Can you hear me now? Tales from a Cisco voice instructor:

October, 2012

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October 31, 2012  7:06 PM

And You Thought your Computer was Fast

Dave Bateman Dave Bateman Profile: Dave Bateman

It looks like there is a new king when it comes to the world's fast computer. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) just deployed a computer called Titan that claims to be able to do 20,000 trillion calculations per second. I don't know about you, but that blows my mind. If you are having...

October 30, 2012  6:47 PM

USB Necktie Cooler – Who Doesn’t Want One?

Dave Bateman Dave Bateman Profile: Dave Bateman

I remember when USB first hit the market. It was so new that there weren't many devices, and the ones that were available were so expensive that most USB ports went unused. That is no longer the case, and USB is arguably the most important port found on today's computers. Pretty much everything...


October 30, 2012  6:42 PM

iOS or Android? The Choice Just Got a Little Tougher

Dave Bateman Dave Bateman Profile: Dave Bateman

A couple of years ago when people would ask me if they should get an Android or an Apple iOS device the answer was easy, at least it was for me. I always said iOS. However, just a few day ago I was asked by my cousin whether I would recommend an Android phone or an iPhone5 for her. Without...


October 28, 2012  6:17 PM

Windows 8 – How Do I Shut This Thing Off?

Dave Bateman Dave Bateman Profile: Dave Bateman

I have Windows 8 installed and, as I mentioned is a previous post, I am finding that I like it more than I expected. But there is one thing that really bugs me about it. As intuitive as the new user interface is, one thing that is not intuitive at all is how you shut the darn thing down. Maybe it's...


October 27, 2012  5:49 PM

Virtual KVM

Dave Bateman Dave Bateman Profile: Dave Bateman

People that have multiple PCs on their desk either need a KVM (Keyboard, Video and Mouse) switch or they have to have a keyboard, mouse and monitor for each PC. Or, they could use a Virtual KVM. This is the method that I prefer. It allows me to control multiple computers with a single keyboard and...


October 26, 2012  6:12 PM

First Thoughts on Windows 8

Dave Bateman Dave Bateman Profile: Dave Bateman

I went ahead and ordered Windows 8 the first day it was available. I have never installed a new OS the first day it was out, especially a Microsoft OS. So why did I do this? Two reasons. The first is that curiosity got the better of me and the second is that it was only 15 bucks. Microsoft is...


October 24, 2012  10:32 AM

Google Chromebook – Who Should Buy One?

Dave Bateman Dave Bateman Profile: Dave Bateman

Google recently announced a new laptop called the Chromebook. While this isn't the first appearance of the Chromebook, it is the most impressive so far. One of the most impressive things is the price. $250 gets you a dual core, 11.6 inch (screen) laptop. That is pretty cheap, less than the new iPod...


October 23, 2012  6:10 PM

Thoughts on the iPad Mini

Dave Bateman Dave Bateman Profile: Dave Bateman

Unless you have been living in a cave somewhere, you probably weren't surprised when the iPad mini was announced Tuesday. It has created a lot of excitement on some of the blogs, and I am sure people are already devising plans to get a good spot in line on November 2nd. I am sure these devices will...


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