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It Looks Like a Sudden Change of Plans is Going to Happen for Me

My husband and I had a magical wedding only one year and three months ago. Three months after we were married, his company surprised him with a work transfer. He sat me down me down one night to tell me they were sending him to Singapore. He said he would only be gone for one year, and then he would be back home to me. But when that deadline passed, they asked him to stay another two years. This is when he called me and said that he found a company at http://www.store-friendly.com.sg where he could store some of his things in order to make room in his tiny apartment so that I could move there to be with him.

I have a job of my own that I have had for ten years, which is why I did not go with him in the first place.

Richfeel Introduces An Innovative Technology — Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

HTMA is a safe and non-invasive test to measure the levels and comparative ratios of nutrients and toxic minerals found in the hair.It is a screening test to measure the levels of 37 minerals in the hair tissue.

It provides valuable health information often not revealed in standard blood and urine tests.HTMA has been globally accepted by Doctors, Naturopaths and Nutritional therapists as one of the most valuable tool for everyday preventive healthcare

Dr. Apoorva Shah, Founder, RICHFEEL Health and Beauty Private Limited, India?s first certified trichologists and beauty physician says, ?Richfeel has always introduced innovative products after intensive and extensive R&D to give optimum value to our customers?.

Minerals are equally important to nutrition as vitamins. Nutrition is not just vital to your overall health, but is important to the health of your hair as well. While our bodies need a variety of vitamins and minerals to support certain functions, there are specific ones that will promote healthy hair.

The hair is thus a reflection of your overall health and nowadays with consumers becoming more and more aware about their personal health and beauty, HTMA becomes a requirement. By interpreting the hair mineral test properly, one can construct a biochemical picture of the way the body is going to respond to stress.
How HTMA is useful to consumers??

HTMA could now be a part of your regular annual health check up. If you have problems related to hair that are not getting treated, HTMA can tell you the reason for the same and you could take preventive treatments.It will also help you to lead a healthy life and affect your lifestyle by keeping a regular check on your body mineral/ nutrient composition.

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis is a screening test to measure the levels of 37 minerals in the hair tissue. Over the last 15 years, HTMA has been an effective analytical test to measure the mineral content of the hair and body in the United States of America.

What is the future of communication technology?

The earliest form of communication germinated from the necessity of human beings to convey their messages. Under the primitive circumstances, communication was local and was limited to voice signals and gestures that can be heard and viewed within the range of hearing and eyesight. These communications were also based on protocols and were direct. The protocols were the rules that were agreed upon by community members to be used for particular purposes. For example, hunters of a certain community would generate certain shrill and loud noises to alert each other about an approaching prey, while the signals for gathering at a particular location were a different one.

From the above scenario, few things should be clear. For communication, few things are absolutely necessary – a language, some predefined protocols, a processor cum controller (in this case, brain) to prompt the communicator when to communicate, an instrument to generate and transmit the message (vocal cord/hand), a form of the message (voice/noise/gestures), a medium (air/vacuum), an instrument to receive the message (eye/ear), an instrument to decode/interpret and process the received message (brain). The constraint in this scheme was that the messages were not universal in nature and were heavily dependent on physical capabilities and natural conditions.

It’s funny to notice that only the variable values have changed in the modern form of computer based communication, the variables have remained the same. For example, the language for all computers in this world is the binary language, protocols are generally defined by IEEE, every computer has a microprocessor, ports are there to transmit and receive the messages, the form is electrical signal, and the medium is wire or wireless. There has been no radical paradigm shift in the way we communicate. All the changes have been superficial in nature and the only change that has taken place is that the distance and certainty of communication has increased to some extent.
Now, after discussing the past and the present of communication technology, it is time we concentrate on the future of communication. In the future also, 3 things will remain constant – a transmitter/receiver, a processor/decode/interpreter at both ends and a form of message. The other things will either become useless or or will merged to form a single entity or hooked along with the main three ones.

In the future, communication will be based on brain waves. Human brains will be tuned to transmit and receive brain waves for any kind of communication. This will nullify the cost of physical infrastructure and the communication will be much more effective, given that human brain is the most powerful and complicated instrument human beings can ever build. It might seem to be an outrageous comment to AI scientists, but the fact is that no one can produce anything more powerful than their brain. The intensity f thoughts and the concentration level will be varied for making the communication more profound and distant.

Hearing aids, the blessing of modern technology

Statistics reveals that hearing loss is quite common in India. There are more than 60 million people suffering from hearing troubles. While a majority of them can restore the capability of hearing by external aids, lack of awareness and affordability issues force them live with the disparity. There are several hospitals offering good quality hearing aids in Bangaloreat an affordable price.

Types of hearing loss

Broadly hearing loss is classified in two categories.

Sensory neural hearing loss: When there is a problem in the cochlear nerve, brain stem, or cochlea; there is a loss of impulses in the sensory-neural system. Sometimes, there are abnormal impulses. In both the cases, patients can’t hear properly. Sometimes ageing process affects the nerves, and there is deterioration in hearing capacity. Tinnitus is also a major cause of hearing loss where there is a hissing or whistling sound felt in the ear even when there is a total silence. In some cases, trauma, accidents, infections, and other reasons like Acoustic Neuroma also cause sensory hearing loss.
Conductive hearing loss: This hearing loss occurs when the sound waves from the external ear can’t traverse through the middle air. Thus, the brain doesn’t get signals of sound waves, and patients can’t hear. Excessive wax in the ears, infection, traumatic conditions, or diseases like Otitis Externa can cause this type of hearing loss. Good quality hearing aids in Bangalore offer a remedy for conductive hearing loss.

Types of hearing aids

Though hearing aids exist from centuries, modern technology made a revolutionary change in the usability, applicability and convenience. Today we have quite effective hearing aids that can be worn in such a way that they are invisible to others. Two types of aids are used for correcting hearing loss.

External hearing aids: External devices are placed behind the ear or inside the external ear. They amplify the sound waves so that they can reach to the middle ear effectively. The brain can interpret the magnified sound waves clearly, and patients hear the sound. However, these aids are not very effective when the hearing loss is severe.
Internal or implantable aids: They are also called cochlear implants. These are special devices that stimulate the auditory cells and provide the sense of hearing to the brain. These implants are highly effective in the case of Neurosensory hearing loss. The results so far have been quite good even in kids who suffer from loss of hearing by birth.

Electronics Engineering Technology Distance Learning – Become a Most in Demand Technologist

Electronics Engineering Technology distance learning courses are flourishing, making use of the low entry-level requirement of a 2-year Associate Degree to become an Engineering Technician, and the further career advancement to an Engineering Technologist (or Applied Engineer) possible in the field by pursuing a 4-year Bachelors Degree. Among all Technicians and Technologists working in USA, Electrical and Electronics Engineering professionals make up more than one-third, which is a clear indication for their demand. And this demand is nowadays driven more by the high-tech industry’s need for Electronics Engineering Technicians, rather than the conventional industries’ need for Electrical Engineering Technicians.

Why Electronics Engineering Technology?

All of today’s booming industrial sectors like telecommunications, medical equipment, control systems, automotive systems, navigational systems, and of course, the consumer appliances sector are bringing out everything from mobile phones to home theatres, and require expertise in Electronics Engineering more than anything else, which explains the demand for Electronics Engineering professionals.

However, to attempt the field through an Engineering Degree can be taxing to those students who are not interested in taking advanced level mathematics (calculus) courses that an Engineering Degree requires, or to endure its long 4-year time frame. For such students, Electronics Engineering Technology is a great option, with its stress on applied or hands-on Electronics Engineering rather than the mathematics-dense and research-oriented Electronics Engineering. The time frame also is much shorter, with an Electronics Engineering Technician requiring only a 2-year Associate Degree to enter the field.

The job opportunities too are tilted in favor of Electronics Engineering Technicians when compared with Electronics Engineers; there are 182,000 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians working in USA, compared with only 143,000 Electronics Engineers. The only drawbacks – a lower level in the hierarchy and the lower starting salaries than Electronics Engineers – can be overcome in the long run, since interested Electronics Engineering Technicians can study further for a 4-year Bachelors Degree, thus qualifying for the senior position of Electronics Engineering Technologist, who enjoys a position and salary comparable to Electronics Engineers. Average salary for Electronics Engineering Senior Technicians / Technologists is US $46,000, very comparable to salaries for Electronics Engineers at US $52,000.

Why Electronics Engineering Technology Distance Learning?

It is estimated that job opportunities for Electronics Engineering Technicians and Technologists would grow at up to 17% every year, for nearly the next 10 years. The requirement of an Associate Degree for entering the field is a relatively recent phenomenon, and a significant percentage of working Electronics Engineering Technicians doesn’t have such a formal degree. The industry preference to degree holders is encouraging such working professionals to get an Associate Degree, and electronics engineering technology distance learning becomes the natural choice. Also, due to the boom in the sector, those already having an Associate Degree will go for a Bachelors Degree so that they can work as a Technologist. And, of course, the growth prospects in the sector are attracting working professionals from other fields to Electronics Engineering Technology. These three factors are driving the huge demand for electronics engineering technology distance learning courses.

Earlier, there were technological hindrances to deliver such a hands-on course through a distance or online model. However, with the development of state-of-the-art systems like National Instruments’ LabVIEW/ELVIS (Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite), which can be used by remote students through a web browser, to virtually perform any electronics experiment, the demand for Electronics Engineering Distance Learning courses are at an all-time high.

Universities and Colleges Offering Electronics Engineering Technology Distance Learning

Electronics engineering technology distance learning courses offer both 2-year Associate and 4-year Bachelors Degrees. While Community Colleges and Institutes dominate the Associate Degree scene, Universities and Polytechnics are the primary sources for Bachelors Degrees. While searching for electronics engineering technology distance learning courses, it should be kept in mind that many US institutions still call the subject Electrical Engineering Technology.

Associate Degrees
Many Community Colleges and Institutes offer 2-year Associate Degrees for electronics engineering technology distance learning, but fully accredited courses are fewer. Whether for employment as an Electronics Engineering Technician or for further pursuance of a Bachelors Degree, it is always better to go for an accredited course. Cleveland Institute of Electronics (CIE), Penn Foster Career School, and Grantham University are three institutions that offer accredited Associate Degrees in the subject.

CIE’s Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Electronics Engineering Technology boasts of many unique features. Designed from the ground up as a distance learning course, rather than an online adaptation of a regular course, the CIE A.A.S. provides everything that an electronics engineering technology distance learning student might require, in a packaged fashion – complete with printed courseware for over 250 self-paced lessons, videos, and detailed instructions for the over 300 hands-on lab experiments. The only thing missing will be access to an Oscilloscope, and the CIE Bookstore even sells Oscilloscopes at discounted prices to its students! One-to-one instructor support is always available for students. Even the exams can be taken online. A really unique feature of the course is that interested and capable students can complete the course in half or even quarter time, and need only pay for that!

Penn Foster Career School offers an Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) in Electronics Technology, that can be completed fully online, with access to an internet-connected computer being the only requirement. Tuition includes well-written and amply-illustrated printed courseware, tools and equipment for experiments, and unlimited instructor support through website, phone, email, and regular mail. Online open-book exams and end-of-semester proctored exams are other features of this course. The course is self-paced, with longer than 2-year durations allowed.

Grantham University offers an Associate of Science (AS) in Electronics Engineering Technology through the distance mode. The tuition package for the course includes textbooks, lesson guides, grading of all tests, mailing of materials and graded tests from the college, consultation with instructors, and required software. Proctored exams are conducted at the end of every semester, which lend more credibility to this course. Consultation with instructors is available through phone, fax, email, and regular mail. To better facilitate the distance mode of the course, Grantham University even provides a discounted option for its students to buy computers from Dell. However, the main advantage of this course is that full credit transfer is possible to Grantham’s Bachelors Degree in the subject. Grantham is especially popular with military students.

Bachelors Degrees

When it comes to Bachelors Degrees for electronics engineering technology distance learning, even courses with accreditation from the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET) are available.

