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Manual Payroll Vs Computerized Payroll Systems

Not so long ago, all payrolls used to be calculated manually, without any help from a computer. Professional accountants invested a lot of time and energy into keeping track of all employee data, files and information, calculating monthly salaries, hourly remunerations, bonuses, sick leaves, benefits, taxes, deductions and so on. And they did this all by keeping numerous files filled with track records for each and every person employed.

Nowadays, however, thing are far more simple than they used to be. Because technology is always dedicated to making things easier and better, quite a wide variety of computerized payroll systems is available to save us from this tedious task. Now, instead of keeping dozens of files and spending endless hours calculating, all you have to do is get a payroll software system and let it do all the nasty work.

So manual vs. computerized payroll system? It really bares no comparison. A manual payroll system means doing everything by hand, while a computerized one will enable its users to store unlimited data, keeping track of everything. While with a manual payroll system you’d have to keep track of all employees’ time by hand, with a payroll software you can automatically transfer all punches or swipes directly into the system, which will store them instantly. It can even separate regular work hours from overtime, and calculate the different remunerations according to set parameters. And if human error sneaks in even with the most organized manual payroll system, a computerized payroll software will provide accurate calculations regardless of the amount of data stored.

The computerized payroll software systems save time and money, they’re very easy to use and they’re also very practical. There are several different types of payroll software systems, with various features, functions or advantages. And of course, the price will also vary according to the type of software. All programs, however, include essential features for storing employee information, files and track records, and will enable authorized users to enter, view or change information anytime. Basic features include paycheck processing, direct deposit options, payroll reports, tax reports, deductions, quarterly and annual ware reports and many others.

Moreover, while with a manual payroll system you have to do everything yourself, a computerized payroll software will calculate automatically all pay frequencies, employee statutory deductions, 401k contributions, bonuses, medical benefits etc. Basically, all you have to do is enter all the data upon which the deductions are based, and the software will handle everything else.

In conclusion, compared to computerized software systems, the manual payroll system takes up valuable time, resources and money. So instead of wasting valuable time with the tedious accounting tasks, let the software calculate the paychecks, while you work on developing your business, increasing production and revenue.…

Why Moving To Drupal CMS Is a Great Advantage

Whether you are a webmaster, a business owner or a developer, it is very important to have a web technology that can help you to create a site that can help you to remain competitive in the market and at the same time meet the demands of your customers. In fact, selecting a CMS is the first step to create a functional website and it can really be a daunting task. Drupal CMS is an open source platform that has powered millions of websites and applications. Since it is fully flexible and extensible, and you have great access to a huge community of active developers worldwide, it can help the developers quickly build and customize the project according to the client’s requirements.

Drupal and its plenty of opportunities:

Drupal CMS development can be used to build community web portals to personal websites, social networking sites to e-stores, from resource directories to newsletters. It is a strong web platform that allows various organizations to address specific requirements to create a stronger online presence. With this platform you can have an easy access to twenty nine thousand modules and about two thousand different themes that can be used to develop customized websites. Thousands of add-on modules and designs have made Drupal development the most preferred choice of designers as well as developers.

A comparison with Joomla and WordPress

We all are aware of the fact that each web development platform has its own features and functionalities. WordPress is a good pick for the beginners and it works well for blogging or mid-sized websites. Joomla on the other hand is a very good platform that can be used for ecommerce websites and requires some technical knowledge when it comes to coding. Compared to both these two platforms, Drupal is the hardest and the most powerful CMS among all and it is suitable for all types of websites and is the easiest CMS for moderation. It is also considered while creating ecommerce sites as an addition or modification of Drupal templates is easy and does not take much time to create tailor made apps.

Some advantages of using the Drupal platform:

Rapid and Agile: Web 2.0 development is at the core of Drupal and it offers clean markup code, content management, forums, search, page and blog publishing and many more.

Highly scalable: Drupal is highly scalable. If you start with 5 pages initially, you have the option to grow to 5000 pages without requiring changing anything. The security and performance parameters can easily be changed from the Admin console.

