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Choosing a new computer can be daunting. However, when you have the right advice, it can be a simple process. First, understand what your needs are. What will you use your computer for? Whether it’s for business use, communicating with friends, streaming, gaming, editing photos, or something else, CDM can help you find the device you need. Your primary use is the biggest determinant of which type of computer to purchase. With that in mind, here are a few more tips for choosing the right machine for you. After you have an idea of what you want, call us!


Laptop or Desktop?


Today, laptops are very common: many users choose them for their portability, allowing them to work or surf the web away from their desks. Laptops are especially a good choice for students, as they can bring them back and forth from school and home with ease. They also are a great option for people who travel often and want to stay connected!


However, there are still some strong advantages for desktops. From a financial standpoint, they are generally less expensive to purchase, repair, and update than laptops. They also typically feature a larger screen than laptops, making them a strong choice for people who work with photos, videos, or design. The large screen also may appeal to older generations who are accustomed to it and prefer seeing things on a larger scale.


Operating system: Windows or Mac?


Deciding between a Window or Mac operating system is largely a personal preference. Some users are diehard Mac fans, while others are loyal to Windows. In choosing between them, consider what you’re familiar with. If you’ve only worked with Windows devices, are you willing to learn an entirely new operating system?


The other biggest determinant is what other devices you already own. If you use an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or other Apple product, you may enjoy how those devices can interact with a Mac operating system. Various apps will sync under your Apple ID and allow you to access the same content across devices. For example, if you save something in Notes on your iPhone, that content will appear on your Mac. On the other hand, Windows computers, tablets, and Xbox products all operate on the same system (Windows 10), which creates a more streamlined experience.


Processor


Processors impact how fast a computer operates. The main types are the Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 or i9. The Core i3 is the least expensive option, but is also the least powerful. However, if you’re looking to spend under $500 on a computer and only need basic computing abilities (like having a few web tabs open, sending emails, typing, etc.), the Core i3 would be a great choice for you.


Core i5 processors are a balance between moderate price and performance. They will provide decent speed and be efficient enough for the average computer user, especially if you’re on a budget. However, if you have a larger budget and want the fastest, most powerful option, a Core i7 processor or above will take very little time loading and will allow you to work quickly.


Memory


The memory of a computer is measured in gigabytes (GB). Standard computers feature eight GB of storage, which is plenty for most users. The only reason you would need more is if you frequently run multiple large applications at the same time. People who use their computers for streaming and gaming may opt for 16 GB options.


Price


Of course, your budget is an important factor for your decision. If you’re working on a tight budget, you can still purchase a computer to surf the web, use email, and other simple needs. Today, inexpensive computers are advanced enough to run common tasks. However, if you can spend slightly more, a computer at a mid-price will be dependable if you’re looking to get work done.

If you’re confused about which computer is right for you, you have a resource: CDM! We are here to help you choose the right product for your needs and to supply you with it. Or, if you’re wondering about whether to repair your current computer or purchase a new machine, stop by and talk to our computer experts. We are here to tailor technology to you!

 

Published in Tech Know How
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:55

Technology is the Future of our Youth

Technology is getting more advanced every day. While new phones and gadgets grab a lot of attention, many workers have a reason to be concerned for how the future of tech will influence their occupations. A report from Marketwatch indicates the advancing rate of automation puts between 30 and 40 million American jobs at risk. 

 

Those statistics are especially daunting for younger generations who have to find a career as nearly a fourth of the traditional market shifts. Still, the loss of many positions will open the door to new opportunities in STEM jobs. No one says change is easy, but there are good things that can come from it. The next generation has to adapt to the rapid rate of tech growth if they’re going to excel in a digital world.

 

Part of the problem with attracting young people to STEM is a lack of fun or creative ways to engage them. If a middle school or high school doesn’t have early engineering programs, it can be much harder to get kids involved. There are also other groups and sports battling for their attention. Funding STEM programs are a part of the solution, but not every district can afford to add more classes or teachers.

 

If normal schooling doesn’t cover all the bases, what can parents do for their kids? The short answer is to get involved. An environment that values creative and intuitive minds is one where the culture of STEM can thrive. Beyond what a parent can do at home, it’s important to take summer opportunities seriously. There’s plenty of time to have fun and learn. CDM Computing combines the two while preparing students for the future though their nonprofit, Camp BYOC (Build Your Own Computer). Teaching kids meaningful skills like computing, coding, robotics and circuitry will create a desire to innovate in the face of adversity. 

 

Ask questions that make your children think and support their involvement in technology. No, that doesn’t mean parents should let them play video games all the time, but those consoles and computers will play a role in their futures. Technology and design should be a hands-on experience to show a child what they can accomplish when they apply themselves.

 

These tools are important for the development of kids and benefit everyone by advancing the same technologies which challenge us today. Plus, kids take their success with them. After building their own computers, students can continue to experiment with the hardware and programs to expand their skills.

 

Camp Schedule:

 

Explorer 1- Simple Machines and Basics Robotics - June 3 - June 7, 2019
Explorer 1- Computing and Automation - June 10 - June 14, 2019
Explorer 1- Robotics and Automation - June 17 - June 21, 2019
Explorer 2- Intro to Python Coding and Logic Thinking - June 24 - June 28, 2019
Explorer 2- Intro to Circuitry (12 & up) - July 1 - July 5, 2019
Explorer 2- Intro to Robotics (12 & up) - July 8 - July 12, 2019
Explorer 2- Applications Galore! (9 & up) - July 15 - July 19, 2019

 

No child should lose an opportunity to learn because of a lack of funding. While public schools aren’t always fortunate enough to have the resources for technology classes, Sponsoring education through camps like BYOC can make a real and positive change in the lives of children. 

 

If you’re interested in joining CDM’s camp, signing up your child or sponsoring, go to www.CampBYOC.com to register. Contact our Cincinnati office at 513-549-8308 with any questions.
Published in Tech Know How