How Technology Changes Our Lives And The Times

If the heat that never seems to end is anything to go by, then we should know that the changes wrought by technology is on a colossal level...

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How Technology Changes Our Lives And The Times

If the heat that never seems to end is anything to go by, then we should know that the changes wrought by technology is on a colossal level.

Nowadays, we can hardly differentiate the seasons because the heat does not seem to go away. It simply changes from hot to hotter, then hottest.

Thanks to technology, our natural protection is slipping away like layers of oranges being sliced off to keep us exposed to the merciless harshness of the sun. And while we may be able to reduce the rate at which this destruction goes, we cannot reverse it.

Houses are popping up everywhere, monstrous testimonies of technical know-how. Some of these structures are industries hell-bent on carrying on with the destruction of our atmosphere.

The production of automobiles too ensures that the destruction go on at an alarming rate. Indeed in some places, like China, cases have been reported of matters getting so bad that you hardly can see down the road.

Now, perhaps much has been said of wildlife destruction. Mighty trees in the forest which fill the atmosphere with the much needed oxygen being hacked down for the production of paper and for the furtherance of building constructions and all such things.

Even a blind man would know that we are steadily pushing ourselves to extinction.

Nevertheless, technology is not a beast without beauty as most people will testify, and that is a good thing. On a very hot day, one can stay indoors and not feel the heat because of a technological invention.

 Even though our natural cooling system might be so much better, the air conditioner is very effective in helping to deal with the heat and hot weather.

Perhaps one can still sleep peacefully after all without rolling about in bed because of the terrible atmospheric changes we inflicted on ourselves.

Furthermore, moving about just got a lot more comfortable and easier. Even without owing a car, technology has made provisions for you to move around like a boss.

No, you don’t have to go to the road to flag down a bus or taxi and proceed to be packed along with others like inanimate bags of sardine.

Not when you have such applications as the Uber and Taxify on your phone. These apps provide services which you can easily access from the comfort of your home.

This means you can get a car through the internet to your very doorstep which will take you to the place you want to go. That is just another of the ways technology tries to make things right.

Also, shopping have ceased to be a chore and a tiring walk around the market. You can access those commodities you want from your bed and have them delivered to you.

Clothes, food, computers, phones, drinks, kitchen utensils, name them. Technology once again drives home an important point.

Furthermore, if you hate queues, perhaps you can just sit at home and pay your bills or make those transfers that will have you sweating on a very long line. And it keeps getting better.

Technology has proven to be a beast. And although this cannot be denied, this beast exudes such beauty and unchained possibilities that we simply cannot resist. Perhaps we are left with no choice than to learn to control this beast while enjoying the benefits it brings.

 

Computer Glitches And Bugs

Sometimes, your laptop acts up for no reason, causing you to lose important files and documents. This problem may just be caused by a glitch and glitches can be a total pain.

 Glitches are normally short-lived. They are faults that correct themselves after perhaps wrecking havoc on your system.

Glitches and bugs are often used interchangeably because both work against authorial intent, but whereas a glitch is something more mysterious and incomprehensible caused by things outside the programming, a bug is cast as a genuine breakdown of functions.

A glitch is not detected at the time it occurs but it later shows up in data errors.

Glitches are invariably brought about through incorrectly written software, undetected data input, incorrect instructions and the failure to account for it, undetected communications errors. Sometimes glitches are caused by hacking—computer viruses and Trojan attacks.

Glitches may be little errors but they cause big problems most times. It is like a silly card falling into a pack of cards which falls into another and another till a big problem is created.

Some of the problems may be keyboard malfunction, screen abnormalities, random program malfunction, plus abnormal program registering.

These problems are probably the smaller problems. I once lost all my life’s work in a computer that crashed due to the repetition of this particular annoying fault.

Unfortunately for me, most of the files I lost were not backed up except the few in my mail which I had sent to people. That was painful.

