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4 Ways To Add High Tech Devices To Any Mining Operation

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Whether you are managing an open-pit or underground mine, finding the right tools can be difficult. Modern technologies can be a great way to improve operations and lower costs. Technology can also help to improve safety in mines and prevent incidents. Here are some ways that high tech can be applied to mine management operations: 1. Modern Communications For Mine Operations One of the challenging problems that have to be solved in mines is communication. Modern cellular technology and radio communications can be adapted to allow workers to communicate through different obstacles found in a mining environment. The communications systems can have repeaters that are installed in a mine to allow for radio and mobile communications where these technologies would not normally be possible. This technology can also be used for improvements in automation and navigation in a mine. 2. Systems Controls With Rugged Designs For Mining Conditions Controls for mining equipment also have to be built to withstand harsh equipment. These controls can feature digital monitors sealed in rugged frames to protect them from dust and contaminants. The rugged monitors can be designed with features specific to the needs of mining operations and equipment. The rugged monitors have many applications, such as the use on equipment or for controls on ventilation systems. 3. Corrosive Resistant Electrical Systems For Harsh Environments In many mining operations, corrosive environments can take their toll on equipment. This is why corrosion-resistant materials are needed for things like electrical motors. Other electrical equipment can also be protected with rugged casings to help keep sensitive technology protected from harsh mining conditions. Communication devices can also have corrosive-resistant casing to help protect them from harsh conditions in the rugged mining environment. 4. Mapping And Navigation Systems For Mine Environments Modern mine operations can have miles of underground tunnels or open pits. Mapping and navigation is an important part of managing a mine. Modern navigation systems that use technology like GPS can be used to improve mining operations. These technologies can also be used for guided systems to help automate mining equipment. Navigation technology can be used in underground and open pit mining operations to help improve the output of mining operations. These are some ways that modern technology can be applied to mine operations. If you need the right technology for managing a mine, contact a vendor to get sealed displays and systems for your mine...

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Interested In Online Gaming? Your Computer Needs Reliable Internet

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The worlds of high-speed Internet, computer processing power and the entertainment industry have combined in unique ways to create a special niche of gaming: online gaming. From First-Person Shooters (FPS) giving the thrill of wartime strategy to the fantasy realms of Massively Multiplayer Role-Playing Games (MMORPG), there are many different games out there that can give you an awesome gameplay experience with people all over the world. To be ready for the gaming experience of a lifetime, you’ll need a computer and Internet support that can handle the gaming demands. If you don’t want to buy every random suggestion for better online performance, keep a few online gaming needs in mind. Why Does Internet Matter For Gaming? Getting connected to a game is only the start. In order to be effective at your game and to stay connected to a game, you need more than a fast connection; the Internet needs to be consistent. Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) focus on raw speed because speed is what matters for most Internet users. Watching online videos, visiting websites and checking email only require a certain amount of consistency to guarantee that the Internet connection doesn’t disconnect. Some ISPs are still failing at this basic task. Online gamers, unfortunately, need more. When you play an online game, there is a continuous process called a handshake. At its most basic form, an Internet handshake takes the form of four steps: Your computer contacts the game server through the game. The game server acknowledges your presence. The game server sends a response. Your computer receives the response. These four steps are performed constantly and at a fast pace. There are messages being sent back and forth between your computer and the server, such as what your character is doing, what other players are doing and what is happening with the non-player characters (NPCs, such as monsters, computer-controlled soldiers or treasure chests with random loot). Just like downloading a file or a video, these messages are information that needs to go across the Internet. It needs to happen quick enough to feel like real-time action, otherwise you or the game server will lag. Lag is usually represented by players running in place, abilities not running, disconnecting or suddenly being dead when your computer catches up with the server’s messages. Is It The ISP Or Your Computer? If your computer’s upload (sending from your computer to the Internet) or download (receiving from the Internet to your computer) are too slow, or if the Internet connection has constant data that is too short to completely disconnect you, lag can ruin your experience. A computer services professional can work with you and your ISP to find out if you need a better Internet package or other improvements. Internet speed and consistency problems are not only caused by poor ISP performance. If someone else on your Internet connection is using too much of the available Internet capacity (bandwidth), you may not be able to send and receive updates to and from the game server fast enough. If you have a virus, it could be stealing a lot of information or downloading more files to corrupt your system, which can use up Internet capacity. You may even have outdated or damaged equipment. Networking devices such as routers and modems change every few...

