Latest Technology in Computer Hardware

The rate at which new computer hardware products are arriving in the market is simply mind-boggling. As the technology advances, the size and the price of the devices come down, while the efficiency and capacity increase. The scenario is same in all cases, whether it is about internal components like processor, motherboard, RAM, graphics card, and hard disk or for peripheral accessories like mouse, keyboard, and monitors. Personal computers became popular only before about three decades back. But already there are huge piles of outdated and antique hardware components and devices. This is a tribute to the tremendous rate of development of latest technologies in computer hardware field. Perhaps, the newest entrant into the archeological catalogue of computer peripherals is CRT monitors. The sleek looking LCD monitors are spreading like computer virus.

Data storage devices have attracted considerable attention of the technology developers. New kinds of storage devices such as newer versions of flash memory cards, hard disks using latest technology and disks of ever-increasing capacity are the results of advancement in latest technology in compute hardware. The memory size of the random access memory (RAM) cards is soaring to enable the smooth functioning of graphics animation software packages and streaming video websites. Also, computer motherboards have undergone substantial changes over the years. More and more functions are being added to the motherboard. Also, despite the incredible improvement in performance and functionalities, the price of these components has actually fallen steadily.

The most vital component of a computer is the microprocessor. It is in this field that a battle of developing latest technologies in computer hardware takes place. The pace of development of microprocessor increases as the competition between the major processor chip manufacturing companies, Intel and AMD, intensifies. Both the companies are engaging in a neck and neck competition and continuously outdo each other in introducing new technologies.

In the field of computer peripherals, the latest technology in computer hardware is in developing yet another version of wireless mouse and keyboard. The concept of wireless mouse and keyboard is about a decade old. But the development of these items is still a work in progress. The latest products of wireless mouse and keyboard are said to be highly durable and error free.

Some of the developments in the latest technology in computer hardware are gearing up for changing the present concept of desktop and laptop computers. With new developments making possible the convergence of mobile phone technology and computers, a new breed of fully functional palm-top computers are going to be introduced in near future. With touch screen monitors and without the need for a mouse, these gadgets are likely to become the next big leap in the constantly leaping technological development field.

The Pitfalls Of Using Technology For Technology’s Sake

Being a long-time Internet entrepreneur, I have made certain observations over time. Most people who start an online business seem to go through certain “phases.” They make the same mistakes, and they react the same to different circumstances. All the while, they never realize that much of this behavior sends a glaring red signal that they are undoubtedly newbies.

There is nothing wrong with being a newbie (after all, I wasn’t born this brilliant grin). But ask any novice and they will tell you that they don’t want to appear to be a beginner. That’s why I recently felt the need to bring attention to a typical newbie mistake that you’ll want to avoid. That mistake is using every single piece of new Web technology you can find JUST because it is available.

I understand the appeal of new technology. However, before loading up yet another animated graphic or phasing Web page, ask yourself a few questions.

1. Will this technology add value to my site? By value I mean something that will enhance (and not clutter) your Web visitor’s experience. Other than being cool, will the technology help in some way?

2. Will the technology cause an inconvenience to my visitors? Will an all Flash home page force visitors (even repeat visitors) to sit and watch a two-minute long movie each and every time they come to your site? Will tons of animated or rotating graphics files make your home page load extremely slow? Web surfers are very impatient people, you know. I can tell you from experience, they won’t wait.

3. Does the technology require that my site visitor do anything? Will your visitors have to download any special software or plug-ins to see your site with this new technology? If so, skip it! It isn’t worth the chance of visitors clicking away.

4. Is the technology stable? Is the chat program you’ve installed reliable? Does that new java script work the way it should? Does that streaming video feed skip and crash? If your new technology doesn’t perform up to speed 99% of the time, it isn’t worth causing aggravation to your visitors.

Before making any technological enhancements to your site, think about your visitors. Yes, the new technology may be cool, but if it doesn’t offer some true value to your customers, you would most likely be better off and more professional looking without it.

Three Ways Technology Drains Your Time

Fifty years ago, articles in popular magazine predicted what the world would be like in the 21st century. Some of the authors’ predictions happened, while others remain fantasy today. Many amenities we take for granted, such as large-scale computing and security screening, were foreseen by few authors, if any.

Almost every one of those articles, however, made the same confident prediction. The authors were in agreement that:

People are going to have so much leisure time, that one of society’s biggest challenges will be figuring out how to keep citizens occupied.

