software engineer, who not only understands the program but the physical abilities of the hardware.

One method of examining the differences between software engineering and computer science is to consider how most printers were controlled by the first personal computers. In most cases, changing printer functions such as font size, number of copies, or paper size required entering the proper printer string in DOS. Today, these functions are controlled from an interface on the desktop. The user may enter the information in the software or in the printer dialog box. In a simplified statement, one might say that the creation of the dialog boxes and underlying code was provided by a software engineer. The ability of the printer to understand the commands and comply with them was provided by the computer scientist.

In the most basic terms, CS focuses more on the hardware, circuitry, and networking involved. An SE is typically more concerned with creating a program that will be efficient in terms of size and speed and optimizing the user interface. Neither area, however, has a patent on any one area. To build a network or a computer that is reliable and efficient requires an understanding of what demands will be placed upon it. To write a powerful, “bug-free” program requires knowing how compilers operate, what the processor speeds mean, and the memory needed.

With little standardization between universities, the quality of the degree can vary greatly. Some colleges require CS majors to take Microsoft Office as their first programming course. In some cases, this may be followed by Pascal, COBOL, or RPG, none of which are in high demand today. They may also teach Visual Basic, Visual C++ or Visual J without first teaching the underlying language. By the same token, software engineers may be graduated without a basic understanding of wireless technology. Those seeking a degree as well as employers might be better served by ignoring the title and examining the actual courses required.

Not too many years ago, computer science positions were often filled by those with other degrees, such as electrical engineers. Software engineers were usually those with programming skills, many of whom held no degree at all but were self-taught. As technology became more complex, increased specialization followed. Only by considering the goal is it possible to differentiate between them. For example, if the goal is to produce the greatest game of all time, a software engineer is likely to be the one to meet the challenge. If the goal is to produce the next generation of gaming systems, however, a computer scientist is probably going to make the greatest contribution.

Computer Network, Systems, and Database Administrators Are in Demand

If you’re looking for a fast-paced career that combines technology with creativity, check out the field of computer network, systems, and database administration. This dynamic career path reflects the increasing number of computer networks in business today.

In the workplace, computers and computer networks have become an integral part of everyday life. Nearly everyone who works in an office has a computer, and big companies may have thousands of workstations, each with a computer terminal. These computers don’t just sit on desks like little islands; they need to be linked together into one seamless operating system. The ways that computers are linked together include local-area networks (LAN), wide-area networks (WAN), network segments, and Internet and intranet systems. Networks can be very complex, and creating a network of computers is a task that must be performed by highly qualified personnel.

Network and computer systems administrators design, install, and support an organization’s computer network systems. Network and computer systems administrators work in a wide variety of organizations including professional offices, government organizations, small businesses, and large corporations. They analyze problems, maintain a company’s network hardware and software, and monitor networks to ensure their functionality. Administrators may plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures, and they may gather data to identify customer needs and then use the information to identify, interpret, and evaluate system and network requirements.

Systems administrators ensure that the design of an organization’s computer system allows all of the components, including the network, the computers, and software, to work properly together. They are often responsible for maintaining the network’s efficiency, and they monitor and adjust the network’s performance. They continually survey the current computer system to determine future network needs, troubleshoot problems reported by users and by automated network monitoring systems, and make recommendations for future system upgrades.

When the computers in the sales office crash, or when the finance people can’t access their networked spreadsheets, or when the warehouse cannot access the intranet to track a shipment, the company can become paralyzed. A network systems administrator is the person who can, and must, resolve these network issues. It’s an important position.

Education and training are key. A bachelor’s degree is required for many network and computer systems administrator positions. In addition, many employers will demand that applicants have specialized computer network training of the type that may be offered by a career college. The best way to explore your career training opportunities is to log onto a reputable online college directory and compare computer training programs. Choose the ones that are right for you and request free information from the schools. This will allow you to make the best choice for your career education.

Here are some of the program areas that are key to this career field:

• Computers and electronics – Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

• English language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

• Mathematics – Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

• Administration and management – Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

The career outlook is excellent. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in the current decade from 2008 to 2018 employment of computer network, systems, and database administrators is expected to increase by 30 percent, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for computer network administrators is expected to increase as companies continue to invest in new technologies.

Compensation can be generous. According to the BLS, as of May of 2006, the median annual earnings of wage-and-salary network and computer systems administrators was $62,130. Not bad!

If you’re looking for a challenging and rewarding career, check out computer network systems career training. It may open a new door to a bright future.

