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Gain Valuable Skills Via Computer Training Courses

Most of today’s high school and college students are completely comfortable around computers. Even without taking formal classes in how to use these machines, modern youth are likely to know a lot more about computing than people two or three times their age. This is not surprising, as kids are getting wired earlier now than ever before. But this hasn’t always been the case. In fact, there are lots of people out there that have had very limited exposure to computers or are not confident enough to use them for work-related tasks. This could be holding them back in their careers, which is why computer training courses might be a good idea.

Computer training courses can help you gain the valuable skills you need in order to succeed in today’s workplace. Computers are a fact of life and are critical to most business operations, so if you don’t get up to speed soon, your employer just might deem your particular skill set obsolete. Fortunately, it’s very easy to locate good computer training courses in your area or online, which means you can start learning as soon as possible.

There are lots of different types of computer training courses, ranging from teaching students the most basic functions of a PC, to intermediate and advanced activities. If you’ve never used computers before, then you should definitely start with the basics. But if you already know what you’re looking at when you sit down in front of a monitor, then you might want to take computer training courses that focus on word processing, spreadsheets, HTML, or other common applications and programs. Advanced users might be interested in graphic design classes, video game programming, or other high-end tasks.

Some of these classes are offered online, which allows you to study from the comfort of your own home. The course would probably make heavy use of video tutorials, diagrams, and PowerPoint presentations to take you through the content. True beginners should probably look for computer training courses they can attend in person, as this group is likely to have more questions or more difficulty executing assignments — at least in the early going. The final choice is up to you, of course, so go with whichever approach you’d be most comfortable with.

For those of you looking to save a few bucks, an excellent starting point would be a public library. Community libraries often offer free computer training courses to patrons looking to turn themselves into more marketable employees. Seniors, retirees, and hobbyists are also prime candidates for a class like this.

The bottom line is that there’s simply no excuse to be afraid of computers anymore. They’re a fixture of modern life that won’t go away anytime soon, so it’s time to bite the bullet and enroll in a few computer training courses now!

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Network security

A secure network for a small business is no small matter, so what’s to be done?

Small businesses normally have a small network staff, perhaps a well-rounded computer person who seems to know about every aspect of computing and networks, someone to whom you can entrust your system, and your network security. If you’re such a person, or in charge of such a person or small IT staff, you’ll want to be certain that your network is truly protected.

The reasons are obvious: information theft and software corruption. This is especially important if your systems are exposed to the internet, which, of course, most are. There is an abundance of infiltrators out there trying to get into your data, maybe into your accounting system or bank accounts. Then there’s the possibility of identity theft, the theft of your employees social security numbers, for instance. These infiltrators are ingenious and are constantly seeking new ways to get in.

They know that a small business, probably not having a person or unit solely dedicated to network security, is the easier target among businesses. They know that most small businesses buy ready-made network systems, systems that you or your staff may be competent to install, but not necessarily competent to secure. A small business is prime pickings.

Networked systems out-of-the-box will claim security is guaranteed because getting into the system requires a password. Did you know that there are programs that can figure out your passwords?

These run at terrific speeds, trying every possible combination of characters, starting with those most often used. Your best bet is to enforce a password policy that requires some odd combination of characters. For instance, you could require all passwords to have at least one numeral in them.

You could also require lengthy passwords. These take a lot longer to crack. There is also the normal protection of allowing a user only three tries before breaking connection. The cracker has to keep re-connecting to try new combinations. It’s a good policy if you want passwords an be and effective network security technique.

A common security hole in small businesses is the trust you must place in your employees. Sure, they’re okay when you’re paying them, but after they leave, well, watch out for some of them at least. Security is constantly compromised by ex-employees who have taken passwords with them. They are able to get into your systems in a variety of ways, or they can simply let others know how to get into them. When an employee leaves, as that employee is walking out the door, this access should be stopped, his passwords changed, or his account(s) removed. Don’t forget to cut off email access as well.

Small business network security also means that you’ve configured your systems when they are installed. Most out-of-the-package systems come with all doors open, especially firewalls. Be forward-looking: to hire a systems person who has a good knowledge of firewalls. Don’t trust the vendors assurance. Close those doors.

Also, make sure you, or your staff, is doing everything to prevent virus infection. It’s an epidemic! About 1200 new ones come up every month; your installed anti-virus software may not recognize them. Keep anti-virus software up to date, limit downloading, and layer your security so that each layer, network and LAN, email and individual workstations, have anti-virus software.

