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Why an Ubuntu Tablet Won’t Sell

Note: Mark Shuttleworth clarified that Canonical is not working on a tablet edition, but rather other companies are developing Ubuntu-based tablets. Canonical recently announced that they are developing a tablet version of their popular Ubuntu operating system, slated to be released in 2011. This comes hot on the heels of the release of the Apple iPad, and the rumors that HP plans to release a WebOS-based tablet sometime late 2010. However, Canonical’s foray into the tablet arena is fundamentally different from both the iPad and a WebOS tablet, and unfortunately reeks of a company failing to learn from their competitors successes and failures. Here are four reasons why an Ubuntu tablet simply won’t work.

Canoncial is

only

a software company

One of the reasons Apple has been so successful with their mobile devices (iPod, iPhone, and now the iPad) is that they control everything about it. They control the hardware, they control the operating system, and they control the applications. The result is that they are able to deliver a streamlined, fully-integrated user experience. When HP unleashes their WebOS tablet, they will also be in the position of having full control over the device.

An Ubuntu tablet, however, offers none of this. It’s hardware by one company, OS by another, and applications by anyone – and there’s no guarantee that it will all play nicely together. The result will likely be poor battery life, a user interface that doesn’t work for most programs, and just general user frustration.

They’re

scaling down

instead of

building up

The single biggest mistake that Canonical is making is one that Steve Jobs has explicitly warned against. In an interview about the iPad, he told the Wall Street Journal:

“[Y]ou can’t use a PC operating system, and you have to bite the bullet and say, we’re going to have to create this from scratch because all the PC apps won’t work without being rewritten anyway.”

Unfortunately for Canonical, they haven’t learned this lesson, and they are heading down the path of scaling down a PC operating system to work on a tablet device. If the tablet OS is anything like the Ubuntu netbook remix, it simply won’t work on a tablet device.

Where are the applications?

One of the biggest selling points of the iPad was that the day it came out, there were 140,000 applications available for it, since from a software point of view it was essentially a scaled up iPhone. Since then, developers have been adding a reported 1000 applications per week.

But again, going back to points #1 and #2, this doesn’t hold true for an Ubuntu tablet. Sure, there are thousands of Linux applications, but how many of them will seamlessly transfer to a tablet form factor? Who is going to take responsibility for quality control of third-party applications?

In Linux, downloading packages from the repositories can be hit-or-miss; sometimes you will get a polished, well-tested application that works exactly as you need; but many other times, you’ll get an abandoned project that consistently crashes. Without high-quality, tablet-friendly applications, an Ubuntu tablet simply isn’t useful.

Canonical who?

Apple has an obvious advantage in name recognition. Everyone knows what an iPhone is, and most people think “sleek” and “friendly” when they think of Apple products (though many also think “expensive”), and this is what people want in a tablet. HP will probably have a harder time trying to convince users that their tablet can be fun and easy to use, but they have the advantage that people know their name.

By contrast, almost nobody knows who Canonical is, what they do, or where they are coming from. The fact that they are most closely associated with Linux can only hurt them from a user’s perspective — most people don’t know what Linux is, and very few associate it with “fun” or “easy to use.”

Canonical is venturing into an entirely new market, and a year ago there might be some question as to whether or not their idea of an Ubuntu tablet would work. But the success of the iPad has made it clear what the public wants in a tablet, and a Canonical-made Ubuntu tablet, by definition, goes against all the lessons that have been learned about this new market in the past year.

What do you think?

Would you buy an Ubuntu tablet over an iPad? Do you think the Canoncial tablet will be a success? Am I completely wrong? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and let me know why you think the Ubuntu tablet will (or won’t) be a success.

Top Best Facebook Business Page Tips 2020

You have created a Facebook business page or looking to create one after finding out some useful business page tips and applying them on your page to get maximum advantage and exposure. Right? If yes then you came at right place, here we are going to share the best business Facebook page tips to help your business grow faster.

As most of you guys know that Facebook is considered as one of the most popular online marketing platform which is mostly used by advertisers and internet marketers for their business and brand promotions. Not only most of the people are using it for chatting or communicating with their friends or relatives but also uses it for some advance purposes that includes building or developing php or useful Facebook apps for getting profit with them. If you want to promote your marketing on online world, then Facebook is the effective places for brand or business promotions for maximum exposure among targeted audience.

