Hardware and Software Requirements For Making Websites

A little while ago my old laptop needed replacing, it was over 3 years old and the battery had a 10 minute charge life and the charger was needing to be replaced. A quick visit to eBay and for less than $500 Australian a new Toshiba laptop was delivered.

About the same time I visited a friend who had spent over $1,500 Australian on a laptop from a large electrical retailer. My friend mainly uses the laptop to check emails and create simple word documents, I was thinking that maybe a $1,500 laptop was extravagant to their needs.

As a web page designer and article writer I feel that my $500 laptop completes my tasks with complete ease.

Most visitors to my Making Website Blog are beginning their learning path, my blog covers information in regards to content, domain names, web hosting and SEO. I though why shouldn’t computer hardware and software be covered to, after all it is what is use to browse, compose and submit our work.

As you can see I don’t think bigger is better, the $500 laptop has Vista as the operating system, 2GB of ram, 160GB of Hard Drive and the CPU is a Celeron 2.2Ghz. The tasks that this laptop needs to undertake are, web browsing of course, simple picture editing (cropping, resizing and compressing for the web), text editing and when I just want to be slack, my favourite game.

Now you know what hardware I use for my web design, I will now run through of my list essential software;

  • Web browsers – IE8, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari. So we can check that the page views OK across a variety of platforms.
  • Gimp – For my picture editing.
  • Dreamweaver MX 2004 – Mainly used in text editing mode, and I like the site manager.
  • Xampp – Xampp creates a server on my PC so I can create a full working page so it can be tested before I upload
  • Fireftp – A Firefox plugin to transfer files.
  • And the last an most used software is windows notepad – I am using it now as I am writing this article. My Blog and EzineArticles have a feature where I can copy and paste text in to the “new post” form.

The above are my choices for hardware and software, some of you may like to use a desktop machine and would prefer to use a graphical interface to create your pages. I would like to know, and I assume that some the readers of my blog would be interested what you use.

Make Sure Your Computer System Is a “Clean Machine” for Hardware and Software Efficiency

It just stands to reason that if your business computer system is going to fulfill your serious business needs, you need to maintain some serious standards in both your hardware and your software.

As far as your business computer system is concerned, let’s call it keeping a “clean machine.” There are a number of things here for us to consider.

First: Be sure and keep your security software current and up-to-date. You would be amazed at how many people purchase serious assorted business software (that includes, but is not limited to, anti-virus protection) for their business computer system and then let them go out of date. You will find that having the very latest security software, web browser, and operating system is the absolute best way to defend against viruses, assorted malware, and other online threats.

You spent good money on these products, and you bought it precisely to accomplish certain business needs and functions. Do you now have someone who has the responsibility to keep track your products status? Software, as well as hardware can go out of date and this must be watched as vitally important. Some person needs to be responsible. Set a timetable and keep to it.

Next would be the absolute importance of software updates. Be sure that someone (like you, maybe) is responsible enough to keep track of all of them. It would make no business sense to purchase quality business software and then not keep up with the updates.

Here be careful of one thing: Make sure these updates come from the software company itself, not your local neighborhood Hacker. This is a common way to break into a business computer system and that’s another reason that this needs to be supervised by a very responsible person. No exceptions.

One possible thing you can do is to use the automatic updates that some software companies offer. This way the updates will come at the proper time, as designed in the software. If this is available, use it but again make sure that is where it comes from.

You might think that no one can do real damage even if they get into your particular computer system. I hope you remember how hackers get into systems like Target. They got into one of their contractors computers and used that to get into Target’s. Don’t take chances here. Liability is alive and well.

Something else so easy to miss for people who are not used to computer security is to always, always, always, protect all of your devices that connect to the internet. It’s not just your computer that is at risk. Along with your computer(s) you need to be concerned with smart phones, gaming systems, and any other web-enabled device. If they plug into your system, they also need your serious protection from viruses and various malware. Also watch for employees who use their own devices to get information from your system. They are plugged into your business computer system, right? A common thing now.

One more thing to keep in mind is to watch your plugs and scanners. Many people don’t know it but your USBs as well as other external devices can be infected by viruses and other malware. (I know I use the term “malware” a lot. It is simply a contraction of the words “malicious software.”) You can and should use your security software to scan them. Don’t know how?

Nothing shameful about not knowing something. The sin is in staying that way when by learning something you can use that knowledge to help protect your business and reputation. See and learn from a competent software retailer, and I don’t mean Walmart.

No one is going to protect you but you. If you don’t keep an eye on all aspects of your business computer system, then no one else will either and you will be left out in the cold.

Don’t let it happen

Thank you for coming

Jim

Buying and Selling Used Gaming Computers and Gaming Computer Parts

It is no secret that computer games are no longer just for kids. These days, adults are known to be just as serious (and often much more serious) about gaming as kids are. Regardless of how old or how young you are, if you love computer games, a good thing to have is a gaming computer. Gaming computers, for the most part, are not much different from regular computers. There are, however, a few distinct differences. One of the biggest differences is in the quality of the hardware, as gaming-computers require top of the line parts that can accommodate the latest graphics developed by the gaming companies. High end features like faster processors, bigger hard drives, and superior audio speakers also make gaming computers a lot more expensive than other computers.

Fortunately, there are websites where gaming fans can buy and sell alienware gaming computer parts online. For people looking to buy a gaming-computer, this is an excellent way to get cheaper prices on what can be quite expensive parts. If you are looking at sites that sell alienware gaming computer parts used, there are a few parts that you will want to pay close attention to.

The first part that is important is the graphics card. The best computer games are known for their outstanding graphics and 3D videos, and so in order to enjoy them you will need to have a computer with a strong graphics and video card that is capable of supporting the games you want to play.

When you are browing websites that sell alienware gaming-computer parts, another part that you will want to pay close attention to is the processor. You will need to have a powerful in order for a computer to be able to easily run the gaming applications.

Another thing that you will want to take into consideration is the display and sound quality. Visuals and sounds are some of the most important aspects of computer games, and gaming-computers need to be able to display high quality images and produce clear sounds.

When you are looking at websites that sell alienware gaming computer parts, you will also want to look at the hard drive. Computer games can take up a lot of memory, so it is important that your gaming computer has a large hard drive with plenty of memory space. When shopping online at sites that sell alienware gaming computer parts, look for hard drives that come with a minimum of 200 GB of space.

Saving money on a gaming-computer is just a few clicks away. If you want a gaming computer that is capable of accommodating even the most complex games but you cannot afford a new one, you should take advantage of the websites that sell alienware gaming computer parts secondhand. Buying parts that are gently pre-used will not diminish their quality but can greatly reduce the price. Of course, it is always a good idea to carefully research the specific items that you are buying and only buy from reputable sources to make sure you get what you pay for.