What comes to mind when you hear the words “connected devices?” Do you think of your smartphone, laptop and/or tablet? These devices can access the Internet from almost anywhere, and because of this they are connected devices. However, most HDTVs, gaming consoles and Blue-ray players can also connect to and interact with the Internet. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find any metropolitan location that is far removed from an Internet connection.With easy access to the Internet comes effortless access to information. However, this also delivers a change in how that information is consumed. Instead of searching a library index, walking to a specifi
c book and then hand searching that book for material, we now simply have to type a query into Google. So, how does the advent of constant connectedness affect the way we consume content? Faster Access of Inf
Google has recently gotten a small amount of press because of their restriction of users creating profiles under pseudonyms. Currently, Google doesn’t allow fake names, and this has some people upset. One of the appealing things about the Internet is that is seems to offer blanket anonymity. Anyone can be whomever they choose, but is that necessarily a good thing? To answer this question, we first have to take into account the pros and cons of being anonymous.Pros There aren’t many sites that mandate you to use your real name, or even have any means of verifying that the name you provide is real or not. This allows you to assume several personalities, crafting a new version of yourself every time you log on. This can provide a layer of safety when providing your full identity can be dangerous. Consider users who have been the victims of abuse or stalking,
New technologies are developed daily; so much so that it seems like as soon as we upgrade, a bigger and better version is released. Despite the fact that we see technologies come and go, it may astonish you that the primary technology of many of these have stayed the same for decades.What makes a technology retain its usefulness throughout time? A strong design? Popularity? Whatever the explanation, here is a list of a few technologies that have not needed much alteration for over 4 decades.Virtual Memory – 1962 – This allows systems to use hardware memory more resourcefully by recycling space used for memory. This concept led to time-sharing or the ability for systems to multi-task.MOS Chip – 1967 – Metal-oxide semiconductor. This technology is utilized today to make computer ch
We are all familiar with finding annoying spam messages in our e-mail inbox, labeled by subject lines promising cheap Rolex watches or urgent cries for help from friends mysteriously trapped in Europe. But what do you do when the tables are turned and it’s your friends who are getting spam messages from your personal e-mail account? When this happens, it means your e-mail has been hacked. If you ever find yourself the victim of a spamming crime, remember to follow these 3 steps in order to regain control.Notify Webmail Provider The first action you should take is notifying your webmail provider. Make sure to contact them through their helpdesk or contact service and notify them of your hacked account. Reporting any hacking problems will allow the webmail provider to rectify the situation and then reinforce their security to ensure that this situation will not
Having life goals keeps us motivated. The issues we overcome make us stronger and as we reach each goal we should set new goals. Every step moves us towards the lives we want. We apply this to our individual lives but do we apply it to our professional lives?We spend approximately 30% of our lives at work. For many people a significant amount of this time is unfulfilling. Redundancy in our jobs can cause us to feel like we have no control over how we spend our day. We repeat the same projects day after day i.e. monitor our inbox, file paperwork, return phone calls, and wait to get off work. This leads to an uninspiring work ecosystem and employees who feel detached from the business and constantly watch the clock. Setting goals can keep things new and help combat the rut that people are stuck in at work.
- Set or Assess Goals Every 3-6 Months – These types of meetings will allow the t
Remember DOS, with its black screen and blinking cursor eagerly awaiting your command. The Disk Operation System (DOS) celebrated its 30th anniversary last week. DOS has arguably been the most crucial OS of all time and in honor of it turning thirty, I would like to reflect on where it has come from and where it is going.In 1981 IBM released the PC and the following options for operating systems (OS).
- IBM Personal Computer Disk Operating System – cost at the time: $40
- Digital Research CP/M-86 – cost at the time: $240
- SofTech USCD p-System w/Pascal – cost at the time: $695
It’s easy to understand why DOS quickly became the OS of choice. It was the most cost effective and it was also the only one of the three that was immediately available.
Gadgets, for the most part, are designed to make our lives easier. We have smartphones to keep us entertained, tablets to keep us connected, and even digital blood monitors to help keep us healthy. But are there devices out there that are designed to help keep us cool? Moderating body heat is an essential part of staying comfortable and thankfully, technology has worked to make that moderation more manageable. We are all familiar with desktop fans and air conditioners, but here are three unique personal gadgets that can also help you beat the heat.The Bedfan It’s natural to sleep best when nestled tightly under a heavy blanket. However, it’s difficult to do this in the hot summer months without running a high utility bill. Luckily, gadgets like the Bedfan are an efficient solution to this problem. The Bedfan connects to the end of your bed with a thin vent that easily fits