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What Are Cryptocurrencies?

The California Gold Rush was considered the largest mass migration in American history. By 1850, more than 25% of California’s population was born outside America. Nowadays, the new gold rush is digital, and many people are swarming to earn money by mining cryptocurrencies. Many people around the world are investing their hard-earned cash into different cryptocurrencies. But, what exactly is a cryptocurrency? In this blog, we are going to discuss what a cryptocurrency is and how it’s created.

Digital Money

            Cryptocurrency is virtual or digital money, which is symbolized by tokens or “coins.” Most cryptocurrencies are intangible, but they’re a few cryptos that ventured into the physical world with credit cards and other projections. The virtual currency is secured by cryptography, making it almost impossible to counterfeit or double-spend. A cryptocurrency is a kind of digital resource founded on a network dispersed across many computers. The term “cryptocurrency” derives from the encryption methods safeguarding the network.

How is Cryptocurrency created?

The word “crypto” inside the term Cryptocurrency denotes intricate cryptography allowing for the making and processing of digital currency. The crypto transactions can be across decentralized systems. This decentralized structure permits them to be existent outside the manipulation of governments and central authorities. Cryptocurrencies are technologically advanced as code by groups who construct mechanisms for issuance through a process called “mining” and other controls. Together with this significant “crypto” feature, these currencies make a mutual commitment to decentralization.

Conclusion

            Cryptocurrency is taking the world by storm, and there are 10,000 and counting different cryptocurrencies in the world right now. The most prominent one right now is Bitcoin where it equals approximately 34,000 USD for one coin. With fractional stocks, you can purchase a piece of it for only one dollar. Here at National Computer Repair, we have made buying and “mining” Bitcoins available to our customers. We give you your Bitcoins within minutes and make the process simple and easy. For more information about Bitcoin, visit our website.

Comparing PC vs Mac

PC stands for personal computer, but when people reference PC, the Microsoft Windows operating system is the one that most often comes to mind. Windows is one of the most popular and most commonly installed OS for PCs. In fact, it holds the largest market share worldwide for OS. Linux is also another well-known OS for PCs. On the other hand, Macintosh runs macOS and is solely developed and marketed by Apple Inc. Although PCs and Macs are both computers that can be mostly used for similar purposes, they differ in function, build, and power. In this month’s blog, we will discuss the unique strengths and weaknesses between the two competitive computers.

Price

In general, the majority of PCs are much more budget-friendly than Macs and are available in different price points from a variety of manufacturers such as Dell, HP, ASUS, Acer, and much more. Most PC towers for office and work use can be found for the half the price of Macs and that’s not including the monitor and other accessories. However, pre-built and custom PCs for gaming tend to lean towards higher price points due to the components that allow it to run high performance games and programs. It’s no secret that Apple products can be more expensive than other brands and manufacturers. However, Macs are very high quality and known for their sleek and modern designs.

Hardware

The hardware in a PC can easily be upgraded by simply switching out the parts in your PC tower when you want something better. For example, you can swap out an old graphics card for the latest one and instantly upgrade your visual experience and performance. The ability to customize your PC is what makes it so popular and enticing and if you’re knowledgeable about the parts, you can build your PC yourself right at home. Overall, PCs have a wide array of hardware choices to choose from in different price ranges. You can choose the hardware based on what best fits your needs.

On the other hand, Macs are very limited in the customization of their hardware and are not really designed to be upgraded by the user. What you buy is what you get. However, Macs come with high-end, expensive components that can run programs very smoothly and seamlessly. In addition, since Apple is the sole manufacturer of all Mac hardware, it offers greater stability and performance. Custom-built PCs can run into issues such as incompatible drivers that can affect its performance.

Software and Gaming

Mac computers are part of what is called the Apple Ecosystem. This ecosystem encompasses all Apple products and devices and creates a seamless network where you can be connected to all of your Apple devices. For example, you can leave your iPhone somewhere else and still easily answer text messages from your Mac. You can even share documents and files through AirDrop or iCloud and easily open it from any device. This integrated ecosystem offers convenience and if you already own an iPhone or iPad, choosing a Mac over a PC can be a very tempting choice. The software and optimization of Macs are also a popular choice among professional creatives, including apps such as Sketch and Final Cut Pro. For the majority, Macs are considered an industry standard for designers but now with more creative software being available for Windows, it makes it a competitive match.

As for gaming, PC wins by a landslide in this category. As mentioned before, a PC has the capability of swapping out its parts and allows users to build their own tower. This allows dedicated gamers to have the best performing system that guarantees a smooth running and high graphics game. Macs have a very limited selection when it comes to gaming software and its components are not very compatible with running the majority of games available for PC.

Which One Do I Choose?

