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 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 ...

Targeting Tips for Mobile Campaigns

August 7, 2014 – 6:12 pm
Mobile users are ready to buy, but you have to know how to sell to this growing market segment. Screen size plays a role, but simple tips like setting proper targeting settings can go a long way. Learn the tricks to make mobile display advertising work for you. Geotargeting Mobile users are on-the-go, so it makes sense that their queries are location sensitive. Geotargeting display advertising for these users based on their immediate location can encourage more foot traffic in a brick and mortar business. You can also try to tap in on deals related to what users might be doing, for instance offering lower prices on retail goods that can be drop shipped. Day Parting Certain campaigns tend to do better at certain times of the day, so adjust when your ads show accordingly. This cuts down on the volume of traffic that you receive, but it also adds quality visits to your ...

3 Ways to Extend the Coverage of your Wi-Fi Network

July 27, 2014 – 5:16 am
Without a doubt, a wireless network has become integral to both PC as well as mobile users. However, with portable devices such as tablets, smartphones and even laptops, there are times when you won't get reception from certain parts of your home. So, here are 3 ways by which you can get rid of those dead spots and extend the coverage of your Wi-Fi network: #1: Pick the best location Probably the most important aspect of getting the best Wi-Fi reach is all about location. In this case, it is the location of your wireless access point, which in turn, is located in your wireless router too. For this, make sure that the location of your wireless AP is in the center of your home. Preferably, placing it on an open shelf will be better than placing it on the ground. #2: Upgrade your Wi-Fi Router's Antenna While there are a number of strategies that ...

3 Common PC and Windows Issues that Users Face

July 20, 2014 – 5:15 am
There are a number of PC and Windows questions that seem to never go away, no matter how many years you have spent using a PC and Windows. And even if there are a number of people who might have never faced these problems, reading about them can go a long way in helping you fix these issues if and when they crop up. That said, here are 3 common PC and Windows issues that users face: #1: Secure browsing Totally secure browsing will never be a reality. Crooks, government and the corporations will alway try capture your information. However, there are a number of tricks that you can try in order to be as safe as possible. In fact, two ways to do this is to use your browser’s private browsing mode and a few add-ons for additional security. #2: Blue Screen of Death So you’re working on something important and suddenly, you’re faced with ...

New Advances in Medical Device Production

July 16, 2014 – 2:05 pm
Written by: Denton Vacuum, LLC Summary: Using sputter deposition and thermal evaporation, you can manufacture almost any product a patient might need. Medical devices have undergone some serious changes in the past few years that have made them cheaper, and also more durable. New advancements in manufacturing allow companies to make minimally invasive products, and durable replacement parts. The same techniques that go into manufacturing semiconductors are now part of the medical field. Here are just a few of the benefits they bring. Durability A thermal evaporation system can coat one material in the particulates of another material. This is especially useful for manufacturers of medical devices, as they can coat plastic pieces and metalize them. The end result is a more durable part. Take hip joints, for instance. These replacement parts are crucial to the elderly and disabled. Thermal evaporation allows manufacturers to produce these devices at low cost, using parts that wouldn’t ...

3 Ways to Reinstall Windows 8

July 16, 2014 – 5:13 am
One of the biggest advantages of learning how to reinstall Windows 8 is that you can eliminate all kinds of malware, bloatware and deal with a number of system problems in one go. Of course, you don’t have to reinstall Windows 8 in order to get it to run smoothly. However, if your PC is slowing down due to context menu items, startup programs and a buildup of junk, then carrying out this procedure is advisable. That said, here are 3 ways to reinstall Windows 8: #1: Refresh or Reset Your PC Option There are two features that one can first try where both of them involve performing a Windows install in the background either by installing Windows fresh from the recovery files on your system or Windows installation disc or USB drive. One difference is that the Refresh your PC option keeps your personal files while the Reset your PC option removes it ...

3 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying a VPN

July 9, 2014 – 5:07 am
Staying safe when using public Wi-Fi is questionable. There’s no guarantee how safe these networks could be. One of the best ways to stay secure on such a network is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Simply put, a VPN is an encrypted tunnel between your device and the internet that protects your information from more-than-inquisitive people. While there are a number of free VPNs, it’s still a good idea to pay for one as they’re faster, don’t have ads and have a bigger bandwidth than free options that are available. That said, here are 3 questions that you must ask before you buy one: #1: Are you located outside the United States? There are a number of services such as Hulu, Netflix and Amazon on Demand that will be blocked if you’re outside the United States. Most people opt for a traditional VPn if they’d wish to get beyond these restrictions. For this, you ...

3 Ways by Which You Can Save Money Using Office 365

June 27, 2014 – 12:54 am
There are a number of reasons why an Office subscription might be the thing you require be it the Microsoft Office apps for the iPad. Probably an hour of free world minutes on Skype or even 27 GB of OneDrive storage for each user which is also just as tempting. However, you don't have to pay $10 a month or $100 a year. You can get some time for free while also saving money on the aforementioned standard rate. So, here are three ways by which you can save money when using Office 365: #1: Enjoy one free month The first thing that you should know about Office 365 is that you get one full month free of cost. For that, you’ll have to set up a free Microsoft account – your Xbox Live, Outlook.com or even your OneDrive account should do. Be advised that if you do provide your credit card, you will be ...

Explaining Diamond-Like Carbon

June 20, 2014 – 3:23 pm
Diamond-like carbon is made under controlled circumstances inside a laboratory. Written by: Denton Vacuum, LLC There are seven varieties of “man-made diamond” to be found. These materials are meant to replicate the hardness and luster of a naturally occurring diamond, but they are produced in a laboratory under controlled conditions. As a result, the synthetic materials are usually considered “perfect.” On a molecular level, the materials are nearly indistinguishable from those of a naturally occurring diamond, but there are definite differences apparent to those in the know. Diamond like carbon is used in materials that would benefit from the extra durability, like drill bits or saw blades for construction. You’ll also find the material inside of the housing in hard disks, and the engines of modern day sports cars use the dust to coat their parts too. The main benefit is reduced abrasion, which is especially important in high performance tools. Natural diamonds sometimes ...