Mac Operating System: A Revolution in Computer World

first_imgThis is the operating system that runs on Macintosh computers. It is pronounced, “mack-oh-es.” The Mac OS has been around since the first Macintosh was introduced in 1984. Since then, it has been continually updated and many new features have been added to it. Each major OS release is signified by a new number (i.e. Mac OS 8, Mac OS 9).In 1994, Apple introduced the PowerMacs, which used the higher-performance PowerPC chip designed by Apple, Motorola and IBM. PowerMacs run native PowerPC applications and emulate traditional Mac 680×0 applications. PowerPC chips have enjoyed substantial increases in performance over the years.The Mac came out in 1984, three years after the DOS-based PC. Its graphical interface was more intuitive than DOS commands, and it avoided the technical quagmire that arose when DOS users tried to add a new device to their PCs.The graphical user interface (GUI) was actually developed by Xerox and introduced on its Star workstation in 1981. Apple borrowed heavily from the Star, and subsequently, others copied the Mac, moving the GUI down the line to Windows, OS/2 and UNIX.This is the operating system that runs on Macintosh computers. It is pronounced, “mack-oh-es.” The Mac OS has been around since the first Macintosh was introduced in 1984. Since then, it has been continually updated and many new features have been added to it. Each major OS release is signified by a new number (i.e. Mac OS 8, Mac OS 9).Since the core of the Mac OS was nearly decades old, Apple decided to completely revamp the operating system. In March of 2001, Apple introduced a completely new version of the Mac OS that was written from the ground up. The company dubbed it “Mac OS X,” correctly pronounced “Mac OS 10.” Unlike earlier versions of the Mac OS, Mac OS X is based on the same kernel as Unix and has many advanced administrative features and utilities. Though the operating system is much more advanced than earlier versions of the Mac OS, it still has the same ease-of-use that people have come to expect from Apple software.The Macintosh interface was immediately popular with non-technical people. Instead of typing in a command to delete a file as in DOS, you could drag it to the on-screen trashcan. Although common today, it was a breakthrough to have such capability on a personal computer in the 1980s.Unlike the PC, the Mac is Apple’s proprietary technology, and except for a brief period, Apple prevented a Macintosh clone industry from developing and growing (see Macintosh parts). Apple maintained its sole source vendor status while the PC industry had thousands of vendors.Are you looking for the latest gear at discounted prices now? DVwarehouse have established BUYING POWER, which means you can buy products at prices far below our competition and pass the savings along to you. DVwarehouse is committed to providing the products that you want. They offer the industry’s highest-quality products with some of the lowest-possible prices. They are adding to your catalog daily and they do their best for our prices to be one of the most competitive!Their standards for customer satisfaction have given DV Warehouse the ability to provide cutting edge technology at warehouse prices. They are experts on delivering the greatest technologies our industry has to offer. DVWARE offers Used Mac Computers, a great inventory on Apple Parts; plus one of the largest selection of Digital Video Solutions for Broadcasting, Editing and Production work. We specialize in Digital Video Editing products and idigital Editing Turnkey Solutions for Adobe, Avid, Newtek, Matrox and Pinnacle.Author: Harry JonshonFor Listing visit http://www.dvwarehouse.com(link is external)(Best Online Computer Store).Just login to http://www.dvwarehouse.com(link is external) for all kinds of Mac Part You can also vist our other site for http://www.idigitals.com(link is external) for Computer Partslast_img read more

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is Offering Free Vaccine DVD’s

first_imgBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is Offering Free Vaccine DVD’sBerlin, VT Are you concerned about the safety of vaccines?Have you decided not to get your child a particular vaccine because you worry about the safety of immunizations? Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) would like to send you a free DVD about vaccines. The DVD contains two videos produced by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia:”Vaccines and Your Baby answers questions like, What are vaccines?, How do vaccines work?, What are the chances that my child will get one of the diseases that vaccines prevent?, and Are vaccines safe for my baby?”Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fear reinforces the safety of vaccines and discusses why they have been so instrumental in saving the lives of millions of children.To order a free copy, visit the BCBSVT website at www.bcbsvt.com/freevideo(link is external) or call 802.371.3468.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.last_img read more