Old Dominion University offers its Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering Technology, with Electrical Engineering Technology as Major, and Electrical Systems Technology as optional. The course name follows the earlier US convention of naming Electronics Engineering courses as Electrical Engineering courses. This B.S. indeed has significant stress on Electronics Engineering Technology. In-depth coverage of Electronics includes Linear Electronics, Digital Controls, Microprocessors, Communications, Control Systems etc. High-tech delivery methods like virtual laboratory, streaming video, and satellite broadcast for 1-way video and 2-way audio, are fully utilized. The course is accredited by TAC of ABET.

World College, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cleveland Institute of Electronics (CIE), offers a Bachelor of Electronics Engineering Technology (BEET) through the distance mode. Features include over 300 lab experiments, online exams, and toll free phones and email for consultation with instructors. Subjects covered include Electronics, Computer Technology, Telecommunications, Electrical Power, and Control Systems. Access to a computer and an oscilloscope are necessary.

Grantham University (described above, under Associate Degrees) also offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electronics Engineering Technology.

The only current limiting factor for electronics engineering technology distance learning seems to be the high costs for implementing virtual labs that can be simultaneously accessed by a large number of students, and once this is solved by better and economical hardware and software, electronics engineering technology distance learning will be provided by more and more Universities, Colleges, and Polytechnic Institutes.

Study New Modern Technology is Driving the Wave of Film Animation

Film animation innovation has make some amazing progress following the beginning of hand-drawn kid’s shows. The systems utilized by artists to breath life into characters have enhanced significantly throughout the years, and not at all like conventional activity, which made its introduction in 1906 and made the hallucination of development through edge by-edge control of drawings and outlines, most artists today utilize PCs to produce three-dimensional pictures.

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Pixar, together with Disney, was the first organization to make a full length PC created activity, with Toy Story in 1995. DreamWorks followed in 2001 with Shrek, which earned $484.4 million at the overall film industry, and hardened PC movement as a standout amongst the most advanced and emotive study types of animation

While PCs have helped illustrators in their endeavors for a considerable length of time, the coming of PC liveliness was a defining moment as far as the kind of innovation activity studios expected to utilize. Until then, the greater part of their liveliness could be completed on workstations (effective desktop PCs), however PC produced (CG) pictures make such a lot of information that activity organizations now need to manufacture their own server farms keeping in mind the end goal to handle it all.

These server farms contain many intense servers, which give boundless measures of preparing force, empowering CG movement studios – of all shapes and sizes – to work with extensive, complex datasets and unpredictable 3D models. HP is one of the fundamental suppliers of server farm foundation, close by Dell and Cisco, and united some of its movement studio clients at the Cannes Film Festival to examine the significance of innovation to their organization
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With a specific end goal to bolster this, DreamWorks has 20,000 processing centers in HP servers over three server farms far and wide. Swanborg said that HP’s most recent ‘Gen 8’ servers are 40 for every penny speedier than the past era, which signifies “40 for each penny more pixels, 40 for each penny sooner”. The organization additionally has limit in a fourth “cloud” server farm, which is possessed and controlled by HP.

“We are no more living in a period in which you need to have all the process assets you require under your own particular rooftop,” said Swanborg.

“We’re an inventive undertaking and inventiveness is not straight – you have minutes when things are working in the meantime, and afterward you have minutes when you’re reexamining and re-arranging. On the off chance that we needed to construct to the top, we would need to about twofold our figure foundation to oblige those minutes, yet we don’t need to do that, in light of the fact that we have HP Cloud, so when we have those snippets of motivation, we are not compelled by innovation.”

HP said that innovation not just has an imperative part in putting away and preparing information, however in examining it. David Chalmers, boss innovation officer at HP’s European Enterprise Group, said that film studios can profit by utilizing apparatuses like HP Autonomy to direct assessment investigation, to pick up understanding into how viewers are reacting to their movies.

“It used to be you’d go to a screening and after that fill in a little card. The film studios would take those little cards and attempt and work out whether they thought it would be a hit or not,” said Chalmers.

“Presently we can utilize the Autonomy innovation to construct an examination device to take a gander at online networking yield. What we’ve demonstrated as of now is that in right on time eras of that style of examination, we are at any rate as great at anticipating as the way they used to do it before

App Indexing: Good News If You’re Willing to Embrace It

App indexing was introduced over two years ago by Google in an attempt to enhance its mobile capabilities and enable in-app content to become more searchable alongside traditional websites.

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In many ways it has resulted in a serious SEO shake-up, putting sites and apps in direct competition with one another. And with most searches now taking place on mobile devices, this is a trend that site owners cannot afford to ignore.

Things got even more complicated in late 2015, when Google announced that it was starting to index app content that is not also available on an existing website. But how can businesses leverage this approach, and what are the benefits of embracing app indexing?

SEO Opportunities

Google has made it possible to index app content and thus allow users to search for it on their mobile devices for one good reason: it means that people are willing to use its engine to discover apps rather than heading elsewhere for their information.

The knock-on impact for businesses with both websites and mobile apps in their digital portfolios is that the development of these two previously separate elements must now occur in close proximity. And seeking a website design company which can help with this process is a good idea.

App indexing essentially means that there is an incentive to apply the same principles of optimisation to in-app content as you would to web-based content, since apps are finally being put under the same scrutiny by Google’s algorithms.

With the help of www.viziononline.co.uk website design agency specialists, making quality content for your app will be simpler. And you could boost your visibility on Google’s SERPs if both your site and app appear on the first page together.

Avoiding Complacency

While you may not have an app or feel that there is no need to pay attention to the quality of the content that your app contains because it has a tiny user base, the reality of app indexing is that you cannot afford to remain ignorant of how modern search works. And apps are becoming a big part of that.

Google even made it easy for users to install apps directly from its SERPs in the past month, pulling the web and apps closer than ever. And this is good news for those that embrace app indexing-oriented optimisation.

The anatomy of a stretch ceiling

Stretch ceilings provide an innovative method of covering an interior space. Once installed, these ceilings create a smooth and clean finish that is capable of stretching across large areas. This type of fabric is ideal for covering up utility components, such as pipes and cables, and provides a softer look to the building. Stretch ceilings are used in a wide variety of situations, including office buildings, shopping centres and entertainment venues.

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What is a stretch ceiling?

A stretch ceiling is an ambient structure that creates an instant suspended ceiling within an interior space. It comprises two separate elements: a track to hold the ceiling in place and a lightweight fabric that is stretched across the space and attached to the track.

The material is exceptionally flexible and can be used for a number of other purposes, such as wall coverings, creative fixtures, exhibition spaces and light diffusers. The ceilings are manufactured to precise dimensions and requirements, with each individual ceiling designed for the specific space.

The stretch ceiling can be incorporated with other features to create a unique look for the space; for example, bespoke light fittings can be installed to reflect off the fabric ceiling and provide a dramatic effect. In areas where there is limited natural light, this can help to boost illumination levels. Within office spaces, more light can enhance people’s moods and increase their productivity levels.

Manufacturers of stretch ceilings

There are a range of manufacturers that specialise in stretch ceilings, such as Barrisol. These manufacturers are constantly looking at how they can enhance the performance of their fabrics to create a higher-quality product for their customers; for example, you can now choose stretch ceilings that provide a seamless finish without the tracks holding it in place being seen.

When you are choosing a supplier of stretch ceilings, such as http://fabricarchitecture.com, the company will work with you to design an individual solution that meets your exact requirements. This enables you to choose a cost-effective design that is extremely durable and provides a professional-looking finish.

Stretch ceilings can be used in any type of interior space, from small-scale installations through to much grander scenarios. The adaptability of the design means that you can customise your interior space and achieve a creative finish that is unique to your building.

Consuming the right types of protein for body-building

It is widely regarded that a high protein diet is an essential part of anyone looking to build muscle mass and develop their body. However, eating the right types of protein at the right types can have an even more profound effect on the results that can be achieve by a high protein intake.

As an approximate guide, many scientists and sports nutritionists agree that the optimal protein intake is to multiply your body mass by 1.2, and consume this amount on a daily basis.

As this is a high protein amount, it is best to spread this consumption across 5 or 6 meals throughout the day. The type of protein is also very important here too, as it should be derived from lean meats such as chicken, beef, white fish as well as eggs.

For those looking for significant muscle growth, it can be difficult to get the necessary protein from meals alone, even when eating up to 6 meals a day. This is where protein supplements such as protein shakes and bars are vital. By consuming 3-4 protein shakes per day and one protein bar, you can add between 125-150g of protein to your diet, which is approximately half what the average guy looking to bulk-up with muscle need to consume on a daily basis. Not surprisingly there are a lot of different protein products on the market, so use a site like proteinchecklist.com to compare the nutritional values and decide which is best for your personal needs.

There are a few extras that you can add to your diet to ensure your protein is digested and absorbed as effectively as possible, and also help give you the energy needed to fulfil a gruelling heavy weights based training program. Vegetables are key, so you need to ensure that you eat plenty of greens, in particular Broccoli which releases a lot of testosterone which in turn builds muscle. When it comes to carbohydrates, stick to glycemic carbohydrates which are things like brown rice, oatmeal and sweet potatoes.

By following these diet tips for at least 12 weeks, and lifting heavy weights in the gym 4-5 times per week, you can expect to see results fairly quickly with the addition of lean muscle mass.

Efficient LED Light Fixtures to Save Energy

paclightsThe advanced form of using lights simply mesmerized me when I actually switched to the LED lights from my regular ones. The LED light fixtures were easy to install. Its seamless variety of products integrated most of the features which help me save money as well as energy. The light emitting diodes were certainly so useful that after changing my regular light fixing at home, I also moved on doing the same activity for my office.

Highly known for its ability to provide safe environment, the user friendly lighting system filled my surroundings with liveliness over long years. Since this system of illumination was quite costly when just came in the market, I jumped for it after the prices became quite affordable. However, with passing time, these fixtures have become quite cheaper to suit pocket that I see more and more number of people switching to change their type of lighting systems. It was very evident that experiencing the installation of the LED lights, I had a great control over my savings.

The LED lights also played an important role in helping me to contribute for saving energy. Buying various types of branded lights fixtures such as the LED flood lights, bay lights, canopy lights and many more from a well known supplier reduced my home as well office energy consumption up to 60-70%. As per my opinion, installing LED indoor and LED outdoor lighting, both serves you potential benefits for developing a great standard and impression for visitors or clients. The massive effect of these lights created a huge surprising impact on everyone who comes to my place or office.

It is certain that carrying so many varied features like saving energy and cost, powerful distribution of light, efficiency to leave an impressive impact, the LEDs are likely to make its way for claiming to be the future of lighting in the industry. With the variety of latest devices available with many manufacturers and suppliers, the LED lights can suit every type of place. When I decided to change all the traditional lights of my home, a concern always stroke my mind whether this type of lighting would be perfect to cater my needs or not. However, contacting the top renowned suppliers for these fixtures left me with no doubts.

The framework associated with the LED light fixtures was so easy that it happened to turn fun installing them around my place. The technicians fixing lights in my lawn also guided me and my wife with the different other types of upcoming fixtures and their appropriate purposes. Some of which I remember were like a flood light suits the best at open grounds and stadiums or a canopy at a warehouse or garage. I was completely happy when it came to the terms of usage of these highly mesmerizing lights. After installing these lights I noticed a steep increase in my standard of living and working. Rapidly gaining popularity in the market, the LEDs are great alternative to the traditional way of lighting.

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How to Use Technology to Save Time

When time is money, apps and software can help you conserve it.
Whether you’re spending too much time getting bogged down by email or your life seems to revolve around meetings, there’s no doubt that you could stand to shave off mindless minutes at work. Modern time-saving technology goes way beyond word processing and spreadsheets. With the use of a smartphone and a few computer applications that help you hold meetings, manage your tasks or keep you from time-wasting social media, you can make better use of the precious few hours in the workday.

Scheduling and Task Management

  • Use basic scheduling tools such as your Outlook calendar to lay out your daily tasks. Having a set schedule not only helps you stay on task, but it also alerts others you work with — such as a secretary or your staff — to when you’re available for impromptu questions, and when you shouldn’t be disturbed. This saves the time of having to contact everyone individually. To ensure you’re using your allotted time wisely, set a timer for each task. Apps such as TomatoTimer or Toggl help manage the time you spend on each item.

