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, ...

Best Practices for Engagement on Mobile Platforms

December 11, 2014 – 4:46 pm
Mobile usage is on the rise, and there is evidence to suggest that both genders are using it to make purchases. While there is some difference in the kinds of purchases each gender generally makes, what is clear is that marketers stand to capitalize on engaging with customers in the moment. Mobile customers are by nature on-the-go, making mobile marketing something of a predictive game. Here are some best practices that are sure to help you get started. Predict Your Customer’s Intent You will be able to buy mobile traffic specifically, so you should have some idea of what those users might be viewing before you try to market to them. You can make some educated guesses based on interests. Try to imagine whether the messaging in your ad will sync up with what a user might be viewing while she is out and about. Is the user comparison shopping? Is the user ...

3 Ways to Take Notes Using your iOS or Android Phone

November 27, 2014 – 2:54 am
Almost all of us have found ourselves in a situation where we've come up with brilliant thoughts but have never been able to jot them down anywhere. It happens to the best of us. However, just so that this never happens again, here are 3 ways by which you can record these thoughts: #1: Ask Siri to take notes If you've got an iPhone or iPad, you can easily use Siri to capture your thoughts. All you have to do is press and hold the Home key, tap Settings and  Passcode Lock . After this, activate Siri while it is locked and say 'Note to self'. #2: Google Now (Android) Google Now is an excellent Android app that follows voice commands. However, what makes this even better is that you can use this app even though your phone is locked. Just be careful to not leave your phone vulnerable to smartphone thieves as they can look ...

3 Browser Extensions for the Chrome New Tab Page

November 20, 2014 – 2:52 am
Browser extensions have been designed with the express purpose of making your browser more useful than it already is. Of course, there’s not much to improve when it comes to the UI with the exception of Chrome’s New Tab page. That said, here are 3 browser extensions that can help brighten up your web browser: #1: Pinterest Tab First up, you don’t need to have a Pinterest account to use this extension but you still get a beautiful picture for your tab from this social network that focuses on images. When starting the extension, you will be asked to choose image topics such as food, travel to name a few. However, it also gives us access to Google Calendar as well as a direct link to Pinterest itself. #2: Earth View from Google Maps This extension does not need any set-up whatsoever. Once you’ve installed it, every time you open a new tab, you can a ...

Essential Tips for Display Advertisers

November 17, 2014 – 2:28 pm
Display advertising has the potential to outperform text ads if you know how to harness that potential. It’s a form of direct marketing, so your messaging and your work need to be spot on. Testing and execution are keys in this equation, so you need to be able to produce ads that will perform quickly. Learning these essential tips is sure to help your performance metrics improve. Copy is Key When you are working with banners, copy is more than just the words. You have to consider the colors and images on your banner, as well as the space your banner will occupy. Make sure what you and your ad exchange’s preferred sizes are, and that you work within those constraints. It helps to write from a place of knowledge, so perform some quick competitive research on Google to determine which tag lines are working. The closer you get to find that ...

How to Ensure the Long Life of Your Laptop Battery

November 16, 2014 – 2:51 am
It's common knowledge that batteries don't last forever. However, in maintaining your laptop battery carefully, you can still carry a sufficient charge until you are absolutely ready to move on to purchasing a new laptop for your daily computing needs. Of course, this may take some effort which means that will turn out to be more of a hassle than it should be worth. So let's begin with a practical but less effective method. Now, let's say that you are at home and are running the battery on AC power. Of course, you wouldn't need the battery then. So, if you think your laptop is going to stay plugged in for a week or so, turn off the PC and remove the battery. Of course, when you're on the road, then you might need the battery. In this situation, you can plug it back in but also remembering to charge it before going ...

Cooling essentials for your hardware

November 9, 2014 – 12:48 pm
Written by MovinCool Industrial air conditioning is a must have especially when you are working with quite a lot of computers and hardware. As a matter of fact, some mainframes and servers that require a great deal of cooling would sometimes even require a portable air conditioner as well so it would not overheat. It is a given fact that businesses thrive and survive on computers. And it is the responsibility of every employer or management team to make sure that these machines function correctly and properly as well. These machines produce a great deal of heat, and if you do not provide them with enough cooling, you are definitely going to have a great deal of trouble as they overheat quickly. You see, mainframes and servers may have their own cooling systems, but these simply will not suffice especially when you have them working twenty four hours a day and ...

3 Benchmarking Tools You Can Use to Test Your Android Phone

November 9, 2014 – 2:49 am
How much do you know about your Android phone? Apart from its name, price tag and the applications it can run? In order to know more, you can use this to run benchmarks that will not only tell you how how fast your phone but will also show you it fares against older phones or those in the marketplace. That said, here are 3 benchmarking tools that you can use: #1: Basemark OS II and Basemark OS X Basemark is one of the most sophisticated benchmarking suites available that cover both gaming as well as OS separately. That said, Basemark OS II, in particular, works to check for OS performance while Basemark OS X tests for gaming performance. #2: Antutu 5 Antutu's fifth version will test for gaps in GPU and CPU performance. With this new version, single-core CPU performance is also included now that software can be written for the rising core counts. Even the ...

Things to know before choosing a data center

November 8, 2014 – 12:54 pm
Written by: Rack Alley If you’re choosing a new data center, Los Angeles might have popped up in your list a few times. That’s no coincidence though. A lot of companies will choose an LA data center over others. Los Angeles colocation The prime reason for that is the colocation. Colocation is a simple concept; it means sharing your data center with other companies. Now you might think about security issues, but that’s all been taken good care of. The companies are properly isolated from each other. In fact, colocation is a very common practice. Colocation also addresses the time issue. Usually, setting up a new data center takes a lot of time. This means that if a company wants a data center fast, they’re more likely to find a colocation one. Los Angeles web hosting But why choose Los Angeles in the first place. What if price was not an issue? Los Angeles has grown over ...

Email spam filtering is much better than it used to be, especially if you’re a Gmail user. Every now and then, there are emails that fall into your inbox.

October 27, 2014 – 6:18 am
So, how does one know which email is suspicious and which one isn’t. While there are a number of tips that can make up quite a list, here are three that can prevent you from getting scammed: #1: Addressed as “Dear Customer” If you see an email titled ‘Dear Customer’ that asks you to follow a link so as to fill in account details, you can be sure it is a phishing scam. This is because spammers use this old feature known as mail merge when sending emails out to victims that automatically fills in customer names among other types of information. But this is not to say that any authentic emails sent from corporations to you won’t use your name when addressing you. #2: Links look suspicious If you’re not sure about an email, hover the mouse over any link that is found in the email but don’t, under any circumstances, click it. ...

Metallizing Plastic

October 20, 2014 – 7:54 pm
Written by: Denton Vacuum, LLC Summary: The metallization of plastic has completely revolutionized the costs associated with manufacturing. Plastic is a great material to use for manufacturing, but its uses are limited when it is left in its original state. But, what if we could metalize it and change its properties entirely? That’s no longer in the realm of “what if.” Through the process of vacuum metallization, manufacturers are able to fundamentally alter the makeup of plastic, turning a simple plastic piece into a high-performance metal piece without adding significantly to the cost of production. How it Works The vacuum metalizing process takes place in two phases. The first phase involves superheating the materials used in coating. Typically, these materials include items like copper or aluminum. The heating would damage the substrate, so the piece is inserted only after the metal has been converted into gaseous form. The chamber is cooled as the substrate ...