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Month: October 2017

How to Check the Reliability of Online Shops

Online shops, including those hosted on Blogger and LiveJournals, are springing up like flowers after the spring rain, thanks to the widespread availability of the internet. Off-line shops have also found it de rigeur to have an online presence. While the internet opens up to shoppers a wonderful array of choice and styles at our fingertips, there are also cases whereby shoppers are cheated by scam websites.

Here are 10 tips to help you establish the reliability of online shops that you are not familiar with:

#1. Do not be anxious to purchase from the online store if you are not sure if it is safe. Observe its online activities for a while. Does the store update new items regularly? For fast paced consumer goods like ladies fashion, the updates are usually made weekly, if not every few days. If the shop has no updates for months on end, then, probably nobody is manning it.

#2. Sign Up to be on the store’s mailing list. A legitimate store will want to garner potential customers to be on their mailing list. After signing up for the shop’s mailing list, you should receive updates from the store. If all seems quiet, then I may have some question marks on the store.

#3. A good way to check if the store is ‘legitimate’ is to send an email to the customer service to test their response. Did you receive any reply from the store? Was the reply prompt or did it take, say 2 weeks to get to you? A prompt response of between 1 to 3 days (maximum) is usually the expected response time.

#4. Another good way to reduce the risks of online clothes shopping is to purchase from shops with positive feedback. Testimonials are a way of finding out if the customers are generally happy with their purchase. Usually the stores will publish the testimonials online.

#5. Google the name of the shop and see if the store is discussed by forums and websites / blogs. Such discussions may be helpful in finding out if there are any complaints and problems the store may have.

#6. Check for reviews and ratings of the shop. Some online shops are reviewed by online shopping directories, which is likely to show up when you Google for the shop (see Tip#5). Follow the links of these online directories that the store is listed on to see if there are any reviews made.

#7. Look at the merchandise of the store. Are there sufficient details provided to help you make an informed selection? Serious stores should provide the necessary information to help their customers select their merchandise. For example, does a fashion store provide specific measurements of the clothes made? Are there efforts taken to ensure that the shopper knows what he/she is getting?

#8. Read the payment details.What kind of payment methods are available? Does the shop accept PayPal or even better, are they PayPal Verified? PayPal Verified means that PayPal has conducted a …

Computer Viruses and The Negative Impact on Business

Computers are very detailed machines that function by set rules, codes and languages. Everything follows a pattern and schedule in order to operate efficiently. Computer viruses can affect the cosmetics of a computer such as the screen and display appearances or the simple functions such as the way the keyboard operates or the functionality of the drives. Some of these symptoms may seem to be only a minor inconvenience, but when you see these signs you should wonder what may have caused the change and what else may be going on that you can’t see. Other symptoms can include loss of files, decrease in memory space, slow operation and damaged programs.

The writer of the virus determines how they will infect the system as well as what they want the virus to do. In most cases, a virus will perform damage to the host system, and may do this while performing another function such as retrieving information, and then spread to the remainder of the network.

A computer virus is similar to a medical virus in that it often occurs even when precautions were taken to prevent it. Particularly malicious viruses steal information and data, which may be confidential. This may be customer or client information of a personal nature whether medical, financial or some other form. It may be company information specific to employee’s records, user names and passwords or other functions of the business. Information may simultaneously be erased. It can pick up information from any other computer in the network. It can locate other users and obtain their information.

There are many programs available and they are a must-have for an individual’s personal computer and certainly for that of a business. Strong measures must be taken to prevent viruses within a company, as one infected computer is opening the door to the entire network, putting clients, customers and even employees at risk. Businesses should understand that the condition of their system is susceptible to change with every employee that signs into the network.

Training should be instituted to prevent damage by teaching employees how to determine what is safe use of the system, how to update their protection programs and how to know if something is questionable and when to bring it to the attention of the IT department. It is always helpful to set up the virus protection programs to run automatically and the individual systems or the network as a whole can be set to automatically update the programs that are install along with fixes and patches as needed. In addition to anti-virus programs a filter may also help to block viruses.