Manage Social Media

  • If you’re using social media to promote your company, you can spend a lot of time sending tweets, posting photos to Instagram, or checking in on Facebook. To save time, download a social media management tool that lets you check on multiple platforms — and post from them — all at once. Buffer, HootSuite and SproutSocial are some of the options to try. If you find yourself wasting way too much time on social media for personal use, download a blocking program, such as AntiSocial or LeechBlock, that only allows you access to your feeds during certain hours of the day.

Meet Electronically

  • Personal interaction with clients and customers is valuable, but it can also really eat up time. Instead of meeting face-to-face with that important client every week — which requires a drive across town — use an application such as Skype or Apple’s native FaceTime to meet via video chat. The same goes for meetings you have with co-workers or colleagues. Instead of spending time walking across the company campus and then waiting for everyone to assemble, spend five minutes checking in via WebEx or GoogleHangouts.

Automate Where You Can

  • If you’re a business manager or owner who spends time paying office bills, managing inventory or scheduling staff, you owe it to yourself to automate those systems. If you own a bakery, for example, it might take some time to break down your ingredients into recipe sizes and enter them into an inventory system to manage your baking inventory. But in the end, it will save you time by helping you assess how much inventory you need on a daily or weekly basis. Apps such as Inventory Tracker and Lettuce keep track of goods you have on hand and let you know when it’s time to order more. This saves you from having to sort out every detail on your own. You can also save time by setting up automatic payments for your bills so don’t have to spend time writing out checks.

How to Update a Phoenix-Award BIOS

Phoenix and Award merged in 1998 creating the Phoenix-Award brand. When it’s time to update a Phoenix-Award Basic Input/Output System (BIOS), the free application BIOS Agent Plus scans your system to find the correct BIOS update for your system. BIOS Agent Plus is the official BIOS update and support center for the Phoenix-Award BIOS. Updating your Phoenix-Award BIOS ensures your BIOS software remains compatible with your operating system and hardware to prevent as many system errors as possible.

Instructions

  1. Visit the BIOS Agent Plus website listed in the Resources section.
  2. Select “Free BIOS Scan” to download the BIOS Agent Plus software.
  3. Double-click the file to run the installer program.
  4. Wait for BIOS Agent Plus to generate a report of your system’s BIOS and drivers.
  5. Locate the “BIOS” section near the top of the report.
  6. Press the download button, if available, to download the latest BIOS for your system.
  7. Follow all instructions provided with your Phoenix-Award BIOS update to update your system.

How to Become a Technology Consultant

A technology consultant provides support and system design expertise to companies and businesses looking to implement or upgrade an information technology network. To become a technology consultant, you can either get the proper training to qualify for internal, permanent positions with consulting companies or work for yourself on a contract basis.

Get the Training

  1. Do a 4-year bachelor’s degree in a technology-related field, such as computer science, information systems management or electronics. Since the focus of your consulting career is going to be providing technological support, you don’t need advanced, formal business training.
  2. Go on to take specialized courses in information technology once you graduate from college. Available through professional schools and other accredited institutions, IT education is a key way to signal yourself as a true professional in a world of “do-it-yourself” individuals without hard credentials.
  3. Consider adding a graduate degree to your education portfolio to give yourself an edge in the workplace.
  4. Keep your skill set up-to-date at all times as you get your career off the ground by enrolling in inexpensive technology classes at your local city college. Information technology changes fast. Change with it.

Start Working

  1. Do small-scale technology consulting on a freelance basis for independent businesses looking to implement some IT to their workplace. Advertise yourself locally, and work at reduced (or even free) rates until you have built up enough experience on your resume to start applying for jobs.
  2. Expect that you’ll need at least a couple of years of proven experience before you’ll start turning heads in the professional world as you try to become a technology consultant.
  3. Know that the technology consulting industry is roughly broken up into three categories: professional services, staffing companies and independents. Professional services companies are large IT consulting firms who employ a large, steady workforce to meet the needs of their clients. Staffing agencies, on the other hand, outsource IT professionals on a contract basis according to market demand.
  4. Keep an eye toward going into business for yourself, once you have built up an impressive enough resume and have access to a steady client base without the aid of an agency or consulting firm. To become an independent technology consultant, expect to work professionally for a period of at least 3 to 5 years before you’ll have the know-how to go out on your own.

Modern Technology in Clothing

When most people think of modern technological innovations, the first things that often come to mind are advances in computers and communication devices. Clothing, however, has taken great technological strides in its production and influence in the fashion world. Factories largely replaced homemade clothing, while man-made products and inventions (like the zipper) changed the use of modern clothes.
Technology has influenced many areas of fashion.

Digital Textile Printing

  • Eliminating the need to embroider or paint patterns onto clothes, digital textile printing is the latest way a business and consumer can customize clothes. This type of fabric printing allows for small-quantity production, which is highly sought by well-known fashion designers and companies to create high-demand, brand name clothing without a lot of waste. Digital textile printing is capable of producing photo-quality images onto fabric and reproductions of hand-painted art to use for clothes.

Synthetic Fibers

  • The synthetic fibers that form elastane (also known as “Spandex”) are popular for their elasticity and durability. An anagram of the word “expands,” Spandex revolutionized the clothing world. Clothes that may contain Spandex include pants, wetsuits, bathing suits, underwear, hosiery, activewear and shapewear. Athletes who need form-fitting clothes that do not constrict their movements often wear this material.

Formotion Clothing Technology

  • Formotion technology combines different types of fabric to create clothing that will enhance the performance of athletes. Clothes with this technology use compression fabrics to provide control. Specific, sculpted cuts of fabric allow for complete range of motion. Formotion clothes also integrate technologies that regulate an athlete’s body temperature so they stay cooler while they sweat.

Fire-Resistant, Sweat-Wicking Clothes

  • Clothing used for safety purposes have combined fire-resistant materials with those that help the user stay cool without the use of added harmful chemicals. DRIFIRE clothes—used by firefighters, welders and those working around open flames—are designed to provide comfort. The material wicks sweat and moisture off the body and reduces the chances of heat stroke and steam burns. The built-in, flame-resistant materials do not melt in extreme heats and protect the skin against flash fires and electric arc flashes.

Aerogel

  • Aerogel, also called “frozen smoke,” is the lightest solid material in existence. NASA, to insulate space suits and the Mars Rover, uses Aerogel. Also used as a drug-delivery system, insulation for skylights and to trap space dust, Aerogel introduced itself to the consumer market with the invention of the “Supersuit”: a jacket that is as thin as a T-shirt yet still keeps individuals warm in subzero temperatures.

Information About Modern Technology

Technology is well-established. From car remotes to medical procedures, technology is part of our lives. Each day, new technological ideas or products are introduced. Because technology is so prevalent in the modern world, it is worth exploring what effects modern technology has on us. The effects of technology can be both positive and negative.

Accountability

  • Technology has given us nearly instant communication. In addition, more people are able to view information and products than ever before. The increase in communicative ability and access to data is beneficial in that it creates a certain level of accountability. For instance, members of the media are under more pressure to report accurately, since the data they report is seen by potentially millions of people worldwide.

Travel

  • Better technology in many instances has led to better travel. Planes fly more efficiently to more places than ever before, for example. The benefit is that it is very easy to transport both people and goods from place to place. The resulting global economy keeps prices low. People do not need to work or live only in their native area. However, better travel also means that people are more likely to spread disease from place to place, and a global economy means that some inferior or unsafe products may be widely distributed.

Health Improvements

  • For the most part, increased technology has led to improvements in health. Doctors now have ways to tell how sterile an environment or tool is. They have many different machines that can monitor vital signs or that can be used in medical procedures. Without this technology, many people would not recover from their illnesses, and disease would spread more rapidly.

Health and Other Concerns

  • Although modern technology can improve health, there is concern that the excessive use of technology may promote some health problems. For instance, those who work in front of a computer screen or who watch a lot of television every day are more sedentary, which can lead to physical problems. There also is concern that technology is reducing the social skills held by people and that it allows for a decrease in safety, such as with child pornography posted on the Internet. Additionally, modern technology may be creating some problems in that it can be used improperly, such as with atomic bombs during war.

Considerations/Regulations

  • Whether technology is beneficial or harmful depends largely on the way it is used and who is wielding the technology. For instance, computer email can be used to share family photographs, or it can be used to send out attachments that damage the recipient’s computer and steal information. Some regulations on modern technology thus are needed in order to guarantee or to protect individual and social safety.

Environment

  • Nowhere is the dual nature of technological progress more apparent then the environment. Technological progress has been both the bane and the savior of the environment. On the one hand, technological progress gave us our incredibly practical yet ecologically destructive methods for generating power from fossil fuels. On the other hand, technological progress is the only way we will be able to develop green technologies capable of getting us out of the environmental mess we’re in today. For example, the emerging field of residential solar energy production will allow us to produce clean energy independent of power plants that use fossil fuels. Additionally, a lot of emerging technologies have allowed us to make our homes more energy efficiency and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. For instance, the pros at Meredith Home Improvements note that “today’s technology has allowed manufacturers to develop windows that are highly energy efficient.” So, clearly, technology’s effect on the environment is a somewhat ambiguous one.

Latest Trends in Technology

The latest trends in technology continue to involve computing and electronics portability. Devices keeping getting smaller and smaller as people require more power to do things outside the house.

Cloud Computing

  • Cloud computing is when you use web-based software to perform the same functions as if you had the programs installed on the computer. Google Docs is one example of a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation program used through Google’s website.

Smartphones

  • Smartphones are cell phones that are simply small computers. They use operating systems like Windows Mobile and RIM (Blackberry) to surf the web, create documents and communicate.

Netbooks

  • Because of their portability, netbooks continue to set technology trends. With screens running about 10 inches, consumers are finding that doing the basics like checking email and getting online is sometimes all they need to do.

Open Source

  • Open source allows many different developers to improve on a basic set of software instructions. Linux is a totally open source operating system, for example, and even Microsoft has entered the open source foray.

Wireless

  • As wireless technology gets better and stronger, the more consumers want to do. From streaming to televisions to accessing computers remotely, wireless functionality makes computing easier and convenient.

How to Recycle a Used Computer in Georgia

If you like to keep up with the latest technology when it comes to computers, you probably have a stash of older computers in your garage collecting dust, not to mention monitors, keyboards, printers and other peripherals. These computers may still work or be destined for the junk pile, but because of the non-biodegradable and potentially hazardous metals, it’s best to find a place for these old machines other than a landfill.

Recycling, reusing or giving these old pieces of technology to non-profit organizations keeps landfills free of harmful materials. In Georgia there are several options to help you get rid of your old computers, from donating the old hardware to complete recycling.

Recycle a Used Computer in Georgia

Instructions

  1. Delete all sensitive information from your computer. It’s rarely enough these days to just hit “Delete” and empty the recycle bin or trash. Run a program like Darik’s Boot and Nuke to completely erase your hard drive. See “Resources” below for more programs like this.
  2. Call the local schools and see if they’re in need of any computer equipment. Make sure everything is in working order before you drop it all off, including a functional operating system installation.
  3. Contact your area not-for-profit organizations such as places of worship or other non-profits. There are some organizations that refurbish and donate computers to those who can’t afford them.

    Georgia’s Computer Recycling Program, ReBoot, refurbishes old computers and donates them to people with disabilities. They also accept software, telephones, cell phones, office furniture, copiers and other equipment. See “Resources” below for a link to ReBoot.

  4. Locate a Computer Recycling Site near you. If your computer hardware and other peripherals are beyond repair, it’s time for recycling. Major office supply stores may also offer computer recycling. As an added bonus for the busy folks out there, some businesses will even pick up your old hardware for a fee. See the “Resources” below for the Computer Recycling Center Locater.

How to Read Live News Updates

Keeping up with the latest news is easy. Thanks to the power of technology and the Internet, you can read live news feeds as the events happen. By getting the live updates, you no longer have to be the last person to get the important news going on in your community or around the world.

