February 24, 2010

Wireless Internet communication is something that most of us use at some point. You may have heard terms such as 802.11 followed by a letter such as a,b,g or n. 802.11 simply refers to a set of wireless protocols for carrying out wireless transmission. The letter refers to a particular type, generation or version of wireless transmission and offers improvements over the preceding generation. We will examine the latest, 802.11n and determine if it makes sense for you.router Read more

Free Anti-Virus vs. Non-Free Anti-Virus for Home Users

February 24, 2010

With so many different anti-virus programs to choose from, some of which are even fake as shown in one of our previous articles, how do you know what to get?  Here are some of the differences between the free and paid anti-virus applications available to home users.  Note: this article is only directed for home users. There are lot’s of subtle details businesses and organizations need to consider, including the license for free software. Emerson Technologies would be happy to help your organization find the right anti-virus program to fit your needs. Use this article to think about how your home computer is setup.Computer Virus Read more

E-book Readers: How to Carry Thousands of Books Anywhere

December 16, 2009

An item of technology that has become increasingly popular over the last year is an electronic book reader, or “e-book reader”. Essentially, it is a hand-held, portable device that allows a user to read a book electronically and store multiple books all in one location. They are incredibly useful and for the avid reader they are a becoming a necessity. They come in different sizes but typically have around a 7″ screen. They display 1 page from a book at a time (or magazine, blog or newspaper) on a paper-like screen; the screen emulates the actual page from a book so that it can be read in sunlight, or inside in normal reading conditions. This means that it is soft on the eyes and doesn’t cause strain like a computer screen does.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

December 16, 2009

It’s that time a year again when it’s panic and mayhem in the stores. Everyone is frantically running around trying to get their Christmas shopping done (unless you’re like my Aunt who gets her Christmas shopping done in June). Well it doesn’t have to be that way. You can order excellent items online fromA mazon and ThinkGeek or pick a particularly cool item from Radio Shack.
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Online Backups: Why Are They So Important?

November 17, 2009

In this day and age, people know there are problems with computers. They can malfunction and crash and your important data lost. A lot of people have taken steps to back up their data. This can be done many different ways from having it backed up to an external hard drive, to DVD backups, storage tapes and onto other computers, but there is one thing all of these have in common: they are all local backups. Read more

Windows 7: Should I Upgrade?

November 17, 2009

Windows 7 has been out for almost a month now and for the most part has gotten positive reviews. I have been asked by a lot of people if they should upgrade their computers to the new operating system. The short answer is no, but for some users it does make sense.windows7 Read more

Apple Releases New iPod Nano: Now with Radio and Video Camera capabilities!

September 14, 2009

This month, Apple released their latest version of the iPod Nano. The iPod Nano has been Apple’s smallest fully functioning version of their iPod line. I say fully functioning because they do have an iPod shuffle, which is nothing more than a small music player with no interactive screen. The new iPod Nano has a 2.2” screen and weighs 1.28oz. It has a lot of new features as well. It can be bought in either an 8gb model or a 16gb model which is approximately 2,000 or 4,000 songs. Read more

How to Keep your Computer System Physically Clean

May 7, 2009

So, what is the best way to remove fingerprints and/or smudges from your computer screen? What about those smudges on your laptop? How do you safely remove them without damaging your screen? There are many different types of cleaners out there that are “supposed” to be okay to use computer screens, but there have been horrible accounts of people using an “approved” product and ruining their brand new screen.  ALWAYS read the manufacturer’s recommendations before using anything to clean your electronics, or you can potentially damage your screen. Read more

Protecting Your Computer: Which Antivirus is Best?

March 24, 2009

Many home users agonize over which antivirus program they should use. What keeps my system the cleanest? What runs the fastest? What will affect my other programs the least? What’s the most cost-effective solution? Well, you’re in luck, because we are going to answer some of those questions for you today.

We took a look at four of the internationally-known, widely-used anti-virus programs, most of which you will have heard of already. Some Internet Service Providers, schools, and workplaces offer some of these to their clients for free. They are: Symantec’s Norton Anti-Virus, McAfee’s VirusScan+, ESET’s Nod32 Antivirus, and AVG Antivirus.

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How do I Choose a Smartphone?

February 4, 2009

Let’s face it: just about everyone nowadays has a cell phone, and many of us have work e-mail that we’re expected to check on the fly. What’s the best way to do that? For most people, the answer is a smartphone.

What is a smartphone, you ask? It’s simply a cellular telephone with advanced capabilities that make it more like a tiny personal computer than a telephone. Smartphones typically handle e-mail, calendars, personal notes, and standard cellular phone capabilities. There are several notable giants in the field: Palm (and other Windows Mobile devices), Blackberry, and the recent entrant into the market of cellular technology, the iPhone from Apple. This month, we will focus briefly on some of the work-related aspects where each of these phones may help or hinder you. Read more

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