Troubleshooting Computer Freeze (Lockup) Problems

How familiar does the following sound? Your computer was working fine, but then suddenly started locking up (aka hanging or freezing), rebooting itself (crashing) or shutting down spontaneously? If you know only too well what I am talking about, then read on! Performing the simple steps below can fix the majority of lockup cases.

1. Check for recently installed software or hardware.

If the lockups started to happen after you installed a new peace of hardware, new software program, or new drivers, uninstall it and see if the problem goes away.

2. Run your antivirus program.

One of the first things to do in the case of sudden lockups is to run your antivirus program. Check your antivirus manufacturer's website for updates and latest virus definition files. (This is absolutely necessary, outdated antivirus is not going to be of any use!) If you do not have antivirus software installed – or if updates are unavailable – run one of the web-based antivirus scans that some major antivirus vendors like Trend Micro are offering for free. You can find a comprehensive list of available web-based scans and free antivirus programs at http://www.free-antivirus.info .

3. Run some good spyware removal tool.

If your machine is not infected with any viruses, it is still possible that it has some harmful adware or spyware is present. Download and run some good spyware removal tool such as AdAware or Microsoft AntiSpyware . Check http://www.free-antivirus.info for a list of free spyware removal applications.

4. Check for free hard drive space.

When no viruses are found, check out free hard drive space on drive C :. Make sure there is more than 20% of free space available; low disk space can lead to random lockups.

5. Check for overheating.

Overheating is another known cause of lockups. It can be caused by problems with fans inside the case, dust buildup, or other cooling problems. Make sure the power supply fan and CPU fan are running and free of dust buildup. You can check the temperatures inside the case by running Motherboard monitor
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– make sure the temperatures are within the preset limits. Be very careful while cleaning inside the computer case (use plastic vacuum crevice tool) and NEVER OPEN THE POWER SUPPLY CASE as it contains high voltage.

6. Check the hard disk.

Check the hard disk – it is possible that its logical structure is corrupted. To check the disk for errors, right-click on the disk C: icon in "My Computer", select the "Tools" tab, check all check boxes in the "Check disk options" field, and press the "Check now" button . It should ask if you want to schedule the check next time you restart your computer – answer "Yes" and restart your PC. The check will be performed automatically after startup; it can take a while, so be patient. The program will attempt to fix some problems automatically – however, if the hard disk is failing physically, it will need to be replaced. It …

Web Hosting Aspects That Might Affect SEO

Does Web Hosting Have an Effect on SEO?

There are 3 web hosting factors that influence where your website gets ranked. Here is an in-depth look into them:

Uptime/ Downtime

Downtime is the length of time when your website cannot be accessed because of the problems involving the server. It is likely for search engine spiders to visit your website many times daily. However, if they visit when your site is experiencing downtime, they will record it as inaccessible and will go on to the next site. When this happens over and over again, your website will be considered unreliable and your rankings may be reduced. Unreliable sites are not displayed highly in results of search engine since this will put them in a bad light when the searchers click on results they give but can’t access the site. Even if it is 99% uptime, your website will not be accessible for a total of 7 hours over a span of 1 month. If possible, you would want your website to be 100% accessible at all times. However, websites are expected to experience some kind of downtime even if these have expensive web hosting plans. Yet, there are web hosts that offer and guarantee 99.95% uptime, so accept no less than this.

Speed

In general, search engines do not divulge the factors that belong to their algorithms. Yet, in 2010, Google openly revealed that the speed upon which a page loads is only one among those more than 200 factors. This is certainly a very small percentage (of only 0.5% ) effect on your rankings. Nevertheless, it is still worthwhile to take it into consideration. The loading speeds for your web pages are as follows:

When you have a lower than average loading speed, you should not necessarily blame your web host. The slow down may be caused by the coding and configuration of your website. However, if you are confident that your site’s technical set-up has been optimized in the best possible way, but you still get poor loading times, it is about time to request your web host to transfer your site to a different server. Nowadays, it is quite common for a website to share server resources with numerous other sites. As expected, more sites on a server use up more resources, which results to slower loading times. When you transfer your website to a private/dedicated server or one that is not too busy, you will see quick improvement in page load speeds.

Location

Aside from several different factors like content and backlinks among others, in order to show the most significant search results, search engines evaluate the website’s location for deciding where to position it in their rankings. For instance, when the people who search are located in the UK, search engines will normally display sites located in UK higher in their search results. To find out where your website is located, they use some indicators like the IP address of your site, which is allotted …

3 Companies With Huge IT Departments

Information technology is a necessity in today’s market place, and not only large companies benefit from using an IT department, but smaller businesses often do as well. Anytime computers and networking is used, there is going to be a need for personnel that is capable of managing all the information required to run that business. Large corporations typically have their own staff of IT professionals running the show, but some smaller ones even outsource their information technology needs.