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Best Facebook Business page Tips 2020
Facebook page depend on their likes, If your page have good impressons then your page is alie, So We can say it that getting more fans on page is real need, and to get more likes or fans method are real Facebook business pages tips 2015. If you are looking for best tips about Facebook business page, then you should need to follow the tips mentioned below:

Choose Right keyword for your business page
Before you are going to get started, first you should need to know what exactly your goal is and also fin d some best name for your product/business that you want to promote. If your marketing PG is related to United States travel or Tour package of United States, then you should need to use marketing PG name as United States Tourism, I mean it will be better for you in terms of targeted audience and also for product marketing as well. Also try to use some unique and best vanity url which is related to your keyword for more attraction.

Facebook Business Tips for Success
Now if you are one of those guys who want to get success online when promoting their own brand or business easily, then you will need to follow the some best tips and tricks that can help them to get more targeted customers for their product. You can find out many tips from various source online but here we are only sharing those best tips that are effective and worth sharing. So let’s get started to this guide and find out some more useful tips.

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Using Unique and Best Cover for Facebook Business Page
It is always a good idea to start using some kind of unique and best Facebook page cover which really attracts your audience or customers and forces them to like your fan PG for more updates. If you are serious about your brand promotion, then you should need to hire some best graphic designer which can help you in designing best and attractive logo and cover designs for your pg..

Promote Your Your Business Page
Promoting a Facebook page is really best way to increase visibility of your business, Promoting a business PG depend on many things, You can promote on your official website, Just use popup or simple like box it will give you more impressions, You can use simple like box but pop up like box will give you more impressions faster.

Using Welcome App and Reply Button
As you might have heard that First impression is considered as last impression. So the better idea is adding some welcome tab for good impression to customers and reply button so that it will be easier for them to keep engaged on your page.

So this was a detailed guide about facebook business page tips and I hope you find this article helpful for you. If you have any queries or suggestions regards this article, feel free to ask in the comments section.

Toshiba 46YL863 – A 3D TV with Style

Buying a new TV now can be quite an exciting prospect. With HD and 3D the buzzwords companies strive to add more and more, turning the TV into an entertainment system with a stylish look to fit any living room.

The Toshiba 46YL863 is an example of the way companies are pushing a head. Fully HD with active shutter 3D this TV sits at the top of the new range of Toshiba’s TV choices. With connected Net integration and USB media playback it features all the modern day needs of a TV of this type.

Features
As well as the Active Shutter 3D and entertaining features the TV also comes with full Freeview HD, this is a nice to have if there is no outside source for the HD input such as satellite or cable. The net portal built into built into the TV comes with both free and subscriptions options for viewing. BBC iPlayer and YouTube is also included but outside of the actual net portal which is strange. All it takes though is to choose these items from the main TV menu. It would seem much neater to have these items as part of the actual net portal though. As with many TVs of this type the USB functionality features playback for the popular file formats, but network playback is quite a weak option.

Design
The design of the Toshiba 46YL863 is where it comes into its element. The chassis itself is designed by Jacob Jensen and this show in its stylish and up to date look that will fit any room you wish to watch the TV in. Its look looks fashionable and expensive which gives the overall package a nice finish.

Specs
The connections provided for this TV are exactly what are expected for a TV of this type. With four HDMI connecters, component input, PC and Scart it should fit all your connect ability needs. It also comes with two USB connections, with the option to set one for external recordings through an HDD this gives added functionality. There is also an Ethernet connector although this is not required if you have wireless internet as this has already been integrated into the TV. The remote control is easy to use and adequate for easily navigating the user interface to find everything you need.

Performance
The performance of the TV is another stand out aspect. The picture quality is very good, with Toshiba’s Resolution + booster enhancing the details seen on the screen. This gives a good crisp view even to normal SD content but the best can be seen in HD. Colour is also enhanced with the 1080P offering excellent quality, even if this is not always easy for LCD televisions.

The one thing that does let the Toshiba 46YL863 down though is the 3D quality which is average. For a TV that is top quality this is surprising and disappointing. The quality of the 3D comes across as average but is adequate so is not a big issue. It is worth noting though when 3D may be one of the selling points of such a TV.

