Early PCs Regrettably Avoided Multimedia

mltdaDespite a growing interest in multimedia, the PC industry is still wrestling with the best way to offer sound, CD ROM drives and other hardware components. Buyers should be aware that price and performance vary widely across the range of multimedia solutions.

While companies such as Apple Computer Inc., IBM and Tandy Corp. are committed to delivering systems with multimedia components built in, others favor supplying add-on peripherals. NEC Technologies Inc., for example, currently offers a multimedia PC upgrade kit that includes a CD ROM drive and sound board.

“Consumers want to put the best peripherals together for their applications,” said Marc Miller, vice president of NEC’s advanced media products …

A Dead Hard Drive: How To Recover All Your Data

One of the greatest tech issues that seem the hardest to manage is when a hard drive crashes. Since it is often tedious to fix hardware issues, you might think it’s also expensive to recover all the data that you’ve lost. However, we are lucky enough that there is cheap data recovery software we can download to fix this tech glitch. In just a few clicks, you can have all your photos, videos, and all other files back.

Get happy! Keep your data safe!

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Aside from cheap data recovery software, you can also look into reasonable priced (or as some say, cheap) data recovery services. This is also meant for …

NT Destroyed Novell From The Very Beginning

ntdnllA recent story in a business magazine raved about a young, hotshot money manager. One example of The Kid’s savvy: He’s shorting Novell stock.

Why? Because the wunderkind is afraid of what Microsoft is about to do to Novell.

It was jarring to see it put that bluntly. But the notion wasn’t so different from what I’ve heard from other money managers and analysts, and from a number of the seers and gurus in the computer press, as well.

Let’s not go overboard here. Novell’s 60 percent-plus share of the network operating system market is a solid base. With the acquisition of Unix System Laboratories, the strengthening of …

File Servers With Performance Monitors Last Longer

flsvrMost people have a tendency to avoid planning for rough times. The thinking seems to be that if you don’t plan for it, maybe it won’t happen.

With servers, this kind of thinking will always lead to trouble because of computing rule No. 1: All computers eventually will seem slow. Servers are no exception. The server that today has more CPU power and disk speed than you can use will be as slow as an old dog tomorrow.

The good news is that with the right tools, you can prolong any server’s life. The first step, of course, is to find out just what the server is doing and exactly …

IBM Redefined Mainframes In Order To Survive

ibmrmBM is bravely trying to give the mainframe a new lease on life as a “server of servers” in client/server environments.

To woo skeptical customers, IBM is planning less expensive versions of its 390 mainframe hardware and more open versions of its mainframe operating systems, the better to compete with the PC LANs and Unix super servers that have stolen market share from mainframes.

“[The mainframe] has the I/O, the memory, the bandwidth and storage to be a server of servers,” Nicholas Donofrio, general manager of IBM’s Enterprise Systems unit in Somers, N.Y., said at last month’s announcement of 18 new ES/9000 models.

The company’s strategy is three-tiered. First, …

SGI’s NT Focus Hurt Them Long Term

sgicSilicon Graphics Inc. is hoping to ride on the coattails of Windows NT to win its MIPS RISC architecture a prominent spot on the PC landscape.

According to President and CEO Edward McCracken, SGI’s strategy will be to encourage PC makers to adopt MIPS technology to distinguish their NT systems from those based on Intel Corp. processors. The proposed payoff: As NT’s market share grows, the stake in MIPS systems will increase, as will SGI’s influence in the systems business, SGI officials said.

“If NT moves beyond a niche operating system, I believe the MIPS architecture will become the most pervasive RISC architecture in the world and may over …

Distributed Databases Require Hefty Planning

dtddbDistributed-database technology, while far from mature, continues to evolve in parallel with client/server computing.

The goal of distributed computing is to allow users to transparently read and update multiple databases running on different platforms in multiple distant sites. This ideal has not been achieved, according to observers, because as the number of different databases and hardware devices to be accommodated increases, it’s harder to put together a stable and reliable system.

“You can get pretty good distributed-database performance for [data] reads; but when you are attempting to modify or write new data, generally most database products will not give 100 percent transparency,” said Paul Winsberg, a principal partner with Database …

Get The Right Tools For Smooth Apps

cntsvrThe client/server world is brand-new for companies planning to rightsize their database operations, and that shows in the slim availability of database-management tools to support such platforms.

Many of the tools available for mainframes to control and manage data don’t yet exist in client/server database systems. Tools for monitoring, measuring, testing, evaluating and simulating the performance of the database under different allocation formats “will either not be there or will be significantly less powerful than what’s on the mainframe,” said George Schussel, president of Digital Consulting Inc., an Andover, Mass., consulting firm.

Granted, most client/server database-management systems come with tools for defining a database, allocating space for it, defining tables …

Key Technologies Help Sys Admins

sadmClient/server computing has evolved from concept to reality at a surprising number of companies, mainly because of the convergence of three key technologies.

LAN servers, database-management systems (DBMSs) and high-speed networks — the client/server building blocks — have matured enough in the past year to give companies the confidence they need to erect new computing architectures, according to industry analysts.

These technologies have converged so quickly that even some analysts have been surprised by the client/server wave. In a recent study, Cambridge, Mass., market researcher Forrester Research Inc. found that 69 percent of Fortune 1000 companies now use server databases, compared with only 26 percent a year ago (see chart …

Get Smart With Your Client/Server Apps

clsvrEverybody knows how to build micro-based database applications, right? Just install the database program on the PC, spend a few minutes designing the database and then start writing the application.

Not in the client/server world.

With applications that involve both client and server software, quite a bit of behind-the-scenes work is required before developers can write a line of code. Unless they recognize the need for this work and schedule time for it, companies will find client/server projects inexplicably slow at first.

The client/server world involves three distinct entities: the server machine, the client machines and the network that connects the two. The server and clients must be able to …