Category: peripherals

STARTECH SATADOCK525 HARD DISK DOCK

To enhance the backup and service capability we installed the Startech SATADOCK525 in one of the external drive bays. This allows the use of hard disks for backup or file recovery. USB based hard disk docks are widely available but many models have problems with high capacity disks. The SATADOCK525 is SATA connected so it …

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RUNNING A LAPTOP WITHOUT A BATTERY

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Lithium batteries do not last very long before they need to be replaced. Lithium batteries last longer than the older metal hydride batteries. Machine BIOS warnings usually cannot be disabled. This motivated the removal of the battery and the machine relegated to desktop only use. Many machines have a grossly inadequate power supply. The power …

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CANON ZR10 VIDEO CAMERA

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The Canon ZR10 is a miniDV video camera designed for the prosumer market. The camera uses a digital format that reaches above 500 horizontal lines of resolution. Records in MiniDV format Digital image stabilization for reduced movie shakiness Captures digital stills 10x optical, 200x digital zoom Canon lens 2.5-inch color swivel LCD monitor Widescreen recording …

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SUPER AUDIO CD

Sony introduced a new Super Audio format to replace the compact disk (CS). This new format is called Super Audio CD (SACD). SACD is a modification of DVD. DVD drives would need new firmware to read SACD but Sony has not make that available. SACD disks can be played with CD players as the disks are …

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SOUNDBLASTER LIVE 5.1

The Creative Labs Live 5.1 sound card is a very popular PCI solution for sound. The PCI slot has many advantages and sounds cards are now readily available. The Live 5.1 offers much better performance over the previous 16-bit cards. Creative did make a design mistake using 48 kHz sampling instead and did not implement …

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USB CARDS, HUBS, CONNECTORS & CABLES

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USB first became available on personal computers circa 1996 when Intel started shipping the new Pentium MMX 200 processors with the new PCI motherboards. The ATX format motherboards provided 2 USB ports which Intel was hoping to replace other older interfaces with. It did not take long before a vast range of new peripherals came …

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PCMCIA

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PCMCIA is based on the EIDE architecture found in desktop personal computers. By using a smaller connector with power and other signals, it allowed the use of solid state storage other other peripherals to be attached. In Japan the JEIDA standard competed with PCMCIA so in 1991 after some pressure from industry the standards were …

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RAM CARDS

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In the early days of the PC, memory was installed on cards to be placed into expansion  slots. This is due to the relatively limited capacity of the system board. The S100 platform offered many more slots than the IBM PC or PC-AT could offer. improved density made it more practical to have fewer slots. …

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EPSON MX-80 DOT MATRIX PRINTER

The MX printers were the original line of printers introduced by Epson. The 11″ MX-80 and the larger sized MX-100 with a 15″ carriage suitable for wider print forms. The majority of users purchased the MX-80 which could use fanfold 8½” by 11″ paper. IBM chose the Epson MX-80 to accompany its introduction of the IBM …

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INTEL 8048

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The Intel 8048 is a CPU designed for embedded afflictions.  Over time, Intel has designed newer versions for other applications. The Intel 8048 was first introduced in the fall of 1976. The successive 8049 is plug compatible with the 8048 offering twice the data and memory. The CPU comes with 1KB of ROM space and 64 …

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ETHERNET

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Networking got its start back in the 1950s with RADAR systems and mainframe systems. Ethernet came from Robert Metcalf’s PhD dissertation in 1973. Eventually this was standardized by the IEEE as 802.3 working group. In the early days DOS machines used coaxial cables to wire up a group of machines into a local area network, …

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PRINTER TECHNOLOGY

In the early days the first printer we had used was the IBM 1403. In 1970,  the model 7 was in use with the IBM System 360 mainframes. The 1403 used a chain and a bank of solenoid hammers to print letters on a line. The ink ribbon was a long roll the width of …

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