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The Word on Risk

The terms used to describe the various aspects of risk management are bewildering, even to an experienced project manager. At least I find them bewildering. I'm going to examine some of the terms used to describe risks and the way they are managed and hopefully shed some light on what they refer to and what they mean. I hope to clear some common misconceptions up at the same time.

The first misconception I'd like to address is the meaning of the word "risk". We tend to view that word, especially in the project world, as having a negative connotation. Frequently it does implict a negative consensus, but not always. Actually a risk can have a positive income such as when we risk money on a lottery ticket and our ticket wins. Risks that have a positive output are called opportunities and risks that have a negative exit, such as when we refer to the risk of a car accident, are called threats. We take action to encourage our opportunities, such as buying lots of lottery tickets, and we discourage our threats, such as when we get inoculated against the threat of a flu virus. Both opportunities and threats are forms of risk, the key difference is our approach to managing them.

There is a great deal of confusion around the terms used for our difference approaches to managing risks. We commonly refer to our management of risk as "mitigation". The dictionary definition of this verb is "to make less severe: to mitigate a punishment", or "to lessen in force or intensity, as wrath, grief, harshness, or pain; moderate". While it is true that we mitigate some of the risks to our projects, mitigation is just one strategy used to address potential risk. Sometimes we choose to avoid a risk altar, such as when we respond to the risk of encountering traffic jam on an expressway by choosing an alternate route (we may still risk encountering traffic jam, just not the traffic jam on that expressway).

Transference is another term used to describe our response to risk. The classic example is when we buy insurance on our car to deal with the risk of an accident. We are not necessarily reducing the chance of an accident, or even reducing the impact of the accident, we are simply reducing the impact on us should the risk event (the accident) happened by sharing the financial burden with the insurance company. There are other types of transference. Outsourcing work to an organization with more skill and experience in performing the work than we have is another example. In that case, our intent is to reduce the likelihood of the event happening by having someone more skilled and experienced do the work. We may also be reducing the impact on ourselves, depending on the type of contract we choose.

Mitigation is the strategy we use when we can not avoid the risk altogether and we can not transfer the risk, or do not want to. …

External Hard Drives – History and Developments

When you think of a computer, chances are good that you imagine the case; The computer as a whole. However, what would you identify as the most important part of the computer? Would you point to the motherboard? Perhaps you would say that the processor is the most important part of a computer.

While these are certainly vital aspects to an operating computer, the disk drive is just as important. Over the years, they have undergone numerous changes and have evolved considering. The first hard disks were technically "external" devices, because they sat outside the case, contained within protective covers. However, these would barely qualify as hard drives to modern users, as their capacity was measured at just 5MB.

The Earliest "External" Drives

The very earliest hard drives were external for all intents and purposes. This is because they were not mounted within the computer frame. These devices debuted in the late 1950s, could store 5MB of data and shipped with the first commercially available IBM systems. Over the next few decades, things did not change very much, as computer use was seriously relegated to commercial interests and the home PC had yet to be invented.

Almost 30 years after the debut of those systems, IBM brought out the first gigabyte drive. This device was the size of a household refrigerator, and was a separate unit from the computer. It retailed for a whopping $ 40,000.

The Intervening Years

Between the debt of the personal computer and the release of what a modern consumer might recognize as an external hard drive, there were several innovations. However, most of these were strictly for internal drives, as the need for an external drive was not particularly great with early systems.

One of the first systems to make use of an external hard drive was Apple. Their computers often had drive bays that were difficult to access, and some had no hard drive inside them at all. In an age where consumers were beginning to demand safer storage for their data, this could not work. Therefore, Apple introduced the ProFile in 1983. It worked by connecting to a special port on the back of the Apple II. This hard drive offered 5MB of disk space, although a 10MB was offered later as an upgrade.

It was during this time that internal drives began to take on their standard form factors. In fact, the shape of the hard drive stopped changing early on with the development and standardization of IDE technology, with a size and shape that any modern consumer would recognize. The most popular form factors have included 5.25 ", 3.5", 2.5 "and 1" consumer form factors.

