Month: July 2016

How To Renew Your Old Computer

What happens when you have an old, poor performing computer which sucks your time and create frustration every day? Here are 7 ways in which you can make the best of it.

1. Upgrade

Did you just install a software or game, and your computer is crawling while loading them?

Yes, it’s probably a very good to spend some money, and upgrade that tortoise. It’s definitely one of the best ways to speed up the old computer with minimum cost.

While it’s not always possible to do an upgrade, especially for laptops, you should still be able to upgrade its RAM and hard disk drive. RAM, also known as PC memory, can give you an extra boost in performance. And upgrading your hard disk to a solid state drive is another way to do it – not only will it boot up faster, your applications will perform better as well.

Just these two minor upgrades will keep your computer fresh and faster.

2. Steroids for CPU

While some computers don’t have the option to upgrade their processor unit and graphics card, you can always work around tweaking its processor.

Overclock it.

If you are adventurous enough, you can try overclocking your processor. It’s one of the best way to squeeze out more performance without breaking the bank.

3. Monthly Clean Up

Before you jump to conclusion, you may want to troubleshoot your computer and make sure the slowness is not caused by malware – viruses, worms, trojan horses spyware or adware.

Do a full computer scan with your antivirus software like AVG, Symantec or McAfee. Also, you can clean up temporary files, update windows, and defrag your hard disk.

If all else fails, don’t despair, you can try to reinstall your operating system from scratch.

4. Speed up Your Applications

Even when it sounds weird to be true, the truth is that some good programs are not optimized to run at their peak performance.

For example, if your web browser loads slowly, it could be due to its history size, installed extensions, or plugins.

5. The Older Versions

If your hardware doesn’t support the latest version of a particular application, like Photoshop CS5, use an older version instead. While running older software isn’t always the best idea, if it can still get the job done, you will get lesser frustration and time wastage.

6. Deal with Your External Components

Besides their superior performance, brand new computers offer the fresh feeling of owning it, like a brand new car. New mouse, keyboard and speakers. These are the items which you can replace easily, without breaking much of a sweat. Sometimes all you need to do is to just buy new external parts.

It will make your computer feel nicer – at least for a few months.

If you dislike your current mouse or keyboard so much, because of their worn out look or clicking issue, find better ones and replace them instead. (Using a mouse feels so much better than using your laptop’s trackpad.)

Hate your old speakers? Get a new headphone set – it’s up to you to decide what you want.

It’s true that those external parts won’t make your computer perform better, but it could save you from pulling your hair – while dealing with the frustration.

7. Light Weight Champion

If you really don’t want to part with your old computer, here’s another way to get around.

Install another operating system and then try them out.

And there are plenty of options out there. Great news is that some of them are free.

Here are some of the options available in the market today: Linux mint, Chrome OS, Jolicloud, Ubuntu. They should perform better even on older hardware.

If all else fails, seriously, you might have to bite the bullet and go out there to purchase a brand new computer. And if you decide to ditch your old computer, do make sure you recycle it properly.

 

Tips To Get Money From 3D Printing

1. Create and sell designs and printed items

There is a wide selection of free 3D modeling software which you can use to create your 3D models. Sketchup, 3DSlash, 123D Design, TinkerCAD, Sculptris, Meshmixer and Blender are some of the popular ones.

Beginners can easily find online courses, tutorials and YouTube videos to pick up the skills in using the modeling software as well as get guidance and support from the large online community.

There are many marketplaces for you to print or sell your designs and prints:

> 3DExport – a marketplace to sell your designs

> 3Docean – – a 3D models repository

> Azavy – upload your design files here and get paid when someone prints your file

> CGTrader – one of the biggest 3D designs repository

> Daz 3D – a 3D models repository

> iMaterialise – you can set up your store on this website to sell your designs

> Shapeways – set up your store here to sell your prints which have to be printed at Shapeways

> Sculpteo – you can set up your store here to sell your 3D prints

> Turbosquid – a 3D models repository

If you have access to 3D printers, you can sell 3D printed items on Etsy which is a great place to sell 3D printed crafts. You can also sell 3D printed items on Amazon and eBay. Unique 3D printed items could probably sell better on eBay.

