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3 tips for proper gadget care against volcanic ash

Better safe than sorry

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Yesterday, the potentially destructive Taal Volcano in the Philippines erupted after almost 20 years of inactivity. The eruption belched out steam, rocks, and other volcanic materials. Most importantly, it belched out ash, which caused ashfalls as far as 100 kilometers from the volcano.

Volcanic ash impacts and disrupts society as a whole. It doesn’t only pose a threat to our health, but it also presents risks to our gadgets. Since they are less than 2-4 millimeters in diameter, they block openings, limit functionality, and even corrode our devices.

Needless to say, you need to look out for you and your family’s safety first. Afterwards, you can think about your other belongings like your gadgets and appliances.

To ensure the best proper care for your gadgets against volcanic ash, we came up with three tips that you can follow. Remember, an ounce of protection for your devices is better than a pound of expensive repairs.

1) Avoid direct exposure

Avoid exposing gadgets to volcanic ash as much as possible. Soon after a volcanic eruption, be cautious of any ashfall alert. If ash begins to fall in your area, relocate any gadgets indoors

When outdoors, place gadgets in the safety of a bag or cover them if necessary. Limit the use of phones or tablets, especially when it is raining ash hard.

2) Seal off any sensitive gadgets

Some of our gadgets are sensitive to dust particles. Since ash is comparable to these dust particles, they can enter our devices and cause problems if left unchecked. One of these problems is electronic short-circuit.

It is proven that ash can contaminate insulators in power lines, causing flashovers and triggering a short-circuit. Plus, ash can corrode equipment in the long term.

Sensitive gadgets are susceptible to these damages also. Seal them off during an ashfall to prevent ash from reaching critical components. Some sensitive gadgets that you need to seal off during an ashfall are generators, power supplies, servers, and the like.

If you can’t seal these sensitive gadgets, then it is recommended to shut down them.

3) Clean any opening in your gadgets

Last but not the least, you should clean any openings in your gadgets before, during, and after an ashfall. Ash accumulates around the openings of our gadgets, including laptops and smartphones. The tiny particles present in the ash can block the openings of some gadgets, preventing them from cooling down. As such, these particles limit the functionality of these gadgets.

Cleaning the openings is simple but goes a long way in ensuring proper care. A can of compressed air will do the trick, as do a soft brush.

However, do not excessively rub ash-covered surfaces as tiny particles present can scratch or cause static discharge, which is harmful to our gadgets.

These three tips will go on a long way to ensuring that our gadgets function properly, even in an ashfall event. As with any hazards, take necessary precautions when operating gadgets to avoid hazards. Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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Windows 10 gains support for Linux GUI apps

For developers struggling with Windows 10

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Historically, Microsoft has been averse towards the free and open-source operating system Linux. It’s become a popular choice for developers and enthusiasts, making it a “threat” to Windows. Over the years, however, Microsoft seemed to change course. Nowadays, the company has been embracing Linux and integrating it right into Windows.

In its latest Build conference, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is gaining support for Linux GUI apps. This is a big deal for most developers since they don’t have to dual-boot or run Linux in a virtual machine to run Linux-exclusive apps. Take note though, that Windows 10 already supports Linux apps through the command line. GUI apps for Linux can run on Windows 10, though it requires a hefty workaround for most.

Support for Linux apps is possible through the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) that Microsoft developed and improved over the years. The second version of WSL will have a full Linux kernel, allowing apps to run natively on Windows.

Elsewhere, Microsoft is also bringing GPU hardware acceleration for Linux apps running on Windows. There’s also a brand-new terminal app and a package manager coming to Windows 10. Developers who rely on Linux-exclusive developer tools will now find it easier to develop and compile code on Windows as a result.

Support for Linux apps, hardware acceleration, and more will come on future updates to Windows 10.

A native GTK app running alongside Windows 10 apps | Photo from Microsoft

Embracing developers

The reason for Windows embracing Linux over the years is to attract more developers. Microsoft’s recent stance towards open-sourcing its products is another indication of this strategy. The latest move will only make Windows 10 a viable option for most developers who have to resort to dual-booting Linux or buying a Macbook to suit their workflow.

h/t: The Verge

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Dell releases a host of new Precision-branded laptops for work

Getting some serious work done

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Dell is a household computer name pretty much everywhere and the world’s top laptop maker has a significant share in the enterprise business. Unlike consumer-oriented products, businesses are looking for serious work machines that can get the job done without any added shenanigans. Dell has updated its Precision series workstations and there’s one for everyone’s requirement.

Dell Precision 7750 and 7550

With a 17-inch and a 15-inch display respectively, the 7000-series is made with scalability and high performance in mind. It has a plethora of configurations available ranging from Intel Xeon processors to Intel Core i9, coupled with Nvidia Quadro GPUs for complex AR/VR as well as 3D CAD editing. Scalability also means the machine can house up to 128GB RAM and 2TB of SSD storage. The company has also added front-firing speakers and low blue light display for an immersive feel.

