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, ...

Essential Tips for Display Advertisers

November 17, 2014 – 2:28 pm
Display advertising has the potential to outperform text ads if you know how to harness that potential. It’s a form of direct marketing, so your messaging and your work need to be spot on. Testing and execution are keys in this equation, so you need to be able to produce ads that will perform quickly. Learning these essential tips is sure to help your performance metrics improve. Copy is Key When you are working with banners, copy is more than just the words. You have to consider the colors and images on your banner, as well as the space your banner will occupy. Make sure what you and your ad exchange’s preferred sizes are, and that you work within those constraints. It helps to write from a place of knowledge, so perform some quick competitive research on Google to determine which tag lines are working. The closer you get to find that ...

Cooling essentials for your hardware

November 9, 2014 – 12:48 pm
Written by MovinCool Industrial air conditioning is a must have especially when you are working with quite a lot of computers and hardware. As a matter of fact, some mainframes and servers that require a great deal of cooling would sometimes even require a portable air conditioner as well so it would not overheat. It is a given fact that businesses thrive and survive on computers. And it is the responsibility of every employer or management team to make sure that these machines function correctly and properly as well. These machines produce a great deal of heat, and if you do not provide them with enough cooling, you are definitely going to have a great deal of trouble as they overheat quickly. You see, mainframes and servers may have their own cooling systems, but these simply will not suffice especially when you have them working twenty four hours a day and ...

Things to know before choosing a data center

November 8, 2014 – 12:54 pm
Written by: Rack Alley If you’re choosing a new data center, Los Angeles might have popped up in your list a few times. That’s no coincidence though. A lot of companies will choose an LA data center over others. Los Angeles colocation The prime reason for that is the colocation. Colocation is a simple concept; it means sharing your data center with other companies. Now you might think about security issues, but that’s all been taken good care of. The companies are properly isolated from each other. In fact, colocation is a very common practice. Colocation also addresses the time issue. Usually, setting up a new data center takes a lot of time. This means that if a company wants a data center fast, they’re more likely to find a colocation one. Los Angeles web hosting But why choose Los Angeles in the first place. What if price was not an issue? Los Angeles has grown over ...

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. ...

Metallizing Plastic

October 20, 2014 – 7:54 pm
Written by: Denton Vacuum, LLC Summary: The metallization of plastic has completely revolutionized the costs associated with manufacturing. Plastic is a great material to use for manufacturing, but its uses are limited when it is left in its original state. But, what if we could metalize it and change its properties entirely? That’s no longer in the realm of “what if.” Through the process of vacuum metallization, manufacturers are able to fundamentally alter the makeup of plastic, turning a simple plastic piece into a high-performance metal piece without adding significantly to the cost of production. How it Works The vacuum metalizing process takes place in two phases. The first phase involves superheating the materials used in coating. Typically, these materials include items like copper or aluminum. The heating would damage the substrate, so the piece is inserted only after the metal has been converted into gaseous form. The chamber is cooled as the substrate ...

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 ...