The Internet Creates And Sustains New Communities

Over the last decade, multiple universities and established academics have begun to discuss the concept of Internet Culture. Since people have begun to interact online almost as much, and often more than, they talk offline, it is inevitable that we have begun to see the rise of entirely web-based communities. These communities display all the same traits as classical geo-cultural communities, but exist entirely in a virtual space. The majority of these groups started on or expanded into large message boards. While some of the oldest sites may be gone, we can see their fingerprints on these modern groups.

The origins of Internet communications are rooted mostly in what was called Usenet, which was essentially a collection of chat rooms created to discuss specific topics or hobbies. This early style of communication was quickly adopted and simplified for the masses at the birth of America Online, the first mainstream route to the Internet. The homepage gave access to the classic chat rooms, as well as links to the newly made sites for traditional retail and entertainment companies. While some people quickly adopted the chat function of messenger, many of the original Usenet groups moved to what we now call forums. Read more »

Wireless Hard Drive, The Future of Home Storage

Over the past several decades, data storage devices have come a long way. It was not too long back when IBM shipped the first hard drive in 1956, which used to hold merely 5 MB of data and used to cost a whopping $10,000. So the progress has not just happened in terms of storage capacity but now the storage devices are available at a fraction of cost of the price that they used to cost in those days. Now the storage industry offers you a large variety in terms of storage devices. You have the external hard drives, flash storage devices, smart card storage, cloud-based and wireless hard drive. You can choose the best option that perfectly suits your needs. These conventional storage methods have their own advantages and disadvantages as well. For instance, cloud storage is a system that allows your data to be transferred by online storage in virtualised pools, but the main disadvantage is that third parties are involved in this type of data storage.

While external drives have been around for a long time now, wireless hard drives are the latest fad that has caught the imagination of computer users. If you are new to this type of technology, then I would like to tell you that it may look like just an extension of the normal external drives, but the truth is, it is leaps and bounds ahead of traditional drives; both in terms of convenience and functionality. They function with the use of wireless technology that makes it much more convenient and at the same time, effective and efficient. Let’s look at some of the advantages that no other traditional data storage device is capable of providing you. Read more »

How To Get Rid Of Your Old Computer’s Data

One of the greatest challenges when getting rid of an old computer is the privacy of data. Be it recycling, selling off, or donating, it is vital to make sure that you are able to get rid of all the data that was presently in the PC to prevent it from landing in the wrong hands. What you should note is that; merely deleting the files and later emptying the recycle bin is not effective enough to make sure that your data is completely wiped off.

Mechanical hard drives

These are the old-school alternatives to SSDs, which happen to have a spinning platter. Normally, files that you delete from these types of drives are still recoverable. What happens is that, when you delete a file from this kind of drive, the drive will simply mark the file as deleted. However, until it is overwritten in future, experts can easily scan the drive and recover that data, which had been marked as deleted before.

Solid state drives

Internal SSDs happen to use a feature known as TRIM. Due to this, whenever you delete a file from an SSD, the drive receives a notice from the operating system, which indicates that the file was deleted. This guides the drive to deleting only the file’s data from the memory cells. Though doing this generally speeds things up, as it is faster to write to empty cells; the process does not erase everything from the drive, making it easily recoverable. Read more »

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