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Virus, Age Or Damage? Figuring Out Slow Iphone Speeds

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

iPhones are known for being convenient and as intuitive as possible, but they’re still computers. Computers are susceptible to slowdowns because of being full of too many applications (apps), bad programming from third-party app designer, viruses or simple wear and tear of the hardware. Unless you’re a computer expert with the skills and dedication to keep proper maintenance on your phone, slow speeds is inevitable. Thankfully, you can part the temporary speed problems from the permanent damage by understanding a few causes and symptoms. Too Many Apps! One of the biggest features that the iPhone brought to phones was the app store. It may be fun and convenient to get all the apps your need and want for games, productivity or just avoiding boredom. Unfortunately, there are limits to app usage beyond simply filling your phone’s storage. Like any computer, an app takes up a certain amount of resources. Processing speed governs how fast an app’s actions can take place, and with multiple apps being managed at the same time, that speed can be reduced to a crawl. The problem can be even worse if the programmer of a specific app isn’t an expert, or if there’s a bug (unplanned problem) with a certain version of the app. Apps can behave strangely when written incorrectly, resulting in taking a constantly climbing amount of resources over time or not releasing resources when closed–if it closes at all. The first thing to do is to uninstall apps that could have been installed after the problem began. If you don’t know which apps to remove, you could write down the apps that you have installed for remembering later. Although paid apps are recorded on your iTunes account, free apps may be harder to track down. Unfortunately, it’s possible for some lingering processes to continue even after an uninstallation. Some apps may add other services or program instructions that should be removed with the rest of the app, but failure in removal could result in a slower device. This is often the case with viruses, which create multiple services and hidden apps to bring your iPhone to a slow and phone-locking halt.  Solid State Slowdown One big benefit of the iPhone’s storage is that it has no moving parts. The device uses a Solid State Drive (SSD), which is comprised of multiple storage banks that save information by trapping or releasing gasses. Unfortunately, the SSD doesn’t last forever. The gas trapping and release process is signaled by a spark, which happens any time data is accessed on your iPhone–and simply being on means that data is being accessed. This doesn’t mean to turn your device off as much as possible, as that can lead to other problems as the phone accesses lots of data to start. It does mean that you need to be aware of what apps are using a lot of your iPhone’s resources over long periods of time. Eventually, you’ll need to turn in your iPhone for a new model. If your iPhone isn’t that old or you’re not sure if it’s the end for your device, contact an iPhone repair professional for a consulation. To learn more, contact a company like iFly Repair with any questions you...

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Surprisingly Simple Solutions To Common Computer Complications

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Slowing performance, overheating, and periodic crashes can be symptoms of some serious computer problems. More often, it’s a far less complex issue, requiring much less expertise to resolve. For serious systemic problems, consult with a diagnostic program or a professional computer repair technician, but don’t rule out these simple fixes. Performance Lag Reduction in processing time can be the result of several different issues, but eliminating the simple fixes can save you a considerable amount of time and money. One of the most common problems is an overcrowded start-up sequence, causing many programs to open all at once while your PC is booting up. If you’ve already cleared your start-up file down to bare essentials, you can try running a defragmentation protocol, which will reduce the amount of time your computer takes to access data on its hard drive. While most sources of speed loss are system wide, some are limited to your internet browser. To speed up your internet navigation you can start by disabling certain scripts, such as flash or java, which are used to animate ads, or load videos. Some browsers allow you to do this for specific domains, rather than applying the change to every website you access. Consult with your browser’s help files to find out which options are available to you. Crashes Caused by Overheating A common reason for some systems to crash stems from internal heat exceeding what the system can handle. Most systems have a default fail-safe which automatically shuts down the computer to preserve the processor rather than allowing it to continue heating up. You can alleviate some of the problem by periodically clearing the dust out of the inside of your computer tower, especially in and around any fans. Unfortunately, certain components simply run hot, and without additional cooling there’s no permanent fix. However, as a stop-gap measure you can use a temporary solution to reduce the risk until you can afford to replace or improve your cooling system. Start by soaking a wash cloth and wringing it out, then put it in a plastic zipper bag and empty as much air as possible. Once the bag is sealed put it in the freezer, once frozen, wrap the bag in a thin hand towel and brace it against the hottest part of your computer. This will give you a little time, and keep you from burning out your processor, until you can invest in a better cooling system, but it shouldn’t be used as a long term solution. While some common computer problems can be fixed with simple tricks, the more complex issues that can develop will require more experience to resolve. Cleaning and defragmenting won’t hurt anything, but don’t trust those steps to fix every problem. Instead, seek out professionals who can diagnose and fix what’s wrong, either with a more complex solution or replacement...