As you might expect, some of the most well-known companies around the world make use of IT departments to keep all information pertaining to the company in a convenient form so that it is ready at a moments notice. Information such as employee benefits, their payroll check creation and more are managed by IT departments. You sill recognize many of the names of companies that regularly use information technology.

Walmart is one large corporation that must use the resources which are provided by information technology departments. This corporation operates worldwide and that means having a great IT department is essential if all the information going in and out is going to be up to the company’s standards. With hundreds of stores located all over the world, it would be nearly impossible to keep up with each if it were not for the interconnection between all of the stores and corporate offices.

The same is true when you are taking a look at the clothing store giant, JCPenney. This corporation also has more than a thousand stores operating in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico. It also keeps track of everything going on in its stores through the use of its own unique IT department. IT departments are in charge of all kinds of information going in and out of corporate headquarters including advertising campaigns. If it were up to the individual stores to create all their own campaigns through the computer networks within their specific organizations everything about JCPenney would change.

Another large corporation that utilizes IT department staff to keep everything running smoothly is Target. This is another giant in the industry that employs thousands of individuals throughout the nation. The only way to track all the information located within the corporation is through information technology.

As a general rule, these corporations have their own information technology departments staffed by their specially trained employees. However, there is no reason that any of them could not make use of outsourcing this important part of doing business if they simply had no other choice.…

Components of Your Computer

A personal computer is a programmable electronic system, which processes data and which is designed to have a single user at once. Over the years, computers have developed from all points of view and their components make no exception.

The central unit is the basic components of the system and it consist of the following. First of all, you have an asymmetrical and logical unit which does everything you want related to arithmetical and logical calculations. Then, there is the internal memory, also shortened in IM, an internal memory which stores the programs and the data which are in process. The, we have the command and control unit, which reigns over the entire ensemble.

There are also other kinds of components which make a personal computer and these components start with the peripheral ones. These establish the connection between your computer and the things around you. You have the input components, such as the keyboards and the mouse, then you have the output ones, such as the monitor and the scanner, then the storing ones, such as magnetic band units or CD-ROMs and last but not least, you have the communication components, such as the couple and the modem.

There are also constructive elements with a computer, the main ones being the system unit, the storage unit and the peripheral components of the connection components. When it comes to the central unit, this is actually a case and it involves everything that is in it, too. One of its main functions is the physical ones, this being the place where the internal components are mounted. The internal components refer to the main board, to the disk units, to the extension plates and so on. …

Computer Forensics – One of America’s "Hottest" Jobs

Computer forensics is relatively new and growing bigger by the day. Simply “Google” it, you will see long list of vacancies available for individuals with bachelor’s and master’s degree as well as jobs as freelances and in consulting firms. The high salaries that are offered to experienced and skilled computer forensics have has always been a “hot” topic. If you are someone who is born to be in the forensic world, i.e. have the characteristics such as curiosity and investigative, it is perhaps, the time to get involved in this field. Other than that, do you possess the followings?  

1)      Computers are your best friend  

Most of the best computer forensics is born to be curious about how and why computers work since they are kids. They spend most of their childhood reading, researching and exploring the computers. You should have good knowledge of computers, and would like to know more.  

2)      Education  

Education is the elixir for all problems. In order to gain yourself a place in this hot job, you need to have recognised qualifications from accredited schools. Enhance your resume by getting other certifications such as the CISSP, CISM, CISA, or CCSP.  

3)      Working Experience  

You may be excited to become a computer forensic student. However, real working life is far different from your college/university life. Accumulate hands-on experiences during your spare times and listen to experienced people around you.  Equipping yourself with the necessary skills may give you a higher chance during the interview session and also to mentally prepare you how to survive in the computer forensic industry longer.  

4)      Invest in Useful Tools  

As a computer forensic, you are expect to know how to use specialised recovery programs to recover what was thought to be deleted or erased, or hidden evidence, either all or part of it. Investing and getting familiar with computer forensic software will assist your chance in getting hired or even becoming your own boss.  

5)      Good Writing Skills  

Computer forensics is required to write detail and technical reports on the data recover and to testify in Court. Hence, you should sharpen your writing as well as public speaking skills.  

