The Rise Of PCs In Business

It is difficult to remember a time when the computer workstation was not central to the proper functioning of most businesses’ daily programs. In this age of internet marketing, the PC is absolutely indispensable, because of the multiple lines of operation even the smallest home business must be responsible for. Whether you’re making presentations with spreadsheets for employee training and meetings, or setting up videoconferencing with transnational partners, the PC is the core device that makes it all possible.

The Importance of Employee Familiarity with Computers

Because of the widespread, almost ubiquitous utility of the PC in the business marketplace, it is rare that you can have a productive employee who is completely unfamiliar with computers – unlike in times past, when a few specialists were all that was needed. Today, business schools have sprung up both online and offline to equip you with all the necessary computer skills to make sure you’re competitive when you enter the business marketplace as without the necessary computer skills, it will be easy for your peers to out-compete you.

Beyond Business School: Protecting Computer Architecture

As the utility of PCs has risen dramatically over the past decade, so has the need for people with the skills to secure the company network. One of the more popular beneficiaries of this need have been programs specializing in IT training, which can be worth as much as any technical field – given the increase in cyber-attacks. Even when the threat of malicious software/hardware intrusions isn’t the primary concern, IT training has proven essential at all levels; whether your business is migrating to a new software-as-a-service platform, or simply upgrading system-wide programs, having an in-office IT technician is as important as any other position – morose, in fact.

Furthermore, with the rise of several PC and marketing-related trends, having IT skills has become ever-more urgent. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and cloud server revolutions are in full swing. These network-expanding advancements inevitably compromise business security in most cases and since the reward is greater than the risk, network protection is heavily favored over not using the advancements at all.

Lastly, consider just a handful of the things PCs in business are useful for:

• E-commerce websites simply wouldn’t exist without the computer and the widespread access your prospective customers have to PCs.

• Advertising in general has been almost completely taken over by search engines when it comes to low-cost options. Pay-per-click campaigns would be nonexistent without the PC, as would the scores of traffic your business website is capable of landing.

• Email has long since taken over for the Postal Service. Professional email marketing campaigns are capable of providing excellent ROI numbers for the judicious business.

Between the rigors of business school and the importance of IT training, the personal computer is the force that drives the growing call for people well-versed in either – or both. Either one provides the core skills to succeed in almost any company, or at least to be first in line for consideration.

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How to Increase Your Mac’s Speed

As a Mac owner, you may be shocked to experience a slow computer, or poor performance of your Mac, but unfortunately, even Macs aren’t 100% invincible. As a MacBook Pro owner, I can tell you how frustrating it is to have such a well-built, reputable machine running slow. I can also tell you why yours could be running less than expected, and how you can optimize its speed.

With Macs, you can experience several issues that clog up your system and cause delays. Some of these include:
• Application Leftovers – even after you uninstall an application, there are oftentimes leftover files attached to that application that needed to be removed separately. A software to identify these unneeded files is necessary to fully clean your system.

• Cache files – Each time you access a file through the internet, your browser caches – or essentially stores it. Clearing all of your browser’s cache files will help it run faster. This also goes for temporary files, which store themselves in your computer despite the fact that you probably don’t need them. Don’t waste disc space!

• Too many applications on your desktop – You may love Apple for its abundance of applications, but having too many application shortcuts on your desktop can slow it down. Each one of these icons that appears on your home screen is actually slowing down your processing speed.

• Not enough disc space – like any computer, you only have so much disc space available. Settings and built-in programs on your Mac are likely contributing to your lack of disc space.

A few steps you can take to fix these issues are:

– Remove applications from your desktop that you don’t frequently use. This will help you speed up processing speed. If you can limit it to Safari, and 5-7 other applications, that’s ideal.
– Try turning off applications that aren’t in use. This will free some RAM space, thus allowing your Mac to run faster.
– Remove temporary files, cache files and trashed items permanently. Get these unnecessary files that take up disc space out of your life!
– Remove unnecessary factory items. You can remove languages that are not used, but are stored in your computer’s memory taking up space. Sometimes you need a “detoxing” software to identify these items that came built-in to your Mac.
– Purchase a detoxing software that can point out all unneeded files and clear out your Mac’s logs, to gain valuable disc space and faster processing speed.

Improving Your PC Speed: 4 Easy Tips For Windows 7 Step by Step

Note: To continue be sure to be logged as administrator, otherwise you probably will not be able to complete all the steps. These tips are basic, there are other procedures that may also achieve the objective, however i recommend these as a start.

Tip #1. Get some space!

Your computer can get crowded very easily with things that are not used or were supposed to be temporary. The tool here is called Disk Cleanup. To use this tool:

1. Click Start, then All Programs, click Accessories, click Systems Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup. Then specify the drive you want to clean and wait for the program to analyze the disk.

2. A dialog box will appear where you will be asked to select which files will be deleted in the Files to delete list, here you can chose to keep something or just get rid of everything. Check only those you want to delete and click OK.

