Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Best Pico Projectors

Pico projector is used to show images from many devices such as cameras, cell phones, gaming devices, media players and PDAs. These Pico projectors are gaining popularity due to its functionalities and sizes. Now these are the interesting gadgets for personal use and the cost ranges between $100 to $500 which depends on uses and size of that particular device.
In this article we are going to list out the top Pico Projectors depends on its performance and sales rate of the current market.

1.    Microvision ShowWX+    ($399)

Microvision ShowWX Plus device features 50% more brightness than the original ShowWX i.e. 15 lumens. The specifications of this device are 848x480 WVGX resolution, 5000: 1 Contrast ratio, and iPod/iPhone connectivity with a maximum image size of 100”. 

2.    Optoma PK301 ($349)

Optoma PK301 is a very bright Pico projector which uses 50 lumens and a resolution of 854x480 pixels. It supports ports like USB/VGA/HDMI/A/V, internal memory with 30Mb size and a microSD card slot. It can play back AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP and various photo formats.

3.    Samsung SP-H03 ($299)

Samsung SP-H03 contains 854x480 WVGA resolution, 30 lumens with a maximum image size of 80”. Ports include VGA, USB and Composite with 1 GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot (supports movies, office docs and PDFs). It weights 200 grams and claims a battery life of 2 hours.

4.    FAVI B1-LED-PICO ($279)

FAVI B1-LED-PICO is a business oriented Pico projector with 35 lumens Lcos light engine, 800x600 resolution. Ports include AV, VGA and mini USB with 1 GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot. It weighs about 450 grams and supports music, video and photo files.

5.    Optoma PK201 ($269)

The PK201 uses TI’s new DLP chipset supporting 854x480 WVGA resolution. The projector contains ports like USB/VGA/HDMI/A/V with 30 MB internal memory and a microSD card slot. It includes one 0.5w speaker with an audio out jack and can play back AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP with various photo formats.

6.    3M MPro-150 ($263)

3M MPro-150 contains 15 lumens, 640x480 resolution with maximum image size of 50”. It contains built in memory of 1GB with removable microSD card of 2 GB. It includes 2 half-watt speakers with a audio out jack.

7.    Microvision ShowWX classic ($259)

Microvision ShowWX Classic is the world’s first laser-beam-steering Pico projector. It offers 10 lumens and a high 840x480 resolution because it based on laser, the image is always in focus.

8.    Optoma PK102 ($208)

The 2nd generation Optoma projector seems to have the same projector engine as PK101. It weights about 118 grams, 480x320 resolution with maximum image size of 60”. It has 4 GB of memory, can play MP3 files and has a built-in speaker.

9.    3M MPro-120 ($191)

3M MPro-120 is 3M’s second generation Pico projector, using new MM200 projection engine. It has better battery life of 2-4 hours, brighter and has longer life time of 20,000 hours. It contains 12 lumens, 640x480 resolution and stereo speakers.

10.    Optoma PK101 ($179)

Optoma PK101 is Optoma’s first Pico projector contains 480x320 resolution with a maximum image size of 66”. It weighs about 100 grams and has a DLP light engine. 

Top 20 Best Games Forever

                                                       *****The Best Games*****

@1. CARMAGED DON (1997-2000)

Carmaged is one of the different games. It is not about racing, but something else entirely-cutting loose.  If most of the games are about the triumph of good over evil, carmageddon is the antithesis. It’s pure, unadulterated evil; a no-holds-barred, violent smashfest of the highest order that boasts true freedom to win the race by your preferred means: cross all checkpoints, wreck all other opponents, or kill all pedestrians.
In carpocalyse now! The last level takes place in a nuclear reactor, and your objective is to hit the huge button that will destroy the reactor and cause the world’s destruction. In a world where everyone tries to be politically correct, this comes as a breath of fresh air.
The final word on this game comes from a friend who says, “After I play, i make a point to relax for 15 minutes before I go out, because I’m afraid I might drive the same way in the real world”. Now that’s immersion.

@2. SUPER MARIO BROS (1985-2010)

The fun, accessible, and addictive gameplay of the SMB series has earned it this rank. Truly the biggest franchise of past, present, and future, this series has literally crushed mascots of other platforms such as SEGA’s Sonic the hedgehog and PlayStation’s Crash Bandicoot. The only reason is because of a tiny, insignificant little thing.

