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    • USB to Ethernet Adapter

      USB to Ethernet Adapter

      USB (Universal Serial Bus) is a hardware specification that allows a connection to be established between a source device and a peripheral device. Most modern electronic devices include at least one built-in USB port and can use USB technology to connect to other devices, such as keyboards, mice, cameras, flash drives, external hard drives, printers,

    • PCI Simple Communications Controller

      PCI Simple Communications Controller

      A PCI simple communications controller is a software component found on a computer that controls the PCI connected devices plugged into that computer. PCI (Practical Communication Interface) is a hardware component built into the computer that allows a wide variety of devices to physically connect to the computer via individual card slots. While the PCI

    • Athlon

      Athlon

      Athlon is a name for AMD’s main line of Intel-compatible CPUs. The Athlon line is designed to complete against the Intel Pentium CPUs. Athlon CPUs feature a L1 cache with 64KB of memory for data and another 64KB of memory for instructions. Athlon CPUs support MMX, 3DNow!, and SSE. Some models of Athlon CPUs also

    • PATA (Parallel ATA)

      PATA (Parallel ATA)

      PATA is an abbreviation for Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment. It is a regular interface that is used within PCs to connect all kinds of storage devices like hard disks, CD or DVD drives and solid state disks to the motherboard. The PATA interface connector is made up of thirty four pins and is connected to

    • What is a Hydrophone?

      What is a Hydrophone?

      A hydrophone is a type of microphone that is specifically designed to be used under water. Hydrophones depend on piezoelectric transducers to detect sound waves and other pressure waves coming from underwater vehicles, animals, and natural structures. Hydrophones were widely used in World War I, and II to detect U-boats (German submarines) and are still

    • Fingerprint Scanners

      Fingerprint Scanners

      Fingerprint scanners are biometric security systems designed to use the distinct features of an individual's fingerprints to provide security. Fingerprint scanners are now being used in police stations, security-intensive industries and, most recently, on computer shops as a peripheral device for computers. Biology of a Fingerprint Every person has marks on his fingers. These marks

    • How to Copy a DVD

      How to Copy a DVD

      Copying DVD contents such as a movie, music album, or data can be done in few simple steps. Copying DVD contents is quite easy as the data merely has to be copied and pasted as is normally done with files. However, copying original audio or video DVDs when a security algorithm protects them can be

    • Occupancy Sensors

      Occupancy Sensors

      An occupancy sensor is a device that is capable of detecting and/or recording the amount of people in a room or area. Occupancy sensors are most often used to determine how many people are in an area that may restrict the total occupancy or in a system that turns lights/other accessories off when no one

    • How an Optical Mouse Works

      How an Optical Mouse Works

      Optical mice are the de facto standard for mice to communicate between the end user and the computer. The optical mouse is a great improvement of the mechanical mouse that was created in the early 1970s. Agilent Technologies introduced the Optical mouse in 1999. The technology uses a tiny camera that takes thousands of pictures

    • How to Burn a DVD

      How to Burn a DVD

      As the price of blank, burnable, DVDs has dropped over the past decade, the demand to learn how to burn a DVD has increased amongst computer users. Single-sided, single layered DVDs can now store 4.7 gigabytes (GB) of data, music, movies, or combination of the media types. If using a double sided, or dual layered

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