While the anti-virus is placed inside the firewall, a filter is placed on the outside and closer to the server. Users may be limited as far as what can be received and may not be able to open attachments. This will undoubtedly create an inconvenience, though it is in the best interest of the company and will save money by eliminating loss of …

Understanding Hostile Aggressive Parenting Behavior Used to Sever the Parent-Child Relationship

When I first married, I didn’t realize there was a 50 percent chance that my marriage would end in divorce. During our marriage, we had a child and again, I didn’t realize that there was a one in six chance my divorce would turn out to be “high conflict,” and that my child would be used by an angry and vindictive ex to avenge the failure of our marriage. Over the years since my divorce, the mother’s behavior has only intensified. Eventually, I came to learn the meaning of terms such as Parental Alienation (PA), Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), and Hostile Aggressive Parenting (HAP), and experienced how easily the family court system can be manipulated by false allegations.

In 1985, Dr. Richard Garner, a forensic psychiatrist, introduced the concept of PAS in an article, “Recent Trends in Divorce and Custody Litigation,” in which he defined PAS as “a disorder that arises primarily in the context of child-custody disputes. Its primary manifestation is the child’s campaign of denigration against a parent, a campaign that has no justification. It results from the combination of programming (brainwashing) by the other parent and the child’s own contributions to the vilification of the targeted parent.” Several years later, Ira Daniel Turkat introduced “Divorce-Related Malicious Mother Syndrome.” Behaviors associated with both syndromes are relatively similar, encompassing hostile aggressive parenting behavior in an attempt to alienate the child from the other parent. However, the latter focuses on the mother’s behavior whereas PAS can relate to both the mother and the father. Presently, PA or PAS are the common terms used to define the practice of attempting to alienate a child or children from a parent, regardless of gender.

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) official statement on PAS notes “the lack of data to support so-called parental alienation syndrome and raises concern about the term’s use.” However, the APA states it has “no official position on the purported syndrome.” Advocates against PAS believe it is a form of psychological child abuse, and the APA’s refusal to address PAS leaves “targeted parents” lacking needed resources to fight the problem. At the same time, there are those who discount the validity of PAS and believe it is used as an excuse by abusive parents during custody challenges to explain “the animosity of their child or children toward them.” In certain cases, that may very well be true.

In his article, “New Definition of Parental Alienation: What is the Difference Between Parental Alienation (PA) and Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS)?” Dr. Douglas Darnall focuses on the behavior and defines “parental alienation (PA), rather than PAS, as any constellation of behaviors, whether conscious or unconscious, that could evoke a disturbance in the relationship between a child and the other parent.” Simply put, PA is teaching the child to hate the other parent, leading to estrangement from the parent. By concentrating on the behavior, Dr. Darnall presents a more pragmatic approach to acceptance of PA by attorneys, therapist and family courts.

The tactics or …

Should Information Technologies and Internet Availability Make Work From Home the Norm?

Do you think with the skill set you have and the digital tools that are available to you, you can rather work from home other than going to office, working 9-5? How about there being a balance between the two? Can working from home gradually become the norm?

In my opinion if you are an IT person, there should be some flexibility in working 9-5 regularly at the office. The authorities involved should seriously give it a thought. Almost everybody nowadays owns a laptop and having internet availability and digital tools in hand, they can work anytime in the comfort of their home rather than following a strict 9-5 schedule.

Although working from home is the modern approach, many IT firms still make it a point to work regularly in the office. So I think there can be some balance between the two options. For instance, working from home thrice a week and going to office twice a week would be a good schedule for work. I think productivity is more this way because the individual gets a lot of rest, sleep and home cooked food which gives them the ability to work efficiently with renewed vigor and energy.

The less the work pressure in the morning about getting dressed, setting for office by car through the traffic jam to be on time, the better the individual is going to feel. He gets more freedom, enjoys quality family time and also works comfortably from home this way.

The person can also, in a relaxed way, sign up for online courses and amplify his expertise if he does not have to spend all five days at the office. That way he achieves greater skill set which will be good for his company because the person is now in a better position to tackle harder and longer projects, beating all the odds.

A company does need skilled and competent employees. If by staying and working from home, employees can be of greater service, the company has nothing to lose but rather to gain a lot. There can be deadlines for projects in the usual way – the only difference is that the employees get their work done by spending more time at home, gotcha?

There can be meetings and presentations on the two office days that I have suggested earlier. So the employees are on track; they know how many milestones they have already covered and how many more they have to carry on.

There can be seminars, birthday celebrations, festive dinners and other get-together parties in the office in the usual way. None of these social networking has to stop. The only point I am making here is that the employees are happier and more comfortable in their shoes by getting some liberty, working more time from the luxury of their sweet homes.…

What Made Native American Peoples Vulnerable to Conquest by European Adventurers?