@3. GOD OF WAR (2005-2010)

The GOW franchise has continually churned out one superlative experience after another. Each new title pushes the boundaries of what the game’s console is capable of, and each release continues to make the act of mass destruction extremely fun. The GOW series continues to symbolize the epitome of polish and smoothness in gameplay, and there seems to be no stopping this juggernaut.

@4. ROAD RASH (1991-2003)

Road Rash is the most fun motorcycle racing game ever made, and practically everyone who owns a PC has enjoyed it, including 60-year-old-grandmas and we say this from personal experience. An elderly lady once wanted to play Road Rash at the SKOAR!

@5. FALLOUT (1997-2010)

It has alternative-reality mix of 1950s vaccum tube technology with high-powered Gauss Rifles has a special appeal all its own. Another unforgettable aspect is its liberal dose of dark humour. Regardless of how hopeless the future of the world might seem, there’s always someone around to make a wisecrack about it. When it comes to post-apocalyptic sci-fi, nothing can touch Fallout with a sharp-ended spear.


AVP (Aliens Versus Predator) is actually three games in one-an excellent horror FPS (Marine), a hi-tech stealth FPS (Predator), and the Alien campaign that has no parallel in any other franchise. We can’t beat playing from the viewpoint of the two coolest villains in Sci-Fi lore.

@7. CALL OF DUTY (2003-2010)

With each release the COD franchise has gone from strength to strength, and currently holds the record of the largest-selling FPS. The combination of arcade action with realistic weapons, together with tightly-scripted levels that provide a cinematic feel to the action has been maintained across its iterations.

@8. PRINCE OF PERSIA (1989-2010)

In terms of artistic excellence, it stood head and shoulders above all other platformers in its time, and its simplistic elegance can still hold its own against today’s games.POP is gaming filtered down to its essence: kill the bad guy, save the world, get the girl.

@9. DOOM (1993-2010)

It was the game that created the multiplayer deathmatch. The first “2.5D” game, which ushered shift to 3D.  Its graphics were a generational leap forward. There are all other FPS games, and then there is DOOM.

@10. MEATL GEAR (1987-2010)

Fantastic production quality, a “cinematic” storyline, and challenging stealth gameplay make for a formidable combination, never mind the weird choice of names.

@11. MAX PAYNE (2001-2008)

This is the action marquee that first introduced the concept of slow motion actions, and gamers were suitably blown away. The addition of a hackneyed love story didn’t hurt either, because we’re suckers for those things.

@12. GRAND THEFT AUTO (1997-2009)

The GTA franchise is a rare gem that has consistently upped the ante with each release, wherein the deviants at Rockstar come up with a more awesome adventure to shake you up. Praising it any more would sound trite, so all we’ll say is “More hot coffee please!” Greets also go out to Mafia. Thug life!

@13. COMMANDOS (1998-2010)

Granted, commandos’ difficulty could be frustrating at times, but the satisfaction of a hard-earned victory after hours of patience was unmatchable. We look forward to the day when this franchise will be resurrected in its original avatar. Until then, clones like pathway to glory will have to suffice.

@14. COMMAND & CONQUER (1995-2010)

The RTS world broadly companies C&C and war craft. We’ve played all three WC games, but they’re nowhere near the former. Any game that lets you blow up the white house and has exploding cows in it gets our vote.

@15. BURNOUT (2001-2009)

Burnout typifies arcade racing craze, perfected in burnout revenge. For joy it provides a lot in crashing opponents’ cars in any number of ways, this hits the more popular need for speed to the post.

@16. STAR CRAFT (1998-2010)

This game needs no introduction. And answer to say that this slot was a toss-up between star craft and war craft, but the former own because of its better single player campaign and engrossing storyline. Another contender for this position was war hammer 40,000: dawn of war, but it lost out to the former’s production quality.

@17. HALF LIFE (1998-2010)

This is one of the most recognized franchises, halo notwithstanding. Half life changed the people’s expectations of the FPS genre. It helped to bring about the FPS domination and it was still continues.HL2 was an extremely polished product with a few innovations of its own.

@18. FINAL FANTASY (1987-2010)

The first name that comes to mind when you say “JAP RPG” is final fantasy. Longest running, record breaking, prolific, and cultural phenomenon are some of the many adjectives used to describe this venerable console franchise, which has truly defined the RPG genre.

