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The Three Types of Video Streaming

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If you’ve visited websites with video streaming, you will notice that your video loads. You do not know; however, that there are three methods that the website could use to get the video to you. These three methods rely on separate technologies to accomplish a similar goal, but each method has a slightly different effect on

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Tech Talk: Your Questions Answered

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For my last and final Tech Talk at Saint Viator, I am pleased to be answering the questions that viewers of this article posed in the last survey given by the Viator Voice. Here, I will try to answer some of the questions that you have in the simplest way possible, trying to refrain from

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Tech Talk: Survey Results

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Welcome to Tech Talk! Recently, we took a technology survey at Saint Viator, and here are some of the results we gleaned from the data.   As you can see, many people use their devices frequently, and at some point they are bound to have problems. It surprised me that there were so many people who used

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Tech Talk December 2015

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iPad Tips You can install alternate keyboards for your iPad that have some cool features like swipe type! Search the App Store for ‘keyboards’ and find one that you like! iCloud can let you sync your photos between iOS devices! Go into Settings > iCloud > and turn Photo Stream on! You can save websites

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Tech Talk November 2015

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Welcome to Tech Talk! This is the articles I Posted in my school newspaper over the past school year. This is a series where I explain little known tips and tricks for iPads and rate some of the top apps on the App Store.   iPad Tips and Tricks 1. You can click the “Back

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Cleaning your Windows Registry: A Simple Task with Big Benefits

The Windows registry is a hidden database in your computer that tells programs information on user saved preferences. It also gives them information on how to run the program. When you install a program, the program creates registry values during the installation in order for the program to work properly. Over 92% of computers have

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What is HDMI?

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HDMI, or high definition multimedia interface, is a type of audio and video interface that is used for the transmission of uncompressed digital streams. Essentially, HDMI can be considered an alternative method to transmitting data streams, rather than making use of conventional methods such as coaxial cabling, VGA, or component video equipment. What Type of

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What is a Multilayer PCB?

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Circuit boards make up every electronic on the market. Inside of every electronic is something called a Printed Circuit Board or PCB. A PCB is basically a piece of copper covered fiberglass that is submerged in acid until a pattern is etched out that connects multiple electronic components. A Multilayer PCB consists of multiple layers

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Windows or Linux?

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Computer users and programmers have become so accustomed to using Windows, even for the changing capabilities and the appearances of the graphical interface of the versions, therefore it has remained Microsoft’s product. Although, Lycoris, Red Hat, Mandrake, Suse, Knoppix, Slackware and Lindows make up some of the different versions of LINUX. These companies release their

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Why You need cPanel Hosting

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cPanel is a next-generation web hosting system which is currently heading the list. cPanel is a cheap hosting control panel for linux webhosts and managed dedicated servers. With its embarking into the World Wide Web, it has lent the power to accurately monitor your website. It means you can make changes according to your own liking

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cPanel Explained

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So you are searching for web hosting and have seen the term cPanel. What is it and what does it do? Simply put, cPanel is a graphical user interface for use on Unix/Linux Servers to control web sites. The development company  of cPanel, cPanel Inc., also claims to be working on a version for Windows-based

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What is CPU Clock Speed?

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The CPU, or central processing unit, of a computer is the part which performs all of its logical and arithmetic calculations you need in order to make the computer work. All calculations are done by first converting the user’s input into binary, and then the calculations are performed on the binary. The binary system consists

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What is RAM?

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RAM is a moniker for Random Access Memory. It acts as a short-term memory much like the human brain to store a wealth of information. The RAM is accessible through the computer’s brain called the CPU which stands for Central Processing Unit. RAM has the capability of being retrieved only while a computer is on.

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What is EProm?

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EPROM or Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory is rewritable memory chip that can hold its data without power. A programmed EPROM can keep its data for up to twenty years and can be read indefinite number of times. An Israeli engineer, Dov Frohman invented the EPROM chip in 1971. EPROM chips are embedded on an

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Cleaning and Organizing your Computer

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It is a good idea to think of your PC as an office. It stores files, programs, pictures. This can be compared to an actual office’s files, machines and decorations. The operating system is the boss. With this image in mind, think of an office you’ve visited that was slow and inefficient. There were probably

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How to Find Information Online

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With so many different ways today to find information online, it can sometimes be hard to know where to go to first. I want to look at the major and most effective ways to find information online. The biggest and most commonly used method is to use a search engine such as Google or Bing.