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Understanding Lag And Its Affects On Gameplay

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Whether you’re becoming a professional gamer on Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games or becoming an online personality who plays a variety of games, the Internet can make or break your budding business. To make sure your skills aren’t hampered by network problems, consider how lag could ruin your plans. Lag Is The Greatest Enemy Of Online Gamers Many online gamers know that you need decent Internet speed and a good computer to play games efficiently, but there are a few symptoms of bad performance that can be confusing. Lag is a term that is used for different issues, but you need to understand the causes and differences. The standard meaning for lag involves slow or failing network performance. If the commands that you send to the game aren’t reaching the server soon enough, your character may lag to the point of missing an attack or failing to get out of danger. Beneath the graphics and abilities in your game, a system of information exchanges take place. The game server handled a continuous world of automated, computer managed resources such as Non-Playable Characters (NPCs). The server also handles updates from every player in the game. These updates include movement, abilities used and anything else that can change the game world. When you shoot a gun at a player or cast a spell, your game sends an update and the server sends the results to everyone on the game or in your specific game area. If your Internet is too slow, you could run in place because your signal to move didn’t reach the server in time. You may not notice a fireball coming down on your position because information isn’t coming back from the server fast enough. You’ll need to make sure that your Internet is fast enough to send and receive these updates without being significantly delayed. You also need to take the other network activities into account; downloading, voice communications or even web browsing could slow you down if your Internet connection is low enough, so be sure to contact a computer network technician to find an Internet service plan that fits all of your network usage. The Other Lag Is A Video Hardware Issue Not all game players are computer experts, so anything that looks like slow performance may be considered lag to them. They’re not completely wrong; the game is lagging behind, but not because of network issues associated with the main gaming definition of lag. If a person’s computer resources are being used up, the game will start performing slower than usual. A game is an application, and like any application it needs a certain amount of resources to operate properly. The processor needs to be able to process everything happening on the computer, including background operations that keep the computer running in general. A graphics card helps with some of the work, but some issues can overwhelm your entire system. If you’re running too many programs in the background, you need to either close a few programs or add more resources. For example, streaming (live broadcast of your gameplay) can make your gameplay more difficult because many streaming programs are quite demanding. Looking up a lot of information in your browser while playing games can slow down the system as well, since some browser...

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5 Sneaky Signs of a Virus on Your Laptop You May Not Immediately Notice

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

No one wants to face a virus on their system as a virus can not just wreak havoc on the hard drive of your computer, but leave you with lost files, costly damage, and leave you with a lot of headaches you never thought you could face when you rely so much on technology. You may think you would know what a virus looks like on your computer, but the hackers that create these computer-infecting bugs are much more sneaky than you ever dreamed. Here are five signs that could indicate you have a virus, but you may not catch right away. 1. Rerouting to New Pages without Your Command – You are reading through a site and suddenly a new tab pops open as if you had clicked a new link. This is often mistaken for some type of pop-up ad, but it is more likely that you have contracted a re-routing virus. This virus will automatically route you a different destination than what you choose. 3. Pop-Up Ads and Banners – Pop-ups are all over the Internet, as they are figured in the code of certain webpages as ads to attract business. However, ads in unlikely places or new screens popping up frequently can mean there is a virus. These pop-up ads will not be blocked when you change your Internet options and may even refuse to close when you try. 4. Frequented Websites Look Different – One of the ways a virus will entice people to click on specific things is to alter the appearance of web pages. If you start noticing that the websites you frequent have a different appearance, you should be on high-alert and do not click anything that looks unfamiliar. 5. Slight Changes in Sound – Many people have no idea of the extent a virus can work its way into their system. However, it can seep into even the most basic operating components, such as the sound card of your laptop. While eventually this will lead to sound card failure, which means you will not hear sound in even the installed media player, the initial symptom can be something as slight as an altered tone or volume setting that you did not change. If you suspect that your laptop has a virus, never hesitate to take your system in to a laptop repair professional like Computer Exchange. The longer you have a virus, the more damage it can do to all components of your computer, and there is a greater chance that the system will be damaged beyond...

