Saturday, June 28, 2014

Should You Eliminate Landline After Implementing VoIP?

This is true that Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is gaining advantage over Public switched Telephone Networks (PSTN). With VoIP the cost of communication with others have reduced a lot and most people are now in the dilemma that whether they main landline or submit it once they have successfully implemented VoIP.



It’s very true that VoIP has lots of advantages over PSTN, the primary being cost effective. However, just eliminating it would not be a good option for the following reasons:

Requires Power
For your router, ATA or other VoIP equipment you need power to run. Hence, just think of the situation what has happened to New York this year. No electric supply, and thus you would be totally out of connection with the neighborhood too! In any natural disaster when there is short of electric power, your VoIP cannot support you, yes your PSTN can.

Dependency on Bandwidth
VoIP is also known as Internet telephony, and internet is all about good bandwidth. Generally VoIP works better with broadband and not with dial up connection. Thus when there are any problems related to your broadband your VoIP goes down so does your communication system. Problems that you may face with broadband are

  • Connection down, as VoIP is totally depended upon your broadband, once the connection goes down, all your telephones would stop working. And this is simply annoying when you are using at home. If it’s your business connection then you are just out!
  • Shared connection, especially when you are using your internet in the office environment there are numbers of work that you do with it. Hence, VoIP gets only a share of the total bandwidth and you have to be happy with that only. Other way when you would be using VoIP better to minimize the usage of internet over other applications.
  • Poor connection may lead various problems as if the quality of the connection is not good then you may even start hating the technology, blaming all for suggesting a worst system. 
Voice Quality
VoIP depends on various factors to provide their services like the service provided by provider, hardware used, the bandwidth of the connection and the destination of the call. Hence, if all these factors are performing in your favor then you can expect a good quality of voice over the VoIP. Generally it is found that sound at VoIP is not that clear like that of PSTN. You may hear some echo or delay in transmission of the sound.

So if the broadband connection is good enough you can expect a good voice quality over the VoIP.

Emergency calls or E911
As there is no obligation by the VoIP providers to provide 911 emergency services many of them do not provide it. Hence in case of emergency you have to depend on landline only for making the emergency calls. When called from PSTN lines emergency services can track easily from where the call is made. This is always not possible in case of VoIP as it works in IP addresses which may be from other sources too.

Security
Data security is the most vital issue with VoIP especially when different viruses and malwares are so prominent. One has to be careful about phishing, service theft and call tampering while using VoIP.

Thus, this is true that with VoIP your calls can be made very fast and you can make even international calls at cheaper arte, but there are certain problems too which are associated with it. Hence, keep a PSTN just like you keep an emergency light at your home to manage any emergency situation.
Michelle is a freelance writer and blogger. She covers a wide range of topics including technology, health, travel and much more. Here she has explained about the importance of VOIP systems in this techno savvy world.



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How to Use Tech to Make Your Business More Flexible and Lightweight

Technology has transformed business in a million different ways, but perhaps one of the most notable changes is the way it has become so much lighter. We can now outsource our services, communicate from great distances and store files on the cloud: all of which allows companies to operate from a more diverse range of locations, to move around more freely and easily, and to work with fewer supplies and smaller teams.

Building your business this way will help to reduce your overheads and increase your resilience, while at the same time making you more efficient and adaptable to meet the requirements of your customers and clients. But how do you go about making the very most of technology in order to achieve flexibility and adaptability? Read on and we'll look at some of the things you can do to make your business truly lightweight by leaning on the latest technology.

Device: The Surface Pro 3
The ideal devices to use in a lightweight business would be those that are physically small and light while still having the full power of larger machines. They should be adaptable to be used in a range of situations and they should sport long battery lives.

                                           

The ideal choice then would be the brand new Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft. This is a 'slate' computer that houses the power of a full desktop Windows PC in the light body of a thin 12'' tablet. The specs go all the way up to i7 processor with 256GB storage space and 8GB of RAM, while the battery life gets up to around 9 hours. The Type Cover keyboard attachment allows you to turn it into an incredibly light ultrabook (with adjustable viewing angles thanks to the friction-based kickstand) while the digitizer pen is ideal for taking notes while standing up at a trade show or meeting. You can work anywhere with this set up, allowing any location to become your office. They're also much smaller and lighter for your office relocation when it happens.

