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, ...

IT Training Is More Important than Ever

May 10, 2015 – 2:52 pm
Written by Brand College It’s no secret that the last seven years or so have not been great for our economy. Many people are still worried that we’re not actually out of it yet and that the next handful could be just as bad. Whatever the case, you still need a job. Hopefully, the recession has also made it clear that you need a job which will actually deliver a sufficient paycheck and that this means one you can depend on for the foreseeable future. Whether you don’t have a degree or the one you currently have isn’t working, consider getting into information technology training in Los Angeles. There are countless ways you could do this. Right now, for example, Cisco training in Los Angeles is very popular. Learning about information services, software design and server management are all great options too. The point is that you want your paycheck to be tied ...

2 Ways to Check if a Website is Down

April 19, 2015 – 8:07 am
Using the Internet can work out to be a great book but there are times when it isn’t - when you connection is down, of course. While there are easy fixes that one can opt for, there are other times when it isn’t and where access to your favorite sites is completely shut off. There are only two scenarios that can result from such a situation: either the problem is with the site or your internet connection. So, in order to figure out whether the problem is with you or the site, here’s what you can do: #1: Use isup.me One of the simplest things that you can do is visit a site: http//isup.me to check whether a site is truly down or is it because of your internet connection. Enter the address of the site you want to check and hit the Enter key. In a few seconds, you’ll find out whether the ...

Steps to Resolving Slow Performance With Your PC

April 18, 2015 – 8:06 am
There are a number of reasons why your system can slow down. Probably the fastest and simplest way by which you can solve this is by rebooting your system first. A number of people actually use their PC 24/7 and put them in sleep or hibernation mode instead of shutting them down completely. A simple reboot in this case can also clean out these so-called temporary cobwebs, if you will. If you have rebooted and your system continues to run slow, then the next step would be to ask yourself what was changed recently, when it comes to your PC. If there was a new program or hardware installed or even the driver was updated, it would be a good idea to undo what you just did. For uninstalling a program, you can use the Programs and Features tool in Control Panel while selecting the Roll Back Driver option in the Drivers tab found ...

How to Fix Hardware Issues That You Might Not Understand

April 17, 2015 – 8:05 am
No matter what happens to your system, it usually has little or nothing to do with the hardware but with the software that is powering it. Even if you don’t know how to go about fixing the problem, there is a simple trick that one can use to fix most if not all simple hardware issues that you might face. In particular, if one of your PC components stop working, then you can try this too. For starters, you have to open Device Manager in Windows 8.1 if that’s the operating system version you are using. Now let’s say that your USB Port is the problem and for which you get an error code 43. Remember that this error type isn’t just for USB drives but for any software component on your system. Once you have opened Device Manager, then look for Universal Serial Bus Controllers which when selected will throw up a list ...

How to Use Gmail’s Hidden Colored Stars to Organize Your Inbox

April 16, 2015 – 8:03 am
While there’s no doubt that a clearly organized Gmail inbox can give one a sense of order, there are other aspects, such as its Starred section, that can improve it further. Labels can prove to be very efficient when it comes to categorizing and storing certain emails but there are important emails that can be found by Starring them. It’s much easier to access these emails too. Of course, there’s more to Gmail than just yellow icons that are used to indicate starred emails. Accessing your Gmail settings will show you a number of colored stars such as green, blue, red, orange and purple too. If that’s not enough, you can use colored exclamation points, check marks among other items that are available. While you can each colored star to indicate an action that you would like to take, there’s no way of personalizing each star with a particular purpose or name. To set ...

Are Medical Device Coatings Safe for the Body?

April 11, 2015 – 1:12 pm
Written by: Denton Vacuum, LLC Summary: Are medical device coatings actually safe for the body? As medical science evolves, the need to put objects into a patient’s body increases. There are more gadgets that do more to keep patients alive and comfortable for longer periods of time. Consider just how much tubes like the catheter have changed. They are still not a pleasant experience, but aqueous coatings have made them easier to slip in and out of the patient’s body. These chemicals bring up important questions about the safety risks posed to your body. Are these device coatings actually making patients safer? Consider the Device There are several kinds of anti-reflective coating possible for eye glasses. Each is good for a specific kind of user. Index-matching, for instance, functions like tarnishing a lens. So it is with coatings, each coating being suited to a specific purpose and carrying out a specific duty. Anti-microbial coatings, for ...

Why Mobile Video Ads Will Prove Effective in 2015

April 9, 2015 – 5:38 pm
Ads compete with many distractions in order to get a user’s attention. Banner ads, for instance, compete with content. Radio ads compete with the ability to change stations, and television ads compete against the ability to fast forward. Only our smartphones manage to captivate our attention for any significant length of time, and that makes the mobile video ads an important part of the landscape in 2015 and beyond. Hard Stats It is common knowledge that smartphone adoption is up, but video consumption on these devices grew a staggering 400 percent during the latter part of 2014. That’s a significant chunk of all hours spent viewing videos online. It’s had such a significant impact that it’s triggered a debate over how to manage all of this traffic within the marketing community, and a debate over faster connection speeds at the government level. A large portion of the videos seen are ads. Most of ...

What You Need to Keep in Mind When Traveling with a Laptop

March 11, 2015 – 3:27 am
Almost ten years ago, traveling with a laptop across international lines was much easier than now. With a number hardware compatibility issues resolved, there are new challenges that has to be considered such as protecting your files and even just crossing international borders. Of course, this doesn't mean that custom officials will take you aside every time to check the contents of your SSD or hard drive. However, this could happen from time to time and for this reason, you should be prepared. Encrypting your files is not the way to go as this might arouse suspicion among officials. Instead, copy your sensitive files to media that you keep at home or even in its encrypted form into the cloud. After this, you can wipe them off your internal hard disk completely. Of course, apart from this, the files that you will need during your travel should be backed up in the cloud ...

What You Need to Know About Cameyo

March 10, 2015 – 3:26 am
A company known as Cameyo has created software where one can run programs not only from a USB stick but also in a browser as well. There are a number of open source programs that are offered but one can also upload EXE files to the Cameyo account so as to run these programs that you might need wherever you are. Of course, there are issues that come with using Cameyo because some programs tend to run slow while others will not work at all. So, what should you do at first? Sign for a Cameyo account and then link your DropBox account to it. After you do this, you can access the files that are located in the folder with the path: \Apps\Cameyo\Desktop. It must be said that any files that you create will also be saved at this location as well. Starting a program is really simple. You can click on any of ...

3 Podcast Apps for Android Phones

March 9, 2015 – 3:24 am
Podcasts continue to be a popular form of broadcasting even though the era of the iPod goes way back. Obtaining podcasts can be easy for iOS users yet this isn't necessarily the case for Android phone users up until now. So, here are 3 podcast apps for Android phones: #1: Pocket Casts Considered to be an app that is easy to use with its tile-formatted layout, its overall interface is an excellent example of Material Design with both a finger-friendly layout as well as a slide-out side menu. The main menu is probably one of the app's best design elements. You can use the featured or trending sections to find podcasts if you are new while search and the category filter if you're looking for a particular podcast. #2: Player FM Without a doubt, this podcast app is well-designed and bears similarity to Pocket Casts. The app itself offers a full set of features and which includes ...