Free modules available: There are more than 16000 modules available from the community that makes it easy to add specific features to your site. From security, CRM and social media to SEO, backup, migration or performance and more there are various modules available that make it easy to add latest features.

3rd party integration: A huge community of developers and theme designers has created numerous feature rich templates to help you realize your website’s vision. …

How to Be Mindful With Technology

I feel that our increasing reliance on technology is affecting our mental health in multiple but disturbing ways. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in the middle of a yoga class doing my best to balance on one leg, when someone’s cell phone goes off. Recently, it took four separate rings before the woman attached to it decided to turn it off! Needless to say, I had trouble practicing Loving Kindness during that class- as I’m certain many others in the room did also.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who feels this issue needs addressing. A recent issue of Psychotherapy Networker, dedicated an entire issue to this topic entitled, Left to Our Own Devices: Is It Time for Therapists to be Concerned? I read the entire issue cover-to-cover and had trouble putting it down because it was so thought-provoking. In essence, a multitude of experts weigh in on whether or not it’s possible to be ‘addicted’ to technology- mostly smartphones. Both sides are argued with equal conviction and make complete sense. I tend to sit somewhere in the middle, agreeing mostly with those who liken checking emails, texts, and surfing the internet to a ‘compulsion’ rather than a full-blown ‘addiction’. In an article called, The Age of FoMo: Our Brains on 24/7 Alert, One researcher, Moez Limayem, differentiates the two this way:

The underlying motivation to use a mobile phone is not pleasure (i.e., as in the addiction model), but rather a response to heightened stress and anxiety- We feel anxious if we’re not making use of every tiny slice of time.

In other words, we have become increasingly uncomfortable with moments of time when we have nothing to do other than be with ourselves. Another study led by Timothy Wilson of the University of Virginia, offered research participants the following two choices: do “nothing” for 15 minutes or give themselves a small electric shock. Guess which one the majority opted for? THE ELECTRIC SHOCK.

There you have it dear readers- the majority of us would rather receive an electric shock than be left sitting quietly with only our own thoughts and feelings to entertain us. In the study, this applied more to Millennials and those younger than us older folks, but I believe it still serves as a wake-up call to all of us. This speaks directly to an issue that my clients bring up consistently in therapy. It sounds something like this:

YOU KEEP SUGGESTING THAT I BECOME MINDFUL, BUT EVERY TIME I JUST SIT AND SLOW DOWN, I DON’T LIKE THE WAY I FEEL OR THE THOUGHTS I THINK. IT’S FEELS YUCKY AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH WHAT COMES UP.

What I point out to people when I hear this response at attempts to slow down, go inward, and to check out the landscape of our inner worlds is this:

YOU BET IT’S DIFFICULT. THAT’S WHY MOST OF US DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO AVOID BEING MINDFUL AND SLOWING …

LG Shine – Elegance Personified

Telecommunication advances have made many of yesteryears imagination take shape in real life form. Some mobile makers have stepped farther to assimilate superior technology into a state-of-art communication device. As a result, today, we relish the luxury of displaying a sleek, innovative gadget fully loaded with technology and reflecting our own class and status. Now, with the availability of LG Shine, the term luxury has attained a new definition.

An EDGE variant LG KE970 and LG KU970, a HSDPA form, are the two twin siblings of Shine family and are ready to hypnotize their onlookers with their shining vivacity. With LG Electronics, the South Korean electronics giant comes up with a state-of-the-art design that reflects style and substance in a single entity.

Along with the elegant mirror-finish metallic look, with each click igniting a smooth tactile feeling, both slider phone variety by virtue of their smooth slide opening and laser-etched stainless-steel key-pad, give an impression of class and solidity.

Both the variants of LG Shine come combined with Schneider-Kreuznach lens-equipped 2 megapixel camera and a 2.2 '' large screen with resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The screen of both the phones supports 262 colors and offers a sharp and clear viewing facility. It gives a stylish mirror effect while in power-off mode.