Establish a Glittering Career in Robotics System and Complexes

Robotic System and Complex system are the branches which are the combination of the mechanical, electrical and electronics engineering. To boost your career in the automation engineering with the sum of all we can define a new engineering that is robotic engineering. The field deals with the design, construction, operation, and the applications of the robots. With the advanced computer and IT systems for the control, sensor feedback and the information processing. To better understand the concept of robotics, Many of you have watched the “Terminator” movie based on the science fiction and the advance use of robotics complexes and machine designing to better get an exposure to the latest technologies and the machine structures.

Talking about the future, it has been assumed that robots will one day be able to mimic human behavior and manage tasks in a human-like fashion, surgeries, and others. Robotics is a rapid growing technology that continues to boost the applications of research, designing and building new robots for various purposes whether it may be domestically, commercially or militarily services. Robotics engineering has changed the way of thinking of many scientists are many works can be made from them in terms of field related to mechanical, electrical, electronics and the most important one is Science and technology and that too in the real-time applications.

To get in the amazing career of robotics with the reference to aeronautical and aerospace engineering, One has to get a good grade of marks in the subjects like physics, math, chemistry, and advanced technological devices. To get a better chance in the field of robotics and automation and get in the amazing career and enjoy the experience of working in real-time and off time applications too. The environment of being is such a field requires the complete devotion of the aspirants towards it. As many difficulties in terms of learning and dealing with new equipment may arise to the one who is getting in one of the finest careers.

Automation Engineering

It involves specialized knowledge of automation control systems, which is generally desired in manufacturing industries and automobiles. Automation engineer deals with the testing, quality improvement and operation of the automated systems and tools of all types and size. These professionals are desired everywhere in the manufacturing industry. With the emerging trends in the manufacturing industry in the country, the demand for the professions has increased and realized in the last few years. In the coming years, the industry is expected to grow on the trademark of the robotics with maintenance and the production engineering. The engineer in this field integrates the hardware and software components or system to develop a final integration of systems, which can be depended upon to carry out the various operations of the industry, which includes the testing, component parts etc. The complete process is repeated to achieve the desired results in automation engineering.

System Complexes

These kinds of engineering deal with the design and analysis of building and non-building devices such as structures of robots, aircraft, helicopters, planes, medical equipment, entertainment products and spacecraft.

The work of the control engineer has contributed a lot to the manufacturing industry for the purpose of efficient production, computer control and improve the all over the quality of the product.

Any Student who is interested the field of robotics systems and complexes has a world of opportunities to deal with the same. There are many reputed universities offering the quality of education in the same field. There are many locations which are the hub of the various engineering related to it mentioned field with the benefits like low tuition fees, its colleges are considered to be among the top aviation institutes of various countries and at par with any other renowned colleges in the world.

The proof of the quality of the education system in different Countries can be made out from the range of faculties teaching with the university accredited by the various local and international bodies. A few of the universities and institutes are accredited by the bodies like WHO, UNESCO, and others which are known worldwide.

The field of robotics and system complexes are the new one in the terms of aerospace and aeronautics. So aspirants can choose a career in it,based on their merit results. As, robotics is dealing with the use of medical equipment,entertainment equipment building, and others.

The future building in the fields lies in the hand of the engineering aspirants. So students have to choose wisely among the different streams of robotics and system complexes.

Smell Features and Computer Hardware

Imagine computer hardware that put out a smell while you watched DVD, online movie, music video, or played a video game? All that is now possible and it is on its way as we speak, perhaps hitting the shelves by 2012 for those personal tech leading edge early adopters. Who knows maybe you are one, and this is intriguing to you. Well then, let’s discuss this new technology and some of its implications.

There was an interesting article recently in PC World in the Geek Tech section titled; “Smell-O-Vision Wafts Closer With New Research Project” by Elizabeth Fish published on June 20, 2011. The article said;

“Forget 3D HDTV; here comes smell-o-vision! Maybe. Researchers from the UCSD & Samsung’s (SAIT) have developed a smell-o-vision concept device, which could add another aspect of realism to what you watch on TV. In a proof of concept paper, researchers showed it is possible for 1,000s of smells using a ‘compact device’ that attached to the back of a screen or built into a cellphone. The team built the device in such a way that keeps costs and circuitry down to produce around 10,000 scents.”

That is rather interesting isn’t it? Yes, it is and recently I was discussing all this with a fellow think tanker, Troy LaClaire, and I laughed and said; okay, but then you’d need special smell-neutralizing kits to de-smell your house each month. He agreed and suggested that we invest in a home smell air-cleaning system and get on board for the great wave in a new industry? Well, that makes sense, may as well hedge your bet, and make even more money that’s funny.