What made Native American peoples vulnerable to conquest by European adventurers?

There were several traits which made the Native American’s vulnerable to conquest by European adventurers. First, the people themselves were ill equipped to deal with the European invaders. Their numbers were quickly reduced as a result of famine, forced labor, epidemics involving contact with European diseases and wars.

They were unaccustomed to the economic, political and military aspects associated with the Europeans. They lacked the organization and political unity to resist the conquering people. The various tribes were frequently in conflict with one and other as they went about their daily lives competing with each other for land and food. As an example over the years the Aztecs accumulated many enemies especially within their own tribe. This conflict resulted from competition for territorial rights, acquisition of wealth and the practice of using their captive enemies as religious sacrifices. Cort├ęs exploited this trait by forming alliances with the opposing tribes. In contrast to the Aztecs lack of unity the Spanish explorers were a highly unified society.

The Native Americans possessed the necessary skills to work with copper but failed to develop those needed to smelt iron thus they lacked sufficient technology to wage war upon the invaders. When the Europeans arrived in the New World they were welcomed by the Native Americans. The Indians regarded their visitors as wonderful warriors with their dress, beards, and their ships but more so for the technology they brought with them. The native population was amazed at this technology such as their steel knives and swords, the arquebus which is a sort of muzzle loader, the cannon, copper and brass kettles, mirrors, hawk bells and earrings which were used as trading goods, along with other items which were unusual to their way of life. This was rightfully so since the natives lacked the ability to create these amazing inventions used by the Europeans. Unfortunately the European visitors used their weapons of war inflicting great amounts of damage to the natives.

It did not take long before serious problems began to develop. Upon the arrival of the Europeans there were 7 million Native Americans in North America. Most lived in hunter-gather or agricultural types of communities. The largest problem encountered by the Native Americans was their lack of immunity toward European diseases. This lack of immunity in these communities towards the European diseases took their toll among the Indian tribes. Smallpox was a common threat frequently contracted by the Indians from the European people.

The Native Americans soon began to dislike the Europeans and their beliefs. They often viewed the white man as despicable and stingy with their wealth. This was something that the Indians had not previously encountered. In their social order things were freely shared. The explorers were deemed to be insatiable in their desire for furs and hides. They particularly disliked the European’s intolerance for their religious beliefs, eating habits, sexual and marital arrangements and other aspects of their customs.

The Native …

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Agile Development Software Methods

Agile development software methods have certainly been the hype for software developers everywhere since 2001. There are so many different kinds of agile methods available that it’s a bit of a challenge to choose the right one for your project. The simplest way to find out would be to read up on the pros and cons of each of the three most popular methodologies, and figure out which one suits you and your project best.

1) Scrum

Developed by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, this method involves one or more small teams (composed of a ScrumMaster, a Product Owner, and a development team) that work together to complete a project based on a list of tasks that are arranged according to priority. They do this by dividing the list into shorter ones that will be completed within a “sprint”, or a set period of development that lasts from 2-4 weeks. While this is one of the most popular agile development software methods because of its simplicity, the problem with it is that most programmers find it necessary to integrate other methodologies to cover for additional practices that fall outside of agile scrum.

2) Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)

DSDM is an agile method that has multiple variations, but the most recent and popular version of it is the DSDM Atern method. This method focuses primarily on projects that have tight schedules and budgets, and adheres to eight main principles:

• Focus on what the business needs

• Deliver work on time

• Collaborate effectively

• Never, ever compromise quality

• Build the project incrementally using solid foundations

• Develop the project iteratively

• Continuously communicate with clarity

• Demonstrate control

Because of its strictness and eight principles, the main problem with DSDM Atern is that it can be restrictive and difficult to work with compared to other agile development software methods.

3) Extreme Programming (XP)

XP, developed by Kent Beck, is a methodology is somewhat similar to Scrum in that it “timeboxes” or uses short development cycles throughout the entire process. This helps reduce costs compared to having one lengthy process, and helps keep the project dynamic and adaptable. This method makes use of four activities:

• Coding – where the program or software is actually coded

• Testing – where the product created through Coding is tested

• Listening – where the developers listen to the needs and suggestions that the clients or customers point out after Testing

• Designing – where developers organize and design the system’s logic based on their experiences from the first three activities

This agile development software method is popular for its more laid back and non-restrictive method, but is highly criticized for its lack of a solid structure since everything is mostly done on-the-fly without any prior planning.

