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Hardware analysis.

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Introduction

Hardware The hardware needed to complete the web site for Mr Murray can all be purchased from a leading computer store for around �700. This will include: * A 1.5ghz processor which will insure the computer runs at a reasonably fast speed * 256mb of Ram. This high level of memory will be necessary when several importing data from * A 40 gigabyte hard drive. This level of storage will be necessary to store all the software and high megabit images needed * Separate CD-RW & DVD drives. The CD-RW will be needed to copy CDs as a backup if the hard drive fails. The DVD - ROM is a bonus Mr Murray has decided to purchase as a backup DVD player. * A modem will be needed for to access the internet for observing and/downloading any necessary information * Speakers are going to be needed to hear audio files that shall be put on the web site * A scanner will be necessary to scan in any images and/photographs * A colour printer would be required if Mr Murray wants to see a tangible copy of his web site * A keyboard and Mouse are going to be needed for data entry & image manipulation Software There are 3 considerable software packages that could solve Mr Murray's Problems. ...read more.

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To set up the system, I will need images of a few products from each rental category (VHS videos, DVDs, games etc...) offered to customers by Mr Murray, to get him started. His current advertising employees can then update the system by using one of the above input methods, when new products are released. Video Clips and Sounds can be inputted by: * Using a digital Camera and/or a Microphone * VCD files * Copying and Pasting video and audio files of the internet using a mouse and/or keyboard Using a digital camera is a possibility, but should not be used as digital cameras are very expensive. Mr Murray has trailers of products on VCD, from which files can be used for the website. If for some reason this cannot take place, trailers of videos are free to download from video production companies on the internet. Video clips and sounds on Mr Murray's website will be subject to the best release from each rental category. Hence, to fully set up the system, I include video files (including sound) for the best release in each rental category. Mr Murray's other employees can then update the system whenever necessary. Product list can be inputted by: * Using a barcode reader * Using a scanner * Using a keyboard Using a barcode reader would be practical as all videos have a unique identification number; however Mr Murray wants to start with inputting by simple, rather than using something complicated like a barcode reader. ...read more.

Conclusion

in relation to the user requirements mentioned in the identify section. Microsoft Word could be used. As mentioned in the Identify section, it can be used to insert pictures & video clips, however it cannot be edited with as much ease as a true desktop publishing package. Front page Express would be a good choice, as it is specifically written for producing web sites. However, staff will need training, and the software package does not come cheep. Mr Murray's advertising employees currently use Microsoft Works to produce their material. Microsoft Works is a very simple version of its bigger brother Microsoft Word. This means that staff may not need training. Microsoft Word not only includes graphics and fancy headings, but can also be used to insert video clips. Nevertheless, the cost needed to buy the program will be an issue, as Mr Murray is currently in debt from a bank loan. A desktop Publishing program could also be purchased. This would be a considerable package to consider, as it is specifically written for publishing, and can be used to publish a web site, which is accessible from anywhere in the world. Even So, there is the cost of buying the program to consider (as mentioned earlier), as well as the money and time needed to train staff. *include data collection evaluation methods [In each section (e.g. video , dvd etc..) the best title will have a video clip of it attached on that section of the website.] ...read more.

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