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The Age of Computer Spyware

Spyware or spying software is as its name implies. It is software that actively gathers information about an individual or an organization without their knowledge that may send such information to another entity without consent. There are four types of spying software namely adware, system monitor, Trojans and tracking cookies. Most people are familiar with tracking cookies and adware. Tracking cookies are used to gather information across two unrelated websites or to present customized data to the internet user. Most websites use tracking cookies and notice is given to users upon opening a website that uses such. These are...

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Windows Operating System

Those of you who are reading this article via a computer, not a Mac or MacBook, will almost certainly have the Windows operating system running your machine. Net Applications, an analytical company that specialises in analysing computer users’ behaviours and patterns, released figures in July 2017 that showed computer operating different versions of the Windows operating system accounted for almost 90 percent of all computers in the world; the exact figure was 88.40 percent. Although hugely popular in desktop and laptop computers, Windows has failed to break into the highly profitable mobile. The same Net Applications report in July...

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Bill Gates

William Henry Gates III, better known as Bill Gates, is the co-founder and Technology Advisor of Microsoft, the largest software and programming company in the world with annual sales in excess of $85 billion. Gates, along with Paul Allen, launched Microsoft in 1975 and it became the world’s largest PC software company. During his time with the company, Gates has held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect and was, until May 2014, the company’s largest individual shareholder. Gates’ personal fortune stood at a staggering $91.7 billion as of February 2018. It was when gates was 13...

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The Amiga 1000 Revolutionary PC

When you think of personal computers and how they shape our lives you probably think about Apple products or “Windows PCs.” They are, after all, the two main PCs that consumers purchase today. While some of these machines are nothing short of amazing, it was a computer released on July 23, 1985 that paved the way for personal computers in households. The Amiga 1000 may have been at the more expensive end of the scale when it was released in 1985 as it cost $1,295, or $2,900 in today’s money, yet it is a machine that shaped the personal...

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History of the Personal Computer

Computers are part of our everyday lives. It is difficult to imagine life without a computer, laptop, tablet or even a smartphone that can all but do the job of a personal computer. Yet computers have not actually being around for that long in the grand scheme of things. “PC” is an initialism for “personal computer” and in its broadest definition it means a computer that can be operated by one person. Using this term, the first persona computer arrived in 1946 and was called the ENIAC, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. It was heralded as a “Great...

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