4 Steps to Keep your Computer Safe

July 27, 2012 – 12:18 pm
Modern day computers need to be constantly protected, so to speak, thanks to the existence of viruses, spam, pop-ups and so on and so forth. If left unchecked, these unwanted applications or files can hamper our system’s performance. So, here are a few steps by which you can keep your computer safe: #1: Anti-virus Protection Even though most systems these days come with antivirus protection, it’s important to understand that in order to enjoy maximum benefits, one should not forget to renew the service once the term if over. Ensuring that you have antivirus software at all will ensure that you are able to keep your computer clean from common issues related to viruses and spam. #2: Check to see if Windows Defender or Firewall is turned on The next thing that you have to do is to find whether Windows Defender or Firewall is turned on for real-time protection. First, you’ll have to find ...

3 Steps To Determine Whether an Apple Macintosh Or PC Is Right For You?

July 20, 2012 – 12:17 pm
If you are looking for a new personal computer, a bit of research will tell you that there are PCs available using platforms based on MacOS, Windows and Linux. What makes the decision of figuring out whether any of these PCs are right for you hard is because there is very little between them Yet a comparison between their weaknesses and strengths will help you determine which PC is right for you, and so here are a few steps to do just that: Step #1: List out what you want to do with your computer While basic functions such as web browsing, scheduling and management, multimedia playback and document manipulation are usually no different on these platforms, there are certain advanced features that are best on certain platforms. For example, if you’re a gaming enthusiast, then Windows would be your choice as opposed to the other two. Content creation, the other hand, is where ...

4 Steps to Buying the Right Assembled PC

July 9, 2012 – 12:08 pm
Almost anyone knows the difference between branded and assembled PCs, where the former is built to meet general computing needs while the latter is custom-built for purposes that cannot be met by their branded counterparts. Although, there are advantages to both types, what becomes apparent is that a lot of thought must go into buying an assembled PC. So here are steps that can help you buy the right assembled PC: #1: Decide whether you want a laptop or a desktop If you’re planning to work from one location, then a desktop would be a good idea. However, if you need to move around for your work, then a laptop would work well instead. What one must keep in mind is the fact that assembled desktops are common rather than laptops. #2: Make a list of what you might use the computer for As mentioned earlier, an assembled computer is usually built for specific needs. So, ...

How to Fix Your Retargeting

October 17, 2014 – 1:40 pm
Retargeting is a huge benefit, if you know how to use it. If you don’t, you might end up paying more money to actually lose customers! Retargeting tries to match your messaging with customers who have visited your site. It’s great for branding too. Retargeting often costs less than using standard targeting methods, but it’s very easy to break your retargeting efforts. If you find retargeting isn’t delivering the response you had hoped for, you might want to try adjusting a few parameters. Frequency The biggest change you can make is to the frequency with which your ads show. If your ads are presented to users too often, your “effective” messaging comes across as intrusive badgering. Be sure that you set a frequency cap, or a limit to how many times your display advertising will show to a certain person on a certain day, so that you’re not bothering people with your ...

Fastest Channels for Scaling a Lead Generation Business

September 22, 2014 – 12:04 pm
Lead generation is one of the most common methods of affiliate marketing, and the business has become competitive. Smart marketers and newbies would do well to take advantage of channels that can quickly scale a campaign, building on your early success. Here are some of the fastest growing channels in lead generation. Banner Advertising It’s no secret that display advertising is a major contributor to successful affiliate campaigns. There was some debate as to whether CPM was still a relevant metric, but consider that major companies like MasterCard have listed CPM as one of five metrics that represent a clearer picture of the success of marketing campaigns. Display advertising is highly targeted, allows for retargeting, and is still available at budget prices for newbies looking to get in on the ground floor. Email Marketing Growing right out of banner advertising is email marketing. Because banners are targeted so well, marketers are able to capitalize ...

Building MEMS with E-Beam Evaporation

September 21, 2014 – 1:18 pm
MEMS are an exciting new development in the world of microscopic machines. MEMS stands for microelectronic machine systems, and they are tiny machines with a ton of purpose. MEMS are created from materials that measure between 1 and 100 microns in size, and generally get as large as about 20 micrometers. Thanks to techniques like e-beam evaporation, MEMS can be “grown” and manufactured fairly quickly. Materials Used The materials used to create MEMS are not unlike the same materials used to make semiconductors. Essentially, layers of copper or nickel are laid onto a silicon circuit board. Ceramic is also used sometimes, because of its high resistance against biocorrosion. Polymers also come into play when the device is intended for use in biomedical applications. Physical Deposition During the process of physical deposition, materials are removed from one substance and placed onto another. A thermal evaporation system is often used to evaporate one material, and layer it ...

