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5 Common Examples Of Website Design Mistakes by Business Owners

This is a guest post by Sachin about five Common Examples Of Website Design Mistakes by Business Owners . When most business owners think about website design, they think about a brochure online. Online shopping sites are making a lot of money with the use of web-based applications to sell products, collect payments an arrange delivery. The only work left to do is pack and send the boxes. Smart applications can even print out the labels, so the only thing left to do it stick them on the box. Unfortunately, in many cases, websites are replacing people. For those of us left with a job, we can be thankful that many business owners make the following mistakes when it comes to websites and web design.


Don’t have one. This is the first and biggest problem of most business owners when it comes to website design. They think they don’t need one. Who can ever really do with less business? The reason why they have not been getting business from online sources in the past is because they have not …

Five Ways to Improve Network Security

A company's computer network is critical to its success. The proper administration and maintenance of a computer network can be expensive, but it can be made even more expensive when security is lapsed. Good network security starts with good internal policies on network usage. Once you get your users to start exercising good network habits, then you can dramatically improve your network security.

1) Email Attachments

One of the worst things you can allow your users to do is open conspicuous email attachments. You need a strict policy that forbids your users to open any email attachments that are from email accounts they do not recognize. The time it takes to get a technician over to a cubicle to properly dispose of a suspicious email is nothing compared to the time it would take to recover an entire network after a virus attack.

2) Email Account Usage

Network safety can be compromised without you even knowing it if you allow your users to sign up for newsletters and other online …

How to Reduce Your Need for Home Computer Repairs

This is a guest post by Sachin about how to Reduce Your Need for Home Computer Repairs. Some of us are still afraid to use our computers for fear of calling for computer repairs. In most cases, we will not need pc repairs or laptop repairs if we follow some basic principles. Computers only have a limited lifetime. The fact is the world of technology is changing so fast, if we don’t spend the money to stay with that change, personal computers actually end up costing us a lot more. Here is how to reduce, if not completely avoid the need for repairs.



New devices. If you are using a personal computer that is more than 2 years old, you can bet you will start to have problems. The problems are not related to the hardware. The only real place you have problems is with your hard drive. Replacing that will not cost much money. The problems relate to protocols of communication and the speed of your device. Older machines are slow, and cannot keep up-to-date software running. New devices are mor…

5 Blogging Mistakes That Can Be Fixed Easily

This is a guest post by Crystal J. Briscoe about five common Blogging Mistakes That Can Be Fixed Easily. One of the most annoying things about reading a really good blog content is the inability to navigate the blog or change the view with ease. While most bloggers usually make certain errors while building their blogs, the following are some of the mistakes that can make your blog useless and what you can do to fix them.

1) Using Mysterious Fonts For Your Blog Contents

Whereas making use of distinct fonts to design your blog logo or to create titles for your sidebars can provide your site with a unique look, they should not be used for creating blog content. Fonts that every blogger should use when developing contents for their sites are Times New Roman, Georgia and Serif. This is because these fonts are easy to read by virtually anyone.

2) Building A Compacted Content Zone

First-time web developers usually make the error of stuffing their content in a small region on their blog sites.…

7 Simple Ways to minimize Shopping Cart Desertion

This is a guest post by Crystal J. Briscoe about seven simple steps to minimize Shopping Cart Desertion. Shopping cart deserting? If it is, are you taking initiatives to avoid it? Surely you are. But are you sure you’re doing the right thing? Well here are some tips that will avoid your shopping cart desertion.

1. Make Your Store User Friendly

The end of shopping cart desertion is what you want. Along with it, the ease of customer is what you should want. Your store should be user friendly.

2. Technology Is What That Matters

Develop a good website. Sitemap should be clear. Keep a check on what the customers are buying. Ensure that whatever the customer is putting into his basket, he shall be able to view it again. Make icons which will continuously show him what is going in his basket and what is he dropping out.

3. Display Stock Count

To avoid any hassle, you should always continuously show the amount left in your stock so that the customer shall have a clear picture of what he can buy…

Recognising When You Need Computer Support and Repairs

This is a guest article by Sachin about When a user Needs Computer Support and Repairs.An experienced computer user will know if there is a real problem with their computer, or they have hit a small glitch, bug, or perhaps a virus. Normally, most computer-related problems only require computer support, which can be found all over the Internet, unless you want to pay a monthly fee for dedicated home support. Your problem might be common, especially if it is only a software issue. If you are using your computer more and more, there will always be times when something is not working as well as it should be.