As discussed, PC and Mac have their own unique traits. It’s important to think about your expectations and what kind of capabilities you want your chosen device to handle. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you often multitask during work and utilize a wide variety of office programs and video conference apps?
  • Are you a programmer or designer that requires a device that can run intensive applications?
  • Do you often travel and need a system that is connected to other devices?
  • Are you a gamer and require a computer that can run high performance games on high quality graphics?
  • Do you need a computer that can be used for both casual entertainment (streaming, gaming, etc.) and work?

The bottom line is that, if you’re going to be using your computer for entertainment or a mix between gaming and work, the flexibility of a PC is the best choice for you. If you’re going to be using it strictly for professional work, PCs are still a great option but Apple products and Macs may be a more convenient option due to its ecosystem that keeps you seamlessly connected. Some consider PC best for business and office use while Macs are best for professional creative use.

Conclusion

The PC vs Mac debate has been going on for a long time, just like how people often compare Android and iOS devices. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and what you plan to use it for, whether it be for casual gaming or for work. Regardless of what type of computer you own, you need a reliable repair service in case you ever experience any difficult virus issues or damaged hardware. National Computer Repair is here to help and provide all of your repair and upgrade needs. We also offer PC parts, cases, accessories, and more. Learn more about our services and products by visiting our website or contacting us at (615) 826-7550.

Casting Your Computer Screen with Google Chromecast

 A 15-year-old once hacked NASA. Jonathan James caused NASA to initiate 21 days of operational shutdown, costing about 41,000 dollars to investigate the computer systems and fix the problem. With that in mind, casting your computer screen onto your TV should not be as hard as hacking into NASA. It’s even easier when you use Google Chromecast. In this blog, we will be helping you learn how to cast a Google Chrome tab or an entire desktop to your television with Google Chromecast.

What You’ll Need

            There are a few items that you will need before casting your computer onto your TV. An essential item is a Chromecast. Whether it is a regular Chromecast, a Chromecast Ultra, or a TV with a Chromecast built-in, you can’t do anything without this. Also, it would help if you had a TV with an HDMI slot to connect the Chromecast.

Next, you need a computer and Wi-Fi network with the minimum system requirements. Chromecast is available on all computer operating systems such as Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and Chrome OS. However, there are specific requirements needed to cast your screen effectively. For example, Windows recommends a 2nd-generation Core i5 (2GHz+) with Windows 7 for the best performance. Yet, they require Core i3 or equivalent and Windows Vista. Each operating system has different recommendations and requirements to work effectively and can be found here

The third item on the list is a recent version of Google Chrome installed on your computer or laptop. You will need version 72 or higher to cast your screen on your TV. It is crucial to update your browser for the latest security updates and watch your favorite movies.

Lastly, you need to connect your computer and Chromecast device to the same Wi-Fi network. Chromecast and Chromecast audio devices can only input one Wi-Fi simultaneously. If you changed your Wi-Fi network recently, you might need to set up a factory reset on your devices. You need to install the Google Home app to take off the previous Wi-Fi network to connect your Chromecast and Wi-Fi correctly.

Casting a Tab

    To cast a tab from your browser, you need to open Chrome. After, look at the top right and click More  Cast. When you have done this, you need to choose the Chromecast device that you want to use. In some cases, your Chromecast will automatically cast the content from your computer on your TV. After you finished, click Cast    Stop casting to the right of the address bar.

Casting Your Computer Screen

            The best part about casting your computer screen is that you can display your entire screen using Chrome on Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks. Also, a plus of using Windows computers is that you can hear audio on your TV. To get started, open up Chrome on your computer. At the top right, click on More   Cast. Afterward, look at the top next to “Cast to” and click the down arrow. There is a statement saying Cast desktop. Click on it. The last step is to choose the Chromecast device where you want to watch on.  

            You can also cast music and videos from your computer with similar steps. Instead of clicking Cast desktop, you would click on cast file. Select a file and choose the Chromecast device where you want the file to play.

Conclusion

            When you follow these steps, you can watch YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming platforms with your Google Chromecast. You can also work on assignments on your TV. There are so many other casting devices and methods to choose from when casting your computer screen to your TV. Google Chromecast is not the only option. However, you need to make sure that your computer is updated and working correctly with any casting device.          

If you need assistance upgrading your computer or laptop, National Computer Repair can help. We have many years of assisting our clients with software and hardware issues. For more information, you can visit our website.  Contact us today so you can start casting your

Why Now is the Best Time to Invest in Bitcoin

Chances are more than likely you’ve heard of Bitcoin being talked about in the news or on social media, and probably even more so in the last few years. Bitcoin was born in 2008 at the depth of the economic recession and was laid out as a concept of decentralized, digital currency. Follow along this month as we discuss why investing in Bitcoin now holds more promise than it ever has before.

