Hard Drive Basics: Data in Motion

Today’s electronics go with us everywhere and keep us connected.  We are accustomed to using our electronics while moving, but not all devices are designed to be used on the go. Hard drives have moving parts and that is an important point to remember. As a refresher, let’s simply look at how a hard drive (sometimes called a hard disc) works.  The drive includes a platter to hold the data, a head to read the data and electronics to control the process.  The platter is mirror smooth and stores the magnetized data. If you have never seen the inside of a hard drive, the surface looks like a mirror.  The head is attached to an arm that rides just above the platter surface.  If the head touches the platter, damage and data lose almost always occurs.  The electronics control the storage and retrieval of data. Servers, workstations and desktops are stationary units.  You should never move … [Read more...]

Microsoft Office 2010: The best new features in Word

Word has become the standard for creating and formatting documents of all types from simple letters to documents with a table of contents, index and glossary. Word has made the task of creating and editing documents easy.  Tools like spell check and thesaurus have made us look smart and polished.  Thankfully, long gone are the days of typewriters, carbon paper and correction fluid. Word 2010 has bold new features to enhance your document-formatting.  It also bundles mobile features so you can take your documents with you almost-anywhere.  With just a little practice, you can impress everyone with content-rich, visually compelling, professional documents for home, school or work. Add flair to your documents and get noticed! Transform with photos – New and improved photo-editing tools let you transform pictures right in Word 2010 – no extra software needed. Change color … [Read more...]

Should Information on the Internet Be Free?

Information is an essential resource for any decision, but some data is more valuable than other.  Information that is current, accurate, scarce or can be used to make high value decisions is quite important and therefore, expensive. When data loses its timeliness, accuracy or scarcity, it loses its value.  This is not a new concept, but the Internet has changed the perception. Research on the Internet is so much easier than going to the library and digging through stacks of books.  Information on the Internet is easily accessible, but you have to check its authenticity and correctness.  Books in libraries have more validation by the fact that they made it to the library shelf.  There is no guarantee that the information in library books is correct and authentic, but there are facts about the author, publisher, copyright and sources that give some credibility to the work.  Information … [Read more...]

Using Facebook to Promote Your Business in 5 Easy Steps

Facebook can be used to promote your business by building an Official Page.  You can open a Facebook business account that has limited privilege or you can use your personal account to create a Company Page.  Facebook only allows an individual one account and it is a violation subject to your account being terminated if you create more than one account. If you choose to attach a business page to your personal page, you can promote your business to your friends by suggesting that they “like” your page.  Whether you use a personal or business account, you can promote your business with ads. You can mix your personal and business page by sharing posts, photos and sharing with friends or you can keep them completely separate.  This is determined by your security settings, how you post information and who you confirm as a friend. If you worry about what family or high school friends are … [Read more...]

Using LinkedIn to Promote Your Business – 5 Easy Steps

The possibilities for using LinkedIn to promote your business are practically endless. If you don’t know where to begin or are having trouble finding the time, try our five easy steps for promoting your business with LinkedIn. First, you need a personal LinkedIn page.  Make sure you have completed your profile and have a flattering position summary for the company to promote.  Additionally, your profile should be 100% complete. Next decide how you will accept connections. LION (LinkedIn Open Network) members connect to almost anyone that requests whether they know them or not.  More conservative members only link to people they personally know.  This is your choice and you can adjust your settings to share or hide your connections. There are many security settings that control how much or how little of your information is shared.  If you are concerned about sharing information, … [Read more...]