This is something those who are inexperienced with computers may have trouble understanding. Small glitches can normally be solved in a matter of minutes if you follow some simple rules. It may well be the way you are using your computer that has caused the problem. Here is a look at the difference between costly repairs, and support issues, and how to go about determining the root of…

Five Must Have Gadgets for Home and Office

This is a guest post by Crystal J. Briscoe about five must have gadgets for home and office needs. Modern gadgets can make life easy using the latest technology with the best of features. Some of the must have gadgets for home and office are as follows.

1- Sanwa 400 CAM-007

– This small sized digital camera is suitable for those who do not like big and bulky cameras. The 5.o megapixel camera can take pictures and record video. The camera fits on a key chain. Size of the camera is 51mm x 30mm x 20mm. its weight is 14 grams. This camera has an optical viewfinder and micro sd card. It also has a voice recorder. The price of this camera is $38. The camera is portable and is affordable.

2-MiShare –

With this, the user can share tunes on the iPod with friends. A miShare is a small handheld gadget through which ipods can be connected and files can thus be shared without the need of a computer or cable. This device works on Mini, 3G to 6G models of iPods. Through miShare, videos and photos can …

Discover 5 Easy Ways to Make Money with Blog

This is a guest post by Crystal J. Briscoe about five easy ways to generate money from your blog.Blogging has become a good way of earning money. Today several people have started created their blogs for making money online. It is an easier way of making cash by following different procedures that would help in running your business. Today business owners prefer blogging that helps them making a good deal of money. To gain success there is a need to follow certain principles that would help in increasing your sales. Before staring blogging first decide how you could make cash from your blogs. Create some new ideas to implement to start a blog. Set your income goals beforehand.

Easy ways of making money with blog:

1. Writing Reviews of the products:

• Products reviews are a best way to make money. Every day thousands of products are launched in the market. Due to increase competition companies wants to sell their products. So, you can take part in affiliating marketing of thousands of p…

The Last OS Reinstallation You'll Ever Need

This is a guest post by Jane Smith. I grew up on Windows operating systems (OS) my whole life, so I know all the trials and tribulations that can come with the Windows experience. Over time, the operating system will appear to slow down and deteriorate as you install more programs, drivers, and have more background processes running. There are ways to clean up your current OS and limit running processes, but I find these steps to be tedious and nerve-racking. For me, I would rather reinstall my OS than slim down processes and troubleshoot drivers.

This mentality has caused me to reinstall my OS a good number of times. Even on Windows 7, the supposed godsend of Windows, I've had to reinstall the OS more times than I'd like to admit (keep in mind, I demand a lot from my OS). The most embarrassing aspect of my chronic OS reinstallation habits is that, with all Windows 7 features at my call, I didn't need to reinstall my OS ever.

How Save States Work

A save state will essential…

A Roundup of Must Have Google Resources

This is a guest post by Crystal J. Briscoe. Google have several resources available that helps those people who own their website. These resources help you in the success of the business. The Google resources could be accessed easily if you have a Google account. Once signing with the Goggle account the user would be able to use the various resources available online.

1. Resources available for free:

As Google wants the people to use its resources hence these are offered free of
cost. The user could enjoy their services based on the requirements. As most people uses Yahoo for email service, hence Google offered the users to sign in with a single user id and gain access to its various recourses.



2. Various Google Resources:

In order to make use of the Google resources one must have the Gmail account that would help in utilizing there resources. You Gmail account would help in using different resources available easily. Just logging with your Gmail account and you will be able to use the …

Mobile Flash closes down and Opening Greater Opportunity for HTML5 can be a revolution

It’s true that when one door closes, another one opens right after that. This seems to be true in case of HTML5 with Adobe making an announcement of shutting the doors on Mobile Flash. This is a move which is suggestive of the fact that HTML5 is making a great way to stay ahead in the competition with amazing progress line. It’s becoming difficult to differentiate between web-based HTML5 apps and the other native apps. But when analyzed in terms of expense, it’s a fact worth accepting that less expense is required to build a mobile with HTML5.

Web development model is good enough to save time as the developers don’t have to write it in several languages. The future of mobile web apps is very promising as inter-app messaging, background script processing and improved UI animations are few big things to look forward to. HTML5 video is capable of providing a better mobile user experience with even faster CPUs and high performance memory.

