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Office health hazards and you

Hey again folks. Its one of your fav tech dudes with some important information that can and will prove useful. As a tech pro, you may escape the risk of serious injury, but there are still A LOT of things that could befall you right at your desk. Three of these conditions are: 1. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Yow know the people in your office with those ridiculous Velcro contraptions strapped to their forearms and hands? They’re not professional bowlers. They have what is perhaps the most common office malady around–carpal tunnel syndrome. This is marked by pain, soreness, tingling, numbness, or itching that’s caused when a nerve that runs through the forearm is compressed by swollen ligaments and bones in the wrist. It’s brought on by too much typing. (more…)
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Free plus Software equals Freeware

Freeware is a word formed by combining two separate words: “free” and “software”. Freeware is free software that is made available for use with no time limit. Although freeware is without cost and can be used for a limited time there usually are some kind of usage restrictions such as free only for academic, non-commercial or personal use while there is a fee for commercial use usually with a few extra features. (more…)
Spam Explained and Prevention Tips
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Spam Explained and Prevention Tips

Spam is any unwanted or unsolicited message sent through an electronic messaging system. Spam may be in the form of email messages, cellphone text messages, instant messages, blog posts, wiki entries or any other way of electronically transferring or transmitting a message. Spamming is a problem that costs internet users and companies billions of dollars each year. This cost takes the form of loss of man hours, acquiring extra equipment to combat spam, identify theft, fraud, deceptive marketing, virus infection and more.
Pimping the Nokia N95 into the new Decade
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Pimping the Nokia N95 into the new Decade

The N95 was arguably the greatest innovation of 2007(clashing with the original iphone in this regard) and the single most advanced smartphone of the time. The N95 was the first symbian smartphone with integrated GPS module, the second with advanced TV out capabilities, the first smartphone with a 5 megapixel camera and VGA video recording, the second smartphone to feature a programmable GPU, and I could go on and on. The original N95 suffered from a lack of sufficient RAM, an extremely buggy initial firmware and slow GPS among others. The RAM problem was fixed with demand paging and in the newer N95 8gb, N95 NAM and N95 8gb NAM models while the GPS antenna location caused poor map performance that continued well into the other year. Now 3 years after the release of the original N95 and...
Avira Antivir: Virus and Malware Protection
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Avira Antivir: Virus and Malware Protection

Being that I am an IT consultant, I have seen a sizable increase in the amount of virus infected machines out there. Case in point, I was working on some machines for a client, and one of the victims had over 1000 infections. On the business level however, paid solutions are the only way to go. When your machines are housing mission-critical data, you need the best and most  powerful protection as you can get. Now I'm not saying that this is as good as it gets, but it weighs in as a heavy contender in the industry. Now on the residential side of things, there are features that the Professional Edition has that aren’t as critical. Most every AntiVirus company offers editions for both user groups, including Avira. However, Avira does not seem to have the same popularity as its comp...
What is Web Hosting?
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What is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is provided by a web hosting service, this service allows organizations and individuals to have their websites accessible on the internet or World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide their clients with space on their various types of servers so that the information stored on a website can be accessed from anywhere in the world at any time of day. Types of Web Hosting Free Hosting – free hosts provide clients with a limited amount of web space, bandwidth and features. Most free hosts will show banners, pop ups and other kinds on advertising on the website hosted for free. Shared Hosting – multiple websites are hosted one one single web server and share the resources of that server such as CPU, disk space and RAM. Dedicated Host – Clients are given...
Beware of Repetitive Strain Injury
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Beware of Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive Strain Injury can be caused by the repeated use of any tool or equipment or by any motion that involves doing the same action repeatedly. RSI affects various types of persons but this entry will be focused on computer users. Repetitive Strain Injury Explained Repetitive Strain Injury is a serious problem among computer users, especially typists, web developers and other computer related professions that involved using a computer for extended periods. RSI affects a user when the tendons, muscles nerves, and other soft tissues in the hand, fingers, wrist elbows and shoulders are strained due to repeated and prolonged use of the keyboard and mouse. The stress of these parts combined with bad posture and improper keyboard and mouse use can be dangerous. (more…...
Surfing the Web Safely – How to do it
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Surfing the Web Safely – How to do it

When you surf the net, the last thing the average user thinks about is “can someone track me or my net habits?”. Believe me when I say that, it is possible to learn information about you even when you don't want to advertise who you are. This is true even if your system contains no virus or malware software. Specifically, information that is easily available online includes your internet protocol address, your country (and often more location information based on internet protocol address), what computer system you are on, the operating system version your using, what browser you use, your browser history and more. Also, cookies (not those sweet kind I must add, the bits and pieces of your browsing history) can track your habits as you move from machine to machine. So basically, you are be...