Category Archives: Technology

Disposing of Your Computers and Hardware

The time will eventually come when you or your business has to get rid of the computer to make room for the new one. The big question that is often asked though, is how and where. This can range from recycling to donating the computer towards an organization or charity. However before you make your decision, you should also consider what you are getting rid of.

Consider the Data on Your Hard Drive
Whenever you delete something off of the hard drive by throwing it away in the recycle bin it is not technically deleted. What happens is that the file is dumped into a section of the hard drive known as “unallocated space.” The file will remain there until it is overwritten by a process, or another file being written over it. You can think of it as your hard drive being a giant phone book with the pages as the files. If someone tears out a page of the phone book it does not mean that the numbers that were on that page will stop working. Whenever you dispose of your computer you should either have the drive physically destroyed, or use a program to wipe the entire hard drive. These programs go through and overwrite the data on the hard drive multiple times, thus destroying any information contained on it.

Donating Your Computer to an Organization or Charity
This is probably the best use of your old computer. Not only is the donation tax refundable, but you are providing help to some of these organizations who are often struggling for funds. Just be sure that before you donate it that you have deleted all of the data from the hard drive of the machine.

Recycling Your Old Computer
This is one of the more attractive options for those computers that are too old to be of any use, even when donated, or ones that do not work anymore. Computers and their components are full of heavy and precious metals like gold or lead. They are contain other components that are very harmful and can be dangerous should the their base chemicals make their way down into the local groundwater system. Most computer manufacturers will recycle old equipment when you buy a new computer from them. Check with the manufacturer of your new machine to see if they will take yours. Otherwise the Environmental Protection Agency is always willing to provide you with information on where to dispose of your computer.

Computer and IT Support

Computers and IT (Information Technology) in general are a very big part of a lot of business in today’s world, they are used all of the country and worldwide for a number of different purposes. As with all technology they carry the risk of going wrong and not only that but some people simply find them hard to use and do not understand their operation.

To some people a computer can be a daunting prospect and to others the operation of them can come second nature. However if you fall in to the category of maybe needing a little help then there are a lot of companies out there that can offer you help. Often they are support lines, you call the company up and an operator will pick up, from here you explain your problem to them or what you need help with. Some companies will try and help you from this point, but larger support companies will often work out which department you need (from what you told them) and transfer you through.

More than often they will be able to help you there on the spot, they will explain what you have to do and run through it with you on the phone whilst you do what they tell you. In the odd case the problem cannot be solved some companies will be able to send out a technician to help you.

Be warned, these businesses operate a premium rate phone line, make sure you check how much the call will cost you per minute before calling.

Will Computer Hardware and Technological Innovation

If you will recall back in Ronald Reagan’s day as President, there was a showdown between his administration and the air traffic control workers. He warned them not to strike or they’d be fired – they did, and they were. End of story, or is it. That is to say will history repeat in the future if we bring forth Artificial Intelligent Computers, New Computer Hardware, and the third phase of NextGen ATC equipment and technologies? I believe so, and thus, we were having a conversation about these potential future eventualities at our Think Tank recently.

Consider if you will some of our comments here – think about what Troy Laclaire is saying and some of the points of contention I bring up, and I’d like to start this dialogue out with reminding folks that anytime human beings develop better tools to do their jobs, there will be fewer jobs to do, thus, some folks will be let go. The jobs that remain will be lower skill levels and much higher skill levels but those in the middle will disappear.

Now then, when it comes to the latest and greatest air traffic control systems being introduced one must ask why will we need humans in the process. After all, most of the near misses or runway incursions are due to human error, either air traffic controllers or the pilots themselves. So, let’s remove them from the situation. Yes, both the pilots and the controllers. But today, let’s talk about air traffic controllers, as future UAVs will surely tell all the pilots; “You’re Fired!” but that’s for another article.

If we use the recording and data from the best air traffic controllers to program the AI system, then the controllers will inevitably be worked out of a job right? So, I said jokingly; Train the computers, and let the Air Traffic Control B.A.S.E. jump off the tower to grow some balls? But seriously, what will we use all those old control towers for, as the computers will most likely be underground in air-conditioned rooms with full electronic security, no one goes in or out unless they have clearance as the official IT personnel for the system?

Now then, we may as well some of those control towers for something, but they are many stories tall, so should we dismantle them instead? Troy notes; “If this type of system was put in place, you wouldn’t have a need really for a control tower, and could put everyone below ground.” Right, which was another point, namely; what to use them for – restaurants, observation decks, tours, lounges, bars? BASE Jumping locations? Sniper towers to get the bad guys – what?

