Thursday, October 23, 2008

Best Places for Tech Jobs

Technology is something which all of us use, even if we do not realize it. Computers and other technological advancements revolutionized our lives and made them easier. The technology sector is very important and there should be plenty tech jobs, but the question is what is the best place for such kind of work. As a general statement I can say that you should be prepared to work in large cities. There are not as many tech jobs in smaller cities, so if you love farms and the countryside, you should think twice before applying for a tech job. If you are not afraid of working in medium or large cities, one of the best places according to a few studies are Washington, DC, Silicon Valley, Austin, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Chicago and Boston.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Drawing People to Your Post

Very often writing a high quality and unique post is enough to ensure that people will read it. On the other hand, there are many marketers who say that most readers make up their mind if they want to read your post just after reading the title. That is why the title of your post might be the most important thing to do to make people stay on your blog besides, of course, writing high quality content.

There is no magic rule when it comes to the title, and it depends what kind of audience you have. It depends on what you exactly want to achieve, but a good way to attract readers to read your post is to simply make them believe that they will gain something after reading it. If you have some kind of unique content, don’t be afraid to clearly state so in your post title. Depending in what niche you are, there will be completely different post titles that will try to attract visitors which are interested in that particular niche.

The knowledge of the preferences and interests of your visitors is definitely going to help in creating a great title. Will your visitors be drawn to a shocking title, a funny one, a puzzling one, an intriguing one? Your job is to try to figure that out.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Work and Entertainment

Many teachers and parents argue that teenagers should watch more educational TV, rather than playing video games, or watching funny videos on YouTube. I think that the best approach to life is to have a balance. Watching educational TV might be beneficial, but if a person does nothing else, it will also not be a good idea. That is because there has to be a balance in life between work and entertainment.

There are more and more people these days who overwork themselves. They do not have enough entertainment in life, and eventually get depressed. There has to be balance maintained between reading books, watching educational TV shows, and having fun in general. Playing a video game, as long as it is a fulfilling experience, can result in a lot of satisfaction and fun.

Like I said, depression is on the rise in developed countries, and it is a real issue which has to be addressed. While I may not have all of the solutions to this problem, I think that resting a lot, having fun, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying life in general is the way to go. Remember not to work too much, unless you really enjoy your work. Surfing the Web can be a lot of fun, so why not visit your favorite website more often?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Is Your Computer Secure?

We are using our computers for many purposes, including online banking. We also use services such as Paypal while paying for various products. We usually feel secure at our homes hoping that nobody will be able to steal valuable data from our PCs. I know that many people leave their PCs running all day long.

In the meantime they go to a supermarket or on a walk with their dog. There is a possibility that if you leave you computer unattended somebody will break into your house and steal data from your PC.

The chance of that happening is not that big, but there is a bigger chance that a hacker might get access to our financial data by directing us to a phishing website. You can never be too careful. In fact, it is better to be too careful than not careful enough.

Our computers might not be as secure as we think that they are. Make sure that you use hard to guess passwords for any important online accounts. If you live in a dormitory or any other place where many people might have access to your PC, remember to protect your PC with a password every time you leave the room in which your computer or laptop is stored.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Steps to Do Before You Install Windows

There is a new version of Microsoft Windows coming every few years. You might want to purchase the newest one, but you do not have to. It is totally up to you. Before you install new Windows, make sure you do a few things though like:

• Back up all your files to another drive. It is important that you do a clean install rather than an upgrade. I am recommending a backup in case something goes wrong with your new installation.

• Make sure that your hardware is correctly installed. This usually applies to new computers.

• Remember to check your BIOS and instruct it to boot from CD. This way the Windows installer is going to run automatically when you insert a CD. Otherwise, it is going to try to access your operating system from your HDD.

• You will be asked to put a CD in your CD ROM drive, so make sure that this one is prepared too.

• Make sure that you have the right copy of Microsoft Windows. If you have a pirated copy, you might encounter some problems, especially from the legal system sooner or later.

Like I said, if you are happy with your current Windows, you don’t have to buy anything, as the cost is quite high, especially if you have a few computers in your household.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Your Child and The Internet

Children are often trusting and naive. They are most likely to believe everything that is happening on the Internet around them to be true and genuine. Of course, we adults, know this not to be true and are a lot more suspicious. Here are some of the things that can happen to your child or possibly teenager on the Internet:

• Internet bullying is wide spread. Watch out for any signal of it as it is quite common, and your child might be affected. This can affect your child’s self-esteem.

• Child predators are present on the Internet. Do not allow your child to meet with anybody that he met on the Internet. There might be some exceptions, but it is better to be cautious.
• Your child might become a victim of online scams. Try to have access to any Internet interaction which could potentially involve money.