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2 Tips To Keep Your Computer In Good Condition

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you purchase a new computer, it is fast and everything works perfect. To keep your computer this way, you need to set time aside each week to do some maintenance, such as virus scans and spyware scans.   Virus Scan A computer virus can quickly cause damage to a computer by damaging data files, destroying your personal files, or even wiping out your whole computer. Viruses are typically distributed through email attachments, downloads, or through removable media such as USB drives or DVDs. For example, if you get a virus through a link, as soon as you click on the link the virus attaches itself to an executable file. When you open the executable file, the virus loads onto your computer and activates itself. Once this happens, the virus can spread throughout your computer. One famous virus happened in 1999 and it spread when people opened an infected email message. David L. Smith created this virus and he named it Melissa. Someone would receive an email with a messaging saying something like “Here is the document you wanted, don’t let anyone else see it. ” When the person opened the email message, it immediately sent the virus out to the first 50 people in that person’s email address book, and the cycle would start over again. It spread quickly and affected approximately 20% of computers worldwide. To guard yourself against computer viruses, never open an email attachment unless you know whom it is from, do not download software unless it is from a legitimate source, such as the manufacturer’s website, and do not use a USB drive, CD,or DVD if you do not know what is on it. You should also have antivirus software installed on your computer. The software runs all the time protecting your computer. Set the software to update and run a scan each night, as new viruses are developed all the time. Spyware Scan Spyware is a type of malware that collects personal information on your computer, such as passwords. In most cases, you can have spyware and not even know it. Other times you will notice problems with your computer, such as it has slowed down, settings have been changed, the Internet connection speed reduced, the homepage is different when you open your browser, and you may not even be able to connect to the Internet. One way to get spyware on a computer is by downloading free software. When the software installs, spyware installs along with it. You can also get spyware through a drive by download, which is when a program automatically downloads to your computer without your knowledge or consent by visiting a web site or viewing an email message. To protect yourself against spyware, install a spyware application on your computer, update it, and run it at least once a week. When running, choose a full scan so it scans every file on your computer. If it finds spyware it will list them on the screen, and then you should have an option to quarantine or delete them. It may take time to run a virus and spyware scan each week, but it can save you from many problems with your computer. If you continue to have problems, you should take your computer to a computer repair shop like...

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Protect Your Computer Files: 2 Ways Backup Systems Can Help

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you work on the computer often, you have plenty of important files that need to be protected. You have two main choices for how to keep these files safe in duplicate or off the main hard drive. These choices are either cloud services or an external hard drive.  The External Hard Drive An external hard drive is one of the best ways to keep your files safe from viruses or computer malfunctions. These devices connect to your computer when you need to work, but they also can be disconnected when you’re finished, allowing you to take your work with you in a safe storage device.  Here are a few benefits of external hard drives that you’ll appreciate: External hard drives are designed to hold large capacities of information. You could, for instance, purchase an external hard drive with a terabyte of space, which is more than many laptops and desktops have on their in-body hard drive.  These hard drives help you keep your computer running smoothly. Instead of bogging down your computer with massive video and music files, photographs, or other documents, you can save those larger items on your external hard drive.  These hard drives are portable, which means you can take your files anywhere you want to go. You can transfer files from your home computer to your work computer by simply plugging your hard drive in.  Cloud Storage Systems Another way to keep your files safe is to use a cloud storage system. These systems are beneficial for anyone who wants to keep files in duplicate. The storage system works by uploading your information to the cloud, which is essentially an Internet storage system. There are many benefits to cloud storage.  Since your information is stored online, it’s accessible from anywhere where you have an Internet connection.  The storage system takes up no space on your system; you don’t need extra hard drives or flash drives to use it.  The cloud is often more secure than a home computer. The information you upload is usually encrypted on upload and then again when it’s loaded into the cloud. You’ll need passwords and other information to access your documents, keeping them safe from unauthorized users.  These are just some of the many benefits that external hard drives and cloud storage can offer you. Each way to protect your documents is a little different, but they offer you the peace of mind that your information is stored safely. Even if you do happen to lose your documents, external hard drive recovery can be used to get them...

