What you should look for in an everyday PC

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There are a variety of desktop computers for different purposes. Some are meant for work, some are optimized for gaming, and others are designed for everyday use. For the best results, it’s important to understand what you need a PC and look for technical specifications based on that.

For an everyday PC meant for personal use, storage, RAM, processing power, and graphics might factor into your decision. If you’re planning to store lots of photos, videos, and other personal data on your computer, it might be a good idea to look for a hard drive with a decent amount of storage. A computer with a large amount of RAM will help you multitask and run several programs all at once. If computer speed is your priority, strong processors will able to process information and complete tasks most efficiently. And if you plan on using your computer for watching entertainment or doing video or picture editing, a good graphics card will help you accomplish your goals.

You can look for the right computer based on which of these components is most important for you, or you can choose a computer that has a good balance of all these features. Hewlett Packard’s All-in-One Desktop Computer and Apple’s iMac are two impressive machines that can serve you well as everyday computers.

At Curacao, you can find everyday desktop computers at the most affordable prices. If you’re on a budget, you can even sign up for our PC financing options to finance computer purchases for low, easy monthly payments. Sign up for Curacao Credit today and start saving on PCs!

How EDI VANs can benefit your business

Communication and understanding between business partners is a crucial part of commerce. Today’s technologies have made it easier than ever to be on the same page as your trading partners when making transactions and organizing business details. Using a VAN or Value Added Network for EDI, or Electronic Data Interchange, is one of the ways companies can help their business partners understand crucial details and information, so that deals can happen without any information-related setbacks.

The main purpose of a VAN is to allow companies to exchange messages in a format that they can understand and that is compatible with their systems. This means translating one company’s messages into the format another company uses to process information and vice versa. VANs make this process very quick and automated. In addition to this, many VANs also provide other benefits, such as security and encryption, data backup and recovery, checking for errors, and network performance optimization.

You might be wondering what the difference is between using a VAN and using other EDI methods. VANs are private networks, and companies outsource management of their correspondence and EDI operations to them. In contrast, direct EDI involves establishing a direct connection between two companies. Direct EDI is generally much more difficult to manage, because it requires you to make sure your EDI protocols are compatible with all of your business partners. VANs cost more than direct EDI, but they may be a worthwhile investment, especially now that many companies are exclusively using VANs for EDI.

A Phone Answering Service – 3 Ways It Makes Your Business Look More Legitimate

Article By Herb Kimble.

If your business relies on customers, you can see some huge benefits from a phone answering service. No matter how small your business is, having a team of people to answer the phone can make your company look more legitimate. If you are not sure what a phone answering service can do for you, consider these 3 benefits:

A phone answering service provides your clients with customer service 24/7

By having virtual help desk services, you can rest easy knowing that your calls are never going unanswered. A good phone answering service has teams of people that work 24 hours a day answering calls for their clients. You can hire a phone answering service to answer your calls anytime you cannot get to the phone – whether you’re in a meeting, on vacation, or asleep in the middle of the night.

By having a fully-staffed virtual phone answering service, you do not have to hire a full-time receptionist, or have to worry about answering calls at all hours of the day or night.

A phone answering service can be a life saver for a doctor’s office

If you own a small doctor’s practice, a medical answering service can give your patients peace of mind anytime you are not available. The people who work at your medical answering service can be trained to ask specific questions, so that the most important middle-of-the-night phone calls get patched directly to you, or so that a patient with only minor symptoms can be told what to do until morning rolls around.

Nothing is worse than being sick and scared in the middle of the night or during the middle of the weekend – when it seems like there is no one available to help you. By getting a medical answering service, your patients will never have to feel that way.

A phone answering service can help troubleshoot problems

People want to know that the company they’re dealing with has a way to provide a customer service solution if they ever need it. By hiring a phone answering service, you can give your customers impeccable service anytime. Even if someone needs assistance with a simple issue, your virtual help desk services can provide it for them.

By having valuable help desk services, your customers will never feel ignored – which can go a long way towards getting you repeat business!

About The Author:

Herb Kimble was perhaps the most famous outbound call center CEO and the best sales trainer in the Philippines. Herb Kimble is co-founder of CineFocus Productions, a movie production and soundstage rental company.

Airplane Battery Maintenance

Summary: Carelessness and neglect are two reasons why batteries aren’t pumping out an optimal stream of electricity.

If you’re a proud owner of an airplane, then you’re more than likely to come across one of the most common maintenance issues that plague nearly everyone – battery issues.