Troy wonders; “well, there are many different uses you can use the current towers for. Heck, why not setup homeless shelters or lease the building out to companies to use as remote data centers since they already have communications capabilities?” And really he’s onto something there, it’s a great place for antennas, and all those control towers are fully wired.

Well, out with the old computer hardware, in with the new, but indeed, this does change everything, fewer jobs, less human error, and more systems. Please consider all this.

Relationships and Technology

Choice is not always a blessing. As it has often been said, “with choice comes responsibility.”

I recently went on a weekend road trip to a hot springs retreat center in a very remote location. As my husband and I started to drive on the dusty and winding road, cell phone reception worsened and, within moments, the words “No Service” flashed on my phone screen. Every time I glanced over at my smart phone and saw the two words, I felt a strange mix of nervousness and joyful relief.

I had no service and no choice. “To tech” or “not to tech” was not the question.

My lack of choice made me acutely aware of the choice we do have in our daily lives. It reminded me of the daily myriad of decisions many of us, technology users, face every day at home or while with love ones. We mostly have the choice, conscious or not, to decide if or when to fire up our computers, to switch our phones on or off, to turn to our gadgets… or to our partners.

The Impact of Technology on Relationships

Decades ago, this type of choice was not as imperative, or as relevant. However, technology use has become so pervasive that if we fail to consciously exercise our power of choice today, the automatic impact of technology on relationships will choose for us. The mesmerizing power of the gadget will prevail.

A new Telenav study revealed that a third of Americans would prefer to give up sex for a week, rather than their cell phones. A recent British study by Ikea showed that couples are spending more time in bed looking at laptops than looking at each other. According to a report by Spring Technology, an IT recruitment company, “70 per cent agree that checking work emails while on holiday damages relationships.” You get the idea.

We are becoming so dependent on our gadgets that relationships are increasingly taking the backseat.

Choose Consciously

Whatever the origin of that impulse to turn to tech rather than to each other, it comes with a cost. Relationships need to be fed to stay healthy and thrive. Time and attention are fertilizers.

Needless to say, we may need or want to use technology while with our loved ones. Sometimes, technology can bring us closer together. The key, however, is to choose consciously.

So every time you are about to turn to a digital device rather than to your partner, stop and ask yourself these 3 questions:

1) What motivates me to turn to technology in this moment? Need, enjoyment, compulsion, avoidance?

2) Will tech use bring us closer together or further apart right now?

3) Looking back at my life from my death bed, will I have any regrets about my gadget use?

Choose consciously. With lack of choice come consequences.

Plug into your relationship. Fire up your quality time. Switch on the love.

PS – My husband just walked over to my home office computer, and asked me, “Do you want to take a walk when you’re done with that article?” I consciously answered, “Yes!” and smiled to myself. Let’s see what kind of choice I actually make…

A Look at Artificial Intelligence and Technology

It is fairly obvious that computers and artificial intelligence will run our world tomorrow, as we program these machines today. Interestingly enough, not long from now these AI machines will be programming themselves. How did we come so far so fast you ask? Well, maybe you need to do a little research for yourself.

If this topic interests you, then boy do I have a great book for you to read. It is a book that I own personally, and one I read a long time ago, but it still holds validity today, and many of the predictions of that past period, which is only two decades ago, although it seems like eons; the book is:

“The Connection Machine,” by W. Danny Hillis, MIT Press, MA, 1989, (208 pp), ISBN: 978-026258-0977.

This book is an extension of a highly controversial and ahead of its time MIT thesis by the same author. This book is not for the non-intellectual, and he gets pretty thick into the details and philosophy of parallel computing. This book was written well before massive Internet use, just as the computer technology in Silicon Valley was really taking off. Indeed, this is one of those books which was the prime mover of the time.

This is why I have it in my library, and why I recommend it to anyone who is into artificial intelligence, computer hardware, future software, or where we are go from here; why you ask – because if the past is any indication of the future, things are getting get pretty interesting in the next decade. In fact, I hope you will please consider this, and educate yourself a little in the past, so you can understand how far we’ve come, how fast we’ve come, and where we go from here. Think on it.

Business and Technology

Business and technology have gone along hand in hand for some time now. But what are some of the key innovations over the past few years which have really impacted the way we do business?

Cellular Phones. This has had a significant impact on business. It has enabled real time communications across the street or across the globe. Businessmen can stay in touch with their customers or suppliers very easily and immediately. There has been a significant shift in how we do business with this innovation.

