Inspirational Inventors

Inspirational Inventors

 

William Barton Rogers – 1861/1865

William Barton Rogers born in 1804. As early as the 1840s he had wanted to create an educational environment to teach a high-level education of technology. Finally, in 1861 he founded Massachusetts Institute of Technology, better known as MIT and in 1865 it was open to students.

Today, MIT hosts a wide range of courses such as aerospace studies, mathematics, media arts & sciences, science technology & society and many others. Almost 20,000 people apply every year for enrollment and only 9% get a place.

It has produced industry moulding individuals such as –

• Robert Spinrad – created of crucial technologies in many modern PCs 
• Robert Metcalfe – co-Inventor of Ethernet• William R. Hewlett – co-founder of HP (Hewlett Packard)
• Ivan Getting – co-inventor of GPS.
• Steve Russell – Spacewar! Inventor of the first computer game to be played at multiple locations
• Bernard Marshall Gordon – co-inventor of the first current-switching DAC
• Tim Berners-Lee -co-inventor of the World Wide Web
• Daniel Bricklin -co-creator of VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet programme for PCs
• Ray Kurzweil -inventor of voice recognition technology
• Prof. Stephen Benton – inventor of the credit card holograms
• Buzz Aldrin – the 2nd man in Space

Inspirational Inventors

Inspirational Inventors

Charles Babbage & Ada Lovelace – 1837
Ada Lovelace born in 1815, studied mathematics and science in detail as wished by her mother so that she would avoid her father, Lord Byron’s passion and insanity for poetry. In 1843, while reading ‘Sketch of an Analytical Engine’ by Luigi Menabrea, she added notes, almost 2 ½ times the length of the book. At the age of 27, she had written the first paper on computer programming.
Charles Babbage born 1791, also studied mathematics & science at Cambridge University where he later became a mathematics professor in 1828. Babbage made the designs for the computer programme after reading Ada’s paper. However, these were left aside, and Charles never completed the invention. In 1910 his son, Henry Babbage however, was able to complete a portion of the machine that could produce simple calculations.
Charles and Ada met in 1833 and became good friends with their mathematical and scientific intelligence in common. Charles & Ada are considered the ‘mother & father’ of the computer and are responsible for the mass industry that we have built around technology. 

 

Matrix obtains their Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

Matrix obtains their Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

What is Cyber Essentials?
A UK Government-backed scheme that helps businesses take steps towards protecting themselves from online cyber attack using proven methodologies since 2014.
Why should your business get Cyber Essentials certified?
Cyber Essentials will highlight the technical security controls that businesses should have in place to protect against Internet-based threats.  This baseline audit ensures that your business meets the standard requirements and also proves that you are serious about your security controls.
Additional benefits include lower insurance premiums, mitigating common threats, protecting company assets & IP and meeting GDPR requirements.
How do I find out more about the Cyber Essentials Program?
To find out on how we can help with Cyber Security, please contact a member of our team on 01329 888444 and select option 1. Alternatively, email us at opportunities@mtxit.com.
Hampshire Money Laundering

Hampshire Money Laundering

Money Laundering is the illegal obtainment of money which could include foreign banks and legitimate companies. Money laundering has been on an upraise within Hampshire.

Hampshire police have made findings of cash and cash counting machines from house raids, A corrupt banker has been found by Hampshire police to have laundered by accepting £2 million to accept loan application for the owner of Chestnut Consulting Group, Southampton, Pennsylvania, in the United States.

 

At Matrix, we act as your ‘outsourced IT department’, providing help to businesses in Portsmouth, Fareham, Southampton and across the Hampshire region. To find out on how we can help with CVS, please contact a member of our team on 01329 888444. Alternatively, email us at moreinfo@mtxit.com or complete the consultation form on our new website: https://www.mtxit.com.

 

 

ENGINEER UPDATE

ENGINEER UPDATE

 

We have recently upgraded an existing VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) system for a client in the Lee-on-Solent area. The upgrade for the business, operating in the health and beauty industry, went smoothly and we were very pleased with the positive feedback we received for our customer!

Matrix Business IT

At Matrix, we act as your ‘outsourced IT department’, providing help to businesses in Portsmouth, Fareham, Southampton and across the Hampshire region. To find out on how we can help with CVS, please contact a member of our team on 01329 888444. Alternatively, email us at moreinfo@mtxit.com or complete the consultation form on our new website: https://www.mtxit.com

Evolution of the Laptop

Evolution of the Laptop

The man who first designed the concept was a man called Alan Kay who worked for Xeroc PARC, an American research and development company.

Our laptops have evolved from bulky but small LCD screen computers, floppy disk slots and a simple keyboards with only letters and numbers, to our flat screen, touchscreen, foldable and detachable keyboard, smart pro laptops we have today.

Computers allow us direct access to knowledge, information and communication with others. It also allows us to do jobs such as web design, editing and writing. Computers allow people to search the internet and learn as well as teach. Computers are important.

Why you should use different passwords

Why you should use different passwords

Using different passwords for different sites is important because each account you have has personal information that is important to protect or keep hidden within the internet. Having the same passwords over multiple account makes your most secure site only as strong as the weakest.

If you fear forgetting your multiple different password, than select to put them in an enclosed document either on your phone or computer to keep them safe but have them available when you need them.

Top tips for choosing passwords:

  • Don’t use relatable words or terms, e.g. peoples names or pets names.
  • use variation of capitals, numbers & symbols.
  • Don’t repeat use your password.
  • Change your password once or twice per year.

 

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

What is CVS?

Computer Vision Syndrome is the straining of the eyes whilst working for long periods of time at a computer screen. 50-90% of people who work on computers show symptoms of CVS. This can cause discomfort and fatigue. Things that may impact this are:

  • your seat positions
  • Your screen brightness
  • Screen angle
  • The length of time you are working at the computer

The symptoms

  • Achy eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Watery eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Neck & shoulder pain

The solution

Doctors suggest having an eye test once every two years. If you feel like you are showing these symptoms, then you should get your eyes checked as soon as possible. Eye tests are an average of £20. Some opticians may do tests for free or are commonly paid for by the company you work for.

At Matrix, we act as your ‘outsourced IT department’, providing help to businesses in Portsmouth, Fareham, Southampton and across the Hampshire region. To find out on how we can help with CVS, please contact a member of our team on 01329 888444. Alternatively, email us at moreinfo@mtxit.com or complete the consultation form on our new website: https://www.mtxit.com.

Migrated to the Cloud!

Migrated to the Cloud!

We have recently migrated the emails of a recycling company, based in Hampshire, to the cloud as well as installing a new Hosted VoIP system for the business. We were happy with the introduction of Microsoft Office 365 for the firm and appreciated their positive feedback.

What are Cookies?

What are Cookies?

‘Browser cookies’ or ‘website cookies’ are packets of information that are used by websites. They contain a sight name and a Unique user ID. The cookies download itself onto your PC when you open a website and accept the use of cookies.

This is not to worry, as cookies are used for data memory. When you come back to the website it recognises that you are a previous visitor. This means that it stores information such as items left in your shopping basket, so you can close the website without anything being lost and deleted.

Why are cookies a common concern?  

Because Cookies take information from your browser history this means that you may be targeted by advertisement and sales marketing lists. If you do not wish to be part of this, you do have the choice to either accept or decline the cookies.

At Matrix, we act as your ‘outsourced IT department’, providing help to businesses in Portsmouth, Fareham, Southampton and across the Hampshire region. To find out on how we can help with internet queries, please contact a member of our team on 01329 888444. Alternatively, email us at moreinfo@mtxit.com or complete the consultation form on our new website: https://www.mtxit.com.