Flash’s Focus on Mobile apps & PC browsing

Fla…

PC Clean Up Techniques

This is a guest post by David Ritchie about PC Clean Up techniques.Cleaning up your personal computer to get it running faster may take a little bit of time to really do it properly, but it will save you time by making your computer run more quickly and efficiently overall. There are various techniques you can use to boost the performance of your computer and get the clutter and cob webs out of your hard drive.

Computer clean up techniques vary and you don't have to do them all. Of course, it's recommended to do a major PC clean-up on a regular basis (perhaps two times a year), but a few techniques may suffice to keep your computer running at a decent speed. In particular, you will want to do defragmentation, spyware detection and elimination, and deletion of duplicate files.

Defragmentation of a computer's hard drive helps your computer run more efficiently by organizing the contents contained therein. Before defragmentation, your computer's hard drive likely has piec…

Network Security: Advanced Persistent Threat and Dell Coupons

This is a guest post by Margot. Unless you live completely off the grid, network security is an issue relevant to us all. From identity theft and computer viruses to major hacks into national security, we are all in need of the most up to date and constantly advancing security measures to protect our lives and businesses. Sure I use a deadbolt on my front door, but a physical home invasion is the least of my worries in comparison to the serious and permanent damage that can be inflicted online. For small businesses, Dell SecureWorks is one way to go, and you could maybe check out deals using Dell coupons to save some money on their new appliances.

Viruses that evade anti-malware exist, making giants like Apple and McAfee, and even Norway’s National Security Agency vulnerable to hackers in 2011 alone. All kinds of stuff can be sabotaged with online security breaches. In central Illinois this year someone remotely turned a water pump on and off, causing the pump to burn out. Sony’s Play…

Sky Broadband: Flexible Friend

This is a guest post by Kane Dorey

Somewhere, high above the atmosphere, the Astra satellite fleet orbits planet earth. The signals being beamed back and forth are opted by the aptly named Sky TV. But while its multitude of television channels are emerging from the cosmos, Sky’s broadband deals are well and truly terrestrial. Bringing these diffuse transmission technologies into your home as one package is what makes Sky a unique force in multimedia, and perhaps the best broadband provider around.


Sky’s award-winning broadband & TV package offers high-speed internet and an impressive choice of satellite viewing packs. The Unlimited internet deal is particularly attractive to an increasing, heavy-use internet market that has grown frustrated at ‘fair usage’ policies and bandwidth restrictions. It also allows customers to opt out of the TV package entirely. After all, if you get all your education and entertainment from the internet, why would you need 200 TV channels?


If TV is you…

How to Make Your Phone Hacker-Proof

This is guest post by Amanda Tradwick about making your phone hacker free. Smart phones have become like small laptops for many of us: We use them to store pictures and videos, to access our online accounts, and to keep other personal data such as passwords and financial information. Unfortunately, storing so much personal data on our phones makes them bigger targets for hackers trying to steal that data. Just as you would for your home computer, there are steps you must take to secure your phone and protect your information. Here are a few things you can do to make your smart phone more secure:


Use a Strong Password


The first line of defense for your phone is to restrict access to it by setting a strong password. You can set a password to enable the phone, one to access voicemail, and one to access e-mail or other apps. When you create your password, be sure to use a phrase instead of a simple word, a combination of letters and numbers (or other special characters), and upper- and low…

Time to Think about Time

This is a guest post by Isabella. The Millennium Bug seems like a long, distant memory, but in the late 1990s, the Y2K bug was sending fear and panic among network administrators, governments and businesses alike. Cash machines were expected to start dishing out dollars like fruit machines, high interest current accounts would empty, planes would fall from the sky and the world was going to plunge back into the dark ages, as every computer system failed. Okay, things didn’t seem to work out to be that bad. Few if any major computer meltdowns occurred, and the world moved on.

