Monthly Archives: October 2019

Passing IT Services to service providers

IT services is a pressing need for any company. Even if a business is not a technology firm, they would still need to have some form of IT support in order to ensure that their operations are able to run smoothly.

One of the trends nowadays is passing off the IT services requirements to a provider that could handle them well. Here are some of those advantages that you can get by letting a partner take charge of :

  • Expertise

With an IT services partner, you know that you would be able to get experts who are knowledgeable about the technologies that you need. This is in contrast with coming up with your own teams who you would have to train in order to ensure that they would be able to come up with good technologies for your firms.

  • Cost efficiency

The biggest tangible boost that you would see with regard to passing off IT services to a provider is that it would be more cost efficient for your company. Remember that setting up hardware, software and other necessary items for your IT services could all come at an extreme cost. This does not even take into account the salary of the people that you would hire in order to operate and maintain these technologies.

If you would outsource your IT services, the provider would be the one who would have to come up with the system or infrastructure that is necessary to support your company. The amount that you pay for the monthly (or yearly) contracts may ultimate be lesser than having to invest in the technology.

  • Ease of upgrades

In relation to cost efficiency, passing of IT services to other companies would also help in ensuring that your company is able to future proof your systems. One thing to note about technology is that it is forever changing at a very fast pace. This means that the best in class technology that you use currently may already be outdated and incompatible in a number of years.

By having an IT services provider, you would be able to offload the problem of upgrading to your partners. You would not have to worry about it, as the business would usually care about getting the service, the provider worries with the technological details.

Of course, for all of these to be truly effective, it would be necessary to partner with a good IT services provider. etting a partner take charge of

The Opinionated Machine

For years, humanity has been dreaming of the day when our creation will finally become like us: conscious and intelligent. As Vic Grout points out in his article: “Dawn of the Intelligent Machine,” this is quite the ambiguous goal, when we take into account all the aspects of personhood that are still raging topics in the human abortion debate (At what point does a fertilized human genetic specimen become a conscious human being?). If we cannot reach a consensus concerning human consciousness, how can we expect to define the point at which a machine is conscious? The important question we should be wondering is, “when we finally create AI, will we even know it happened?”

What is it that makes people so special? Is it even a tangible characteristic that we hold so dear? Is it our ability to perceive our environment? If so, my smartphone has a camera and a microphone that save sensory data to the phone’s memory, to be processed and used at a later time. However, I don’t try to claim that my phone can experience any sort of consciousness.

It has been posited that The Internet could be considered to be artificially intelligent, due to the vastness of its information and connectedness. The enormity of its sensory data usage dwarfs our own complexity by several orders of magnitude. However, if The Internet suddenly came to life, what would that mean? More importantly, what is missing?

Others, like Daniel Dennett and Vic Grout have boarded the train of thought that seeks to determine the nature of consciousness through process of elimination, but when all possibilities are eliminated, it’s time to look at it from the other side. What is it that our consciousness allows us to do? Of course, we can store memories of sensory data, but what we do with that data is what makes us so special-or not so special. We use our sensory data to form opinions about the circumstances within which we find ourselves. We don’t necessarily store the entirety of a memory’s data-only the opinion, or plan of action, that we devised for dealing with that particular set of circumstances. It is our ability to form opinions, based upon sensory data, that sets us apart from other animals-or does it?

Knowing that the average dog has constructed a set of cause/effect protocol that come into direct conflict with its own instinctive behaviors means that we are not alone in our ability to form and use opinions. In fact, using this line of reasoning, one could conclude that a human fetus is less human than the common canine. Though a human embryo may be genetically superior to a mature German Shepard, all it can boast is potential, for it is not collecting and processing/storing sensory data, and is-therefore-not conscious, but that is a tangent for another article.

Comparing dogs to humans, to computers, or to human fetuses can seem like a slippery slope, but the reality is quite the contrary. We constantly talk about how smart or stupid our pets are. We have “smart”phones, “smart”bombs, and even SmartWater (which actually does nothing to guide itself). It is about time we take all this talk of intelligence and consciousness, and stuff it into a computer to see what comes out.

With enough data points, anything can be replicated. For the next few years, humanity will continue on the task of observing, recording and replicating the numerous processes that our minds use in creating this conscious experience. Once all the pieces are together, will it think? Once it starts thinking.

Locating Old Computer Components Can Be Difficult

You could have a hard time locating old computer parts, which can be frustrating since they can be necessary to either fixing or maintaining your computer system. When one thinks of old computer parts, they don’t need to think of the dusty and cobweb-covered antique radios, like those that might be found in Dr. Brown’s laboratory in “Back To The Future.” At one time, computer longevity was likely to be as low as three years, and the modern estimate is 5-7 years. But, for a number of us that have had a computer for longer than three years, we would not have the money or the desire to replace our computers that often and it may be a little shocking for people when they hear that fact.