Still the bigger problems, like the unexpected shutdown of a  water filtration plant in New Canaan in 2010, are heart-stopping. It doesn’t end there.

 On Tuesday, 4th June 1996, European Space Agency’s(ESA) crewless Ariane 5 rocket which was carrying four expensive scientific satellites went up in flames after 39 seconds resulting in an estimated $370 million loss.

Glitches are unexpected and this is why the effects sometimes are devastating. Research also shows that geographical events like earthquakes may cause glitches in computer systems and some might even end up crashing.

It is important that you not only take corrective measures but also preventive measures against glitches. It is noteworthy to state that modern computers do not crash often these days and that’s because they have ‘memory protection’.

 This ensures that one application does not get into another. Then there is paging which makes it hard for a program to hog all the memory since limitless amount of it is simulated by the computer.

Even with these preventives, there are software you can install and bring ruins on your computer. These are device drivers and sometimes they contain bugs. These device drivers are plugged right into the heart of the operating systems.

Because of this, these bugs can actually cause loss of data.

In order to safeguard your system against these glitches, it is important that you should be wary of the type of software you install in your system, as this could be like shooting oneself.

Modern computers too will help matters and guard against these mischievous glitches. However, it is also advisable to have your documents backed up somewhere instead of relying fully on your computer as this foolhardy type of faith has proven to be costly time and time again.

 

Why Light-coloured Or Back-lit Computer Keyboard Is Important

Although many computer users touch-type and can easily feel their way around a computer keyboard, they would fall over light-coloured or back-lit keyboards if they knew how  important it was.

Typing in the dark with an equally dark keyboard may not seem to affect your eyes at the moment, but as time passes, the effect comes to fore.

For users who still have to look at keyboards while typing, using a dark keyboard without light is a torturous experience as they will keep straining their eyes peering at the keyboard and trying to make sense of all the darkness.

Not only does typing with a dark keyboard slow you down, it also makes typing an unenviable experience.

Now, for people like me eking out a living from writing using laptops, that would probably mean a lifetime of torture or something close to it.

Being a lot faster and being able to glide your fingers across the keyboard is no guarantee that using a dark keyboard will not give you some trouble in the long run because sometimes you will definitely have to look down into the darkness that is your keyboard and have less success than you would have had with a light-coloured or back-lit keyboard in locating that evasive key.

This will give your eyes much work and as it continues, your eyesight will most likely deteriorate.

Keyboards with light colours or backlights are usually more costly than their dark counterparts.

 This is especially true of back-lit keyboards. It is because backlighting is not a cheap or even common throw-in feature.

The producer has to put in a LED under each key (now those keys are certainly not few).

And this has to properly done because a dark keyboard is more preferable than a poorly-lighted one.

The back-lit keyboard seems like a vain feature but not if you do your work on your bed and you don’t want to have that extra burden of lugging a lamp around, having your shadow fall across your keyboard which will prevent you from seeing properly.

If you work late at night or any time at night at all, then back-lit keyboard will keep it simple for you. Serious gamers too will love a back-lit keyboard for its mnemonic qualities.

 In the middle of these advantages is the safety of your eyesight. Also work becomes easier and you drag your feet less (or should I say fingers in this case?) in carrying out your work.

In getting a laptop with a back-lit keyboard, you might want to check for certain qualities, but this will all depend on your preference.

 The brightness should be something you’re comfortable with and not something you might want to shield your eyes away from.

Also tweakability is one feature that is definitely appealing, the ability to turn down or turn up the brightness. In some laptops, this can be done manually or operated with sensor which turn it up or down as they sense the change in lighting.

Some laptops with this back-lit feature are the Lenovo ThinkPad T460, Asus Zenbook 3, Apples MacBook Airs, MSI’s GT73VR Titan Pro, Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro, among others.

So when getting that new laptop, think about your eyes and how much easier it would be working on a light-coloured or back-lit keyboard.

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