File Storage: Cloud Services and Portable Scanners


Another way to ensure you have fewer heavy items to use is to cut down on papers and documents and make the move to a truly paperless office. One of the best ways to do that meanwhile is to use a portable scanner which can scan multiple pages, front and back, by taking them in through a paper feed. The best of these come with built in software that will use OCR (optical character recognition) to turn your pages into searchable word documents and that will upload all your files to a cloud storage service like Evernote or DropBox. Now your files will always be accessible from any machine and you'll never need to carry piles of papers with you moving office.

Outsourcing: Virtual Assistants
With this setup your staff will now have light machines that can access all the relevant data from anywhere in the world. But you will still have a lot of staff which will create its own challenges.


If you want to keep your business small then, you should consider outsourcing some of your work to other online services. Virtual assistants are businesses that will complete any task you need completing that can be completed through phone and e-mail and that doesn't require particular specialist skills. Virtual assistants will handle administrative tasks, proof reading, web editing, research, customer support and more while you sleep allowing you to keep your team smaller and still provide excellent support and achieve impressive output.

Communication: Auto Responders and Skype

For communication you can also use auto-responders and mailing lists in order to reduce the number of similar e-mails you're sending to clients and business partners thus freeing yourself up even more time. Skype meanwhile can be used along with a high-quality web cam in order to provide video conferencing so that you don't have to attend meetings halfway around the world. Use time clock software and you won't even need to be in the same room as your staff. You'll all be able to work from anywhere, at any time and with minimal distractions.

The author of this article, Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for AMJ Campbell. She has a very dynamic personality and she enjoys trying new things. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.


Friday, May 09, 2014

How to convert PDF files to Word - Aiseesoft PDF to Word Converter Giveaway

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Sunday, May 04, 2014

Understanding The Significance Of Defragmentation On Your Computer

You may have noticed in the past that your computer was not working in its normal speed, and a friend or an expert may have suggested you defrag your hard drives. You may also have noticed that your computer was function at normal speed again or even better. However, you may not have paid much attention as to why defragging your hard drives worked. Learn how this process works, and how you can use it regularly to optimize your hard drives, thus enhancing them for better performance.

Fragmentation
Understanding how your computer stores data is a prerequisite for understanding defragmentation. When a hard drive is storing data such as a file, the computer's operating system tries to store the same file in a section of contiguous, locations that are connecting without a space or break. Storing data in contiguous spaces is usually no problem when you have a new hard drive. Nevertheless, as you continue to use your hard drive, you will delete data from it, thus creating tiny pockets of space on the hard drive. These tiny pockets of space in the hard drive are known as fragmentation.




When a hard drive becomes fragmented, and the operating system wants to store data on it, it will attempt to store the data in a section of contiguous space is sufficiently large to accommodate the data. If your hard disk is heavily fragmented, there could not be sufficient contiguous space available to sore data, hence the operating system will break the data into and store it in multiple locations on your hard drive. As a result, the file too becomes fragmented. This can especially be disadvantageous when installing new software on the computer since the application will be installed on multiple locations in the hard drive. The performance of this software will be degraded when you try to run it.

Defragmentation

To overcome this problem, software developers created applications known as disk defragmenters. In basic terms, a disk defragmenter recognizes data on your hard drive's partitions in such a way that it stores the files in as much contiguous space is available. This application will search your hard drive's partitions and move data from one location to another, such that the files stored are a single contiguous piece rather than being spread throughout countless locations on the partitions of the hard drive. This enables the data and programs to run quickly and more efficiently since the operating system does not have to read from many locations. There are two main ways of defragging a hard drive, which are using a disk defragmenter and using a spare empty hard drive.

Using a disk defragmenter
Here are some steps you can take to defrag your hard drive using a disk defragmenter application. Even though the steps outlined below are tailored for those using windows XP, the general principles apply in other operating systems:
  1. Close all applications: the first thing you want to do is shut down all applications including disabling your antivirus so that the process can be smooth and quick.
  2. Run the disk defragmenter: Windows operating system comes with a tool called disk defragmenter. You can locate this tool under the System Tools folder under Accessories in the Start Menu. Click once on the disk defragmenter, select the partition you want to defrag and click on the Analyze button.
  3. Analyze the partitions: Once you click on the Analyze button, the program will run an analysis of the partition to show you how badly it is fragmented. Do this for all your partitions to find out, which one is badly off so that you can begin with that one. Make a habit of reading the report.
  4. Defragment the partitions: Before defragmentation can take place, a partition must meet various requirements. For instance, it must have at least 15% free space on the drive. If a partition is marked dirty, it will not defrag since it may be corrupted. You can only defrag one partition at a time, and you can only defrag local drives.
Defragmenting using an extra empty hard drive
Perhaps the quickest and most efficient way to defragment your hard drive, if your budget allows, is t use a spare hard drive of equal storage capacity. You would then copy all your data from the fragmented hard drive to the spare hard drive. You would then delete all the data from the fragmented hard drive, and copy all the data from the clean hard drive back to the old hard drive.
Today's featured writer, Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger, who often writes for Hard Drives For Sale. She likes to practice yoga to stay healthy and fit. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.