3. You might be prompted to confirm the operation, if so click Yes. A few minutes later the process will complete and close the dialog box.

Tip #2. Check for errors.

Hard drives can develop bad sectors, these can slow down data writing or saving. To scan our disk for errors we use the Error Checking utility. To use this tool:

1. Click Start, then Computer.

2. Right-click the hard disk you want to scan, then select and click Properties.

3. In the dialog box, click the Tools tab, then click the Check Now button.

4. In the next dialog box, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors option and click Start.

5. This will start the process; if any bad sectors are found choose to fix/recover/repair them.

6. When finished close any remaining windows.

Tip #3. Dispose of bugs and protect your computer.

Spyware, malware, adware, viruses and much other nasty software pose a threat to your confidentiality and can hinder your computer task speed and performance. There are tons of Malicious Software Removal Tools available, even if most of them are quite effective, you may want to consult technical forums to see the user reviews of them and I would recommend also see specialized sites which contains technical reviews of these programs so you can find the best one that suits your budget. Those programs have their own guide to help you.

Tip #4. Organize and Consolidate your Disk.

As a busy office, if the disk is well organized and all papers are in their proper place, everything runs smoother and faster. The tool to use here is Disk Defragmenter. (In some cases this task is already scheduled on a regular basis by default, here we assume is not)

1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, and finally click Disk Defragmenter.

2. In the dialog box click the drive you want to defragment, the click Analyze Disk.

3. After it finished a dialog appears recommending or not defragmentation based on the results obtained, to begin the task click Defragment Disk. You will be able to monitor the process in the Current Status Area, under the Progress column. After completing results are displayed.

4. To display a detailed report of the results click View Report, when finished then click Close to exit the dialog box.

5. To close the utility just click the Close button on the title bar.

Why Is My Computer Running Slow? Do I Need A Registry Cleaner?

Have you been using your computer for a few years then all of a sudden noticed it slowed down? It takes long to start up and programs that loaded in 3 seconds are now taking more time to load? Well maybe you are telling yourself, it should not be that way. Truth is; if you have been using the computer then it should slow down.

How can I speed up my PC?

The following free computer tips can help clean your PC and increase its speed. It takes into consideration Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Service Pack 3. NB: Some of these tools require you log in as an administrator.

Free up your disk space

A disk cleanup tool helps free up space on your hard disk to improve your computer’s performance. It clears files that take up your computer’s space such as temporary internet files, downloaded program files, empties the recycle bin, deletes windows temporary files, uninstalls programs that are no longer in use, clear unused restore points and deletes system files.

Registry fix

Windows registry contains hundreds of files containing information about almost everything that occurs on the computer. This includes a website visit, program installation, a computer log, drivers installed and any other essential program. It can be compared to a blueprint and may contain hundreds of entries created all the time. As it takes in information, the registry may slow down your pc. One problem is that, windows rarely clean up the computer registry. These errors do not have to be tolerated and can be cleared up though not completely. As a point to note, registry cleaning is risky and you should be careful.

Scan your computer for viruses

Viruses are notorious of starting up in the middle of a windows program. Although not all of them, if your computer have a lot of viruses, worms, spyware, Trojans then these programs will definitely slow down computer

Annoyed by ads on your computer

A good registry cleaner will quickly identify missing and invalid references to eradicate those unwanted ads. Many people will attempt to re-install Windows to repair those consistent errors. Optimizing your computer for the internet and everyday use will save the user hours of extra labor. It is possible to get rid of the extra files in your computer immediately. Stop those annoying extra pop up ads on your computer instantly. Update your computer with the tools necessary to increase a computer performance today.

Benefits of a Good Wireless Printer

Wireless printers are a convenient utility tool for offices and home. These handy printers are being considered by most offices these days. Almost every brand of printer has its own range of wireless printers.

These printers run on wireless technology that does not involve any wire except the power plug. This range of printers support infrared, WiFi and Bluetooth technology, and makes it easy for a group of people (or the office staff) to get the printer without any physical USB connection. Almost everyone connected through a WiFi/Bluetooth network can use it. There are several other benefits of wireless printers, check them out in following –

Convenience: if you use a laptop or tablet and want to take a print, and the condition is you have a traditional device, you need to unplug your laptop, carry it near the printer, and connect it with the USB, and wait for the page to come out. But with these high-tech wireless printers, what you need to do is just to press the CTRL + P and send the command, after switching on the WiFi on your laptop/tablet. Even more, not only you, but the whole workgroup can use this wireless printer with his/her laptop. And even if you have an older version of desktop computer, then also you can get your system enabled for Bluetooth or WiFi technology, and connect it to the wireless printer. And surprisingly, you can also use it with your smart phone.

Moreover, you can keep the printer anywhere in the room or the office, without bothering anyone. And, when someone has to take the print, he or she will have to give the command and go to the printer to collect the page.

