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Shop for a Laptop AC Adapter

The market is loaded with top-notch laptop manufacturing companies, each of them requiring an adapter with a different configuration. They are created according to the power requirements of your laptop. So, there are only a few things one has to keep in mind.

*Voltage- This is what helps laptop derive energy from the source. Hence the voltage configuration of the adapter must be same as your laptop. A voltage too high may overload the laptop circuitry. Low voltage may not complete the battery’s energy requirement at the specified time.

*Amperage- The flow of energy in the laptop is determined by the current. In this case, higher the current, better the performance. So the ampere value may be equal or higher than the laptop’s requirement.

*Connector Type- One obviously needs to tail his laptop to a perfect fit, for charging. There are various connector types available, according to what plugs in best into the laptop

1. Cylindrical Connectors- They are also called barrel connectors and appear as hollow, insulated cylinder

2. Snap and Lock Connectors- They have 3 to 4 pins enclosed by a thin metal pin. They are mostly used for DC adapters.

3. Molex Connector- Many different insulated wires in plastic case, having 3/4/6 terminals.

4. USB Connector- This looks like a hollow metal tip with many metal pins. They are most common for smart-phones.

The above information is sufficient for knowing the difference between adapters. So, here’s are some quick steps to follow while looking for a suitable charger for a laptop.

1. Every laptop has its model number printed on a sticker placed at the bottom of the laptop. Note the model number.

2. If you have found the model number, look inside the battery case or near the charging port on the underside of the laptop for a sticker having its power information. Here shall you find the laptop’s voltage and amperage requirements.

3. Search the model number on the internet to see any available adapters showing up. Note that it is very essential that the voltage and the amperage must match the requirements specified on the adapter.

4. Look for the connector type. Compare it with your laptop adapter’s connector. They must look somewhat alike.

In many cases, only certain parts of the adapter need to be changed for it to begin functioning well again. Separate components for the adapter are available in such cases. You may make use of the replacement warranty, if it hasn’t expired yet, or order a particular attachment online. Always buy oan riginal laptop battery as replacement warranty only covers original batteries and parts.

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Manufacturing A Wire Harness in Mexico

This goes for manufacturers such as those that make wire harnesses, but it is important for these manufacturers to think a bit about the wire harness Mexico could produce versus a location thousands of miles away.

For decades, the prospect of moving any manufacturing into Mexico has had its ups and downs. Years of political tension have certainly played a part in making a transition to our country’s neighbor to the south a bit tougher a sell. Moreover, customers have perhaps made up their own minds when it comes to having products come from Mexico because they’ve heard enough to make them feel they won’t get a great product.

This hearsay and misinformation is bad for business, so it’s important that wire harness manufacturers rethink their stance on Mexico and what it can offer. Here are a few points to consider:

Lower Operating Costs While Maintaining High Standards – Manufacturers of wire harnesses send production abroad because they know that labor is less expensive, which means bigger profits. These manufacturers, however, are unaware that Mexico has very competitive operating costs, especially in the interior of the country. Manufacturers have found that the workforce is solid and that knowledge of the field is sound.

Market Sustainability Very High – Wire harnesses are used in just about every possible type of industry you can imagine and have been for many years. They are used in some of the most sustainable markets with a dedicated customer base, so with production being moved to Mexico contributing to the country’s own growth, the ability to manufacturer “down south” looks to be a good move for the future.

Easier Access to Site by Manufacturer – If something goes wrong at manufacturing site abroad and an issue has to be addressed in person, how long would it take to get feet on the ground to begin the resolution process? How many resources would be used? By staying close by, a manufacturer has an easier time being physically available to address issues and run inspection of the process. Moreover, having a manufacturing site strategically placed can make for getting product to a customer much easier with lower cost than having to travel longer distances.

Protection of Intellectual Property – For quite some time, there have been issues noted by manufacturers who operate abroad that stem from an inability to protect their intellectual property. A wire harness may not make most people think twice so long as it seems to do the trick, but a cheap knock-off that bears a resemblance to a company’s product could cause distrust among potential, and even current, customers.

The wire harness Mexico is capable of manufacturing should make you pay closer attention to what Mexico can offer. Moreover, the upside to this business relationship is having customers feel as though your product is still of stellar quality, up-to-date on industry standards, and that issues that may come up can be addressed relatively quicker & easier.

