Software is intended to make computers do things for us right?
But do we really use the software to its fullest advantage.
Take a recent thread I was looking at where the user wanted to make use of date fields.
It is a standard feature of word that we don\'t always make use of.
I did a bit of research and I came across form filling being a feature in Office 2010.
In particular I got this [url=http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/fillable-form-word-2010-collect-data-easy/]tutorial[/url].
Anywho really great feature that we can all make use of to make our life easier.
If they are saying nice things who would ?
A thread this week though highlighted that these were not very nice comments though in which case one would always feel offended and want to prevent them occurring.
A calm head in the heat of the moment is what is needed and as we all know when offended or hurt is difficult to have.
My suggestion to them was to have a lawyer track down and close if necessary the posting that is making the comments. This is not for the average Joe to just Google how to do but requires the legal people to do.
The person who felt aggrieved does work with corporates and was scared that what was out there would hurt him in the eyes of his clients and this is obviously best avoided.
My suggestion and I am not a lawyer was
1) Leave the Lawyer to get the site closed down and deal with the slander/libel case if any.
2) Work with the lawyer to prepare a response that they can use with the Corporates. With the law there are times to talk and time to remain quiet and the lawyer is the best to know what you can and should not say.
3) Be open with the corporates. If you have a relationship with them and they have over a number of months had a business relationship with you that is founded and proven on trust then they are more likely to believe you than some random posting on a blog. Have a conversation along the lines. \"I need to advise you of something. A family member/former colleague/client has made statement in the public about me that I do not agree with. I wanted to bring this to your intention directly rather than you stumble across them. My lawyer has advised me (insert legal advice). This is in no way going to affect my focus on you as a client or the way that I perform my duties to be a service provider to you.\"
4) being honest with the Corporate can improve your perception in the eye of the Corporate even move you to the position of trusted adviser (the holy grail of the sales professional).
People will remember honesty and openness long after a few comments on a website have disappeared.
In one of the forums today someone was asking the question do I buy 4GB of fast memory or 8GB of slower memory.
Generally more memory is better but it does depend on a number of factors. If you are on a 32bit OS then the limit of 4GB is how much it can address so putting 8GB is a pointless exercise.
If it is a very memory intensive application and you can get the data into memory then faster memory is going to give you a better result.
You also need to know that DDR3 memory which is what is coming out in new workstations is not compatible with DDR2 which is in older motherboards.
So Anywho do check to see if your motherboard will support the DDR that you are going to buy
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Going through a thread today I came across someone with a 2Mb connection that was querying if they are getting the 2Mb they pay for.
Running a speed test showed that it was not and this is normal. The speed test is just sending a few bytes of information and seeing how fast it gets a response.
What yo are paying for is really through put and if you want to know if you are getting what you pay for you need to put a lot of data through the system.
So if you are downloading a large file you may get it to reach the 2MB. Download several large files and you are more likely to hit the 2MB.
You also have to remember that we think that we are the only person accessing a file on a server somewhere when the reality is very different with many thousands of users accessing files. Each request is handled in its own time and you have to wait your turn in the queue.
It is like standing in an empty stadium and using a cellphone it is very likely it will work fine. If you are standing there with 50000 fans using their cellphones then you may find firstly that you cannot connect or that the quality of the call is not as good as it could be.
I picked up on a conversation where someone was looking to start an Internet Cafe. I thought that this was pretty much a business like a video rental - not going to be around for much longer.
The writer though, despite the protestations of other members on the forum, was adamant that it would work.
It is apparently in a rural area with a high traffic of people who are relatively wealthy.
If he has done his research and he is right then what would he need?
The suggestions came in thick and fast. Reliable PC\'s not too high spec and if you can get 2nd hand equipment. Software to control the access you can\'t rely on the person at the cafe to do it for you.
Ancilliary services such as photocopying and Lotto can increase the feet through the doors.
Good advertising and the location are also important. You don\'t want to be on the 3rd floor of a building.
If it is in a rural location then you may need to find a wireless solution for the connectivity.
All good advice but at the back of my mind I am not convinced that this business is going to be around for long at least not as an Internet Cafe.
Thank you GBS (George Bernard Shaw)for the comment.
A lot of people in the forums seem to be complaining about being capped between certain times or that their downloads are not as fast as the line and ISP they are paying for.
The ADSL is a best possible service. ie if you have a 384 line then that is the best that you will get as a download speed but it may be a little worse or a lot worse than that. Broadband is not going to provide a guaranteed service.
So while we all want to have the best possible service I believe that it needs to be looked at over a longer period not that it was bad between 5pm and 11pm when I was only getting 100Kbs for example when I get 200-300Bps the rest of the time.
If you like the road sign says 60km and hour but the traffic volume reduces it and you only move at 30km. So that is what you get at 7am down the busy road into town. It is not the 60km that you can do at 3am in the morning but you have to live with it.
So in short average it out and one statistical snapshot is just that a snapshot
Frequently people are asking about tools to monitor bandwidth even down to individual PCs on the network. In the last week I have seen 3 threads alone that relate to this.
SO below are a few tools that might assist. If you have others let me know and I will add them Cucusoft Netguard [url=http://www.cucusoft.com/netguard.aspx]here[/url] will monitor each application on your PC and its bandwidth usage. Some reports though that is not monitoring Google Chrome.
Provides much the same but reports indicate that it is easier to use.
Networx [url=http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/]here[/url] Is another option that you can look at
Bitmeter [url=http://codebox.org.uk/pages/bitmeter2]here[/url] looks good as well especially as it has a web interface that you could use to access the info remotely.
All of the above are for individual workstations to monitor traffic over an office network you need to do work with routers and other monitoring tools.
I came across this one [url=http://oss.oetiker.ch/mrtg/]here[/url]which does need a SNMP capable router.
Conference phones over normal telecommunication lines have been around for ages. Polycom is probably the market leader here.
Someone asked about using a polycom device over skype?
Personally I wouldn\'t Skype does not have the best sound quality and having a great conference phone is not going to improve it.
I would rather use a PC with speakers and an external microphone over skype. Done it often and it has worked well.
Nothing is more difficult as a human than to try and see trends when you are just given a set of figures.
Graphs though are something that immediately we are able to see trends and anomalies.
More people are putting graphs on their web pages and with some applications in Cloud environments there is a need for embedding graph code in the applications themselves.
I did a bit of research though and if I had to do graphs in my web application I would look a bit more into the following :
[url=http://www.fusionsoftware.com]Fusion Software[/url] has a great looking product. I looked at some of the chart types that it supports and the range and usage is extensive. Purchase is either suite or the appropriate components. They also have extensions into products like Dreamweaver to make the integration easier.
[url=http://www.jpowered.com]Jpowered[/url]has Java and PHP solutions. They also have tutorials on embedding graphs into web pages and other interesting articles on graphs and their use.
You could also look at what Google is [url=https://developers.google.com/chart/]doing[/url]
The pricing I will leave you to look at but if you want it to get people coming back then you may have to pay for the best
Setting up a wireless network is easy to do today and is something the professional does in his sleep.
For the amateur just a word of caution.
Creating a wireless network opens up your LAN (and hence access to your PC) to anyone who can get into the wireless router. If your router is connected to the internet then they now have access to use up your bandwidth as and when they like.
SO very important to put a password on your wireless connection. By default the router does not have one generally so it is important that yo put the security in place as soon as possible.
I would also treat it like any other password and change it regularly in case someone has managed to get access.
Another good tip is not to cycle round the passwords either.
So go for wireless but be careful.