Monthly Archives: August 2017

Choose a Gaming Processor

Add to the confusion, new gaming CPUS are released onto the market on a regular basis by both of the major manufactures, AMD and Intel. So, here are a few tips on what to consider when you are looking for the best gaming CPU for your computer.

It’s not all about getting the latest CPU

Don’t be taken in by all the sales hype, the very latest processor may not necessarily be the best gaming CPU for you. Look at the performance requirements of the games that you want to play and base your selection of processor on that, rather than what is the latest big thing to hit the market.

Save some of your money for the other important components

You will naturally want to get the best gaming CPU that you can afford, but don’t spend so much money on it that you have to go too cheap on the other components. Very often, once you reach a certain standard of processor, you don’t gain a lot more by going up to the next level, so just get a CPU that will meet your requirements, and then you can save your money to buy other high quality components.

Which manufacturer?

The main two manufacturers to consider are the two that currently dominate the market; AMD and Intel. Both of them produce very high quality and extremely reliable gaming CPUs, so the best way to choose between them is on a case-by-case basis, rather than having a preference one or the other of the manufacturers. In other words, make the comparison of different gaming CPUs based on the relative specifications of each one, rather than the brand name.

Future proofing

It is best to buy a gaming CPU that will see you through the next five years, which is the average lifespan of a gaming computer. If you buy a processor with some margin in it, it will save you struggling with performance issues in a few years’ time.

Coolers

For most people who will be using a PC for general purposes and for standard game playing, the stock fans will be sufficient to stop the CPU overheating. The only reason you would need to upgrade the cooling system is if you plan on over-clocking the CPU. Over-clocking will usually only gain you a maximum of a 20% increase in performance, though, so when you take into account the cost of an upgraded cooling system as well, so for most gamers, it is not usually worth doing.

 

Computer Hardware Components

Screen or Monitor
The screen of your computer or monitor has pixels. These pixels have three colors: Red, green and blue. Pixels can often be damaged or stop functioning properly displaying only one color or just being black.
There is an online tool to check for bad pixels called “CheckPixels”The test at CheckPixels will display your three main colors mentioned above and if a pixel is dead, it will show as a black spot and if a pixel is glowing a different color (malfunctioning) you will see that too.

Keyboard
The keyboard might not seem important as a hardware component, but it is used in almost all tasks and taken for granted. For laptop users, the keyboard is very important. If one has to send the laptop away for repair the entire computer must go with it. There is also an online test tool available to test all your keyboard keys called “KeyboardTester”.

Disk Drive (HDD & SSD)
Your HDD/SSD has your operating system and most of your applications and files. Having your HDD/SDD completely healthy is very important. This is most imperative when dealing with a used computer since you have no awareness of the previous history or care of the used computer and its HDD/SDD.

Different tools are available to check the condition and health of the HDD/SDD.

HDSentinel is one you can use for your HDD. The left hand side of the screen will display drives connected the computer. Health is the main parameter to look for. HD Sentinel will explain the meaning of the health percentages and the steps that you should take based on the results. As an example, you shouldn’t throw out your HDD just because of a few bad disk sectors and IO errors.

SSDlife is another tool specifically for an SSD. It also shows health in percentages and the expected life of the drive. Similar to hard disks, bad sectors can occur in SSDs.

Processing Units (CPU & GPU)

The main components that do all the processing are the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). These are the components that allow you to run your office applications and your games. These are also essential components to ensure are in perfect working order. So it is necessary that these two components should be in perfect condition. For testing both, we use CPU speed test

For testing your GPU, the tool.Base Mark Web 3.0 works just fine.

Random Access Memory (RAM)

RAM is the one essential component that has the most immediate impact on your computers performance. MemTest from HCI Design is a great tool to check your unused memory for errors. Identifying and fixing errors with your RAM is important. Errors in RAM cause the infamous “blue screen of death”. Boot problems can also be attributed to RAM errors.

 

Management Software Helps in Growing a Community

When you want to have a large community in the congregation a properly planned process is needed that can be executed well with the help of software.

