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Is your existing PC hardware ready for Windows 7

Monday, January 19th, 2009

With the outstanding launch of the new Windows 7 operating system from Microsoft, there are a number of bloggers who ware wondering noticeably about how perfectly the new operating system from Microsoft would run on their older hardware. This is an interesting and important question given by the symbiotic relationship of Microsoft with its hardware partners as they are actually constantly in search for new ways to convince the computers users to purchase newer and pricier computers.

According to those who are already using the windows 7 pre-beta and the beta release of Microsoft, the new Windows 7 operating system is running pretty fine on their older machines although with a less powerful processor and a less than optimal memory system. However the fact is that as it has been noted over the few previous months that windows 7 would run perfectly well on netbooks, it has actually not been able to accommodate windows vista. Additionally Microsoft has also trimmed the memory and size footprints of the new windows 7 operating system while still building the system on top of the windows vista kernel.

However with all this said, it seems that Microsoft and all their PC partners are not very keen on watching people use windows 7 operating system on older machines. They basically want to encourage computer users to purchase new and preferable a bit expensive computer to run windows 7. This seems to be a part of the reason why OEMs and Microsoft are pushing their multi-touch PCs as a new and ht feature for the forthcoming PC for windows 7 operating system. Although Microsoft could also support their older XDDM drivers for windows 7 they might even do so and would start sending mixed messages about their intention to move users to new WDDM driver model and also about their desire to attract more users to purchase new computers.

It would actually be very interesting to find out if Microsoft can offer their users the option to upgrade directly from windows XP to windows 7 operating system, or whether that the might only offer upgrades from windows vista to windows 7 after windows 7 operating system has been released in its final form. However the question would become even more pressing when you know that windows XP would probably be a bigger competitor for windows 7 compared to any other operating system of Microsoft. This is just like the internet explorer 6 which is one of the internet explorer 7 or 8 most of the formidable rivals from the market share the same prospective. Therefore if windows 7 operating system runs fine or better on your older computer hardware then might also consider installing it on your previous computers rather than purchasing a new computer for windows 7 operating system.

How to Choose a Mouse for Your Computer

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

All the computer users can easily identify their mouse and its importance for daily computer operation. Computer mouse is nothing new and also not very complex, but an average user might not be familiar with all the technologies and options that go with these small devices. This technology guide will offer you some tips on finding and purchasing some of the best mice available and suitable for your computer.

Computer Mouse Technologies

Mechanical mouse – the first to be used on a computer were these mechanical mice which are still found for sale despite the developments in tracking technologies. These mechanical mice include a hard ball below them which rolls when moved and this roller translates the physical motion to the pointer on the screen. There are some these mice balls are more advanced which replace the internal roller with their optical sensor but function the same way. The mechanical mice require regular maintenance for the ball to roll free of lint. It also recommended that you use a mouse pad as they will provide a clean surface to work on and also provide resistance for the ball to smoothly roll.

Optical Mouse

The optical mice replaced this ball or roller assembly in the mechanical mice through the beam of light and optical sensor. This light beam shines down the surface under the mouse and the sensor uses this light to track the movement. There are images included for this optical mouse which provide a glimpse under the mouse where the sensor and light can be seen. These mice hold great advantages as there are not parts to break or cause problems. There is also reduced need to maintenance as the bottom does not have any opening to collect lint and so they would make a great computer mouse over mechanical mouse.

Laser Mouse

Laser is the latest and the best technology in computer mouse tracking which takes the advantages of optical mouse to a higher level. Several attributes of this laser mouse have been explained in the optical mouse section. However unlike the wide light beam this mouse uses a very narrow laser light beam. The Logitech MX1000 laser mouse for instance would be the perfect mouse for you as according to the company the laser technology that is used provides more than $quot;20x sensitivity to the surface detail or the tracking power.

Wireless Connection Technologies

Radio frequency is one of the most common types in this wireless mouse that uses radio frequencies to communication motion to the receiver which is connected to the PC. This common wireless mouse operates using the 237MHz frequency and the mouse is powered through AAA batteries which are not provided. As the price goes up for the RF wireless mouse the package would basically include integrated rechargeable batteries. Some other features include greater precision, extended range and the receiver does double the work as the batter charger. Therefore keeping all these different types of computer mice and the features included you can choose a computer mouse according to your needs and budget.