The typically inquisitive mind cannot help but follow this world’s current affairs, even if only on a small scale where you pick up little bits and pieces of what’s going on in the world through the evening news, online, or just by chatting to people about the current affairs. One thing you’ll have undoubtedly picked up though is that trends come and go, particularly those which seem to grab the entire world by storm. What’s the hottest piece in the news fades away into the background rather quickly, only to be long forgotten as a new fad takes the world by storm. Continue reading “Paperless Pipe-Dream – Are We Missing the Point” »
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Computers and the internet have completely revolutionised the business world. A company not using these key assets is almost unheard of in the modern era and almost every organisation implements the basic.
Very few businesses have successfully unleashed the true potential of this crucial technology. Is your company getting the most out of its computer system? If the answer is no, changing it should rank number one on your list of priorities.
The internet is a fantastic outlet for communication with an audience. It can also bring huge benefits for your business. A fresh, clear website will enable potential customers to access information about your services on a 24/7 basis. It can also drive sales to an audience that would otherwise have no way of finding your company.
Most businesses have a website but a large percentage of them fail to create any impact. It is such a powerful tool that it would be criminal not to make the most of yours. One of the key mistakes that many companies commit is that they don’t utilise it for mobile browsing. Mobile internet is now one of the most common ways of accessing internet pages. Ensuring your website is optimised for this format is absolutely vital.
In addition to a website, businesses should look to make the most out of social media platform. Facebook and Twitter are just two outlets that can encourage customer participation. Meanwhile, marketing campaigns through these streams could broaden your audience tenfold with minimal expense.
Furthermore, a strong SEO campaign could boost its ranking on Google, Bing and other popular search engines. Considering how many people use their mobile phones to source local businesses, this could be another fantastic way to gain new customers and drive new sales.
Aside from the aforementioned forms of public benefits, IT technology can bring huge improvements to internal productivity. New technologies like cloud computing open up a cost effective source of document sharing. These new systems can also gives employees a greater chance of completing work away from the office.
Meanwhile, there are various software types to help aid the workflow of various daily tasks. Most companies will already be using the likes of Microsoft Office and staff email. However, the almost endless list of software can help with design, accounting, and a whole host of other aspects. If your business isn’t making the most of these resources then it could be suffering.
Even if you or your staff don’t possess the best computer skills, your business can still thrive thanks to outsourcing through IT solutions. Professional help will ensure your company is making the most out of its facilities. It also provides a great outlet for seeking expert advice if and when computer issues occur.
In today’s world of business, computers play a critical factor to getting positive results. If you aren’t making the most of your system then you could be limiting potential profits. Get ahead of the crowd in the virtual arena and reap benefits in the real world.
The most common way to tell printers apart is to know the difference between home and office models. Office printers are built to meet the higher-volume printing loads of a workplace, where one printer may be used by a workgroup or an entire office. Printers designed for large places of work may have duty cycles (the maximum number of pages you can print in a month without risking damage to the printer) in the hundreds of thousands of pages.
We’ve all been there. That moment when your computer freezes, and it feels like your world is about to implode. You’re half way through a project, and you haven’t saved it. Or, worse, you haven’t backed up your computer at all! Laptop and PC problems can happen without warning. The only way to prevent them is by maintaining good system health at all times. In this post, we’ll show you how.
Don’t eat or drink near the computer
You’d think we wouldn’t even have to mention this point, but you’d be surprised how much damage this causes. Naturally, water damage is very harmful to your computer. Spilling drinks over the keyboard, especially sugary drinks, can destroy the system. It will leak into the motherboard and cause irreversible problems. The same is true for small grains of food. Over time, they build up and cause damage.
Update your software
You know that annoying little thing that pops up in the top right-hand corner now and then? That’s your system reminding you to make the necessary upgrades. They’re there for a reason, and it’s crucial that you upgrade them quickly. These updates are designed to speed up the software, and clean up any problems. It will keep your computer healthy and help keep data safe.