Fax Machines. This was an earlier innovation but it helped to enhance communication significantly. Faxes were and still are a very common way for businesses to communicate with each other. In addition it has made a tremendous difference in how we send information containing signatures. This was a very common way to send applications for financial related transactions since the signature could get scanned and transmitted along with the form.

Computers. This innovation alone has had probably the most significant impact on business. It has enabled virtually anyone to utilize powerful processing methods to perform calculations which otherwise would be extremely tedious and time consuming if done manually. This has had a major impact on accounting functions, payroll, and most other administrative tasks.

In addition the emergence of graphics related programs has enabled the average user to create stunning marketing pieces which would have otherwise required professional designers. This made it possible to create effective marketing pieces quickly and easily and helped to enhance the marketing effectiveness of small and medium sized businesses.

There are many other applications which now rely on computer technology and which has greatly enhanced the effectiveness of particular functions involved. This includes things like design drafting. Through computer technology, much more complex designs can be created and engineers now have the ability to move from design directly to production.

This greatly enhances and speeds up the development process and can save a great deal of time and money in producing new products.

The Internet. This has had probably the most profound impact on business. It has made global communication on an instantaneous and ultra low cost basis possible. Information can now be transmitted worldwide quickly and easily. Almost anyone anywhere can obtain almost as much information as desired on an almost limitless basis.

The advent of sophisticated search engines makes this possible. Also the development of websites has created the ability for businesses to market themselves to a worldwide audience. It is now possible to promote your business to anyone anywhere for virtually no cost.

So anyone can now create a worldwide presence for their products and services and greatly enhance their ability to develop new customers and business. The impact involved is significant and far reaching. It will continue to impact our everyday lives and change the way that business functions significantly.

Women and Technology

Whenever society thinks of new technology, the first thing which comes to mind is usually a man; rarely do people ever think of a woman. This is no surprise because we live in a very male dominated society: people would not think women and technology would go as commonly together. The reality of this is that this is far from the truth. There happens to be many tech savvy women in the world today. When people think of women in the workforce, often they associate them with financial and medical fields, but there are many women in the technology fields as well. Not only that, but many people believe women do not understand technology; to support such a notion is ridiculous. Women and technology have been a combination for many years. So while women may still be a minority in the technology fields, it does not mean that we are not there.

Often in society, women and technology are usually only seen in terms of telecommunications: this in reality is far from the truth; while it is nice to be associated with medical and financial professions, it should be accepted that we have more technology based operations as well. There may be many women who are professional dancers, but there are also many women who work in technological fields as well. There are many female graphic designers, web developers and web programmers in the world. Slowly, as more and more women are becoming educated throughout the world, we gradual are seeing more and more female workers in the technological fields: perhaps someday there will be even more women than men in these fields.

Often I hear mean telling me that women and technology just don’t mix. They tell me how women are technologically inferior. In some cases this may be true: some women who were not raised around computers may not know all too much about them. The same however goes for men who were not raised around computers: they won’t know their ways around computers as well. Women who are exposed to technology at the same time, it is actually noticeable that women will learn and grasp the technology much quicker than the men will. Unfortunately, the society which we live in is like this today, women and technology together is not always seems as a good thing; in reality, this is must be changed to benefit everyone.

Computers and Internet in Education

Computer has become one of the most prominent electronic devices from the field of technology. The infinite service provided by the internet is amazing! Its impact on the society and the entire human civilization is predominant. Its tremendous influence on the society continues to change our world for a better tomorrow. The technologists continue to explore new horizon of computer and internet for the betterment of mankind.

The internet technology has thrown open the doors of a wide base of knowledge, information, entertainment and countless data from all over the world. Every person can be a part of virtual world through the internet technology. The power of network is such that it has affected our lives in all the fields of life. The major advantage of internet is its application in education field.

The fast and relatively low cost access is one of the major benefits of internet to people and students all over the world, as getting internet connection is easy. Communication and information are the two most important advantages of the internet in education. The role of computers in education helps in learning and better understanding. Students can contact other students or their teachers via email if they have any queries about any subjects. Sharing of information or discussion on any particular subject can be easily carried out through internet.

Moreover, the teachers can easily contact parents and guardians via internet to know about students activities or to give information to parents about their progress in studies. It is most useful for completing projects in schools and colleges. As it is an ocean of information, internet is very helpful in research work; it works faster than reading an entire book on the subject!