Instructions

  1. Visit websites such as CNN.com and Fox News to read live news updates from around the world. These major news networks also provide HTML code so you can embed the live news feeds on your own website.
  2. Visit the websites for your local news station to view the live news updates from your city and state.
  3. Subscribe to SMS text alerts on the major news websites. These subscriptions are usually free. By subscribing to the text alerts, you will receive text messages on your mobile phone containing details of events as they transpire.
  4. Follow the major news stations on the “Twitter” social networking site. Because of Twitter’s popularity, many news stations such as CNN and MSNBC are utilizing Twitter as an extra tool to provide you with the latest live news snippets.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Technology in Education

Technology in education has blossomed in the form of course-specific web pages, email communication, online courses, and tools used specifically in the classroom like laptops, calculators and presentation hardware. In addition to supplementing in-class instruction, technology has created educational opportunities for students and teachers. On the other hand, discrepancies in available technologies and training needed for implementing technologies in learning can also present some disadvantages.
Each student in a classroom can engage in discussion simultaneously using technology.

Helping Teachers

  • Technology can allow for a shift to a paperless classroom, which can make the teacher’s job more efficient and organized. With a paperless format for grading and tracking assignments, teachers transport less student work to and from home and can access grades from multiple locations. Teachers may also teach in a distance-learning format, allowing them to potentially take on more students and course sections as meeting times are more flexible or nonexistent. In this format, a teacher can use a variety of technologies to present course information and reuse materials in several sections of a course without having to repeat the same lecture.

Access for Students

  • Technology, specifically the Internet, gives students instant access to research databases from a variety of sources, including news sources, university databases and instructional videos. Beginning at the youngest levels of education, students can take a more active role in their own learning using technology. Games can provide children with practice in learning shapes, the alphabet and math skills, for example. Software can provide English language learners with opportunities to practice language skills independently. Additionally, technology allows students to learn from home, which is often more convenient, less costly and provides equity for rural students.

Instructional Challenges

  • One disadvantage for teachers at all levels of education is trying to keep up with changing technologies and learning how to use both hardware and software for educational purposes. Additionally, teachers must learn how to ensure that students are learning skills rather than simply learning how to efficiently use technology. For example, using a graphing calculator in a geometry class may make it easier for students to find angle measures without understanding properties of a triangle. Teachers can also find the amount of student communication via email overwhelming if they have increased numbers of students.

Potential Pitfalls for Students

  • Discrepancies in computer skills may make assignments more difficult to complete for some students. Computer malfunctions can cause them to lose assignments or materials. In the case of online courses taken from home, varying Internet speeds and devices available to students at home may cause some students difficulty. Additionally, acquiring information in an online course relies largely on student motivation and self-monitoring, which may be difficult for some students. Other disadvantages include the danger of time spent off task distracted by social media and websites, or lack of motivation to complete tasks in a timely manner.

What Is Swype Texting?

On a mobile device, such as a cellphone or tablet computer, Swype texting involves the use of Swype input technology for creating text messages. Used with a touch-sensitive, on-screen QWERTY keyboard, Swype enables you to spell words by swiping your fingertip in one continuous motion along the path of the word you want to type.

Uses

  • Billed as “a faster and easier way to input text on any screen,” Swype technology is designed to provide users with a quick method to type words into text messages. Swype Inc. says its technology enables users to enter words at a rate of up to 40 words per minute. In addition to mobile phones and tablet computers, the technology is designed to work on an assortment of devices, including game consoles, televisions and kiosks.

Input

  • Swype technology contains built-in intelligence that does not require you to hit each letter on a keyboard accurately while typing a text message. Depending on the type of screen, Swype technology can be employed using your fingertip or a stylus. On touch capacitive screens, which are designed to work with the touch of human flesh only, you can only use your fingertip with Swype. On touch resistive screens, any appropriately sized stimulus will activate Swype technology. Swype is available in several languages and supports common editing actions.

Technology

  • The Swype application is a tightly written program that occupies less than 1MB of memory and is made up of an input path analyzer, word-matching search engine with accompanying word database and a user interface. The application’s word database is comprised of more than 65,000 words. Swype features a built-in statistical tracker that allows you to see your average input speed. Designed to include little to no learning curve, the application does offer an in-program tutorial that teaches the basics of using the program. Similar to word processing applications such as Microsoft Word, Swype automatically corrects commonly misspelled words, such as “friend.” To improve input speeds, Swype automatically inserts a space between words and produces a pop-up window when a swiped word could be one of several words that follow the same or similar path.

The Company

  • Swype Inc. and its technology were created by Cliff Kushler and Randy Marsden in 2002. Kushler is the co-creator of T9 predictive text technology, which can be found in many mobile phones. Marsden is the developer of the on-screen keyboard for Microsoft Windows operating systems and is an expert in the field of assistive and alternative input technology. Swype Inc. is headquartered in Seattle.

The Business Benefits of Information Technology

Advancements in information and communication technology have changed the business world during the past several years, and they continue to offer many benefits to an increasingly global workforce. Computer technology has made laptops, tablet computers, PDAs and other mobile devices everyday items in the workplace, and new software and applications aid companies in improving their research and development.
Information technology benefits businesses in several ways.

Networking

  • Many businesses today not only make good use of their web sites, but also social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as well as blogs and forums. These sites allow companies to share information and news updates quickly with one another and with customers, who share the information with their friends and followers. This viral spread of information plays a vital role in companies getting the word out about their products and services, and it helps customers have a direct say in the goods they wish to purchase.

Development

  • The quick sharing of information allows companies to receive instant feedback on their products from customers, employees and the competition. Speed and accessibility are important components in keeping up with research and development in a global business workplace, and the companies rising to the top are the ones paying attention to the available information about their business that potential customers can access.

Marketing

  • Once a business has completed the necessary research on customer needs, wants and reactions, it can continue to benefit from information technology by easily targeting the ideal customers with new products and services. For example, advertisers on the Internet use a kind of technology that “crawls” on an individual’s webpage, scanning words to judge what the individual is interested in, then provides advertisements that may appeal to that individual. If you are reading a web site about beach vacations, you may see advertisements for plane tickets to coastal cities or sales on swimwear. Information technology helps companies reach their target audience immediately.

Employment

  • Information technology has led to an unprecedented level of connectivity, with telecommunication devices and programs, allowing businesses to stay globally connected and lead a more mobile work lifestyle. This has opened up a greater variety of jobs to potential employees all over the world, because employees no longer need to spend their entire work day in an office in the city where they live. Information technology also gives smaller businesses access to a much wider pool of customers, making it easier for them to compete with larger businesses.

How to Overcome Technology Barriers

It can rightly be stated that the present level of technology and innovation can be of greatest benefit to the largest number of people only when it is put to use. Interestingly, some of the barriers to using present technology are not availability or affordability but rather the fear of the unknown, the fear of learning something new. Other challenges include lack of opportunities, the education curve and “disruptive” technologies. These barriers can, however, be overcome, thereby accelerating technology adoption.
Identifying barriers to technology integration is the first step.

Instructions

  1. Identify the barriers that need to be overcome. These can be diverse and can include lack of tools and understanding of the technology as well as lack of support and motivation. Identifying and understanding the obstacles is the first step in any process of overcoming a barrier or challenge.
  2. Learn why it is necessary to integrate technology in a certain field. Consider the present and future implications of integrating and not integrating. In a classroom setting, this can be seen by considering how it will benefit the students in the future as well as the benefits to the teacher. For both groups, these benefits include increased productivity and motivation.
  3. Integrate with what is available. For example, in an organization that needs to improve customer and employee productivity, why not consider the freely available tools on the Internet and see how effective they are before moving on to premium versions? Social networks, for example, offer free productivity platforms that can be used to launch many products and services and also enhance interactions within and outside organizations.
  4. Start with small and fast projects before moving on to larger, time-consuming tasks. For example, the use of web video or Google Maps in a history class does not require huge investments of time and resources.
  5. Make technology integration a priority, and if necessary, ask for support. Use what is available to get started, and be flexible and open minded when using low-tech alternatives. During a semester or a quarter, integrate at least a new technology-based strategy, and work with others to get it adopted faster.
  6. Learn with your employees or students to reduce the learning curve. A technology that is learned within the classroom or office context tends to have more staying power than a one-shot workshop. Ask for suggestions, and let the employees or students determine how to best use the technology to improve productivity and efficiency.

How to apply to the Fashion Institute of Technology

The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York is one of the top fashion schools in the country. Admission to FIT is selective, although some major are more selective than others. Once you have selected a major, use your computer to access the online application. The online application method is much faster and easier then going the route of mailing in your application. Once your application is sent in, you’ll need to follow up with specific school information and your portfolio.
Apply to FIT online.

Instructions

  1. Send in the initial application using the FIT website at suny.edu and click “Apply Now.” After your application has been submitted, you’ll receive two emails confirming that your application has been received. The first letter comes from the SUNY Application Services Center. The comes from FIT to the email address indicated on your SUNY application. It will have what you need to complete the admission process. The FIT email includes your assigned student identification number and your FIT Username and Password. It can take seven to 10 days to receive the first email from FIT after submitting the SUNY application.
  2. Fill out an academic history and essay form, available online after you have received your email from FIT. To submit these forms, access MyFIT using your FIT username and password. In the essay form input your essay. The topic typically allows you to explain why you are the perfect candidate for FIT. Use it to tell admissions staff more about your experiences, activities and accomplishments. There is a 750-word limit. For the academic history portion, indicate all schools, dates of attendance, location, degree(s) awarded and other information for all secondary and post-secondary schools attended.
  3. Arrange to have all official secondary and post-secondary transcripts sent in sealed envelopes directly from your schools to:
    Fashion Institute of Technology
    Office of Admissions
    Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, Room C139
    New York City 10001-5992

    FIT only accepts academic documents that have been officially attested (bearing the stamp and signature of the Registrar or designated officer) and placed in a sealed envelope by the issuing institution or awarding authority. Documents from all institutions must be provided, regardless of the type of institution, subjects taken or their relevance to FIT. Such documents should include all subjects taken, all grades or marks earned, and any degrees awarded. Official AP and/or CLEP scores, if any, are required when available. Official IB (International Baccalaureate) diplomas or certificates, if any, must be provided by the IBO.

  4. Review the portfolio requirements as Art and Design applicants must submit a portfolio. You’ll receive information in your FIT email regarding portfolio requirements for your major. Do not submit your portfolio until you have received an authorization form and detailed instructions from the admissions office. View requirements for the portfolio at the FIT

How to Learn Technical English

Technical English, also known as simplified English, is the official way a language is supposed to be used. As communication and business moves to become more global, it is important to understand universal English words. Likewise, technical English is also important to teach English-language learners in school. The key to learning technical English is to be able to break down the language in order to better understand it.
Breaking down the English language can be a confusing task.

Instructions

  1. Divide the elements of language into small, easy to comprehend groups. Some of the elements that you need to learn are cognates, which are words that look the same in different languages. For example, the English word brother and the German word bruder.
  2. Identify words called connectors, or conjunctions. These words are “and,” “so,” “but” and “or.” These words can connect words, show contrast or offer a choice.
  3. Identify referents. Referents are words used as a substitute for a noun, or pronouns. Referents are used in speech and the written language so that you do not have to say the item’s or person’s name over and over again. He, she and it are all examples of referents.
  4. Identify the different parts of speech and memorize prefixes and suffixes. It is vital to be able to identify the different parts of speech, prefixes and suffixes, in order to learn technical English. This will allow you to break down a word and readily identify its meaning. An example of a prefix is hyper-, which means extra or beyond, such as in the word hyperactive. A suffix is found at the end of the word; “-ism” is a suffix that means a belief, such as in the word communism.
  5. Practice the lexis and grammatical elements by reading a passage and identifying the different parts of speech and elements. Lexis is similar to the word linguistics and involves the base words of the language, without prefixes, suffixes, etc. Pre-reading activities and building a high-frequency vocabulary list are ways to practice technical English.

How to Improve Adult Reading Comprehension

There is more to reading than taking in the words on a given page. Reading is about connecting those words to the real world to give them meaning. The fundamental framework of reading comprehension lies in the reader’s ability to derive value from the material, not in the number of words read per minute. To improve your reading comprehension skills, follow the steps below.