GMP Seeks 25% Reduction in Renewable Energy Rate for Customers

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Green Mountain Power has filed a request with the Public Service Board to lower the premium its customers can choose to pay to support the development of renewable energy in Vermont. Currently, under the GreenerGMP program, customers can opt to pay four cents per kilowatt hour more than their normal rate to help GMP support renewable energy projects. The company is requesting the fee be lowered to three cents per kWh. GreenerGMP gives our customers a way to act on their own commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By making it less expensive for them to participate, we hope more customers will join us in supporting new renewable projects right here in Vermont, said GMP president and chief executive officer Mary Powell.Green Mountain Power supports renewable projects by purchasing the power and the Renewable Energy Credits they generate. Because the cost to buy RECs has dropped, we want our GreenerGMP rate to reflect that, Ms. Powell said.Funds generated by GreenerGMP are used to support the methane gas project at the Moretown Landfill and biomass at the McNeil plant. In addition, beginning this spring, funds will support a farm-based methane digester in Westminster, Vermont.Under the GreenerGMP program, the Company purchases certified renewable Vermont resources equal to 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of a customer s electricity use as directed by the customer. Under the requested renewable energy rate of three cents per kWh, a residential customer with a $75 monthly bill would pay an additional $7.38 per month to have half his or her usage come from renewable energy.The Public Service Board is expected to make a decision on the request this spring.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont s population. It serves more than 200,000 people and businesses.last_img read more

Vermont receives $756K in carbon credits, governor announces $188,000 in Climate Change Grants

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced Vermont has received $756,000 in the latest round of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auctions and that 17 energy efficiency projects across the state have received $188,000 in the first round of funding from the Vermont Community Climate Change Grant Program.Vermont is one of 10 states in the Northeast to participate in the auction process. Power producers must buy the credits to offset their CO2 production. Vermont has been allocated 1.2 million credits a year. A Vermont Public Service Board panel will determine how the money is spent for energy efficiency programs. Vermont can be proud of its leadership role on the issue of climate change, the Governor said. All told, the emissions savings from these projects is the equivalent of not burning 25,000 gallons of heating oil or not driving 500,000 miles a year. The funding for this initiative comes from the first installment of Vermont s $1.8 million, five-year settlement payout against American Electric Power Corp., the nation s largest operator of coal-fired power plants. The grant program will fund another round of projects in late spring. The deadline to apply is May 1.center_img From Brattleboro to Wells River and from Burlington to Poultney, the renewable energy and efficiency projects announced by the governor on Friday will reduce a combined 270 tons of carbon emissions annually, while boosting Vermont s local economy with investments and lower fuel costs. The projects include:Rumney School in Middlesex: $12,000 to seal and insulate the school. Annual emissions reduction 22 tons.Town of Waterbury: $12,000 to replace boilers at the town offices, town library and wastewater treatment facility. Annual emissions reduction 12 tons.CarShare Vermont, Burlington: $12,000 toward the purchase of a hybrid automobile. Annual emissions reduction 24 tons.Town of Williston: $12,000 to insulate, weatherize and replace lighting and sensor controls. Annual emissions reduction 14 tons.Enosburg Elementary School: $12,000 to replace all light fixtures in the school. Annual emissions reduction 24 tons.Town of Westford: $5,580 for weatherization and upgrades to lighting and HVAC. Annual emissions reduction 3 tons.Ascension Lutheran Church, South Burlington: $11,108 to replace the boiler. Annual emissions reduction 8 tons.SERG (Sustainable Energy Resource Group), ThetfordCenter: $12,000 for weatherization and training. Annual emissions reduction 2 tons.Randolph Area Community Development Corp.: $12,000 for efficient lighting, solar hot water and new windows at Joslyn House, affordable shared senior housing, and Ayers Brook Center preschool.Community Climate Action: $12,000 for Mow Down Pollution mower exchange program in Brattleboro and Upper Valley communities. Annual emissions reduction 12 tons.Calais Elementary School: $12,000 to replace inefficient lighting. Annual emissions reduction 25 tons.Poultney Village: $12,000 to replace the water pump in its village water system. Annual emissions reduction 9 tons.Bristol Elementary School: $12,000 to replace lighting in 30 classrooms, three hallways and two offices. Annual emissions reduction 24 tons.Blue Mountain Supervisory Union, WellsRiver: $12,000 for a photovoltaic system. Annual emissions reduction 1 ton.HartlandElementary School: $12,000 to replace lighting. Annual emissions reduction 31 tons.Brattleboro Union High School: $12,000 to replace lighting. Annual emissions reduction 24.5 tons.Town of Dorset: $3,960 for weatherization of the town offices. Annual emissions reduction 1 ton.last_img read more