Cost effective: Using a wireless printer for offices is really a low-cost printing solution. If using it, the whole office staff can utilize it; there is no need of installing a printer for every computer/laptop in the office. The whole office network as a workgroup can use it. It saves cost, and gives the same quality printing as each printer. It not only saves you from high investment but also reduces the electricity bill that is caused by multiples printers.

Wireless printers are based on the technologies: Infrared, Bluetooth, and WiFi. Out of which, Bluetooth and WiFi enabled printers are more preferred. For small offices, Bluetooth one will be more suitable. And for large office campus, WiFi printers are more convenient, as they cover larger area than the Bluetooth enabled ones.

Support a soothing ambiance: if using a wireless printer, the ambiance inside the offices is more beautiful as there are no unnecessary wires and cables. Connecting these printers to a laptop or a supporting device is very easy; you just need to locate the printer, and install it either with the help of internet or driver DVD.

Why Input and Output Devices Are So Important in Information Technology

To use a computer, we must have some means of entering data into the computer for it to use in its computations. There are a wide variety of input devices, and we will mention only the most commonly used types. The input devices that you as a manager are most likely to use are a microcomputer keyboard and a mouse. In computation, these devices are generally called first-phase devices. In modern days, these devices are slowly getting replaced by some more smart devices, capable of inputting our instructions with touch or even human voices.

A terminal is a simpler device than a PC; it is designed strictly for input/output and does not incorporate a processor (CPU), or at least not a general-purpose processor. The terminal is connected to a computer via some type of telecommunication line. Most terminals consist of a keyboard for data entry and a monitor to show the user what has been entered and to display the output from the computer. Terminals are widely used by clerical personnel involved in online transaction processing. Special types of terminals are also in widespread use as computer input devices. Point-of-sale terminals are in use at most retail stores, and automatic teller machines (ATMs) are commonplace in the banking industry. Like the standard terminals described earlier, these special-purpose devices serve as both input and output devices, usually incorporating a small built-in printer to provide a hard-copy record of the transaction.

Voice input to computers is another input option, although the accuracy of speech recognition software is still less than perfect, with the best packages achieving recognition accuracy in the 95 to 99 percent range. With these numbers, speech recognition software is a productivity- enhancing tool for users with limited typing skills, disabilities, repetitive stress injuries from overusing a computer keyboard, or no time to do anything except dictate (such as medical doctors).

Some input methods read an original document (such as a typed report or a check or deposit slip) directly into the computer’s memory. Check processing is handled this way in the United States through the magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) input method. Bank checks have the account information already printed using code type of numbers and a special magnetizable ink. After a check is cashed in any bank, the bank that cashed it records the amount of the check in magnetizable ink at the bottom of the check. Magnetic ink character reader is a kind of computer device which magnetizes the ink along with understanding the number. It is as well responsible for transmitting the data to the records of bank database.

4 Most Common Computer Issues and Their Fixes

If you are experiencing computer problems take note that you are not alone. Millions of users around the globe know how it feels to be unconnected with the online world even just for an hour. Sure you scheduled a strict regular PC maintenance and checkup but it is not a guarantee that you can totally avoid any technical error being a regular computer user.

As they all say, knowledge is power and before you will encounter any problem with your PC or to avoid the same PC issue you often run into, here are the top computer problems and their fixes.

Slow Computer

This is probably the number one complaint of all computer users and also the easiest to fix. Most of the time, your PC may have slowed down because of too much data leaving not enough space for your PC to execute commands. To amend this, just delete all unnecessary files. Your PC needs 500 Mb of free space to perform better.

Computer reboots automatically

A computer rebooting itself over and over again is another common problem. To fix it, check the hardware. You may have dirty or defective cooling fan. As the dust accumulates on the fan, this makes your PC to heat up faster, thus to cool itself, the computer reboots automatically. If it is the fan, then a little cleaning will solve the matter. If the fan is fine, then check the cables and make sure that they are attached tightly to your PC.

No or Slow Internet Connection

To speed up your internet, you need to frequently clear your cookies and internet temporary files. In the Windows search temp and press enter to open the temporary files folder. Then select all files and press Delete. Some files may not be deleted especially if they are being used by your Operating System but it is alright. The deleted files are enough to nudge your internet connection faster.

On the other hand if you are having a problem connecting to the internet, make sure that your IP address is correct. Also check if your server or gateway firewalls are not blocking http requests from your PC.

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)

BSOD is a common issue but it is rather serious. However, in a nutshell, BSOD is a protection mechanism that shuts down computer operations before further damage can occur. Oftentimes, the blue screen of death is caused by a hardware driver issue and a reboot can solve it. Unfortunately, sometimes more troubleshooting is needed to diagnose the problem and correct it.

There are still many computer issues that you may experience as a regular computer user, if you think that you know how to solve them then go ahead. Otherwise you need professional PC technical support to diagnose, analyze and solve these issues immediately.