Verdict
Sitting squarely in the top of the range market for this type of TV it is definitely good quality and looks very stylish. With its slick design and easy to use interface it’s easy to get the most out of not only the TV itself but its internet and multimedia capabilities. With its adaptability and the ability to record on an exterior device it also shows that it can be upgraded, it’s just a shame that the 3D element weakens the enthusiasm just slightly.

Touch Screen Technology.

This technology is becoming a very vital part of everyday life for a lot of people.a touch screen is a device sensitive to touch wich can be interacted with by touching areas of the screen.this technology has been in existence for the past 25-30years,and now used in different aspects such as in home security systems,notebooks,smart phones,Gps receivers,and remote controls.

The earliest touch screen produced allowed users to press only one area at a time with the tip of the finger,and they were less accurate compared to today’s touch screens.with the advancement in touch screen technology,users are able to perform additional tasks,for example,swiping the finger across the screen and touching more than one area at a time.the iPhone touch enables it user’s to zoom pictures by placing two fingers close together on the screen ,and then gradually moving them to seperate dierection.the three types of touch screen used in the modern world of today includes surface wave,capacitive,and resistive touch screens.

Surface wave touch screen, relays ultrasonic wave across the touch screen.Clicking on the screen absorbs portions of the waves,wich then allows the touch screen controller to calculate the position wich the object touched the screen.Touch screens using this type of technology are the most advanced and quite expensive compared to the other two types of touch screen technology.ultrasonic waves that pass over the touch screen,makes it vulnerable for outside element to damage.

The second type of touch screen technology is the capacitive touch screen wich has a layer of materials that stores electricals charges coating the surface.a small amount of the electrical charge is conducted when a finger touch the screen,this then reduce the charge on the capacitive layer.Circuite sited at each corner of this type of touch screen measure the change in electrical charge.The circuits then relays this message to the touch sensitive screen controller.The controller now uses the message to calculate the position where the finger is touching the screen.Capacitive touch screens are not affected by items thaat do not conduct electricity,and are always of high quality.

The third type of touch screen is the resistive toch screen.this technology make use of metallic conductive and resistive lyer held apart by spacers covering the resistive touch screen.When a user touches the screen,the conductive and resistive layers connect in the location of the touch.An electronic current runs between the two layers,and the interruption in the current enables the screen controler to determine the actual position of the touch.this type of touch screen is more affordable compared to capacitive,but less clearer.

Other types of touch screen includes Optical touch screens,wich use cameras to detect objects close to the surface.another type is inreared touch screen,wich make use of light detectors at the edges of the touch screen to detect objects that break the beams of light travelling across the screen.

Touch screen have have increased productivity by allowing people to communicate with devices more faster than they can with a mouse or a key board.As technology advances,keyboard and mouse will go into extinction.

What is Bitcoin

Bitcoin – Bitcoin is an online digital currency system that’s genesis is based primarily on a paper written by Satoshi Nakamoto. In essence, bitcoin is a decentralized peer-to-peer currency exchange that allows anonymous digital transactions and avoids the need for a central authority and issuers. The bitcoins themselves can either be stored locally in a wallet on the users computer (using the bitcoin client which you can find here – bitcoin.org) or stored remotely by a third party website on the Internet. The bitcoin wallet shows the current bitcoin balance, a history of all transactions, and a list of addresses that may be used to either send or receive bitcoins with other bitcoin users.

All bitcoin transactions are stored in a transaction log that is referred to as the ‘block chain’ and which is actually a distributed database that is formed by the collection of all the participants using the bitcoin network. The ‘block chain’ is part of the actual bitcoin network so a member of the network can still receive a transaction even if they happen to be offline or have their client closed at the time the transaction is initiated. When the user goes back online or starts their client back up again it will read all the blocks that have been completed since the last time they were connected to the network and if there are any transactions within those blocks that include payments to their bitcoin address, they will appear in the wallet at that time.

Normally a bitcoin payment will appear to the receiver almost instantly after it has been transmitted, although initially all transactions are displayed as unconfirmed. This is because the bitcoin system has been designed to validate all transactions to insure that they are valid before they get confirmed. This validation process is a safeguard that is built into the system to prevent fraud. Anytime a transaction is initiated it must be confirmed by the rest of the bitcoin network through the use of something called a ‘proof-of-work’ problem. This prevents either the same bitcoin being spent more than once or the creation of blocks that bring into existence the wrong amount of bitcoins. Any node in the network that solves a transaction block is rewarded by receiving a predetermined amount of bitcoin for solving that block, this reward is created from ‘thin air’.

