The Mac Aqua GUI

The Macintosh, commonly known as the Mac, is a range of personal computers developed by Apple Inc. The Graphical User Interface (GUI) of the Mac’s Operating System version 10.4 is referred to as Aqua. It is the successor of Platinum which was used in Mac version 8 and 9. As is suggested by the names, Aqua GUI is based on the theme of water. It makes use of droplet-like-elements and also avails of reflective and translucent effects. In the words of Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc., “One of the design goals (of Aqua GUI) was when you saw it, you wanted to lick it”.

The water themed user interface first made its introduction at the January 2000 Macworld Conference and Expo, San Francisco. The debut appearance of the Aqua GUI in a commercial product was during the July 2000 release of the iMovie 2. In that the scroll bar and the buttons had the Mac Operating Systems’ all-new Aqua look. Its second appearance was in the Mac OS X Public Beta in September of the same year. This was followed by a feature in iTunes in January the following year. Aqua was made Mac’s official graphical user interface after the release of the Mac OS X. The two basic colours which highlight Aqua’s style are blue and white.

Two of the main features of the Aqua GUI are:

  1. The gel-like buttons that control wind, which come in red, yellow and green colours.
  2. The dock which helps to launch and navigate between applications. David Pogue, a technology columnist for the New York Times, described the scrollbars as “lickable globs of Crest Berrylicious Toothpaste Gel”.

The brushed metal windows and the standard pinstriped are the two basic types of windows that come with Aqua. Both these styles seem to have the navigational button embedded into the window but in versions of Mac before 10.2, the buttons appear on top of the pinstriped windows.

As newer versions are released, the Aqua GUI has been made increasingly subtle. For instance the pinstripes have been made fainter. Also the menus as well as the system dialogs have been made more translucent. Even the appearances of the buttons and the widgets have been made softer.

Quartz Compositor which handles the underlying graphics management of the user interface powers Aqua.

To find out more about the Mac, as well as tips, downloads and reviews, visit: Macintosh Tools.

Data Recovery Services – Choose Wisely

When looking for reliable data recovery services in Kenya there are some things you should look for. Not all recovery experts are genuine. There are others who will mess up your hard drive and will then tell you that the data is unrecoverable. The following are some ways you can use to choose genuine recovery companies in Kenya:

Get to know the methods and technology being used to perform the recovery services. There are many recovery companies in Kenya that are not genuine. With the rampant corruption in that country they look for the fastest way to get money out of your pocket. This is why making a visit to the premises where the recovery is done would be good so that you can see some of the tools, technology and software being used. You can be able to judge whether the technology is up-to-date or outdated. Some things you may ask are: Is the equipment being used a reflection current technology? What is the general environmental condition of the data recovery area? It would also be good to inquire on the methods to be used to recover data and some small explanation. This will help in making proper judgments about the company.

It would be good to get some general procedures and background information on data recovery. Going to various Kenyan recovery specialists will help you make a wise decision in making a proper choice. Have one of the experts give a general explanation of the process. Most companies should give that description but there are some corporate secrets that they may never tell. Ask as many questions as possible to gauge the competency of the recovery experts. Having some insight on what takes place during the data recovery process may help one judge the competencies of a certain data recovery company.

In Kenya, it has been found out that their many data recovery companies that do not comply with legal requirements of doing business. This is why checking for qualification is important. These qualifications include license certificates, certificates of operation and also tax compliant certificates. This helps in getting to know the genuineness of the company e.g. it would be good to know the minimum standards a company should have attained before having be fully declared as a data recovery company.

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Computer Networking For Your Business

Network your computers! Transform your business with computer networking.

So what is a computer network? What does it do for your business?

You may already understand the significance of this, but for all of you that want to know that have computers at home and/or at the office, a computer network is an interconnected group of computers. Networking computers basically maximises the usage of your hardware resources.

For example a printer can be shared amongst users thus avoiding the purchase of another printer.

The other main advantage is the sharing of documents, calendars, meetings, internet access and the ability to send and receive email. But best of all you increase your business productivity!

If you are a small business the minimum requirement is two computers. You only need to network two computers. This is a really basic setup and does not offer any security to protect your files.

The best way to go about it, is to get yourself a small business file server. One of the most popular server operating systems is Microsoft Windows 2003 Small Business Server which is a file, print, email server in its basic form. There is also an enhanced version that provide proxy and firewall features.

There are many hardware platforms to choose from, but through experience I found that IBM, HP and Dell provide that most stable and supported platforms. Servers nowadays are not expensive and can be acquired for under $2k for a basic setup.

Then you will need to add an UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) to protect your server from power fluctuations and black outs, a tape backup unit and software to save your precious data, extra memory to improve performance, extra hard disk drives for fault tolerance and protect your system from storage device failures.

Since everyone is on the internet today, you will be obtaining a broadband service in the form of cable or dsl type connection, add a router, add a modem and you are nearly there.