Instructions

  1. Skim the material. Read the table of contents to get a basic idea of what information the book includes. Then run through the pages, taking in titles, subtitles, headings, appendixes, glossary, pictures, graphs and any words in bold type. Let your eyes move rapidly over the text, rather than trying to read every word. Don’t try to remember anything specific; just try to get a general feel for the information.
  2. Decide what the material is about and what you hope to achieve by reading it. Ask yourself what you want from the material. By focusing on your personal goals, you allow your mind to concentrate on locating the information that would be most useful to you. This can help to generate personal motivation and increase your level of interest.
  3. Generate questions about the material. Now that you have a general goal in mind, write down a few specific questions pertaining to your goal. Try to anticipate how the author will present the information. When you spot relevant vocabulary in the text, you will automatically connect it to your question.
  4. Take notes while reading and underscore significant or meaningful passages. One of the best ways to remember something is to write it down. When you come across an important point, or something you wish to remember, jot a note on a separate piece of paper, make a note in the margin or underline the passage so you can find it again.
  5. Review what you have read to be sure you understand the material. Did it answer the questions you asked? If not, go through the material once more to determine why. It is possible the answers you were looking for just aren’t there, but by reviewing the material it becomes easier to recall and you can establish what you have learned, as well as what you haven’t.
  6. Summarize the material. Write out a short version of what you have just read, highlighting the main points, opinions, and conclusions. This will help reinforce general comprehension of the information.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Modern Technology

There is little doubt that technology impacts the world to a startling degree. For example, businesspeople around the globe use computers to perform work-related tasks. Some of the impacts of modern technology are positive, but others are not. Looking at a list of the advantages and disadvantages of technology is useful because it provides a means by which an individual may assess whether technology implementation is worth potential risks.
Technology sometimes produces waste.

Efficiency and Productivity

  • An increase in technology generally means that tasks are completed faster and more efficiently. This translates to increased productivity. From the business standpoint, this is definitely an advantage, since increased productivity means better sales, services or manufacturing.

Job Loss

  • When an organization uses technology properly, the technology typically cuts the number of hours that need to be worked. This increases profit for the organization because it doesn’t need to pay workers to remain on the job site. However, if the technology cuts the number of hours drastically enough, some individuals may lose their jobs entirely because the technology essentially completes the tasks that the employee originally did. Factories are the best example of this—as more and more robots complete assembly line tasks in an automated way, there’s less of a need for physical workers. According to Small Business Bible, jobs are created by technology too, such as information technology specialist positions.

Finances

  • It is debatable whether or not technology is financially a disadvantage or advantage. On one hand, technology is cost effective, according to Small Business Bible—technology may boost revenue and profit through increased efficiency, productivity and limited man hours. However, a business may lose this revenue and profit simply because they have to support and update all of the technology they use. For example, a business may reduce the number of office employee hours with a handful of software programs, but it then may have to pay a technology consultant fees for installing and answering questions about how to use the programs.

Personal Touch

  • Norwin A. Merens, managing director of NM Marketing Communications, says that having a personal touch in business is beneficial. When an organization uses technology to an excessive degree (e.g., when most operations are automated, more machines are used than employees, the majority of employees are in tech support, or everyone is required to use phones, computers, etc.), it may lose the personal appeal it had. Others may shy away from the organization because they want to do business or communicate with a real person and not a machine.

Precision

  • Technology means that people can perform tasks with an incredibly high degree of accuracy. For example, in medicine, machines can measure the exact amount of oxygen a person is taking in or make an incision to within millimeters.

Health

  • Technology may cause numerous health problems. For example, according to Practice, Medical News Today, PR Log and Poynton, scientists, researchers and doctors such as Darius Lakdawalla, Tomas Philipson, Amy Drescher and Charles Poynton are concerned about the links between technology, obesity/heart problems, eye strain, deafness and muscle issues. Waste from technology such as the used fuel and emissions from factory machines may pollute the environment, disturbing ecosystems and making people sick.

How to Update BIOS Phoenix Technologies

Phoenix Technologies is a manufacturer of BIOS (basic input output system) products, which are used by many computer brands. The BIOS starts the Windows operating system and internal hardware components, such as video cards and disk drives, when the power is turned on. If an outdated BIOS fails in its basic function at start-up, then some hardware components or the entire computer may not work properly. Phoenix Technologies recommends that PC users defer to the computer manufacturer for the most appropriate BIOS updates.
The BIOS is stored on a chip connected to the computer's motherboard.

Instructions

  1. Open a new Internet browser session window. Navigate to the computer manufacturer’s support website. For example, bring up Toshiba’s “Support” homepage (see Resources).
  2. Click on the link on the manufacturer’s support Web page that relates to updates, drivers and downloads. In this example, Toshiba’s support homepage has a link labeled “Download.”
  3. Click to highlight and select the category, family and model of the computer. Continuing with Toshiba, select “Laptops” for category, “Satellite” for family and “A105-S2001” for the model.
  4. Click the button that initiates a search for updates based on the selections made for the computer. On Toshiba’s site, click the “GO” button.
  5. Click the options to narrow the updates to the BIOS. In the Toshiba example, click the down arrow next to “All Operating Systems” and choose “BIOS.”
  6. Click on the link for the most recent BIOS update. Follow the instructions to download and install the updated files to the BIOS.

How Does Technology Affect Business Decisions?

Technology makes information available to decision makers, helping to improve the quality and speed of decision making. Technology also makes it easier for people to collaborate so they can execute joint business decisions. Organizations use communication technology to update employees on business decisions and ensure the right people implement those decisions.
Technology provides the data to make informed business decisions.

Information

  • Individuals or groups who make business decisions need rapid access to information to formulate and justify their decisions. Information can include historical corporate data, customer records, market trends, financial data and competitor profiles. This information may reside in varying databases within an organization, however, making it difficult for decision makers to get a complete picture. Investing in a networked data management system enables organizations to store data in central locations that decision makers can access via a secure network.

Collection

  • Technology can also improve the collection of information needed for business decisions. Providing network links between a central database and local retail outlets, for example, enables organizations to collect the latest sales data and make decisions based on up-to-date information. Similarly, members of a supply chain can collect and share market and production data to make more accurate decisions about production and stock levels.

Process

  • Data alone cannot improve business decisions. According to Strategic Consultancy DSS Resources, data management must reflect decision-making processes. Many information technology (IT) departments believe that their responsibility is just to deliver large quantities of data to the decision maker’s desktop. Raw data, however, is unlikely to reflect the decision makers’ needs, creating a disconnect between IT and business.

Tools

  • The decision-making process consists of a number of stages including decision preparation, decision structuring, decision making, and decision management. Data requirements are different at each stage, so large volumes of raw data are unnecessary. Business intelligence software tools are available that allow users to select, analyze and manipulate data into the form they need at different stages of the process.

Groups

  • In many organizations, decision making is a group process, particularly for a project such as new product development. Technology supports decision making in a group environment by allowing all members to access essential data via a network. Groups can also use collaboration tools such as audio or video conferencing to conduct meetings between members in different locations as a way to speed up decision making.

How Does Technology Impact Communication?

Technology is constantly altering the way we live our lives. From how we eat to how we travel and work to how we entertain ourselves, technology has become an integral part of our day. However, the aspect of our lives that has been most impacted is likely the way we communicate with one another. These changes have been for both better and worse, but have unequivocally impacted the way we interact with the people in our lives.

Technology is changing the way we communicate.

SpeedTechnology has amplified the rate at which we communicate with the world around us. Developments like email, instant messaging, texting, cell phones, Twitter, social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace, and video conferencing have allowed us to connect with each other at breakneck speeds. This has helped us in some ways by allowing us to get in touch with each other quickly for both business and emergency needs. However, with speed sometimes comes recklessness. In a heated moment, people may send a text or email they later come to regret, but can’t take back because it was sent in a matter of seconds.

A photo being posted to Instagram.

AccessibilityTechnology has changed how when contact each other, when, and where. With cell phone service being much more consistent than it was in the 1990s, and a growing market of smartphones with mobile internet and email access, messages can literally be transmitted anywhere at any time. This is uniquely helpful in a professional sense, because it allows you to stay in touch with colleagues when on a business trip or out of the country. Unfortunately, this accessibility can also become a burden. Blackberry phones have earned the nickname “Crackberry,” referencing a growing addiction to connectivity and a fast-paced lifestyle, perhaps distracting from other important communicative processes.

Constant accessibility can be a professional advantage, but a personal burden.

EfficiencyTechnology has greatly impacted the efficiency of our communicative acts. Instead of having to have a long conversation with a client about his kids and home life before asking a quick question about an order, a brief and to-the-point email can be sent to accomplish the same task. While this has made some business interactions a little easier, our reliance on technology to communicate with one another can sometimes lead to conflict. There is no nonverbal context to a text message or email, which means that sarcasm or jokes can sometimes be misinterpreted, leading to hurt feelings

Emails can be misinterpreted.

Family ConnectionsTechnology has made it easier for families to stay in contact with each other. Instead of having to rely on physical photographs being sent every couple of months, new parents can now send photo text messages (MSM) to proud grandparents every day. Video telephone calls made with platforms like Skype can let parents on overseas business trips talk to and see their kids. Members of the military can keep up to date with their family affairs and receive encouragement via email while deployed. The only time this becomes a problem is when technology becomes the only mode of connection, which can make more traditional family members feel isolated.

Technology can both help and hurt family connectedness.

NewsTechnology has exploded access to news for the public. We are able to communicate about events as they happen with platforms like Twitter or news tickers that can be downloaded to your desktop. Moreover, the internet has changed the way we communicate news by giving literally anyone a voice with blogs and websites. This free flow of information serves as a check on public figures sometimes, but can also lead to misinformation and confusion.

Technology has exploded access to news for the public.

How to Find Computer Router Information

A computer router primarily connects a local network, a wide area network, or many disparate networks to a remote network. Routers form the backbone of the Internet infrastructure, joining multiple wired or wireless networks to transmit data, voice and video. Commonly used in businesses, routers are also used to power home-based Internet networks that connect multiple computers. It is fairly easy to find computer router information from multiple sources.

Instructions

  1. Visit computer-focused retail stores like Microcenter, CompUSA and FRYs. Browse different brands of routers, and compare product specifications and prices. Discuss technicalities and customized usage needs with store consultants and technicians.
  2. Surf mainstream tech and computing websites. Get the latest information, news and computer router reviews on mainstream tech and computing websites like Zdnet.com, InformationWeek.com, ZiffDavis.com, NetworkWorld.com, ComputerWorld.com and eWeek.com. Download and save articles about computer routers on your computer.
  3. Search for information in public libraries and bookstores. Browse reference books about computing from public libraries and read articles about routers. Access specialized databases and subscription-based information portals to get articles about computer routers. Check out books on computers and networking from the library. Browse through technology and IT magazines available in public libraries, and read news items and articles about computer routers.
  4. Subscribe to computer magazines. If you prefer browsing hard copies of computing magazines, then subscribe to two or three magazines like ComputerWorld, PC World, eWeek and InformationWeek to get news and information about routers.

How to Record Video from a DVD to Your Computer

If you want to record video from a DVD to post on YouTube or other video sharing website using your computer, how to accomplish this task is a mystery with the factory-installed software in your computer. The answer lies in a nifty little open source software program that resides on your computer desktop – and best of all, it’s free. Here’s how to record that video to post up on YouTube.
Record Video from a DVD to Your Computer

Instructions

  1. Point your web browser to http://handbrake.fr/?article=download to go to the HandBrake video compression software download page.
  2. If you would like to read about HandBrake’s video compression components and technical specifications, click Details from the left-hand navigation menu. Note that you can also subscribe to the website’s RSS feeds to get the latest news in video compression technology.
  3. Select your platform (Windows, Mac, or Linux) and click Download to download the HandBrake video compression software on your computer.
  4. When the software download process is complete, insert DVD video into the DVD drive on your computer.
  5. Open HandBrake.
  6. In the list of devices on the left-hand side of the HandBrake window, select your DVD player.
  7. In the middle column, select VIDEO_TS to display a list of video files.
  8. In the list of video files that displays, scroll down until you see the first video file whose memory is around 1023 MB. In other words, you’re looking for the first large video file.
  9. Click the Open button in the lower right. HandBrake software will initially scan all DVD titles.
  10. In the Source section at the top of the HandBrake window, select the DVD chapter(s) you’d like to record. Not selecting the to/from chapters will result in recording the entire video which could take over three hours and lots of computer memory.
  11. In the Destination section at the top of the HandBrake window, click the Browse button to tell HandBrake where to save the video file. For ease of use, saving the video file to the desktop is recommended.
  12. Click the green Start button in the left-hand area of the HandBrake top menu to begin recording your video.

