Category: Technology

Breaking Down How Your Computer Boots Up

In today’s world where all knowledge is accessible at the touch of a button, what happens when you touch the power button of your computer? When you press the power button on your computer, electric current flows through a specific power supply unit called SMPS (switching mode power supply), which converts the alternating current from …

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An Insanely Simple Breakdown of the Internet

The Internet has permeated so much into our everyday lives that we can hardly imagine a day without it. But what is the internet really? Let’s break it down until it’s insanely simple! The internet is a communication line between computers. This connection is established by using telephone lines, ethernet cables, fibre optic cables, electromagnetic …

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Zotero: Making Research Easy

Hundreds of papers. That’s how many papers I had to write through my academic career. There were at least 5 per class, and each one required reading, summarising, synthesising, and citing countless pieces of work. 5 classes per semester, 2 semesters per year, and 9 years of education. After the first semester I was desperate …

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The Arts, Sciences, and Technologies of GIS

Geographic Information Systems, commonly known as GIS, is relatively a new field that incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to visualizing data. This field is, in a broad terms, an intersection between geosciences (such as geography and geology) and computer science (graphics, data, programming, statistics). The main purpose of GIS is to represent data in a layered …

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Wiper, Secure Messaging App, Shuts Down!

Users of the messaging app have been having connectivity issues using Wiper. Many news outlet report that the makers of the app are shutting it down. There seems to be a trend of secure messaging apps and private social networking sites shutting down. A couple of months ago Experience Project closed down due to invasive …

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Nintendo NX’s Cloud Computing Explained

Nintendo’s upcoming mystery gaming system codenamed NX has been the talk of the internet cloud computing circles in the last couple of months. Nintendo themselves did not reveal any information regarding this system, however, speculations around patents which Nintendo filed reveal quite a lot about the system. This figure in particular was quite the flare: …

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