If you’re like me, your household is divided when it comes to computer usage. I use my computer for page layout, photo editing and light video production, which is what I do for a living. I use a MacBook Pro, and I love it like it was my third cat.
When my gaming daughter was shopping for a computer, she stopped me at “You should buy a Ma…” Apparently, my wonderful MacBook is not ideal (or in some cases, not capable) of running the games she plays. I can’t scoff at this, because kids these days are wining prizes in the neighbourhood of $10,000 at gaming tournaments, while I’m still working by the hour.
Taylor did her homework and bought an ASUS (pronounced “ay-soos”) laptop. How do I know it was a right choice for her? One, I never hear her exaggerated sighs about lag time or delays; two, she lovingly tattooed her personality all over it with stickers.
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While a lot of companies these days claim that they are Mac friendly, Twelve South designs exclusively for Apple products. After taking the Mac accessory market by storm, this little company of less than twelve employees has produced some of the most beautiful and functional products. After success with the BookArc, they set out to disrupt the iPad market. After many iterations, Twelve South released the PlugBug and Compass, both of which we are taking a look at today.
As a customer, you may be surprised that our Computer Departments carries a category of music recording devices and software.
Today I will be talking about three high quality devices that can turn your computer into a recording studio. Whether you are a podcaster, YouTube performer, hobby musician or DJ enthusiast we have everything you need.
The three products I am going to talk about is the Yeti microphone by Blue, the Avid Recording Studio and the Avid Key Studio.
I have worked years with computers and one thing that is overlooked by many is a UPS. They can give you substantial cost savings and protection so I thought I’d share my explanation with all of you here.
A UPS, or Uninterrupted Power Supply, is at its basic a power surge bar with a battery backup built in which supplies power to some of the plugs should a power failure occur while your computer is running. The intent is to give you enough time to shutdown your computer safely and prevent any data loss or corruption. Throw in some extra connections like phone and cable modem protection and that is it.
But what about all of those extra things mentioned on the box? What do they do and why should I pay extra for those? Also good questions and here is my answer on what those extras are:
VA Number: This is really easy. The larger the number means a larger battery and thus the longer the battery will last when your power is out. Most UPS boxes will have some chart giving an estimated run time for different computer combinations to help you choose.
USB Connection with Auto Shutdown: This means that, once setup, your system will execute a system shutdown automatically for you after a power failure. A great feature for people that need, or want, to leave their computers running all of the time.
LED Indicators: A great way to see the status of a unit at a glance. Better than just a little light. Not an absolute necessity but very convenient.
Phone/Network/Coaxial Filtering: The UPS has these ports to filter potential power surges coming from these connections. This is actually extremely important as many power surges come via phone or coaxial connections causing damage to a system.
Number of Powered / Non-Power ports: While a UPS is intended to provide power for shutdown not every device needs that power. Usually you need just the monitor and Desktop so UPS units will only have part of the ports powered by the battery. Make sure to choose a unit that covers your total powered and non-power plug in needs.
Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR): This is a very handy feature for those who experience brown outs or power fluxes caused by our devices in your home. UPS units with AVR will monitor power for these dips and “top” up the power if necessary. Power dips can cause miscalculations resulting in errors in your software popping up.
As you can see investing up to a few hundred dollars to protect your new purchase and future purchases from power surges, costly software repairs, and the frustration of important data loss or time is worth every penny.
I hope that this information will give you the knowledge necessary to choose the right level of UPS for your needs.
London Drugs Computer Manager
18 years experience