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Category Archives: Hardware

Where is Technology Going?

Where is technology going? It’s as if new innovations are always bragging about getting smaller, faster, and smarter. Is that a good thing?  friendly tech services in West Hollywood for computer repairsNot necessarily, but we all do seem to be buying into it. Not that we’re really in control either, however. I suppose we are in charge in terms of the power of the purse. We can simply opt not to purchase the latest smart-watch gadget or newest iPhone 5 ½ . Something about that doesn't feel right however.  It’s too easy to fall behind nowadays.  That is... --
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USB Port repair

USB Port repair can be a troublesome issue.  Lets see, what happens?  You accidentally rip your cable out and it breaks the internal connector?  No problem, tech experts can fix it for $119 flat at PC Fixer Mac and PC Repair in Culver City. When we fix this particular issue, we solder in a new connector or connector board.  We dont waste time trying to fix your old connector as some computer repair companies do.  In fact, we fix it and we fix it right the first time.  We are one of the only repair services in Los Angeles that solders repairs to component level in-house.  We take pride in our repairs and we have being doing them for 12 years.  Call our experts any time for free advice. Read more

Schools Ordered to Stop Spying on Students

pcfixer repairs and maintains MacBooksA federal judge on Monday ordered the Pennsylvania school district accused of spying on its students to stop activating the cameras in school-issued MacBook laptops. According to the original complaint, Blake Robbins was accused by a Harriton High School assistant principal of 'improper behavior in his home' and shown a  photograph taken by his laptop as evidence. In an appearance on network television last Saturday, Robbins said he was accused by the assistant principal of selling drugs and taking pills — but he claimed the pictures taken by his computer's camera showed him eating candy. Also on Monday, the company selling the software used by the school district to... --
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IBM’s New Server Made for Linux

IBM has just announced the expansion of its server lineup, with a new mainframe system designed specifically for Linux that may be aimed, in particular, at higher-end x86 systems. This new system uses IBM's specialty Linux processor and can run either Novell SUSE or Red Hat systems. It does not support the mainframe operating system z/OS but it includes mainframe management software in addition to IBM's z/Virtual Machine system. Together, they make up the company's latest "solutions edition," or what IBM calls lower-cost, integrated stacks for the mainframe. There are two servers in this new Enterprise Linux Server line, and the starting price on the lower-end model, with its two processors, is $212,000. The system is intended to be competitive with large multicore systems used for virtualization consolidation. This Linux-specific line is IBM's best and latest... --
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New Music Rec Machine Rivals Apple’s Genius

Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego have recently been pitting Apple's Genius music recommender program against their self-proclaimed, new and improved version, which is said to include an ignored sector of music, dubbed the 'long tail', in music recommendations. It's always been well known that radio suffers from a popularity bias, in which the most popular songs receive an inordinate amount of airtime, while less popular, sometimes better music is heard very rarely. In Apple's music recommender system, iTunes' Genius, this bias is magnified.  Genius uses “collaborative filtering” on purchase statistics from iTunes Store- they've sold over 6 billion tracks- in order to help people organize their music and discover songs and artists they've never heard based on similarity to a “seed” song that they have liked in the past. But an underground artist will... --
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Barnes & Noble Releases the Nook Against Kindle

Today, pictures and details about Barnes and Noble’s forthcoming e-book reader leaked, and it looks exciting, both inside and out. On sale next Tuesday, it looks set to take the wind right out of the Kindle's sails. Named the “Nook,” Barnes & Noble's reader strongly resembles Amazon’s white plastic e-book, except for the chiclet-keyboard being replaced by a multicolor touch screen, which can be used as a keyboard or for book browsing, cover-flow style. The reader runs Google’s Android OS, as well as coming equipped with wireless capability whose carrier remains unspecified. The Nook also rings up at the same $260 the Kindle goes for. Gizmodo leaked the images, but they also have information about Barnes & Noble's plans to heavily discount titles in their electronic format, which is as it should be. The Nook will also... --
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Google Backs Espresso Machine Publishing

On Thursday, Google announced that it is opening up part of its index to the maker of a high-speed publishing machine that manufactures 300 page paperbacks in under five minutes. The new service implies a tacit acknowledgment that the internet leader understands that not everyone wants their books served up on a computer or an electronic reader. The "Espresso Book Machine" has been around for several years, but it's rapidly becoming a much hotter commodity now that it will have access to so many books scanned from some of the world's largest libraries. On Demand Books, the Espresso's maker, might get access to even more hard-to-find books, but that's only if Google can win court approval of a class-action settlement giving it the right to sell out-of-print books. The paperbacks will have a recommended sales price of $8, but the ultimate price will be left... --
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World’s Fastest Wireless Network Tested by Scientists

"Scientists in Pisa, Italy claim to have set a new world record for the fastest wireless data transmission. They report that they were able to achieve throughput speeds above 1.2 Terabits per second, which they say beats the previous wireless data transmission speed record of 160 Gigabits per second by Korean scientists. The technology that the Pisa scientists utilized actually shares a significant similarity with fiber optics. Unlike Wi-Fi or microwave communications, which use radio-based transmissions, the Pisa scientists used a technology called free-space optical communications. In free space optics, an energy beam is collimated and transmitted through space rather than being guided through an optical cable."... --
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Cisco Catalyst 3550 Series Reprogramming

Today I had the pleasure of working for Creative Environments in Hollywood.  This property management company runs a 48 unit buildiing on Cosmo street in Los Angeles (Hollywood) and supplies a T1 connection to the tennants.  The internet is shared with 2 Cisco 3550 switches hooked up to a Linksys dual wan vpn router.  I had the great pleasure of working with Phil Seretti who is a multi-talented extremely adept problem-solver.  His website is www.postsoundcorp.com.... --
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Verizon Westel modem router is a pain

Today we struggled with Verizon to support their Westel DSL modem router.  It always amazes me how Internet Service Providers continually change their login and password schemes.  This leaves the techie who is trying to set up their internet with little option but to call tech support and speak with somebody in India.  If you have internet then you can look up the modem model # and usually find the default username and password.  In this case it was admin/password which is pretty typical.  But what happens when the default username and password has changed and you have to do a hard reset?  You have to call Verizon and speak with tech support.... --
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