2. Buy a 3D printer and offer a 3D printing service

This option requires an investment of hundreds or even thousands of dollars to buy a 3D printer as well as some time to learn and gain the experience in order to achieve professional grade prints.

You can then offer your services through a 3D printing network like 3D Hubs and Shapeways Global Partner Network. You list your printer on their network and potential customers in your local area can find you and engage your 3D printing service.

3. Establish a 3D printed food cafe or candy store

Food Ink leads the pack by setting up the world’s first 3D printing pop-up restaurant in The Netherlands. The restaurant uses a fleet of 3D printers to create culinary dishes and desserts.

4. Create novel 3D printed product or services

Polychemy specialises in 3D printed jewelry and they allow clients to customize their jewelry pieces online. Protoseyewear boasts 3D printed eyewear to fit you. Danit Peleg specializes in 3D printed fashion. Feetz produces custom-fit 3D printed shoes. As the technology develops, there are more and more creative entrepreneurs who will start to use 3D printing to produce customized products.

You can also open a 3D selfie studio where you scan your clients and print their figurines. Sculptraits Studio, Cokreeate and iOYS are some examples.

5. Conduct 3D modeling and 3D printing courses

Share your expertise by conducting courses and training in 3D printing. You can also create online courses on 3D printing. This can give you passive income for some time.

6. Blog and monetized your website

Blog on a 3D printing niche and monetize your website. Participate in affiliate marketing of 3D printing products.

7. Create YouTube videos

You can create YouTube videos related to 3D printing and monetize your videos.

8. Sell 3D printers

Sell 3D printers, scanners, supplies and software. You can also consider renting out 3D printers and scanners if there is demand in your community.

9. Repair 3D printers

If you are technically inclined and enjoy tinkering with machines, you may offer a service in helping people repair or upgrade their 3D printers.

10. Invest in 3D printing businesses or startups

Publicly traded stocks of 3D printing companies Stratasys, Organovo and 3D Systems. With sufficient financial resources and the right network, you could also find yourself opportunities to invest in startups that are making better 3D printers and such or creating 3D printing related apps.

How To Control of the Wire Harness

One of the challenges in testing wire harnesses is maintaining control of the testing process. Typically, the testing process is not fully automated. Operators connect an untested harness to the test fixture, and remove a tested unit from the test fixture. After a wire harness has been tested, it must be categorized as having passed or failed, and the operator must appropriately segregate the failed ones from the good ones. At times, an operator may fail to properly segregate a failed unit, causing significant problems downstream. Another potential problem occurs when an operator fails to wait until the test is completed and removes a partially tested unit from the test fixture. Selecting the wrong test program is also a potential problem.

Manufacturers who have several options available to them to control the testing process to minimize the possibility of intermingling defective units with good ones. These methods include:

• Activating a fixture clamp when the harness has passed all tests

• Printing a label only when the harness has passed all tests

• Sounding an alarm if the operator removes the harness before the test is completed

• Ensuring that the operator cannot alter the test program

The following is a brief explanation of each approach.

Activating a fixture clamp:

Many high-volume manufacturers use fixture clamps to prevent the operator from removing the wire harness before the tester has verified that all tests have passed. In this scenario, a defective harness can only be removed from the fixture through intervention of a supervisor or other authorized personnel. This results in improved quality control.

A fixture clamp is a device that provides a means of locking a wire harness connector in place while the wire harness is being tested. Most fixture clamp designs use a mechanical locking device that engages when a connector is inserted into a holder. When all tests have passed, an electric solenoid is used to release the connector at the end of the test. It is best to use fixture clamps that are closed and held by a mechanical latch and are opened by activation of an electrical solenoid. This ensures that the clamp will remain closed even if the power is disconnected.