Three Technological Innovations that Are Changing Medicine

The rapid evolution of technology has provided people all over the world with things that were once only possible in their dreams. Healthcare is one field where technological innovations have directly affected the medical research concerning how long and how healthy people live by introducing new ways to diagnose and treat diseases.


Let's take a quick look at three of the most important technological innovations in the field of healthcare.

1. The Sapien Transcatheter Aortic Valve
Open-heart surgery is an intense and drastic procedure. It's hard on the patient's body and can cause lengthy hospital stays. There are some patients who are unable to undergo open-heart surgery because they're too weak.

The Sapien transcatheter aortic valve offers an alternative to this procedure. The valve itself is made of bovine tissue attached to a stainless steel stint. It can be inserted through the femoral artery just like most other stints.

When the valve is in the right place, a balloon placed at the end can be inflated so that it can be anchored to the right spot.

The minimal amount of invasive surgery involved with this procedure makes it safe to use on older and physically weaker patients.

2. The ATI Neurostimulator
The ATI neurostimulator works much like electronic aspirin. It uses electric signals to help combat headaches, which may make it vital in helping people whom have chronic and uncontrollable headaches.

It's designed to be implanted in a patient's gums near the SPG nerve bundle. When a patient feels that onset of a headache, they can bring a remote up to the device and check the status of their headache with the press of a button.

The neurotransmitter delivers an electric signal that mitigates the signals that the SPG bundle of nerves, which are the nerves responsible for the feeling of headaches.

3. Medical Robots that Check on Patients
While things like electronic stethoscopes and handheld microscopes for children have come about as the result of technology's constant advancement, they pale in comparison to an army of robotic assistants that can green and record the vital signs of patients.

The RP-VITA Remote Presence Robot program aims to introduce robotic healthcare assistants that can do just that. They can offer a two-way video conference, which makes it that much easier for doctors to personally see their patients.

The promise of this technology is that it can offer constant monitoring of patients with dangerous conditions that could grow worse at any given moment. This makes healthcare more responsive, which in turn allows them to get help before their health condition gets considerably worse.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

5 Home Maintenance Apps That Will Help You Deal With Anything

If you're a homeowner there are some things you'll need to deal with on a constant basis. You'll need to look after your home whether it's making sure it's secure, fixing small problems before they get worse, or finding professionals who can carry out major renovation projects. You will be able to deal with any of those things easily because of some great apps you can download to your smartphone or tablet. Take a look at some examples I've laid out for you and you'll see how a simple app can change your life.


Photo Measures


Could you tell me how much space is between your living room door without picking up a tape and measuring it? You might think something like that is trivial, but I'm positive you would think differently when you were in a store ready to buy something to put inside your living room. How on earth would you know whether or not it would fit inside? Photo Measures is a simple app that lets you record every important measurement inside your home so you'll be prepared for anything.

Home Sizer


This app is similar to Photo Measures except it comes with a little twist. You'll still be able to measure up everything inside your home, but once you have the measurements you'll be able to use them to work out things like materials you'll need to complete a certain job and the total cost of everything involved. When you're dealing with numbers things tend to get a little complicated, but since this app has a simple interface it's easy to start using straight away.

HomeLogic Total Control


Instead of helping you add new things to your home this app will let you control everything you already have in there. Your heating, lights, audio, alarm system, and a number of other things can be controlled using your phone and since everything will be hooked up to Wi-Fi you'll be able to do it from anywhere. One cool feature is the ability to look through your home security cameras so you can rest easy knowing your home is safe at all times.

iScrew

Don't be fooled by the name because this isn't some kinky app you would be ashamed to tell your mother about. It's simply a great tool that will teach you everything you need to know about screws. If the doors on your kitchen cabinets are falling off will you know which screws to ask about when you visit the hardware store? Unless you're a tradesman you won't have a clue what you need, so the app will help you pick up the right screws at the first time of asking.