There is no shortcut in getting into this “hot” job, but with proper preparation and determination, you may be one of the few enjoying the high paid computer forensic job.  …

A Look at Artificial Intelligence and Technology – Book Review

It is fairly obvious that computers and artificial intelligence will run our world tomorrow, as we program these machines today. Interestingly enough, not long from now these AI machines will be programming themselves. How did we come so far so fast you ask? Well, maybe you need to do a little research for yourself.

If this topic interests you, then boy do I have a great book for you to read. It is a book that I own personally, and one I read a long time ago, but it still holds validity today, and many of the predictions of that past period, which is only two decades ago, although it seems like eons; the book is:

“The Connection Machine,” by W. Danny Hillis, MIT Press, MA, 1989, (208 pp), ISBN: 978-026258-0977.

This book is an extension of a highly controversial and ahead of its time MIT thesis by the same author. This book is not for the non-intellectual, and he gets pretty thick into the details and philosophy of parallel computing. This book was written well before massive Internet use, just as the computer technology in Silicon Valley was really taking off. Indeed, this is one of those books which was the prime mover of the time.

This is why I have it in my library, and why I recommend it to anyone who is into artificial intelligence, computer hardware, future software, or where we are go from here; why you ask – because if the past is any indication of the future, things are getting get pretty interesting in the next decade. In fact, I hope you will please consider this, and educate yourself a little in the past, so you can understand how far we’ve come, how fast we’ve come, and where we go from here. Think on it.…

SEO, Site Marketing and Web Analytics: Digital Dream Team

Does your business have an active digital pulse? Or is it in need of a
pacemaker? Important questions. Here is another … how do your site visitors and
potential customers view your site?

A Website presence has become standard operating procedure for any business
seeking to reach a wider audience, enhance marketing and advertising efforts,
stretch marketing budgets, make strategic affiliations, or network and interact on a
national or global scale. Once your business site has been designed, built and set in
motion, the fun begins. And the name of this game is SEO (Search Engine
Optimization).

SEO is a vital part of Website marketing. Think of it as the foundation on which to
build your promotion and advertising campaigns. Without effective SEO, your site
will be buried in the obscurity of distant search engine listings. With a good SEO
foundation and practices, your site will gain an important position in the big
search engines and your customers, new and old, will find you with minimal
searching.

As good as rank position may sound, keep in mind that the search industry is
always evolving, and lists / rankings have to be viewed and worked regularly.
Online marketing and SEO experts all agree that submitting a site to search engines
for listing is only the beginning.

Once the Meta data has been completed (the development and placement of
keywords in the HTML Meta tags on your site page files), you can begin a regular
marketing plan. Part of this plan should include staying aware of any changes that
the major search players are going through.

A solid marketing plan will be different things to different people. There are low
cost Web-only strategies that utilize press releases, link or banner exchanges,
affiliate programs and providing free content, such as e-books or industry
information. These can take a little longer to get results, so where money is saved,
time involvement becomes crucial. For faster results, there are pay-per-click
programs and various online paid advertising. And for those businesses that seek
local and offline clientele, there are magazine, newspaper, radio and TV ads. But
whatever the methods chosen, all marketing comes back to your Website. The ideal
scenario allows you to keep close and accurate track of all your efforts, know the
success or failure of campaigns, and learn user response through the activity on
your Website. Too many businesses underutilize their Websites, wasting a highly
valuable tool.

Basically there are two avenues of marketing, and they should both lead back to
your Website – site-specific online advertising, and outside advertising that brings
people to your site. Therefore, successful marketing requires that you really know
your site visitors.

What do your potential customers see when they visit your Website? What invites
them to move through your site? What compels them to make a purchase, or sign
up for the newsletter? To be successful with your marketing, you MUST know your
audience.

It really is not as difficult as it sounds. With the growing awareness …

Tips for Developing a Great Web Site: Putting Your Best Foot Forward on the Web

These days, anyone who wants to start an Internet business can download a template and fill in their information. However, are these cookie cutter web sites really the image you want to present to your potential customers? Using a template can cut costs, but it can also make you look unimaginative and unprofessional.

Templates can have coding errors that make your web site work incorrectly, the graphics can be inappropriate for your business, and the layout may not be the best one to promote your products and services. So how do you get a great web site? Follow these basic tips for setting up a web site and you'll be on your way to an attractive and useful marketing tool.

