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The New Vista Operating System – Look BeforeYou Upgrade

The fact is that few consumers have yet to upgrade to Microsoft's new operating system aptly named Windows Vista ™ (new frontier) may be due to Microsoft's affinity for releasing software before all the bugs are ironed out. PC users have some historically documented concerns about hastily upgrading operating system from Microsoft.

Windows Vista ™ is Microsoft's new operating system that is installed on most new computers. These operating systems will be installed on all new home, business, personal computers notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and Internet media centers. However, if the new computer buyers have their way, Windows Vista ™ will be sent back to the developers for a major over haul.

Some of the criticism of Windows Vista includes the amount of development time, restrictive licensing terms and the number of new DRM Digital Rights Management technology that is primarily created to stop copying of digital media. However, the primary focus on the problems with Vista is the usability of some of the new features.

This software is promoted as a big help for users in finding, organizing information, staying connected and providing high-level security for the PC user. However, all these features are inconsequential when the operating system is not compatible with existing hardware or software.

There must be some information missing in the glossy brochures introducing this feature packaged software. Did the writers or developers forget to mention that printers, your CD Rom, your CDR, et.al is not compatible the VISTA ™ operating system? The brochures also do not mention that to get the appropriate drivers you are required to surf to the individual manufacturer's websites to find the driver that will interface with VISTA ™.

I have no doubt that the Microsoft family of developers; programmers and media kingpins will fix all these little bugs in this super sophisticated software. How much time this will take will not matter because I am still uploading patches for Windows XP.

One new Windows Vista ™ client, called me to complain. After purchasing a new Gateway and then a new Dell computer, this buyer realized the problem was not the computer but the Operating System.

"I am so mad I could spit." she yelled over the phone, "None of my hardware is working. I have been on the telephone for over 3 hours with a technician. was up to Microsoft to provide a fix for the incompatibility issues. "

He suggested that I visit each website for the peripherals that I needed drivers for. I explained to him in no uncertain terms, that I would not do that and requested that he send me a new hard drive with Window XP loaded on it. He spoke to his manager. They agreed to do just as I asked.

Consumers want to know whether the software runs faster, jumps higher and leaps tall buildings in a single bound. From the user in Texas (who happens to be my sister), she states, "Windows Vista ™ may very well do all those things …

E-Reporting – Advantages And Disadvantages

The Internet has literally made the world a very small place, as people from remote corners of the world can connect and work with other people in far off places at ease just by logging on to the net. One of the best uses of the Internet is to make available the E-Reporting facility, where work and its related documents, filing taxes, invoices etc. are done electronically. E-Reporting has made the traditional paperwork and its complexity a thing of the past.

E-Reporting has a lot of advantages as well as disadvantages.

E-Reporting has made it possible to transmit invoices, statements, remittance advice, purchase orders to the company’s customers and suppliers by using emails and faxes. Some companies also use it; to make periodic reports to the government regarding the way they handle hazardous waste generated by their company etc. Different companies use different E-Reporting techniques as per the needs of their business. However, the general view is that E-Reporting is advantageous, time, money and energy conserving.

Advantages of E-Reporting:

Conserves time, money and storage necessary as compared to traditional paper based filing systems.

Huge savings in postage, stationery, easier to maintain and reduction in staff required to do the work.

Its not specific software or hardware dependent all that is needed is a computer and access to the Internet.

Latest information and error corrections are just a mouse click away.

In areas like filing tax returns, users get confirmations that the tax forms have been submitted, as well as inform them if the file is not submitted due to transmission errors etc.

It is fast and easier than the laborious manual paper based process.

Far more organized than paper based reporting systems, as it is easier to store all files neatly and retrieve them if needed.

Easier to get instructions and clear doubts

Disadvantages Of E-Reporting:

Takes up time to procure and implement electronic signatures.

Some claims have been made that the cost of using E-Reporting is higher.

Some E-Reporting systems need specific software that is costly and not readily available.

People lack the knowledge and skills required to use E-Reporting facilities.

Channel management problems may occur, impeding work.

Sometimes error correction has to be done using paper forms, wasting precious time and energy.

If companies can train their personnel and provide guidelines to implement E-Reporting techniques, they can benefit immensely as the work is properly coordinated and done in half the time taken to do it manually. If awareness is created of E-Reporting and its associated benefits, it will definitely be made use of to lessen the company’s workload significantly. There are firms that offer services and products to help new businesses run a successful business.…

Computer Desk Plans

For a dedicated do it yourselfer, nothing brings more satisfaction than a well completed project. Building your own desk for your computer is a project worth contemplating if this is your hobby. A simple search on the Internet will bring in many computer desk plans to plan this project around. These plans come with parts lists and tools needed to make your planning of the project easier. The prices vary from no cost to a high of less than fifty dollars for the computer desk plans. You will be able to find computer desk plans in your local craft and hobby store as well.