The encyclopedia of different subjects available on the internet works amazingly! Kids and younger children are largely benefited by the pictures, videos and images projected on their screen. The parents need to guide and monitor their children according to their age groups. Kids laptops are in vogue as they are portable, strongly built using plastic casing and beautifully designed to attract the attention of the kids.

College students learning politics can have access to current world affairs through the internet at home, school campus or any other place. The students prefer to buy refurbished computers or cheap computers for this purpose, because they are always on a move and constantly need their own PC. As new branded machines may be expensive for the students, used computers come to their rescue. The refurbished computers work efficiently, accurately and faster.

The trend of distance learning or online certification has compelled the students to buy their personal computers to remain mobile. The refurbished laptops are in great demand nowadays as it fulfills the need of students to achieve their goal, build their educational career and enter into a good profession later in life.

Computer and Ways to Stay Up to Date With Latest Software

Computer is considered as the great invention of modern era. It is not just confined to some class or some people, it has become a major part of all the industries, educational institutions, banking sector and so on. Almost all the major work has been done through computers. Today, most of the transactions are made online. Computer are used for many purposes such as to search for jobs, games, banking, learning, social networking, and much more is there to access over internet. Anyone who possesses a computer must have some knowledge about the different components involved in it.

– Central Processing Unit (CPU): This is the unit which is responsible for the running of the system. It contains all the necessary components required to run the system properly like hard drive, motherboard, processor, sound card, CD drive, fan, optical drive, RAM. You can modify these components in order to improve the performance.
– Monitor: It is a displaying unit that displays all the activities of CPU.
– Mouse: It is a device to point the items, closing and opening of program is easier with this device.
– Keyboard: It is used to execute commands and other tasks like input letters.

Ways to Stay Up to Date with Latest Software

With the latest developments of technology, it is almost impossible to keep the pace with this technological development, especially with computer technology. New computer software are introduced each day and many old software are updated into new versions due to which it is sometimes become a hard task to operate a file or program with old versions. Here are few ways given to keep you up to date with latest version of software.

– Turn Updater On: One best way to cope with this problem is to turn your updater on. It recognizes the new software and automatically downloads the available updates to your system. Many of the computer programs are now coming with automatic update option.
– Check the Internet: you can search on the internet for your required software update.
– Check your Retailer: For programs and software that are licensed, it is better to contact your software retailer to have new or updated versions.
– Magazines: There are so many magazines and journals available in the market covering the recent technological development in computer and its different software applications. You can take help from them.
– Watch: There are some channels which include informative programs based on different software applications and their specifications and requirements. They can be helpful to know about recent applications.

The Benefits Of A Computer Networking Technology

Technology continues to expand at an alarming rate and there will always be a high demand for individuals with the education and training to keep that technology up and running. A computer networking technology diploma is a ticket to a successful and prosperous future. As a graduate, there are a wide variety of benefits that you will enjoy.

The job market for someone holding a computer networking technology diploma will always be there. Someone who has graduated with this degree will not have to worry about job security. The job lookout is very good for at least the next decade, with more related jobs being created at a high rate.

The most common career of a person possessing such a degree is as a network administrator. Almost every company and major business in the world needs administrators to maintain, monitor, repair, and defend their critical infrastructures. Degree holders can also work as computer programmers, network operators and information system managers.

But the job market is not only limited to corporations. There are also plenty of jobs available through the government, defense, and contracted companies. The jobs pay very well and have great benefits for employees and their families.

Salaries for people who have earned their diploma are very good. The average salary of a network administrator is about $60,000, but it can be well into the six-digits. Information system managers can make considerably more money, with the average annual pay hovering at around $115,000.

While talking course in networking technology, a student will learn the fundamentals of wireless networks, computer forensics and repair, cloud computing, web technology and design, and programming. Upon completion, students will be comfortable with troubleshooting, repair, maintenance, and configuration of hardware and software, as well as network operating systems including Windows, Linux, and Novell NetWare.

No background knowledge is even required to enter this field of study. You can enter with no computer knowledge at all or with years worth of experience and still get a good education. A diploma program should walk everyone from the basics of computer all the way through advanced network technologies.

Students will be exposed to a wide variety of course material which will help them prepare for additional information technology certificates. Some of the most popular include the Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA), Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP), and many programming languages. Furthermore, there limitless certificates offered by most major computer companies. All of these extra certifications greatly improve your available job market and potential salary.

Thousands of schools offer this field of study. The good thing is that it is offered both on campus and as distant learning. If you are able to take classes in an actual classroom on campus, you can learn a lot and have access to hands on training. However, online schools also have high expectations and allow students the ability to take classes on their own time and at their own pace.