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, ...

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. ...

What You Need to Know (and do!) Before Purchasing RAM

October 20, 2014 – 6:17 am
The reason why your machine is slowing down might or might not have to do with your Random Access Memory. However, the more RAM you add, the faster your system will get apart from the fact that it it easier to install compared to installing a solid state drive. This is for the reason that with the latter, you will have to move the operating system. Yet the question remains that you not only have to know what type of RAM your system will accept but also how much of it too. Now, if you want to make sure that you actually need more RAM, select Task Manager and the Performance tab. At the bottom left-hand corner, you'll see the amount of RAM that is available and if it is less than 25 percent, then it's time for an upgrade. Another aspect that you must consider is to determine the most effective arrangement for ...

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 ...

3 Services That Will Help You Build a Website Easily

October 16, 2014 – 6:16 am
There's no arguing with having your own online presence in the form of a website despite being able to use Facebook, Tumblr or even Twitter. The reason why this is so important is because you now have a website that is completely under your control. Best part: it's simple to do this as well. So, here are 3 services that can help you build a website rather easily: #1: Wordpress.com By using this service, you can easily reduce the amount of coding that might be necessary to especially if you use it via Automattic. Instead of using Wordpress itself, Automattic helps you create a Wordpress site by hosting it on their servers. The first thing that you need to do is pick a theme and then start adding posts. The best part about Wordpress is that you can create a landing page that visitors can see before they look at your posts. #2: Tumblr Tumblr is a blogging ...

3 Outlook Organizational Tips To Save Time

October 9, 2014 – 6:14 am
Microsoft Outlook is probably as indispensable as a tool can get even if it isn’t loved at all. It can be a headache having to sift through emails all day long answering them or even responding to meeting requests. That said, here are 3 Outlook organizational tips that can help save time in the process: #1: Use custom folders Using Custom folders will ensure that you won’t have to perform a manual search. Simply put, it’s like using a file cabinet. Not only are they easy to create, use and search for but there are no limits to the amount of space you can assign. When using these folders, be careful not to overdo things as it can slow down Outlook as a result. #2: Use Quick Steps This is an Outlook feature that helps you automate a series of tasks into one step. Simple tasks such as deleting, copying, forwarding and moving can be ...

4 Types of Must-Have Software For Your PC

September 27, 2014 – 12:53 pm
If you own a Windows PC, there is a list of software that are must-haves and without which, it will be useless to have one in the first place. Keeping this in mind, here are 4 types of software that you must have on your PC: #1: Antivirus Probably the biggest mistake you can make is connecting to the internet without any protection, in the form of an antivirus. It’s like leaving your front door open while on vacation with a sign saying ‘Expensive stuff inside. No one is home.” That said, there are a number of free antivirus programs that you can use to protect your data in the background. Best part: a number of them are free of cost. #2: Malware scanner Let’s accept the fact that an antivirus isn’t perfect at all. So, for your PC’s safety, it is a good idea to get a malware scanner to add a second layer ...

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 ...

3 Ways to Access Your PC Remotely

September 20, 2014 – 12:52 pm
Just because you have files on your PC, that doesn’t mean it is stuck and cannot be accessed on the go. No matter where you are, there are a remote desktop solutions that you can use to access your files. Here are 3 of these solutions: #1: Remote desktop Remote desktop software such as TeamViewer allows you to access applications on your desktop over the internet. This software will work with tablets and phones too. Set up a remote desktop server using TeamViewer as it is cross-platform, free of cost and is easy to use as well. Make sure you set it up for unattended access! #2: Remote file access You can TeamViewer too so as to access all your files no matter where you are. Select file transfer when you are connecting to a remote PC and you can access files either from your phone or your PC depending on where the files are located. ...

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 ...