It is important for the tester to be able to activate the solenoid via a control port. Here is a description of the operational scenario involving the use of a fixture clamp controlled by the tester:

• When the operator inserts the wire harness connector into the fixture block, the connector becomes mechanically locked in place.

• When the wire harness passes all tests, the tester activates the solenoid which releases the harness connector.

• If the wire harness is defective, and cannot be repaired, a supervisor or other authorized person can use a security override procedure that releases the fixture clamp, allowing the defective wire harness to be removed from the fixture.

Printing a Label:

Some wire harness testers can be programmed to interface to a label printer, causing a product label to be printed when a wire harness passes all tests. This is a superior method to using pre-printed labels. Using the tester to print a label when a wire harness passes all tests ensures that only good products receive labels. This assurance does not exist when using pre-printed labels. Using the tester to print labels also allows for dynamic data to be part of the label information, such as the current date and time, operator ID, and tester ID. When only good wire harnesses get labels, it simplifies the process of segregating good product from bad.

Sounding an Alarm:

Some wire harness testers may be programmed to enter into an alarm mode when a wire harness is removed from the test fixture before the tester has completed testing. While in the alarm mode, the tester would do the following:

• Stop testing

• Sound an audible alarm

• Display a message indicating early removal of the harness

• Require activation of a security override by a supervisor or other authorized personnel to de-activate the alarm

Once testing has begun, if the wire harness is removed before testing is completed the tester enters the alarm mode. The alarm mode aborts the test, sounds a continuous alarm, and displays a message indicating that the wire harness was removed before testing was completed. This behavior continues until an authorized person activates a security override procedure. It is important that the alarm mode cannot be cleared by cycling power on the tester.

Ensuring that the operator cannot alter the test program

To prevent problems associated with running the wrong test program, the tester must have the capability to lockout unauthorized personnel from selecting the test program. This ensures that once the proper test program has been selected, the operator cannot alter the selection.

Using one or more of these approaches can enable harness manufacturers to improve control of the quality of their products. It is important to use a tester that can support these capabilities.

 

The Benefit Buy Type 3 USB Cable

Many of the latest items of tech come ready to accept the USB type C cable as standard. It first started to appear in 2015 on a few new releases such as the Apple MacBook. It is now becoming more readily available and is appreciated for plenty of reasons, including its ability to operate faster when transferring data or charging smart phones or laptops. Here are three of the most appealing features of this USB cable:

Reversible connector

The USB type C cable is designed to be reversible, so it is much easier to plug-in to the laptop or other devices. It does not matter which way round or which end of the connector is plugged-in; this cable is still able to fully function as intended. A great benefit of this is the ability to use these cables on the widest range of devices in the market. All the latest operating systems (Chrome, Android, Windows, and OS X) are progressively changing over to this technology, which will soon mean the replacement of the USB type A and B cables.

It is much faster

The latest USB type C cable has the ability to operate at a very fast rate and therefore charge up external devices like smart phones or e-readers quickly. The fastest speed rates are achieved when the USB-C and USB 3.1 sockets are able to work in combination. A major reason for this is the ability to push up to 100W of power compared to the earlier standards that were limited to about 10W. A further benefit of the improved speed is the ability to complete file transfers from an external hard drive more quickly.

Greater versatility

The USB type C cable is extremely versatile and practical in many different situations. There is no need to use different plug and cable sizes for device like the laptop, smart phone or printer. Plus, it has the ability to take on several roles and complete multiple jobs at once. For instance, it has the ability to transfer data and charge a device at the same time. Other practical uses include the ability to hook up a laptop to an external screen.

A great plus of this connector having multiple functions is less need for multiple sockets on the laptop, which makes it possible to continue to build to lightweight and slim devices.

Finally, a further improvement on the older USB cables is the ability to include smart technology that helps to detect the intended use, and determines whether the cable is being used for video, power, or transfer data.