Category Archives: Electronics

Mac or PC: Does This Discussion Still Matter for Business?

For years and years, we've debated the differences between Windows and Macintosh. The narrative we’re used to hearing usually goes something like “PCs are better for doing work-related tasks, and Macs are better for more creative endeavors.” So where do we stand today – Mac or PC? Is this narrative still true in the new…
Read more

Wireless power system charges devices up to 20 feet away

A plethora of firms are racing to develop a feasible method for delivering power wirelessly, but thus far the best we’ve managed are short-range standards like Qi and PMA. A company called Energous is on hand at CES with a demo of its new wireless power system known amusingly as WattUp. It uses a mix…
Read more

Why is it important to recycle computer equipment?

Electronic rubbish, and computer equipment in particular, is a rapidly expanding stream of US waste. Low prices allow consumers to replace "gadgets" often, and rapid technological change means there are always newer, better, more powerful products on the market. The result is a burgeoning computer waste mountain. Up to 20 million “obsolete” PCs are discarded annually…
Read more

Managing Obsolescence

One of the best approaches for proactively managing obsolescence is to develop and maintain a multiyear capital plan that explicitly designates a specific portion for instrument replacement each year. Excess Logic continues reposting interesting articles. We trying to pay your attention how important to recycle obsolete electronics and e-waste to protect the environment. We'd like you to recycle e waste instead of disposing…
Read more

4 Ways Wearable Technology May Soon Benefit Your Business

The official list of apps now available for the life-capturing, data-aware Google Glass headset is contained inside the custom My Glass app that early owners of the $1,500 device can access. There are unofficial lists, but what you’ll find at either location are a lot of recreation tools, quite a few photo tricks, and more…
Read more

Donating excess inventory benefits businesses

Your business may be sitting on an important tax deduction—and you may not even realize it. The deduction lies in your excess, overstock inventory. By donating that nonmoving merchandise to charity, your company can earn a federal income tax deduction under Section 170 (e)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Regular (C) corporations may deduct…
Read more

Cisco’s $2.25 billion mea culpa

Cisco Systems got greedy. And now it's paying the price. On Tuesday (May 9, 2001), the network-equipment giant provided the grisly details behind its astonishing $2.25 billion inventory write-off in the third quarter, essentially admitting that it too was caught up in the Internet hype that, at its peak, gave the company the highest market…
Read more

World’s E-Waste to Grow 33% by 2017, Says Global Report

By 2017, the global volume of discarded refrigerators, TVs, cellphones, computers, monitors and other electronic waste will weigh almost as much as 200 Empire State Buildings, a new report predicts. The forecast, based on data gathered by United Nations organizations, governments, and nongovernment and science organizations in a partnership known as the "Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative,"…
Read more

Strategies for Your Business’s Excess Inventory

If you have items that have been sitting on your shelves for some time, it's costing you money. You're paying storage and other costs and you're missing the opportunity to put the investment in those items to more productive uses. Before year-end take appropriate steps to trim your excess inventory -- and gain tax benefits…
Read more

5 Ways to Deal with Obsolete Technology

Just because something's obsolete doesn't mean it's not useful. In your spare time, there are plenty of fun things that you can do with old phones, tablets and laptops. At work, however, nobody is going to give you the time to turn your old BlackBerry into your coffee timer. But there are ways of taking that…
Read more

Here come the autonomous robot security guards: What could possibly go wrong?

Showing a rather shocking disregard for the long-term safety of human civilization, Microsoft has become one of the first companies to deploy autonomous robot security guards. Dubbed the K5, Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus was being policed last week by five of these roughly human-sized 300-pound (136 kg) robots, each equipped with enough cameras, sensors, artificial intelligence,…
Read more

New metal lets today’s 3D printers make tomorrow’s electronics

When entrepreneur Michael Toutonghi and his son wanted to make a rocket in their family basement, they went about it in a thoroughly modern way: though the duo wasn’t gearing up to produce their rockets by the hundreds, the production and assembly processes were still too tedious to be done entirely by hand. Well-versed in…
Read more

Using SMART to accurately predict when a hard drive is about to die

SMART, which first started to appear in consumer hard drives about 10 years ago, is a brilliant concept — it’s meant to tell you if a hard drive is about to die — but in practice, I think we can all agree that SMART has always been rather underwhelming. Personally, SMART has never helped me…
Read more

Is your old computer costing you more than you think?

Re-using old computers as servers around the home or office is a common and practical solution to the increasing need for always-on machines like HTPCs (Home Theater PCs), solar panel monitoring, home automation, weather station uploading, and security systems. Since older machines have outlived their usefulness as primary desktops or servers they’re just like found money, saving the expense of…
Read more

Tesla swings by DEF CON in search of car hackers to secure the Model S

The traditional auto industry has been slow to adopt new technology, but Tesla is far from traditional. The electric car start up helmed by Elon Musk (also the founder of SpaceX) relies on advanced computer control of the car’s systems, and of course it has that gigantic 17-inch touchscreen center console in the Model S.…
Read more

How To: Determine the value of your donated equipment

1/ How To: Determine the value of your donated equipment 2/ How To: CLEAN ALL YOUR PERSONAL INFO/DATA OFF YOUR DRIVE! 1/ We advise you to consult your tax adviser (CPA, Enrolled Agent, etc.) to make sure you are doing the right thing for your tax circumstances and valuing the item in accordance with the…
Read more

Ten Tips for Donating a Computer

How to donate or recycle your used equipment Your old computer might have some life left in it. But dropping it off at your favorite nonprofit, charity, or library might not be the best way to pass it on. Learn about the environmentally smartest options in this article. As companies, nonprofits, charities, libraries, and individuals…
Read more

Evaluating the useful life of a server

Businesses live in two worlds: the real world of making profits and serving customers, and the “accounting world,” where taxes, depreciation and useful life of equipment rule. Harmonizing the two can be a challenge, and that’s particularly true with respect to server technology. Here, the definition of “economic life” often conflicts with the real-world, equipment-based…
Read more

Electronics Recycling 101: The Problem With E-Waste

America’s love affair with consumer electronics will likely rage on for years to come. With a constant stream of iPads, e-readers and smart phones hitting the market, it’s hard not to get sucked into purchasing products. But embracing new technologies brings up a huge question: What do you do with the old stuff? According to…
Read more

How can data center save $90,000 a year?

Servers New servers use more energy-efficient technology such as: More efficient power supplies, better DC voltage regulators, processors that consume less power, and cooling fans that are more energy-efficient. CPU speed throttling and power saving technology that reduces the processor's clock rate and voltage when the processor is idle. The aim is to minimize overall…
Read more