The 7750 will start at US$ 1,990 while the 7550, on the other hand, starts at US$ 1,709. Both of them shall ship from May 28.

Dell Precision 5750 and 5550

With a 17-inch and a 15-inch display respectively, it further gets four-sided InfinityEdge 16:10 aspect ratio. The top bezel houses an infrared camera for improved video conferencing experience. This series has a balance of performance as well as portability thanks to an aluminum chassis. It also has varying configurations available and can sport up to Nvidia Quadro 3000 series graphics.

The 5750 starts at US$ 2,399 and will be available from June 9, while the 5550 starts at US$ 1,999 from May 28.

Dell Precision 3551 and 3550

This series is more focused on portability while providing enough firepower for on-the-go tasks. It has multiple options in choosing the 15.-inch display panel ranging from HD, Full HD, non-touch, and touch. Furthermore, it can also be powered by an Intel Xeon processor or Intel i9, based on the requirement. The same goes for RAM and storage configuration.

The 3551 comes with a starting price of US$ 939 while the 3550 comes for US$ 1,049. They shall be available from May 19.

Keep in mind, these laptops are designed for maximum performance and inherently have a tonne of features like multiple ports, wide-scale wired as well as wireless connection support, and other security features. Additionally, Dell says they have dual opposite outlet fans for faster heat dissipation and thinner vapor chambers instead of heat pipes.

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The Dell OptiPlex family is built for efficiency

AiOs and PCs for working smart

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Dell has long been known to provide quality computers and for desktop enthusiasts, the OptiPlex family is where it’s at. The 2020 OptiPlex line promises a faster and more responsive experience, smarter solutions, and features tailored for the end user.

The OptiPlex family have built-in AI to assist you in getting work done. As with any 2020 PC, you get up to the 10th generation Intel core processors. You will also be treated to up to 128GB of 2933MHz DDR4 memory along with optional Wi-Fi 6. That, together with Dell’s reputation for building smart, durable, and dependable chassis is the perfect setup for your desktop needs.

Here’s what’s new in the OptiPlex Family.

OptiPlex 7070 Ultra

With All-in-One PCs you’re usually limited to the specs you have at the time of your purchase. That’s not the case with the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra. It combines the form factor of your regular AiO and the flexibility of desktop PCs to upgrade parts whenever necessary.

It’s a fully modular zero footprint desktop solution. It has swappable elements for enhanced flexibility and performance. Literally the first of its kind.

OptiPlex 7780 All-in-One

Of course, if you don’t want to have to think about upgrading, there’s the OptiPlex 7780 All-in-One. It’s a 27-inch AiO that promises to be the best-in-class in just about everything.

You have options for a Full HD IPS touch or non-touch display, next generation discrete graphics for a powerful and efficient work experience, and an optional pop-up webcam available with Full HD or infrared camera features Windows Hello sign on support.

OptiPlex 7489 All-in-One

Next up on the list is the OptiPlex 7489 All-in-One. It has a smaller 24-inch screen but it’s a full HD IPS display technology with a glare-free matte touch option.

Need a faster boot-up? This one has dual M.2 slots for Intel OptaneTM, SSD and double max memory than its predecessor with 64GB DDR4 memory.

OptiPlex 5480 All-in-One

Not as powerful graphics-wise as the AiOs mentioned above but the OptiPlex 5480 All-in-One can be equipped with NVIDIA discrete graphics cards for crisper images and better video experience.

You also have the option for Touch and Non-Touch FHD displays.

OptiPlex 3280 All-in-One

Lastly there’s the OptiPlex 3280 All-in-One. If you’re place is space-challenged, its 22-inch display should have no trouble fitting in. Its IPS Full HD Touch display promises good color reproduction, better viewing angles, and an improved refreshed rates.

Tower, small form factor, micro

OptiPlex is not limited to AiOs. It also offers your traditional PC setup with options for a tower, small form factor, and micro casings.

OptiPlex 7080. Built for ultimate expandability and peformance. Has built-in artificial intelligence of Dell Optimizer ExpressResponse. Now available with dual M.2 SSD option and USB 3.2 Type A Gen 2 (10Gbps Data) support for increased data access speed.

Also supports discrete graphics on micro to achieve better visuals for 3D rendering and 4K monitor use. Fully engage with rich VR content with support for high-end 215W class graphics card on 7080 tower.

OptiPlex 5080. Mainstream desktop size perfect for just about anybody. Has AI-powered Dell Optimizer ExpressResponse and support for next generation NVIDIA discrete graphics for entry level VR content.

OptiPlex XE3 (tower and small form factor). The basic of the basics but designed for ultralong lifecycle and expandability options.

Pricing and availability

  •  OptiPlex AiO 7780 — starting at US$ 2,070 and will be available May 28, 2020
  • OptiPlex 7080 Micro — starting at US$ 1,284.28 and will be available May 28, 2020
  • The rest have yet to be announced.

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