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23
Jun

HowTo: Solve Alan Turing goOgle doOdle


On Alan Turing’s 100th Birthday GoOgle has came up with Alan Turing’s goOgle doOdle. It is an interactive doOdle inspired from Alan Turing’s Turing Machine. This time there’s a very well chance that many (most) people may not understand what this doOdle is about… Any one who has a background in Computer science and engineering must have heard of Alan Turing. He’s famously known for his Turing Award, Turing Test & Turing Machine. He was born on 23rd June 1912(Exactly 100 years ago) and today’s doOdle is in honor of him.

I remember Turing test and Turing Machine from my Theory of Automaton Exam which is considered the toughest subject in Computer engineering. It was a really tough subject to clear in one go.. But I’m glad I did it.. 😉

Who was Alan Turing?

Alan TuringAlan Turing was an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist. He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalization of the concepts of “algorithm” and “computation” with the Turing machine, which played a significant role in the creation of the modern computer.

Alan Turing is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. In 1936 he conceptualized a device that is used to simulate the logic of a computer algorithm and is helpful in explaining the functioning of a CPU. The Device is called Turing machine.

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What is a Turing Machine?

The “Turing” machine was described by Alan Turing in 1936, who called it an “a(utomatic)-machine”. The Turing machine is not intended as a practical computing technology, but rather as a hypothetical device representing a computing machine. Turing machines help computer scientists understand the limits of mechanical computation.

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Turing Test

Turing testThe Turing test is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior. In Turing’s original illustrative example, a human judge engages in a natural language conversation with a human and a machine designed to generate performance indistinguishable from that of a human being. All participants are separated from one another. If the judge cannot reliably tell the machine from the human, the machine is said to have passed the test. The test does not check the ability to give the correct answer; it checks how closely the answer resembles typical human answers. The conversation is limited to a text-only channel such as a computer keyboard and screen so that the result is not dependent on the machine’s ability to render words into audio.

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Turing Award

The ACM A.M. Turing Award is an annual prize given by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) to “an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community”. It is stipulated that “The contributions should be of lasting and major technical importance to the computer field”. The Turing Award is recognized as the “highest distinction in Computer science” and “Nobel Prize of computing”

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Alan Turing google doOdle

GoOgle’s today’s doOdle is actually a Turing machine. It requires 6 different puzzles to be solved.. with each puzzle solved successfully a letter of Grey GoOgle text on the top left corner is filled with color.. And When all 6 puzzles are completed.. the whole logo is filled with colors.

The game begins when you click on the green Play button. Aim is to reproduce the binary code displayed on the top right box.

Click on Green play button to start

Use the principles of TOC to complete each puzzle tofill the whole goOgle logo with colors.

In case you don’t remember any concepts or logics of Theory of Automaton (most likely you won’t.. so don’t be embarrassed) then here’s the solution.

Solution of  Alan Turing goOgle doOdle

So did you understood this latest doOdle by goOgle on Alan Turing’s 100th Birthday?? Share your views in the comments below.






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22
Jun

HowTo: Make money online through Blogging!



make money onlineMajority (read All)  of the people who start a blog have an aim to make money online through blogging. But they don’t know how!

First of all, you have to build an actual blog… you know with content and everything… An empty blog won’t earn you any bucks… Do some (read A LOT) work on your blog first before even starting to think about starting to make money online through blogging. Once your blog have enough content and some regular visits it is ready to be monetized, there are several ways through which you can monetize it. This post focuses on telling you exploring those methods so that you can easily start to make money online through blogging. Read on!

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22
Jun

Home security systems

Home security system sales have been on a constant rise. People need to feel secure and keep their homes safe. They resort to all kinds of gadgets to do away with the tension of their home getting broken into by burglars.

 Security is a major concern. You need to feel secure to feel good. Even Maslow, in his hierarchy of needs, stated the same thing. If you are not feeling secure, you won’t be able to do things the right way.

