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Archive for November 2011

Stop! You Have Been Warned.

Have you ever been blissfully surfing the web, when you click on an interesting link and all heck breaks loose?  Depending on what anti-virus/malware software you are using, alarms go off and instead of your link loading, a big read stop sign shows up with the ominous message that reads to effect of “All who enter here are lost!” or less dramatically… “This site is known to contain malware or viruses which could harm your computer. It is recommended that you do not proceed.”.  Seen that before?  How many times have you ignored it and proceeded anyway?  Be honest.  Later did you notice weird things happening, like unexpected pop-ups, or new toolbars, or your computer running funny?  Yep.  Its just like running a stop light.  Bad things can happen.

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Upgrades 101: Hard Drives

Per Wikipedia –

“A hard disk drive (HDD; also hard drive or hard disk)[2] is a non-volatilerandom access digital magnetic data storage device. It features rotating rigid platters on a motor-driven spindle within a protective enclosure. Data is magnetically read from and written to the platter by read/write heads that float on a film of air above the platters. Introduced by IBM in 1956, hard disk drives have decreased in cost and physical size over the years while dramatically increasing in capacity.”

When it comes to PC/Mac hard drives (HDs), they mainly come in two connection types: the older standard IDE (Intergrated Drive Electronics) , and the current standard SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment). You typically find older systems use the IDE type connector.

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