The LG KE970, like its KU970 counterpart, is equipped with WAP, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity. The allocation of expandable memory options in both the models help users to store large music, video, image, or text data on-the-move. An innovative blogger program that add multitude to the gorgeous styling of the phone, with an ideal cellular network support, can help user in 'any-time' blogging. The 3G as well as EDGE supporting versions are fully equipped to offer superior internet browsing experience to the user.

The assimilation of luxury and state of art technology in a single entity of LG Shine has offered an invaluable option before an user to select a mobile phone that worth value for money. In a nut shell, this gorgeous stylish gadget, in addition to its exterior aesthetics, certainly carries more than one reason for its ever increasing popularity to inflate farther. …

Advantages and Disadvantages of Mainframe Computing

Mainframe computers perform complex and critical computing in large corporations and governments across the world. Mainframe machines are fast, smart, and capable of the advanced computing necessary to our generation of corporate IT infrastructure and business goals.

The emergence of newer computing technology has not killed demand for mainframes, as they offer unique benefits that make them one of the most reliable business computing solutions.

Let us look at the features that make mainframes a preferred computing platform, and also a few of their drawbacks.

Advantages of mainframe computing

High-level computing: One of the main characteristics of mainframe computers is their ability to process data and run applications at high speeds. Business computing requires high-speed input/output (I/O), more than raw computing speed. Mainframes effectively deliver it. Further, as business computing also demands wide bandwidth connections, mainframe design balances I/O performance and bandwidth.

Increased processing power: Mainframe computers are supported by large numbers of high-power processors. Moreover, unlike other computers, mainframes delegate I/O to hundreds of processors, thus confining the main processor to application processing only. This feature is unique to mainframes and makes them superior in processing.

Virtualization: A mainframe system can be divided into logical partitions (LPARs, also known as virtual machines). Each LPAR can run a server. Thus a single mainframe machine can do the work of a “server farm” that employs scores of servers built on some other platform. As all these virtual machines run on a single processor in a single box, mainframes effectively eliminate the need for a lot of other hardware.

Reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS): The RAS characteristics of a computer have often been some of the most important factors in data processing. Mainframe computers exhibit effective RAS characteristics in both hardware and software.

Mainframe systems are reliable because they can detect, report, and self-recover from system problems. Furthermore, they can recover without disturbing the entire working system, thus keeping most applications available.

The serviceability of mainframes means they make it relatively easy to detect and diagnose problems, making it easy to fix problems in a short time and with little downtime.

• Security: As mainframes are designed specifically for large organizations where the confidentiality of data is critical, mainframe computers have extensive capabilities for securely storing and protecting data. They provide secure systems for large numbers of applications all accessing confidential data. Mainframe security often integrates multiple security and monitoring services: user authentication, auditing, access control, and firewalls.

• High-end scalability: The scalability of a computing platform is its ability to perform even as processors, memory, and storage are added. Mainframe computers are known for their scalability in both hardware and software. They easily run multiple tasks of varying complexity.

• Continuing compatibility: Continuing compatibility is one of the popular characteristics of mainframe computers. They support applications of varying ages. Mainframe computers have been upgraded many times, and continue to work with many combinations of old, new, and emerging software.

• Long lasting performance: Mainframe computers are known for their long-lasting performance. …

LG U300 – Something Gorgeous

The new LG U300 3G mobile phone with a stunning and attractive design ensures a feat to the eyes of the user. The handset with a flip opening mechanism is smooth to open & has dual screens to ensure the user can view a screen when the phone is in the open or closed position. The handset, with a stylish silver colored casing, comes in a two-tone effect with a smooth and sleek finish ensuring required attention from the beauty loving mobile phone users. The handset with a weight of 93 grams and measurement of 96 x 49.7 x21.9 mm is a light weight handset that is comfortable to carry in pocket. The mobile phone comes with a stereo headset and a 128 Mbyte MicroSD (TM) memory card and it is possible of the user to expand the internal memory.

The handset comes with an external screen that provides the user with a 1.7 Inch display which shows the time and date, signal strength, battery life and a photo identification of the contact who is trying to make contact with the user. The internal screen is a TFT type screen with a 262,000 color display which has a screen resolution of 176 x 220 pixels.