 Companies are fast coming up with new gadgets regularly to meet the growing demand. There are closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, special secured locks, motion detectors and other gadgets used to keep the house and the office secure.

 The crime rate has only risen in the past few years. It is now important to have your house equipped with the latest security tools. There are cable companies that use great technology to break into your house for the sake of your own safety.

 The use of cameras is the most common thing. Almost all the houses are equipped with cameras now to keep an eye on the happenings. Most of the cameras are installed on the entrance to see who enters or exits the premises. The camera is connected with the television and is monitored by a watchman or the homeowner. Any suspicious activity is noticed and reported to keep the home secure.

 You can also get a camera installed in your home. Search home security system sales on your favorite search engine, such as Google, to know more about the uses and the stores selling them. You can also buy these security systems from various online stores selling them. However, when doing so, make sure you buy them from trusted buyers and not fall for counterfeit cheap products.

Not all, but some of these surveillance cameras come with warranty, which is a great feature. Before buying these, make sure you understand them well. If you buy a surveillance camera from a store, you can have their workers install it for you and explain the procedure in details. At the same time, most of these gadgets come with manuals and installation instructions to guide you about the same. The installation in most cases is easy.

It must be remembered that there are both wireless and wired gadgets available. These days, wireless gadgets are more heavily used due to the great advantages they offer. Not only are these gadgets easier to install, they are also easy to hide from the thief’s eye when there is no wire. These cameras are better to install in a position as to not catch the passer-by’s attention easily. If the thief is able to see the camera, chances are he or she will come up with a solution.

A camera is not the only thing you can fall back on. There are other mother detectors and alarms to add security to your house. The biggest advantage of a camera is the fact that it records everything, which can be used as evidence in the future if required. The CCTV recording serves as a legal proof and can be used in the court of law. It also helps you identify the thief or the wrongdoer and helps authorities catch the culprit.

These cameras can also be installed inside the house to keep an eye on the activities going in. If you are going on a trip, leaving your house helps at home, you can easily keep an eye on them using these cameras. Another great advantage of these cameras is the fact that they can be viewed online using a computer or a compatible phone. Even when you are on the go, you can easily see what’s going on at your place. When buying a camera, make sure you discuss the compatibility issue with the vendor. Telling the seller exactly why you need it will help the seller serve you better.

Get these cameras, alarms and other gadgets installed in your house to make it more secure and better to live in. Contact any provider of such gadgets and place your order. You can also do so online. Remember; make the right choice when buying these security gadgets to break into your own house even when you are out of it.

The above article is written By Roxanne Peterson

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22
Jun

HowTo: edit comments on facebook

FaceboOk just rolled out another new feature..  And this in fact is something that was much awaited.. You can now edit comments on facebook.. Earlier facebook only allowed to edit within firs few seconds of posting the commenet by pressing delete and the comment would again appear in the textbox and you could edit the text and post it again..

But now you can edit comments on facebook in its truest sense.

To edit Comments on Facebook follow the below steps:

1. Hover over the comment an click on the Pencil icon Pencil Icon

Click on Pencil Icon

2. Click on Edit.

Click on Edit


3. Edit your comment and Press enter to save or Esc to cancel.

Press Enter or Esc to cancel

Edit comment and press Enter

Now The edited comment history would be visible to all who can see this comment.

Edit history

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Since the edit history is visible to all you won’t be able to troll people like you used to do on goOgle buzz but still its a very useful feature.. And I feel FB came up with this very late..






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22
Jun

What is Mobile Wallet & Why are big banks afraid of it?

Mobile walletIf banks thought the worst was over, they need to think again. Fortunately, it doesn’t have anything to do with problems in the real estate market, financial regulation or even shareholder dissatisfaction. This time, mobile wallet are instilling fear within the banking industry. In short, mobile banking makes it really easy for anyone to connect to their bank and make payments or check their account.

What is a Mobile Wallet?

