Friday, 24 February 2012

The Elder Scrolls – “Skyrim”


Expectations and reality.

And so, after lots of discussions, debates, on 2011/11/11 the famous “Skyrim” has finally been released. “Skyrim” is the fifth game of The Elder Scrolls game franchise.
As many have expected, this game was an incredible success. It’s been released for several platforms, thus expanding the amount of players. “Skyrim” is said to have taken many souls of mortal players, so let’s dig deeper and see, what the craze about.

Arrows, knees and Alduin in between.

The main story starts with you as a prisoner, on his way to execution. Just before you lose your head, a mysterious dragon appears. He burns down the village, kills several people and – saves your life. But that doesn’t matter, you’ll kill him later.
Soon after killing your very first dragon, you find out you’re something, called Dragonborn. Although you’ve no idea what that is, everyone suddenly starts worshiping you. Of course, it’s cool, but with the amount of trouble caused, you’d rather stay in and drink some mead.
The game is not only about chasing the poor dragon. It contains lots and lots of side quests for your personal taste. By doing them, you may collect coins, artefacts, weapons and some epic armour.  And this is where it gets funny.
The land of Skyrim has quite a few major holds, ruled by jarls. And, just like any city, they have guards. It appears that members of Skyrim’s development team in Bethesda experienced a great lack of coffee, because every single guard knows this line – “I used to be an adventurer like you... but then I took an arrow in the knee”.

Needless to say, this phrase was a huge success. In fact, it became so popular that now it’s now probably a valid reason to hurt someone.
Now, back to game play. After completing whole line of quests you finally get to meet your saviour, Alduin. If you’re a smart player, you can actually beat Mr. Alduin with nothing else, but an axe. Hell, even fists would probably do the job!
Enough spoilers, we don’t want the game ruined, do we?

“Horse gravity”, or why you might re-consider buying this game.
Despite its greatness, “Skyrim” has its flaws, minor and major ones. Some quests/NPCs often appear bugged, dragons, who act like overgrown worms and so on. Also, the game contains other minor issues that could’ve been fixed easily, but Bethesda must have experienced a horrible deprivation of coffee, because “Skyrim” comes packed with all kinds of bugs. But still,  the awesomeness of it stays. 

The end.



This. Is. Not. Sparta.

This is Madness, Madness Combat to be exact.

A running animation made by one Matt "Krinkels" Jolly, so far the series has reached 10 episodes with 3 side episodes showing what happens to two of the side characters.

As great as this flash is it isn't exactly for eveyone, on the site it is currently situated it is rated 17+ and features alot of blood and many humanoid figures being killed in different ways.

The series started with a storyless blood(less) bath in where a single man takes down 30 men, two zombies and a Jesus looking character.

After that the story starts in Nevada (as it does in each of them) with the protagonist named Hank J. Wimbleton hunting the sheriff but in the end fails and is killed by Jesus.

In almost all of the episodes Hank dies but this never makes the series any less interesting since the deaths are unique from each other.

I would highly recommend those that can watch this animated series watch it indefinately it is amazing, the series can be found here: http://www.newgrounds.com/ or at Krinkels official site here: http://www.krinkels.net/index.html

Personal Review on Call of Duty Morden Warfare 3 Multiplayer

This is my outlook of CoD (Call of Duty) MW3. To all CoD fans I am currently 10th prestige (at the time of writing) so I fill I can give a in-depth review. I am going to start off with the graphics. Many have compared the graphics to the previous title mw2 but i can say although similar there is a definite improvement in them. For example poor sharpness when laying in grass or close up to cars in mw2 but is much better in mw3 although they can never really get rid of these minor defects.

Gameplay

As far as game play goes it’s a must that it is different from other CoD titles but at the same time must fill like CoD still I would say they have achieved that although some would say it fills to like previous title mw2.there are also 2 new game modes added to the playlist . 1st  is kill confirmed a team death match based game but u do not get a point for your kill enemies drop dog tags which you must collect for the point . Secondly team defender, another team death match based game but this time teams must fight to capture a neutral flag. Teams must hold the flag and get kills to increase team score double point are awarded to the team who holds the flag.

