Tablet Computer Tips for Educators

Kids-with-Education-Tablet-Computers-1024x768Many schools are giving teachers tablet computers to help them in the classroom. Tablet computers are like laptops, so teachers can take them home to work. This is a great benefit for many teachers, especially if they do not have regular access to a computer at home. It can allow teachers to take work home, or email students from home, or just spend some time planning and perfecting lessons. It is certainly a great convenience for teachers to have these computers, and if you do have one, you definitely want to make the most of it.

What makes a tablet computer different from a regular computer?

Tablet computers are very similar to normal computers in that you can use them for the Internet, word processing, and for saving files to the hard drive. You can also install programs on them that will allow you to do everything a regular computer would allow you to do. However, tablet computers usually do not include a CD or DVD drive, but you can connect one of these externally through the USB ports. Tablet computers also

Remote Desktop Configuration Tips

RemoteDesktopConnectionA client side tool, the Remote Desktop Connection tool can help you connect to a terminal server. While the tool has to be installed on computers with Windows 2000 or earlier, it is already installed on Windows XP.

With the help of Remote Desktop, application can be made to run on the remote computer from any other computer which has a Windows operating system. While the applications run on the remote computer, keyboard and mouse input and the display data are transmitted over the network from the local computer to the remote computer.

The components that make Remote Desktop access possible are Remote Desktop Protocol and client software like Remote Desktop Connection and Remote Desktop Web Connection.

As mentioned above, XP has Remote Desktop Connection installed, it only has to be enabled on the computer, while you will have to install and then deploy the tool on other versions of Windows. In this article, I will cover both the topics individually and towards the end, I will also mention a few tips that will help increase security measures.

Windows XP Professional

To enable Remote Desktop

Positive Effects of Technology on Society

impact-of-technology-710x434Technology runs in the veins of society. It is the fuel that drives our lives. It is an integral part of daily life. It has definitely benefited society. It has brought luxury in the life of the common man. Automation brought about by technology has saved human effort and time to a large extent. It has brought distant places closer and simplified information access. It has made the world a smaller place to live in.
Let us look at some of the important areas, where technology has brought a positive change.

Automation in Industry and Household
Technology has automated many of the critical processes in the industry as well as the household. Imagine the amount of labor that must have been involved in industrial processes when the concept of automation did not exist. Electronic gadgets have entered homes of the common man to rescue him from the boredom of daily chores. Imagine the amount of time people must be spending doing household chores during the time there were no machines and household appliances. Today’s is the age of robotics. Machines can

Tips to Buy a Video Projector

Whether you need a video projector for home or work, the need is there and for that you need to go to a store and buy one. There are different types of video projectors these days, ranging from overhead to digital ones. Here are some buying tips to make your shopping a little simpler.

Video Projector Buying Tips

Manufacturer or Make
There are hundreds of manufacturers these days, and that makes the task of choosing one that much more difficult. To help you make an informed decision, here is some information that will simplify the whole process; manufacturers don’t make the parts themselves, they always pick up parts from other manufacturers, so it can be fair to say that most projectors will have similar components from common manufacturers. Read reviews from magazines and websites that specialize in technology. It is always good to do some research before you buy a high-end product, and if it’s a digital projector then it is going to cost you some big bucks. Also look for companies and manufacturers that offer warranties and support. Some of the most popular brands are Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, Sharp, and Epson.

There are different types of technology, but the

Tips for Computer Maintenance

It is quite surprising to see how many mistakes we make while maintaining our computers, and that too considering the fact that we cannot do much work-wise without them. Computer maintenance is something we can easily take care of ourselves, but we do not take half the care we should and that’s the reason why we end up spending hundreds of dollars on calling professionals to check our PCs each year. This is the money we could very well have saved.

This article enlists ten vital maintenance tips that you must follow. This will increase the life of your hard disk and even make the computer prove more efficient to you. (The tips given below are for Windows operating systems.)

Tip # 1 – When to Restart and When to Reset

Most people think that restarting and resetting means one and the same thing, but they don’t! Restarting is the process when the machine is made to shut down (normally) and then made to start again after the common rebooting process that it undergoes. Restarting can be done through several internal features of the operating system, including the shut down option in the menu. However, resetting is different. This is done

Computer Hardware Troubleshooting Tips and Tools

The computer hardware includes devices, such as the mouse, keyboard, monitor, printer, scanner, etc. All are machines and are bound to face technical issues at some point or the other. However, you can perform some basic computer troubleshooting tips to make them functional. If they don’t seem to work with the troubleshooting tools, you need to send them for hardware repair. The paragraphs below offer some quick tips for the various hardware devices.