A mobile wallet is a small smartphone app that allows users to store their credit card or bank account details in their smartphone. When they make a purchase, all they have to do is make a digital transaction. This could be through a simple swipe at a reader or a simple transfer from the app.

Not only does this make transactions easier, it makes them incredibly fast. If you want to check your bank account details on your smartphone, all you require is an internet connection. You can find internet plans here.

Why is it Creating a Problem

When you think about it, why would it not create a problem? Nobody has to come into a bank anymore, use a credit card or even write a check. All they would have to do is pull out their smartphone and make an online transfer or complete the transaction by swiping their card. They no longer have to fill out a check or carry around their credit card.

According to a research study done by Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group (CG), almost half of the United States is interested in using a mobile wallet for all their transactions, banking needs and account queries.

Furthermore, 76% of the volunteers stated that they either already use mobile wallet and banking or intend to use them shortly. This research study shows that people are really interested in leaving traditional banking and moving to digital means.

Furthermore, many mobile wallet offer a lot of incentives and advantages that traditional banking does not. For example, you never have to carry 5 credit cards with you. All you have to do is carry your smartphone. You will never have to worry about going to the bank to check your account’s status. With a simple touch, you can check your account information from literally anywhere in the world.

80% of the surveyed consumers stated that they would prefer to use PayPal as their primary mobile wallet. This is primarily due to the familiarity they have with PayPal. 60% of the total also stated that they would not mind using Google or Apple as their primary mobile wallet.

What Needs to be Done?

However, not everything is rainbow and sunshine when it comes to mobile wallet. Considering that this technology is new, there are still a lot of kinks to work out. Furthermore, the problem with familiarity still exists. Most people are used to traditional banking and may have a hard time adjusting to the new system. This may make them reluctant to use a mobile wallet.

Furthermore, if people worried about their wallet being stolen, the same problem exists with mobile wallet. If your mobile gets stolen, you are out of luck. This is primarily because each mobile wallet account is specific to a certain handset. You cannot immediately switch to another handset in case you lose the first one. Furthermore, you need an internet connection to use the services.

Solution

According to the Card and Payments Practice Leader of CG, Peter Olynick, banks will need to change their methods because the threat from mobile wallet is real. Consumers are starting to look for new and easier ways to bank.

According to Peter, people have already started to stop using their checks or even make cash payments. Furthermore, people have slowed down their use of traditional banking considerably for mobile wallet. He predicts that within 5 years, half of all smartphone users will be using mobile wallet instead of traditional banking methods.

With better and more efficient tools at their disposal, why wouldn’t you switch to a mobile wallet? If banks want to keep to their traditions, they will need to pull a rabbit out of the hat; so to speak.

The above article is written exclusively by Roxanne Peterson

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21
Jun

Why Windows 8 tablets from Acer and Toshiba will challenge iPad’s dominance

Acer Windows 8 tabletWhispers in the technology world suggest that the latest offerings from Acer and Toshiba, namely their Windows 8 tablets, will provide a real challenge to the previously dominant Apple iPad. What, if any, evidence exists to substantiate this claim?

What’s happening in the market?

Asustek Computing, Toshiba and Acer are all lined up to unveil a new range of tablets that will run the new Windows 8 system within the next week, with the expectation that Apple’s market dominance will finally be challenged with credible alternatives to the iPad.

Acer will be displaying its new tablet based on the latest Microsoft software at Taipei’s Computex show and Toshiba will be presenting a new notebook-based device and tablet. However, the manufacturers have asked to keep all information about the products off the record, as Acer and Toshiba haven’t yet made public their plans and there’s a great deal of secrecy surrounding the grand unveilings! Meanwhile, Asustek will be presenting a new series of tablets that use detachable keyboards, which resemble the current transformer model.

About the forum

The Computex Show is held every year and provides a large forum for the computing industry to sell its wares before consumer demand peaks in the second half of the year. Computer manufacturers who are allied with Microsoft will be using the event this year to showcase their long-planned, much-anticipated reply to the iPad product launch, not to mention machines that operate Google’s Android system, which account for more than 90% of the tablet market.