Maps

The maps are all country based for example underground based in England and resistance based in France (obviously due to the world war 3 theme) the maps are very well designed and fort out .they are easy to notice the country they represent .unfortunately for all you snipers out there, there are hardly any (if any to be honest) maps that you will play and think you know what I think I’ll do better with my sniper. which is a shame considering  the epic fail black op had to there sniper fan base hopefully just like black ops they will bring better sniper maps in the dlc (downloadable content) to come. I have had much fun playing mw3 I hope you guys did too thanks for reading !

What is a Motherboard?


The Motherboard is the central printed circuit board put in many modern computers and holds many of the crucial components of the system, providing connectors for other peripherals. One of the important components of a motherboard is the microprocessor’s supporting chipset, which provides support interfaces between the CPU and the various buses and external components. The Motherboard includes: sockets, a chipset, non-volatile memory chips, a clock generator and power connectors.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Applications and Their Features

Click to enlarge this picture - you will find a great guide to some of the common applications people use on a dail basis! Can you guess the name from the icon button and description?

Laser Printer Samsung CLP-320 Colour review


There are various different types of printers on the market, but with a laser printer you produce more printed material at high speed because it is the best. Laser printers are not only faster than inkjet printers, but they're also cheaper to run. As for a number of inkjet printers they are designed to cope with low-volume print jobs, laser printers are stronger, as a result it prints page after page of crisp text and graphic.

Laser printers need little in the way of maintenance too, and only rarely require a change of cartridge. Laser printers are best for black and white printing. Although there are colour laser printers on the market, they tend to be expensive and more suited to printing graphics than photos.

Type of Computer

Ways to Connect to the Internet

Different ways to connect to a computer network


As we are in the 21st century our communication is highly dependent on the computer. A PC can be linked to local area networks. Networks use a number of different methods to send data from one computer or device to another.

There are different ways to sending data and they fall into two groups: there are those that use wireless and those that do not.

  • Wired connection – is used for local area networks, in these areas the computers a linked to one another. A network interface card (NIC) is to be placed in a personal computer for one to be able to link it through the wires to a local area network. The common type of NIC is an Ethernet card.
  • Wireless connections – passes information without the use of cables or wires. Though it is not as efficient as the cable it is very convenient. They are efficient when it comes to mobile PC’s such as laptops, they can be moved around and still be connected to the internet and for that they are very popular.

Wireless networks normally use radio transmissions:

  • Wi-Fi – Is a wireless network which is used to send information between devices and computers. One can use Wi-Fi instead of cables by making small networks in the house or at your work place. Most mobile phones can use Wi-Fi to access the internet.
  • Bluetooth – is similar To Wi-Fi difference is it works over short distances and is slower. Its main used is to send information between two devices such as a laptop and a printer.


  • 3G (3rd Generation) – Is a radio technology that is used by mobile phone networks. It can carry more information than the older mobile phone systems. You can link to Wi-Fi in any area that has Wi-Fi if you have a laptop for example in airports. Most Wi-Fi networks are privet and use protected passwords. There are also public Wi-Fi networks that can be provided by a commercial organisation such as a hotel or coffee shop.



Monday, 20 February 2012

Advantages and Disadvantages of Databases

Advantages


  • Reduced data redundancy ;Sometimes Data redundancy refers to in computer data storage, is a property of some disk which provides fault tolerance, so that all or part of the data stored in the array can be recovered in the case of disk failure.


  • The cost typically associated with providing this feature is a reduction of disk capacity available to the user, since the implementations require either a duplication of the entire data set, or an error-correcting code to be stored on the array.


  • Improved data security; This is data about living, identified or identifiable individuals and includes information such as names and addresses, bank details, and opinions expressed about an individual.


    • Disadvantages
      Database systems are complex, difficult, and time-consuming to design • Substantial hardware and software start-up costs

    • Damage to database affects virtually all applications programs

    • Extensive conversion costs in moving form a file-based system to a database system

    • Initial training required for all programmers and users

    By Bismark!

    What is a MEMO?

    A memo, also known as a memorandum, is a method for communication. Memos are commonly used for communicating at a place of work.

