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Quiet Update

Yes, we here at BloggingTech understand that this website has experienced a long hiatus. While it wasn’t something purposeful, it was something that slowely came about over time and well, it happened. Either way, we’re writing to say that in the coming year, we will be sporadically using the website as major things rise in the technologial field and it will be a bit more of a tech news site than its previous walkthrough nature. Some examples of what is coming in the following months is the launch of PCIE 4.0 an DDR5. To reiterate though, we won’t have a steady posting schedule, but we’ll try to post something on this domain as we see fit. Thanks in advance for understanding.

Sincerely,

The BloggingTech Team

What makes a computer a gaming computer?

What makes a computer  gaming worthy? This may be off topic from the normal topics, but we believe these needs to be put out there. While every computer can game technically some computers can game better than others there are many factors why this is true and I will first start by listing the components of the computer.

CPU: Central Processing Unit, every computer has at least one of these and it is the main workhorse of the computer. It does all the hard work and whenever you type a document or go on a website you should thank the CPU.

RAM: Random Access Memory, this is an over thought too many people and for others they believe the more the merrier. Despite common belief you don’t need infinite RAM, a good common and plentiful amount of RAM is 8GB. Any less and chances are you will suffer when you start to do multitasking or use any taxing software like a video editor. Ram is a fast cache for the computer and when you open a program the program will put some data on the RAM. RAM is deleted when there is no power to the computer or device.

GPU: Graphics Processing Unit, this is where all the gaming happens, when you game or use any graphically intensive software you will be taxing the GPU. Not all computers have a dedicated GPU some have something called an APU.*

HDD (Hard Disk Drive)/SSD (Solid State Drive)/SSHD [Hybrid drive](Solid State Hard Drive): This is where all your programs and your operating system are stored. Unlike RAM this is not deleted when you turn off the computer and there are many different variants of this.  The old reliable HDD or the Hard Disk Drive is a physical spinning platter with a head running over the platter to store information, the HDD is slow but comes in large capacities up to 8tb at the making of the blog. The SSD or the Solid State Drive is a newer technology that stores all the information on chips on a PCB, this storage variant is fast the most expansive and it doesn’t come in large capacities, as of the making of this blog the max available is 2.84 TB. Lastly the SSHD or the Solid State Hard Drive or even called the Hybrid drive is a combination of both. Many have 8 GB of Solid State Drive and 1-3Tb of Hard Disk Drive. This uses the SSD storage as a cache that will hold  the current, most used information and store the larger not as commonly accessed information in the Hard Drive platter. The SSD come in 3 types the SATA interface, the M-SATA interface and the PCIE interface; while they are different the description applies to all of these variants.

Motherboard: This is the body of the computer everything is accessed through the motherboard the CPU, GPU, RAM, Storage and even the power supply are all accessed through the motherboard. The motherboard has little to no processing power inside of it, but is still the body of the computer.

Power Supply: This is the part of the compute that powers the whole system. Not much else to say.

Case: All the components are stored inside the case and can also come in the form as a shell for a laptop.

To classify a computer as a truly gaming computer it must have dedicated graphics and should contain an SSD with a combination of an HDD, while these are not necessary it will be a struggle to do any gaming without these components.

*APU: All Processing Unit takes the place of a separate CPU and GPU and does all the hard work by itself. Don’t ever game with one of these or with integrated graphics it is just not worth it.

Please Read Urgent Update!

Sorry about the long wait between posts, but I just had a lot going on. I went on a journey in computer building and if you would like me to talk about that experience please leave a comment. If not please mention what you would like me or Martin to write about. Thank you guys for your patience we all appreciate you guys and what you have done for us.

What is the Raspberry Pi? How do you use the Raspberry Pi?

For those of you still in the family(the followers of the blog including myself) I am going to start a sir section on a Linux computer called the raspberry pi. This computer is $35 and all you need to set it up is a keyboard/mouse, a monitor, a micro sd card, and a computer to write the operating system on it. I recommend wireless module edimax makes a cheap 802.11n module you can get on Amazon. Cases for the computer are optional, but recommend yet again Amazon makes cheap ones that will do the job.

For those of you who care, the raspberrypi.org website has all the images on it on the download page for a computer. I recommend Ubuntu Mate, but for a programming line that has a lot of versatility, I would recommend using raspbian. Other operating systems include XBMC(now called Kodi), and a custom OS called RISC OS. I recommend all of these, but as I had stated before, I do feel that Raspbian and Ubuntu Mate are the best.

To burn the images on a micro Sd card
You can do it on Windows, Linux, and Mac but we don’t like Mac here at the blog so for length purposes I will only elaborate how to do it on Windows.

*While I support Mac I totally recommend Linux and Windows as a home desktop.

This will burn an image on Windows

1. install Win32 disk imager and Sd formater
Win32 disk imager
http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/
SD formatter
https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/

2. Download an image or two in the background while you do the rest of the steps
Where to get the images you ask.
Right here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/

3. Plug in your micro sd card into your computer In one way or another and open the Sd formatter and select your card. Click format size adjustment and then click quick format then click one of the other formatting ways

4. Once the drive has finished sed formatting, let your image download then unzip it and drag the image file to the desktop. Open Win32 disk imager, select you micro sd card and click the folder icon tap desktop and tap your image file. Tap write and the image will start to write the image on the card. *This may take a while so be patient same with the formatting portion in step 3.

5. Once the image has stopped burning. Plug the micro sad card into the raspberry pi and plug in the Ethernet, HDMI, and the keyboard/mouse. Plug in the power and the pi should start to boot.
*If you don’t have a long enough Ethernet cable then plug in a wifi module and I will get to that later

6. If using Ubuntu Mate make or sign into a valid account and fill in all the columns. Once on the desktop, click the wifi icon, click on your network and sign into it.

7. Open the Linux command line in Ubuntu Mate and type in

sudo apt-get install update-manager-core
Once that is done, run the next command to fully update your current OS to the next highest version:

sudo do-release-upgrade

This will make your raspberry pi up to the newest operating system and you should be set to go on your journey with the raspberry pi.

Good wishes and good luck from the blogging tech team. Thank you for spending your time with us.
I check the comments often so leave what every you u like and I may get back to you.

Big Website Update!

I am here to inform you that this website is now under a new co-ownership. Between  Martin and I, this would not change much with the website, but now I will try to post a new blog post once a week to bring some consistency to the site. We will not be following up with the ham radio topic, but I will try to start a new topic based on the Raspberry Pi, a small versatile Linux based computer. You can start to visit them on raspberrypi.org this website has a great blog based on the product and if you have any questions I will try to get back to you on the comments.