Windows 8 is also going to be the first software version to work on processors that use ARM technology, which is a special type of chip manufactured by Qualcomm and Texas Instruments amongst others. ARM is expected to dominate the mobile phone industry for the next few years. This same technology, ARM-based computer chips, is already used to power the popular iPad.

This use of ARM chips has been a snub for Intel, which has previously been the exclusive chip provider for Windows computers along with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). So far, Intel has over 80% of the PC-based chip market, but hasn’t yet been able to translate that market success into smartphone or tablet dominance.

Tablet Sales

Toshiba is using chips made by Texas Instruments in its processors and the Acer tablet has been built around Intel’s chip technology. Microsoft is planning to show off its Asustek device via a presentation from VP Steve Guggenheimer at the event on the 6th June. The show will provide a first look at Microsoft’s intended tablet hardware, which aims to chip away at Apple’s dominance in the tablet market. Windows PC sales have slumped in the past couple of years as customers increasingly opt to buy tablets, so Microsoft is under real pressure to offer a comparable product.

The market for tablets

Certainly the tablet market is set to grow between now and 2015, with an anticipated increase of 70% or more. Traditional notebooks are anticipated to have an annual growth rate of 8%. The June event in Taipei will showcase these new product offerings and a second wave of phone products and computer innovations have been lined up for the following year.

Other launches and displays will include a new test device based on Snapdragon’s processor from Qualcomm. Corporate sponsors of the show haven’t yet released plans or details about their releases, but the event is always a huge success.

In the meantime, the market continues to watch with interest to see what products and innovations are launched in the tablet market. In this competitive industry, innovation is key and customer expectations continue to grow with each product innovation and subsequent launch. The manufacturers certainly have tough competition in the form of Apple’s ubiquitous and highly successful iPad, but the challenge is there for those ready to take it.

About the Author:

Roxanne writes on the mobile and technology industry for a range of consumer publications and websites. A keen mobile fan, Roxie opts to find Orange SIM only deals online and check that she’s on the best tariff.

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20
Jun

HowTo: Create Virtual wi-fi Hotspot from your PC or Phone



wi-fi hotspotYou can create virtual Wi-Fi hotspot from your PC or phone with incredible ease. Here are a few ways you can create virtual Wi-Fi hotspot from your PC or phone.

PC

Ad-hoc Connections

Previously, if you wanted to create a ‘hotspot’ with a single PC, you would have to create ad-hoc connections and allow multiple computers to connect through it. However, setting up an ad-hoc connection is not the easiest task. If you have an internet dongle, the task could be simpler. Visit the Broadband Expert website to compares dongle deals.

Windows 7 Hotspots

If you have a PC with Windows 7 installed, you can use your virtual Wi-Fi drivers to create your own virtual Wi-Fi hotspot. Simply open up command prompt and type in the following:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=<insert hotspot connection’s name> key=<insert network key>

For example, you wanted to create a local Wi-Fi hotspot under the name of “My Hotspot” with the password “Key”, you would type in:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=My Hotspot key= Key

Do not shut down command prompt just yet. From here, go to the network and connections section, right click your new connection and go to the sharing tab. All you have to do is enable internet sharing with your ‘Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter’ as your Wi-Fi hotspot.

Now, all you have to do is start the network. Go back to command prompt and type the following:

  • netsh wlan start hostednetwork

Connect through your phone and now you can browse the internet using your Wi-Fi hotspot.

Connectify

It’s understandable that not everyone wants to do all the tasks mentioned above. Additionally, not everyone has Windows 7 or even virtual Wi-Fi drivers installed. For all of you who don’t have either Windows 7 or virtual Wi-Fi drivers installed or are just plain old lazy, you can use Connectify tocreate your Wi-Fi hotspot.