Because network security is so important to your business, and there are other considerations, strategies, and techniques to secure your network, perhaps the best approach is to find a good network security consultant, have them study out your systems, and provide recommendations. They may be worth the cost, but if they’re any good, you’ll never know it, because you wont have a security breach. Ironic.

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Voip calls

The Migration to VoIP calling.

Communication is important to everyone and especially to businesses. The need for a cheap and easy form of communication has brought about the integration of fax, email and recently use of VoIP calls. VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) works just like your normal landline.

VoIP uses the internet to transmit voice, data and video traffic. Thus, VoIP calls have brought about a new revolution in cheap communication methods over long distances and in some cases, these calls can be made at absolutely no cost. As you can see, this form of communication is not only ideal for businesses, but for anyone looking for alternatives to a cheaper mode of communication.

However, VoIP calls offer more than just a cheap means of communication. With VoIP, you can conduct meetings and presentations with a number of people or even close deals with customers much faster than before. In addition, via a webcam or a videophone, you get to see who you are talking to.

VoIP calls can also be made and received anywhere on the planet as long as there is an internet connection. This allows for important business opportunities and emergencies to take place despite long distances. In almost all ways, VoIP calls prove to be superior to traditional phone calls.

Effective VoIP calls require that your internet connection be both stable and fast. When one of these is missing, any calls made via the internet will have delays or will result in dropped calls. This is an important consideration, especially when you are trying to make a sale. While a one-second delay may not seem like much, it can make a difference as to whether you get a ëyesí or a ënoí from the other party when it comes to a business transaction.

One of the best VoIP calls services is the one that is relayed over the 3G data network. This type of connection requires no PC, no WiFi connection or any additional kit. Some mobile operators have also integrated a VoIP element to their services that allows them to offer cheaper calling rates in addition to introducing new revenue streams. All in all, VoIP calling is transforming the global communications matrix by creating a single converged network that carries both voice and data on the same protocol. Many companies are rushing to migrate and many more are helping make the move. VoIP calls will continue to get cheaper and better. Have you made the move yet?

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Major Search Engines

Using Major Search Engines.

Searching for information, people, or places is probably one of the most common things that people do on the Internet. You may spend time on social networks, playing games, and sending emails, but you probably search for something using major search engines at least once or twice a day, if not more.

If you want information, the Internet may be one of your first stops. In order to get what you need, and to know you are getting information that you can trust, there are some things you can do and some guidelines that you should keep in mind.

Most of the major search engines work in the same way, but you may get different results for each one. The key to finding what you want is to use the right words when you search. These are called keywords.

These words are what the search engines use to see what documents, pictures, or news items you want to see. Choosing the right or wrong words can mean finding what you need and feeling lost in the results you are given. You also want to be sure you get web sites with good information versus sites that offer you filler material.

The keywords that you use determine what you find through the major search engines. In order to get the right results, you want to make sure you use the right words. Think about starting a conversation with someone that you know. You want to get this information from them, but you only have a few minutes to talk to them. What would you say to them to get the quickest answer? Usually that helps you decide the major point you want to research. Use these words to find the information you want on the Internet.

Many people use just one or even two words when searching for data to help them with their questions. One word will usually bring up too many results that are not related to what you want. Two words is better, but not always the answer. Sometimes you need three or even four. Are you worried about your cat’s health? Go to some of the major search engines and type in ‘cat’ to see what you get to come up. Then type in ‘cat illness’ to see the results get better. To get even better results, type in ‘common cat illnesses’ and see what you get.

While you are figuring out how to use the right words to get what you want, also learn how to judge a web site. You can find great information about cars in many places, but you have to be more selective about the results you seek through major search engines when you want medical information.

Some web sites are going to give you better information than others, and some sites are going to be dangerous. For serious issues that can affect your health and your life, be more choosy. Otherwise, read what you find and see how much sense it makes and how many other places can back up what you just read.

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Becoming Self-Sufficient with Basic Laptop Repair and Maintenance.

As convenient as laptops are, they are such an inconvenience when anything goes wrong with them. Laptops are built to proprietary designs, unlike desktops.

If anything goes wrong with a desktop -  a fan, a USB port, the graphics card, even the motherboard, everything is built to a standard that you could go buy a cheap replacement yourself and stick it in. No such luck with laptops though. Everything in a laptop is designed for that particular laptop only.