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is monetary currency, more specifically a type of cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency refers to a type of money that is completely digital or virtual, and in other words is completely intangible. This new type of cryptocurrency is thriving because enough people have agreed on its value and are willing to trade goods, services, traditional currency to acquire it.

Benefits of Cryptocurrency

When comparing cryptocurrency to traditional types of currency there are many unique benefits to consider. Some of the most notable benefits include:

  • No transaction fees
  • Faster transactions
  • Confidentiality with purchases
  • Much simpler international purchases and exchanges

Bitcoin in 2021

Within the first quarter of 2021 Bitcoin has more than doubled in value and price, and as of April Bitcoin reached its all-time highest yet. This means that the current value of a Bitcoin is at $62,124.71, up from $6,838.37 only a year ago. Also as of this month Coinbase made its public debut on the stock market through a direct listing, a landmark moment for cryptocurrency that unveiled a huge number of hungry investors. Coinbase is the largest crypto exchange in the U.S. and has been credited with bringing crypto into the mainstream.

Final Thoughts

While the first few years of its existence Bitcoin held little to no value, today it is one of the most talked about and promising types of currency in our history and future. So what are you waiting for? Get in on the action and start investing in Bitcoin today! Visit National Computer Repair in Madison, TN to purchase Bitcoin in store and have them within minutes. Call us at (615) 826-7550 any day of the week for more information.

The Timeline of Computers

            Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, declared that “the computer was born to solve problems that did not exist before.” Technology is rapidly altering before our very eyes and keeps bringing new expectations and perceptions of life.   Within six decades, computer technology has stemmed from demanding an entire room to function to a table, to pockets, and now operating mainly from a Cloud.  The original intention for computers was merely for a mathematical calculator.  Currently, calculators are in all of our electronic devices. Therefore, computers have and will keep changing the future for generations to come.

Original Computers

            During the 1940s and 1950s, the first large-scale computer called Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) ran at electronic speed without delay by any mechanical parts. The ENIAC needed 18,000 vacuum tubes to function. Also, it required 15-by-meters of space for its sizable built.  This technology was cutting edge. The accessibility of this technology became possible later on. 

            Nevertheless, transistors brought smaller and dependable computers altering from the more expensive computers. Cheaper and tinier, computers started to become a high demand in the market. The IBM 608 was the first transistor-only computer costing around $1,760 a month to rent compared to the IBM 650 being $3,200. The 1950s and ’60s embarked on the current computer industry. The IBM 608 was considered the first commercial calculator. IBM produced 70% of the world’s computers, and 80% were within the United States.

            In 1971, Intel generated the first commercial microprocessor called the Intel 4004. They brought in the next generation of computers called the IBM PC. The cost of computers lowered, and microprocessors were the next step for computers. They empower mass production of custom-made CPU systems. IBM’s larger transistors were no match for microprocessors which brought about miniature computers, PCs, laptops, and even the mobile phone. Eventually, in 1974, Motorola would be a competitor to Intel by making the 6800 microprocessor computer.

Personal Computers

             Within the hardware level of computers, microprocessors were bringing about a menacing completion.  During the 1980s and 1990s, computers’ previous constructions were manipulated to serve customers. Hardware companies like Intel, Zilog, Motorola, and MOS Tech had to contest with each other. An operating system (OS) running by consecutive software increased the demand for mass production of computers. Microsoft eventually saw the need to bring all applications into one operating system.  By the late 90s, Microsoft’s operating system resulted in 97% of all computing devices. Therefore, Microsoft’s operating system and Intel’s microprocessor shaped a new era for computers and led to fierce competition.

Internet and Now

The Web (HTTP) and the introduction of Linux, an open-source operating system, led to the most notable shift of technology in history. Internet browsers escorted users to cross-OS access to terminating the application lock-in benefit of Windows. Also, Microsoft lost the opportunity to shift towards mobile consumption paying particular more attention to software developments. The Linux-based mobile operating system, Android, outshined  Microsoft. Android took the computing market by controlling 85% of the mobile computing market. Mircosoft’s stock went down 20% afterward.

Notably, another creation made for computer users to experience a convenient and connective way of using computers in the Cloud. It allowed users to save data and have storage online. Cloud is now the main focus with tech giants such as Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Therefore, many of these tech organizations are still striving to create an experience with computers. Technology will keep changing and transitioning our lives. Computers are always around us and we need them to function properly sometimes. At National Computer Repair, we know how intimidating a computer can be, so let us help you. Call us at (615) 826-7550 to fix all your computer issues. Located in Madison, TN, you can trust our experts to solve all your technical issues. Come on by to our store!

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