Based on the pros and cons listed above, you probably have a good idea which method to go for now. If you want something done in a more disciplined fashion while still adhering to the …

e-Marketing Strategy: 7 Dimensions to Consider (the e-Marketing Mix)

What is e-Marketing?

e-Marketing is still quite a controversial subject to talk about, since no one succeeded to unify the various theories around it; however there is one thing upon which there is no doubt – that e-Marketing first appeared under the form of various techniques deployed by pioneer companies selling their products via the internet in the early 90’s.

The frenzy around these new marketing techniques created by e-tailers and supported by the internet rapidly gave birth to a new dimension of what we knew as Marketing: the e-Marketing (electronic Marketing).

There are many definitions to what e-Marketing is, the simplest and shortest one being formulated by Mark Sceats: e-Marketing is Marketing that uses the internet as manifestation media. A working definition is that coming from a group of CISCO specialists: e-Marketing is the sum of all activities a business conducts through the internet with the purpose of finding, attracting, winning and retaining customers.

e-Marketing Strategy

The e-Marketing Strategy is normally based and built upon the principles that govern the traditional, offline Marketing – the well-known 4 P’s (Product – Price – Promotion – Positioning) that form the classic Marketing mix. Add the extra 3 P’s (People – Processes – Proof) and you got the whole extended Marketing mix.

Until here, there are no much aspects to differentiate e-Marketing from the traditional Marketing performed offline: the extended Marketing mix (4 + 3 P’s) is built around the concept of “transactional” and its elements perform transactional functions defined by the exchange paradigm. What gives e-Marketing its uniqueness is a series of specific functions, relational functions, that can be synthesized in the 2P + 2C+ 3S formula: Personalization, Privacy, Customer Service, Community, Site, Security, Sales Promotion.

These 7 functions of the e-Marketing stay at the base of any e-Marketing strategy and they have a moderating character, unlike the classic Marketing mix that comprises situational functions only. Moderating functions of e-Marketing have the quality of moderate, operate upon all situational functions of the mix (the classic 4 P’s) and upon each other.

1. Personalization

The fundamental concept of personalization as a part of the e-Marketing mix lies in the need of recognizing, identifying a certain customer in order to establish relations (establishing relations is a fundamental objective of Marketing). It is crucial to be able to identify our customers on individual level and gather all possible information about them, with the purpose of knowing our market and be able to develop customized, personalized products and services.

For example, a cookie strategically placed on the website visitor’s computer can let us know vital information concerning the access speed available: in consequence, if we know the visitor is using a slow connection (eg. dial-up) we will offer a low-volume variation of our website, with reduced graphic content and no multimedia or flash applications. This will ease our customer’s experience on our website and he will be prevented from leaving the website on the reason that it takes too long to load its pages.

Personalization …

How to Resolve "Memory Card Error" From Canon IXUS 130

Canon IXUS 130 is a sophisticated digital camera that has a resolution of 14.1 megapixels. The camera is inbuilt with almost all advanced features, including fully wide-angle 4x zoom lens and motion blur technology. The IXUS camera is compatible with SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) and SDXC (Secure Digital Extreme Capacity) cards, with storage capacity as high as 2TB.

Since the storage memory of the cards is huge, data loss from these cards is simultaneously huge. One of the main reasons for data loss from cards is corruption of these cards. In most cases, you receive an error message after your card gets corrupted. However, an updated backup allows you to overcome card corruption. It allows you to restore data. But in case of unavailability of backup, you can use recovery software to recover data from a corrupted card.

As a practical case, you view the below error message on Canon IXUS 130 while attempting to view some previously stored photos on your SDHC card:

“Memory Card Error”

Every single photo saved in the memory card becomes inaccessible after the above error message appears. In addition, no more photo can be saved on card. In short, the card can not be read or written upon.

Cause:

The above error message that makes all the photos inaccessible is primarily caused due to corruption of card. Few reasons that are accountable for the above error message are virus infection, interrupted read/write operation, and human errors.

