I caught my self just sitting back thinking about computers and computer technology. It was a whimsical thought really.Noting too deep or fancy. I was just considering how far we’ve come and how quickly.It is common knowledge that in the 1950′s, a computer that would fill a Wal-Mart store had nothing on the computational power and storage capacities of the modern smart phone.At that time, the internet just got started and the web wasn’t even a dream. I can remember a television news broadcast from 1980 of the newly invented computer networking. It took several hours and hundreds of dollars to transmit a newspaper from one computer to another. This was 1980 mind you. A mere 30 years ago.Only 20 years ago, the internet was really starting to take root. At least among geeks. And it looked like DOS (Remember DOS?).As little as 10 years ago was well before Twitter and Facebook and YouTube. That was when Google got its start. And Bill Gates called the internet a “passing fad”. Right. Good call, Bill.Although the internet still isn’t replacing the desktop for App hosting and file hosting, it is running web pages with App like effects and speeds. And there are how many files being hosted online as backups?Indeed, much more traffic is on the smart device internet than on the browse-able web.Think Xbox Live. Think Smartphone texting. Or Netflix streaming. While some components of some of these may be accessed by a web browser, the majority aren’t.Now we’re looking at the possibility of a web 2.0 being much faster and more reliable. Not to mention the interface moving into multi-touch and even brain wave activated.We’ve come a long way in 60, 30, 20, and 10 years. I’m personally looking forward to the next of each.
Virtual reality is getting better and better each year. Many gaming companies are now talking about the next evolutionary step in VR and the next generation of this computer technology, but they are not just talking about gaming, Indeed, they are also planning on using this computer technology for education, reducing the psychological problems of PTSD, high-tech communication, and even space communities.One advanced thinker suggests that we build Virtual Reality Urban environments for all, virtual reality habitats, where you can create your own world, any world. If so, one must ask if such thinkers have given any thought as to which culture or nationality might have the best chance in accepting this computer technology in a sample program, and which cultures might have the toughest time accepting it?This might be important as human culture seems to dictate much of their perceptions. Such pre-conceived attitudes could be drastically different with humans from different regions or mindsets, so where would we put such an urban VR system? Some may even deem it against their religion.So where should the studies or test projects be located; underground, isolated, or would you put the experiment close to the resources and money of an urban human area? If it were put into a large city, then it might catch some media PR buzz, helping the project or it could backfire, especially if things are not well-liked at first or if it gets poor ratings while the bugs are still being worked out.Perhaps, you are aware of the Biosphere II project outside of Tucson, it didn’t work out, but it is interesting the psychological issues of its failure. A few people inside had personality conflicts that led to psychological problems in the confined environment. It became quite a mess. Think on this.
As a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, a Certified Computer Forensics Specialist,
Network and Security Consultant, Software Developer, and Data Recovery Expert, my passion for
technology is undeniable. I also enjoy helping people, especially when it comes to my passion.
This white paper is centered on 10 important points to keep your computer network up and running
properly.1) Make sure that all important data is backed up to a Tape Drive, External Hard Drive, USB
Drive or any other form of storage which can be taken off site.2) Make sure that someone in your office is responsible for frequent back-ups of your data off site.3) Constantly communicate with your collective staff about the importance of back-up storage,
which includes but is not limited to data files, addresses and emails. If you are using Outlook or
any other email client, ensure its content is also backed up.4) After you have verified your back-up storage, consider testing the solution and
methodology. I recommend performing a Backup and Disaster Recovery Test every 6 months.5) Any Computer Systems (Servers, Workstations) which are critical to your business
operations should have a surge protection and a battery backup.6) It is very critical that every Computer System has Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Protection
in place. I would recommend Norton Anti-Virus if you don’t have any in place. For Anti-
Spyware there are several available tools which can assist in fulfilling these requirements, such as:Microsoft Windows Defender Beta:http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspxLavasoft Adaware:http://lavasoft.com7) Regular maintenance of Computer Systems, which includes physically cleaning out
Desktops and Workstations. Due to electrostatic energy the Computer Systems accumulate
allot of dust which clogs up the cooling fans. A computer that runs hot, does not run long.