The LG U300 mobile phone comes with a fun 1.3 megapixel camera feature with a 2 x digital zoom and has a rotating camera lens. With the support of this stunning camera feature, it is possible for the user to save, store, share and send the photos. The user with the help of the handset can play MP3, AAC, enhanced ACC +, AMR and WMA formats of music on the integrated music player present in the handset. The music player assures many features that provide the best sound and performance from the player to enjoy on the handset. The stylish U300 model comes with the MSN Messenger that makes things easy for the user to chat with friends on the instant messenger service. The multimedia messaging service allows the user to send video or photos to any compatible phone complete with text and sound to finish the message. The U300 model also supports enhanced message service and emails.

The LG U300 mobile phone comes with Bluetooth® technology that ensures easy connectivity to any compatible Bluetooth® device to download, transfer and stream date. The USB cable and USB connection provides the user with a secure cabled connection. The handset has the compatibility of Java games for the user to enjoy. …

How To Turn Your Useless Home PC Into IP Phone PBX?

When we are talking about setting up the IP phone PBX system in our home, the first thing that comes to our mind is where or how to begin. Here, we will discuss at an easy way to turn your home PC into a fully fledged IP phone PBX. Let us first understand what this technology really is.

Installation using the old method:

The old method of installing the asterisk was one of the most awful ways to install the IP phone. Using CLI (command line interface) based interface to do anything is no more a choice, and when we are talking about Linux, that becomes even more painful. This is the single biggest reason why people now think of installing asterisk in their homes nothing short of a nightmare. When this CLI based Linux installation was carried out, it took many dark twists and turns, at the end of the day. There were fundamentally, two teasing things. For a layman, the first one was remembering all those commands and executing them at the right time. Secondly, for installing Linux separately, you also needed to install asterisk, which was nothing short of climbing the Mount Everest.

GUI Based Asterisk:

Now, users do not have to wrestle with the text based command prompt. New packages have included everything in just one CD and you just don’t need to install different software packages in bits and pieces.

There is a GUI based Linux software which solves half the worries related to remembering all the Linux CLI commands. Now ordinary people like you and me can see as well as relate to what is happening on the screen. Secondly, asterisk’s new GUI based version further makes things easy for the users.

They can make all the changes in asterisk through graphic user interface instead of using the command line interface. There are many GUI based asterisk available and most of them are open source like AsteriskNow, Flash in a PBX, and many others.

All these changes have not only made the installation process a lot easier but also reduced the unnecessary headaches which ordinary people had to go through earlier.

We talked about a useless PC on which asterisk work. Anyhow, we will still have a look at the minimum requirements for the computer that can be used for this purpose.

– You need a PC that is x86 with Linux GUI based operating system installed on it.
– The PC should be a minimum Pentium III with 500 MHz of processor.
– There must be one PCI slot available.
– You must have Digium TDM-400P that supports 2 X FXO daughter cards and 2 X FXS daughter cards.
– Your PC must have a sound card installed and working in perfect condition.

Assuming that you already have Linux operating system installed on your PC, we will proceed with the Trixbox installation as this is one of the most common GUI based asterisk in use.

Installing asterisk on your PC using Trixbox

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Remote Computer Repair Saves You a Bundle

As technology changes so does our buying habits. When it comes to getting support for your computer the same is true.

In the past most people when they got infected with a virus or had a computer repair issue they would haul their computer into a repair shop, a few days later and a few hundred bucks we would then get our computer back and do the whole thing all over again the next time an issue happened.

All of that has changed over the past year. More and more people are just hearing about something called Remote Computer Repair. This is a service were you can have your computer repaired right online. No hauling your computer all around town, no waiting in line and having to wait several days to get your computer back. After all people rely on their computers more then ever before.

The types of repair you can have done online are endless. Any were from operating system repairs such as XP or Vista related issues, virus and spyware removal, Printer installs, Network setups, anything that does not have to do with hard ware replacement can be done online now a days. Even diagnostics like detecting bad hardware parts can be done.