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Choose the Best Wireless Router

One thing is for sure, if you are not very technically minded, some of the can seem like an impenetrable fog. So, for those that are not technical whizzes, but still want to find the best wireless router for under $100, here is a basic guide to choosing the best budget wireless router for your home.

Do you need one at all?

Before you even start to worry about the price and what all the jargon means, the first question you should ask is; do you need one at all? If you only have one computer that you want to connect to the internet, and you always use it in the same room, don’t forget that you could just connect via a cable.

Decide what you need it for

Wireless routers can vary considerably price, so don’t get bamboozled by a sales person and end up buying something that you don’t really need. Work out what it is you will be using your internet connection for before you start looking around. If you are only going to be browsing the web a few times a day and reading your emails, you will only need a very basic model. On the other hand, if you have one person in the home who likes to watch movies, another who will want to play online games, and you will still want to be able to read your emails, you would need a more expensive model to cope with all that traffic.

Speed ratings

This is not the article to get too much into the technical jargon side of things, but speed ratings are something that you need to consider. The speed of a wireless router is shown in megabits per second (Mbps). To give you an idea of what that means; early models were in the region of 11Mbps, a mid-range model would be in the range of 150 Mbps to 600 Mbps, and a top of the range product would offer a theoretical speed of over 1,000Mbps. There is no need to buy the best all-in-one wireless router you can find if your internet usage is going to be light.

Range

If you want to get a wireless signal anywhere in the home, then the range will be something that you should check. Be aware, though, that the range specified in the manufacturers specifications will be the maximum possible range, and there are a lot of things that can disrupt or weaken a wireless signal.

Check the warranties

If you are looking at budget wireless routers and wireless routers for less than $200, then make sure that you check what kind of warranty is offered with the product. If a manufacturer is not prepared to support its products with a decent warranty, it may be an indication that the quality of the product is not as good as it should be.

Shop around and read reviews

One of the ways to discover if what you are buying is really as good as the manufacturer claims it to be, is to read customer reviews. Although some reviews may not be genuine, you can still usually spot the trend in reviews and work out of the product is worth adding to your short list of wireless routers.

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Save Your Laptop Battery

Once your laptop battery’s lifespan is over, you need to replace it with a new one. This means you will have to make an investment. That is why all laptop owners take the best care of their laptop batteries to prolong the lifespan of the batteries. Yes, my friend, you have read it right. You can prolong the lifespan of your laptop battery.

In today’s post, I am going to share with you four proven methods to save your laptop battery.

Without further ado, let us dive in:

Unplug devices from your laptop

Whether it is a USB device or a second monitor through VGA, any device that is plugged into your laptop eats battery because the device will require CPU to work in order to access the device. There are certain USB devices that consume a great deal of power, meaning they will drain the battery quickly. So, my friend, you should unplug the device you are not using. Never keep it plugged into the laptop. This will surprisingly save your battery.

Shutdown or activate sleep mode when not in use

You are working on your laptop. Suddenly, you have to go on an errand. If the charger is not connected, you should shut down your laptop or activate the sleep mode. This saves the battery. When you activate the sleep mode, your laptop will resume from the point you have left it before. On the other hand, if you shut down the laptop, it will go through the bootup sequence, which may consume a bit of power. So sleeping mode is the best option.

Activate power saver button

When you activate the power saver button on your laptop, the operating system of your machine adjusts software and hardware behavior to use less power from your machine. The power saver option has an ability to change the behavior of hard drive or CPU in such a way that it will be active only when it is required to perform certain functions. If not required, the hardware will remain inactive to conserve energy. My friend, activate power save option to save the battery of your laptop.

Turn off wireless and Bluetooth

Your laptop will always try to search for Bluetooth and wireless connections if you leave these functions active. So, if you do not need these connections, it is always better to disable these features. Doing so will certainly save your laptop battery.

Also, turning down the volume when playing a movie and lowering brightness save battery.

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Choose a Gaming Processor

There are, in fact, many different options to choose from, from the top gaming CPUs, though to the much cheaper options, and they all have different speeds and other specs that can sound very confusing if you are not very familiar with all the technical terms.

To 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.