Routine checks on hardware is highly recommended.8) Updates, Updates, Updates. All major programs including Microsoft Office, Windows XP,
Anti-virus Protection, Anti-Spyware programs have to be frequently updated. Perfect
software does not exist; therefore software development firms are always releasing updates
and patches to resolve bugs and security issues in their products.9) Select only a few vendors for services and products. It is easier to manage and oversee your
inventory when purchasing Computers, Laptops and Printers from the same vendor.10) Limit the access of your users to the information necessary to complete their tasks. Shared
files or folders with confidential information, such as databases or financial spreadsheets,
should be limited to only those that actively process this type of information.
Use these tips to improve your computer technology management. Besides, technology was
designed to keep you ahead and not behind.
If you go to websites like Slashdot, you will see that the geeks are alive and well and running the world. They seem to know everything about everything, including every fact about computer technology that has ever been known by any human on this planet.Of course, not everyone is a Techy, it takes a certain type of person to be into that sort of stuff. And most people who use the Internet are just regular people and they don’t understand the computer technology language, much less anything about the devices they use for 3 to 4 hours a day.Indeed, perhaps it is for this reason that there is a huge demand for computer technology content online; content which explains how computers work, and what technology can do in laymen’s terms. Terms, which the average grandmother who e-mails her grandchildren and her friends to remind them of bingo night might understand.Over the past three years, I’ve written nearly 400 articles on this topic, and I am always pleased to find that many people e-mail me and thank me for the articles I have written, or the explanations, which I have given. Perhaps, it is because they felt stupid when talking to a highly technologically advanced human of the computer industry, and therefore, they just stopped asking questions one day.Even if you are a Techy, you need to understand that the online article writer needs to write for their audience, and 90% of the people out there are not geeks, and they barely understand the technology they are using. That is the audience you should be catering towards when you write online content for the general public. Please consider all this.
There is no need to allow this next generation of computer hardware to pass you by. Yes, I am speaking of the Kindles, Nooks, iPads, and Tablets, NetBooks along with the Androids, Smartphones, iPhones, Blackberries, and all that jazz. Why not stay up with the times and all that’s available out there? It’s easy to get behind really, for instance if you jump out of the game for a few years, it seems all the technology has leap-frogged all of us, I mean next thing you know they will be selling the iPad 12 and it will have holographic video conferencing I suppose?Not long ago, a successful engineering acquaintance mentioned to me; “When I went to engineering school, I used a slide-rule (how’s your ancient history?).”When I started my first company, there weren’t any fax machines, no cell phones, no computers, none of that. You used a typewriter with a plug in correction ribbon (new big technology) to fix mistakes, electric typewriters were awesome to improve productivity! Ha ha ha. When I went to school they were trying to determine if it was “ethical” to have a calculator in the classroom, and the teachers were bothered that it would cause kids not to learn the mechanics of mathematics. I think they were right, judging by how poorly kids did in math by my senior year in HS.Now then, I suppose I could sum up my acquaintances point quite simply, our computer technology raced by him, after he got out of the game and retired a decade ago, and so like many Americans in his position it seems there is a bit of catching up to do. And to this excellent point of his, here is another observation of mine; first, I think that is wise to at least stay up on technology because it makes our lives more efficient, and productive.You know, I see many folks in my area now, most are 70s to 90s due to this exclusive like golf community of successful retirees, out here in Palm Desert CA and now they are all using personal tech devices. They are carrying around iPads, smart phones, Kindles, and all sorts of things. They are busy emailing their grandchildren, shopping on line, reading eBooks, perusing the news, playing bridge online, and just having a good old time, some seem quite giddy about the whole thing.And here is the thing; you know it kind of just makes me smile. So, don’t let computer technology pass you buy, consider your options and perhaps pick up some new computer hardware when it makes sense. It’s not too difficult to see what’s out there, and you’ll be quite happy to discover a whole new world you see? I think you are going to like it a lot, and well, I just hope you consider all this and think on it. And shoot me an email and let me know what you think.