Additionally, any of these drives could be setup as an external drive, so long as power and data cables were able to be connected to the drive outside the computer case. Of course, these were not what most people would consider "removable media" in the sense of modern external hard drives, flash drives and other storage …

What Is the Purpose of Online Dating Personals?

This is a modern world where technology now dominates society. Every now and then we take help from technology in order to fulfill some of our wishes. As technology has developed, it has meant that many things can take place using this, including online dating. In fact, online dating nowadays has become hugely popular and there are many online dating personals that are placed on the Internet where people are looking to find love.

Some people may have bitter dating experience with someone they did not know quite well. However, a user can trawl through online dating personals so that the user can find a suitable match. Of course, there are some reasons why one can be sure of having a perfect date with someone he or she might have cherished for so long. Before a date is fixed for a physical meeting, the interested users may need to answer some questions. Alongside this, they should have public profiles so that others may know information about them such as what they like, what they don’t, what they do, what they believe in, what their future plan is and lots more. In short, the person one wants to date with has to have something or everything common in them.

In online dating personals, it is mandatory to fill out some forms that will deal with one’s information. It is also mandatory to attach a real image of the person who is looking for a date. Someone may be asked to describe themselves as a person and the answer to this question will be all along with some other things one needs to know in order to judge whether the user is human or a fake looking to spam on a site.

One advantage of online dating personals is that they have to maintain privacy of the people looking for a date. One may be able to send or receive messages via a personal message system as any random user cannot view the email addresses on someone’s profile. Through this system, it is also possible for a person to know who has viewed or added his/her profile. This will give the person an idea about who is interested.

To conclude, online dating personals can be a good and convenient way of finding a partner to enter into a relationship with. However, one has to be careful while selecting a person for dating and the users should never reveal any important information about themselves when talking with other members.…

Advantages of Using Security Cameras

Technology is an innovative creation that has both negative and positive aspects. Most of the people take the advantage of the good sides of these technologies. Some others are there who do use the technology to make the life miserable of a person.

The security cameras are one of the most wonderful things that have been created by the modern technology. These are being used in several homes and offices for security reasons and have thus been helpful to many people. The security cameras have become immensely popular because of the several benefits it has.

The benefits are as follows-

To determine crime

The cameras can be used to keep the expensive property and family safe. Once you place them in your home and office you will be able to know what is happening around in the house. Even if you are in the place it is practically impossible to keep an eye on every nook and corner. But the cameras make that practically happen without you physically visiting the place. Thus, it can help you prevent crime in your home and office area. So, you can be sure that your house is not going to become the easy target of the people.

Easy to install

The cameras come in various sizes, from tiny ones to large ones. The tiny ones can be hidden in plants photo frames and pictures. This makes it readily available to monitor the activities of any suspicious person or thing. These are called hidden cameras. You can buy one according to your needs.

It can help you to gather evidence against any criminal activities or in legal matters if there is at all the need. You can provide proper evidence because the cameras record the actual events and the activities with audio for one to watch it later and let the story unfold.

Arrive at the right decisions

CCTV footage can help you to make the right decisions whenever you get stuck in a matter of disputes. You can easily solve the matters among your family members, staffs, or colleagues. Inappropriate claims will be sorted out when you go through the details at the security camera recordings.

Maintains records

If something happened in your absence and you got to know a fortnight ago. You can know the details of the events simply by going through the records. The security cameras record everything systematically according to date and time.

All these advantages make it popular among the people and hence they are widely being used in the homes and offices areas to keep a watch on everything.…

How to Remove Duplicate Files for Better System Performance

Many computer users treat their system’s hard disk like a family garage where they dump all sort of digital junk. Till the time when it becomes over occupied and starts creating problems, nobody cares for it. To make the system run smooth it is important to clean all digital junk from your system. There are numerous reasons behind this piled up data one such reason is duplicate data on it. Duplicate data on any system or device is considered to be one of the most problematic issues. It causes slow speed and much other performance-related issues in your system.

Negative effects of duplicate files:

Occupies disk space: This is the most negative effect of duplicate data on your system. Duplicate data occupies a lot of storage space on your disk for no reasons. This way you fell short of space to save some important files on it or to perform some other important task.