  • If the monitor is not working, the first thing you need to do is to ensure that it has been turned on by pressing the on/off button.
  • Next, check if the cable, which connects the computer monitor and the CPU is connected properly. If not, connect it in a proper manner, or remove and plug it in again.
  • Also, make sure that the cord, which is used to power the monitor is plugged in the UPS the right way.
  • If these tactics do not work, you need to check both the cables on a different monitor, which is in a working condition.
  • If the other monitor doesn’t work with any one of the cords, that cable needs to be replaced. If the other monitor works with

Tips for Beginners to Choose a Graphics or Drawing Tablet

Who is the Leader?
Wacom is the market leader when it comes to graphics tablets. It offers 42 products and accessories, whereas all the other companies combined only offer 15. In 2013, Wacom had a market share of 92.3% in Japan and 80% in the rest of the world.
A graphics tablet is also known as a drawing tablet or a digitizer. It is an input device that replicates the act of drawing on a paper with a pencil or pen. But when you draw with a graphics tablet, a flat pressure-sensitive pad replaces the paper, and a stylus replaces the pencil or pen. We can use a graphics tablet to input hand-drawn illustrations, text, and also signatures. Once the input is captured, it is sent to the computer via an interface (mostly USB) where it is converted to digital format and sent to a CAD (computer-aided design) application for further processing.

Pointers for Buying a Graphics or Drawing Tablet

Pressure Sensitivity and Accuracy of Input
● As we mentioned earlier, the input is sent through a pad that is sensitive to pressure. Typically, the pressure level of the tablet varies from 256, 512, 1024, to

Home Computer Networking Tips

The first thing that you need to decide while planning out your home network is if your network is to be wired or wireless. The concept in each case will remain the same, wherein all your computers will connect up to a central router, which will negotiate the connections to your ISP through a cable or a DSL modem.

It is a common fact that a wireless home network provides much more convenience than a wired network. Wireless networks do not require cabling, and allow users to move from one room to another with freedom. However, wired networks are more secure and reliable, and if you can reuse the existing phone lines or the electrical wiring, then the cost of installing new cables is reduced drastically.

Wired Home Network

In the case of wired networks, the entire setup is known as a Local Area Network (LAN), wherein small bundles of cables are used, making the network available in every room of your house. These cables can be used for a phone line or a computer connection. Usually, a minimum of one Ethernet cable is required in a room. A standard bundle of wire contains four cables:

  • Cat5e Ethernet cable for

Print Screen Not Working Troubleshooting Tips

Some functions are carried out by keyboard keys combination like ‘Ctrl + Alt + Delete’ (the most famous keyboard combination ever!), some are carried out by a devoted keyboard button like the ‘Print Screen’ key. By learning to use the key, you can easily take a screenshot of your desktop. This function is often helpful while recording errors on Windows and other operating systems. It can also be helpful when saving a webpage snapshot as a record.

I recently faced a problem with the print screen key. When I searched online, there was hardly any useful information presented, that could solve the problem. Finally, I had to gather bits and pieces from several computer forums to find an effective solution to fix the problem. I decided to share these tips on solving the screen capture problem here.

Print Screen Doesn’t Work in Windows – What Should You Do?
To get a screenshot, all you have to do is hit ‘PrtScn’ button and using ‘Ctrl + V’, you can paste that image in any image editor to save. Alternatively, if you don’t want the entire screen to be printed out, press ‘Alt+PrtScn’ key shortcut, to get the screenshot of

What is Facilitation Technology

Facilitation technology is comparatively a different field of research, which provides ease and efficiency in training and communication of a particular set of skills. It has come into existence as a result of poor performance in the past regarding the sharing and transferring of particular skills from one individual or group to another in the corporate or educational sector.

It is accepted widely to overcome all communication gaps, which are needed to survive in today’s world. It primarily heightens the quality of people’s thinking, which makes them highly efficient and productive in any possible work environment.

This scenario has proven to be beneficial to many fields, especially to leaders and managers from the business sector, who are required to constantly update their knowledge base and likewise train their colleagues and subordinates. It’s a system which enables employees to come together and work expeditiously towards a common goal.

It has a positive effect on the cognitive functioning of a person to perform much better than before, gather knowledge, and share it with others efficaciously. It is very important in the 21st century, where there are so many tools and techniques coming up for the development of all sectors. Along with the skills

Tips for Buying a Network Interface Card

These days, for an average Joe, buying electronic hardware has become a nightmare. As soon we open any online shopping portal and enter our keywords, we are greeted with too many results matching our search terms. If you too do not have much interest in electronic or computer hardware, then it is likely that you are perplexed with the number of choices you have.