For growing the church community you would require three things-

1. Developing a relational community
2. Constant communication between the administrative members, volunteers and leaders
3. Events for fundraising, festivals and important announcements

Let’s take a look how church software helps you in expanding the community –

1. Unification Through Constant Communication

At times the communication process is interrupted, people do not know about what is currently going on in the church and may even believe false information.

Using church software you can eliminate all the feuds that occur due to bewilderments when the people are not informed about the current scenario of the church. Most of the ChMs contain a calendar through which you can share the events, services, gala etc. commencing in the church. The chat system, bulk emailing facility and forum are effective in creating an understanding between the individuals working in the church.

2. Engage and Empower the Volunteers

One of the vital ingredients of growing a community is to empower the volunteers to multiply the ministry’s impact. If you are not using a strategy for engaging the volunteers, the number of volunteers joining and leaving the church will not have a major difference.

Sometimes the leaders feel contented when an old volunteer is replaced by a new one because they get better service. With such perspective the church community can never grow.

Through the church system you can engage the existing volunteers and also persuade the new ones.

3. Help the Donors in Financial Reports

Most of the people who join your community and donate to the church would be pleased to have a quarterly statement and a yearly receipt for filing their tax return. Using a ChMs you can send the donors their donation receipts and even generate a report of yearly donations. Some software even allow you to attach the details in the form of PDF and Excel files. This is an innovative way of saving papers (used in envelopes and stamps) and the time.

4. Processing Personalised Emails

Bulk emailing sounds good to the members you interact everyday but a person who is being invited in an event or a new member receiving a mail for the first time would appreciate if they are addressed by name. Most of the ChMs have the options that allow you to include the name of the person and subject. Also, sometimes the software lets you select a specific group which results in sending mail to the intended people only. For example – For a children’s day celebration only the families having kids will be approached.

Edge Data Centers Cut Costs

That same concept continues to gain traction in the data center space. “Edge” data centers are cropping up in Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets across the U.S. – cities such as Cleveland, OH, NN, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, PA. and St. Louis, Mo. – bringing dynamic content and cloud services physically closer to customers. Data can be cached locally so that it travels a shorter distance, resulting in improved performance.

Traditionally, operators of large data centers have located their facilities in major metropolitan areas such as New York, L.A. and Dallas. However, insatiable demand for streaming video, online gaming and cloud-based applications is forcing service providers to look beyond these markets. When data is delivered to customers in Minneapolis from Chicago, latency can degrade the performance of real-time applications.

Edge data centers help ensure that consumers get the dynamic content they crave by expanding the “edge” of the Internet. They also enable service providers to cut transport costs dramatically by reducing the amount of data that has to travel across the Internet backbone.

But while location is a key feature, it isn’t the only one. It’s necessary that the facility must reach at least half of the customers in the market, and serve up at least three-quarters of the dynamic content those customers consume. Otherwise, it’s just a center in a smaller city that hasn’t moved the Internet edge.

Reaching that critical mass isn’t as difficult as it might sound – YouTube, Netflix and Akamai (the world’s largest content delivery network) account for almost 75 percent of Internet traffic. Although Google operates more than 70 points of presence in 33 countries, it can deliver some services more cost-effectively using this. And those facilities that are able to attract the major content providers will also be able to attract all of the Internet service providers in the area.

In addition to large service providers, edge data centers serve local businesses needing high quality co-location facilities. Increasingly, they are also being used to connect building automation systems, smart cars and other Internet of things (IoT) devices. This enables organizations to process IoT data closer to the device, reducing costs and latency and supporting real-time analytics.

It must be thoughtfully architected to deliver the levels of efficiency their customers demand. Because they are much smaller than the mega facilities in major metro areas, they need a power-dense design that allows for continued capacity expansion. They also need racks and cabinets that support high port density – ideally more than 100 ports perAs the consumption of dynamic content and cloud services continues to increase and more organizations leverage the IoT, location has become a key factor in the selection of data center facilities. Edge data centers bring the Internet edge closer to customers, enabling organizations to deliver data more efficiently and economically while improving the user experience.