Most owners tend to leave their plane idling for longer than they would like. Naturally, doing so will allow the battery to naturally discharge a bit each day it’s left running. Furthermore, connecting the battery to an automotive battery charger could result in a loss of water within the electrolytes. Instead, consider utilizing a ground power unit, as it will essentially give your internal battery a much-needed break.

How to Notice a Dead Cell

If you take off the cap of a flooded battery, take a second to look at the innards. If nearly every cell is bubbling rapidly, they’re functioning properly. More so than often, you’ll notice that there are a few cells that are stagnant. These indicate that they are more than likely to be dead. As stated before, utilizing either a diesel electric hybrid GPU or any other type of ground power unit will prevent many of these issues from occurring. Although batteries are built to last in this day and age, carelessness can result in the death of a brand new battery. Keep yourself disciplined when it comes to the maintenance of your airplane – you already know that it isn’t the cheapest of things when it comes to repair costs.

 

How Command Centers Can Make Operations Smoother

Summary: Implementing a command center into your organization can make operations run more smoothly.

In a free market the price you sell your goods or services at, compared to the price you paid to make said goods or services, will determine how much of a profit your company will make. This is a very simplified statement that does not go into the nuances of running a complex organization but it shows that, if a company wants to increase the money they make from each sale, they need to either increase the price they sell at or decrease the costs of producing.

More Knowledgeable Employees

An area where command centers really shine is in the delivery of information. Since mission critical consoles can take information from a number of sources, such as external sites or internal databases, and display them in a format that is both easy to access and easy to understand, employees who utilize their organization’s system can become more knowledgeable about what is going on. This level of transparency can help employees understand what is going on across the board, which can influence how they approach the work in their own department.

Giving Viewers More

If you run a broadcast company, for instance, then a command center workstation from a company can help you give your viewers more information with less effort. Things that were tough to provide before, such as different angles, more statistics and more relevant information, can be given with relative ease. More features can help your broadcast stand out among the other providers, which some users will be willing to pay for.

How LCD Screens Function, and How They are Built

Today’s computer enthusiast takes his monitor for granted. Higher refresh rates, lower blue colors and other features help to lessen eye strain and provide a smoother experience. Thanks to new manufacturing technology, these monitors are also getting progressively more affordable. That puts better technology in the hands of people who will utilize that tech to its fullest potential.

Impact of Manufacturing

With thin film evaporation, manufacturers can build extremely precise objects, with very specific measurements, enabling cell phones and handheld gaming systems to display hundreds or thousands of colors. The thin-film aspect is important, because these devices manufacture objects without any kind of defect or imperfection on the surface.

LCD screens are made of liquid crystal, which is manipulated by electric current. A few things need to happen for this to be possible:

  1. The current must be able to pass through the surface of the screen in order to create the colors we see.
  2. A covering must be applied that doesn’t mash against the LCDs and create problems with the display.

Plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition, or PECVD, helps manufacturers create a thin film that won’t press up against the screen covering.  A polarizing film is then added to the equation, which changes how the light is reflected or displayed. The result is a display that changes as a current is applied.

Creating the World’s Most Basic LCD

The first step to creating the most basic LCD screen possible is to find two pieces of polarized glass. Once you have the glass, apply a thin film vacuum coating of polymers that create microscopic grooves in the glass. A coating of liquid crystals is also added, but only to one of the glass filters. The grooves basically force alignment so that the film and colors are displayed properly. This is why some TVs appear darker if viewed from the side. Once you have your glass/liquid crystal sandwich, you need electrodes to help display certain images or colors.

The electrical charge untwists the liquid crystals, which helps to adjust the angle of light that passes through the glass. So true black is basically blocking light from passing through the LCD screen. That’s why your TV needs a constant flow of energy, which it uses to manipulate electrodes around the screen in order to display the image that is being fed to you.

Add and Set Ringtones on your Android Smartphone

If you have recently purchased an Android smartphone, you may be wondering how you can add additional ringtones, alarms and notification sounds to the phone. To clarify the three types of tones that can be added: ringtones are used for incoming phone calls, alarms are used by the alarm clock application, and notification sounds are used by applications such as email and SMS for alerting you of incoming messages. The three types of tones are available on separate lists so you cannot, for example, assign a tone from the ringtone list to an alarm.