Troy had suggested that the system would have to use smells that would dissipate quickly, and possibly include an “air neutralizer” cartridge that would work in tandem, that way you could clear out smells, so that they don’t overlap too much. Yes, that is a great point, and yes that’s a big problem with chemicals accumulating, and then there is the whole issue with the human immune system and smells, and accumulated combining chemicals.

Troy mentioned another challenge which could cause lawsuits for a computer hardware smell system, namely that there would be the possibility of the units causing seizure, as some can be set off by specific smells so you do not want it to be something that might cause a seizure, while on the flip side some are preceded by specific smell ‘auras’ – so you do not want to freak someone out.

Yes, this is a real issue, it’s something that must be considered, there are folks that have Real Problems with this. Maybe there could be a list of scents one could block-out, kind of like not accepting peanuts on an airliner if you are allergic. It appears there are still a few bugs to work out on this technology, but it will be our future. Please consider all this.

IT Systems are Similar to the Human Bio-system and the Life Experience

Perhaps you have never thought philosophically about IT systems or how they evolve due to advances in technology, feature creep or the ever changing environment that information technologies work in, which makes upgrades mandatory. If not I would like to discuss some of these philosophical thoughts with you now so you can better understand the IT animal rather than labeling it The Beast.

You see, the natural progression and evolution of IT Systems is very similar to the Human Bio-system or the human body and IT systems can also be likened to the life experience. This fact is it is neither good or evil, but it could be either if not handled correctly, properly programmed or used efficiently. A computer system or a human being is; neither automatically good or evil, it just exists.

Humans are not perfect and as they go through life they either get worse or they work towards perfection, although chances are that they can never achieve perfection. Yes, I know you consider yourself perfect in everyway and therefore I need to speak for myself, okay I got that part. However, if you do not wish to use yourself as an example, then take your fellow man on the street. Hardly perfect and the chances of him becoming perfect are next to nil and even if he did; well, how long would that really last?

After all things change and perfection is a moving target right? Yah, for everyone but you, my fault, I again apologize. Now then, the human bio system is indeed a pretty perfect machine, but it is affected by so many things for instance; the garbage we put in that makes humans unfit, unhealthy and fat. Same with IT systems you see, as things change, the needs and requirements of the system changes and what we put in changes it too. Garbage in, garbage out, see what I mean?

IT systems can never be perfect as we keep changing our demands of the system and the world changes too. New models come out and upgrades are needed to fulfill the needs. We also must fix and watch the system when viruses or malicious code slips in from hackers. Rather than call the IT systems evil, why don’t you look in the mirror human?

Active Directory Users and Computers – Valuable for All DBAs

If you are currently working as a DBA, especially on the Active Directory area, ADUC (Active Directory Users and Computers) is a valuable tool for you. It is something that you just cannot afford to miss as a database administrator. As its name suggests, ADUC is vital because it offers greater visibility into each and every computer and user active within the domain. Besides, the tool also comes handy for the DBAs when they want to know in detail about other things, such as contacts, groups, group policy objects, and organizational unit structures, within the domain.

There are a number of reasons why ADUC is a valuable tool for all the database administrators. Some of its main benefits are as follows –

– After installing the Active Directory Users and Computers tool on your system, you can easily find out the groups to which a particular member belongs to within the domain.

– Besides, ADUC also allows you to view details of all the users within a group. You can also view a list of the group members who are allowed to login to your SQL Server through their Windows group login Id.

– By assessing the group nesting from every direction using ADUC, you can also view the various ways in which a user from a particular group has access to your SQL Server.

– In addition, ADUC also allows you to cross-check the user account details corresponding to each user in the domain. For instance, if a user named ‘John’ claims to have the account number ‘XYZ123′, you can use the ADUC functions to check if the account XYZ123 actually corresponds to John or not.

If you are working as a DBA (Database Administrator), you need not go to the security or system architects and administrators to find answers to each and every question you have. The aforementioned features of ADUC (Active Directory Users and Computers) make it possible for you to get all the required information very easily, without any outside help. This is simply because all the users in different groups within the domain have their basic information saved throughout the Active Directory by default. That is, as the basic read information of all the users in the domain is available by default in the AD, you can access it without causing any security issue. In this way, you can avoid going to the security administrators every now and then, and thus, save a lot of time and effort.

So, where do you get this invaluable ADUC tool from? Well, if you are a Windows XP user, you can simply install the ‘AdminPak’ of Windows Server 2003 from the official Microsoft website. Similarly, if you have Windows 7 on your system, you may install the Windows 7 Remote Server Admin Tools from the Microsoft official website. In case you are using Windows Vista, you may install the Windows Vista Remote Server Admin Tools from the official Microsoft website to get Active Directory Users and Computers function on your system.