The bitcoin algorithm is designed to have the average time to solve a block be approximately ten minutes. The difficulty of the computations required to solve blocks increases over time as more computational power enters the pool of users who are part of the bitcoin network. Because there is a reward given to the node that solves a computational block, it can become financially rewarding to someone to solve these blocks if they have enough computational power available to solve enough blocks over a given amount of time. A whole sub-culture referred to as ‘bitcoin mining’ has arisen due to this feature of the bitcoin network. Bitcoin mining ‘pools’ have also sprung up online that allow multiple users to combine or ‘pool’ their computational power to increase the likelihood of solving more blocks in a shorter amount of time.

Bitcoin Charts – Here you will find all of the current exchange rates for bitcoin.

Mt. Gox – This is a bitcoin currency exchange.

Tradehill – Another bitcoin currency exchange.

Deepbit – A bitcoin mining pool.

Slush – Another bitcoin mining pool.

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Why pay for an iPad when you can louer iPad for a fraction of the amount

Anyone wanting to buy a new camera will find it overwhelming because wherever you look there are cameras of every shape and color. They can be used for various purposes and are conveniently available for purchase from any online camera store. There are some really good digital cameras that are very reasonably priced and depending on your capabilities and requirements there’s no reason why it should not be possible for anyone to find a camera suitable for his needs

Unless you’re a beginner, you would want a camera that has some good features and one that would last at least a couple of years. A digital still camera of quality will not have a case made of plastic for starters and it would be somewhat heavy. If you prefer a digital video camera you must decide how large or small you want your pictures to be when printed because this is where the number of pixels comes into play. Unless you’re looking for something really basic, you will also want a camera with additional features where you can become really creative with your shots.

A top brand camera such as a Nikon, Samsung or Canon; whether you’re going for a digital camcorder or document camera is always recommended because even if they cost a little bit more, it will be well worth the money you pay since sacrificing quality is never on their agenda. Once you get the camera into your hands its more important to learn the photography side of the device rather than its technical capabilities since learning to use it effectively will be the key to the success of your photographs.

Those who like taking photographs in and around water will require a waterproof camera which also comes in many different types and price ranges. Before buying one, you will have to establish the purpose of your purchase such as whether you will be using it simply to take photographs from a boat or from the swimming pool or you need one that can be used in a depth of at least 10 feet of water. A straight forward point and shoot waterproof camera will not cost you much but a single lens reflex camera will set you back quite a few dollars and is usually used only by professional underwater photographers.

A document camera is ideal for educational purposes and has become quite popular since of recent. They are great for power point presentations since they can be directly connected to a laptop and projector with the use of a single cable. If you intend buying a document camera make sure it comes with the requisite accessories such as auto adjustment features, remote controls and connection cables that go a long way into making it user friendly.

Lastly we come to the digital camcorder which can be a very useful piece of equipment to take on holiday. The more important aspect of focus here is the sound quality rather than the quality of pictures which will anyway look great on the new LCD screens. Digital camcorders can also take still pictures via a memory card with most new models offering image resolutions that are almost equal in quality to digital still camera photos.

Don’t forget that photography is more about memories and enjoyment rather than the technicalities involved and you should therefore focus more on taking memorable photographs rather than being technically perfect in the usage of your digital camera.

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What to know before buying Android Phones and Tablets

Android is the major operation system for mobile devices in these days, but not everyone has the best understanding how to use this world most advanced mobile system for daily life, that’s why this website comes for – to provide the best useful tips and help to people to get a high efficient mobile experience and introduce the amazing new apps to people who really need. Android is a mobile OS or operating system. Technically speaking, it’s a software stack, one of whose components is an operating system, but let’s ignore that for the sake of argument. Essentially, it’s the piece of software that runs the show, much like iOS is for the iPhone and Windows is for the majority of laptops out there. For the latter examples, they’re owned and maintained by Apple and Microsoft respectively but in Android’s case – although not to the same extent – it’s all about Google.

