Buying your new PC

The main thing to think about when buying a laptop is what you are going to be using it for. It does not make sense to buy a laptop of more than N350k that could teleport you to that place of your fantasy when all you need to do is some word processing and play some music.

In computing, there are types of users, depending on what you do with your PC.

  1. Regular
  2. Multimedia
  3. Traveler
  4. Gamer

Almost all laptops nowadays come with inbuilt wireless technology, hard drive and sound card, the difference between the thousands of models you will find are really little. I will be taking these divisions one after the other, so you will see where you fall in and get yourself informed next time you want to get that next computer. While the prices of the computers speak a lot about them, there is no harm to shop around.

1.       Regular 

Well, yes…the regular person who just surfs the web, watch movies, listen to music….picking a few of the plenty “little” things he/she does, this is your category. Most people in this group don’t know exactly what they want; in fact the interesting thing is that they have the “bar”, but at the end, they are pushed by the sales person to spend a lot more to get something more sophisticated.

–          Pricing: Don’t pay so much for this kind of computer, let’s say about 90-95k (naira) for a notebook, and as low as 60k (naira) for a netbook. Either of them will satisfy you.

–          Memory: You can do with 1GB ram or 2GB to have a smooth experience.

–          Graphics: Well…trust me, for the little things you want to do, all you need is an integrated (shared) graphics. It shares memory with the operating system.

Err….don’t expect playing any HD games….but you can do a lot of  solitaire and zuma!!!

2.       Multimedia

If you do some photo editing or video editing, and you are building a career out of it, this is where you fall. These files are in large sixes and take lots of space.

–          Memory: This should be taken into good consideration. You will need 4GB of RAM. This should be ok

–          Graphics: For video and photo editing, you will need a dedicated graphics card memory in the range of 128MB and 1GB.

–          Processor: You will need to go for a computer with a high processing power. Think of one of the i-series for Intel and their AMD equivalents.

3.       Traveler

Here you need something light in weight and small in size. Nowadays, there are notebooks and netbooks with batteries that can provide plenty hours of battery life after charging.

–          Weight: You will ensure you have an extremely light laptop to ease your movement. Let’s say weight of about 2kg or less.

–          Battery Life: there are laptops of 8 hours battery around; even some of 12 hours are surfacing around. You will need to get a laptop that can offer you a considerable amount of hours while discharging.

–          Size: Let’s simply say screen size. 12”, 13”…..the smaller it gets the better for you. If you are a regular user but you travel a lot, a netbook will be preferable.

–          Hard drive: All you need is a hard drive size of about 160GB

In addition, you can consider a tablet as it can do all your computing needs. Think of the Android based or the Apple Ipad. All you need to do is to install the right apps that you need, and of course, it is portable.

4.       Gamer

There a few ones that will fall in this category, if you do, I won’t be sentimental about it….game machines are very expensive and there is no way around it. You will need high specifications and they don’t come cheap.

–          Size: You will need a large screen…don’t call it “portable” coz they aren’t portable. It could be thick….deal with it…just know that you’ve got the goods.

–          Processor: You will need a quadcore processor, also known as a chip with 4 processors running. This is ideal and it is becoming really common in most gaming machines.

–          Graphics: You will need a fully dedicated HD graphics to experience the best graphics a game has to offer. Nothing less than 1GB graphics dedicated memory is ideal.

–          Memory: Go for the highest…4GB, 6GB, and 8GB

I hope i have been able to help you streamline the list of the computers you are thinking of buying, and i really hope you can make a good choice after reading this post.

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Instagram

Hi people, as many of us that are internet regulars, you might have heard about what I will be sharing in this post. But if you are not internet lovers like we are, it is the free app available on iTunes called “Instagram”.

Instagram is an app that presents to you a fun and quick way to share your life with friends and loved ones through a series of pictures. It is simple; take a picture with your iPhone or your iPod, choose any of the filters available to edit and transform the look and the feel of the shot into a very good picture to keep in memories for a long time.

Instagram Logo

Getting started

The first thing you do after installing Instagram is to create an Instagram account. Currently, you can’t sign in with your facebook or twitter account as most services nowadays are doing. You have to open an account with them, which will need you to enter your email address, user name and optionally your phone number and a photo. You can search for friends through Facebook or twitter. It searches for your friends and followers on those social sites and gives you the option to “follow” them.

The exciting thing about Instagram is that the CEO and founder is a former twitter staff, and there are also rumours that an ex- Facebook staff is also in the fold; so you will have the feel of a twitter site and UI. You will have to “follow” the activities of a friend and also, you will see the UI of the followers and who you are following.

Interface

Once you take a photo on an iPod or iPhone, a scrollable gallery of effects appears along the bottom of the screen. They are useful and exciting as you will be able to resize the pictures to fit into the compulsory square that Instagram demands. After editing and tweaking your picture, you can then choose how you want to share it. There are different choices, which include sharing to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Tumblr.

Whenever any of your social contacts clicks the entry, a webpage designed by Instagram opens and then the person can view your pictures. There are also options to comment on the picture or “heart” it. The time of upload is also shown at the top of the photo. You also have the option of viewing popular pictures and a stream to show photos just uploaded. There is also provision to set your photo stream to private so that only users you approve can see it, but there is no option for private messaging.

The Positives

The ease in checking through other people that have liked or commented on a picture that you have been interested in poses an addiction to this application, so there is a tendency for a widespread usage.

The Negatives

Currently, there are no Android, Blackberry, Windows or iPad versions. It is limited to iPods and iPhones from iOS 3.12 and above. The final picture output are small in size, as there are strict small boxes the pictures have to fit into.

For iPad owners, there is an Instagram browser for iPads, called Instapad which you will be able to sign into Instagram and view the pictues on a larger screen. A screenshot of the Instapad is shown below:

 

Bottom Line

Instagram combines a handful of photo effects with a photo-based social networking niche. Flickr might not be common in this part of the world, but reviews have adviced that we shouldn’t expect that Instagram will take over flickr soon. But in fairness, we should give it up to the Instagram team, as they have redefined photo effects and editing, thereby making us create memorable pictures we want to keep for a long time to come.

So if you have an Ipod touch or an iPhone with iOS 3.12 and higher, you can get it. IT IS FREE, Download here

For Instapad for iPad, you can download here

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