Choosing the best CPU for gaming is not easy, because there are so many different models with different specs available. If you are unsure about what it is that you need, it is advisable to ask an expert or visit a computer components review website, or you may end up paying a lot more money than you really need to.

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Edge Data Centers Cut Costs and Enhance

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 perrack unit. It’s important to help the operators to design and build out the facilities that meet these requirements.

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A Beginner’s Guide

While this may be a known fact for veterans of these industries, there are individuals that are pretty new to the scene that are still learning the ins and outs of how custom cable assemblies actually work and, in turn, benefit their chosen profession. Moreover, there are a number of individuals that operate from home in smaller scales that are in need of optimizing their own computing & mechanical abilities who really want to know more about how custom cable assemblies can benefit them.

First things first, it is important to have a working definition for a cable assembly. A cable assembly is a group of cables or wires arranged into a single unit. Cable assemblies are organized into an easier-to-install package that is easier to maintain & eventually replace as necessary. A sleeve provides protection to the assembly.

When delving into the world of customization, you as the customer need to have basic information on the type of application of the assembly. Assembly manufacturers want to be sure to provide all customers a quality product that meets their needs, but unless they know what the assembly is for, it’s hard for them to know how best to build the product. Moreover, you also need to provide accurate information about measurements for the amount of product needed because surplus material means an expense that wasn’t necessary on your part.

Certifications held by cable assembly manufacturers are a key thing to keep in mind and to look for from the very beginning. After all, certifications are a mark of competence and dedication to knowing the industry well. It also is indicative of a manufacturer’s dedication to its employees and customers as these certifications ensure safety protocols being followed, their employees are receiving up-to-date training in the materials they are using, and that safety is a high priority. Though it can be tough to navigate all of the certification in the industry, it’s important to look out for at least a few key acronyms: Figuring out what all the ambiguous letters and numbers involved in the huge array of certifications out there mean, can be mind-numbing. Unless you are in the business, most of it just seems like a bunch of nonsensical abbreviations, but there are a few very important ones to look out for: ISO certification, UL Registry, RoHS compliance, and IPC/WHMA adherence.

Finally, it’s important to be sure to know what type of lead time you require, as well as what type of budget constraints you operate under. Manufacturers are keen on maintaining production dates & working with a client’s budget while still providing a quality product that suits their needs. While these two bits of information are last on this list, they should probably be right at the top in terms of their importance.

Custom cable assemblies can be a little intimidating for the uninformed. However, with just a general bit of information, and common sense, any industry can improve its operations via a customized solution.

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The Trusted Brand for External Hard Drives

The Seagate external hard drive has the latest features which you’ll find helpful especially when you need the space to store your files or process your programs. It even has wireless units which you can bring for no-fuss set ups. Know more about the Seagate brand and how it can benefit your lifestyle today.

The Seagate Brand

Seagate is a reliable brand when it comes to external hard drives. The Seagate external hard drive is even used as a back- up system to not only keep your documents, photos, videos, and music. It’s actually relied upon to keep your programs, operating systems, and other preferences safe from being corrupted. Now you won’t need to worry of whether your hard drive’s damage can mean the end of your efficiency. With Seagate, you can keep your programs and files safe, as they may be easily retrieved in case something happens to your main computer.

Allows for Remote

Access Seagate’s external hard drive allows for you and other authorized users to remotely access your files and run your programs. This means if you’re the agile type of worker, you won’t need to keep bringing the hard disk as you keep going around the office to get things done. If you own a start-up and a whole team needs to keep sharing files, you can trust your set of hard drives will keep your data safe and secure.

Multiple User Optimization

Instead of solely having access to your files, the external hard drive additionally allows for your other team mates to upload and download your data. For instance, the Seagate IronWolf can enable user workloads at up to 180 TB per year. They also have the IronWolf Pro which has a 300 TB per year capacity. These two are perfect for creative agencies and small businesses.

Handles High Data Traffic Network

Since Seagate has the multi-user type of technology, you can also allow for many users to access files and run programs even during the peak hours of your operation. The multi-user technology lets your authorized teammates to see and

access the files you’ll need to get your projects going. It’s even suggested for you to purchase more than one pack of external hard drive and bunch them up so you can have much more storage for your programs, applications, and data.