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Why Get a Desktop Computer

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If you are in the market for a computer, there are a number of factors to consider. Will it be used for your home, your office, or perhaps even your home office combo? First off, you will need to set a budget for your new purchase before deciding whether to shop for notebook or desktop

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Web Design Tips

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Web designing is an important factor for people doing business online. Online business is happening everywhere and almost everybody is doing it these days. However simply having a beautiful website will not deliver you what you are looking for. Web designing is the amalgamation of different components. A recent study conducted by a leading research

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What is Web Hosting

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A web hosting service provides a service that allows individuals and businesses to post web pages to the internet. A web hosting service provider  provides the servers and technologies to view websites on the internet. Web hosting services are services that customers can utilize after they have gained internet access. Web hosting services use hosting

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How Much Bandwidth do you need?

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What is bandwidth? Its that cord thing that I plug into the computer, right? Well, not really. Bandwidth measures the volume of data transmitted over an internet connection. You have to know how much bandwidth you need while choosing hosting plans. Be careful when someone claims they provide unlimited bandwidth or monthly transfer. Anyone claiming

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What is MySQL?

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MySQL is a heavy-duty database server. Used with various software languages, most notably PHP, and part of the LAMP family (which is comprised of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP), Whether it’s a customer relations management list or medical records, any data you have that needs storing, is stored on a database. You will need a

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5 Features Your Web Host Must Have

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It is important that your web host has all the greatest features and technologies. However, you may not be aware of what you should look for in a web host. They all say they are the best, most reliable, etc. but how do you decipher who is really telling the truth? How do you find

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Web Design Vs Development

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Many organizations are interested in building web applications for their business but are unaware of the various steps that are needed to build a compelling web application. In this article I will attempt to put together the various pieces of the puzzle. Application development involves several distinct efforts that need to come together to build

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Memory Stick Speeds Explained

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In a few short years since the launch of the first 4Mb flash memory card, the number of flash memory cards, aka SD Cards, available for digital cameras and other devices has exploded with a number of different formats and speeds of memory card. It’s no wonder the average person is totally baffled by this

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Why you Need to Keep your Computer Clean

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If your computer is used a lot and kept on for hours at a time, it’s a good idea to clean it every now and again. Dirty computers often do not run as fast as they are advertised to and have a lower life expectancy than ones that re well kept and cleaned often. One of the

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All About Backups and Keeping Your Data Safe

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There has been an increasing amount of emphasis in recent times on the subject of keeping the information on your computer safe. The terms Back-Up, Archive, Data Storage and Security being mentioned frequently, but what is all about? In simple terms, people are increasingly holding more and more information on their computers, be it photos,

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Computer Slow? Fix It Yourself!

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Why does it seem like every time you get a new computer it operates at lightning fast speeds for only a few months before becoming slow and laborious over its tasks? Is this just something that we have to live with or can we do something to keep our computers running at optimum speeds? The

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Choosing the Right Motherboard

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The motherboard is the heart of every computer. It is that big flat board inside the computer that everything is connected to. It performs the role of directing information and connecting components. A motherboard is often the central part of the computer design process. Therefore, choosing a motherboard that’s right for you is essential to your computer

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Fix A Scratched CD

Ever had some archived data on a CD and get errors? That precious DVD with family photos have a scratch in it? Trust me. We have all been there. Here is how to fix it. In this article I will be showing you four little known tips to fix scratched CD or DVD and recover

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How to Prevent Computer Power Failures

Power loss is bound to happen sooner or later. Whether it be a thunderstorm, power outage, or brown out, all of these power abnormalities can cause data loss and corruption. And if you are anyone who knows anything about computers, you know data corruption is bad. I advise that you should adopt anti-melt down measures for PCs,

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How to Pick Parts When Building A New Computer

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Picking the parts for your computer is one of the most important things in building a computer, because you can’t assemble a computer without the parts! Picking parts for computers has become much easier than before, because form factors have been standardized; however, you still need to make sure everything will fit together properly. The

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This was a doodle I made with a new program I got and I just wanted to see how the program workds… What I got was pretty interesting! Check it out!  