One such piece of equipment is the network interface card. This card can be used to connect a computer to a hub, a modem, a router, etc. These network devices may in turn connect the computer to a PAN, LAN, MAN, WAN or the Internet. Before we turn to the points to consider before buying one, let’s first try to understand the basic types of NICs.

Types of NIC
Based on the type of medium that network interface controllers use for communication within a network, they are broadly classified into 2 categories:

➥ Ethernet Network Adapter: Ethernet is a wired networking standard (IEEE 802.3) for network communication. If you are a fan of a hard-wired network adapter, then this is the way to go.

➥ Wireless Network Adapter: Wireless network cards use IEEE 802.11 standard for transferring data

Computer Keyboard Buying Tips

A keyboard is an input device that conveys commands to the computer and is the primary interface to communicate or control the system in combination with a mouse. There are wired as well as wireless keyboards, and these are available in the user-friendly ergonomic version that aims to reduce muscular stress and strain due to continuous usage of this device.

Wired keyboards, as we all know, are connected to the PC with the help of a physical wire. The interface is either PS/2 or USB whereas wireless keyboards can establish a connection with the PC via Bluetooth. A wireless keyboard liberates you from sitting in front of the computer and working. It facilitates working from a limited distance depending on the range it covers. There are different types of keyboards available in the market appropriate to your requirement according to which you can choose from anyone of these. Some of them include the gaming keyboard, custom keyboard, or wireless keyboard.

Helpful Tips

There are various features and specifications that are to be paid attention to since there are a number of products available in the market, all of which promise superior user satisfaction. The four characteristics that are to be considered

Computer Shopping Tips

A personal computer (PC) is an essential electronic equipment. There are many types of PCs, brands, and so many cool designs, that selecting a system for oneself can be quite a confusing task. One can find a basic desktop PC around USD 100 in the used computer store, or can go with the great looking “Alienware” gaming laptop over USD 1000. So, again the question which one to buy, asserts itself. These tips will help you in the job of selecting your new machine.

Desktop Vs. Laptop
The first clear question to ask yourself is – do you want to go for a laptop or a desktop PC? Both have their pros and cons. Hence, consider them properly before you decide. Let us look at the advantages and disadvantages of both in brief.

Laptops are portable, don’t take up much space, and come in cool designs at affordable price tags. However, the price of a laptop is mostly higher, when compared to a desktop with the same features. This means that you can get a desktop with more features for a lesser price. However, as compared to laptops, desktops are heavier and when moving to a new place, moving them

Astonishing Predictions about the Far Future of Technology

Did You Know?
In 1961, Stanislaw Lem’s novel, Return from the Stars predicted a touch-screen technology where a book’s content can be recorded. Today, we have the Kindle!
We have heard people say that we should not worry too much about the future. But, this saying does not hold true in the technological world. Here, you always need to think about the future, else you will miss out being in the digital age! There are so many new inventions that come up daily, which help in making our lives luxurious.

The iPod that we use daily was once a far-fetched thought of Mr. Jobs, which has become a reality today. Similarly, when television was launched, we thought that nothing could beat this invention. Then, came cable television, and now, it is the age of digital television. With every advancement, the picture quality has increased. I wonder if there is a better image quality than HD? Similarly, until a few years back, the concept of 3D was limited to Hollywood futuristic movies, but today, we have 3D blueprints, 3D graphics, and 3D television sets as well. All these inventions were a mere prediction by their inventors, but they

Technology Myths Busted

Higher Processor Speed Is a Must
More emphasis should be given to the number of cores in a processor than the processor speed. You will hardly notice any difference between a 2.5 GHz CPU and 2.0 GHz processor. However, a dual-core and quad-core processor will have noticeable difference while working.
Technological development over the years has a parallel development of myths. These stories constantly do their rounds in the techie and non-techie circle alike. These fabricated stories are nothing but myths that are mistaken to be real facts. These myths are a result of poor understanding of tech basics and misinterpreted study results.

We at Buzzle have put forth a consolidated list of such myths and the reality behind them. We finally have some common technology myths busted!
Tech Myths and Reality

Myth : Macs are Immune to Viruses
Mac computers are based on UNIX, and thus, many people, including Apple, claimed that their computers were least susceptible as far as malware was concerned. They even had this claim written on their website. However, when Apple recently updated their website, they removed this claim due to increasing malware attacks on Mac computers. Even the anti-virus software maker, Sophos

Sapphire Glass Vs. Gorilla Glass

Corning is the company responsible for making the much-feared beast of the jungle―the gorilla―a much-loved household name. Nope, the company hasn’t taken up the conservation of the animal, nor have they launched a campaign to bring the gorilla to your home! Corning are the makers of Gorilla Glass, the same ultra-strong glass that adorns the display of most of our high-end gadgets. The company has a monopoly when it comes to screen protection solutions for smartphones, and has been virtually unchallenged throughout its reign. Well, a new company on the block, GT Advanced Technologies, has ruffled quite a few feathers in the Corning camp with its latest sapphire glass offering. The company grabbed headlines after it forged an alliance with one of America’s most trusted brands, Apple.