Lots of Storage for Businesses

To give you an idea of Seagate’s capacity, the external HD can actually store thousands of full-length High Definition films. With this type of storage space, you can only imagine the many files and programs which can be stored to support the transactions of your business. So if you own a media-based business, this external drive would also be ideal for you.

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Choose a Printer If You Have a Design Business

If your design business does a lot of printing because it is a big part of what you do then the best type of printer to get would be an inkjet printer. Inkjet printers produce higher quality images and artwork that create a sharper and more detailed image.

Firstly, you have to make sure that the printer has individual cartridges or tanks for each separate colour to avoid a nasty situation. Some cartridges have three colours in one and often result in bleeding and clogging. Damaged artwork is a waste of time and money especially if there was a way to prevent it.

You have to keep in mind that ink can be quite expensive when it comes to printing detailed artwork. Choosing a printer that uses economic ink cartridges that will allow you to print more pages will help you to reduce your expenses.

Dye based inks or pigmented inks might be one of your more difficult choices when considering a printer for your design business. Dye based inks tend to be cheaper and their colours pop out much brighter. They do, however, fade quicker than pigmented inks. You also won’t be able to change between the two types of ink if you are not satisfied because some printers are not compatible with such changes.

What size paper will you need to be printing on? This is also another important factor to think about because. Depending on your business model you may require to print different sizes. If you are printing billboard signs or anything that goes on an exterior wall, you will need to make sure you find the correct size and type of paper. You will also have to consider a printer that uses pigmented inks so that the image lasts longer. The size of the paper also determines how quickly ink gets used and the time it takes to be printed.

When you are looking for a printer for your design business, think about all the factors mentioned above. Whether you are considering a refurbished printer or brand new one, you can always make the machine work for you provided you know exactly what you want.

It is our aim to combine world-class print technology with managed print services and enterprise solution services that suit your needs. We endeavor to understand the uniqueness of your organization and business goals. Our Service philosophy extends beyond hardware, software and technical service. At ETG we want to help you find ways to improve your business such as cost control, information security, process improvement, financial solutions, business insights and technology trends.

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In-Row Cooling Increases Data Center Efficiency

Most modern data centers have adopted some sort of aisle-containment solution to minimize the mixing of hot and cold air. With cold-aisle containment, racks are positioned in rows with their fronts facing the aisle, which is enclosed to contain the cold intake air. Hot air from the rear of the equipment is exhausted into the room, which becomes a large hot-air plenum.

A hot-aisle containment system mirrors this approach – the rears of the racks face the aisle, which contains the hot air and exhausts it into a drop ceiling void, return system or computer room air handler (CRAH). Hot-aisle containment is more efficient than cold-aisle containment because it leverages the fact that hot air rises. It also creates a more comfortable environment for data center staff and non-racked equipment.

Either way, aisle containment makes it possible to set cooling systems to a higher temperature while still maintaining a safe operating temperature for the equipment. It also minimizes the risk of hot spots, and reduces the need for humidification and dehumidification. All of this reduces costs by reducing power consumption.

However, aisle-containment with a CRAC unit is not as efficient as in-row cooling. As the name implies, in-row cooling places a cooling unit directly in the row of racks. The unit may be suspended from the ceiling, placed on top of a cabinet or mounted on the floor. Because the cooling unit is closer to the equipment, the cold air doesn’t have to travel as far and heat can be dissipated faster. In-row cooling can be used to supplement room cooling, or installed in a closed-loop arrangement with a cold-aisle containment enclosure.

In-row cooling units may use refrigerant or chilled water, and incorporate fans to distribute the cold air. State-of-the-art units have built-in intelligence, varying cooling capacity and fan speeds according to the load.

There are several obvious used cases for in-row cooling. It may be used for a lab environment within a data center, or to provide more efficient cooling for a customer in a co-location facility. In-row cooling is also ideal for extremely dense environments, particularly those that use power-hungry GPU clusters for machine learning and other artificial intelligence applications.

In-row cooling units should be designed to meet customer demand for higher capacity to address today’s heat loads. These units must fit comfortably in any data center environment for delivering maximum cooling capacity.Marcus Doran is VP and General Manager at Rahi Systems Europe. He has over 20 years of experience in data center segment.