Author Archive | Michael DeFlorio

Artificial Intelligence

This month’s topic is artificial intelligence, better known as AI.  There is some confusion about what the term really means and what is actually possible today.  Before we delve into this topic let’s define artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of the computer sciences with emphasis on creating intelligent machines that work and […]

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Bit Torrent

What is Bit Torrent?  I know what you’re thinking….No, it isn’t like Bit O’ Honey.  Bit Torrent is a protocol that enables fast downloading of large files using minimum Internet bandwidth.  It is free to use and does not include spyware or pop-up advertising.  Bit Torrent is a type of peer-to–peer network which enables users […]

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Identity Theft – Part 3

Over the past two months I have given an overview and discussed different types of identity thefts how they occur, and what you can do to avoid being a victim.  This last installment will cover identity theft laws, penalties, and punishments. Identity theft can be devastating because not only can it result in financial loss, […]

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Identity Theft – Part 2

Last month I gave an overview on identity theft, how information is stolen, how to protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim.  This month we will discuss some common types of identity theft and ways to identify and take action. There are many types and schemes identity criminals use.  They can range from non-technical to […]

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Identity Theft – Part 1

News headlines over the past year have been loaded with notifications of data breaches and compromises.  This means increased potential for identity theft so this month seemed like a good time to discuss this topic.   Today we use computing devices for work and pleasure.  By using these devices on a more regular basis, we are […]

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Telephony

 This month we will switch gears from computer technology and discuss telephony, particularly phone systems.  We all use a telephone daily without any knowledge of how it works and the components that are used to make this technology work for our benefit.  We will break down some types of equipment used in a business environment.  […]

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Cables

  This month we will discuss cables.  If you look behind your computer you see an array of cables of varying sizes and colors.  With so many types of cable available, it’s hard to tell one from another.  Here is an overview of the cables that everyone should know.   VGA (Video Graphic Array) VGA […]

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Microprocessors

This month’s newsletter is about microprocessors.  The computer you are currently using to read this newsletter uses a microprocessor to do its work.  The microprocessor is the heart of any computer whether it is a desktop, server, or a laptop.  There are many types of microprocessors, but they all do approximately the same thing in […]

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Mainframes

Greetings and happy Thanksgiving!  This month’s topic is mainframe computers.  Mainframe computers are generally known for their large size, amount of storage, processing power and high level of reliability.  They are primarily used by large organizations for applications requiring high volumes of data processing. Mainframes computers first appeared in the early 1940’s.  The most popular […]

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Programming Languages

Parlez-vous francais? Parla italiano? Habla espanol? This week we will discuss languages.  Not the romance languages of French, Italian, and Spanish but various types of computer programming languages.  In everyday life, we communicate with each other through language.  The same concept is true with a computer.  A lone computer is considered “dumb” unless it is […]

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