Top 5 Screen Capture Tools

21 May

Screen shots, or captures, are super useful when creating things like slide presentations, tutorials, or you just want to share something you saw on your computer with a friend. Either way, there are ways to create great quality screen shots. Clicking the “print-screen” button is no longer necessary. The following products come in different price-points, while others are free. Keep that in mind if you are on a budget or don’t plan on using the software often. Continue Reading

Choosing the Right E-Mail Client

13 Feb

It seems that, with the emergence of browser-based email clients, the interest for dedicated email clients has waned. Microsoft even dropped its email client from Windows 7, shipping the system without one. But, that doesn’t mean that dedicated email clients don’t have anything to offer. Requirements that most people have for email clients are fairly simple, and they are mostly limited to its basic function: receiving emails. Of course, every client will do that, but it is preferable if the email is received and display with little fuss and no special effort from the user.  Let’s take a look at a couple of them. Continue Reading

Online Training for Medical Careers – Thanks to Technology

12 Oct

The internet has changed the way we do things in many ways. Apart from the most obvious purpose, which is communication with your friends and family that are geographically distant, it has also changed the way we receive information. Television, radio and the printed media used to be our #1 source for everything on anything. Now, though, with Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Skype, we can pretty much find out anything and be entertained with a single click or a traing technology

We used to send out resumes, now we simply make a LinkedIn account. Which brings me to my next point, which is how much modern technology and the internet has changed education and employment. If you have been following my blog, you would know by now that I make a living by working online full-time. Since working a normal day job wasn’t for me, and I’m not especially talented for any kind of art that would allow for a more loose working arrangement, I decided that working from home would be the best way for me to go, and as it turned out, it was. I don’t regret it for a single moment.

But, you might say, it was easy for me to find a job online because my field of expertise doesn’t require my physical presence, nor does my work result in a physical product. What about the rest of us who aren’t programmers, software developers, web or graphical designers? Like I said at the beginning of the article, the internet has changed some things, and not just in IT.

Technology and Online Training

The internet has influenced education much more than we realize and video communication software such as Skype has made it possible to have seminars, consultations, lectures, and even one-on-one time with the educators themselves.

One field that has benefited from it is – medicine. If you take a look at a website like Nurse Salary Guide .net, they cover much more than medical career salary information, you can see the potential and the demand for trainee medical personnel, which is why many medical institutions offer online training. Of course, being a registered nurse assistant or a member of the nursing staff requires hands-on training combined with the online course work – there is a fair amount of theory involved in it, as well. They make great use of technology for staff training, with many benefits to both the staff and the organization.

I was surprised to find out that medical institutions have been so quick to employ modern communication technology to educate their staff. Usually it’s the academic institutions that educate software developers or designers that adopt this kind of approach. Not only are you able to work from home nowadays, but you can get a college degree or earn specific qualification, too.

I finished my education the old-fashioned way, but for those who are strapped for cash, this might be a great opportunity since they never have to leave their home and spend money they don’t have on renting a place in the big city, which costs a lot of money. I know, I’ve been there. I’ll try and keep you updated about this kind of thing, as always, and I’ll be sure to post new and exciting ways technology has altered the way we live our lives.

Mice, Bugs and Firewalls!

12 Mar

Have you ever wondered about the origin of some of the technical terms we use on a daily basis? If you have, then keep on reading. The funniest thing about using those terms is how disconnected they are from their actual, original meaning. We don’t even think twice about it. And, of course, there are those which are completely new, which doesn’t make them any less interesting. It’s next to impossible to compile the ultimate list of those which are the most interesting, so we haven’t bothered. Instead, we have just singled out a few which most of us use each day.


In real life, a firewall is a wall made to stop the fire from spreading. Its digital counterpart does pretty much the same thing: it stops viruses, worms and malware from spreading throughout your operating system and doing some serious damage.                                          firewall_bugs_more


Although the term hacker has a negative connotation, and is used to describe a person who uses their knowledge of computers for malicious purposes, that wasn’t the case at the very beginning, as the term was used for someone who uses their talents to experiment with software. Even today, members of the hacking community emphasize that their work is positive, and use the term “crackers” for those who use their computer expertise to do harm.


Meme is used to describe something that spreads on the internet, achieving massive popularity and inspiring a number of imitations. The first mention of the word “meme” was used in the book called The Selfish Gene, written by scientist Richard Dawkins, who discussed the phenomena of cultural imitation. He settled on the Greek word “mimeme”, which means “imitated thing”. He used a shorter version, to make it rhyme with gene. But, “meme” also means “same” in French. Richard Dawkins himself approves the use of the term.


The origins of this one are not quite clear. Douglas Engelbart, its inventor, says that even he can’t remember how the name stuck. The mouse was first introduced in 1968, and has been called a mouse ever since. One of the engineers working on the project at the time, Roger Bates, shed some light on the matter, saying that the cursor used to bear the name “CAT”, so it was only fitting to name the new device a “mouse”.


A bug was named after an actual bug. You see, back in the day when computers used to take up an entire warehouse, bugs would often fly into the machine, causing problems, much like their modern virtual counterparts.