Do You Make These Ten Management Mistakes?

As an occupied official, you confront some to great degree troublesome difficulties like making and commanding new markets or discovering and keeping the best individuals. In any case, then, in the same way as other administrators, do you discover yourself investing an excessive amount of energy tackling regular issues (that no one but you can unravel, right?), which keep you from developing your optimal business?

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Most directors discover themselves burning through 80% or a greater amount of their time “responding” to business occasions and almost no time in keeping those same occasions from happening once more. On the off chance that this sounds natural then you may be committing some of these administration errors:

  1. Do you have a convincing vision for your UAB’s online marketing degree organization, that tasks an amazing future, yet few of your representatives have known about it or could clarify it if inquired?
  2. Do you have an organization mission that addresses your client needs yet your operations neglect to quantify your advancement towards your central goal?
  3. Do your targets concentrate on expanding income and gainfulness while your advantages are performing inadequately, producing negative money streams, or hampered by obligation to make the benefit?
  4. Do you speak a great deal about your representatives (positive or negative) without noticing what your worker turnover or execution measurements are for your industry?
  5. Do you invest a considerable measure of energy working IN your business on strategies yet neglect to invest a more noteworthy measure of time chipping away at your business to characterize your method, execution measurements, and genuine asset needs?
  6. Do you have general connections with representatives yet neglect to convey the status of destinations, financials, or measurements?
  7. Do you profit accessible for preparing yet neglect to quantify how that preparation helps your organization accomplish its objectives?
  8. Do you always endeavor to enhance your organization’s execution yet neglect to look at your execution against outer benchmarks for achievement?
  9. Do you trust that your clients, representatives, and sellers all adoration your organization yet you have no procedure for measuring their fulfillment on an on-going premise?
  10. Do you deliver figures and spending plans yet neglect to accomplish the settled upon objectives or gain from the experience to enhance later on.

Every day operational issues gobble up quite a bit of a chief’s chance. A lot for most chiefs. In any case, by turning around this pattern, you will have the chance to adjust those missteps and construct a predominant association that keeps your best individuals, builds income and expands edges.

Begin by looking at how to expel you from your UAB’s online marketing degree business. Take a gander at computerizing or outsourcing assignments you perform now. Any assignment that falls inside of the strategic operation of your business ought to be exchanged to someone else.

In the event that mechanizing or outsourcing is impossible then move the obligation down the association and train your workers to assume control over those undertakings. Most representatives are truly able once they have been appropriately prepared and sufficiently given time to wind up capable.

Constant change beats postponed flawlessness.

The business is not about the organizer, official or administration that has more experience, supposes they are the most intelligent or can do the best occupation. A business speaks the truth the majority of the individuals. Truth be told a business is the individuals.

Administration’s employment is key. Directors must concentrate on the vision, mission and goals of the association. At that point convey the assets to see the work finishes. At that point measure, screen and impart the outcomes so that everybody has the data they have to enhance their execution.

Administration occupation is to do the vital work and not to do the strategic work or else who is doing the chiefs work? The specialists can’t.

Computer Classes for Seniors

Every aspect of life is increasingly driven by computers, from instant access to the latest news to meeting through web conferencing. Because today’s seniors weren’t raised with computers, they may be overwhelmed by the ever-changing cultural landscape. For some seniors, computers may be completely new territory. A 80-year-old former homemaker, for example, might never have had occasion to use computers. Without computer skills, though, seniors can become frustrated in a society that relies on technology.
Seniors learning in a computer class

Why Seniors Need Computer Classes

  • Computers increasingly dominate the social landscape. Seniors who can’t use social networking sites, who aren’t adept at emailing or who type very slowly may find themselves isolated, suggests Marek van de Watering, guest lecturer at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the Netherlands. Those who attempt to use these technologies without basic knowledge may be embarrassed — for example, by posting something on a public forum that is intended for a private conversation. Moreover, not all seniors are retired. Seniors who wish to retain their positions or become promotable, or who want to return to the workplace, need basic computer skills, and may even need more advanced training.

Basic Skills

  • Seniors who have no prior computer experience or who have been out of the workplace so long that their only computer knowledge involves DOS may need to brush up on basic skills. At minimum, seniors should learn how to type at a decent rate or, if hand dexterity is limited, use voice recognition software, communicate via social networking, email and understand how the Internet works. Education about how to spot a scam, tell when a website contains malware and perform basic word processing is also vital.

Advanced Skills

  • For seniors who already know how to communicate and draft documents with their computers, more complex skills — ranging from using spreadsheets to photo editing to computer programming — may be in order. There’s no need for seniors in this group to enroll in college or take costly classes. Instead, the key is to find a free program or course that teaches the skill needed at a level the senior is prepared to approach. An introduction to Photoshop course, for example, could be ideal for a senior who wants to learn how to edit her personal photos.

Where to Learn

  • Public libraries sometimes offer free or low-priced courses in basic computer skills, and continuing education courses at a local community college are also a good bet. Some universities even offer free online classes, but these are best for seniors who already have basic Internet skills. Free MOOCs (or Massive Open Online Courses) are also available through many providers, but are best for seniors who are at least moderately skilled at using the Internet and wish to acquire advanced skills. Private tutors are sometimes willing to help seniors who are uncomfortable attending classes, and retired computer teachers or professors are often good — but more expensive — bets.

How to Update DirectX Drivers

DirectX is software produced by Microsoft that Windows PCs use for multimedia tasks such as running computer games. Some computer games may require certain versions of DirectX to function properly, and running your computer on the latest version of DirectX can help boost multimedia performance. Some games come with DirectX installers, but the best way to make sure you have the most recent updates for DirectX is to update the drivers online.
How to Update DirectX Drivers

Run Windows Update

  1. Click “Start,” “All Programs” and then “Windows Update.”
  2. Click “Check for updates.” Wait until the update checking process is complete.
  3. Click “Custom updates” or “Optional Updates,” and look through the optional windows updates for any DirectX updates.
  4. Click the checkbox next to any DirectX updates and click “OK” and then “Install” or “Install Now.” You may be able to click “Install” without clicking “OK” first depending on your version of Windows.

Download DirectX Update Installer from Microsoft

  1. Go to Microsoft’s Direct X web updater (see “Resources”).
  2. Click the “Download” button. If the download does not start after a few seconds click “Start Download,” on the next page.
  3. Save the DirectX setup file to your computer. The file name will be something similar to DXwebsetup.exe.
  4. Run the setup file that you downloaded, accept the license agreement, click “Next,” then click “Next” again, wait as the updater downloads and installs updates from the Internet. Click “Finish” when the update process is complete.

How to Watch Fox News Live Stream on Your Computer

You’re at work, yet you want to keep up with the latest goings-on around the world. Stream Fox News live through your computer to view the latest happenings while you’re engaged in your 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. grind.
Stream Fox News live through your computer to track the latest news.

Instructions

  1. Turn on your computer and open a Web browser. Go to FoxNews.com.
  2. Click the “Watch Fox News.com Live” link on the right-hand side of the Home page.
  3. Download the appropriate plug-in if your computer prompts you to do so.
  4. Minimize the screen, and click and drag the window to adjust the size so it’s in a corner of your screen.
  5. Bookmark the page so you can quickly access it daily.

How to Update Windows Media Player DRM Identifier

The Digital Rights Management (DRM) Identifier is used to manage usage rights of media downloaded on your computer. Each protected file, whether audio or video, comes with certain privileges given to the user by the distributor. These conditions state the playback limitations, copying permissions and portable device syncing rights. By updating the DRM Identifier on your Window Media Player software, the probability of consistent playback without interruption is increased.

Instructions

  1. Download the latest Windows Media Player from Microsoft (see Resources).
  2. Open Windows Media Player and right-click on any open space on the toolbar. Click “Tools” and then choose “Options.”
  3. Go to the Privacy tab and check “Download usage rights automatically when I play or sync a file.” When finished, click “Apply” and then “OK” to close the dialog box.
  4. Close Windows Media Player and install the Security Component Upgrade, available from Windows Media Technologies (see Resources).

How to Check for an Adobe Flash Player Update

Adobe Flash is released on different computer architectures and has had numerous version releases. Adobe maintains a running list of updates that let you know if a new version of the software is available for your operating system. Updating to the latest version of the software is important to keep your system compatible with the latest websites and to receive the newest security fixes and feature releases.

Instructions

  1. Visit the “About” page of the Flash section of the adobe.com website.
  2. Note your version of the Flash software, which is listed to the right of the page’s introductory paragraph. For example, your version may say “You have version 10,2,159,1 installed.”
  3. Compare your version with the list of player versions in the table at the bottom of the site. If a greater version number than yours is listed for your operating system, an update is available.
  4. Click the “Player Download Center” link above the list of versions if an update is required. Follow the customized installation instructions for your browser and operating system.

What Is ROI in Computer Technology Terms?

ROI (return on investment) is an important formula in Web marketing. The term is used frequently with advertising or any other online investments. When you run a company that advertises or host a website that publishes advertisements, you cannot avoid learning about this particular phrase and what it means to you.
ROI helps you determine the potential of an investment you will make, or how well a current investment is doing.

Definition

  • ROI is a proportion that calculates the efficiency of your investment, applying the amount you gained from your investment and the amount you spent on it as factors in an equation that determines how much potential earnings the investment offers. You can also use ROI to calculate the efficiency of multiple investments, as long as you apply their costs and gains correctly and accurately.

Relation to Computer Technology

  • As the technology market gets bigger, more people are trying to use the Internet to make money. ROI is the chief formula most people use to determine the potential of an investment. This is not only used in technology and Web advertising but in many other zones as well.

Formula

  • To calculate your ROI, you need to subtract the cost of your investment from your gains and divide the result by the cost again. If you are gaining the same amount you are paying, you will end up with an ROI of 0. The formula looks like this: ROI = (gain — cost)/cost. If you make $300 from an investment for which you paid $250, using the ROI formula, your result is 0.2.

Negative ROI

  • One of the most frustrating aspects of marketing online is having a negative ROI, meaning that you are spending more than you are earning. When you have a negative ROI, you should consider either making the best of your situation and risking another investment that might yield a positive ROI or investing in something completely new where the potential is already high.

Considerations

  • Calculate your ROI to help you determine areas where improvement is needed and areas where your investment is paying off. This can prevent you from wasting money in a poor investment.

How Does Technology Affect Economics?

Construction vehicles arriving at a work site.

Technological change is part of the economic process. The economist Joseph Schumpeter once described economic innovation as “the perennial gale of creative destruction,” Competition and the drive to find better, more efficient ways to produce goods and provide services leads businesses to take advantage of every new technology. Technological innovation comes with a price, however, destroying some jobs while creating others.

Technology in History

  • The impact of technology has been felt for centuries. The woolen mills of the early Industrial Revolution put cottage industries operating hand looms out of business. The internal combustion engine left many harness makers and blacksmiths jobless. And the more contemporary technological revolution has displaced secretaries, postal workers and telephone operators. Technological innovation makes it possible to do more with less. Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion. Instagram had 30 million customers and just 11 employees. By contrast, Kodak, which had just filed for bankruptcy, had 145,000 employees at the height of its operations. Displaced workers are usually first to feel the impact of innovation, with the middle and under classes bearing the brunt of unemployment.

Technology and Economic Growth

  • According to classical economic theory, the accumulation of physical capital – tools, trucks, bulldozers and assembly lines, for example – is responsible for increasing human productivity. You can drive a nail with a rock, a hammer or a nail gun, but you will be most productive with the latter. But capital goods do not account for all economic growth. Technology plays a significant role in fueling economic growth. The impact of technology can be seen in advances in manufacturing where robots perform precision operations and in hospitals where robots are used to make medical procedures less invasive. Advances in technology are improving batteries to create better performance in everything from hand-held devices to electric automobiles. Predicting the advances made possible by technology is challenging, but they will continue unabated.