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Ordering A Computer? Be Practical And Buy Locally

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are debating whether to purchase a computer from a local retailer or to order it online, there are a few things you want to consider before you make the purchase. Some people may think they are getting a great deal because they save a little bit of money purchasing the computer online, but they end up with a lot of unforeseen hassles. Here are a few things that you will benefit from when you choose to buy locally. Local Repairs Most computers are going to come with a manufacturer’s warranty, but they could also end up needing repairs outside of that time. If you purchase the computer from a local computer retailer, they probably do in-store repairs and offer in store support. This means you can get software problems worked out, parts replaced, and other work done without having to worry about shipping the item on your own. If the item does have to be shipped to the manufacturer to be worked on or replaced, the local retailer should handle all of this for you. If the fix is something small, you don’t have to go days or weeks without the computer; you may get it back that day by taking it somewhere local. Support Local Business Supporting a local business, even if it’s a large retailer, is going to be beneficial for the economy. You are going to be helping to employ the people in your community that are going to work on your computer, along with the managers and the business owners of that company. If your computer is getting shipped out to another location, the business is getting sent elsewhere, and it may even get sent to another country to be fixed. Buying from and using a local computer repair shop is helping the economy. If you have recently thought about buying a computer and you have seen that you can purchase them from different sellers online, consider the risks and weigh your options before you punch your credit card numbers in. Going to a local retailer to talk with a professional about what you are going to use the computer for regularly can help you find the best model for your needs, saving you money or preventing you from buying a model that isn’t right for you. Go to a local computer retailer and let them help you with all of your technological needs in the...

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Does Cloud Storage Eliminate The Risks Of Losing Files?

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Computer technology has come a long way since the time when floppy disks were the primary means of backing up files. Today, most companies use some type of cloud storage as a way of protecting, saving, and backing up files. While this is one of the most effective and popular ways to store information, it has its flaws too. If you think that storing your files in cloud storage is 100% safe, you should realize that information stored in cloud storage can be lost, corrupted, or deleted. What Is Cloud Storage? Cloud storage refers to storing information in cyberspace, or in clouds. This means that you can basically back up your files and store them online. This method of storage offers numerous benefits, including: It frees up space within your own computer systems It allows users to access the information from any computer or location The files are encrypted, which means it is hard for hackers to break into these files While this method of storing information is definitely beneficial, it does have its drawbacks. What Are The Drawbacks? A lot of companies have begun using cloud storage as a way of keeping their information safe, and as a way of avoiding lost files. The problem is that information stored on a cloud can also get lost. This information can accidentally get deleted, and there are times when issues arise in the servers that may cause files to become corrupted. Do Data Recovery Services Work With Clouds? If you are currently experiencing problems with files saved in a cloud, you can hire a company that offers data recovery services to help you recover the lost or damaged files. The process of recovering files from a cloud is similar to the process used for recovering files lost on hard drives, and the results are usually about equal. The best way to avoid losing files is to back up all your files twice. If you place files in a cloud, copy the files and save them again in another cloud. This will help you avoid problems in the future, but you must routinely make a habit of backing up all your files twice. If you are experiencing any type of problem with your computer files and need help recovering or fixing them, hire a company that offers data recovery services. They can help you recover the files you are missing, and they might be able to help you set up a better system for saving and storing...

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4 Types Of Network Cables To Be Aware Of

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When it comes to computers and troubleshooting, there are a lot of things that you might need to deal with. One of the first things you should learn is the difference between different types of network cables. They are used almost daily when you use computers, making it a vital thing for any computer user to understand. Here are four common network cables you may come across. Coaxial One of the cables related to computer networks is the coaxial cable. This type of cable has actually been around a long time, and it is also used to connect cable television. Modern computers use these types of cables for Ethernet purposes. While they are not used quite as often now, computers that are getting Internet through a cable modem may still use coaxial cable. If you are having problem with your network, checking the quality of your cable and that it is attached properly is usually the first step. USB If you have used a computer in the last decade, you have most likely used a USB cable. USB stands for Universal Serial Bus, which will connect a computer to many different types of devices. They are frequently used when hooking up a mobile phone, digital camera, keyboard, or mouse to a computer. Many devices now make use of USB cables, making them a universal cable across the board. You may also find that USB cables are used in some of the newer cable modems, as these newer models have USB ports. Fiber Optic Fiber optic cables are made using pulses of light and strands of glass. While they are made of glass, the cables still bend just like other network cables. They have a variety of benefits over traditional metal wires in network cables, including being used outdoors where high traffic is needed for the network, or for long-distance network capabilities. If you have a large business and need networking, fiber optic cables are the way to go. Serial and Parallel The other two types of cables include serial cables and parallel cables. Both cables are used for networking capabilities. While they might not be used often for modern computers, some older computers do still require them. These are the cables that were used before Ethernet capabilities were available and before USB cables became popular. They were used to connect two computers together so that they could network off of each other.  While there are other network cables, these are the ones that are used most often. For more information about the type of data cabling that’s right for your situation, talk with a network...

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