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Common Laptop Fixes

1. Overheating Symptom: Computer crashes, freezes Solution: Clean out air vents, put filtered material over the inhalation vent, or update BIOS Overheating can rob your laptop of performance and often cause a host of hiccups, such as system crashes and freezing. Every computer generates lots of heat, but laptops are especially susceptible to overheating due to their…

The First GUI Personal Computer, The Xerox Alto

The Xerox Alto was the first computer designed from its inception to support an operating system based on a graphical user interface (GUI), later using the desktop metaphor.The first machines were introduced on 1 March 1973, a decade before mass market GUI machines arose. The Alto uses a custom multi-chip central processing unit (CPU) filling a small cabinet, and each machine cost tens of thousands…

Is 8-bit Dead?

Engineers have been heralding the death of 8-bit microcontrollers for years. First 16-bit was supposed set to be it’s executioner then, 32 bit then surely 64 bit would have landed the coup-de-grace of 8 bit. But somehow it has stuck around. For small devices like digital counters, thermometers, and other sensors 8 bit chips like…