Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Eying for a new laptop, the Aspire 8930G

I've been using my Acer Aspire 3680 for almost three years now. My laptop never failed me in terms of it's computing capabilities. Though I encountered several tiny hardware problems within those span of three years, generally speaking, I am satisfied on my laptop's performance.

But as my computing demand increases, my old laptop finds it hard to cope up with my needs. For an instance, I can't play hard-core games with my old laptop since its processing speed and memory capacity are not enough for most hard-core games available in the market. Also, when it comes to extreme CPU needs, for programming and other calculations, my 1.7 GHz CPU is not enough to cope with the speed needed to process a task.

I've read several articles online about this new laptop which I'm eying, the Acer Aspire 8930G. The first time I heard about this laptop was when Engadget released the news about Aspire Gemstone, Acer's new line of gaming laptops. I got excited after knowing how powerful these machines are. Abeit disappointed because of its high price, I'm still hoping that I can save money to buy one of these laptops to replace my ever loyal old Aspire 3680.

Friday, May 9, 2008

On my CODEE Engineering Post

I've been letting this thing pass since the arguments on my USEP post started. I had to make it clear that the article I wrote was about how well we made on the CODEE Engineering Congress and not in any manner that I intend to lambast USEP and/or any of its constituents.

I have no intentions of proving how better Ateneo Engineering as compared with USEP's. Not even in anyway that I want to give emphasis on how poor the facilities or the teaching methods of USEP are. Stating the obvious will be redundant.

I did not give any comments on that post. Making a comment will be degrading on my part.

The elististang atenista,

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Developing a POS System

Just this morning, my friend and I refurbished an old printer from the pile of junk in his cabinet. It's an EPSON LX 800, a very old model of EPSON's original dot-matrix printer models. The printer still uses the traditional parallel port to communicate with the computer. It's weird, most of the computer these days do not use parallel port anymore. Anyway, I told him, CDR King sells USB to Parallel cable for as low as seventy five pesos. He can use it to connect the old printer to his computer or laptop.

Since that printer is very ancient, he might have problems with the drivers. Or worse, the printer might not be compatible with today's operating systems. I suggested that he start looking for the driver to download from the internet.

The plan is to use the dot-matrix printer for the point of sale system which I am going to develop for their water refill business. Since the pos system requires a fast printer, it would be better to utilize the old printer since the ink cost is cheaper and it can print faster when used on DOS.

I might use Java in developing the POS system. That would be later after graduation.