The Downside of Technological Change

  • A negative aspect of technological change is its impact on income distribution. Workers who are displaced by technological advances may find it difficult to become re-employed as new jobs require advanced skills they do not possess. Technology impacts the number of jobs needed to produce goods and services. At the turn of the 20th century, a third of American workers were employed in agriculture. Asof publication, only 2 percent of the labor force works on the farm, producing more than their predecessors. A report from Oxford University states that 47 percent of all jobs may be automated in the coming decades. Middle-class jobs will be lost, and the gap between the haves and the have-nots will widen.

Prospering with Technological Change

  • The rate of technological change makes it necessary to take a fresh look at education. While the technological revolution opens opportunities for better jobs, workers must be retrained and re-educated to take advantage of them. Education must be less by rote and more focused on creative thinking. The Internet has made online learning an alternative to traditional classroom instruction, and many academic institutions are turning to blended learning – a mix of classroom and online. Online opportunities such as Khan Academy or the colleges that post their academic courses for anyone to audit for non-credit are examples of the technological wave that can give workers the knowledge to gain higher-paying jobs.

How to Monitor Technology Trends

Technology changes at a rapid pace, and new technologies and offerings come to market in a rapid manner. Keeping up to date on what trends are both emerging and fading away is the first step in understanding how technology evolves and advances. There are steps you can take to keep apprised of the trends currently impacting technology and those on the horizon.
Technology trends shape the future of what products and services will be available.

Instructions

  1. Make a list of the technology that impacts your daily life. Use this list as a base guideline to learn about technology and the base technologies that are being used today. For example, a smart phone uses technologies such as semiconductors, microprocessors, media storage, LCD screen technology, broadband access and Bluetooth. Make notes regarding which technologies are most beneficial to you and which ones could use enhancements.
  2. Read articles, white papers, vendor-issued press releases and product specifications for vendors that you are aware of. For example, read press releases and product announcement for companies such as Research In Motion, Google and Verizon if you are still working off of your smart phone technology list. Bookmark pages and use the terms and products mentioned to further search the Internet for additional information, reviews and comparisons of the products.
  3. Read articles and information on magazine websites devoted to technology such as PC World Magazine, Computer World Magazine and the Technology News section of The New York Times. Visit the websites on a weekly basis to scan through current news and events to monitor which topics and trends are receiving the most publicity. Sign up for all news feeds and email notifications for technology topics.
  4. Read blogs written by technology-specific writers. Find the blogs through the magazine websites or by performing a search on the writer’s name. Bookmark the blogs and sign up through the blog directly for notifications of new postings and news feeds for blogs that are of interest to you.
  5. Bookmark and visit social media sites, making sure to note the feeds associated for technology and technology-specific areas. Search through groups, individual contributors and company-produced feeds to further keep track of new and timely information.
  6. Keep a running list of terms, topics and products that continually appear and get mentioned in all of the information portals and mediums you are tracking. Take notes and print out information to further examine and study the trends that you see developing.

New Trends in Information & Communication Technology

Trends in information and communication technology are sometimes hard to predict. However, identification of a number of large scale trends is possible. Whether it be a change in how people use software or how businesses contract and pay for IT services, understanding where the industry is going is an important part of IT planning.
Computer servers
Acceleration of Netbook AdoptionThe adoption of netbook computers, very compact and efficient computers much smaller than a laptop, is projected to continue through 2009 and into 2010 by Small Business Trends. Netbooks offer very long battery life and limited processing power. They are designed to run simple software, such as web browsers and basic business productivity software. In many cases, they are designed to use another IT trend: hosted software. Hosted software is an application like Google’s productivity suite Google Docs or Microsoft’s new hosted productivity suite attached to Office.

Netbook

Acceleration of Smartphone AdoptionSmartphones are cellular phones that also run software produced by other companies. Smartphones include the iPhone, Android-based phones like the T-Mobile G1 with Google, BlackBerry phones and phones produced by Palm. Smartphones generally require an add-on data plan. Market research service IDC reports that smartphone sales were 7 percent of all cell phone sales in 2007. By 2008, the percentage was 20 percent. Smartphone sales continue to increase, in spite of overall decreases in cellular phone sales.

Smartphone

Hosted Software and Cloud ComputingHosted software reported to be more popular as Microsoft enters the market with a hosted Microsoft Office module. Hosted software runs on a remote server, thus placing less of a load on local computer systems. In many cases, such as with Google’s Docs application suite, data is stored in a “cloud” configuration where data is spanned across multiple computers and servers, thus increasing reliability of data storage because the data isn’t simply sitting on one hard drive.

Man on a computer

Wireless and Cellular NetworkingGartner Research projects increased use of wireless and cellular networking. Although bandwidth requirements of server farms are too high to effectively use either of these technologies, personal computer use of cellular networking is expected to rise. This is due to increased availability of devices like cellular MiFi points of WiFi access points that support multiple users on a single cellular connection. Devices like smartphones that use WiFi access points for faster data access are also expected to increase in number.

Woman on computer

Real Time InfrastructureMany small- and medium-sized companies are expected, in a Gartner analysis, to move toward leasing real-time computing infrastructure from provider companies. Companies will likely pay for their server and bandwidth infrastructure needs on a minute-by-minute basis, instead of buying physical server boxes and paying for large bandwidth availability to accommodate usage spikes.

Computer server

 

How to Start an Information Technology Business

As small businesses continue to grow, many companies are choosing to forego the expense of employing a full time Information Technology department and instead choosing to utilize an information technology business to keep essential systems up and running. If you have an IT background and have dreamed of owning your own business, there are a few simple steps that will have you well on your way.

Instructions

  1. Have solid credentials. This means both knowledge and formal education. A degree in computer science will be helpful, as well as degrees in related fields of computer technology. Know what systems and software are in common use today, as well as some of the lesser known equivalents. Being able to articulate the range of your knowledge to prospective customers will help to build confidence plus also make it possible to appeal to a wider range of clients.
  2. Obtain a business license. This is usually not difficult to do. In most jurisdictions, the business license for starting up a service related business such as IT support requires filling out a few forms and paying a fee. Having the business license will provide you with a degree of legitimacy in the local business community and may open some doors as well.
  3. Set up an office. Even though much of your day will involve site visits to clients to run diagnostics on servers and related components and troubleshooting minor problems, you still need a permanent location with a phone, a desk, and a couple of chairs. The existence of the office, however humble, tells potential clients you are permanent and ill be around for the long haul.
  4. Acquire your own testing equipment and hardware. This will include portable devices you can use on site, as well as equipment that you keep at the office and use when it is necessary to bring a monitor, hard drive, or server into the office for more detailed work. Also, make sure you have the proper tools to open casings and work with motherboards and other internal components without constantly having to run out to buy something.
  5. Establish your basic fees. Many IT support businesses offer one to three packages of service for a monthly fee. The packages will specify what your normal and standard services will be each month, as they relate to maintenance, repair, consultations, and other IT related functions. Offering more than one package will make it possible to earn clients with varying ranges of support needs.
  6. Network in the community. Proactively ask existing customers for recommendations. Join the local chamber of commerce and show up at gatherings. Leave business cards posted on bulletin boards and other places where business cards are routinely collected. Find a few other small business owners in the area who are willing to pass out your cards and contact information in exchange for you returning the favor.

How Does Information Technology Affect Health Care?

Health care is one of the last large industries to widely adopt information technology (IT). Health-care businesses are steadily automating business, clinical and diagnostic processes and using the resulting information to help diagnose and treat patients. According to Dr. Leroy Hood, director of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, health care will become primarily an information science in the first part of the 21st century.
Information technology and health care

Claims Processing

  • The first widespread use of information technology in health care was automated claims processing. Electronic processing of medical claims by care providers and insurance companies speeds up the approval of claims and payments to clinicians.

Electronic Health Records

  • Electronic health records (EHRs) allow patient data to be shared across the care spectrum by primary care physicians, nurses, labs and specialists. Diagnosing and treating illness require the patient’s medical and treatment history to be available for anyone who sees a particular patient. EHRs save clinicians time by not having to search for information or duplicate it in multiple locations.

Diagnostics and Disease Management

  • IT enables faster, more accurate diagnosis of disease. Using IT, clinicians can assemble data about all aspects of a patient’s care, consult with specialists remotely and get evaluation of lab data and images by specialists around the world in real time. IT can also assist patient safety by automating the cross-checking of information like drug interactions and set up reminders for follow-up with patients who have chronic diseases.

Social Media

  • As health care becomes more information based, personalized and even consumer driven, social media play a larger role in information sharing. Social media outlets allow patients with specific diseases to share information about treatments and outcomes with one another and with clinicians. As the data sets at social media sites grow, they have increasing clinical value for research.

Genomics

  • The sequencing and publishing of the human genome on the Internet opened a new field of genomics and personalized medicine. An individual’s genetic blueprint contains information about susceptibility to different types of disease and disease bio-markers for specific diseases like Lou Gehrig’s disease. As science learns to turn different genes on and off, new gene-based therapies for a wide variety of diseases become possible. IT speeds this effort by enabling remote collaboration and information sharing among researchers.

Effects of Computers on the Mass Media

The mass media started as small papers across the world that were printed on old-fashioned printing presses. Over the decades technology has made it easier and quicker for news to travel around the world. One technological advance that has made the biggest impact on mass media is computers. Without computers people would not be able to obtain information as quickly as they can today.
Computers have changed the face of mass media.

Removal of Gatekeepers

  • The biggest change computers have made with mass media is the fact that there is no gateway between the writer and publishing. Anyone can set up a personal blog and report whatever news they wish. News can get to people more quickly, but it typically doesn’t go through the fact-checking or editing process like you’d see at a newspaper. Video blogs are another way news is delivered by anyone as well. People can record videos and post them online on popular mediums such as YouTube.

Speed and Style

  • By the time a story is published in a newspaper it is likely that people already know what is happening. Even before it appears on the nightly news people have used computers to spread the word via social networking sites like Twitter or their personal blogs. News stations and newspapers even have places on their websites where their audience can submit news as it is happening. Writing style has changed as well. Journalism students are taught how to write for the online readers versus print. For example, frequently stories are updated throughout the day as news breaks, requiring a different mindset for a different audience.

Rise of Multimedia

  • Computers allow journalists to add additional content to stories as well. Audio and video clips can be added to web stories, engaging the readers more than a newspaper or televised newscast can. Podcasts are a popular way news is delivered because the news can be downloaded on to an iPod and taken on the go. Another big change is the death of print media. Print products have generally been losing advertising revenue as more readers flock to the Web. Newspaper subscriptions have fallen dramatically.

How to Make Anagrams of Names

Anagrams are words or phrases that are formed by rearranging the letters of other words or phrases. For instance, the word “tables” forms an anagram of “ablest.” Working with anagrams can help language learners such as young children develop vocabulary, and writers employ them for depth in their stories. One fun way to learn about anagrams involves using a name to form different words.
Game tiles provide tools for anagrams.

Anagram Tools

  • Using plastic or magnetic letters or the letter tiles from board games makes creating the anagram of the name easier since the pieces are easily manipulated. Pick one letter to begin your new word and see how the rest may combine to follow that letter. Look for patterns of letters that may help you create a different word, such as “-ed” or “-est” for the word ending. Try various combinations of vowels like putting an “a” and “e” together, shifting the letters until you can see a word or phrase. Consider breaking the name into multiple words for the anagram, like finding “ye cats” out of “Stacey.” Other options for finding anagrams include online programs like the Internet Anagram Server and the Anagram Maker 3 from MIT.

How Does Technology Impact Communication?

Technology is constantly altering the way we live our lives. From how we eat to how we travel and work to how we entertain ourselves, technology has become an integral part of our day. However, the aspect of our lives that has been most impacted is likely the way we communicate with one another. These changes have been for both better and worse, but have unequivocally impacted the way we interact with the people in our lives.
Technology is changing the way we communicate.
SpeedTechnology has amplified the rate at which we communicate with the world around us. Developments like email, instant messaging, texting, cell phones, Twitter, social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace, and video conferencing have allowed us to connect with each other at breakneck speeds. This has helped us in some ways by allowing us to get in touch with each other quickly for both business and emergency needs. However, with speed sometimes comes recklessness. In a heated moment, people may send a text or email they later come to regret, but can’t take back because it was sent in a matter of seconds.

A photo being posted to Instagram.