Optimistic futurists of the 1950s and 60s predicted Americans would enjoy ample hours of leisure by the turn of the century. Computers, satellites, and robotics would remove the tedious and menial aspects of labor and deliver abundant opportunities for rest and recreation.

Those optimists got it partly right: computers spew out data at unimaginable speeds. Satellites cover the globe with a dizzying assortment of messages, and robots assemble everything from cars to computer chips at speeds far exceeding any human.

Yet these and other technological feats have not freed Americans from their labors. Most people remain busier than ever.

First Way Technology Drains Your Time

The technology once predicted to make our lives simpler actually produces the opposite effect. Cell phones, PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) with satellite capabilities, voice mail, E-mail, pagers, internet bring the world within our reach. Unfortunately, it also brings the world within our reach without leaving our desk and/or home.

We live in a globally connected society that operates 24/7. This connection easily blurs the boundaries between work and play and between home and the workplace fades into oblivion. Staying connected were anybody can contact us anytime leaves very little privacy or leisure time.

Second Way Technology Drains Your Time

Technology heightens expectations. The increased speed and efficiency of appliances, computers, and other gadgets enable us to accomplish much more than possible in previous decades. But this efficiency also became a two edge sword.

Lets look at email vs snail mail.

Snail mail communication took longer. You didn’t expect an instant reply the moment you mailed a letter. It took several days to arrive… it took time for the recipient to reply… it took several days before you received your response.

Snail mail arrives usually at the same time once a day. Making it more manageable and easier to plan into your day. A lot more effort and time goes into communicating by snail mail.

Email cut down on response time. It no longer takes days but seconds to communicate with some. You can get the information to them quicker. The time it took to snail mail one person, you can now communicate with several people within that time frame.

But email doesn’t arrive at one specific time each day. It arrives all day long. People expect you to reply almost instantly. Because you can communicate with more people in a short amount of time, you can receive 100s of messages a day.

If technological advancement reduced an hour task to 30 minutes, what did we do with the extra 30 minutes? Spend time with family and friends, pursue an interest or better yet, just goof off?

No… we took on additional responsibilities and squeezed more activities into already crammed calendars.

The pace of our lives keeps increasing. Over-commitment and busyness have been elevated to socially desirable standards so we will continue to accept this insanity. Measuring our worth by the number of crossed-of items on our to-do list. Being busy is chic and trendy.

Third Way Technology Drains Your Time

There is so much new technology introduced, sometimes every three months. You can easily get seduced by the “coolness” and “power” of new technological gadget. That can bring a different set of challenges.

It’s not so much the technology itself but the time necessary to learn the skill. Anytime you adapt or upgrade a technology, you need to devote time to learn how to use it. It will take time and practice before you become proficient with it.

Low tech can be just if not more efficient then the latest gadget. A group of people were asked if they could meet on a specific date. One of the attendees took out his pencil and pocket calendar and announced he was available for the date while everyone else waited for their palm pilots and laptops to boot up.

Technology used properly can increase the efficiency of your efforts and results. Keep your priorities straight. Make sure any new technology improves your efficiency and worth the necessary time to adapt it into your life style.

The Adverse Effects Of Technology

(NOTE) The following is an excerpt of my upcoming book entitled, “MORPHING INTO THE REAL WORLD – THE HANDBOOK FOR ENTERING THE WORK FORCE.”

Today, our society is driven by technology and some would accuse me of being an anti-technologist. Having been actively involved with the Information Technology industry over the last 30 years, I can assure you this is simply not true. I have witnessed many different technological enhancements over the years, but what intriques me most is how it affects us socially. I firmly believe technology is purchased more as a fashion statement as opposed to any practical application. Consequently, we tend to under utilize or abuse the technology thereby costing companies millions of dollars. Instead of “Ready, Aim, Fire,” people tend to, “Fire, Aim, Ready.” In other words, people tend to implement the latest technology before they understand precisely what it is or what business need it serves. To me, this is putting the cart before the horse.

Perhaps the biggest difference between the 20th century and the 21st is how technology has changed the pace of our lives. We now expect to communicate with anyone on the planet in seconds, not days. We expect information at our fingertips. We expect to be up and walking shortly after a hip or knee replacement. Basically, we take a lot for granted. But this frenzied pace has also altered how we conduct business and live our lives. To illustrate, we want to solve problems immediately, and have no patience for long term solutions. Consequently, we tend to attack symptoms as opposed to addressing true problems, and apply Band-Aids to pacify the moment as opposed to tourniquets which are actually needed. We are easily satisfied with solving small problems as opposed to conquering major challenges. Personally, we tend to live for today, as opposed to planning for tomorrow. This mindset concerns me greatly.