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To A Better Place

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This was a song that I thought would remind someone of being out in the carribean or somewhere similar. Check it out!

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Chemistry

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This was the first song I wrote to illustrate my struggles in chemistry class. This was my first endeavor into composing music, so please bear with me, because the audio quality isn’t that great. Hope you like it!  

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Laser Printers

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Like with many other things in the world of printing, laser printers have come a long way in the past few years. They have gone from being found almost exclusively in offices to being offered at $100 for a home user. Although they are better for a lot of people, some have a hard time

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What is a Pen Drive?

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A Pen Drive is a removable storage device that plugs into a computer’s USB port. Small enough to carry on a key ring, Pen Drives are great for transferring photos, music, documents and any other data from one computer to another. Different manufacturers over the years have named their Pen Drives with many different names

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What is Adware?

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Adware is advertising delivered directly to your computer. Generally, a program puts ads on the screen at some regular interval. In some cases, this program can be installed without the user’s knowledge, but not always. Many programs clearly state on install that “this program is supported by advertising, and if you turn off the advertising,

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How to Apply Thermal Paste to A CPU

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Ever wonder how to apply thermal paste to a cpu? Here’s your answer!   To Apply thermal paste to a cpu, here is what you need: Thermal Paste – don’t have some? See our article on how to make your own! A CPU Isopropyl Alcohol A heatsink to mount on top of the CPU A

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Make Homemade Thermal Paste!

Is your computer overheating and you have no extra thermal compound to fix it? Snowed in? Can’t get to the store? How about fixing that problem yourself by making some jerryrigged thermal paste until you are able to get to the store and actually get some real stuff!   What you need Toothpaste – Use

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AirPrint on Any Printer!

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In this project, I will show you how to make ANY printer in your house AirPrint Compatible. AirPrint is the service that allows all of the i-Devices to print to an actual printer without having to put the file on Google docs and print it from there. So Lets get to it! What you Need:

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Musical Floppy Drives

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Musical Floppy Drive In this project, I took an old floppy drive, and created a musical instrument out of it.  The entire theme of the project is based off of arduino and a floppy drive.  more details to come!

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Print from your iPad anywhere!

Hi there!Today I will be showing you how to use Google Cloud Print to print from anything to any printer anywhere. This project is one that I have worked with for years and is still in beta stage, nut is stable for normal use. I have tested it for over a year. It allows a

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Raspberry Pi FM Transmitter

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In this project, I turned my raspberry pi into a fully featured FM transmitter that allows you to broadcast on any frequency.  What you need: Raspberry Pi Ethernet cord to connect to your internet connection A relatively long length of wire That’s it! Now lets get started! Connect the wire that you have to GPIO

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Thewbot!

Say Hello to Thewbot! Thewbot is our own Artificial Intelligence Help Bot Video format not supported by your browser (try Chrome) Canvas not supported by your browser (try Chrome) Thewbot was created based on the A.L.I.C.E. Artificial Intelligence Framework and has been expanding ever since its incarnation in 2012. Thewbot is still not complete, though.

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Thewball.com Sites

Thewball.com is bigger than you think! Here are some of the different parts of the site that you can use. Thewball.com Web Hosting – A Free Hosting service to hostyour very own website!  ThewballQR – a free qr code maker that allows you to make qr codes that can be read by any phone for

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About Matt

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Hi! I’m Matt and I am very interested in the areas of engineering, systems design and analysis, programming, creating new things, drafting, building, electronics, gardening, music, 3-D animation, film making, drumming, music, computers, and much more! This is a website where I share a lot of ideas, and communicate what I am doing. This is

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No Cost Reprogrammable Percussion Pad

I built this helpful percussion assistant on one Saturday morning. It is a real help, and it encompasses a $600 percussion synthesizer that you would find at a music store. This device has a lot more freedom for programming and how many pads you can have on the unit. Materials: An old keyboard (ps2/usb doesn’t

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About Thewball.com

Welcome to Thewball.com! Over the years we have grown to offer web hosting and more features as opposed to previous versions of this website. This website was created by Matthew Fitzgerald as an ongoing project. We also offer hosting services here at Thewball.com.Our services are completely FREE! Yes, Free! No strings attatched, however you want

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