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, ...

Explaining Real-Time Bidding

January 20, 2015 – 5:50 pm
Buy-side platforms offer marketers wider reach, and a space to buy inventory programmatically. The costs for that inventory differ greatly, even as you target, because the network is driven by real-time bidding. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with some best practices for real-time bidding before you launch your first campaign. Bidding Basics When we look at bidding in real time, the effects are somewhat hard to grasp because so much happens so quickly. To break things down, let’s say two people bid for an ad placement. There is also a visitor factored into this equation, and let’s say she will visit five pages before ending her session. Whichever advertiser holds the highest bid will serve his ad to that visitor for all five views, assuming he has not capped the frequency of his ads. If he has capped his ad frequency at three, for example, the visitor viewing five pages would see ...

Newly-restored version of “The Wizard of Oz” hits theaters, shelves

January 12, 2015 – 6:24 pm
For most people, a slide and negative scanner can be used to preserve family memories. But in Hollywood, they are using tools more advanced than the average 35mm slide scanners to save memories of a different kind: film classics. In late September, a newly-restored version of “The Wizard of Oz” debuted on DVD on Blu-Ray. In addition, movie theaters around the country screened the new version of the 1939 family classic to packed houses. The new version was done to commemorate the film’s 70th anniversary. According to the Los Angeles Times, restoration work involved a pin-registered digital film scanner scanning three separate film negatives at 8k, a much higher resolution than was previously possible. “In finding the 1939 nitrate Technicolor print, we got a different look for the film than we previously had,” says Ned Price, vice president of mastering at Warner Bros. Technicolor Operations. “The information allowed us to get not only ...

2 Simple Ways to Save a Webpage

January 7, 2015 – 3:12 am
There are two simple ways by which you can save webpages as a single files. One of them is to save it as a PDF or a .mth/.mhtml file. Before we proceed, it must be pointed out that while they will not look exactly as the webpage, they do come pretty close. Also, what must be kept in mind is that you’ll have lesser reading options when it comes to latter type of file as opposed to the PDF format. Now, both these techniques will work in all popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. In particular, Chrome makes this task very simple where you have to hit Ctrl+P with the particular page loaded. Also, click ‘Change’ in the Destination section where you will find the Save as PDF option along with a list of printers. As for Internet Explorer and Firefox, you can still pull the print menu but the only ...

What You Need to Know About Taking Precautions When Using Public Networks

January 6, 2015 – 3:10 am
Even though Windows hides your device from others if it recognizes that you are using a public network, this protection sometimes isn’t enough. Of course, there are other situations when it doesn’t recognize the WiFi network, and it will ask you how it should handle security. In some cases, it won’t even ask you the question and which means that you will have to manually adjust the settings. For this question to be answered appropriately, one has to check their version of Windows first. #1: Windows 7 For this version, Windows will throw up a dialog box asking whether it is a Home, Work or Public network. If this dialog box doesn’t open up, that means Windows knows that it is a public network. To make sure of this, go to the Start Menu’s Search field and type “network” and then select “Network and Sharing Center”. Now you can look for the network as well ...

3 Steps to Part With Your Old Android Phone

January 5, 2015 – 3:09 am
If Christmas was the time you got a new phone, then you might be wondering what to do with your old phone assuming, of course, that you don’t want to use it as backup Parting ways with your phone involves two clear steps: clearing all personal data from that phone while also figuring out how to get rid of it. So, here are 3 steps to part with your phone before you enjoy using the new one: #1: Encrypt and Reset The first thing that comes to mind with your old phone is doing a factory reset. Since whatever you have on your phone will be overwritten with new content, it’s going to be hard to access whatever you have on there already. However, if it falls into the wrong hands, they can still have access to your data. So, before you perform a factory reset, encrypt your phone by going to Setting>Security>Encryption. For this, ...

Why We Still Need Optical Drives

January 4, 2015 – 3:09 am
Optical drives have been around for a while for their capability to write CDs, DVDs and even Blu-ray discs. However, with the need for these devices reducing over the years, thanks to the internet, PC manufacturers are right to not include these drives. Almost everyone prefers to stream or download movies and music instead of getting them on DVD, right? Yet there's another reason why optical drives aren't included with laptop: manufacturers cannot shrink them like SSDs or CPUs and will therefore, cause laptops to be bulky. And considering how no one wants a bulky laptop, it seems to be a bad idea. That said, there’s still use for these devices as we not only need to access older media but we can used these media formats for archiving purposes, provided we have the right discs. Of course, this will only be possible if these drives continue to be manufactured. There are other advantages ...

Why We Still Need Optical Drives

January 4, 2015 – 3:04 am
Optical drives have been around for a while for their capability to write CDs, DVDs and even Blu-ray discs. However, with the need for these devices reducing over the years, thanks to the internet, PC manufacturers are right to not include these drives. Almost everyone prefers to stream or download movies and music instead of getting them on DVD, right? Yet there's another reason why optical drives aren't included with laptop: manufacturers cannot shrink them like SSDs or CPUs and will therefore, cause laptops to be bulky. And considering how no one wants a bulky laptop, it seems to be a bad idea. That said, there’s still use for these devices as we not only need to access older media but we can used these media formats for archiving purposes, provided we have the right discs. Of course, this will only be possible if these drives continue to be manufactured. There are other advantages ...

Track Employee Hours Worked with Accuracy

December 30, 2014 – 2:53 pm
Written by: Allied Time As your business begins to scale, and you acquire more employees, you will find it necessary to develop a plan that tracks employee hours and activities. Most employers solve this dilemma with a simple time machine, but you may leave yourself open to time card fraud. What about contractors, and those who work off site? The realities of business demand solutions that are flexible, and time card shorting can lead to legal consequences for the employee and the business. Track employee time worked accurately and report the proper hours to payroll with these tips. Set Clear Attendance Policies You should outline the importance of attendance, and set rules that everyone abides by. You might allow for a short late period, or you may not. Every employee should receive a time card or some kind of passcode to clock into work each morning. There should be a central station to do ...

What You Need to Know About Using the Cloud

December 21, 2014 – 8:24 am
Simply put, the cloud is really the Internet especially when you use it for tasks that can be carried out by local software and hardware. For example, if you back files to your hard drive, then that's local. However, if you use Dropbox or any other online storage service, you're using the cloud. Another clearer example would be that of Outlook. If you are using the email client on your desktop, that is local. However, if you are using webmail in the form of Outlook.com, then you're checking email in the cloud. Even though the word 'cloud' suggests that it isn't real, this is anything but true since your data, which you've saved in Dropbox or even Google Drive, is stored on a server somewhere. Even this does seem promising, the problem of backing your data up can be tedious in the cloud as it is limited to the speed of your internet connection. ...

3 Ways to Use an Older (But Working) PC

December 20, 2014 – 8:23 am
Most people think of getting a new PC during the holidays. But what about the old one that is still working? Don’t throw it out just yet since there are a number of uses that are available when it comes to older PCs. That said, here are 3 ways to use older PCs that shouldn’t be disposed off just yet: #1: Home Theater PC Even though this is considered a good idea by many, very few people actually go through with it. Using it in your living room can not only allow you to play games and downloaded files, watch DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs as well as watch videos and stream music as well. Best part: you can do this on a big screen as well. #2: Kids PC Rather than giving away your PC or tablet, why not turn it into a Kids PC that they can use to learn how to use. With the ...