The reason behind this thinking is not because the elements of the computer are breaking or failing, it’s more due to the fact that computer technology is growing faster and faster with every passing year. Over the past decades, computer programs has constantly become more useful and more powerful, while computer hardware has become faster, contains more memory, is lighter, and lasts longer on a battery charge. However, with all this excitement comes the scenario when a computer user takes advantage of the latest software or operating system release only to discover that his perfectly operating hardware no longer has the capacity to run the new software.

However, some far-thinking computer systems manufacturers, looking ahead to the necessity of upgrades for their products, made their computers expandable. For instance, computers containing only 1 M of RAM memory actually may have the capacity to accept 4M. Many computers, that have the expandable components, have a standard interface that allows for new memory to slip into an older computer. Some components may not be this way. In the same vein, if a computer component does fail, the availability of the part are probably not very good. Many irritated consumers learn the hard way, that the computer they purchased just a couple years ago, has had many upgrades and the manufacturers may not service the older models.

One prime example of a component that may be challenging to replace is a motherboard. The motherboard is the primary circuit board that holds the interface for all the other components within the computer. The main attribute of a motherboard is that it is non-standard; a motherboard from one computer will seldom substitute for that of another computer. They do have a non-trivial failure rate after many years, even though, they are not the most common failure mechanism of a computer. One of the main issues with the motherboard, is the breakdown of the electrolytic capacitors that are housed in the power stream of the motherboard. Some handy do it yourselfers get in and repair the motherboard by soldering in new capacitors, however, this expertise is beyond the range of most computer owners. To perform this task at the repair center usually costs nearly as much as replacing the entire computer.

The solution is to find an identical motherboard from another computer of the same model. There are now parts supply stores that are created to supply this need. You will find many of these online and the process is fairly easy, they will need some info about your computer to send you the part, and then you can replace it yourself or go to a pc repair shop instead.

Hewlett Packard Q2612A (12A) Toner Cartridge Ensures Excellent Print Quality

Toner cartridges, which are also known as laser toners, contain a mixture of coloring agents and plastic particles. Printers generally use heated rollers to transfer the toner from the drum unit to paper. There are three types of toner cartridges: remanufactured, compatible, and genuine toners. Compatible cartridges are manufactured by third party companies and marketed under different brands. It is believed that these cartridges are capable of exceeding the quality of genuine or original equipment manufacturer (OEM) brands. Genuine cartridges are generally expensive, which is why they often serve as cost-effective alternatives to OEM products. Remanufactured ones require a process wherein compatible or genuine cartridges are cleaned and defective parts are replaced. Some consumers buy OEM cartridges from specialist retailers in order to take advantage of lower prices. The aftermarket toner sector, which emerged in the 1980s, allowed consumers to purchase cheaper products. There was a time when users had to replace their printers in order to avoid buying expensive toners. Hewlett Packard’s Q2612A (12A) compatible toner cartridge, which is priced at $17.94, features high-quality drums that allow consumers to take advantage of their HP LaserJet Printers’ capabilities.

The HP Q2612A (12A) toner cartridge was designed for the company’s LaserJet 1012 printer. The laser toner, which generates sharp and clear printouts, has a 2,200-page yield at 5% coverage. The process of refilling the monochrome laser toner is fairly simple. It requires the removal of original toner in the cartridge. The cartridge should not be overfilled by pouring the entire toner. A funnel cap should also be used in order to make sure that the toner is fully transferred.

There are instances where the toner stops flowing even though the cartridge is not yet full. This problem can be solved easily; users just need to remove the toner, put on the lid, and turn the bottle upside down. Users are advised to avoid pressing down on the plug in order to minimize the risk of damaging the cartridge. Shaking the cartridge is an effective way of distributing the toner throughout the whole unit. The Q2612A (12A) is also compatible with the following HP printers: HP 1010, 1018, 1020, 1022, 1022n, 1022nw, 3015, 3020, 3030, and 3050.

HP is known for its high-quality printers and laser toners, and the Q2612A (12A) is no exception. The product ensures that users will be satisfied with excellent and reliable print quality. Consumers can also avoid ink streaks and leaks, making the printing process more enjoyable. HP’s products are also supported by the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability. HP has a recycling initiative that involves collecting empty laser toners and transporting them to different countries. The firm’s partnership with an Asian company also aims to reuse plastic collected from these products. It is believed that refilled toners are more environmentally friendly than brand new products because they are less dependent on petroleum during the production process. Estimates show that more than 200 liters of oil are used for new cartridges.