FairPoint donates $1,250 to Everybody Wins! Vermont

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications recently donated $1,250 to Everybody Wins! Vermont.  The donation was made to recognize the volunteer efforts of FairPoint employee Beth Fastiggi of Burlington.  Beth began volunteering as a Reading Mentor for Everybody Wins! Vermont in 2003 and currently serves as its Board President.During her six years as a reading mentor, Beth has worked with several children. This year, she has been spending Wednesday morning breakfast with her friend, Teko at J.J. Flynn School in Burlington.  As a board member since 2003, Beth has also been closely involved with the growth and success of  the organization.Everybody Wins! Vermont  is a not-for-profit children s literacy and mentoring organization dedicated to increasing children s prospects for success in school and beyond through one-to-one reading experiences with caring adults. EW! VT s Power Lunch program pairs adult volunteer reading mentors with students at local elementary schools. Pairs meet weekly during lunch or breakfast time at the school to share books and literacy activities and to build positive relationships. These experiences expose children to topics and discussions they might not otherwise have, enhance children s self esteem and expand their possibilities for academic and life success. They also enable adult volunteers to connect with local schools and to experience the rewards of enriching young lives. EW! VT is the only organization in the state that combines the two essential elements of mentoring and literacy.The FairPoint Volunteer Incentive Program recognizes employees’ contribution of time and talent to nonprofit organizations where they live and work.  Under the program, FairPoint employees who volunteer at least 50 hours during the year can request that FairPoint reward the organization with $750. FairPoint Communications has also supported the mission of Everybody Wins! Vermont by matching employee gifts, donating office space in Montpelier and through the sponsorship of the Everybody Wins! Vermont second annual Book Bash in the Fall of 2008.About Everybody Wins! VermontBy creating mentoring relationships that foster a love of reading and language, Everybody Wins! Vermont increases children s prospects for success and engages a diverse range of volunteers in their community schools. As the largest mentoring program in the state, 580 EW! VT volunteer mentors spent more than 10,000 hours of reading time  with elementary school students at 19 schools in the 2009-2010 school year. To learn more, visit www.ewvt.org(link is external).last_img read more

Governor Douglas announces $3.9 million in public transit grants

first_img Source: Governor’s office. ### Governor Jim Douglas announced Wednesday that the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has awarded $3.9 million in Federal Transit Administration grants over the next three years to six public transportation providers to help them either start new or expand existing bus routes. These grants will assist public transit providers across Vermont with their efforts to increase public transportation opportunities for the people of our state, said Governor Jim Douglas.  These funds will also help us ease traffic congestion along some of our heaviest traveled routes and improve air quality.Awards were made based on the provider s ability to mitigate congestion and its associated air quality impacts as well as their ability to show the viability and sustainability of the new or expanded route. This money will help fund new or expanded public transit routes for the next three years, said VTrans Secretary David Dill. In many cases, partnerships between local employers and the public transit provider were established to ensure that the grant funding would stretch as far as possible, effectively serve the commuting-public, and have the greatest overall positive economic impact. New or expanded routes to receive funding include: Addison County Transit Resources will receive just over $250,000 annually for the next three years to expand service of its existing Burlington LINK shuttle, the Middlebury Shuttle, and the Tri-Town Shuttle. Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) will receive approximately $695,000 each of the next three years to establish a Milton-to-Burlington LINK route in the same style as its popular Montpelier-to-Burlington LINK. CCTA will also use grant funds to establish regular service along the densely developed Route 2 Corridor between Burlington s Cherry Street Station and Taft Corners in Williston. Connecticut River Transit based in Rockingham and now operating as The Current was awarded $76,000 annually for the next three years to expand its successful Upper Valley Commuter route to more effectively serve the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center s workforce. Rutland s Marble Valley Regional Transit District will receive approximately $69,000 annually for the next three years to expand service by increasing the frequency of runs on the popular South Route component of their In-City fixed route services. Stagecoach Transportation Services of Randolph will use their award of $68,000 for the next three years to establish a Montpelier-to-Randolph Commuter route along the I-89 Corridor. Green Mountain Transit Agency, in partnership with Rural Community Transportation of St. Johnsbury, will use approximately $174,000 annually for the next three years to establish a commuter transit route along the busy Route 2 Corridor between St. Johnsbury and Montpelier.last_img read more