How Cooling Helps IT Maintenance

September 17, 2014 – 4:23 pm
Written by: MovinCool IT workers worry about a lot. They worry about employees who bring their own devices into the corporate network, and introduce viruses from an unsecured connection. They worry about privileges for all levels of employees, and they manage all traffic that goes in and out of servers. IT maintenance is a big job, and to top it off they also need to do some of the work of an HVAC specialist. Data center cooling is an important part of IT maintenance, and it’s a major factor in keeping Internet infrastructure up and running. Heat Generation Computers naturally generate heat as energy is transferred from one place to another. The circuit boards generate ambient heat, which usually triggers fans to respond in order to try and cool things off. If there are many computers clustered together, like a server room, that heat can be difficult to dissipate. If too much heat ...

4 Common Search Terms that You Can Use Google For

August 27, 2014 – 8:16 am
Using a couple of search tricks, which depends on how you enter your search terms, you can get certain types of information instantly from Google. Bing has these options too but Google, as usual, has much more to offer in this regard. That said, here are 4 common search terms that are useful on a day-to-day basis: #1: Weather If you're headed to a particular city in your country or elsewhere and want to know how the weather is, all you have to do is type in the name of the city along with the word 'weather'. Based on your findings, you can decide what kind of clothes to carry as well. #2: Time zone If you want to know what the time is in a particular or city, then all you have to do is type the city or country name along with the keyword time, and you should have it. Of course, if you ...

How One Piece of Equipment Can Improve Employee Performance

August 22, 2014 – 7:08 am
By Allied Time No matter what type of business you’re in, if you have employees, they’re going to be a key factor in either making or breaking you. So it makes sense that most companies spend a lot of time and money on trying to get the most out of their employees. Unfortunately, for these companies, a lot of their efforts fall short and for one very sad reason. They don’t have time clocks. Employees who aren’t being actively monitored by an electronic time clock simply aren’t giving you the performance you’re paying for. That’s not even their fault all the time either. Without clocks to monitor them, they can often be confused about what they’re supposed to be doing, when they should leave for lunch, come back, etc. You also can’t be giving them very good leadership if you don’t understand the type of day they lead. With professional time clocks, though, ...

Don’t Neglect Data Center Customer Service

August 21, 2014 – 12:59 pm
By Rack Alley It’s never an easy task being the person in charge of hiring on the LA data center that will be handling your company’s business. Obviously, a lot of responsibility is on your shoulders and making the wrong mistake could cost your company a lot of money and ultimately you your job. So while you may have a long list of things you’re looking for in a server hosting Los Angeles company, don’t forget one of the most important parts: customer service. LA colocation companies are everywhere and most of them offer all kinds of amazing services in packages that are sure to fit your company and meet your budgetary needs. That’s great! But unfortunately, many of them are missing the customer service component. Although they’re taking care of a very big chunk of your company’s needs, that doesn’t mean you can just hand over your data to a company and forget ...

How to Carry Out a Factory Reset on your Android Phone

August 20, 2014 – 8:16 am
In the situation where you want to get rid of your Android or start with a clean slate, performing a 'factory reset' is just what you need to do. It is called so because it restores the phone back to the state when it was 'fresh from the box'. While this procedure is enough to safeguard your data, there are people who can still dig up your data. For this reason, it is a good idea to encrypt your phone too if you're planning to donate or sell it to someone else too. Of course, before you do this, ensure that you backup data that you consider important. That said, here are is how you reset your Android phone: First, you have to find the Backup and reset menu on your phone, which performs the functions as the name of the menu suggests. Even if a number of phones' menus have different options for backup, ...

How to Select and View Multiple Timezones on Windows

August 16, 2014 – 8:12 am
There are a number of features in Windows that can make your Life easier. One such feature involves being able to keep track of a number of time zones at the same time. While it’s easier to use Google by typing “time (city name)”, both Windows 7 and 8.1 can help you view these time zones at a glance. For this, click on the lower right hand corner of your screen to open a window that displays the time and date. After this, click ‘Time and date settings’. Now, with the window that opens up, click the ‘Additional Clocks’ tab. Click the checkbox next to the ‘Show this clock’ and select the time zone as well which is based on hours before or after Universal Coordinated Time. Once you’ve done this, then enter the appropriate names for each of the clocks in the given boxes ‘Enter display name’. Once you’re done, then click ‘Add’ ...

Using PushBullet to Swap Files in a Few Clicks

August 9, 2014 – 8:09 am
If you want to transfer files from your PC to an Android device, the most popular method involves using AirDroid for Android. However, there a new feature provided on the free app Pushbullet for iOS and Android that is worthy of attention as well. All it takes is a just a couple of clicks which makes it ridiculously easy as the connection between both devices remain. But why pick Pushbullet over Airdroid if you are already using the latter? This is for the simple reason that Pushbullet pushes all notifications on your phone to desktop and this could include incoming calls, email notifications, texts and alerts from your news apps. Now, in order to use Pushbullet, you need to download the app from Google Play while running the desktop app too. All you have to do is sign-in on both devices and you can begin swapping files too. So, let’s say you want to move a ...