A search for computer desk plans available at web sites on the Internet will turn up thousands of woodworking sites with plans available. The prices for the plans will vary with the method you choose to obtain them. Some sites will be happy to mail you a set printed on paper. Other sites will only have downloads available, leaving the printing all in your hands.

When making purchases from web sites on the Internet, always be sure that your order is done on a secure page. You can tell when a page is secure by looking at the pages address on your browser. Secure page addresses will always with https: // instead of the normal http: // . If the order page is not secure, do not put any information on the page as it will be susceptible to hijacking. You can try contacting the owners of the web site to find a more secure method of ordering. The only time you should have shipping charges involved is when the web site is mailing a paper copy of the plans to you instead of you downloading the computer desk plans. On the sites I visited that had this option available, the shipping charges were reflected in the price of the plans.

Now that you have obtained the computer desk plans, the fun of starting the project begins. Finding a good lumberyard with reasonable prices for your wood will be easy if your choice of wood is pine or bonded plywood. If you want to make the desk out of select hardwoods, a little more effort will be required. You can get the wood in more or less bulk form and do the entire cutting yourself or have the lumberyard pre cut your wood to size. With precut pieces, you will still have to do all the finishing and assembly of the wood into the final state of your computer desk.

You have gotten your wood, cut it to size, sanded it to perfect smoothness and stained and sealed it against use. The final assembly will best be done in the location where you plan to use the desk. That way you will not have to move the desk after it is assembled. The feeling of satisfaction you experience every time you sit down at the computer, knowing that you built this desk with your own hands …

How to Fix a Slow Computer in 3 Steps

If you are looking to improve a slow computer and speed things up – you may want to look into a few things like getting rid of unnecessary files and programs. Also, cleaning your computer is recommended with a registry cleaner. You can also contact the Windows forum for help if some of these things do not seem to speed up your computer. There are potentially many issues that can make a computer slow like viruses, built up files, and more.

The first thing you should do is run a virus scan. Most malicious files can corrupt your computer, causing it to run slow while the virus eats up all your information. Also, if you have Adware on your PC – this can be a major problem since it spies on your data like credit cards, passwords, and more. A virus scan should be done every two days or every day you use the computer if you want to stay protected.

A great way of freeing up a large amount of space quickly is by uninstalling any programs you do not use. For instance, if you have Paint Shop Pro installed and you have not used it in 6 months – it is a good idea to delete it. Make sure you have your disk before you do or you can transfer it to another computer if you wish. To delete programs, navigate to "My Computer" and then select "Uninstall Programs". There should be a list for you to chose from.

You should be using a registry cleaner every few weeks as well. A registry cleaner will help your computer stay crash free. That way you will not have start up, freezing, or slow browsing problems. It grabs a corrupted program and corrects it on the spot. It only takes about 10 minutes to scan everything but the time to scan could be more if you have tons of information that has not been deleted. …

The Importance of Electronic Health Records

The advent of healthcare IT in the health industry has ensured that prior health technologies such as paper records are outdated. The health reforms have added to the importance of healthcare software. Technology in the healthcare sector has contributed immensely in providing accurate, reliable and timely service.

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Electronic Health Records (EHR) are basic health softwares that help in doing away with the disadvantages that paper records had.

The largest advantage of electronic information is the ease with which it can stored and accessed. Some of the other benefits of EMR are:

1. Immense information can be stored, managed and retrieved whenever required.
2. Mishandling, confusion and error associated with manual handling of information can be reduced or even eliminated.
3. When information is stored electronically, it is easier to keep it confidential when required. This may be needed in cases of storing sensitive data about a patient's personal details, history and medical records.
4. Medical data in the form of EMR makes it possible to be accessed by a large number of people who are authorized to do so.
5. This Immense resource can be utilized for other purposes such as further research or processing of the available information for quote comparison and insurance search engines.

Electronic data is quite beneficial but it has its drawbacks as well. Here is a look at the disadvantages of storing data in digital format.

– The process of converting paper record into electronic form is an expensive process and without the federal government provides with adequate funds, not many would be able to afford it.
– A lot of healthcare providers are either 'technologically challenged' or not too enthusiastic about the advent of IT in the health industry.
– Question about the quality, ease of use, functionality and other technical issues can prove to be a major hurdle in implementation.
– Need a large amount of resource for training and re-training about the adoption of this healthcare technology.
– A lot of residents doubted the clinical usefulness of EMR.

