Apple Computers

In 1976, three enterprising young men founded Apple Computers, Inc, with the intention of creating and distributing personal computers.  Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne began with a dream of making super computers smaller and available to the public.  They built their computers in Jobs’ parent’s garage and debuted the Apple I personal computer kit the year they founded Apple.  Eventually, 200 of these computers would be built.

Jobs approached a local computer store, The Byte Shop, which ordered fifty units and paid $500 for each unit after much persuasion from Jobs. Jobs then ordered components from Cramer Electronics, a national electronic parts distributor. Using a variety of methods, including borrowing space from friends and family and selling various items including a Volkswagen Type 2 bus, Jobs managed to secure the parts needed while Wozniak and Ronald Wayne assembled the Apple I.

Alternative Operating Systems

Even though most personal computers are sold today with Windows pre-loaded, there are alternative operating systems that you can choose to install yourself.  Advances are constantly being made in computer programming that allows computer users to choose what operating system they want to use.

Of course, Windows is one of the easiest operating systems to have.  It is loaded on most computer systems, so you can use other systems besides your own with ease and without having to learn a new program.  Windows is designed to be user-friendly with point and click technology that allows nearly anyone to easily become a computer expert.

64-Bit Operating System

The 64-bit operating system is one that is capable of storing information in memory that is at least 64 bits or 8 bytes wide.  They are also based on registers, address buses, or data buses of that same size.  A bus is a subsystem that transfers data or power between computer components inside a computer or between computers.  The bus is controlled by a device driver similar to those that control outside peripherals like a mouse or printer.

64-bit CPUs have existed in super computers since the 1960’s and work stations and servers since the 1990’s.  While this architecture has been around for awhile, 64-bit operating systems are relatively new concepts in the computer world.  Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X Tiger are all 64-bit operating systems.

The advantages to 64-bit operating systems are far-reaching.  They are more powerful and more reliable than the 32-bit systems.  The 64-bit operating system can address more memory directly without using complex indexing or register-addressing schemes. Because internal memory is several orders of magnitude faster than storage, combining a 64-bit processing architecture with more RAM lets a processor pull more data into memory and operate on it directly, increasing performance manifold.
A 64-bit file system also can improve disk management. Rather than having to take a large disk, such as a 9 GB storage module, and segmenting it into 32-bit addressable chunks (2 GB each), you can address the entire disk. That can help, for example, both in database performance and the performance of the operating system itself.
64-bit operating systems are great for user who need to access very large data stores.  The system is valuable in industries such as CAD (computer aided drafting), science and engineering, human resources, and financial modeling.  Users working with these computer-intensive applications will probably see immediate improvement with 64-bit machines over 32-bit machines running at the same clock rate and with similar memory configurations.

There is a simple analogy that can help explain the difference between a 32-bit operating system and a 64-bit operating system.  A 32-bit addressing environment can keep track of the name and address of every person who has lived in the United States since 1997.  A 64-bit environment can keep track of the name and address of every person who has every lived in the world from the beginning of time.  That’s a powerful system!

The advent of the 64-bit operating system is technology that has been sorely needed for some time.  Users notice a marked improvement in performance, storage, and much more with these new, powerful 64-bit operating systems.

The Journey 2: The Mysterious Island co-stars began dating after they met on set, but never confirmed the relationship and subsequently separated.

They appeared alongside each other for a joint interview on Australia's Today show last week (ends15Jan12) to promote their new movie, but the pair was left squirming in their seats when the male host asked, "How long have you two been going out?"

After a moment of nervous silence, Hutcherson says, "We're not... We were at one point, but she broke my heart - no, just kidding. That was a while ago. We're just really good friends now."

Hudgens is now reportedly dating actor Austin Butler.

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The Piranha 3D star launched her modelling career aged 16 and for a short while she posed semi-naked in the pages of a tabloid before deciding to cover up for more tasteful shoots.

Although Brook is grateful her early career moves helped her get her foot on the showbiz ladder, she now admits it was a controversial path to fame.

She tells Stella magazine, "Of course I look back on it and think there was something about it that was... I was very young. It was good money but, yes, to have someone of that age posing like that... I think that's probably not great... I don't think I (felt that way at the time), but I didn't do it for very long anyway."

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