Archive for the ‘Hardware’ Category

Microsoft’s virtual storage centre

February 6, 2009

In Thursday’s ECDL class, we talked about “cloud computing“. In future, all our applications and files will be stored online. You are already using cloud computing by using your Google Apps account.

So how does cloud computing work? Here is an example of one of Microsoft’s large data centres which house all the servers to store our data.

In a very unremarkable looking building in Quincy, Washington State, is housed what has been dubbed ‘the belly of the internet’.

Inside there are 300,000 servers which make up Microsoft’s virtual storage centre that enable thousands of us to store the vast amounts of data that we all put online i.e. in the “cloud”.

Watch the following Youtube video of Microsoft’s data centre:

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Apple launches new notebooks

October 17, 2008

Apple launched their new Macbook and Macbook Pro notebooks this week.

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New PC’s for Computer Room

April 24, 2008

We will have new desktop computers for the Computer Room in May. The new PC’s will be supplied by Aniar Solutions. The PC will be a Lenovo ThinkCentre A61 Desktop (as pictured below) and will include a 17″ TFT monitor.

New Desktop PC for Computer Room

As we no longer need our existing desktop computers in the Computer Room, we will be giving these away to anyone who wants them. The specification of our old computers is:

  • Intel Pentium III
  • 128MB RAM
  • 7.5GB HDD
  • CD-ROM
  • 3.5″ Floppy Disk Drive
  • 17″ CRT Monitor
  • PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse
  • Operating System: Windows 2000

These PC’s will be available for collection from the school from Monday May 26th.

If you want one of our old desktops then email mrhannon at geralds dot ie to book your PC.

No more schoolbags

April 2, 2008

Ultra Mobile PCCould this be the classroom of the future?

Bigger Computer Monitors Are Better

March 22, 2008

Researchers at the University of Utah have found that bigger computer monitors make people more productive.

They found that people performed tasks such as, editing a document and copying numbers between spreadsheets, 52% faster on a 24-inch monitor than on an 18-inch monitor.

Read the full article from the Wall Street Journal