A Slice of the Pi
7 Sep 2012 - By Omar Mariño
Anyone with school-age kids will have experienced that feeling of disbelief as they watch small fingers race across a computer keyboard, or listen to an explanation of how to search for information. In a word, our children are much more computer literate than earlier generations, and much more at ease with the technology. But what has become obvious to professional computer scientists is that although kids have a sophisticated knowledge of how to make use of computers for gaming, or tracking down facts that they need for a project, they actually have very little understanding of how the underlying software operates. This is important both more generally, and for providing a training base for school- and college-leavers who are planning to go into IT. The industry has found that very few of them have anything but the most basic knowledge of programming.
In Search of the Perfect Gaming Laptop
7 Jun 2012 - By Omar Mariño
Gaming laptops have become big business in the last few years and have gone from being part of a small, niche, market, to being a regular sight on the shelves of big companies like Currys. However, with so many new machines entering the market, it’s getting increasingly difficult to pick the best from the rest.
Clearing up the Confusion Over RJ45 and 8P8C Connectors
22 Jan 2012 - By Omar Mariño
8P8C connectors, or 8 Position 8 Contact connectors, are modular connectors that are used widely within the telecommunications industry on both twisted pair and multiconductor flat cables. For a variety of reasons, they became confused with the RJ45 connector and to this day are most commonly known as RJ45s.