Automotive GPS Units – Practical Technology

Prior to the invention of automated GPS units, traveling to unknown areas had to be done through reading a map and / or asking for directions. Both methods had problems. For instance, how can one effectively read a map while driving? Map-reading is only best if there is another passenger in the car, which is not always possible. Asking for directions can also be annoying, at least if the person giving the directions does so in a way that is not as clear.

Fortunately, with the emergence of automated GPS units the process of map-reading and getting directions has never been easier as each can be done either through voice activation, touching the screen, pushing buttons or a combination. Maps pinpointing the exact location pop right up on the screen, while directions can be given through a computer-generated voice. Nothing could be easier or better. The only issue is deciding … Read More

Adware Removal – Tips on Adware Removal From Your Computer

For those who do not know, adware is a program which gets downloaded onto your computer, usually without your knowledge, downloads, plays, and displays all kinds of ads. This can happen when particular software is downloaded that has adware secretly installed.

Adware typically makes note of the sites you visit, then pops up related ads when the adware is packaged with software you have downloaded. AIM, Limewire, Kazaa, and DivX are just a few of the types of software that have adware attached.

If you want to remove adware, the first thing you need to do is quite simple. Uninstall and remove the software that hosts the adware. Things like Kazaa and Limeware are not necessary programs and your computer would run better without them anyhow.

Sometimes, however, you get a piece of malicious adware, which often will not uninstall. It may instead be necessary to uninstall the adware … Read More

Computers Play An Important Role In School

Computers, during the last two decades or so, have been instrumental in bringing about changes in the way we communicate and gather information and / or knowledge to such an extent that it is hard to find any sphere which has not undergone changes after the advent of computers.

The system of teaching in elementary schools, and of course higher education, is one such area where the advent of computers, coupled with the growth of the World Wide Web, has brought about a complete metamorphosis in the way knowledge is being imparted even in elementary schools.

The conventional mode of teaching by way of imparting knowledge only through books and the written word is fast becoming outdated. The transformation is so forceful that not only do schools provide computer teaching but also put them up in classrooms to aid in the teaching process. Those of us, who see children learning … Read More

Time Track Your Children’s Computer Time at Home

If you think that time track only works for businesses, you are wrong. There are unique ways to use it at home. One of them is to monitor the computer and the Internet time of your kids.

There is nothing wrong with your children using computer and going online, especially if it has something to do with their school assignments. There is also nothing wrong with playing games, chatting and posting in social networking sites from time to time. As a parent, though, you still have to make sure that they learn how to use it responsibly. It is for this reason that you need to implement time tracker at home.

Before you even allow your children to use the computer and to go online, inform them that you purchased a time track tool and that it is already installed in the computer. Show them how it works. Tell them … Read More

Technology Integration in Your Classroom – For Beginners

The British comic writer Terry Pratchett once wrote that you could tell that his office was a paperless office because you could see paper everywhere. Classrooms, like offices, will never be 100% free of papers, but integrating technology in the classroom is making the idea of a “paperless” classroom more feasible. How much easier would your job as a teacher be if you didn’t have a multitude of papers, books, black line masters, flash cards, attendance rolls, notes-to-send-home-to-parents, handouts and quiz sheets to cope with? Technology in the classroom is becoming more and more extensive. It would be a rare classroom today that doesn’t have at least one PC or laptop set up with a good internet connection, possibly even wireless, and nearly every classroom has its own VCR or DVD player, or at least, there’s a player that’s shared between two or three classrooms, depending on who’s using it … Read More

Purchasing Computers

I am looking for new computers for a graphics company. There are many features that I will be evaluating, like memory, and storage space, and much more. There are a variety of price levels that I have been given to evaluate. I am going to start at the low end of each computer manufacturer first and go to the highest level. I am going to compare all of the features of a couple of manufacturers on each level. They will also have advantages and disadvantages to each system that I will discuss.

The first models of computers will cost less than one thousand dollars. The model of this computer is HP Pavilion Elite e9250t and a Dell Studio XPS 8000. One of the downsides to this computer is it comes with Windows 7, which is a new platform. This operating system may have to be downgraded for more security. I … Read More

Web Design Made Easy

When my first domain went live in 1997 things were very primitive. Coding had to be learned and designs were basic. Over the years since my now many sites are still plodding along as they are mainly text with a few images. The development of my first one went on for some years and grew into 20 or more pages. Over that time much has been learnt and companies now offer pre-loaded designs with easy to do graphics.

What my sites have that they don’t offer, however, is originality. Because they are basically my own designs from scratch and the coding is a little complicated nothing in the lists of pre-designed pages comes even close to them.

They are my sites done my way and easily recognisable by any viewer as such. They stand apart from the mob and will continue to do so for many years to come.

When … Read More

Computer Cookies: Are They Good or Bad?

Explaining “Cookies” (the non caloric ones that reside in your computer!)

You can’t talk about all those nasty ‘things’ that can ‘attack’ your computer while you are surfing the Internet, like viruses or spyware, without talking about ‘Cookies’. But what are they and are they really bad for my computer?

Ok, first let’s define the term, and then we’ll explain the good and the bad about it.


A small data (text and numbers) file (piece of information) created by a Web server (large computer that stores web sites) that is stored on your computer either temporarily for that session only (the time that you spend on a web site) or permanently on the hard disk (persistent cookie). Cookies provide a way for the Web site that you visit and go back to visit again, to identify users and keep track of their preferences. Amazon and Barnes and Noble online … Read More

Can Unwanted Ads Harm Your Computer?

Most people are now familiar with the threat that viruses pose to their PCs, but an invasion of another type of unwanted software, commonly referred to as "spyware", could be equally destructive.

Spyware is a general name for a large group of unwanted software that is downloaded and installed in the computer without the knowledge of the computer user. This type of software could range from rare innocent cookies, which keep track of what websites one has visited, to software that records key-strokes, and then sends this information back to the people who installed it, to enable them to extract information such as passwords, credit card numbers and other very sensitive personal information.

The large majority of spyware that is commonly installed on people's computer is what is termed "adware". This is most often a piece of information in the form of a cookie, which enables the sender to display … Read More

Why Organizations Must Have a Good Computer Based Data Management System

Organizations have now become reliant on computer systems more than ever. Everyday transactions are now being connected through the use of computers, either through existing local area networks (LAN), or via the Internet. The need for connectivity with businesses both inside and outside the country also requires businesses to invest on a great computer infrastructure.

However, nothing is as pressing as the need for data management systems as the main reason for going computerized. There is too much information in the world today, that looking for ways to store them is actually a major issue. Organizations have to find a way to store information, ranging from employees' records, to salaries to receipts- something that can be done effectively by computers.

The size of a computer's memory bank and the capacity to build data centers primarily engaged in computers are two things that make a computer a great storage place for … Read More