 Connectify is a simple program that you can download for free. Not only is the program powerful, it has an impeccably simple and easy-to-use user interface. The program also has a separate tab for hotspot settings and management.

 One great thing about Connectify is that you can easily share files over the network. You can even disallow the internet but allow network file sharing. If you like what you see, you can buy the full version of the software. This grants you access to a plethora of new and enhanced features.

 Using the program is simple. All you have to do is run the program, create a connection and set your preferences – it’s that simple. If you have the professional version, you can even name your connection and make your computer a repeater.

Create wi-fi hotspot from pc or mobile phone



Phone

There is one vital thing you must remember when sharing an internet connection from your phone. Considering the data caps on most mobile plans, it may be a good idea to not download any big files from your tethered connection.

Android Hotspot

With this method, your phone must have at least Google’s Android 2.2 installed on your phone. Devices with an earlier operating system will not support tethering and portable hotspots. This method also works better on rooted devices.

 Go to your phone’s settings page and select Wireless and Network settings. From there, go to Tethering & portable hotspot. Once here, configure your hotspot settings and then enable the service by swiping at the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot option. Interestingly, you can even share the internet connection via Bluetooth is some devices.

iPhone Hotspot

If you have an iPhone, you can easily create a Wi-Fi hotspot. However, considering the amount of data an iPhone uses, you should be cautious with your settings.

In the settings page, go to the ‘general’ section. Once there, go into the ‘network’ subsection and select ‘cellular data network’. Once here, scroll down to the internet tethering section. You will find a field that reads ‘internet tethering APN’. In the space provided, type the APN of your internet connection (normal connection you use; 2G, 3G or 4G).

 Now, go back to the network settings menu and swipe at the ‘personal hotspot’ section. This should enable your iPhone’s personal Wi-Fi hotspot.

With so many ways to make a Wi-Fi hotspot, you will never be without an internet connection ever again. Visit the Broadband Expert website to compares dongle deals and get started with Wi-Fi sharing today.

 The above article is written by Roxanne Peterson



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20
Jun

Cloud Computing services and Why Oracle decided to implement of its own

Oracle cloud Computing servicesCloud computing is being described as the next big thing in IT, but do we all really understand exactly what it is? The leading software company Oracle can see the potential of the latest innovations and has implemented its own cloud-computing services to a mixed response.

The current topic on the lips of all IT personnel is the latest developments in cloud computing and the benefits it can have for businesses moving forward. But for many, a lack of understanding about exactly what cloud computing is means opportunities are being missed.

What Are Cloud Computing Services?

Essentially, cloud computing means you can save and store work or business data over the internet rather than on your own in-house hardware. Normally, most businesses would have all their network data stored on their own personal servers on their property, which obviously takes up physical space and can become an expensive matter if a business is seeing significant growth.Cloud computing services are becoming popular because they avoid the need for extra hardware on-site and can be financially beneficial due to the reduced need for maintenance of servers or systems in-house. With cloud services, all your data storage can be done remotely and accessed quickly and easily via the internet as and when it is needed. This is also of great benefit to those who work from home or away from the office as all the information, documents or data you would usually only be able to access from the office can be used anywhere, as long as you have a computer with internet access.

To make the most of cloud computing services you need to have a good broadband connection, but this can easily be organized for both an office set-up or for your home computer. Visit Broadband Expert for Time Warner internet service, or choose from a number of plans that are sure to meet your needs.

Types of Cloud Computing

When you first investigate cloud computing you’ll find there are a number of different options to choose from. Each provides different things to meet various business needs. There are three types – PaaS (Platform as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).SaaS refers to services already running online that you access via your web browser, such as Google Mail or Google Docs, which are logged on to online and can be customised. PaaS is similar, although it refers more to operating systems. IaaS is possibly the simplest service, offering virtual servers that can be rented on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Oracle Introduces Its Own Cloud

