A Brief History of the Internet

September 7, 2010

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Did you know that the technology behind the internet today started in the 60’s?  Several colleges, as well as the armed services, began exploring ways to share information in a much broader scale than just being confined to one physical location.

Universities like Stamford, MIT and UCLA, as well as private companies all worked together to develop the packet sharing network protocol that still used today.  By 1982, the idea of a global network of information was becoming more of a reality than a pipe dream.

As the technology improved, Internet Service Providers were formed to open up the internet to homes all over the world.  Western cultures quickly adopted the instant communication tool known as e-mail and the World Wide Web.

Even with the dot.com bubble burst, the technology improved and commerce greatly increased using the internet.  As more people connected their computers to this large network, they also began forming what is called the Web 2.0.  Social Media is the new web, and it is growing in leaps and bounds.


Product Spotlight: Clear Wireless Internet

August 24, 2010

You may have seen the commercials on TV, or walked past the kiosk at the mall, but what exactly is Clear Wireless Internet service?

Clear is a company that offers high speed internet in a mobile application using 4G wireless technology.  The company offers several different plans and options including mobile wireless internet, telephone services and home internet access.

Mobile wireless is provided by using laptop air cards or usb wireless connections.  Home internet service is made possible by a wireless access point, similar to a cable or DSL modem.  You can plug a switch or router into the wireless modem to share the internet connection to multiple computers in your home or office.  Telephone service uses VOIP technology (Voice Over Internet Protocol), the same technology many companies use.

The benefits:  The service is priced fairly reasonable, and the download speeds can match traditional broadband in certain area’s.  Mobile internet is a great tool for businesses and home users.  Now you can surf the internet all over town.

The drawbacks:  Some area’s may not have the best coverage.  4G is a relatively new technology, and some of the bugs may not be worked out completely.  VOIP relies on a steady internet connection.  If there is an issue with the internet, your phone will also be down.

As we have said before, 4G is going to change alot of ways you access the internet and digital services.  Clear Wireless Internet is a good example of that.  With a 14-Day window to test the service before getting locked into a contract, you can easily test Clear for yourself.

The First Annual inQuo Valentines Day Gift Guide for a Geek – inQuo’s Tech Tip Tuesday Newsletter

February 9, 2010
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Our first annual Valentines Day Gift Guide For a Geek.  All the coolest gadgets that will make their head spin and their heart swoon.

For Him
USB Retro Webcam

  • Old School Style meets the latest in webcam technology, with a built in microphone, fine focus wheel and high quality lens.
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Keyscaper Printed Keyboard

  • Ditch the plain black keyboard for something that really fits his style and interests.
Swiss Flash USB Knife

  • If he is a real man, he carries a pocket knife.  And everyone has a USB thumb drive.  The best of both worlds.
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Westone 3 True 3-Way Triple Driver Earphones

  • Does he love his ipod/iphone as much as you.  Then give him the earphones that will make his music sound the best it ever has.
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For Her

Babushka Doll Flash Drive (2GB)

  • A classic symbol of Russian art and beauty, this USB drive is big enough to hold tons of files.
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Swarovski Crystal Wireless Bluetooth Headset

  • Form meets function with this “pinktooth” wireless headset, featuring 6 hours of talk time.
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MIXA – a USB cassette mix tape!

  • Make her a digital mix tape with music, pictures and whatever else you want to save to the USB drive.
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Sony Pink Digital Book Reader

  • Digital books are all the rage, and now she can jump on the bandwagon in style.
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Tech Acronym Dictionary – inQuo’s Tech Tip Tuesday Newsletter

January 12, 2010

Everyone has probably heard some computer acronyms getting used in regular conversations.  But do you know what those stand for, and where they came from?

Computer Acronyms
  • BIOS – Basic Input Output System.  The BIOS is a software program that is hard coded onto a chip.  This software typically runs basic commands that determine the operation of your computer.  When you boot up a computer and see text loading, that is the BIOS running its commands.
  • CAT – Continuous Asynchronous Transmission.  Most people have heard of a CAT5 cable.  This is the cable that connects your computer to a network router or switch, and allows internet and network traffic to be received and sent.
  • CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R and DVD-RW – Compact Disk Recordable, Writable, and Digital Video Disk Recordable and Writable.  These are the disks that you can burn data, music and movies using a CD or DVD burner on your computer.
  • CPU – Central Processing Unit.  Also referred to as the processor, this is the brain of your computer.  Usually made by Intel or AMD.
  • DOS – Disk Operating System.  The basis for the original Windows operating systems.  DOS commands can still be used on today’s computers, but DOS is no longer used as the base.
  • DSL – Digital Subscriber Line.  A direct connection to the internet using phone lines and fiber.
  • FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions.  Usually found on websites.
  • FTP – File Transfer Protocol.  The original standard method for transferring files on the internet.
  • GUI – Graphical User Interface.  Usually pronounced “gooey”, and includes any kind of graphical interface including Windows and Mac operating systems.
  • HDD – Hard Disk Drive.  The hard drive is the storage component for your computer.  All files, including the operating system, are stored on the hard drive.
  • HTML – Hyper Text Markup Language. A text formatting script for internet pages.
  • IP – Internet Protocol.  You may of heard “IP Address”.  All internet and network traffic travel over an IP network, and your IP address is the number that specifies your computer on the network.
  • IT – Information Technology.
  • LAN – Local Area Network.  If you have multiple computers, printers, and other devices connected via a switch or router, you have a LAN.
  • LED – Light Emitting Diode.  Most computers have LED lights installed on them, and now you can get LED’s in flashlights, automobile taillights and even televisions.  They use minimal amounts of power and generate low heat.
  • KB, MB and GB – MegaByte, KiloByte and GigaByte.  The unit of measure for computer speed.  It takes 10,000 KB to make one MB.
  • NIC – Network Interface Card.  The CAT5 cable from your switch or router plugs into the NIC on your computer.
  • P2P – Peer to Peer.  Computers that connect over the internet for sharing files.
  • RAM – Random Access Memory.  This is the term used when talking about how much memory a computer has.  The more RAM you have in a computer can help it run faster.
  • RAID – Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks.  Most servers and many computers have a RAID array.  These arrays will automatically back up the data on a hard drive to one or more redundant hard drives.
  • SATA or ATA – Serial Advanced Technology Attachment.  This is the interface that connects hard drives and DVD/CD drives to your motherboard.  SATA is the new standard for computers, and is much faster and offers better performance than ATA (also known as EIDE).

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