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, ...

3 Tips For Website Users To Defend Themselves From Hackers

July 31, 2015 – 9:02 am
Most cyber attacks are targeted at smaller websites that do not have the skills or time to protect themselves. One clear example of this was a number of Wordpress sites that were hacked just last year itself. If you don’t want to be one of these sites, then you have to conduct regular maintenance. This is because cybercriminals are looking for a loophole. It could be anything from easy passwords, failure to add the latest patch or even sire misconfiguration. Yet the problem does not lie with the content management systems but with the users themselves. Here are 3 tips that can help users defend themselves from hackers:   1: Update Quickly If you are managing a site, make sure that the core content management system updates are taken care of by the hosting service. Keeping up with information about these vulnerabilities is necessary but very tough to handle. In fact, it is considered almost impossible to ...

2 Writing Tools to Check for Word Frequency

July 30, 2015 – 9:00 am
As writers we all have problem words. Words that we use all the time and can’t rid of because it is a habit. This is where a couple of tools can come in handy where the first is easy to use while the other requires advanced understanding. Here are two of these writing tools that can come in handy:  1: Web App Solution Probably the easiest to get an idea of how many times you are using a particular word is by using an online app. All you have to do is cut and paste the text and hit the count button. It will throw up a report and that should tell you all you need to know. One of these tools is Text Fixer. Just paste the text under the area ‘Word Analysis Tool’ and select the ‘Count Words’ button. Also, just uncheck the option ‘Exclude common areas from word frequency count’.  2: Microsoft Add-In Adding ...

What You Need to Know About Troubleshooting Wi-Fi Issues

July 29, 2015 – 8:58 am
Trying to figure out what is wrong with a network can be a difficult task. You need patience if you want to resolve the issue. The problem can be either simple or a complex one depending on the situation and there are steps that you take in either case. Apart from the complex issues that might be reason why your device cannot access the Wi-Fi network, there are two simple ones: your laptop or your router.   Probably the first thing that you should do is test the network by using another laptop or any other device that uses Wi-Fi. If this device can use Wi-Fi flawlessly, then the problem is with your computer instead and not the network. Now that you know that the problem is with your system, ensure that the Wi-Fi switch is turned on your system. Usually there’s a hardware switch that you can flip off and on. Windows will usually tell ...

How to Extend Battery Life on a Linux Laptop

July 28, 2015 – 8:54 am
There are a number of advantages that come with using Linux but a long battery Life isn’t one of them. While new versions of the Linux kernel has come with improvement in saving power, it still eats through the battery faster. For starters, if you have a gaming laptop with Nvidia Optimus or AMD’s switchable graphics option, Linux will not be able to handle it as well as Windows will out of the box.   Even if you don’t have the switchable graphics but Nvidia and AMD graphics, the open-source graphics drivers will not help you power management support. For extend battery life, you will have to use the proprietary drivers from Nvidia and AMD instead. Of course, you can disable the switchable GPU while using the integrated one. But the verdict is in: Linux handles everything except switchable graphics well. Apart from this issue, there are other tips by which you can extend battery life ...

Advantages to Synthetic DNA Molecules

July 14, 2015 – 5:14 pm
Written by: The Midland Certified Reagent Company Summary: Working with the human genome has enormous potential for the future. Along with the ability to decode the human gene pool is the process to create synthetic segments of DNA. Synthetic oligos are perfect for testing because they simulate human DNA and can give scientists accurate results to demonstrate how a potential vaccine might affect the body. The ability to work with our gene pool will greatly enhance the understanding of medical science in the future. Synthesizing a Reaction The first step in creating a cure is isolating the genes involved in the disease, and how they affect the body. Once we understand more about the disease itself, we can work on testing drugs that will cause a certain reaction. For instance, if we wanted to cure cancer we might want to attack the gene that causes cancer cells to endlessly reproduce. We would need to ...

How to View Webpages When Offline in Chrome and Firefox

June 8, 2015 – 12:59 pm
Almost everyone who uses the internet regularly experiences moments when their connection goes down. While this can be frustrating, you can still view these pages using Chrome or Firefox even if you are offline. This is because both browsers have the ability to display content from their caches instead of the live version that you see on the site. Please keep in mind that accessing these pages in this manner might change and which could render the saved webpage inaccurate. Of course, the browser cache only contains a limited number of webpages that you’ve browsed recently. This will not work on sites that have live feeds such as Netflix or Facebook. Anyways, if you require information from a news site or from a webpage that you viewed recently, here are 2 solutions by which you can do this for each browser. 1: Chrome Chrome is experimenting with how these webpages can be displayed. No, not ...

What to Do If Your PC Is Overheating

June 7, 2015 – 12:59 pm
There’s a distinct relationship between heat, electricity and damaged circuits. Every computer works with this relationship. In some cases, they even break down due to getting overheated. This is because too much heat will break down the CPU’s efficiency while wearing out components faster than usual. It is therefore necessary to keep an eye on your CPU’s temperature especially if it feels hot to the touch or the fan is working overtime. For this, download Priform’s Speccy which is free of cost and easy to use. The main window in Speccy will offer a lot of information about your hardware. Temperatures will stand out either in bright yellow or orange text. In particular, the System Tray offers temperature information in the notification area. Of the two colors, the orange one is what you need to be careful of because that indicates you have a real problem. But that’s only basic information. If you ...

How to Stop HTML5 Video Autoplay in Chrome and FireFox

June 6, 2015 – 12:59 pm
Visiting a web page can be irritating given that there are videos that play automatically. Flash videos are one type while there's another: HTML5. No matter the type, they can both be just as annoying and should be blocked if you intend to not be interrupted. If you use either Chrome or Firefox or both, it’s easier than you think. That said, there still isn’t a fix for this when you use Internet Explorer. Here’s how you stop autoplaying HTML5 videos: 1: Chrome First, you need to download and install a Chrome extension known as Stop YouTube HTML5 Autoplay. This is an extension developed by Port Zero. If you can't download the file, then go to the developer's site. It must be pointed out that even non-YouTube HTML5 videos will be blocked. The program is excellent and works very well. Just install and enable it and the videos won’t start automatically. Of course, you can ...

What You Need to Know About Running Android Apps on Windows

June 5, 2015 – 12:59 pm
Android and Windows are very different operating systems. This is why programs on one system will not work on another. For this, using an Android Virtual PC on your system is advised. But it can be a real challenge setting it up. That said, there's an easy work around this problem in the form of the American Megatrends’ AMIDuOS. This program is based on the popular technology used by VirtualBox. So, it offers one a virtual Android machine in a pre-conformed package. Quite oddly, AMI seems to be confused with what to call this program. When used for Windows, it calls itself DuOS. On the website, it is called AMIDuOS. (This sounds very similar to the Baroque composer known as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart but the resemblance was unintentional, of course) Now you can run AMIDuOS (and Android programs) either in Full Screen or in a new window. Experts recommend the Normal Screen Settings that can ...

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 ...