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, ...

Tools to Maximize Campaign Returns

April 11, 2014 – 4:50 pm
This article was written by Ted Dhanik If you want your campaigns to bring you the maximum return, you need to enlist the help of a few tools designed for competitive research. From tracking code to competitive research tools, if you’re not enlisting help, you’re costing yourself time and money. You can get a lot more done, helping your display advertising campaigns grow into new niches, if you know what to look for. Tracking Code Google Analytics is the code most sites use, but it’s not the only one. There are trackers built into the ad networks you use, or you could assign your own parameters to your URLs. These parameters are important because they help you identify which campaigns have the highest likelihood for success. Analytics is powerful because of the events feature, which can help you track intangible objects on your home page. You can find out how customers react to ...

2 Ways You Can Read .epub Books Using a Browser

March 27, 2014 – 1:07 pm
There are a number of reasons why some people prefer reading e-books in the .epub format, thanks to Digital Rights Management. It's common knowledge that the only books that you can find in an unprotected format are old ones since very few e-tailers offer unprotected .epub books. However, if you do wish to read books in this digital format, then you can do so in your browser itself. One way to do is to use Google Play Books which has been designed to read its own protected content. However, you can also read .epub books using this Google service as well. For starters, you'll need a Google account – a Gmail or YouTube account will do. Go to the Google Play books site and upload books that you already have on your PC. Once the upload is complete, you will find it in the My Books section. There's only one problem though: You can't take ...

Keep The Room Cool

March 25, 2014 – 3:04 pm
Article written by Movincool IT maintenance is not just about making sure your computer’s software is up to date and it doesn’t also just mean making sure everything is plugged in and plugged in right. Also, IT it is certainly not just turning thing off and on again. There’s a lot of technical know how needed in IT maintenance but one major part of it is cooling. We all know computers run at certain temperatures and as they keep working they start getting hotter. It is key to make sure that computers and servers are kept at cool optimum temperatures because not only does this mean they won’t break down, but also means they will work more efficient and faster. But how does one do that? It’s not all about making sure your computer has a lot of built-in fans, sometimes a little outside interference is needed. The computer room air conditioner ...

What is a PVD System?

March 23, 2014 – 1:37 pm
A PVD system helps industries mass produce products that would have been impossible less than a century ago. A PVD system is used to deposit thin films of material onto a substrate. Using this technique, it is possible to evaporate metals and other materials, and use some of their properties to enhance another material. We see this a lot in semiconductors, where special metals are applied to a circuit board to achieve connectivity, but the process is used in other household products as well. PVD is a common process and industries use it to make everything from eye glass lenses to solar cells. The automotive industry uses it to coat engines, which can dramatically increase the lifespan of a car by making its moving parts less prone to abrasion. You also see PVD systems at work when you notice the reflective coating of a headlamp, or even street signs. The biggest advantage that ...

3 Programs to Solve Wifi Issues

March 20, 2014 – 1:05 pm
Despite the technology surrounding network management software and routers, connecting to Wi-Fi has become easier than ever. However, there's no doubt that there still aren't issues involved with Wi-fi such such as poor signals,  slow speeds and a lack of hotspots and so on and so forth. That said, here are 2 programs that can help you with these common Wi-fi issues: #1: Speed Test A poor internet connection might occur for a number of reasons but one major one includes your ISP offering less-than-advertised broadband speeds. For this, use Speedtest.net by Ookla that helps you test the speeds quicker. You can collect a lot of data by using this app: what kind of speeds you get at various times of the day or even if that slow Netflix streaming speed is the problem or not. This app isn't just available via the web. There are Android, Windows Phone and iOS versions too that can help ...

2 Built-in Features in Windows That Can Improve Productivity

March 16, 2014 – 1:03 pm
Productivity can always be maximized, no matter much space you might have. For example, even if one has two monitors, there's always the desire to get one more. And since there are only so many monitors you can get, thanks to monetary constraints, there are other ways to maximize the space that is already at your disposal. That said, here are 2 features that can help you do so, and are already built into Windows: #1: Modern snap The newest way to share desktop space in Windows 8 is Snap. This version is very different from the Windows 7 desktop snap which will let you display two modern apps or the desktop and a modern app simultaneously. This version has improved dramatically in Windows 8.1 due to new sizing options since it first appeared in Windows 8. All you have to do is move your pointer to the lower right corner of your screen to where ...

How to Remove Toolbars From Your Browser

March 9, 2014 – 1:02 pm
Even if it is 2014, here are still a number of issues (related to the web) that might trouble us here and now. For example, if you download an app such as Vuze, Skype or even AVG, it's only a matter of time until they will add a few toolbars to your computer or even change the default home page and browser. So, here's how you clear up the mess caused by toolbars: #1: Internet Explorer Even if this browser will not let a toolbar run automatically, this can happen especially when you're hardly paying any attention. But to make sure you get rid of them, click on the cog in the upper right-hand corner and select Manage Add-Ons. You'll see a new window open with the toolbars installed. Highlight the ones you don't like and click the Disable button. #2: Google Chrome With Google planning to ban all toolbars by June this year, it's pretty ...

Is Someone Looking Around Your Gmail Account? Here’s How You Can Find Out…

February 27, 2014 – 11:52 am
Almost everyone's Gmail account has some sensitive information be it pictures that you'd like to keep private, emails from family members and friends or even account information of the numerous services that you use. But what if someone has been looking around? Can you find out who it is? Yes, Google has provided its users with tools just to do this. For starters, go to the bottom of our screen after opening your Gmail account, to the link that says 'Details'. It is located at the lower-right corner of your screen, to be exact. When you click this link, you'll find out the last 10 times someone logged into your account, how they accessed it (browser, email app etc.), when they did as well as the IP address. So, once you review this list, and find something suspicious, you can change your email password immediately. Another method that has become popular is the two-factor authentication method. ...

4 Windows Features That Can Be Replaced with Free (and better) Alternatives

February 20, 2014 – 11:50 am
There's no doubt that Windows has a number of built-in features that are great and a number of them that aren't up to the mark. Thankfully, there are a number of free alternatives that can be used to replace the ones that aren't so great. So, here is a list of 4 Windows features that can replaced with better ones: #1: Search While Search in Windows 8 is fast and well-integrated with the Start Screen. Unfortunately, it can't find documents or executables. Which means that you will have to look for these files using File Explorer search. Instead, try using a search utility called “Everything”. #2: File Transfer One of the simplest things that you can do in Windows 7 is carry out file transfers. However, it's just as frustrating too because they take like forever. So instead of wasting an afternoon transferring files, try using a utility such as TeraCopy which will move your files ...

Easy Solutions for Better Staff Punctuality

February 18, 2014 – 2:14 pm
By Allied Time Just about every company will struggle with staff punctuality at one time or another. It doesn’t necessarily mean your employees are being lazy or thoughtless, often it just becomes part of the natural rhythm of the office. But there comes a time when it’s necessary to knock out the problem once and for all. And if you’ve reached that point, one of the best solutions out there is employee time clock software.   Thanks to modern advances in technology, there are more options than ever before. This also means that many perfectly suitable varieties are cheaper than ever too. So your company doesn’t have to break the bank in order to make sure they have time clock systems that keep people on schedule. There are a number of different versions you can choose from of course. Some of the best, however, are those that make reporting easy. This way you can ...