Every computer is based on a binary system, where information is stored using ones and zeros. Those zeros and ones are called bits. “Bit” is the shortened version of the words “binary digits”.
If you have a favorite term, let me know.

5 Online Dangers Parents Need To Be Aware Of

21 May

The internet has become a dangerous place. It was never truly safe, but since there are now millions of users traversing cyberspace, the risks have increased over time. As this technology gets worked into every aspect of our lives, it begins to affect the lives of our children. This new phenomenon is wonderful for things like education and business, but it is risky for socialization.

Parents need to go the extra mile to monitor their children while guiding them into becoming savvy internet users – the Reflex Software website provides some useful spy software reviews for phones and PC’s – check it out here. Lots of good monitoring information for parents.

Below are some of the common but possibly unknown dangers to children and teens in cyberspace.

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Children need boundaries. Unrestricted access to a computer or mobile device is not recommended. If you would not let your child spend the night in a home with a family you do not know, you certainly do not want them to have unrestricted access to people and information that may not be age appropriate or even legal. The goal is to limit their time like you would with television. Keeping kids involved in activities, sports, and real life social interaction will keep them from delving too deep into the internet abyss. A practical way to set up online content boundaries is to create firewalls that are password protected. This will allow you to keep children away from any content you deem inappropriate.

Posting too many, possibly provocative photos.

The internet is a raw and honest place. Many people find it easy to take and post provocative photos. Many do this is order to garner praise from their peers and test their sexual boundaries just as they would in real life. However, posting photos on the internet allows others, and possibly unwanted onlookers to view and share these photos. Such a “leak” of photos could both constitute as child pornography and ruin a teen’s social life.

Making risky contacts.

There are online predators out there. Since the days of AOL chat rooms, those looking to cause harm to adults and children have taken advantage of the anonymity that the internet allows. Remind children that these internet strangers are just like real life strangers. They can hurt them. You can use monitoring software and apps to keep an eye on who your child is communicating with.

Dangerous or inappropriate content.

Pornography, violent photos and video and other culturally inappropriate content should be targeted when setting up firewalls. Parents need to keep up-to-date on new sites and trends to keep their children safe. Teens especially are at the forefront of new trends because they are the ones that drive the momentum behind their popularity. Discuss these issues with other parents and continue an open line of communication with your children.


Cyberbullying is always being discussed because it is so prevalent. Middle schoolers and high schoolers experience this constantly, but even elementary school children are plagued by online bullying. Monitor interactions between your children and others. You don’t have to micromanage and hover constantly. There will be signs your child is being cyber bullied: anxiety, anger, and other emotions could point to this. Ask questions, love your child, and give them the real confidence they need to combat negative people. They will be able to negotiate the world better as teens and adults.

Do not despair. It can seem daunting to monitor this aspect of your child’s life, but it doesn’t have to be. You can use the tools at your disposal, such as apps and other software, to help you keep your child safe. The internet is full of resources for parents who want create a safe and appropriate internet experience for their children.

Quick Tip – How to Speed Up Your Firefox Browser

21 May

Firefox is a popular browser with PC users. There are many updates being made to the browser to increase its speed, and it is beginning to catch up to Google’s Chrome in regards to capabilities. For many, Firefox continues to disappoint in the speed category, but there are some things you can do as a user to increase Firefox’s speed. The tips below will help make adjustments to encourage Firefox’s speed, but unfortunately, results can vary. So take that into consideration when approaching this issue.

Download a Speed Booster

Getting a speed booster is probably the best way to increase Firefox’s speed. There a few types of software available, namely, Firefox Booster. It’s good for any version of Firefox, and it quietly works in the background to get you little speed boosts.

The speed booster works with your internet connection to optimize your speed. It does this by changing the amount of speed up firefoxconnections to servers it can connect to at any one time. The slower your speed, the fewer it connects to. The faster your internet connection, the more servers it will connect to. As it stands, Firefox’s default settings aren’t great for many computers since not everyone has an “average” connection.

Additional Changes

Non-Windows users can use the Tweak Network Extension to make some subtle changes to the way Firefox operates. There, you can type in your own numbers manually to suit your preferences. Otherwise, if you have a fast internet speed, you can click the “power” preset for a standard setting.

To Revert to Original Settings

You can remove the booster software to go back to square one. Uninstall it like any normal program. For the Tweak Network Extension, you can click the “default” button to go back to the normal settings.

If you make these changes and things still are not going as fast as you would like, you may already have a fast connection. Otherwise, you could have an internet issue. You may be bottlenecking a lot of server connections. That will slow things like a traffic jam. This calls for system manipulation outside of the browser realm.

Thankfully, Firefox is an open source browser. This means savvy users are always talking about ways to make it better and developers listen. Their latest update has delivered some good speed improvements although it is starting to look a lot like Chrome! You can visit forums, the Firefox website, and other blogs to help you get tips to get the most out of Firefox.

Remember to consider some other things that may be slowing down your browsing – how good is your internet provider and have you checked your PC for viruses? Happy browsing!