• Your child might be lied to on numerous occasions. I am sure that if you teach your child how to use the internet properly, it will be a safe place for him to be. The best thing that you can teach him is not to trust anybody too much on the net.

Hopefully, the above list will help you to react in time, and avoid some of the situations which may occur otherwise. You, as an adult, should also spend some time on the Internet in order to learn what potential dangers await your child.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Enabling Administrator Account in Vista

Administrator account in Vista is disabled by default to prohibit malicious programs from accessing it. While it sounds like a good idea, it is quite inconvenient. Believe me, you want to have your administrator account to be enabled on your PC, because there are so many benefits. If you are the administrator of your PC, you want your admin account to be enabled, because otherwise you will not be able to install and run many programs that normally as an admin you would be. After all, you are the admin of your PC, so why pretend that you are not? Here are the steps you should do to enable it:

  • Click on Start Menu, right click on Computer and left click on Manage.
  • Expand “Local User and Groups” and click on “User”.
  • Right click on the Administrator account and select Properties.
  • Uncheck the box “Account is Disabled”.
  • As you see, it isn’t that complicated, but the problem is that many novice users might have problems enabling this account, and that is why I think it was not a wise decision to disable it in the first place.

    You will be able to install all programs without any problems while using the Administrator account. If you are a user of earlier versions of Windows such as Windows XP, you won’t have to worry about these steps, because your administrator account is not disabled by default.

    Monday, October 6, 2008

    Technology and Exercise

    Many people would associate technology with computers, and as we know, computers do not have a lot to do with exercise. Actually, we would usually assume that technology contributes to people having less exercise. Nonetheless, technology can greatly aid in doing any exercise, and I am going to show an example in this post pertaining to running.

    It would be great to know the number of steps you make when you run. It seems that once again Adidas has released running shoes with a built-in pedometer. The interesting part is that it is a self-contained model with a microprocessor fitted over the laces of the left shoe. The face of the shoe has a small LCD screen and connects by a wire to a sensor built into the sole of the shoe underneath the big toe.

    The runner has the possibility to indicate his stride length and body weight by using two buttons. After running it is possible to read such data as distance covered, time, average speed and caloric expenditure. While nor everyone might have a need for such a shoe, it is definitely an interesting idea with well implemented design. The shoe currently costs over $100, and is labeled as Micropacer.

    There can be many ways that technology can aid people who exercise, so maybe we shouldn’t be so biased in assuming that technology contributes to people being less healthy?

    Saturday, October 4, 2008

    Overheating Problems

    When it comes to summer it is a wonderful time of the year, but if you live in a really hot climate, and do not have air conditioner you may experience overheating problems with your computer. If your computer has a good fan and thermal paste is applied properly to the CPU then you shouldn’t experience any problems even in the summer, but that is often not the case. There are a couple of things you can do to avoid your computer overheating in general:

    • Clean the dust inside the computer, especially near the heatsink. The dust will otherwise block the air, and reduce the efficiency of your heatsink.

    • Install one or two case fans. Those are really useful, especially if you overclocked your PC. Many people do not realize that overclocking will increae the temperature at which your PC is running.

    • Check if thermal paste is sufficiently applied to the CPU, and if it is not, reapply it. This is a common problem, and can be easily solved if it is easy to remove the heatsink. Unfortunately, some heatsinks may be difficult to remove for a typical PC user. I noticed that in many cases that applying thermal paste solves a lot of problems.

    Naturally, overheating is not only a problem which exists in summer, so I hope you will find these tips useful throughout the whole year.

    Duplicate Content and Search Engines

    Duplicate content is something that every serious webmaster is trying to avoid. Basically, duplicate content means that some specific content, like an article, exists in a few locations on Internet. Search engines often penalize websites for displaying duplicate content, as usually duplicate content provides a smaller value for Internet users. On the other hand, original content is something considered to be very valuable.

    However, it seems that detecting duplicate content not always works as well as it should. From time to time, I hear bloggers reporting that articles on their site has been marked as duplicate content, because scraper websites have copied those articles to their own domains. If the duplicate content filter was working correctly, then the scraper sites would be marked as sites with duplicate content, not the opposite.

    Generally speaking, scrapper sites are automated websites which pull content from other websites using web scraping. A lot of those sites are made for Google AdSense, but it is important to understand that a lot of them violate copyright law, as they do not even give credit to the original author. The webmasters of such sites do not put any work into writing articles, yet they might be ranked quite high in search engine results.

    Some speculate that many search engines fail to realize on which site the content was posted in the first place. The websites which copy/paste content from other sites, but are indexed earlier might be actually treated as legit sites. While it is alarming, let’s hope that the major search engines will repair those content filters, as we do not want our content just copied/pasted to other websites. I hope that this article reminded all of us that original content is something we should strive for, and that copying copy/pasting content from other websites should be avoided at all cost.

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