Wednesday, 10 October 2012

How Powerful Are Maps for Data Analysis?

Many of you may have already read the classic book Treasure Island by the famous Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson. One of the most quotable quotes from that timeless book is "I am told there are people who do not care for maps, and I find it hard to believe." As early as 1883, people like the great writer Stevenson had already believed how powerful maps are.
Fast forward to 2012. More than a century has passed and maps still exist as one of the most powerful tools that people use not only for geographical purposes. At the turn of the 21st century, maps are considered to be a useful tool for data visualization. The Big Data Era is no longer elusive. Contrary to popular belief, it is already the air that we breathe. People all around the world have been craving for data visualization that allows them to interpret information in the simplest ways possible.

Secret Behind Technology Blogging: A Best Niche In Blogging

It is no secret that there is a secret behind technology blogging; it is one of the best niches in blogging. Blogging about technology is one of the best ways to get ahead in modern society. In fact, technology blogging is the best niche in blogging these days for anyone who wants to start up a successful business.
If you plan to create a new business or any successful business ventures, one of the best ways to do so is to consider the technology niche in blogging.

Why 3D Printing Is Green?

3D printing is already changing the way that we look at various aspects within the world we live in. There are vast changes in a wide variety of industries. Some of these industries revolve around saving lives in the medical world. Others involve promoting the use of our military, and testing new weapons and armor, etc. There are other applications which revolve around engineering, and producing customized parts. Others work around prototyping, and creating various models to be tested. Consumers are also buying 3D printing related parts to have within their own homes. Th maker movement is definitely playing a role in helping with this. There are quite a few applications within this form of manufacturing technology. Some of these applications are great for engineering firms. Some of these applications are great for concept development. Other aspects about these applications are very much legal, while others may be illegal or within some kind of grey zone. Regardless, there isn't a doubt in my mind that 3D printing is coming to change the way that we look at things.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

PC vs Mac: The Big Debate

Since PCs and Macs hit the market, the debate has existed over which is best. Depending upon who you're talking to the PC vs. Mac debate is often even hotter than politics or religion. While you have many who are die hard Microsoft PC users, another group exists that are just as dedicated to Apple's Mac*. A final group exists in the undecided computer category.


For many users, cost is key. You want to get the absolute most for your money. In years past, PCs dominated the budget friendly market, with Macs ranging anywhere from $100 to $500 more than a comparable PC. Now this price gap has lessened significantly. However, you will notice a few key features that Macs tend to lack in order to provide a lower price: memory and hard drive space.


Most PCs have anywhere from 2GB to 8GB of RAM in laptops and desktops, while Macs usually have only 1GB to 4GB. Keep in mind, this is for standard models, not custom orders.

Hard Drive Space

Macs typically have smaller hard drives than PCs. This could be because some Mac files and applications are slightly smaller than their PC counterparts. On average, you will still see price gaps of several hundred dollars between comparable Macs and PCs. For computing on a budget, PCs win.

There are a few things to take into consideration that may actually make Macs more cost effective: stability and compatibility.


In years past, PCs were known to crash and users would get the “blue screen,” but, Microsoft has made their operating systems more reliable in recent years. On the other hand, Mac hardware and software has tended to be stable and crashes occur infrequently.


Unlike with a PC, a Mac can also run Windows. If you want to have a combination Mac and PC, a Mac is your best option.


Macs are exclusive to Apple. This means for the most part, prices and features are the same no matter where you shop. This limits Mac availability. However with the new Apple stores, it’s even easier to buy Macs and Mac accessories.  Any upgrades or repairs can only be done by an authorized Apple support center.

PCs, on the other hand, are available from a wide range of retailers and manufacturers. This means more customization, a wider price range for all budgets and repairs and upgrades available at most electronics retailers and manufacturers. It also makes it easier for the home user to perform upgrades and repairs themselves as parts are easy to find.


The final Mac vs. PC comparison comes down to software. For the most part, the two are neck and neck. Microsoft has even released Microsoft Office specifically for Mac, proving Apple and Microsoft can get along. All and all, Macs are more software compatible as PCs only support Windows friendly software. Both systems support most open-source software. Software for both systems is user friendly and easy to learn.

In the end, the choice comes down to personal preference. Due to price and availability, PCs tend to be the winner, while Macs remain the choice for the more elite or anti-Microsoft computer users.

How to Capture, Edit, and Share Audio from Your PC

Take charge of your videos! Learn how to capture, edit, and share your favorite video moments.
To do this you'll need:
A PC or Mac with a internal microphone ( or external microphone)
Audio or video editing software.

For better quality use an external microphone.
There are three ways to connect it to your PC:
Mic input jack
USB port or Bluetooth.

Record the audio with either the software found on your PC or from the Web which will also allow you to edit the audio file to your desired length. Make sure you save the file! Last step is to share the file via email or social networking sites.

For smaller file sizes and easier sharing it is best to convert .wav files to MP3 or WMA files. Enjoy!

How to Make a Playlist and Share it from Your PC

Create and organize playlists so you can share them with your friends. What you'll need:
• PC or Mac
• Internet connection.

Sign up for an account; find songs you like for your playlist; search by song title, artist name, or genre.

Add the songs into your playlist; transfer the list onto your digital music player, phone or tablet; share your list with friends via email or social network; embed the playlist into your blog or personal website.

How to Record Streaming Audio and Create a Podcast from Your PC

Create and distribute a podcast for your friends and fans. What you'll need:
• PC or Mac
• Audio recording software
• Microphone
• Internet connection.

Podcast your own radio show on the Internet. Pick a subject you’re passionate about. Use the built-in microphone or plug in an external one. Open the audio recording software. Optional: Download sound effects software. Find a quiet space. Click the Record button on the audio recording software to begin. Click Stop Record button when finished. Save your file. Upload your recording to the Internet. Choose a service for your podcast. Send links via email or social network.