Other applications may choose to use one list or the other for their sounds depending on what is appropriate for that app. There was probably no documentation that came with your phone that explained how to add these tones to your phone, but it is an easy task to accomplish. Some of the methods described below only apply to ringtones, others apply to all three types. The simplest application solution for adding a new ringtone is to use Android’s built-in audio player.

This will allow you to set any song you have installed on your phone as the current ringtone. While you have the audio player application open, pressing on a song will result in a popup menu being displayed. That menu contains an option to assign the selected song as the phone’s ringtone. This will not only add the song to the ringtone list but will make the song the current ringtone at the same time.

A drawback to this approach is that the built-in audio player will not let you add a song to the alarm or notification sound list. There are also many ringtone applications which can be found on the Android Market by searching the market for “ringtone”. Most of these apps can be downloaded for a small fee. Some of the ringtone applications allow searching and selecting from large directories of commercial ringtones, while others only provide a single ringtone or a small related set of them. These applications vary in whether they will allow installation of just ringtones or all three types of tones. Be careful to read the description of the application as well as the comments to understand exactly what is provided and what the costs are. Another approach is that offered by the free Ringdroid application.

Ringdroid allows you to select any song that is on your phone and then choose exactly which portion of the song you wish to use as your ringtone. You can then save that portion of the song to any of the three lists of alarms, ringtones, or notification sounds. This is probably the most flexible solution for creating and saving tones if you already have the song you are starting with on your phone.

You may already have existing ringtones on your computer or have received some via an MMS message or email. It’s possible to turn these sound clips into ringtones, alarms, or notification sounds, although it takes a bit more manual work than the approaches discussed above. The first thing you will need to do is create the appropriate directories on your phone’s SD card. If you’ve used Ringdroid or one of the other ringtone applications then the directories may already exist, but if that’s not the case there are two ways to create them: either using your PC or through a file manager application on the phone itself. In order to create these directories with your PC, connect the phone to your PC with the USB cable.

You should be prompted on the phone to mount the SD card, which will then make it available as an external drive on the PC. Once you’ve done that, you can access that external drive as a folder on the PC. What you will see in this folder is the contents of your phone’s SD card. Now you want create the following folders on your phone’s SD card, just like you create folders on your PC.

These folders may already be present and if so, just click into them in order to verify that all of the folders needed are present. At the top level of the SD card, create a folder named “media” and click into it. Within the media folder, create a folder named “audio” and click into that. Finally, within the audio folder you will need to create three folders: “alarms”, “notifications”, and “ringtones”.

What you should wind up with are three folders: “media/audio/alarms”, “/media/audio/notifications” and “/media/audio/ringtones”. You can also create these directories on the phone itself using one of the file manager applications available for Android phones, such as Astro or Linda. There are many of these applications available, but any of the highly rated ones should have the capability of creating folders on the SD card and then moving files to them. Once you have created these three folders you can copy your existing tones, stored as either mp3 or ogg files, into them. As mentioned above, there are three different selection lists of tones available: ringtones, alarms, and notification sounds. The folder you choose to put a sound file into corresponds to which selection list the tone will show up on.

If you want the same tone to show up in more than one of these selection lists you will need to copy it to each of the appropriate folders. If you have these tones on your computer, you can drag and drop them to the appropriate one of these three folders while your phone is connected with the USB cable. If you have the tones attached to a MMS or email message now, it may be a little more complicated. For an MMS message, you can usually press on the message to get an option to save the attached audio file to the SD card. Then you’ll need to find the file and move it to the ringtone directory.

If you are using the default text message application, then the file will probably have been saved to the “download” directory on the SD card. Similarly, if your tone is in email, the email program on your phone may offer a way of saving the attachment to your SD card. If it doesn’t, then simply access the email on your PC and save the audio file to the appropriate directory on the SD card while the phone is attached to the PC with the USB cable.

With the techniques described above, you should be able to set any song or sound clip you’d like as a ringtone, alarm, or notification sound on your Android smart phone. One thing to be aware of is that if you’ve set a tone to a sound file that is stored on the phone’s SD card, that sound file is not available to be used by the phone while the card is mounted to your computer as external drive. In that case, you will most likely hear a default tone in its place. You will need to disconnect the phone from the PC before the tones on the SD card are available for use.

 

Picking an eBook Reader

Dedicated ebook readers are hot sellers these days; prices are dropping and ebook files are readily available, so more consumers are taking advantage of dedicated readers. People like ebooks because they don’t require storage space, are instantly available when people make the purchase, and are easy to take out in public with an ebook reader or smartphone. Which reader should you buy? There are lots of manufacturers offering devices these days and each reader has its own pros and cons.