Choosing a Suitable Domain Name

The domain name of your web site is the address that points visitors to your site. One example of a domain name would be [http://www.yourbusiness.com]. You can use your domain name to your advantage in two ways. One way to effectively use your domain for marketing purposes is to use your business name as your domain. If you start a business called "Joe's Printing," try to see if http://www.joesprinting.com is available. You can also use keywords in your domain to help your web site get ranked higher in the search engines. Joe's Printing might use http://www.affordableprinting.com if "affordable printing" is a popular search phrase. No matter how you choose your domain name, remember to keep the name easy to remember and easy to spell. Inventive spellings may show your creativity, but they will not help people remember how to get to your web site.

Keeping Layout and Graphics Simple and Professional

Unless you are a graphic designer or other creative professional, your web site does not need many graphics. The layout should also be kept as simple as possible to keep people from having difficulty navigating to the areas of the site that they want to visit. According to many web studies, people want to find the information they need within 8 seconds of visiting your site. If they have to wait for large graphics to load or for long Flash intros to play, they're going to get frustrated and go to another site. Colors are also important in designing an effective web site. Do not you just hate it when you visit a site and you can not read the text against the background or the whole site is neon yellow and you need to squint? People will hate your web site if it looks like that too. Use professional colors that can be seen easily by many users. If you really want to make your site accessible, use colors that can be read by those who are colorblind. If you make your site accessible for everyone, you'll increase the opportunities you have for making sales and building customer relationships.

Providing Informative and Accurate Content

If you get past having a great domain name and getting a good design, you'll need to provide visitors …

Benefits of Using An Android TV Box

An Android TV box is a portable device that can be placed near your television. The device comes with HDMI cable, power adapter, USB adapter, and USB cable. The functions of both internet and television can be enjoyed by using the same device. A new edition of the android operating system known as ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) is used in an Android TV box.

Android TV box is useful to share your songs, videos and pictures through television to other people. You can play online games on the television and watch television programs at the same time. The device is portable and lightweight, and you can carry it to any place with ease. You can browse internet and television channels whenever you want, regardless of time and place. A person who is using a smartphone can easily understand the user interface of the device’s software, because both use the same operating system.

The only difference between television and mobile android applications is that with a television box, you can enjoy both internet and television programs on a big screen. You can chat and connect with your friends on social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, MySpace, etc., with the help of this device. The device has enough storage space with good amount of processing power and RAM. SD cards can be used for additional storage requirements.

The device supports various languages such as English, Czech, Spanish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Danish, etc. One of the greatest advantages of this device is that there is no subscription fee to enjoy internet browsing and television programs.

The users will receive software updates and service upgrades automatically for the device. Hence manual upgrades are not necessary. The users can easily use the parental control options in the device enabling secure viewing of both television and internet. You can use USB and Bluetooth to transfer pictures, movies and videos from the computer to android TV box. All types of audio and video formats are supported by this device. You can also check emails and play online games on your television screen by connecting android TV box with the television.

Setting up of this device is very easy. You just have to plug in the device to the power source. Then, all you have to do is connect the device to HDMI port of the TV. You are now all set to enjoy the advantages of this great device.…

Finding the Best SEO Outsourcing Company

Search engine optimization is the most popular online business marketing trend today. To start with, let us see what significance a SEO reseller has in today's market. SEO or Search Engine Optimization is one of the best and cost-effective techniques to gain higher page rankings for a website in all leading search engines such as Google, Yahoo or MSN. Every single business that has taken its business online does know the importance of having a great rank on all prime search engines.

If you think of your business as the next big thing, then it is the right time to approach one of the best SEO expert services. You can choose among the finest SEO reseller services that help you in building your company brand (product / service) and also attract more visitors to your website.

Any company can not provide ways or solutions to Outsource SEO. It is very important to choose the right SEO Company, which offers you Page 1 result by employing its effective SEO methods.

The competition with your competitor will get intense day by day as and when you find success. However, if you want it last long or forever, hire the best SEO firm to help you market your service or product. This is one of the main reasons why some of the most successful firms across the globe use SEO outsourcing services to help their rank stay as high as possible.

Pick one of the finest reseller programs to outsource SEO. Ensure it has the following features:

  • A qualified team of SEO experts to deliver the best solutions
  • A company holding a good record of SEO experience
  • The service must be equipped with best SEO Software and Tools
  • The company (service) must be modernized with the newest trends and expertise of search engine
  • The company should offer affordable SEO packages

If all the above conditions are met, then you can see a major and intense growth in web traffic of your website. So choose an SEO outsourcing company that understands the elementary ways to grow your business and also has an established track record with a history in the field of a SEO reseller.

In today's market, effective as well as economic promotions are the platforms of any successful online or offline business. Therefore, if you are concerned to know more about getting your website on the first page of search engines and want to appreciate more leads, more customers, and revenue for your business, Google your search for prioritize and effective results. …