Redbeacon Home Services

There are some jobs you won't be able to do on your own because they're too complex. You might decide to give them a go yourself, but at the end of the day you could end up causing even more damage. That is when you'll need to reach out to professionals and Redbeacon will help you get in touch with someone who can deal with any problem you might have. Just upload a video of your problem and you'll end up getting people giving you quotes and you can choose the best one.

The new way to do things

There is a good chance we'll be using apps to deal with everything in a few years, so you're better getting in on the action now. You must have apps on your phone already so you should know how to use them, but if you've not tested out any home-related apps you should definitely start with these ones.
The author of this article, Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Apex. She enjoys trying new things. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How to Build an Engaging Web Presence for Your Business

It's essential for every business to have a strong web presence. This is important for customers who want to connect with and learn about your business as well as for spreading your message. A solid web presence draws in new leads, keeps current customers updated and builds an online community. Here are some critical factors.

Setting Goals
Before going too much further, first take a step back and asking yourself what are the goals for my company. This will affect the markets you reach out to, the content you share online and the light in which you present your brand. Take the time to develop a strategy that will involve building a community, generating new leads and offering information.

Website Base

After assessing your goals and strategy, it is time to focus attention on your base of operations, your website. Your homepage will be the initial contact point for many consumers. A good website will explain your company, product, or service, what it is about and why they should consider you for business. This information has to be provided in a direct manner as customers will make their decisions in a matter of seconds. If they can't find the information they're seeking quickly they will move on.

Content Creation
Many businesses are not keen on maintaining a blog. This is a crucial aspect of maintaining a web presence, however. By consistently updating your blog at a regular rhythm you will attract consumers who will begin to expect regular updates.

Also, by writing on your topic on a continual basis you demonstrate expertise in the area, which will attract attention to your business.

Social Networking
Social media is becoming increasingly important for businesses and companies in connecting with their core audience. As readers may not visit your site regularly, by posting via social network channels you have an opportunity to stay in their awareness while drawing in new interests.

For social media strategy to be the most effective it is important than you have a central hub online. This is the main source from which all of your updates and leads extent outward from. This will be your primary home. Blog updates can be shared and re-posted via the various social network channels.

Stay Safe Online
With services like Global Learning Systems you can protect important business information and networks from being compromises through education on telltale indicators for typical phishing methods.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

When Should a Business Switch to Off-Site Data Storage?

The majority of businesses today are starting to migrate to online and cloud-based services. Something that can help many businesses is off-site data storage of critical information. The information is stored in a professional data center where it can be accessed remotely at any time by the client. There are several instances when businesses should consider switching to off-site data storage.



Data Volumes Are Increasing

Most businesses today will reach a point where the amount of data stored on in-house systems exceeds the capacity of the infrastructure. This is when businesses should switch to off-site data storage. Increasing in-house storage could require building completely new server rooms. This can be costly especially when trying to meet industry standards. Off-site storage services already have the equipment and staff in place. They can expand data storage space in the future as needed. This is a much simpler and more economical option than growing in-house storage.

Access Is Needed From Multiple Locations
Many in-house data storage systems are completely local and do not provide outside access to information. If a business expands and opens new locations, then sharing data could become problematic. A much better option is to start using an off-site data center. Off-site centers can be accessed from any location through a capable system. Expanding businesses will not need to worry about new information technology infrastructure costs and complexities as the company grows.

Heightened Security Concerns
Any small violation of a storage system or server can cause heightened security concerns within a business. These concerns should be taken very seriously since larger systems become more vulnerable to attacks and breaches. Businesses with concerns about security should start migrating to an off-site storage service like those with MapADataCenter.com. These services can protect data from online threats and real-world threats like fires and floods. This will ensure there is never a catastrophic loss of data.

Backups Are Becoming Problematic
Large and complex data backups can start to strain resources and cause problems for in-house staff. If backups are becoming problematic, then it is time to switch to off-site data storage. Many of these services provide automatic nightly or weekly backups that are performed without any actions from the client. The backups are secure in an off-site location where they cannot be stolen or accessed by unauthorized individuals.

Limited Space
One final reason to consider off-site data storage is if space is limited. New employees or growing departments could limit the space available in a building. Maintaining a server room or building a new one is impractical in these situations. Off-site data storage will preserve space and give the business more room to grow.