Before you invest your money in any of these offerings, consider these factors.

Screens. Not all manufacturers use the same technology. How important is the screen quality to you? Do you want to read outside, possibly in direct sunlight? Do you find that screen glare from “traditional” materials and technology strains your eyes? Also, screen size can matter. If you’re used to reading on a smartphone, getting a paragraph or two of text on the screen at onetime is standard. However, what if you want more text at once?

Battery life. If you plan on recharging your reader on a regular basis, this probably isn’t as important as other factors. However, long battery life can be great if you’re going on vacation or simply forget to recharge your device. Speaking of batteries, remember that some devices use internal batteries while others use plain, disposable types you can easily find and replace on your own.

Storage space. Some ebook vendors, like Amazon, will archive your ebooks; you can grab them whenever you want assuming you can connect to the service. Storage space isn’t top priority in this case, but what if you want to keep your collection on hand? What if you’re not planning on syncing your device in the near future? Some readers have external, removable storage, which might be important.

File compatibility. If you do most of your ebook shopping at Barnes & Noble’s website, you probably don’t want a Kindle, and will most probably get the Nook. Before you buy a reader, make sure you know which files will work on it so that you don’t have to buy another version of the same book or do without.

Extra features. Do you want a full keyboard for making notes? Does a color screen appeal to you? Do you like the idea of being able to walk into Barnes & Noble with your device and get coupons and other bonuses? Do you want to temporarily loan ebooks to friends and family? Read company information about each device you’re considering and decide which additional features are important to you.

Price. Even though prices are falling, an e-reader is still an investment. Finding a device that fits your budget and is expected to give you quality service for years is one way to make your dollars work hard for you.

Ultimately, the final decision depends on your budget, preferences, and needs. There are lots of devices on the market, just like there are lots of people reading ebooks, so you’re bound to find one that’s nearly perfect for you.

Distinguishing between i3, i5, and i7 Processors

When you finally decided to buy a new computer and eventually gather the necessary amount of money to do so, you still have to face the complex denomination of the computer processors provided by Intel.

The innovation of these products brought along serious changes in the denomination of processors hence a lot of questions arise from simple user regarding the characteristics of i3, i5 and i7 processors and making the correct distinction between them.

The main differences between these three processors are to be found by analyzing their number of cores, available memory, built-in processes and clock speed. The problem is rooted by the discrepancy between the values of these characteristics and the numbers included in the denomination of models.

The essential information everyone should know is that i3 processors have 2 cores, i5 processors can have either 2 or 4 cores, while i7 processors can have up to 6 cores, all of these being determined by the model one uses. In order to correctly identify the actual clock speed of a processor, one must be aware of actual number of cores the target processor has. Therefore one must multiply the number of cores with the specified clock speed to understand the real hierarchy between these three models. To make it crystal clear, this is the explanation for the fact that an i7 with a 1.7 GHz clock speed and 4 cores has a better performance (and is more expensive) than an i3 with 2.7 GHz clock speed and 2 cores.

How to Turn Your PC Into a Powerful Media-Streaming Machine

So what does one do to access all the photos, music and videos that are stored on their PC?

Thanks to mobile technology not being advanced enough to be able to store all these files, they will remain trapped within your PC and your home.

 

The solution: streaming your files.

 

So, here’s how you can turn your PC into a powerful media-streaming machine:

 

Step #1: Find a computer that is up to the task

 

Streaming files from your computes means that you need to have a PC that’s right for the task. Not only will you need one that can support the task of streaming files but will have to stay 24/7. For this purpose, it’s a good idea to find a PC that uses Windows 7 or Windows 8 Optimized so as to be able to carry out this task.

 

Step #2: Find reliable media server software

 

Media server software not only determines what kind of software you can share but also where you can share it. Some of the options that are available include Pogoplug PC, PlayOn and Plex that can help you stream files to not only tablets, mobiles but also your television as well. The first two are free while the latter might have a few costs attached to it.

 

Step #3: Make Use of Cloud Storage

 

Free cloud storage can help you access all your files from your mobile devices and tablets quite easily. You can also get basic media players that can help you access these files. If you’re already doing this, you can take your PC out of the equation but no matter what you think: nothing beats a machine that can stream files to just about anywhere in the world.