Computer JobScope of work for an experienced computer is not only designing or developing software. Multiple computers related jobs can be entrusted to such r programmer. Analysis, creating and testing of software applications, and multiple other computers related systems comes within the ambit of the programmer’s job. Basically the task that is performed by such computer programmer is transforming theories into practice. One unique characteristic of the job is that it evaluates pretty fast since the computer technology is progressing by leaps and bounds with the passage of time.Ensuring Higher Salaries for ProgrammerUsually the computer programmer begins by designing and developing software. Naturally at that time the computer programmer salary shall be on the lower side. Gradually with gaining of experience they will be elevated to higher posts and assigned higher assignments like managing business application, network controlling systems as well as other middleware and high level software. With even further elevation they may be assigned higher responsibilities like that of the database administrator.Online Education for Programmer’s JobMany learners, who wish to become experts in computer programming and related subjects, either do not have the time to attend regular classes or lack the financial soundness to pay huge costs in regular institutions for training. For such people online education could be the best way out for earning the required academic qualifications that would render them eligible to get some computer programmer jobs.Going for the Online DegreesNumerous websites are flooded with thousands of ads relating to earning degrees online and many of them provide bachelors and masters degrees in computer technology. It does not mean that the intending learner would opt for the first of the universities online that comes his way. One has to exercise caution and care in selecting the perfect university that will provide him or her with genuine degree recognized across the globe. University directories offered by reliable, reputed and informative website could help such people in finding out the genuine university providing online degrees on computer and related subjects.
Are you considering expanding your educational goals to include at least some level of computer training? Twenty or thirty years ago nobody could have quite predicted the enormous role computers would have on the way each of us live and do business on a day-to-day business, but like it or not, the vital role of computers and the internet can certainly not be overlooked today.Computers are an essential part of our lives, and because of this, individuals with computer training are in extremely high demand in the global economy. If you’re thinking of receiving some form of computer training, but are still a bit unsure as to how you will put that training to use, the following ideas might help to get you thinking in the right direction.Careers Involving IT TrainingIt used to be that it training was limited to complicated and complex four-year programs within disciplines such as computer science, computer programming or more recently, information systems, but computer training today has become significantly more specialized. Below are just a few of the thousands of ways you can put your computer training to work for you:- Information Technology. Information technology is a broad term under which a whole bevy of more specialized careers fall under. Nowadays you’ll see titles such as database administrator, systems analyst and networking engineer dominating the “help wanted” ads, and the truth is that currently there are more positions available than there are qualified individuals to fill these positions.- Computer Animation. Computer animation requires a unique blend of computer science knowledge and creativity for those individuals who want to put their computer training to work in the entertainment and animation field.- Web Design and Development. According to the most recently released information, there are now more websites on the internet today than there are people in the world – and the number continues to grow exponentially every day. These days everybody wants their own website and if you receive your computer training in web design you’ll undoubtedly have more opportunity than you can handle.- Computerized Drafting. Computer technology has changed the way we work, and in no career is that more true than that of an architect or engineer. If you’d love to use your computer training to help launch a career in drafting, the opportunities are virtually limitless.This is just a tiny sampling of the many, many career opportunities that revolve around it training. The truth is that regardless of the field you decide to go into, regardless of where your true passion for work lies, even a basic amount of computer training will invariably go a long way towards ensuring your future success.