@19. THE ELDER SCROLLS (1994-2007)

The elder scrolls world didn’t make an impression with its first or second loops, but Morrowind changed the game with its huge world and massive storyline. Other fantasy RPG franchises are similarly epic in scope, but lack the polish that TES displays.

@20. WORMS (1995-2010)

When one gamer says to another, “I’ve got worms”, he isn’t talking about gastrointestinal disorders. This turn-based squad combat tactical series has delighted fans for years now, and will hopefully continue to do so.



Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cloud Computing Can Provide a Safe and Secure Work Environment for our Business

  • Power Your Business
The market for cloud computing in India is expecting to grow nearly ten times to US$ 1,084 million by 2015 from the current US$ 110 million.

The biggest consideration causing the shift towards cloud computing is naturally the cost factor. Cloud computing will dramatically cut down your hardware and software expenditure and you will also require less IT support staff. Plus, you only pay for what you use, so this cuts down unwanted expenditure. Also, as your need increase, you can buy more space as require or you can even temporarily scale down usage when you experience a slump in business. Maintenance or even regular updates is no longer your headache as they will be taken care of by the service provider. It even saves you the cost of setting up infrastructure to host servers at your end.

Cloud computing is valuable from the point of view of employees as it provides them with the freedom to access all their files virtually anywhere. It is especially beneficial for those employees who have to be in the field, as they can easily access the documents they require and even make changes if required. Apart from this, it also gives employees the flexibility to work from home, especially on days when they can’t make it to the office due to a strike or other calamity.

Another advantage is higher security and reduced threat of data loss. All machines are prone to breakdowns and a hard disk crash can also result in permanent data loss. Imagine your are working on an important presentation, your hard disk crashes and your IT technician tell you it will take a few days to restore your system. You could have saved yourself a whole lot of trouble if your data was on the cloud, and then all you would have had to do is simply access it using another system.

There are many service providers in the market, ranging from international companies including Amazon, Microsoft, HCL, and Sales force, to local service providers Zenith Infotech, Orange Space, TCS, Wipro and Infosys, who offered cloud computing services.

  • Cloud Computing will dramatically cut down your Hardware and Software Expenditure

While moving your data into the cloud is very straightforward, you have to consider a few points before finalizing the cloud provider. 

  • First up, it is important for you to determine your requirements and select a plan best suited to you. 
  • Secondly, look at the cloud provider’s security and privacy terms. See what kind of technical assistance will be provided as well as their downtime assistance. 
  • Also, look for tutorials to familiarize yourself and your staff with the cloud environment for ease of usage. 
  • Most crucially, read about the policy regarding retrieval of data in case you want to switch your service provider in the future. 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Top 30 Softwares for Windows

In this article we are going to list out the top windows Softwares by considering some factors like importance of particular software, performance and usage rating. By taking all these factors into consideration, we prepare the list of top 30 windows software.

#1.    MS Office Suite 2010

Let’s face it, this one thing where Microsoft really knows what it’s doing. Whether it’s the simplicity of world or the complex pivot tablets, look-ups, and macros we can run in excel or even the impressive fluidity of power point, we all seem to love this productivity tool. Also, it’s not really a surprise that the productivity suite is top of this countdown right? After all we use a PC most often for the productivity.

#2.    Google Chrome

Google chrome is one of the best browsers where it is going to be our gateway to personal computing in the future. Now with extension support, the newly launched app store and more stable releases, it seems this would be a favourite browser for overall periods.

#3.    Irfan view

Irfan view is the primary tool for all of us when it comes to batch processing, editing and resizing the images.

#4.    uTorrent

uTorrent is small sized software where we can easily use the resources. It has great looking interface with awesome features. Feature set even includes a Web UI.

#5.    Firefox

Firefox is again one of the most successful open source projects of all time. The browser was at one time the most customizable, secure and fast browser. Hence the loyal fan following even today.

#6.    VLC

Despite media players such as KMPlayer and Media Player Classic, VLC still remains its position with high rating. Many people will not use this player as default player but stood top in the listing because of its extensive features.

#7.    Nero Suite

Nero suite is used to burn CDs and DVDs and most people only use this Nero Burning ROM Component for its rich features.

