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Computer Cases - Aesthetics And Utility

Is your computer's case or casing of any significance to you? You may be asking yourself the question: why should it be? The fact is that the computer case is important to the computer itself and also to some people.

Let's begin from the computer's point of view. One, if not the main causes of computer malfunction is too much heat. Which is why, when computers were first used in factories and large offices, the specialized computer room was isolated from dust and was air conditioned, if not cooled specially. In those days, thirty-forty years ago, computer components were very fragile and extremely costly.

Nowadays, they are very, very much cheaper but they are still subject to jip from heat. Extreme heat will warp the boards, especially the motherboard because it is large, inside the computer case. They are not made for these gymnastics and sooner or later the very fine connections soldered onto the surface of the board will fracture and prevent the flow of electricity. It will die.

In order to inhibit this happening, manufacturers put fans inside the computer in order to increase the flow of air. There are usually at least two in a desktop computer case, one built-in to the external casing and one directly on the CPU (the chip), which is often the hottest and most expensive single part. In laptops, where air flow is even more limited, there may be three or four fans.

So, these fans increase the circulation of air within the case in an attempt to cool the chip's environment down. Therefore, it also stands to reason that there must be ample space for that air to circulate. If it was left up to the computer to design itself, computer cases would be larger and with more fans. A little like you might like to live in a larger house with air conditioning, if money was no object.

Now from the human's point of view. People agonize more about looks and fashion and about how much space the computer is taking up. Producers have to pay attention to what people would like if they want to sell their computers. People wanted less obtrusive computer cases, so manufacturers made half-size cases; people wanted less noisy computers, so manufacturers put fewer fans in the cases. And the result was unsurprising: computers housed in cases like these broke down more often and the only person who was happy about that was the producer.

There is also a trend towards beauty in computer cases. Acrylic, see-through cases are very trendy with gamers. Now games computers are some of the most powerful home computers on the market, because of the power required to run the graphics at a life-like speed.

See-through cases encourage the use of size and fans, because they are often themed, which means that the interior may have green, blue, yellow or red LED's to light it up. So, for instance, when the DVD player kicks in a red LED comes on inside the case. Similarly with fans, which may also be painted. Some of these themed computer cases are ideal for the chips that reside in them and the individuals that own them


How to Decide Which Computer Notebook Cases Are Right for You

If you are interested in purchasing one of the many computer notebook cases available on the market today, it is imperative that you learn how to selectively shop for this type of product. While the concept seems a bit absurd, notebook cases that are used to protect your computer system are, ultimately, just as important as the system itself. If you have elected to invest in a notebook computer, it is essential that you place an emphasis on protecting the device on the whole. While it is important to ensure that you connect to the internet with a secure connection, acquire and utilize antivirus protection and take other measures to protect the device from malicious programming codes, it is also important to consider purchasing one of the many computer notebook cases available on the market today to ensure that the physical aspects of your system are properly protected.

Despite the fact that most computer notebooks are designed with high quality materials and are generally created in such a way that they display a high level of durability, you should understand that the internal components of your system are considered to be extremely sensitive overall. Complications such as exposure to extreme temperatures, direct sunlight, coming in contact with environmental pollutants, exposure to extreme weather conditions such as rain and snow, as well as accidental hits to the notebook could result in the sensitive components of your system experiencing damage. By choosing one of the many computer notebook cases that are currently available on today's market, you will be able to effectively protect your system from these issues.

When choosing among the notebook cases available today, it is important to ensure that you select a product that is appropriately sized for your system. You should determine what size screen your computer notebook has and focus on computer notebook cases that are considered to be appropriate for that specific screen size. Standard cases are typically fifteen inches. However, there are smaller versions such as the thirteen inch models as well. You should not only determine the actual screen size of your notebook, but it is also important to determine if you have a standard screen or a widescreen notebook screen. While it is common to find notebook cases that are designed to accommodate standard sized screens, it may be a bit more challenging to discover cases that are designed to accommodate screens that are identified as "Widescreen".

When shopping for computer notebook cases, it is important to determine what type of peripheral devices that you would like to transport from one location to another with your system. Examples of these devices include the power supply, additional battery packs, a specific type of docking station, and even other items such as portable printers and USB drives or external hard drives. When shopping for a case, it is important to make certain that the product provides ample space for the other items that you commonly use with your system. By considering all of the factors outlined in this consumer guide, you will find that it is easy to discover computer notebook cases that are perfect for your individual needs and preferences.


Hi-Profile Identity Theft Scams

Identity theft is a federal crime under the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act. It occurs when a con artist uses your personal information, such as name, mailing address, Social Security number, credit card number, birth date to set up a clone identity, which then buys merchandise, takes loans and makes other financial transactions. The impersonator keeps the loot, while you get stuck with the bad credit. Identity theft scams have received their fair share of media attention in recent years.

The crime of identity theft has reached epidemic proportions, with identity theft scams making headlines more and more every day. One of the high-profile identity theft scams involving a New York's restaurant busboy, Abraham Abdallah, is the largest identity theft in the history of the Internet. Abdallah, a 32-year-old high school dropout, breached the private finances of 217 of the Forbes 400 wealthiest people in America. Using a few web-enabled cell phones, virtual voicemail and a public library computer, the so-called "busboy" is said to have guessed the passwords of his favorite tycoons, input personal information so conveniently available in Forbes magazine, swiped Social Security numbers, and accessed brokerage accounts.

Soon Abdallah forged bank's stationeries deployed multiple couriers to escape detection, and had credit cards in Steven Spielberg, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey and Ted Turner's names! Law enforcement officers called it one of the most ambitious identity theft scams they had ever seen, a hi-tech scheme of Hollywood proportions. Even though the police arrested Abdallah five years ago, they are still trying to trace the complex electronic trail to figure out exactly how much money was siphoned.

Of the recent high-profile identity theft scams, the MphasiS BFL - Citibank case is particularly noteworthy, because of the ease with which five young employees from MsourcE, an Indian call center allegedly pulled off a financial fraud worth nearly half-a-million dollars. The accused were no geeks, and did not break through firewalls or decoded encrypted software. Instead, they devised a simple modus operandi. Being the authorized e-banking service providers to Citibank, these MsourcE employees were privy to confidential details of various account holders. The only pieces missing were the passwords, which these employees apparently got by "sweet-talking" the account holders.

Identity theft does not have to be big and news worthy to ruin peoples lives. The small time con artist can assume several different identities and ruin the financial lives of dozens of people, semingly overnight!


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