4 iPhone Apps To Help You Save Big On Your Next Car Purchase

Buying a car is not a joke. Too many people have bought cars that are not worth the cost, especially now that advertising keeps going a notch higher every other day. Making the most of what you have with your money today involves acquiring reviews, suggestions and feedback from quite a number of friends and family members before doing a purchase. You will still be surprised by how much you need to do before getting the car of your choice.

However, today, we are privileged to have some features to assist us make the best choices for such things as cars. A few years ago, one would wonder how possible it would be to know and compare the best deals in town through a mobile phone. This current age is lucky enough to have apps fit enough to do exactly that. Your iPhone is slowly becoming more than a friend to you today, and these few iPhone apps for buying cars may prove to be just what you need before your next car purchase. They are meant to give you a heads up right from home, where the pressure is not so high.

1. Cars.com
Cars.com is an interesting app, as it searches for the dealerships around your vicinity. You can also narrow down the search to makes and models. The app gives you a preview of three cars that you may desire according to your search criteria to allow you make the best choice among the three. It will also search for both used cars and the newer ones. Cars.com will also give reviews of the models and the dealerships from different sources.

Though there are no photos on the reviews, the app will give you loads of information concerning the handling of the car, it operations and the competitive nature of its sale. Such information is important if you need a stable car. You will also receive a car-loan calculator when you download this app, which seems to be one of the best among the apps available today.

2. The Autotrader iPhone app
This app is also great when you prefer not to physically go to the dealership. It also offers the ability to search for both the used cars and the new ones among private sellers. One of its great advantages is its ability to offer powerful search options for cars in terms of engine types, transmission, body styles, color, and other filter mechanisms. Specific dealers can also be searched for easily through this app. The VIN option found on the lot will give you other options available that are close to the search criterion you have specified. This is great, especially for those times you need to know the asking price for cars that are related to the one you are eying.

3. Edmunds iPhone app
The greatest feature about this app is the fact that it will give you the best negotiating features in a an app. It offers you a preview of the interior and exterior of the cars on sale and gives you information like the year, model, trim level and the make of the car. This will go a long way in giving you space in making the decision. You will also be given information about the prices of similar cars in that location. It also offers the market value for the car for you to compare the two to have a fair price.

4. Kelly Blue Book app
If you would love to know the price of the vehicle you currently have, this app will go a long way in giving you the best information. This is currently one of the best apps for those who would like to do a trade-in. Just by entering the information about your car, you will be given the trade-in price of the car and what the dealer will give in a private sale for the same car. You will also have a few options on the app that will show you changes affecting the price of your car.

The apps that you have can easily give you the information that you need as you go for your next purchase or trade-in as you need not even move out from your house. All you need is your iPhone and an internet connection!
Nancy Baker, the author of this post, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Cash 4 Used Cars, dealers who buy used cars for cash .You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How to Create an Environment that Will Help Ace Your Online Classes

Online education has risen dramatically in popularity over the last decade. Whether you are striving for a civil engineering masters degree, an IT certification or a two-year degree in general studies, you can currently obtain almost any degree online.


If you are going to succeed in your online educational pursuits, you need to cultivate an environment that will help you thrive.

Determine the Best Environment for Studying

Students have different needs when it comes to studying, so what works for someone else might not be the best choice for you. Are you more productive in the morning or the evening? Do you prefer silence when studying or is background music helpful? Will you always study in the same place or does a change in environment keep your mind fresh?

Answering these and other questions is a great way to determine your ideal study environment. Once you know what kind of environment you need, you can work hard to create it.

Keep Study Aids Handy
Once you are in the study zone, you do not want to waste time running all over the place to find the supplies that you need. You will save yourself time and make your study time more productive by keeping all of your study aids handy.

If you always study in the same location, you can keep the study aids in that area. If you study in different places, put your supplies in a basket or backpack so that you can easily transport them to another location.

Your computer is your most important study aid when taking online classes. You will also need the power cord for your laptop, your textbook and notebooks and pens for taking notes. If you are taking a math class, you will likely also need a calculator.

Minimize Distractions
You can increase your productivity by having your study environment free from distractions. Since you do most of the work for an online class on your computer, it is easy to be tempted to browse your favorite websites and check your e-mail during study time. There are several programs available for your computer at no charge that will not let you access the Internet for a specified period of time, and these tools can be very helpful if you are having a hard time staying on track.

You lead a busy life, so it is important to make the most of the time you have to complete your online class. Creating a calm study environment will get you on your way to finishing your class and earning your degree.