Keep the power cables tidy and neat
If you’ve ever had to replace a power cable, you know how expensive they can be. They can break without warning, leaving you stranded with nothing but battery power. The cables are built to last for a good few years, but they will eventually break. Extend their life by keeping them neat and tidy. Try to avoid rolling over them with your chair too.
Clear out system clutter
Your laptop or computer only has so much memory and operating power. After regular use, this memory and processing is eaten up with data and storage. Every few weeks, it’s worth purging your system of unnecessary clutter and junk. Clear your internet caches, temporary files and your recycle bin. Delete any files you no longer need, or transfer them to a hard drive.
Turn it off and put it to sleep when not in use
Many computer users have a bad habit of leaving their laptops on overnight. It’s easily done and we’re all guilty of it. The truth is your computers need sleep, just like humans! Their operating systems need the chance to switch off and unwind. While switched on, they monitor and store temporary files all the time. Switching off will wipe that temporary memory clean and start afresh. It will stay fast and efficient.
Make repairs immediately
We all put off repairs longer than we should. But, when it comes to computers, the faster you repair, the better. Expert PC repair is easy to find, and often cheaper than you think. Computer problems have a habit of causing knock-on effects. Don’t let things get worse, just get it fixed!
Unfortunately, our electronics won’t last forever. But, with a little extra care and attention, you can certainly squeeze an extra few years out of them.
Most people don’t give a second thought to the keyboards they use with their computer systems. Some of them feel “cheap” and “plasticky.” While others have a soft, satisfying touch.
Modern computer systems don’t come with keyboards that offer much in the way of feedback these days. Old-school PC users might remember hardware built by IBM. And, to be precise, the IBM Model M keyboard.
I realize that I’m starting to show my age now! But I remember using that same model of keyboard when I first started using computers. Fast forward to the 21st century. I had (wrongly) assumed that such mechanical keyboards were no longer “in fashion” in the computer world.
As it turns out, there is a strong following of users that prefer the tactile touch of mechanical keyboards. Of course, not everyone wants to use a keyboard that doesn’t have a “Windows” keyboard button on it.
Nor do they want to use one with a PS/2 or Serial connector on it. These days, it’s all about USB connectivity, don’t you know!
Are you are considering getting a new keyboard for your home or office PC? If so, should you make the switch from mainstream to mechanical? Today’s blog post will help you to find out the answer to that question.
So… Just what is a mechanical keyboard?
If you’ve never had the pleasure of using an IBM Model M keyboard before, you might not know just what is a mechanical keyboard.
In a nutshell, today’s mainstream keyboards have rubber “domes” underneath each key. They work in tandem with plastic membranes. They are cheap to produce and buy, and they are spill-resistant.
Mechanical keyboards use physical switches to determine which keys got pressed. Each key uses a plastic base, spring, and a stem. They produce that familiar “clicking” sound with every key press.
Are mechanical keyboards getting popular?
In a word, yes. For example, go to the Google website and search for “Mechanical Keyboards UK.” You will find a plethora of companies advertising and selling such devices.
Many consumers are getting bored with the lackluster choice of keyboards on the market these days. It seems there is a trend for getting “back to basics” due to the growing amounts of people buying mechanical keyboards.
Who uses mechanical keyboards?
It might surprise you to learn that the biggest users of mechanical keyboards are the gaming community! And, as you might expect, such keyboards are available in a range of colors and styles.
Scores of gamers prefer the “retro” feel of mechanical keyboards. And there is also another practical reason this group of people is making the switch. PC-based games often use keyboard shortcuts.
Sometimes it is hard to know when a key get pressed mid-play as gamers seldom take their eyes off the display in front of them!
What are the downsides to mechanical keyboards?
If you need a keyboard that gets used for plenty of typing work each day, mechanical keyboards are the wrong choice for you! They make an audible clicking sound. If you touch-type with such a device, it can sound like you’re using a typewriter!