The threat of the Millennium Bug was quite simply caused by a lack of foresight by computer manufacturers and programmers. Many computer programs only bothered to store the year in two decimal places, which meant that come the year 2000, a lot of timestamps would go from 99 to 00, essentially making the computer believe it was the year 1900. The debate was never settled whether the Y2K bug was just a damp squib, …

Finding Home and Wireless Internet Providers by Zip Code

This is a guest post by Blake Sanders about finding Home and Wireless Internet Providers by Zip Code.Many people assume that they need to use a specific local provider to get high speed internet, as certain providers often market themselves very heavily. However, internet coverage options vary greatly from one coverage area to the next.
Due to a number of state and local laws, there are usually only one or two cable companies offering high speed internet, but there are no such restrictions on satellite companies. Even if you live in a small town, there's a fairly good chance that there are a few internet providers offering service for your address. In order to find fast internet speed at a low price, it's important to compare internet providers by zip code.

Comparison Shop

The old ways of finding a good service provider are gone. The fastest way to find one today is by using an online comparison website, as this will allow you to quickly look at prices, download speeds, upload …

Is Cell Phone Technology Changing the Workplace Environment?

This is a guest post by Shannen about if the Cell Phone technology changes working enveronment. That’s an outdated question. The workplace environment was changed twice by mobile phones already – the first time, when they were first invented and marketed in a big way; and the second time when they were connected to the Internet. Modern cell phone reviews abound with talk about connectivity and business functions: and of course the modern office is full of people multitasking, sending email on their iFly while they design a cover spread on their MacBook Pro. The business world is owned by mobile technology in all its forms.

So how has the business world changed as a result? The most obvious changes are in location and speed. When email came in, the business world sped up exponentially; when faster email came in it got even quicker; and now you can send and receive emails on your smartphone, you are basically expected to have sorted all your correspondence and already done a good hour’…

How Much Bandwidth Do You Really Need?

This is a guest post by Jake about the normal bandwidth a user really needs.By definition, bandwidth is the measure of data volume that is transmitted over an internet connection. However, actual bandwidth measure depends on a lot of things and there are different ways to determine how much bandwidth is used. With the evolution of the internet, smaller businesses can take advantage of products and services that were previously only available to bigger companies. For example, Aptela VoIP service, delivered via the Internet, gives any size business a quality broadband connection. For this reason, you need to understand your bandwidth requirements before you can determine your bandwidth needs.

Unlimited Bandwidth

The truth is, unlimited bandwidth is impossible and any hosting company who offers this is setting a trap. Since there are no broadband companies that offer unlimited bandwidth connections, it is impossible that the web hosting companies using them would be able to provide unlimi…

Hacking Comes of Age

This is a guest post by Izzy.The recent sting operation that took down the group of fake companies that used a Conficker worm to steal $72 million US from consumers brought computer hacking back into the spotlight in a big way. Identity theft had been the focus of the majority of computer-related security reporting since the mid-2000s, so it was interesting to hear about a case of relatively “Old School” hacking succeeding to such a large degree. Though the group did steal client information, their way into the client’s accounts was a fairly simple one. In fact, the Conficker used had been around for almost three years, but it was never used to such an incredible degree, or with so much success.

Hacking in a Nutshell

Computer users everywhere understand that having your computer hacked is not a welcome action. Hacking is, in essence, the act of altering computer and software so that it functions differently from the way it was intended. Just as diaries, notebooks, and photo albums…

Internet TV on Mobile: Experience the Bliss of Entertainment Anytime

This is a guest post by Calvin Scott. So far your smart phone was a mere piece of communication with your loved ones. Now it’s time to have an altogether new television viewing experience on your handled device. Mobile TV is the latest revolution in the field of television entertainment, and your smart phone has very much become a pocket TV.


Unlike cable TV, you no longer need to stick to one place to watch your favorite programs. You can now enjoy the amazing experience of watching TV anywhere any time on your handled smart phone! What’s more, you don’t require any subscription fee.


Enjoy hundreds of thousands of television channels, including news, sports, movies,
weather, music, kids channels, digital radio stations, shopping and educational, on your mobile device anywhere on the globe.

Watch live television on your Mobile TV wherever you are – at home, in office, or while traveling.


Mobile TV gives you a crystal clear viewing experience with high-quality streaming so that you don’…

Twitter and Free Speech

It is a post from Jessica Wagner about Twitter and free speech. When the Internet first started taking prominence in the 1990's, a new vehicle for free speech was built. Starting in the 1980's, billion dollar multi-media companies had started accumulating large papers, television networks, and radio stations. Many people worried that big business would conglomerate and eliminate the free speech which the United States was built on. Because of the amalgamation of media, it became harder for individuals to get their voices heard through the use of mass media.