There are many reasons to have your computer repaired online. One of the biggest to most people is the fact that you can have your computer repaired then and there. No waiting around. Another one is the price point. Places like this remote computer repair company repair computers for half of what most retail computer repair shops charge. Besides the savings more and more Americans are aware of their carbon foot print. By having your computer repaired online you are cutting down on your carbon foot print because you are not having to drive all over or have a tech drive out to your house.

Some things to watch out for is to ensure the company you go with has a good reputation. Be sure to ask were the company is based and if they are industry certified.

Most remote computer repair companies use remote screen sharing software. This is a very secure way to have your computer repaired. In a nut shell it will allow the computer tech to remote into your computer only once. This way they can repair the issue and then after that they will not be able to remote back in.

If you have never used this kind of service before it’s well worth a look. It’s very cool to have someone work on your computer and you watch them move around and all you have to do is sit back and sip your coffee.…

Nokia 6288- Best Looking 3G Technology

Mobile technologies have progressed in leaps and bound over the last decade. Most of the advancement are driven by the demand of doing more with a small mobile phone. Probably the most important addition to the modern day mobile phones is the 3G technology. Its inclusion in all high end mobile phone is imperative. Being at the top of the heap, Nokia too has quite a wide portfolio of 3G handsets. Among them, the Nokia 6288 is one of the most sleekest and meanest.

The Nokia 6288 is a sleek 3G handset with a smooth sliding action. The handset exudes solemn professionalism in its high gloss black and white casing. For a mobile phone with so many high end functions, the Nokia 6288 is very lightweight at 115 grams. The handset may not be a smartphone, but can do virtually anything that a smartphone does. Moreover, the Nokia 6288 does not have any lag time seen in almost all Symbian smartphones.

Marketed as a business solution, the Nokia 6288 represents a nice bundle of office tools. Tri-band GSM network support keeps the mobile phone active in almost all places of the globe, providing seamless voice connectivity to its users. One can use the Nokia 6288 to take part in data intensive functions like high speed web surfing, video calling and video streaming. Apart from 3G, the Nokia 6288 can give its user data transfer speeds of up to 236.8 kbps with its GPRS and EDGE technology. Transfer of data locally with external compatible devices like your PC via connectivity tools like Bluetooth, Infrared and USB is easy and quick.

Multimedia functions of the Nokia 6288 includes a 2.0 megapixel camera with digital zoom and flash. You may opt to shoot high quality videos with it and share them instantly with anyone who matters. The Nokia 6288 even boasts of a media player compatible with MP3, AAC, M4A and eAAC + formats and a FM radio to enjoy the pleasure of music on the move.

Nokia 6288 Mobile Phone deals …

Continuing Strides in the Research and Technology of Solar Energy

At this time the research being done in the matter of solar energy, finally reaching at an increased rate towards advances we have never seen before. Much has to do with increasing reports and warnings by the media that we need to conserve power and energy. People are really starting to take this seriously ad if you are reading this article you are involved. You are considering solar energy too.

Current research in solar energy ha much to do with technological options and test facilities – we could figure out more about generating solar heat into energy if we had even more space in which to do so.

For example: The "Power Tower"

The power tower is a system of generating solar power by method of a large sequence of mirrors. The mirrors can then, when in the correct position, generate a vast amount of heat. Heat is then the vessel between light and energy. The technology has allowed these power towers to track the path of sunlight that will generate the most heat.

This prototype, the amazing power station, unfortunately emphasizes the centralized system of generating energy.

Of course, there are many other types of research out there that continue to improve our ability to collect and power. We may possibly be near the day when naturally everything can be powered with some kind of solar light. Other methods, more democratic methods for obtaining solar energy are being technology improved as we speak.

Everything from glass panels to mirrors to extreme interior design, solar power must be compacted and contained. The challenge, of course, is and always will be the method of transforming sunlight into energy by collecting the solar cells prove to us that are decentralized by nature. If solar cells function only a when collected and condensed they must be controlled.

Failing to collect enough solar cells, naturally results in failure to generate solar power into any significant amount of solar energy. Things such as solar powered lights, pool heaters, home systems, solar ovens and more, however, are already in our grasp, so try a solar energy system. You will be glad you did. …