Resolution:

The resolution for the above error message is formatting of memory card in the camera itself. The process deletes all the previously saved data and allows you to save new data. While formatting proves a good resolution for users who do not require the old data, it becomes fatal for users, like photographers, detective agents, etc, who save critical data in their memory card. However, recovering formatted data now-a-days is an easy process. To do so, you need to use an advanced third-party Photo Recovery Software. A Image Recovery tool is readily available on the Internet by just one single click.…

History of the Computer – Cache Memory Part 1 of 2

We looked at the early digital computer memory, see History of the computer – Core Memory, and mentioned that the present standard RAM (Random Access Memory) is chip memory. This conforms with the commonly quoted application of Moore’s Law (Gordon Moore was one of the founders of Intel). It states that component density on integrated circuits, which can be paraphrased as performance per unit cost, doubles every 18 months. Early core memory had cycle times in microseconds, today we are talking in nanoseconds.

You may be familiar with the term cache, as applied to PCs. It is one of the performance features mentioned when talking about the latest CPU, or Hard Disk. You can have L1 or L2 cache on the processor, and disk cache of various sizes. Some programs have cache too, also known as buffer, for example, when writing data to a CD burner. Early CD burner programs had ‘overruns’. The end result of these was a good supply of coasters!

Mainframe systems have used cache for many years. The concept became popular in the 1970s as a way of speeding up memory access time. This was the time when core memory was being phased out and being replaced with integrated circuits, or chips. Although the chips were much more efficient in terms of physical space, they had other problems of reliability and heat generation. Chips of a certain design were faster, hotter and more expensive than chips of another design, which were cheaper, but slower. Speed has always been one of the most important factors in computer sales, and design engineers have always been on the lookout for ways to improve performance.

The concept of cache memory is based on the fact that a computer is inherently a sequential processing machine. Of course one of the big advantages of the computer program is that it can ‘branch’ or ‘jump’ out of sequence – subject of another article in this series. However, there are still enough times when one instruction follows another to make a buffer or cache a useful addition to the computer.

The basic idea of cache is to predict what data is required from memory to be processed in the CPU. Consider a program, which is made up of a series instructions, each one being stored in a location in memory, say from address 100 upwards. The instruction at location 100 is read out of memory and executed by the CPU, then the next instruction is read from location 101 and executed, then 102, 103 etc.

If the memory in question is core memory, it will take maybe 1 microsecond to read an instruction. If the processor takes, say 100 nanoseconds to execute the instruction, it then has to wait 900 nanoseconds for the next instruction (1 microsecond = 1000 nanoseconds). The effective repeat speed of the CPU is 1 microsecond.. (Times and speeds quoted are typical, but do not refer to any specific hardware, merely give an illustration of the principles involved).…

Avon Representative Website – What To Do When You Can’t Access Your Website

Did you try to log into your Avon Representative Website recently only to find that it was closed for essential maintenance? Have you experienced trouble over recent months trying to connect to your account, but end up turning away in frustration? If you can’t access your Avon Representative Website when you need to – what can you do?

Since this happened to me recently, I decided to check out what the problem was and realized that it is not the first time it has happened – and probably won’t be the last.

I needed to place my order before going away for the weekend. I thought I would be clever and post it all the night before. Imagine my annoyance at not being able to connect with Avon one night before the order deadline. I had no choice but to close the site down and try again in the morning. If it had been only a small order, I wouldn’t have minded – but it was the biggest one I had had over the entire summer. Having to make an unscheduled time slot available next morning was seriously stressful and I nearly missed my transport.

So, if you are an Avon Representative and can’t access your website to upload your order, what can you do? Giving Avon the benefit of the doubt that essential work is the reason for closing the multi-million dollar company website, here are some tips to help ease the stress:

1) Don’t wait until the deadline approaches before uploading information into your account when going away. Upload and save details until everything is in and then submit to Avon at least one day early.

2) If you are a new Representative, upload and save your order details, then submit the whole order in one swoop. Placing additional orders results in extra fees to Avon.

3) Use your network. If you happen to receive an extra order just after you submitted yours, ask another Avon Rep to get it for you and vice versa.

4) Pool Resources. If you are a ‘friends and family only’ Avon Rep with a tiny customer base, pool with a friend to buy extra catalogues between you. The more catalogues you get the cheaper they are to buy and you can use the extras to give to new prospects.

5) Pester Avon and demand to know the reason why they can’t choose a more reasonable time to close it.

Fortunately for me, Avon is not my only home based business. I probably would have thrown in the towel had I lost all the order and good-will of my customers. Since taking on an internet marketing business, I have been learning new ways to grow both my on and offline businesses and have acquired the tools and confidence to reach for better and bigger things. If you are interested to learn more, make yourself a coffee, pull up a chair and click on the following link. http://www.earnyourwealth.co.uk If you are locked out of …