You will need to acquire an internet domain by registering it with any of the domain registrars available, a web hosting service for your website.

The internet domain is very important because it defines your internet identity. Your email addresses will be setup according to your domain name.

This projects a professional image in comparison to a hotmail, gmail, yahoo or isp account. The email service can be an in-house type which is the best option or hosted at your ISP.

You will require applications loaded on your server and desktops, configure network security, user profiles, logon scripts etc.

As you can understand, even though it may seem a straight forward procedure, there are complexities in installing, setting up, maintaining a computer network. and would be best to employ the services of an IT specialist.

Ipnotech has been providing professional information technology solutions and services for the last 15 years.

Alfred Buatti is the owner of Ipnotech. Alfred has been a Novell Certified Engineer back in the early 90s and has progressively embraced the latest Microsoft business solutions such as Windows 2003 and Exchange 2003 server to meet current business’ requirements.

He is a Microsoft Certified Professional and has worked for clients such as ANZ Bank, Alitalia Airlines, Commonwealth Funds Management, Bankers Trust Australia and was instrumental in the design, implementation and maintenance of the IT infrastructures of Saeco Australia, CMS Coffee Machine Services, Lonsdale Accounting, Regent Finance and Mortice and Tenon.

Whether you need desktop installations or server deployments, you can rest assured that you are getting an enterprise quality solution and service at the right investment level for your business.

We operate in Melbourne and suburbs.

Our in depth experience can help your business in the following IT areas:

Computer networks, IT infrastructure management, Windows 2000/2003 servers, Exchange 2000/2003 servers, Backup solutions, Terminal servers, Local Area Networks, Router configuration, Internet security Data recovery, Desktop management, Wired and Wireless networks, Wide Area Networks, Domain registration, Web hosting, Remote support, Virtual Private Networking.

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How to Buy Your Mac Laptop

A Mac laptop is an extremely attractive option for anyone looking for their own way to transport files, music and applications in a stylish design. These laptops from Apple are now even faster than ever, featuring Intel Core 2 Duo processors as well as high levels of RAM as standard in all models. However, they can also come with a big price tag that many of us cannot afford. But there is one way around this – buy reconditioned.

A reconditioned, sometimes known as refurbished, laptop means that the computer has been purchased in the past and used by someone else for a maximum of three months (though often less). For some reason the customer has returned the laptop to the store, which leaves the store unable to resell the product as new. Laptop stores will then return the laptop to its manufacturer, in this case Apple, where they will make sure it is in perfect sellable ‘as new’ condition. This is what you are getting when you buy a reconditioned laptop.

Due to the fact that they were used in the past, reconditioned Apple laptops are not sold as new despite the fact that they will work and look just like a brand new system would. They will still have the same great features, fast processing speeds, a good memory as well as the newest upgrades and technology. But without the price tag.

The reason why reconditioned laptops are so much cheaper than new laptops is due to the fact that most people feel for some reason that their laptop should be brand new when bought, and as such it takes a lot more effort for the manufacturer to sell them on. However, for people that realize these laptops are in great shape, reconditioned laptops can provide a real bargain when it comes to getting a new machine.

A reconditioned Mac laptop will always be in great condition, due to the fact that Apple go to great lengths to ensure the quality and technology of their products. Those who refurbish the machine will always make sure it comes with everything you need, and care is always taken to ensure the laptop is completely up to scratch before they even think about putting it out for sale again.

Now that you know the facts behind refurbished Mac laptops you can start to benefit from this by picking up some real bargains. There is no doubt that you will be getting a quality machine that will have had to pas numerous tests before being sold to anyone. Reconditioned laptops are a popular choice for many who want to benefit from huge savings when buying a new laptop. They are the perfect choice for those who want portability in a computer, but don’t want to fork out the money that most brands require. Simply do some research on the brand you want and find out whether your local store, or manufacturer, has any reconditioned Mac laptops on offer!

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Ways to Prevent Data loss

When your computer becomes the most used piece of equipment you have, you spend countless hours sitting down typing important information down so you don’t lose anything. It may also be the way you earn your living so the last thing you need is some serious time off because your computer has failed.

There are several ways that you can prevent the loss of data and it doesn’t cost a fortune.

The most common way to protect the data in your computer is to use an online data service. This type of service can provide you with data coverage twenty four hours a day seven days a week. You can have your data stored for a certain amount every month to ensure the safety of your data. Losing data will no longer be a problem for you because they can recover any data you lose. These services are available to service desk tops, laptops, iPod’s, digital camera memory, SIM cards, Zune, and other important digital storing data equipment.

In order to get started with these services you can do an online search to determine which company may be the best one for your data. You can also choose to use a data loss program that can help to recover any important data that may be lost or deleted on purpose or accidentally. This type of software can be purchased online or at a computer retail store.

Restoring your data is easier than ever today with new technology. Save your important documents today to avoid any down time in the future.