Regardless of size and industry, every enterprise is dependent upon information technology, and must have a strategy for how to employ it, especially as the internet becomes more pervasive. Information technology strategy is an enabler of business strategy. Not only must an enterprise manage relationships with its constituencies, but it must be able to connect with them electronically through data arteries – information supply, value, and demand chains. The information supply and demand chains are external; the information value chains are internal.An information technology strategy is a special case functional strategy because every function in the enterprise requires electronic information delivery capabilities, and many require electronic process control also. In very large enterprises, strategy may be formulated at both the enterprise and organizational unit levels.As websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Plaxo, and Twitter become more pervasive in business, linkages between application systems and databases and social networking websites will be more important to enable constituencies to communicate both collaboratively and cooperatively. Just as email has become a primary method of communication between enterprises and their constituencies, so will social networking sites especially for advertising and ecommerce.Business intelligence information can be used to identify opportunities for competitive advantage. However, information technology itself can be an enabler of competitive advantage, especially when there are opportunities to digitize products or deliver information products electronically. In such cases, business strategy is inseparable from information technology strategy.Information technology comprises the analytical and operational application systems, databases, and technical infrastructure (hardware and networks) of an enterprise. Not all computer technologies are information based. Computer technology is used for process control applications in special purpose equipment. However, connectivity is essential as applications become more integrated. As digital construction and manufacturing practices develop through such technologies as computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), the processes, the control of processes, and the products and/or services delivered by processes all rely upon information technology for connectivity.For example, in the manufacturing industry, not only can design and manufacturing work be conducted through integrated CAD/CAM processes with electronic linkages to carriers, such as FedEx and UPS, but the entire project and process management activities can be monitored electronically from ideation to product delivery.Through technologies such as electronic data interchange and electronic funds transfer, data and both digital and information products flow through information supply and demand chains in parallel to material supply and product and/or service demand chains. Within the enterprise, data flows through information value chains from supply chains and to demand chains.Developing an information technology strategy document is essential for describing the requirements and for educating users because:
The impact is enterprise or organizational unit wide and other elements of strategy cannot be implemented without it Administrative activities, such as legal, finance, and human resources, and operational activities, such as research and development, procurement, manufacturing or equivalent, distribution, marketing, sales, and service depend on information technology – analytical and operational systems support both administrative and operational functions The time frames, expenditures, risks, and magnitude of efforts are usually larger and more complicated than other initiatives and must be clearly understood; information technology projects have a tendency to go out of control and under deliver – therefore, contingency plans are always necessary The subject matter can be complicated if not well explained Information technology strategy is usually packaged as a separate but related document to the strategic plan. It is deployed and executed through specific programs and projects that develop new or enhance or maintain existing application systems, databases, and technical infrastructure.Large information technology development projects are usually cross-functional, and may be part of a broader initiative sponsored by multiple functions collectively. Broader initiatives that have information technology components include:
Market research and development Product research and development Infrastructure research and development for processes and information delivery For example – for the development of a:
Digital manufacturing system integrating both research and development and sales and production activities (sponsors: Manufacturing and Sales functions – impact is on Research and Development, Procurement, Manufacturing, Distribution, Sales, and Service functions) Financial, managerial, and regulatory accounting and reporting system (sponsor: Finance function – impact is enterprise wide) Human resource management system (sponsor: Human Resources function – impact is enterprise wide) Sales tracking system (sponsor: Sales function – impact is on all salespeople enterprise wide) Some projects can be solely for the Information Technology function, in which case it is a customer of itself.Steering committees should be established for major programs and projects representing the various impacted functions in order to resolve cross-functional barriers. Major programs should come under the review of a planning and policy committee at the enterprise level.Information technology strategy formulation is a project in its own right at the enterprise or organizational unit level. Very large projects are grouped as a program of inter-related components under a program manager. Projects can be stand alone also. A single project can deliver one or more application systems and related databases and technical infrastructure, or multiple projects may be required depending upon complexity.For example, when launching a new product, it may be necessary to conduct marketing, product, and infrastructure development projects that include the delivery of new systems, and upgrades to existing systems. However, if an addition to the product line is launched at a later time, a new project or set of projects may be required to enhance or maintain the current systems, or