Monthly Archives: August 2012

Three tools to help manage your life efficiently

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It doesn’t matter if you need to launch a new product, write a book, or design a new website - at the end of the day, everything breaks down into tasks that you need to complete. we all have different systems how to make sure that we get things done - here are three tools that help us do it.

Focus booster

The Pomodoro technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo back in the 80’s, and is very simple:

1. Choose your task and work on it for 25 minutes.

2. Rest for 5 minutes.

3. Rinse and repeat 4 times, then take a longer break.

 

This technique is an excellent way to make sure that you are focused on one specific task at time. Knowing that you have a limited length of time to work on your task before you take a short break, makes it much easier to … Read the rest

The Paperless Office

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According to a report from the Bureau of International Recycling, the Environmental Protection Agency and The Economist, the average person in the US uses 5.57 trees per year.

Time magazine reports that a single office worker can use 10,000 sheets of copier paper annually.

And yet, the reliance on paper has been found to not only be primarily habitual rather than necessary, reducing its consumption has actually been found to be beneficial.

This has driven businesses and consumers alike to consider ways to reduce their paper consumption.

Using technology to replace or reduce paper is applicable both in the home and in business, and the tools, techniques (and price tags) vary depending on the need, current state and future goals.

To begin, the easiest first step is to simply skip the paper altogether. Eliminate the need for paper right at the source by saving important documents to PDF, using electronic … Read the rest

What’s So Great About The Raspberry Pi?

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29th February 2012 wasn’t just another extra day in the leap year’s calendar; it also marked the launch of the Raspberry Pi. The single-board computer has been developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation – a charity founded to promote basic computer science education. It marks a revolution in science teaching as it can easily be adapted to create a number of diverse projects, teaching students valuable computing skills.

Hardware

This mini-PC uses a Broadcom BCM2835 system on a chip (SoC), including a 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S processor and comes in two models both having 256 megabytes of RAM: the Model A which costs $25 and Model B which costs $35. Model B has two USB ports and an Ethernet port while Model A only offers a single USB port.

Software & Operating System

The Raspberry Pi uses a Linux-based kernel operating system, Debian, by default. However, Iceweasel, Calligra Suite, and Python … Read the rest

The Personal Cloud

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One of the most saturated and fiercely competitive emerging markets in the world today exists within cloud computing, specifically consumer/personal cloud computing.

There are a lot of different descriptions of what the personal cloud is, to me it means online storage, synchronization and streaming. Specifically, putting your data online, accessing it across all your devices and sharing it with others.

It’s understandable that there are so many companies jockeying for position within public cloud provision, it’s an exciting place. To be at the heart of a $2 trillion (according to market research guru’s Gartner) consumer spend on content, devices and associated services makes a lot of sense. However, despite there being such excitement about this sector (venture capitalists continue to pour millions of dollars into start ups) I think the days of the traditional cloud model are numbered, here’s why…

The amount of information we store online each year doubles, … Read the rest

The Power of Social Recommendations in London

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Recommendations are almost always paid heed to. When someone tells us about how beautiful a place is or how scrumptious the food at a restaurant is, we try to check it out ourselves. Not necessarily would we always agree with recommendations from friends and family, yet we are tempted to try them even if a particular thing does not interest us. Such recommendations are termed as social recommendations.

Social recommendations have taken a whole new form through the increasing popularity of web applications, such as shopping services and online sharing. In such applications, it is the interpersonal influence that is orchestrated to play a more important and critical role. Surveys say that 45 per cent mothers’ purchasing decisions are influenced by recommendations through the social media.

Smartphones and tablets have made web accessibility all too easy. These gadgets help people stay connected, entertain themselves and consume and access information, irrespective … Read the rest

Google: Richer than Rich

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What do 28 of the poorest countries in the world have in common with Google? Their combined GDP did not surpass Google’s earnings in 2010, according to the IMF. Consider these numbers: Google paid $500 million in fines to cover the cost of extracting roughly $8.5 billion in profit by breaking U.S. laws that forbid Canadian companies from offering pharmaceutical products to U.S. residents.

With over 1 billion visitors every month, the company has access to consumers all over the world. That is roughly one out of every seven people on the planet. Advertising makes up 97 percent of their total revenue, and many top-paying vendors have questionable reputations.

Google spent over 260 million watts of electricity on powering its facilities. That is about ¼ of the output of a standard nuclear power plant and is about 50 percent of the electrical output produced by the Hoover Dam. Do the … Read the rest

How Will Businesses Handle Social Networking

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The advent of social networks on the Internet has presented a unique opportunity for businesses to engage with current and prospective clients in a way which was once impossible. As social media has become more popular, it has also started to bridge the generation gap that once existed. What was once a place reserved exclusively for college and high school students has become a social melting pot, allowing for Internet users of all ages to engage in social interaction across different platforms.

A Captive Audience

For businesses, expanding their online presence to a social media website presents several key benefits. For one, a business already has millions of users on these sites who can obtain information about their business without signing up for yet another email newsletter or promotional offer. If they are on Facebook, for example, they can be reached by any business that has a page.

Because social … Read the rest

What a Difference a Cloud Makes: The Advantages of Cloud-Based Technology

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Cloud is the latest advance in computer software technology. More and more companies are realising the benefits of using cloud-based software, and using it to their advantage. There are many ways in which the use of cloud technology can help you and your business to be more productive, more secure and able to offer a premium service to all your customers.

 

Security & Protection

In terms of security and data protection, nothing else on the market can compare. Using cloud software eradicates any storage safety issues you may have previously encountered. Rather than having to store information on physical machines such as your PC or laptop, or on removable devices such as disks or back-up hard drives, cloud technology stores your data securely in remote servers.

These servers are constantly protected by the very latest firewall, updated with all current patches for virus protection and stored in fire and … Read the rest

Mobile Gaming – The Future Is Here

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As a fairly traditional gamer, I tend to be a bit sceptical about gaming on touch screen phones. If it doesn’t have a mouse, keyboard and 8GB of RAM why bother even trying to play a game on it? Serious games surely can’t exist with such basic interactivity methods can they? I mean, there’s a reason why every journalist is illustrating just how easy iPads are to use with endearing anecdotes about how even their unborn baby is able to play around on it.

The traditionalist in me is yelling, “I don’t want games designed for toddlers to be able to play – I’m not a toddler!” Would Counter Strike work on your Nexus 7? Could you imagine Starcraft II tournaments held on Kindle Fires? These are some of the best games ever made – they also cannot work on mobile platforms as they currently exist. That’s a shame, but … Read the rest

The importance of LCD monitor panel type

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Modern LCD monitors come in a range of screen sizes and differ in their basic specifications. Whilst some of the ‘on paper’ figures are concrete and verifiable (such as resolution and screen size) others (such as response times and contrast ratios) are often misleading and offer a poor comparison of real world performance. One particularly important aspect when considering a monitor’s real world performance attributes is the panel type. These can roughly be split into three main categories; TN (Twisted Nematic) which are highly responsive, VA (Vertical Alignment) which offer the best contrast performance and IPS (In Plane Switching) and PLS (Plane to Line Switching) which offer the most accurate colours and broadest viewing angles. There is often disagreement over the best panel type to use for particular tasks as there is some overlap and individual perspective at play as well. The advantages of shortcomings of the three main panel … Read the rest

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