#8.    CCleaner

CCleaner is the best system maintenance tool by its tweaking registry, optimizing start-up for quicker booting, or simply removing temporary files enmass. There is nothing as user friendly as CCleaner.

#9.    WinRaR

The good old giant of the compression world still rules the roost. Perhaps people are still habituated or many like that .rar format that WinRaR can natively compress and archive in.

#10.   Daemon Tools

A daemon tool is one of the best ISO mounting and creating tools out there. With daemon tools, we can compress, split images while also managing our countless images. It associates with image files for quick access and has a system tray menu to help ease the process.

#11.   Adobe Reader

It seems, maximum there was no another option to read a PDF file without using this software. Mostly, people throw any PDF at it and it will open, was the contention.

#12.   Skype

Skype is the world’s most popular VoIP application and it found many takers across continents. Skype does a good job at reducing international calling costs for people. Even the conference call features have been well accepted.

#13.   Audacity

Audacity is the most appreciated free audio editor around. The software features a clean interface, multi-track editing, a robust set of effects, wide file support and even plug-in’s all in a 2.13 MB package.

#14.   Windows Movie Maker

For newbie’s, Windows Movie Maker seems to provide the best combination between features and usability. If we want to make nice looking home videos, Movie Maker will suffice.

#15.   AVG Antivirus

This antivirus software is very easy to use and what’s great about it is that the basic version, which supports all updates and latest virus definitions, is free to use.

#16.  Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player may not be a first option of media playback, but after clean install when we want to play any file, this is the best and perhaps only player available.

#17.   Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer is one of the best browser but it was not using by maximum people because of the competition given by other brands i.e. chrome, Firefox. But this software has its own use because some browser refuses to open some prickly websites. So in this way, it occupies the top position in this particular list.

#18.  VirtualBox

Sun Microsystems’s VirtualBox is virtual machine software used to run something from a different platform. It’s installed on almost all our systems.

#19.  Google Talk

Google Talk is an all-in-one messenger trying to acquire a top place in today’s world of website. Gtalk faces its biggest competition from the web UI integrated chat found in Gmail itself.

#20.  Picasa

Picasa is a photo editing cum photo management hybrid that is a favourite amongst most people. This application comes with really nice and unique features which include, web gallery integration, face detection and geo-tagging images.

#21.  Thunderbird

Thunderbird is one of the biggest open source success stories in the world today. A robust, cross platform mail client such as thunderbird has rarely been seen even in the commercial spaces. It’s easy to set-up, customizable, and has a lovely UI.

#22.   Recuva

When we delete a file and suddenly realise it was the wrong one i.e. I am not talking about the temporary delete file where we can find it in recycle bin. Recuva is brilliant software used to recover data from lost files and even also from crashed hard drives.

#23.   Avast Antivirus

Many people are using this antivirus software over many years because Avast developers are always trying to keep ahead of malicious coders and keep the user in a safe manner.

#24.   SpeedFan

SpeedFan is a hardware monitoring software that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in our PCs. It can access S.M.A.R.T information and show hard disk temperature too and even dynamically change fan speeds accordingly, to reduce noise.

#25.   WordWeb

WordWeb is an instant English Dictionary and thesaurus. If we select any word, it will give us meanings, alternative words and many other options. It is useful to anyone even remotely interested in writing better, increasing their vocabulary and knowing correct pronunciation.

#26.   Teracopy

Teracopy is a file copy utility that goes beyond the regular windows copy-paste dialog box. It works a little faster and has features like pausing and resuming copying tasks.

#27.    Yahoo!

A few years ago Yahoo! Messenger was perhaps the only form of instant communication between users. But right now, its ranking was going down due to heavy competition by the web based chats and multi-protocol messengers like Gmail and Facebook.

#28.   Norton Ghost

Norton ghost was robust software that would take system image backups and an instant restore point, complete with settings and preferences.

#29.   Teamviewer

Teamviewer software is used to log into our or anyone else’s PC from a different location. Effectively controlling remote system as if we are right there in front of it and was a great tool for trouble shooting or keeping track of what’s going on with our PC while on the move.

#30.   Lightroom

Many people prefer Lightroom software over other photo management and editing tools because it helps us in organising our photographs and do post processing works like adjusting exposures, tonal adjustments etc. It also allows us to showcase our work in the form of slide show, web galleries as well as on popular photo sharing sites.