AccessibilityTechnology has changed how when contact each other, when, and where. With cell phone service being much more consistent than it was in the 1990s, and a growing market of smartphones with mobile internet and email access, messages can literally be transmitted anywhere at any time. This is uniquely helpful in a professional sense, because it allows you to stay in touch with colleagues when on a business trip or out of the country. Unfortunately, this accessibility can also become a burden. Blackberry phones have earned the nickname “Crackberry,” referencing a growing addiction to connectivity and a fast-paced lifestyle, perhaps distracting from other important communicative processes.

Constant accessibility can be a professional advantage, but a personal burden.

EfficiencyTechnology has greatly impacted the efficiency of our communicative acts. Instead of having to have a long conversation with a client about his kids and home life before asking a quick question about an order, a brief and to-the-point email can be sent to accomplish the same task. While this has made some business interactions a little easier, our reliance on technology to communicate with one another can sometimes lead to conflict. There is no nonverbal context to a text message or email, which means that sarcasm or jokes can sometimes be misinterpreted, leading to hurt feelings.

Emails can be misinterpreted.

Family ConnectionsTechnology has made it easier for families to stay in contact with each other. Instead of having to rely on physical photographs being sent every couple of months, new parents can now send photo text messages (MSM) to proud grandparents every day. Video telephone calls made with platforms like Skype can let parents on overseas business trips talk to and see their kids. Members of the military can keep up to date with their family affairs and receive encouragement via email while deployed. The only time this becomes a problem is when technology becomes the only mode of connection, which can make more traditional family members feel isolated.

Technology can both help and hurt family connectedness.

NewsTechnology has exploded access to news for the public. We are able to communicate about events as they happen with platforms like Twitter or news tickers that can be downloaded to your desktop. Moreover, the internet has changed the way we communicate news by giving literally anyone a voice with blogs and websites. This free flow of information serves as a check on public figures sometimes, but can also lead to misinformation and confusion.

Technology has exploded access to news for the public.

How to Copy News Videos

Being able to copy news videos is beneficial for adding clips to sites such as blogs and YouTube. Several different brands of video capture programs will record a video straight from your monitor. Most of these programs have the option of adding text and sound and will allow you to do simple editing; an example of simple editing is cutting out a part of the video you don’t want or adding video effects, such as transitions.
Record any news video with video capture software.

Instructions

  1. Decide what news video you want to record, such as CNN or Fox News, and open the video on your computer screen.
  2. Download and open a screen capture program; examples include “HyperCam,” “Camtasia” and “Easy Screen Capture Video.”
  3. Click on the “Record” option in your screen capture program.
  4. Click on the outer corner of the area you want to record and, while holding your mouse down, drag it across the video to cover the entire area you want to record.
  5. Click “Start Recording” on your screen capture program and then click “Play” on your news video.
  6. Click “Stop Recording” when you have recorded what you needed and then “Save” and then “Edit” to edit your video in the screen capture program.

How to Translate Words in English to French

Being able to say hello in French sets you up to start a conversation in one of the 28 countries of the world where French is the official language. It’s also the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. When you’re stuck for that English-to-French translation, there are a few different ways to help you find the right words.

Instructions

  1. Open a word processing program such as Microsoft Word, highlight the word and right-click the highlight. Click the “Translate” option. Select “French” from the “To” drop-down menu and click the green arrow button to translate the word.
  2. Type the word into a free online translation website, such as SDL’s Free Translation service. Type in the word–for example, “cat”–and select “French” from the drop-down menu. Click the “Translate” button and the translation appears on the right side of the screen.
  3. Look up the word in a French and English dictionary, such as “Merriam-Webster’s French-English Dictionary,” “Larousse Student Dictionary French-English,” “Cassell’s French & English Dictionary” or “Webster’s French-English Dictionary.”
  4. Contact a member of the American Translators Association. The association website offers a searchable database of people who offer translation services. Within the website’s search form, narrow the search to English to French language translation in your zip code, where applicable.

How to Install Smart House Technology

On the shores of Lake Washington Bill Gates lives in a $113 million smart house where automation controls everything from lighting to security. Today smart house technology begins with PC based starter kits that now sell for less than $500. A smart house relies on networking, programming and automation to move many of our home’s functions to a cyber autonomic nervous system. As just one example, you could push a movie button on a touch pad which would dim your lights, close the drapes, turn on the popcorn maker, put your phone on voice mail, adjusting heating or air conditioning in unused parts of your home for the duration of the DVD, and then turn on your home theater system. If your children use this function on their own, you could also check the ratings of the DVD’s they watch, Because this technology is efficient, it can also save money. We’ll look at the benefits, and how to apply them.
Install Smart House Technology

Instructions

  1. Let’s start with economy. Last summer, I was working on a television show in Arizona. The entire crew stayed in a home kept in the mid seventies, while the air outside topped 115 degrees. Although signs warned us to turn the thermostat up while we were away, we usually forgot, cooling an empty home for an entire work day. A programable thermostat would have cut our energy consumption dramatically by telling the cooling system when to stop and reset so that while we were actually there we’d still be in comfort. The same programming could be applied to furnaces and hot water heaters. Many offices already use motion sensors to switch on lighting. The same sensors have now migrated into homes and can determine when a home owner goes to bed to turn off the light and adjust the thermostat. Heavy electrical use machines, like washing machines or dryers could be programmed to turn on and work at when electrical rates drop.
  2. Home safety can also be programmed. Security systems can form the networking backbone of many smart houses. In addition to alarms, cameras are now commonly available that you could watch world wide from any PC when you’re away. Many home fires are started by electrical short circuits. In your home today, every device has power fed to it. In a smart house, power is only turned on when the device is needed. If a short circuit occurs, power can be disconnected, the kind of action you’d expect from a simple circuit breaker, but here’s the additional protection. Smart houses also detect gas water leaks and monitor smoke alarms. Power would also be shut down and the appropriate agency summoned. If you look at your home today, you’ll see many DC voltage transformers for radios, fax machines, and more. These wall warts are on all the time wasting power. Smart homes allow for different kinds of current to be fed to different devices only when needed, promoting safety through lower voltages where appropriate while again saving homeowners money.
  3. To begin, analyze your needs. With your family, discuss exactly which automation features you’ll require. If you are building from scratch, your requirements will influence your home’s layout. In a retrofit, you’ll be limited by your house’s floor plan. Get advice from as many people as you can who are now using automation. What did they do wrong? What works best? Decide on whether you plan to do the installation yourself or hire a professional.
  4. Decide on your network. There are four main kinds. Structured wiring is a specialized secure network of multi-conductor cable that distributes data and power for phones, computers, home entertainment systems, and any appliances that can be controlled by a microprocessor – think a remote control or timer. It’s the best choice for new construction but is hard to install in an existing home. Wireless networks are flexible and easy to put in. However they are subject to interference from baby monitors and mobile phones. Power line networks use a home’s existing electrical wires to transmit data. They can be disrupted by power surges and failures. If your system is unencrypted it could be accessed by a neighbor on your same local transformer – so much for home security. Phone line networks control your appliances over your existing phone lines. The devices are multiplexed, assigned different frequencies, but again require hard wire installation, although the wiring is small diamater compared to a fully structured network.
  5. Once you’ve decided on your network, then choose your control devices. Smarthome.com or housesmarttech.com are good sites to browse to see what’s available.
  6. Some smart house technology has already filtered down to common uses. For example, ground fault interrupters are better than simple fuses, because they can instantly detect a potentially fatal shock where electricity could run to ground through a person. These circuits shut down immediately and are now commonly used in bathrooms, kitchens, and outside outlets.

The History of Communication Technology

Humans have relied on communication from time immemorial to relay messages to one another. Nowadays, we use complex technology to send important information to our loved ones, friends and business associates. However, the technologies we use today did not always exist. Human beings have relied on various methods to communicate with each other. These methods have depended on the progress science had made at that time.
The Information Superhighway is one stage of communication technology history.

Drawing

  • Prehistoric cave drawings are considered the first form of human communication. Some early humans dwelt in caves, which provided shelter from the elements and predatory animals. To convey past events of importance, rituals or ideas, cave dwellers would draw pictures on the walls of their homes. Language had not developed to the point at which it was adequate to convey these concepts, so drawings communicated what words could not.

Writing

  • Written language developed as humans settled into agrarian communities. The switch from hunting-based societies to non-nomadic lifestyles based on agriculture took place roughly 9,000 years ago. Writing became important as humans recognized the need to keep records of property and trade. At first, pictures represented the objects that were being written about. As societies developed further, pictures then represented sounds. Ultimately in the West, the language of pictures gave way to letters, which were graphic representations of particular sounds. Stringing letters together created words.

Printing

  • For hundreds of years, documents were written by hand, which could be time consuming. The skill of writing was confined to an elite, well-educated class, most of whom were clergy. In the 14th century, block printing became popular. Block printing involved using individual etched wooden blocks to print single words or letters. This process was expensive and inefficient. In 1454, German goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg invented a printing machine that contained movable blocks. Gutenberg’s invention revolutionized book production, making books affordable and accessible.

Telegraph

  • The invention of the printing press certainly made it easier to communicate, but it could take days or weeks for the written word to arrive at its destination. Scientists searched for a faster way to transmit information. French scientists developed a communication system that used light to transmit signals in the late 18th century. American inventor Samuel Morse improved this system by creating a machine that transformed speech into electric signals and then into written words. His telegraph became a popular method to communicate quickly.

Telephone

  • The invention of the telegraph was the inspiration for further advances in communication technology. Using the principle behind the telegraph, American inventors Elisha Grey and Alexander Graham Bell transformed speech into an electrical signal. Unlike the telegraph, this electrical signal was transformed back into speech. This invention ultimately became more popular than the idea it was based on, and the telegraph became a thing of the past.

Digital Technology

  • Computers represented a huge leap in communication technology. Originally, computers were used perform complex mathematical equations. Eventually, scientists realized that computers could be used to communicate as well. The precursor to the Internet was created in 1989, and it allowed scientists to share documents with each other through their computers. It was not long before the Internet became publicly accessible. This technological innovation made communication faster than ever before.

How to Update a Sylvania Blu-ray

Blu-Ray players, including those manufactured by Sylvania, continue to utilize the latest technology to deliver high-quality HD video and digital audio. This creates an environment of constant upgrades in the market, and older players may encounter issues playing newer Blu-Ray discs. Updating the player’s firmware keeps the player equipped with the latest operating system available, and with Sylvania players that do not offer a direct Internet connection to download updates, this process requires you to seek out and install the updates manually.
Firmware updates must be burned to discs of the proper formats.

Instructions

  1. Visit the website for Sylvania Support and click on the link for “Download.” Enter the model number of your Blu-Ray player to see the latest firmware update version available for that model.
  2. Turn on the Sylvania Blu-Ray player, set the TV to the player’s input and press “Setup” on the player’s remote control to open the “Setup” menu. The firmware version currently in use in your player is shown in the upper right-hand corner. If the version shown is older than the one available on the support website, or if no version is shown at all, an update is recommended.
  3. Click on the link to download the latest firmware update to your computer. Locate the file when download is complete and unzip the contents of the file to a temporary folder. With Windows XP, this will involve clicking on the file, selecting “Extract All” and choosing a location for the temporary folder.
  4. Open a CD or DVD-burning software program on your computer. Insert a recordable disc of one of the approved formats (DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD-R or CD-RW) and burn the firmware update to the disc from the file’s temporary location.
  5. Turn off your Sylvania Blu-Ray player. Press “Open/Close” on the front panel, load the update disc and close the disc tray. You will see the message “Software Upgrade” on the screen and “Update” on the player’s LED display. Select “Yes” on the screen and press “Enter.” You will see the message “Loading Software” on the screen and “CHECKSW” on the LED display.
  6. Press “Enter,” open the disc tray, remove the update disc and close the tray when you see the message “New upgrade data verified. Please remove the disc and close the tray to continue.” You will see “Upgrading in Progress” on the screen, and the display will show the percentage of installation completed.
  7. Look for the message “Finished” on the LED display. Unplug the player’s AC cord from the outlet, wait a minimum of 30 seconds and plug the cord back in. Turn the player back on and press “Setup” to confirm that the updated version is shown in the top right-hand corner.