What if someone pulled the plug on our technology? Would engineers still know how to draft products? Would we still know how to ship a product or process an order? Would our financial transactions come to a halt? Would business come to a standstill? The answer, unfortunately, is Yes. This highlights the overt dependency we have developed on our technology and is cause for alarm. We are being driven by technology as opposed to the other way around. By unplugging our technology, we are unplugging the human-being. Think I’m wrong? Watch what happens the next time the power goes out at your office or home.

Because of the domination of technology, people have allowed their socialization skills to slip. Small things, such as common courtesy, appearance, and our ability to network with others, have all deteriorated in the workplace. We may be effective in communicating electronically, but we are becoming complete failures in communicating socially. Throughout the book I mention how people act on perceptions, right or wrong. These perceptions are based in large part on our ability to communicate, such as through the messages we transmit verbally or written, our appearance, our body language, and how we treat others. If we cannot communicate effectively in this capacity, no amount of technology will be able to alter the perceptions of our coworkers, our managers, our customers, our vendors, or our friends and family.

To this end, I have introduced a new Bryce’s Law:
“As the use of technology increases, social skills decreases.”

Is SCSI Technology the Best Option for Business?

Many companies are faced with a challenge when choosing the right kind of technological options to serve their businesses. Particular concerns are acquiring efficient data storage options and interfaces for connecting peripheral devices and computers.

A choice made in this area can have a considerable effect on the company’s budget, as well as the efficiency of their operations. This is why many businesses call on IT specialists to help them make the right decisions.

When it comes to electronic interfaces that allow PCs to communicate with peripheral hardware such as disk drives, tape drives, printers and scanners, companies often look for efficient and cost effective technologies.

Small System Computer Interface (SCSI) was the first industry standard in this area, and is still relevant and widely used today. However, with new developments in technology it has competition from other interfaces, and companies have more options to choose from to fulfil their requirements.

Another effective option is Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), which is a method used in accessing computer peripheral devices that uses a serial (one bit at a time) means of digital data transfer via thin cables. Similarly, Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) has also been a very popular interface for hard disk drives and CD drives for many years.

Yet SCSI is often still recommended as an interface solution for companies, and there are several good reasons why. Before looking at these reasons, it is useful to look at the history of this technology.

SCSI technology saw the earliest part of its development all the way back in 1979, when its predecessor, SASI, was created. This initial technology was developed by Shugart Associates and led by pioneers in the storage industry.

This initial interface system was advanced for its time, and was the first real attempt at defining an intelligent storage interface for small computers. However, much progress has been made since its humble beginnings. Many revisions of the standard have been made that have increased the number of possible connections to devices, improved data transfer rates and cable lengths.

SCSI was first developed for hard-disks, and the majority of users still use it for this purpose. It has been replace in large part by USB in the world of personal computing, but in the world of large enterprise, it is still known for having a wide range of benefits.

One key advantage of SCSI is the fact that it is very fast compared to competing technologies. It is reported that this interface has speeds of 10 megabytes per second on 8 bit bus, and 20 megabytes per second on 16 bit bus.

It also has another major benefit compared with other interfaces. When interfacing with different types of devices using the SCSI technology, all operations are done through a single cable. This differs dramatically from other interfaces, which often require that a multitude of connections are made, using several cables.

It is argued that a company’s hardware investment can be preserved by using the SCSI interface. This is because the system allows peripheral devices to work with a number of different computer types. This means that companies can avoid spending money to obtain specific devices to correspond to specific hardware, and thus make the most of their budgets.

By using the interface, computers are freed up to do other work. This is because the interface works independently, with a controller being built onto each individual SCSI device. This independence is seen as a great virtue of the technology, and can be used to optimise the use of company hardware.

As a final point, old devices can easily be replaced with new ones. This is because SCSI peripheral devices have very similar characteristics, making extraneous purchases unnecessary as a company upgrades to new equipment.

Despite its age, SCSI technology can still bring a lot of benefits to companies who have certain specific requirements to meet. However, hiring an expert in the area can ensure that accurate advice is obtained and decisions are made that cater to the business’s exact needs.