There are no standard layouts, or motherboard designs. A motherboard from any desktop would often fit into the cabinet of any other desktop. Laptop motherboards are just all randomly shaped. If a replacement is even available, it will only be something you find with the very manufacturer, and no one else. For this reason, laptop repairs often end up costing more than a new laptop itself, and that is a shame. People resent this so much, there have been new businesses opening up online, that give you a better way out than taking your laptop down to the recyclables dumpster.

If your laptop seems to be dying, a good way to get it back on its feet would be to give its insides a thorough cleanup. You can find cans of compressed air at any DIY store; a blast around the DVD drive and the CPU heatsink and fan assembly (if they made it so that they would be accessible), can often be of great use. Once that’s out of the way, be sure that you have a great antivirus suite on board.

You don’t even have to pay for them anymore; products like Microsoft’s free Security Essentials suite will take care of any errant programs slowing your experience down. Of course these are really elementary, and will probably not take care of most problems.

If whatever ails your computer cannot be fixed with a reinstallation of Windows or a few utility programs, perhaps there are some eminently replaceable parts of the computer acting up, through old age.

If your laptop is still under warranty, you’ll probably not need to mess about with your laptop repair yourself (not unless you’re actually hoping to void your warranty). But barring that, there a few easy checks and upgrades you can get done yourself; even in the most notoriously badly designed laptop, a little hatch to open on the bottom will let you put in some extra RAM through, and another hatch to take out the hard drive, should be easy to access.

A RAM upgrade is the easiest thing you can do to speed up your laptop. Before you go about upgrading anything, you need to check out exactly how much RAM your laptop has, and how much more it is designed to take. You can find out in the manual that came with your laptop, or you could find out by going to the website of the Crucial memory company.

They have an online tool that’ll right away tell you everything. An entry-level Toshiba Satellite laptop from perhaps three years ago for instance, cannot handle more than 1.25 GB in all. If you go and put in any more, you will send your laptop completely around the bend. Any laptop repair attempt has to be undertaken with care.

If you learn enough about how the insides yourthe laptop, almost no laptop repair exercise need be out of bounds. You can replace a faulty trackpad, the keyboard, or even the screen. Just a little mucking about on eBay, should yield you a great spare part in no time, and you’ll feel rewarded for being quite the intrepid explorer.

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Before we tell you how to organize files on Windows, you need some essential information. When you click on the start button at the bottom of the root window that comes up when you startup your PC, you get a pop-up list showing various divisions available for access. Click on My Computer (you may also see an icon on your startup window that says My Computer and you can click on that instead). Up will come a window showing the various drives you have on your PC. These are named with a letter. C is the main drive, where the system files reside.

Let Windows organize your files for you, as much as it can.

Now, a drive is not a disk. A drive could take up all of a disk, but a disk may also be partitioned so that it will contain more than one drive. If this is the case, don’t be surprised if you see a D drive even though you have only one disk. It’s only the partition. If you are installing your operating system, you might want to partition your disk first. You can partition them so that you have a C drive, a D drive, and so on. You don’t need to partition to know how to organize files, but consider, most necessary programs go on the C drive. Better to put all your data on another drive, thus reducing the possibility of messing up your system files.

It also makes storage easy, because you just store the D drive, not the entire system if all files were in the main drive.

Let’s assure you’re going to put your files on the C drive. Now, files are grouped by folders. The folder icon looks life a folder. You don’t need to know how to organize files when it comes to operating system files. Microsoft has done all that for you (see how the C drive contains a folder for Programs, and so on).

In fact, Windows has made knowing how to organize files for a user elementary. It has a file on the main drive called Documents and Settings. The C drive contain a folder named Documents and Settings. If you click the icon, it’ll show another group of folders, folders for each user of the system. When a user was created, a folder for this user was also created. You’ll see a folder for your own user name. Click on it and you’ll see a number of folders with names starting with My. There’s My Videos, My Documents, etc. Microsoft seems to know how to organize files for you, because these folders will take care of most of your file structuring needs.

You can add a folder to your own folder now. Right click the folder window. Click on New Folder. A new folder is created and awaits your naming it. As you have seen, a folder can contain other folders. That’s how you structure the folder and organize your files. There it is. By creating folders and folders within folders, you know how to organize your files. What could be easier? Thanks Microsoft!

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