Safety cited in decision to close Chimney Point historic site for season

first_imgCiting safety concerns caused by the reconstruction of the adjacent Champlain Bridge, Vermont state officials have announced the immediate closure of the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison.Commissioner of Economic, Housing and Community Development Tayt Brooks said the combination of construction activity and limited road access to the area led to the decision to close the site for the season. The Chimney Point site and the construction area share a single road, and are literally right next to each other, Brooks said. We had hoped to keep the site open, but in practical terms we can t place the public at risk by having them in such close proximity to a working construction area.The Champlain Bridge, which was built to span Lake Champlain and connect Vermont and New York in 1929, was closed due to safety concerns in October 2009 and was demolished using explosives on December 28, 2009.A new modified network tied arch bridge is being built in nearly the exact location, and a temporary ferry is carrying passengers across Lake Champlain while the bridge is being rebuilt.Brooks said the Division for Historic Preservation part of his department and officials from the Agency of Transportation had worked together to try to keep the site operating despite the noise, dust, odor, and delays that were inevitable as a result of the construction.But as the staging area for materials and equipment was selected and expanded adjacent to the site, the risk of an accident involving visitors had become too great. We tried, but VTrans officials recommended and I agreed that the site should be closed for this season, and possibly next, Brooks said. We will re-evaluate before next spring after we see where the construction stands.The site had 2,962 visitors last year on the 99 days it was open, Brooks said, or an average of about 29 per day. It has generated roughly $3,000 in admissions and $9,000 in gift shop revenues in the current fiscal year, which began on July 1, 2009.Before last week, the site had seen only 73 visitors in the 8 days it had been open, he said, adding that the Agency of Transportation will reimburse the Division for Historic Preservation for the lost revenue while the site is closed.The state will examine whether some special events scheduled at the site such as the Northeastern Atlatl Championship, part of the Festival of Nations in September can be re-located, Brooks said.For more information about the state historic sites, visit www.HistoricVermont.org/sites(link is external) or visit the sites on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Montpelier-VT/Vermont-State-Historic-Si…(link is external)Source: State of Vermont. 6.14.2010 -30-last_img read more

Federal and state energy regulators to meet in Vermont July 14

first_imgThe National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR www.napsr.org(link is external) ), a non-profit organization that serves to promote natural gas and propane safety, will hold its Eastern Regional Meeting in Essex Junction on July 14, 2010.  State and federal regulators will be joined by Vermont energy executives to discuss a variety of emerging issues, according to Hans Mertens, Director of Engineering Services at the Vermont Department of Public Service and current NAPSR Chairman.The keynote address will be delivered by Vermont Public Service Board Commissioner David Coen, who serves as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC www.naruc.org(link is external) ). NARUC represents the State public service commissioners that regulate essential utility services, such as electricity, telecommunications, gas, water, and transportation. Coen will focus on NARUC and the industry, with an emphasis on the state-federal partnership.Coen said, “With Congress and the Administration debating profound changes to our utility landscape, our role as State regulators will be critical to ensuring consumer protection and reliable service. We as a nation are facing changing times, and regulators must remain focused on the public interest.”Coen’s service to the utility industry and to Vermont was recognized with a special presentation made on behalf of Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch. Coen is an active NARUC member, as demonstrated through his participation on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and his service as a Vice Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee, Chairman of the National Regulatory Research Institute’s Board of Directors, and a member of NARUC’s Electricity, Gas, and Finance and Technology committees. President Coen also serves on the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues – Waste Disposal and the Task Force on Climate Policy. Coen has served as a PSB commissioner since 1995.Also speaking on the 14th is the Chair of the Connecticut Public Utility Commission, Kevin Del Gobbo. He will present an analysis of the February 2010 Kleen Energy Generation Plant explosion.  This incident has had a profound impact on the industry. Six people were killed and more than 30 were injured as a result of a natural gas explosion that severely damaged a nearly completed $1 billion facility.Source: Vermont DPS. 7.12.2010last_img read more