Slow down speed: Piled up duplicate documents on your disk makes your system run slow. Other than slow boot and shutdown process it starts creating issues even in normal actions on your system. While you perform a certain action your system needs to read additional duplicate data on it which takes extra time to perform a specific action.

Other performance related issues: When your system jams with cluttered and unorganized data due to piled up duplicate files on it, it starts behaving abnormally. It starts hanging, takes a long time to process actions, it clutters disk data and creates other problems too.

How to remove duplicate files?

Do it manually: The first possible way to delete duplicate document files from your system is to scan and find it manually. For this, you need to check all your drives and folders for duplicate documents on it. You can find this duplicate data in image, audio, video, document and many other folders. The limitation of this manual process is that it is a cumbersome and time-consuming way to find duplicate data. Despite putting in utmost efforts to delete duplicate files there are chances that you may miss some big files or folders.

Try technology: A good duplicate file remover tool can help you get rid of this digital junk instantly. It scans, finds and delete duplicate files in a hassle-free manner. More importantly, it saves your time and efforts as you need not snoop around the whole system for duplicates on it. There are a lot of duplicate file finder/remover tools available in the market which help you to delete duplicate data instantly to improve your system’s performance. Using duplicate file remover tools, you can spare GBs of data from your system effortlessly.

Using technology to solve our many issues is considered to be the best way as it saves your time and efforts. Hence using duplicate file remover tools to delete duplicate image, audio, video or documents from your system makes complete sense. You can choose the tool according to your needs from a range of tools …

Pros and Cons of Targeting Federal Government For Funding of Technology Grants Non Profit

When searching for technology grants one should look at the pros and cons of targeting federal government for funding of technology grants for non-profit business. When seeking funding for programs I think that there are three advantages of targeting the federal government 1. The money is certain, 2. There is easy access to information, and 3. The larger orders, thus more profit. Whereas, three disadvantages would be: extensive bid proposal, considerable amounts of paper work throughout maintaining the contract, and the competition is great.

The first advantage that I listed is that the money is certain. If my company were to get a contract for business from the government they would be certain to be paid. It would cut out the late payment or the collections process that we currently have dealing with smaller entities or individuals. The second advantage to target the federal government is that the government may provide easier accessibility for information for its contractors through up- to- date internet sites, which you don’t always have access to with smaller suppliers. Finally, the third advantage I see is that larger orders equal’s larger profit. Securing a government contract would most likely be a substantial order and profit for our company which would be worth any hurdles we may have to jump through in the long run.

The first disadvantage I see to targeting the federal government is that there is most likely an extensive bid proposal process. We have submitted bids for local suppliers that do not even compare to the possible several hundred pages that a government proposal might contain. This would mean many physical hours invested in preparing the bid for proposal. Secondly, I think that a major disadvantage for my company if we were to secure a government bid is that there would be considerable amounts of paperwork involved in order to maintain the contract. The government is under the public eye and thus set-forth strict regulations that the suppliers must follow, which includes much paperwork! This would again, involve many hours to keep up with this obligation. The third disadvantage I believe is that the competition would be tremendous. Even though governments are asked to favor smaller businesses, I think the competition among those smaller businesses would be very great. I feel that my company would be at a disadvantage compared to other competitors simply based on the fact that first, we are not a depressed business and second that we are not a minority owned business.

Having said all this, I would advise my company leadership to “go for it”! I think they should pursue a government contract and I justify this by saying I think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages in our situation. I think the potential profit alone would justify my recommendation. However, before making that final decision to pursue, I would also recommend to my company that they review our current budget and make sure that the cost of the extra hours involved in preparing the bid proposal would …

Use Online Audio to Make a More Personal Connection

Audio can be the perfect vehicle for business owners – especially speakers, trainers, consultants, coaches and other infopreneurs – to distribute their message and promote their business. It makes a stronger connection than just written text, and it's easier to produce than high-quality video.

In the past it was costly and difficult to provide audio online. The Internet was slow, special software was required and the quality was poor. But that's no longer the case. Now it's easy to deliver high quality, fast loading audio content on your website.

Why audio?

