Archive | Mike’s Tech Tips

Windows Phone

The last two issues focused on the iPhone and Android phone.  This issue will feature the Windows phone.  The Windows Phone is not as popular as the iPhone and Android, it does have some features that are unique. The Windows phone made its debut in 2010 in the wake of Windows 7.  Microsoft developed previous […]

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Android Phones

The Android phone was developed by Google in 2008.  Since their debut into the market, Android phones have dominated the consumer market.  Currently, they have a whopping 88 percent of the consumer market share compared to its competitors.  The main reason behind their success is they offer a reasonably priced  phone that is available with […]

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Apple iPhone

Apple iPhone In the last newsletter I gave a general overview on smartphones focusing on the iPhone, Android, and Windows phones.  This month the iPhone will be featured in detail in order to give you more information when purchasing a phone. The iPhone made its debut in 2007 and has become the most popular phone […]

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Smartphones

Smartphone History   Let’s discuss smartphones.  Smartphones are commonplace today and almost everyone has one.  Everywhere you look there are  people with their heads down, tapping away sending text messages, sending, receiving, replying to email, streaming movies, watching sporting events, playing games, browsing the Internet, taking pictures and selfies.  It’s hard to imagine life without […]

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Open Source Software

This month’s topic is open source software.  Previously, I wrote a piece on programming and operating systems which covered some basic information on it.  Open source software can be an operating system or a program that runs on a computer.  Let’s first define what open source means and why it should be used. Open source […]

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AMD vs. Intel

Last month’s newsletter covered Intel processors and their features, this month we will discuss AMD processors.  AMD and Intel have competing with each other by claiming their products are more superior and trying to increase their market share.  Physically these processors look the same, but they are quite different. Intel and AMD are the two […]

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Intel Processors

We all have been through the dilemma of surfing the Internet, wandering through retail stores, trying to decide which PC to purchase.   With all the terms, specifications, and acronyms used by manufacturers, retail store employees, and computer geeks, it becomes very hard and confusing for the casual user to select the right computer to fit […]

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Citrix

This month’s newsletter, I will highlight the work of Citrix. Citrix is a company that provides various products for the virtual workplace.  The Citrix Workspace Suite is a server-based computing system that enables users to run applications and full Windows desktop that normally would not be available on their local machines.  The application resides on […]

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Microsoft Virtualization Packages

Last year I wrote about virtualization technology covering a broad range of types of virtualization.  This month, I will discuss server virtualization and give you a better understanding of how it works.  Let’s start by defining the term. Server virtualization is a technology that involves partitioning a physical server into a number of small virtual […]

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Data Analytics – Finding that hidden gem

Several months ago I wrote a newsletter on big data that explains various types and methods of analytics used.  The term causes confusion for enterprise companies, especially as they consider business intelligence (BI) products from vendors.  This month we will discuss data analytics a subset of big data in more detail. Business intelligence has traditionally […]

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