The core capacities of an electronic medical report include:

a. Immediate access to important information would improve the doctor's ability to take timely medical decisions
b. Access of information by various caregivers would improve a patient's safety and care.
c. A computer based data system would improve legibility, reduce duplication and ensure speedy process.
d. Computerized decision support would help in encouraging preventive practices, identify drug interaction and facilitate treatments.
e. Uniform data standards will help healthcare organizations to respond quickly to federal, state and private reporting requirements.

Electronic Medical Record is very useful and important healthcare software that will form the basis of other healthcare softwares. However, the issues with the EMRs need to addressed first before they can be implemented effectively. …

Software Synthesizer Native Instruments Dynamo V1.0 Part 2 – Using The Software

The instruments of the present NI Premium Library comprise not only of conventional analogue and FM synthesizers, but also hybrid instruments, new kinds of synthesizers, and rhythm machines.

The instruments are created by top sound-designers, and many are direct emulations of well known synthesizers. Without using the names of the originals they have put large clues in the names of the instruments and made them look like the real thing. For instance the “Many Mood” is a Mini Moog & the “SH-2k” is a superb Roland SH101 emulation.

My main interest was in the more weird instruments, these are emulations of the huge modular beasts that you would find lurking in the studios of KraftWerk and Tangerine Dream fused with modern techniques such as sampling and granular synthesis. A remarkable instrument called “6-Pack” allows you to combine sample loops which are automatically synced regardless of their original tempo. You can mix, mute and filter these loops, alter their pitch them with beat precision – all in real-time and without affecting their tempo. I heard sounds from this that I had simply never heard before.

There are about 25 or so instruments in the NI Premium Library, and it is so much fun just to get a sequence going and play around, this really is as flexible as the original style instruments, but for a fraction of the price.

On a more practical note

I don’t use a mouse; I use a Wacom graphics tablet. When I tried to resize, minimize or even move the main screen the program hung, using the mouse (which I have connected in case of emergencies), I could get the program back to normal. I don’t know where the problem lies here, but anyone with a Wacom tablet should be aware of this.

Also, I use Cubase VST on a 17″ monitor, With Dynamo V1.0 open at the same time it all becomes very frustrating as some of the NI instruments take up a large amount of screen space. I can see a 21″ monitor becoming a necessity in the not too distant future!

Pros

  • An extremely versatile set of software synthesizers
  • Extremely good emulation of classic analogue & modular synthersizers
  • Exciting new instrument possibilities
  • Free Library of well designed instruments available for download

Cons

  • Annoying copy protection
  • Requires a powerful computer system
  • Possible problems when used with a Wacom tablet
  • Good Soundcard required

5 Things a Child Knows About Technology That You Don’t

How do you feel about your kids? Ever felt they are smarter than you about Technology? How could you tell? Do you have living proof? This article demonstrates this fact. Read on to find out.

Here are a few examples:

1) Your kid is faster than you at figuring out and playing computer games. They know better when to hit enter, spacebar, ESC key and arrow keys. In fact, they are better than you at playing these games.

2) Your kid is better at discovering new stuff about your cell phone, which you never knew existed. Take all the help you need from your kid.

3) Your kid knows the easiest way to find information by giving a search on Google bar. They will use simple non-connecting words and yet they will find the required information.

4) They will find a way with other digital gadgets before you and work on them intelligently. In fact they can pace up with technology faster than you. So be sure to interact with them.

5) How about a toy car, train or Lego set? After you have shown them the main theme behind them, they will be more creative and discover further innovative stuff about them and show you which will surprise you very much.

So never underestimate your child. Play and laugh with them with digital gadgets or toys. You will always have a lot to learn from them. They will teach you in a way that you can never teach them.

The five ways I demonstrate here really exemplify to you how amazing kids can be. So feel great that your kids are smart and the more they grow up, the more they will outsmart you. Take it easy and as fun. There is nothing much to worry about. You just get smart too by learning and picking up cues from them.

Never belittle them or hush them away. Encourage them always their creative and bright sides with Technology and they will grow and mature in ways that you may have never imagined. It is your duty to bring out the very best in them. So help them with their curiosity and inquisitiveness about Technology. They will feel gratified and fulfilled, which in turn will give you immense joy and bliss.

So feel great to be proud parent and everything will fall into place. No matter what, you, along with your special kids, will thrive!!…

The Purpose of Anti-Virus Software

Anti-virus software is software that you install on your computer so that you can be alerted when you have a virus. Anti-virus software will help to keep your computer safe against worms, viruses, Trojan horses, and other uninvited programs.