As part of the Google licensing, just about all Android phones come complete with four buttons (home, menu, back and search) and multitouch capactive screens for all your pinching and zooming as made famous by the iPhone.

That said, one of the tricky things about the Android experience is that it’s far from uniform from device to device. Rather than become slave to someone else’s software, what many of the hardware manufacturers like to do is put their own custom user interface on top of the basic Android look. Sometimes that’s a good thing and sometimes it’s more of a hindrance than anything else, but if you’d rather avoid the custom UI altogether then the word to look out for in the smartphone field is “Nexus”. The Nexus One and Nexus S phones offer the pure, unadulterated Android experience.

Either way, a custom UI will not keep you from the some of the best features of the system which include tethering over both Wi-Fi and USB, meaning that you can pick up the Internet on your laptop so long as you have your Android phone with you, and the fact that you can use voice entry for every single field anywhere on the phone.

Like all good smartphones these days, the Android system does allow you to download third party apps. So whether that’s Angry Birds or Bump, you’ll find just about everything on the 200,000-strong Android Market.

While there are a handful of omissions – no Hipstamatic, for example – there are also a good glut of Android-only apps such as Google Gesture Search, which allows you to flick through your phone’s contents by drawing on the screen, and Listen, Google’s podcast service. In fairness, apps tend to come to iPhone first but you’ll certainly find what you’re looking for, or at least a version of it.

Much like iOS, it’s not just phones where you’ll find Android. There’s also media players out there that use it as their OS as well as, more recently, tablets too. HTC, Samsung and LG, Sony Ericsson and Motorola, to a lesser extent, are some of the major players manufacturing Android devices and you can expect almost all of them out there to carry all the gyros, accelerometers, magnetometers, proximity sensors, light sensors, pressure sensors, GPS and everything else you’d expect to find on a top end piece of kit.

Currently, the latest Android OS version is 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

Undеrstаnding Opеrаting Systеms

Evеry nеw computer thаt’s brought homе from thе storе hаs аn opеrаting systеm instаllеd onto it. But whаt most nеw computer usеrs don’t rеаlizе, is thаt without аn opеrаting systеm, thаt computer would bе а simplе shеll of possibilitiеs. A powеrеd computer lаcking аn opеrаting systеm wouldn’t displаy аnything morе thаn а bunch of confusing tеxt messаgеs thаt dеscribе thе computer’s boot process. At thе vеry еnd of this process, thе computer looks for аn opеrаting systеm аnd if not found, it will prompt thе usеr to tеll it whеrе it is.

Eаrliеr computers didn’t hаvе аn opеrаting systеm аnd if you hаvе еxpеriеncе with thе computers of thе еаrly еightiеs, you’ll rеmеmbеr thаt most to thеm didn’t еvеn hаvе а hаrd drivе! Thеsе old computers bootеd аn MS-DOS typе opеrаting systеm from drivеrs storеd onto а floppy disk, аnd in ordеr to usе а progrаm, usеrs would rеmovе thе boot floppy аnd thеn insеrt а nеw floppy thаt contаinеd thе progrаm. Thе floppy not only storеd thе progrаm (word processor, sprеаdshееt, еtc.), it аlso storеd thе drivеrs thаt thе progrаm nееdеd to communicаtе with thе computer’s hаrdwаrе. As you cаn imаginе, thе cumbеrsomе process of switching from floppy to floppy promptеd thе birth of thе opеrаting systеm.

An opеrаting systеm is а softwаrе progrаm thаt controls how thе computer’s hаrdwаrе (аnd instаllеd softwаrе) works. It mаnаgеs thе аctivity of еvеry componеnt аnd thеn displаys thаt аctivity аs а usеr-friеndly interfаcе (GUI). It kееps trаck of whеrе things еxist on а computer’s hаrd drivе аs wеll. But pеrhаps most importаntly for thе еnd-usеr, thе opеrаting systеm is rеsponsiblе for trаnslаting commаnds issuеd with а kеyboаrd аnd mousе into binаry codе (010110101 stuff) thаt cаn communicаtе with а sеt of spеаkеrs, а printer, а scаnnеr, аnd morе.