Here are some benefits of using audio on your Web site and in other ways:

  • Make a personal connection: Audio creates a more personal connection than written text, because the audience hears your voice.
  • Create an experience: You can combine music, voice, sound effects and more into a richer experience than written text.
  • Portable audio devices: People do not have to listen at their computer, and can do it while multi-tasking.
  • Easy to create: It's easy to record audio – all you need is a microphone.
  • Teach something: Some of your educational material may translate well to audio.
  • Take control: It's relatively easy to record, edit and publish audio yourself.
  • Gain a competitive advantage: Despite these many advantages, most businesses are not using online audio effectively.

Why now?

Three things now make online audio feasible and attractive:

  • Better Tools: There are easy tools for you to create high-quality audio clips and publish them on the Internet. You no longer require specialized complex equipment and software.
  • Broadband Internet: The cost of broadband Internet has declined, and more and more people now have access. In the past the problem with audio was that it took a while to download and streaming audio quality was terrible – a jerky baffered sound. Broadband has now made it possible to have high quality streaming audio and easy download of large audio files.
  • MP3 and embedded players: In the past, there were many different audio formats and players. So it was a bit "hit or miss" as to if your users could listen to your audio clips. Now this has sorted itself out into two standards: MP3 as the de facto standard for audio files; And HTML5 or Flash as the commonly-used technology for playing audio on Web sites.

What content works best in audio?

There are many types of content you can publish – here are just a few:

  • Articles : Read your newsletter articles out loud.
  • Teleseminars : Record your teleseminars and publish the records.
  • Webinars : If your webinars are not very visual, you can publish them as audio as well.
  • CD extracts : If you have already created CD products, convert them into downloadable MP3 files.
  • Interviews : Interview other experts, or ask them to interview you.
  • Book reviews : When you finish reading a book, record a brief book review.
  • Presentations : Record your workshops, seminars and other presentations.
  • Consulting sessions : Record private coaching, mentoring or consulting sessions.
  • Audio

Why Computer Hardware Is Important

In this day and age, it is hard to deny the influence of technology in our lives. We live in an era where pretty much is automated and computerized. And amidst all the technological advancement that humankind has achieved, one important device has been created that will only sure to become more relevant to our lives as technology progresses, the computer. No one can deny that computers are now an essential part of our lives, the same way a cell phone and television does. It is safe to say that in this day and age, having no computer would be an inconvenience. Which is why it is important that we know the how our computer works so that we would be aware of the things that we should do in case it stops working. The hardware of the computer is considered to be the most important because without it, it will simply not work.

Simply put if you know how to handle the hardware of a computer and know each of their function for the unit, then you can easily determine what the problem is in case the unit stops functioning. In order to be familiar with basic computer troubleshooting, then you also need to be familiar with computer hardware. A good example of this is the memory of the computer (RAM). All programs and applications that are ran in a computer needs memory. Without RAM it simply won’t function. Aside from that, even if you have a RAM but it does have the specifications to keep up with the programs that are being ran, then the operation would be slowed down to a crawl. So when it comes to computer hardware, you have to make sure that it is not obsolete, so you need to upgrade depending on what sort of program that you are usually using.

When handling computer hardware, you have to keep in mind some safety measures so you can manipulate the unit safely. Before opening any computer cases, you have to make sure that the unit is unplugged or you might risk electrocution or shocks. While checking your hardware components, always check for damaged parts because that is most likely the one that is causing problems. When inserting components and parts, you have to remember that if it doesn’t fit, then most likely you are inserting it on the wrong slot. If it does not fit, then do not force it or you will risk breaking the component. Before touching any parts inside the unit, make sure that you discharge yourself first by through a grounded metal object or you can use an anti-static wrist strap or mat which is sold in stores for cheap.

By knowing and analyzing every computer hardware part you will know about its importance and if it ever breaks down then you can perform the proper troubleshooting steps. Every hardware component is important for the computer’s operation. The performance of your computer largely depends on how good your hardware is, …

Advantages and Disadvantages of Cable Broadband

Cable broadband is undoubtedly becoming the main connection of choice for many users nowadays. This type of internet service relies on the data sent and received by the cable provider. Since many companies are offering this service, a lot of subscribers are taking interest of this option because of its several advantages.