    Memos, sent and received in offices, all over the world are used to communicate with the internal audience, that is the employees and so on, and not with the external audience such as suppliers, customers and many more.

    Its main purpose is to provide assistance to the memory by recording events or observations related to a particular event such as a business meeting.
    Computer systems

    A computer is a system of many parts working together. The physical parts, which you can see and touch, are collectively called hardware. Software refers to the instructions, or programs, that tell the hardware what to do.


    Types of Computer systems 

    A Desktop computer is the type of computer people are most familiar with.  It contains most of the computer components within its case, such as the CPU, the Hard disk and the RAM.  A monitor would usually sit on the desktops case and an external keyboard and mouse would be attached to it.




    A Laptop is a portable computer that is powered by mains electricity via an AC adapter; it can also be used away from an electricity supply using its rechargeable battery.  A laptop has most of the same components of a desktop computer, a screen, a keyboard and a pointing device (Touchpad), these are built into the laptop and do not need to be externally attached.



    Handheld computers or PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant) are computers small enough to store in a pocket and to use in the palm of your hand. Handheld computers are usually used for keeping schedule with calendars, using its address book and accessing the internet.
    
    What hardware and software do you need to be able to connect to and use the Internet?


    To connect to the Internet you need the following four things:

    1. A modem and telephone line (if you are using dial up access)
    2. An Internet browser (software) and software to connect you to the ISP
    3. An account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) Souvenirs

    The Modem is necessary if you are using a telephone line to access the Internet. It translates the language that computers talk into a language that can travel across the phone lines and vice versa.


    The ISP is your gateway to the Internet. You access the ISP over the phone line, and the ISP will connect you to the Internet. The ISP provides you with e-mail and access to the Internet.



    You need two lots of software to connect to the Internet. The first is the software that connects you to your ISP. This is different for each ISP. Some ISP's will give you a disk with the connection software on it. Other ISP's will use the connecting software that comes with the operating systems Windows 95, OS7 and OS8. They will give you the settings to put into this software.

    The second lot of software you need is a Browser. Browsers go and get web pages and display them on your computer. The two most popular and commonly used browsers are Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. These browsers also provide the software for e-mail and to read Usenet newsgroups. If you have a browser that is just a browser, you will also need software for e-mail and for reading newsgroups.




    Microsoft develops, manufactures, licences and supports a wide range of products and services related to computing. Microsoft is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, United states.

    Microsoft first rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid 1980s, followed by a Microsoft windows chain of operating systems. Microsoft also dominated the office suite with Microsoft office. Some of the most known Microsoft office applications are Microsoft Word, Microsoft excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Access.

    In recent years the company has gone into the video game industry with the Xbox and its successor, the Xbox 360 as well as entering consumer electronics and digital services market with MSN, Zune and presenting the Windows Phone OS.

    The rise of the Microsoft Company has made an estimated three billionaires and 12,000 millionaires out of Microsoft employees.

    Microsoft Word
    Microsoft word is a word processor. It is a component of the Microsoft office software system.

    Microsoft Excel
    Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet application. It features calculation, graphing tools, Pivot tables and a macro programming language called visual basic for applications. Excel also forms part of Microsoft office.

    Microsoft PowerPoint
    Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation program. PowerPoint consists if a number of individual pages or “slides”. These presentations are usually presented live on a computer.

    Microsoft Access
    Microsoft access is a database Engine with a graphical user interface and software- development tools. Using Access users can create tables, queries, forms and reports, and connect then together with macros.





    The Hard Disk

    A hard disk drive (also known as hard drive, hard disk, or disk drive) is a device for storing and retrieving digital information, primarily computer data. It consists of one or more rigid (hence "hard") rapidly rotating discs (often referred to as platters), coated with magnetic material and with magnetic heads arranged to write data to the surfaces and read it from them.

    Hard drives are classified as non-volatile, random access, digital, magnetic, data storage devices. Introduced by IBM in 1956, hard disk drives have decreased in cost and physical size over the years while dramatically increasing in capacity and speed.

    Hard disk drives have been the dominant device for secondary storage of data in general purpose computers since the early 1960s.They have maintained this position because advances in their recording capacity, cost, reliability, and speed have kept pace with the requirements for secondary storage.
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