Oracle Cloud Computing ServicesOracle, which is already a leader in enterprise software development, recognizes the need to manage costs and improve the ways we store and manage our data and has recently introduced its own range of cloud computing services. The aim of these cloud services is to offer its customers the best leverage computing, storage, infrastructure and application services of any cloud vendors. Oracle wants to continue helping its customers to achieve their business goals and believes its cloud services will strengthen its current business offerings, giving customers more choice.Of course, cloud computing is not without risks. You could lose your service or – even worse – your stored data if your cloud provider goes down for any reason or goes out of business. However, generally cloud services are a good way to save money and provide great data-storage solutions for businesses of all sizes and industry sectors. Choosing Oracle as a provider does give you reassurance because of its many years of experience in the industry, a continuous focus on the latest advances in technology and a unique knowledge of the IT needs of businesses.

Oracle has ensured that its range of cloud computing services is vast and offers everything potential users may need, with services that can be mixed and matched to tailor the right package for your specific needs. As with all IT products and services, however, you will benefit from doing some research and looking into all cloud providers to find the right one for you.

About the Author:

Roxanne writes regularly for a number of technology websites and blogs on the future of IT and making the most of the latest services. She recommends that you visit Broadband Expert for Time Warner internet service information.

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15
Jun

Top Best Android Addictive Action Games For Teens

 Games for the Android platform are designed in great numbers and it is the dream of any developer to become the creator of the new sensation for Android operated devices. Here are some of the best Android Addictive Action Games designed for this fast growing market.

Best Android Addictive Action Games For Teens:

1.       Grand Theft Auto 3

Grand theft Auto III android game

The title may be familiar to those that used to play the game on PC in its earlier versions. Great news! The title comes to Android platform and it promises to be the same action packed game gamers have enjoyed throughout the series. Actually, Grand Theft Auto 3 follows the same adventures as on other platforms, but the touch screen experience may just add a lot to the way the game is felt and played. Some accuse the Android operated devices to be still in a searching phase, which may cause the controls to feel a bit convoluted, so you may take a bit to get accustomed to the risky way of driving so known to GTA 3 players.

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2.       Age of Zombies

Download Age Of Zombies for Android

Zombies are clearly the current horrifying nightmare that people want to shoot, splash, crash and kill on any interface they can get their hands on. Age of Zombies is one of the most addictive action games designed for Android operated devices. But what makes Age of Zombies different from any other zombie killing game? You do not only get to kill zombies, but you get to kill them in different ages, starting from prehistoric times. T-Rex had never seen that coming.

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3.       Grabatron

Grabatron for Android

Aliens are still only Sci-Fi materials, so they could not miss from an action packed game made for Android. Unlike the usual scenario, where you play the role of a human soldier or you command an army to stave off the alien invasion, Grabatron takes you on a wild trip to the other side. With your giant claw, you can grab humans, throw cows around and make a mess, generally, in order to get to the next level, acquire upgrades, and become a better killing machine.

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4.       Meteor Blitz

Meteorblitz for Android

A shoot’em up type of game cannot be absent in a top including the most addictive action games made for the Android platform. Meteor Blitz is especially designed to prevent you from breathing normally, while adrenaline is pumped directly into the hands which you use to control the battlefield. Enemies swarm from all direction, and, what makes everything worse, you also need to be deft enough to avoid the fields of steroids that have a knack from flying directly to you. The meteors are, however, your secret weapon, since you can exploit their weaknesses, in order to increase the power of your weapons or to launch new attacks.

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5.       Minecraft

Minecraft for Android

Yes, Minecraft comes to Android operated devices, just to satisfy your urge to build something. The now famous indie game has an equally addictive Android version and it is guaranteed to keep players glued to their tablets or smartphones for many hours on end. You can even build your world while enlisting the aid of your friends, using the multiplayer option.

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About the Author:

Roxanne Peterson is a Cisco Technical Certified and freelancer writer and at present attached with Test 4 Prep. This is Best Source for CompTIA A+ Certification Preparation. You can try free demos and there is 100% Risk Free and Money Back Guaranteed.

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