Creating a website, blog, or posting on a comment forum is now the standard by which to get your voice heard in American. With the super-advanced speed at which social media has entered our lives, it is easier than ever to take information, a thought, or an opinion and spread it throughout the entire country or world.

Recently, there has been a lot of controversy over the use of Twitter and the rights of free speech as they…

Cyber Attacks Decline, But Still Top Business Concern

This is a guest article by Blake Sanders.Since the advent of the internet, companies have been able to create an online presence and gain exposure as part of their overall business strategy. The security of online stores, cable internet providers, corporate portals, and web-based account management are but the tip of a very complex iceberg. This has made hackers a very worrisome threat, and the advent of cloud computing only makes the logistics of keeping a business protected more difficult than ever before.

High-profile Cyber Attacks in 2011

So far this year, there have been a long series of high profile attacks. Just the ‘hacktivist’ collective known as Anonymous alone has taken responsibility for attacks that took down websites and services for Master Card, Paypal, the Recording Industry Association of America and even government websites for the CIA and the Lybian government. LulzSec, another hacking group related to Anonymous, brought down the Sony Playstation network for weeks an…

How to Plan, Create and Implement Internet Access Policy on a Network

This is a guest post by Jeremy Pullicino about how to plan, create and implement Internet Access Policy in a company.
Finding the right method to limit Internet access isn’t simple. When done properly, limiting internet access will protect the company from users hogging bandwidth, productivity loss due to cyber-slacking, and security risks such as malware and virus infections. However, if you limit internet access incorrectly it will hinder productivity, reduce employee morale and introduce new security risks to your network.

In this article I will outline the major steps a system administrator needs to take when limiting Internet access in his company.

Step 1: Implement Internet access monitoring.

The first thing you need to do when you want to limit Internet access is to understand how the Internet is being used by your employees. When you monitor Internet access you should be looking out for the following metrics:

- The sites users are browsing.

- How much time they are spending…

Must Have Smartphone Features For Business

This is a guest post by Susan about must have business features for a Smartphone.Millions of Americans have already made the switch to a smartphone, but there are still many who've yet to make this transition. The market is expecting that within the space of a couple years, a majority of people will have one. If you're like many people who've yet to make the switch to the almighty smartphone, there are several advantages to having one depending on what you're using it for. These devices can do many things, but not all are created equally as far as phones go.

These digital Swiss army knives possess an astounding number of features that can do anything from balancing your budget to getting the best deal on a product, but you need to ask yourself which features will prove most handy. Smartphones are all about the apps and you need to understand your specific application requirements before setting on any certain phone. If you're a businessperson who's looking to s…

What Makes the Xperia Arc so Attractive?

This is a guest post by Simon about the reasons for which Xperia Arc is very Attractive.
Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc is the first thing Sony has done in the mobile market for a long time that deserves applause. So why is the Arc so good? Let's check out our five favorite things about Sony’s device.



Attractive



The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is an attractive device. We’re not saying that Sony has produced ugly phones before, but this one is a wonderful marriage of beauty and functionality. The Arc has an arced shape that feels great and looks nicely individual. Its large 4.2in screen, thin bezel and diminutive 8.7mm width all add to it being a lovely phone to look at and to hold. It’s a breath of fresh air in a market surrounded by black rectangular, minimalist lumps of mass.



Engine



We’re talking about two different engines here. The Arc uses a 1GHz single core that reminds us that the one core phone still has its place in today's market. It’s fast and responsive and deals well with …

2G, 3G, 4G: Why Wireless Standards Can Be Deceiving

This is a guest post by Jess about differences between 2G, 3G, 4G. Hardly a mobile phone ad is made these days without mentioning the device and network's stage in their evolutions in the form of their designated generation: 2G, 3G, and now 4G. It makes for a great easy way to differentiate between past and present, old and new, obsolete and cutting edge. Ever since mobile embraced digital technology and have ascended slowly year by year, I've always wondered where the "X"G-designation comes from, what it means, and how much it matters. With AT&T already proudly declaring their arrival into the 4G and the HTC 4G Android phone lineup increasing with countless other competitors ready to launch into the next generation too, I wanted to get to the bottom of this once and for all.

It turns out that the United Nations is who decides these matters. More specifically, the radio communications wing of the International Telecommunications Union, an agency of the UN. The I…

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