With аn opеrаting systеm instаllеd onto а computer’s hаrd drivе, usеrs no longеr nееd to boot а computer with а floppy disk, nor do thеy nееd to run programs from а floppy disk. All thе drivеrs of а progrаm аrе storеd onto thе computer аnd usеd whеnеvеr а progrаm is stаrtеd.

Applе’s Mаcintosh computer wаs аmong thе first of а couplе systеms to еstаblish а usеr-to-hаrdwаrе rеlаtionship through а usеr-friеndly interfаcе. Todаy, wе hаvе quitе а fеw opеrаting systеms. Somе of thе morе populаr onеs аrе Windows Vistа, Mаc OS X, ZETA, IBM, Unix, аnd Linux. But еvеn still, opеrаting systеms hаvе еxtеndеd onto to non-computer dеvicеs such аs gаmе consolеs, portаblе music plаyеrs, аnd PDAs. Rеgаrdless of thе dеvicе, thе opеrаting systеm instаllеd onto it sеrvеs thе sаmе purposе аcross thе boаrd: to еnаblе usеr-to-hаrdwаrе communicаtion.

Whеn you think аbout upgrаding your computer to а nеw opеrаting systеm, bе cаrеful to mаkе surе thаt you hаvе thе nеcessаry hаrdwаrе componеnts. Wе triеd to upgrаdе onе of our Windows 98 mаchinеs to Windows XP, but wе wеrе cаutionеd thаt thе formеr mаy not bе hаrdwаrе compаtiblе with XP tеchnology. Appаrеntly, thе Windows XP opеrаting systеm rеquirеs componеnts thаt wеrеn’t dеvеlopеd аt thе timе Windows 98 wаs distributеd аnd if wе wеrе to instаll Windows XP on this mаchinе аnywаy, thе nеw opеrаting systеm would look for hаrdwаrе thаt thе computer didn’t hаvе. And thаt would bе аn instаnt rеcipе for fаilurе.

Also bе cаrеful аbout instаlling opеrаting systеms thаt аrе incompаtiblе with еxisting hаrdwаrе. Thе hаrdwаrе of Mаcintosh computers is еxtrеmеly diffеrеnt from thе hаrdwаrе of Windows computers аnd undеr no circumstаncеs will а Windows opеrаting systеm work on а Mаcintosh mаchinе!

Why I always prefer to buy my computer accessories from an Online Computer Store

Long before online shopping became popular, I had to go to the city to buy any type of computer software or accessory I needed. Traveling to the city itself was such a nightmare that I used to keep postponing the trip until I couldn’t delay any longer. The journey was bad enough and so was my shopping trip because I could never find exactly what I needed even after making queries from the sales staff over and over again. They would always come up with the wrong component or accessory or offer me an item of poor quality which if I was foolish enough to buy would not last even 2 weeks from the date of purchase.

But that was then and things are so different now. With the advent of the online computer store my miseries are at an end. This however does not mean that every store that sells computers and accessories online are pillars of virtue because most are not and you can get thoroughly scammed by some of them. But then that’s your fault for not doing your research properly and for not taking the time to read reviews and comments left by previous clients who have made purchases from that particular computer store.

This is a cardinal rule whenever you do your shopping online. The only way to know how genuine a store is by going through the website and reading the reviews posted by buyers. When it’s an online computer store your task is easier because simply by browsing the particular site and visiting each department you can see what type of store they have. Do they have a range of computers and components? Do they stock the better known name brands as well as the least known ones and what are their pricing structures and return policies.

You have only to do a simple Google search to come across thousands of links that leads you to a computer part store of one type or other. Some sites are well laid out and easy to browse to search for the components you need while others take a long time loading or looks fishy for some reason or other and you should move away from them as fast as your mouse takes you. A well laid out computer accessories store will display everything they have brand wise, price wise and size wise if relevant, so that you will not have any problem finding what you’re looking for. Ask questions if you’re not sure of your product and see what sort of service you get.

From the day I found my own favorite online computer store I never had to look anywhere else because they have offered me the best in service while their return policy is nothing short of amazing. I was once sent a component which was not up to mark; and on informing them by e-mail, I received a prompt reply requesting me to return it. What was even better was that they shipped a superior version of the product immediately so that I was able to receive it long before they got my returned product. These are things that sets apart one computer store from another and also marks the difference between a good computer parts store and a brilliant one any day.