This, of course, doesn’t denote that the technology is perfect and it’s the best way to access the web. There are certain benefits and drawbacks that come with cable internet. This article intends to show you both sides of the coin so read on:

Advantages

One big contributing factor why cable internet is a huge hit among many is its impressive speed. There are services that offer up to 12Mbps and so surfing the web can be a real pleasure. Watching videos via streaming sites, playing online games and downloading heavy files can be an enjoyable experience.

Even when compared with DSL or wireless connection, it’s pretty evident that cable broadband performs much better. Dropped connection is not too common and they usually only happen during network updates.

On top of that, you can go for a bundle package if you want to save some money. You can have cable internet, cable TV, and a landline with this deal. Subscribing to a single provider can definitely be a cost-effective idea.

Disadvantages

Of course, cable broadband is not a perfect system. For example, users commonly complain about the bad bandwidth during peak hours. The speed can sometimes go lower than the promised performance and this is completely unavoidable at times.

If you want to increase your connection’s speed, then you may have to subscribe with premium packages. This may mean higher monthly charges in the long run. You may also be annoyed to find out that installation fees can be very expensive if there aren’t any existing coaxial cable lines in your location. Also, take note that the neighborhood shares the same bandwidth from the cable line. That implies that too many subscribers to the same provider can make the connection weaker.

These are some of the factors you should consider before deciding whether cable broadband is right for you. Feel free to ask around and visit with different internet providers in your area so you can get detailed information about their offers. Finding the best package for cable internet doesn’t have to be a pain if you know the right questions to ask. You’ll be better capable of evaluating options that way and you’ll surely end up with the best package.…

Robotic Nurse Assistant (RoNA) System: Advantages & Healthcare Industry Report

Over the last few decades, the advancement in technology has surged at a rapid rate and spread across the globe. The accessibility and affordability of technology has pointed out several benefits, including improved quality of life, better scientific research and a higher average life expectancy in several countries. Since many parts of daily life are mechanized, people can focus on their interests and careers. Currently, in many technologically progressive societies, the population is not only living longer, but is also offering fewer children. Since many people are living up to old age and not many children are born to cover up the difference, there are lesser and lesser resources to take care of older groups.

The concept of the Robotic Nurse Assistant System was introduced to take care of elderly people and is running successful in countries like Japan where 30% of the population is over the age of 65. Currently, these systems are actively used in medical facilities & centers to lift patients safely without the involvement of humans.

Development of Robotic Nurse Assistants

• In 2009, healthcare research company Hstar Technologies started a research project designed to report the numerous clinical and technological challenges faced by different healthcare practitioners. It focused on developing a human-safe and heavy-lifting robotic system which can function in any clinical environment.

• The efforts of the research and development team resulted in the creation of the RoNA Robotic Patient Lifting System-a self-directed robotic nursing assistant designed to help healthcare providers operate and lift patients weighing close to 500 pounds.

Advantages of RoNA

In strong competition with ceiling-mounted lift systems, patient lift teams and mobile sling systems; RoNA provides some distinctive advantages such as:

• RoNA is an omnidirectional and mobile system with mecanum wheels to move in any direction. It can work in confined spaces, and explore areas where several portable lifting systems cannot travel. It is far better than mobility and maneuverability ceiling systems which are fixed.

• Telepresence support RoNA can function alongside a trained nurse, or can be supervised by a tenuously located nurse while operating with a less expertized attendant.

• Patient Safety RoNA is a smart, learning system, which is capable to sense center of gravity during the lifting process as well as automatically adjust its position. (This is primarily possible due to a unique stability system). It results is making the patient feel more protected during the lift as compared to a physical transfer involving human hands.

• RoNA works to reduce employee injury and premature retirements in facilities which have not yet organized lifting devices. This system will deliver the full benefit of a secure lifting program, decreasing workman’s compensation along with injury-related costs by almost 40%. In centers where safe patient handling programs are implemented, RoNA will enhance compliance, further decreasing injury-related costs.

Robotics Nurse Assistant System Market

• According to the healthcare industry report, the market for robotic nurse assistant system is quite flourishing in Japan. These robotic nurses are also utilized in the …