The software can also help you clean your computer if you should happen to have a virus. The important thing to remember about anti-virus software is that you make sure to update it often so that you get the latest computer virus definitions installed into the software program. There is no point in having the anti-virus software if you’re not going to update it. You’ll be able to get updates from the vendor that sold you the anti-virus software, such as Norton.

Many times you may already have anti-virus software on your computer in which case you be sure to uninstall it before installing your new software. To find out if you have virus software check under your Start menu to see if you one listed, such as McAfee or Norton. Keep in mind that just because you have anti-virus software already installed on your computer that it (1) might not be working, and (2) hasn’t been updated for a long time.

Once you’ve installed anti-virus software on your computer you’re going to want to make sure that you use it correctly. Make sure that the settings in your computer automatically turn the anti-virus software on when you boot up your computer. You always want to be protected. If you’re downloading something off the Internet your anti-virus software will let you know if there is a problem.

You can also use the anti-virus software to specifically scan any downloads, or files, that that have been sent to you via e-mail. If you are alerted that you have a virus your software will guide you with the right steps to removing it. Make sure that you don’t continue to use your computer until the virus, or worm that you have, is removed. You don’t want to send e-mail to friends and help in the spreading of the virus.…

Pro-Care Day Care Accounting Software

Pro-Care Daycare Accounting Software is a very useful software program primarily used in daycare centers. It has numerous functions that enable the owner or director of a daycare to be more efficient and organized when running their business.

I have personally used the Pro-Care day care accounting software package and have loved it. It's so easy to use especially for those of us who do not exactly have the greatest computer skills. I found it really beneficial when dealing with large amounts of children and families, it make my life so much easier.

With that in mind, I will discuss some of the functions regarding Pro-Care Day Care Accounting Software. It has some really neat functions that can really organize your life.

Family Data- This is an area where all your information is organized regarding children and families. It contains personal information, and immunizations. It's really a personal phonebook for your day care center.

Family Accounting- This is where you organize and keep track of all your tuition charges and payments, co pays. You are able to record bills for parents and generate receipts.

Attendance Tracker- Now this is my favorite part. With some many children coming in and out of your childcare it was often hard to keep accurate attendance records. Someone was always forgetting to write down what time a child arrived. The attendance tracker comes with a Pro-Care Time Clock. This time clock is placed in an area where parents can log in their child's name. This information is then transmitted to your computer and records the child's entry and departure. Very neat function, it made my life a whole lot easier.

Employee Data and Payroll- The above mentioned Pro-Care time clock also works great for employees. The same idea relates to employees. When they come for work they punch in their code and they are automatically ready to start. Wondering about how to calculate paychecks? Well, Pro-Care Day Care Accounting Software has made that really easy too. Pro-Care has a quick calculate software feature that easily figures out taxes taken out of payroll. Again, Pro-Care is trying to make everything very easy on the business owner.

Those are a couple of key features with Pro-Care Day Care Accounting Software. I think it's a great product and certainly has achieved its idea of ​​making the day care providers life much easier.

Blessings,

Christine Groth

Christine@instantdaycareprofit.com

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No Sound Problems – How to Fix No Sound Problems on Your Computer Quickly

Are you getting no sound problems on your computer? Are you sick of your computer having no sound? To be honest, there are a number of different reasons why your computer may no longer give sound. If you recently upgraded operating systems, reformatted your hard drive, installed new devices or some programs, you might find that your computer has no sound from then on. In order to fix PC no sound problems, you can just follow 3 simple tips as below:

# 1 Check the speaker connections and volume control settings. Well, some funny guys used to call me: "Hey, Alex, my computer has no sound! What is going on?" I told them to check the speaker connections and make sure the volume control settings were correct at first. Then the sound appeared again. It is simple to do this: Just click on the speaker icon that's in your System Tray. Then check the volume and mute settings. If any of the mute check boxes have been checked, uncheck them. Additionally, you had better verify your sound card works properly.

# 2 Delete and reinstall the original sound drivers. This can help you retrieve computer sound if the no sound problems referring to the sound device. Your sound driver may have been corrupt or may be missing. Therefore, to fix no sound problems, you can try to delete all the listed sound devices in the Device Manager and then reinstall them using the Driver and Application Recovery CDs that came with your Windows system.

# 3 Detect and clean Windows registry errors immediately. Many no sound problems are related to the damaged or missing registry entries. Registry restores information of every device on your computer. If any entry was destroyed for example the registry entries of sound device were destroyed or deleted accidentally, your computer will have no sound absolutely. How to fix no-sound problems safely and quickly? In my opinion, the most important thing to fix system sound unavailable problems is to fix registry errors and make your registry clean regularly. …