Artificial Intelligence: A Force for Good

  Artificial intelligence (AI) is a rapidly developing technology with the potential to revolutionize many aspects of our lives. While there are some concerns about the potential negative impacts of AI, there are also many ways that it can be used for good. Here are some examples of how AI is being used for good: Healthcare: AI is being used to develop new drugs and treatments, improve diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and provide personalized healthcare. For example, AI-powered systems are being used to analyze medical images and data to detect cancer and other diseases earlier and more accurately than ever before. Education: AI is being used to personalize learning, provide real-time feedback, and help students learn at their own pace. For example, AI-powered tutors can provide personalized feedback to students on their homework and help them identify areas where they need additional help. Environment: AI is being used to monitor and protect the environment. For exampl

The different operating systems and peripherals that we use every day

Have you ever taken a stroll through your local tech store or browsed through your favorite tech website and saw all the crazy peripherals on sale? From the different keyboards, mice, webcams, mousepads, to the components that help cool your machine to the sleek cases that house everything, all these accessories can be overwhelming to those that are unfamiliar with what these attachments do. 

 Though essential peripherals, such as the keyboard and mouse, can become confusing as there are many different arrangements and choices for one to choose. From gaming-focused to minimalist design, indeed, there are different flavors for everyone. The keyboard that I use at home is a cheap mechanical board that I purchased on Amazon a few months ago. Though the board does what I want it to do, I tend to find myself looking at other boards on the market. I use an Apple wireless keyboard with my iPad for my travel setup, which works reasonably well. Now I am leaning toward using flat style or chiclet-style, low profile keyboards as they are easier to use in the case ergonomics, though I do enjoy a well-built mechanical board with blue switches. 

 For my mouse, I use a Logitech G series mouse that comes with weights to custom set a solid feel when gaming for browsing the web. In addition to mice, mousepads are another exciting addition as there are so many types on the market. I have found that, depending on your setup, some mice work best without one, while others could benefit by using one. For my Logitech gaming mouse, I use a full style mouse mat while using my Apple Magic Mouse with my MacBook; I found it more accurate without using a mat. However, I find it all comes down to personal choice, and I always advise you to find what best works for you. 

 For many users, Windows tends to be the OS of choice as it comes in almost every personal computer today. I run Windows 10 on most of my machines, of course, my MacBook runs macOS Catalina. Yes, I am running macOS on my MacBook from 2010, which expectantly well for how old it is. Also, I have started to dabble a little bit with Linux, which I find refreshing compared to Windows and macOS. I have recently been played around with Fedora and Manjaro as I mentioned before, which are both Linux distros on a VM for one of my classes. I find them excellent choices if you might be looking to jump from Windows or macOS. 

Interestingly, I have found that some businesses are running an older version of Windows. For Example, my current employer has been using Windows XP and seven enterprises for several years now. I believe the reason behind this is due to the fact of cost, which can get expensive if you are a large company. In this case, if it is not broken, don't fix it comes into play; however, it also comes down to the proprietary applications that are being used and do not work well in newer versions of Windows. Some of the businesses will also get by on old technology like using VGA cables rather than HDMI or using older model CPUs than the most current available. 

 Either way, the user experience, and even the customers' experience could suffer. Though this may seem odd to say, having a fast-enough workstation to keep up with workplace demands is a blessing. I cannot count how many times I was assisting a customer, and my workstation either froze up or entirely shut down on me. Those machines were running Windows 7 enterprise with minimum specs, which of just enough to get you by, but heaven helps you when it would stop responding due to an update that changed everything about how the program has access to resources. However, Windows has come a long way, and I enjoy my current version of Windows 10 Pro, which I mentioned before is the main OS on my gaming PC that I used for everything from gaming, classwork, and blogging. 

So, have you experienced any issues with the operating systems I mentioned above? Do you have a personal choice when it comes to peripherals? If so, please leave a comment below! I would love to hear from you. 

 Until next time!


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