According to documents released by popular tech site 9to5mac, the Cupertino-based company has struck a USD 578 million deal with the sapphire glass manufacturer to open and operate a manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. So, are we gonna see a new trend in the mobile industry with smartphones opting for sapphire over gorilla? The current market leader hasn’t launched a ‘Save the Gorilla’ campaign just yet. In fact, Corning is confident about

What is Gorilla Glass and How Does it Work

Back from the past!
Gorilla Glass is an upgrade of Corning’s Chemcor Glass, released in 1962. It was intended for phone booths, prison windows, and eye wear. It was shelved, fearing that it would shatter with a lot of force.

These days, we have mobile phones which pack in enough processing power to put the ‘supercomputers’ of yesteryear’s to shame. It also is no secret that touchscreens are the latest trend, be it for your mobile phone, your television, your watch, or even your music player. But touchscreens, no matter how amazing, have always had a fundamental problem―they can be rather delicate, or so was thought about them till recently.
Ever since the very first portable touchscreens popped up on high-end mobile phones in the early 90s, the technology of touchscreens has seen a lot of development. Till a few years ago, these touch devices made use of resistive screen technology, wherein the screen itself was made of plastic. These screens were made of two screens with resistive coating layered one on top of the other, separated by an air gap. Its main drawback was that often, touch would not be registered, and would require a fair

Magical Objects That May See a Future in Real Life

Banned Magical Objects!
Recently, eBay banned a number of so-called magical objects from its online store. These included the likes of a healing dream pillow, demon destroyer potion, spells and hexes, and haunted items!
How can you blur the dividing line between fiction and reality? By using science of course! In the following sections, we will look at some magical objects from the world of fantasy and fiction, which, owing to the recent development in science and technology, are all set to cross over to the real world.
Harry Potter’s Cloak of Invisibility
Surely every student who has forgotten to do his math homework must have, at one point or another, wished that he had an invisibility cloak! Well, in the future.

For many years, scientists have been trying to achieve invisibility, with varied degrees of success. In a recent experiment, scientists heated carbon nanotubes using electricity. This gave rise to the effect of photo-thermal deflection, which allowed light to bend around the tubes, thus hiding them from sight.

Another possibility of achieving invisibility is through the use of metamaterials, which can bend electromagnetic radiation, including light, microwaves, radar, etc. It may not be possible to turn these materials into

Impact of Technology on Communication

The development of technology has considerably improved our lifestyle. It has made its impact felt on each and every aspect of life, including communication techniques. The development of communication has seen huge progress; from symbols to the latest swanky mobiles! Each century has seen a new addition to the ever-growing list of means of communication. The invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in the year 1875 was the first technological invention that impacted communication in humans to a massive extent. Other subsequent inventions like that of the Internet, cell phone, etc., further eased and changed the world of communication.

Effects of Technology on Communication
Everything has a positive and negative impact, and the impact of technology on the communication process also comes as a mixed bag. In this article, we will discuss the impact of popular technological elements like emails, telephones, cell phones, etc. Mobiles and the Internet are literally basic necessities these days. A majority of us would feel something missing in life, if there were no mobiles or Internet (Agree?).

Take the daily routine of a person in this tech-savvy world. The day begins with a “good morning message” on a mobile app and

Impact of Technology on Education

Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God’s gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences. – Freeman Dyson
Technology has certainly changed the way we live. It has impacted different facets of life and redefined living. Undoubtedly, technology plays an important role in every sphere of life. Several mundane manual tasks can be automated, thanks to technology. Also, many complex and critical processes can be carried out with ease and greater efficiency with the help of modern technology. Thanks to the application of technology, living has changed and it has changed for better.
Technology’s Impact on Education

  • Easy access to information
  • Greater interest in learning
  • Increased retention of information
  • Robust information storage
  • Better presentation of information
  • Teaching made interactive
  • Knowledge sharing made easy

Technology has revolutionized the field of education. The importance of technology in schools cannot be ignored. In fact, with the onset of computers in education, it has become easier for teachers to impart knowledge and for students to acquire it. The use of technology has made the process of teaching and learning all the more enjoyable.

Technology is a teaching aid