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An Overview Digital Images and Video: Display, Representations, and Standards
By A. Murat Tekalp
Jul 8, 2015
This chapter from Digital Video Processing, 2nd Edition covers human visual perception and color models; analog-video representations; 2D digital video representations and a brief summary of current standards; 3D digital video display, representations, and standards; an overview of popular digital video applications, including digital TV, digital cinema, and video streaming; and factors affecting video quality and quantitative and subjective video-quality assessment.
Building Open Source Hardware: Making a Derivative
By Alicia Gibb
Jan 12, 2015
This chapter from Building Open Source Hardware: DIY Manufacturing for Hackers and Makers gives an example of the source files and a physical object that you can copy, modify, make, and sell as a derivative under the Open Source Hardware Definition.
Personal Manufacturing in the Digital Age
By Alicia Gibb
Jan 9, 2015
This chapter from Building Open Source Hardware: DIY Manufacturing for Hackers and Makers gives an overview of personal fabrication and the considerations involved in going from an open source hardware design file to an actual physical object. This discussion is followed by the two case studies.
Handling Computer Hardware in a Computer Forensics Investigation
By Darren R. Hayes
Jan 6, 2015
As an aspiring computer forensics investigator, you should develop an understanding of computer hardware, for a number of reasons. This chapter from A Practical Guide to Computer Forensics Investigations covers the importance of being able to recognize different types of computer hardware; the various disk drive interfaces that an investigator can encounter; the types of devices used to forensically extract data from different storage devices; the variety of storage media used and how this evidence should be handled and analyzed; and the use of storage media in actual investigations.
Building Your First Bots with LEGO Mindstorms EV3
By Marziah Karch
Dec 30, 2014
This chapter from Build and Program Your Own LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robots looks at the currently available instructions for the LEGO MINDSTORMS home edition set.
How Motherboards Conduct a Symphony of Data
By Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs
Dec 29, 2014
In this excerpt from How Computers Work, 10th Edition, learn how motherboards work, including details on CPU, chipsets, and PCI-Express slots.
Sharing Files, Devices, and Services on Your iMac (Yosemite Edition)
By John Ray
Dec 4, 2014
In this chapter from My iMac (Yosemite Edition), you learn how to use your Mac to share and access resources over a network, including sharing files and folders using AirDrop and File Sharing, file sharing with Windows computers, setting Share Permissions, using the Share menu to quickly share files online, sharing and accessing network printers, sharing your screen and viewing remote systems, and turning your Mac into an Internet Access Point.
Sharing Files, Devices, and Services on Your MacBook (Yosemite Edition)
By John Ray
Dec 2, 2014
In this chapter from My MacBook (Yosemite Edition), you learn how to use your Mac to share and access resources over a network, including sharing files and folders using AirDrop and File Sharing, file sharing with Windows computers, setting Share Permissions, using the Share menu to quickly share files online, sharing and accessing network printers, sharing your screen and viewing remote systems, and turning your Mac into an Internet Access Point.
Fixing Windows Devices That Can't Start
By Mark Edward Soper
Oct 29, 2014
If you have a windows desktop or tablet that won't start, Mark Edward Soper will help you troubleshoot it, in this excerpt from The PC and Gadget Help Desk: A Do-It-Yourself Guide To Troubleshooting and Repairing. Mark covers BIOS configuration settings, Windows configuration issues, BIOS startup error messages and solutions, and Windows 7 and 8 error recovery and advanced boot options.
Making the Most of Intel Rapid Start Technology
By Ed Tittel
Oct 2, 2014
Intel Rapid Start speeds startup and shutdown of Windows PCs enormously. Taking advantage does require jumping through some hoops, but that’s easily accomplished with this step-by-step tutorial.
Create Your First Arduino Program
By Richard Blum
Sep 15, 2014
Write your first program and watch it work! In this excerpt from Arduino Programming in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself, learn how to use the Arduino IDE software package to create, compile, and upload an Arduino program. You then learn how to interface your Arduino with external electronic circuits to complete your Arduino projects.
Xen PVH: Bringing Hardware to Paravirtualization
By David Chisnall
Jun 30, 2014
A lot of recent work in Xen and the operating systems that run atop it has been devoted to the new PVH mode. David Chisnall looks at what this adds for Xen guests and why it is important.
Increasing Storage Space on Boot/System SSDs for Mobile Devices
By Ed Tittel, Kim Lindros
Jun 18, 2014
Kim Lindros and Ed Tittel show you how to use the graphical disk analyzers WinDirStat and SpaceSniffer to free up space on disks, especially on SSDs where disk space is usually at a premium.
Reducing the Amount of Storage Space Required for Windows Driver Store
By Ed Tittel, Kim Lindros
Jun 11, 2014
Learn about the Refresh Your PC feature in Windows 8.1 by using the Windows RecImg command to make a custom recovery image of a computer's disk and an alternative: the Slimware Utilities' RecImg Manager application.
Introducing EAGLE, the Easily Applicable Graphical Layout Editor for Circuit Board Design
By Matthew Scarpino
Apr 2, 2014
This chapter provides a brief overview of EAGLE including its main features, installation, licensing, and additional EAGLE resources.
Using an Older iPhone (4/4S or 5) with a Prepaid Cellular Service
By Jason Rich
Feb 4, 2014
Jason R. Rich explains why you might want to sign up for a prepaid, month-to-month cellular service plan with no long-term contract if you have an unlocked iPhone 4/4S or iPhone 5.
What to Do with Your Old iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, or iPad Once You Upgrade
By Jason Rich
Feb 3, 2014
Jason R. Rich explores what you can do with your used iPhone or iPad after you upgrade to a newer model.
Using an iPhone to Configure and Control an Apple TV
By Paul Sihvonen-Binder
Jan 28, 2014
This article explains how you can use your iPhone (or other iDevice) to easily configure your Apple TV. You also learn two different ways you can control your Apple TV without using the remote that ships with it.
Before the PC: Remembering Kaypro and Osborne Computers
By Michael Miller
Jan 27, 2014
In this article, old-timer Michael Miller steps into the Way Back Machine to take a look at the CP/M operating system, the Osborne 1, and the Kaypro II. It was a different world back then!
Discover How the New iPhone 5S Technologies Can Impact How You Use Your Smartphone
By Jason Rich
Jan 27, 2014
Jason R. Rich takes a look at what new technologies have been incorporated into the iPhone 5S and explores how the new features and functions can impact how you use your smartphone.

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