even develop new ones.The work breakdown structure for downstream development, enhancement, and maintenance projects decomposes into planning, analysis, design, construction, implementation, and performance measurement phases. The performance measurement phase can be conducted in parallel with the other phases, and each must end with a performance review. A feedback loop to future planning activities must be established so that lessons learned from the past can be reflected in future initiatives.Meeting the cost and schedule requirements is always a major consideration. Hence, “meeting the date” is a frequent requirement for project success. However, after implementation, the scope of what was delivered and its quality is usually remembered more than when. In anticipation of the need to make changes after implementation, an adaption project may be necessary to tune, standardize, and integrate the deliverables.The planning phase is conducted at the enterprise, organizational unit, or program levels for one or more projects depending upon size and complexity. However, each application system and related databases and technical infrastructure is delivered through a project with distinct analysis, design, construction, and implementation phases. Each phase always begins with a detailed planning activity to ensure that resources are allocated appropriately. The work breakdown structure does not preclude the use of iterative methodologies within each phase for rapid application development and prototyping. Development, enhancement, and maintenance of websites can be very rapid, and heavily interactive with user involvement, when the appropriate tools are used.Key questions and deliverables by information technology strategy project and downstream phases include:Strategy project (enterprise and organizational unit levels):Key questions:
How does information technology enable business strategy? What are the investment priorities? Deliverables include:
Information technology architecture (applications, data and databases, and technical infrastructure) High level project phasing and plans Planning phase (enterprise, organizational unit, and program levels):Key questions:
What are the administrative functions’ systems and information needs? What are the operational functions’ systems and information needs? What are the priorities for the candidate analytical systems? What are the priorities for the candidate operational systems? Deliverables include:
Process models Function models Data models Information models Economic evaluation Scope of analysis projects and schedules Analysis phase (project level):Key questions:
How do processes, functions, and systems fit together? How do systems processes and functions relate to enterprise processes and functions? How do systems processes and functions and enterprise processes and functions fit together? Deliverables include:
Functional requirements Economic evaluation Scope of design projects and schedules Design phase (project level):Key questions (by system):
What are the system’s functional requirements? What are the system’s technical requirements? What is the total cost of ownership and benefits (tangible and intangible)? Deliverables include (by system):
Application system specifications Data and database specifications Technical infrastructure specifications Scope of construction project and schedule Total cost of ownership/benefit analysis Construction phase (project level):Key questions (by system):
Is the system being constructed according to design? If not, what change orders are required, and why? Deliverables include (by system):
Tested application system and interfaces, databases, and technical infrastructure Trained users Implementation phase (project level):Key questions (by system):
What are the costs and schedule relative to plan? What is the scope relative to plan? What is the quality relative to plan When will the benefits be realized relative to plan? What adjustments for tuning, standardization, and integration are required relative to plan? What are the current anticipated enhancement requests? What are the current anticipated maintenance requests? What are the lessons learned for the future? Deliverables include (by system):
Working application system and interfaces, databases, and technical infrastructure List of enhancement requests List of maintenance requests Performance measurement report As enterprises become more dependent upon the internet for connectivity with constituencies, it is essential to develop, enhance, and maintain the information technology strategy on an ongoing basis. The strategy must emphasize connectivity through the data arteries as digital and information products become more pervasive.Formulating information technology strategy is an enterpriship (entrepreneurship, leadership, and management) competency.
In today’s fast paced environment of computer technology advancement, millions of old computers are getting new life through technology recycling.Computers and accessories contain many elements and metals that can cause harm to the environment. Thus, a new branch of recycling that focuses on the best disposal practices for this equipment has emerged. It is appropriately termed technology recycling.At this point you may be wondering how old computers are being recycled today? Two main tactics are employed to either bring new life to technology or dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner.There are several community focused organizations and charities that accept older computers. These outdated units are provided to Head Start programs, community education centers, and local schools. These programs allow access to computers and technology to individuals and groups that might otherwise not be able to afford such an opportunity.Other companies exist that accept old computers for disposal purposes. These companies dismantle the hardware into its various components such as plastics, glass, and metals. Each portion is then recycled in the usual fashion and eventually becomes part of another product.With the rapid advance of technology occurring today, it is vitally important that we make use of these options when considering how to dispose of our computers.If you would like to recycle technology, particularly outdated computers, check your yellow pages or online under the topic of recycling to find a center near you. In addition, your can also check with local charities or community organizations about making a donation.