Isn’t There an App For That?

A Review

When I'm not sure exactly where I want to go, I just Map Quest or Google Earth the location and I'm given step-by-step directions how to get there – go 0.3 mi and turn left on Happiness Street; at the next stoplight bear right as the road forks at Memory Lane; your destination is on the left. Pretty nifty, even if the directions are not always the most direct route.

When I run out of resources in my wallet I just log on to my bank's website and move some money around so I can survive until payday. When I do not know how to spell a word or when I need to find out where I can buy little umbrellas for drinks at my next patio party, I ask my loyal computer for a clue.

When I have a medical question or need to find out how physically healthy I am I send a quick e-mail to my doctor and she gets back to me within a couple of hours, even if it's 10 pm at night. When I crave a hit of spirituality I can receive an online injection by watching my minister speak a thousand of his weekly inspirational and spot on messages or by reading his informative and touching blog posts.

You may have heard me say most of the above before.

The New Stuff

So, why is it I can not do the same with the emotional side of my life? Real life and the work involved in it requires real participation, real touching, face-to-face interaction and solving problems in the presence of others. Is not there an app for that? It can be pretty difficult to celebrate all that life has to offer with a computer, even one with a talented program that simulates real-life events.

On the other hand, when I can not be there to see my girlfriend's new baby or when my great-nephew sprints ahead of the pack at his track meet, the computer and its attached pictures and social applications do indeed stand in. But I have still missed out on a part of the experience, a rather large part, in fact. I did not see the sweat of all his labor as he crossed the finish line, and I did not smell the red dirt track that was trampled by lots of other competitive teenager feet. And he also does not get to see me smiling and thumbs up his great work. The limits are obvious.

But, when I'm frustrated and need some insight into how I might improve the well- being of a couple of my relationships or certain things that have happened in those relationships, I look for a quick reference for an answer. I have to admit I've Googled “How to be a better friend” and “How to express disappointment without getting angry.” I also like to look up what my role models, such as Ernest Holmes or Emma Curtis Hopkins, may have to say about the spiritual side of my query. I've come to relly on my computer for so many things but solving real people problems / issues / questions can not be accompliously integrated with a connection to the internet.

I can not applaud my relationship with my computer enough when it comes to quickly learning what to do when my generous neighbor delivers a freshly molded and very much still alive and kicking Dungeness crab to my door (I put it in the freezer to put it to sleep but then needed to check online again to learn how to clean it after I cooked it.).

Access to almost all the information you've ever need in a flash is nice, but it's not the complete solution to what ails us / me. I wonder sometimes if I'm getting out of practice with real people-to-people interactions because of my use of computerized devices such as iPads, tablets, smart phones, etc. Admittedly, I've sometimes chosen those forms of communication over the face-to-face kind because I could edit what I say several times before spewing forth.

If I did not have my connection to all the information on the Internet, what would I do? I would not give up trying to improve my interpersonal relationships; I might flounder a bit more and make bigger mistakes. Hey, I make pretty big ones already! I might have to call someone who could advise me about how to handle a live crab. I would have to wait and call my doctor's office to get medical information, and I've got to put on my pantyhose (just a saying, people) and actually go to the Center for Spiritual Living in person, which would not be so bad.

There are those of my friends who, after having read this, will scoff, “See, I told you I could live my life just fine without learning how to work one of those computer things.” Okay, they do not really talk like that! But I have mixed feelings. While their lives are lived in the purest connection of people reaching out and connecting with other people, is not it limited limited by time, energy, money and availability?

Why Talk About This at All?

What has prompted this banal conversation in the first place you may wonder? Recently my computer experienced some significant problems. It had to do with the mouse and cursor having wild divergent ideas about where to go on the screen, neither of which was governed by my participation. It was cost and inconvenient. I became very involved in the life of my Dell tech from the Philippines, Raymund. During this period of downtime I was able to reflect about the difference between mechanical problems versus 'people' difficulties. Both have their good and bad points.

One of the best things to occur as a result of this computer problem was a dear friend recommend I read Patience, The Art of Peaceful Living by Allan Lokos. I highly recommend it. Hop on over to the movie and book review section of this blog for a more in-depth review. After having read it, I'm sure what I learned will help me with both computer problems and the foibles of living with and loving real live humans.

I'm no where near setting away my computer and all that it does for me, but I feel a stronger sense of being able to handle things without the aid of anything electronic.

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Tips to Choosing the Best Antivirus Software

Unfortunately these days its pretty common for your computer to be affected with some form of malicious software. No need to despair finding a reputable antivirus should safeguard your computer well. Lets look at some of the key points to look out for when selecting an antivirus. Your computer can become useless when it's attacked by a malicious virus. Your system's files, documents, folders and programs can become corrupt.

Your computer may even crash if you fail to take proper action. You do not need to wait until your computer is attacked by a virus before you start taking proper action. You need to install the best antivirus software from day one. The software can easily protect your computer from the onslaught of viruses. You do not need to crack your brain just to select the best antivirus software. Given below are vital tips you can engage:

· Identify your system's operating system
It's important you know your computer's operating system since antivirus programs are usually manufactured to suit specific operating systems. If you're using Windows OS, you need to look for an antivirus program that will match it. If you're using Linux or Mac, you should also go an antivirus program that's meant for them.

· Look for a legitimate antivirus software
There are several brands of antivirus programs released across the net. Some of them have not been approved by constituent authorities. Some others are fake programs. You need to bear this in mind as you search for the best antivirus software. In most cases, the best software you'll choose must be legally approved. You should always consider this as you make your search.

· Be ready to pay the price
Good products are not cheap! You have to be ready to pay the price to have the best antivirus software installed on your system. You do not have relied on the free antivirus programs since many of them do not have the required features needed for fighting viruses. In any case, you can still go for a good antivirus program that has a free trial version. You can easily test the program before you decide to purchase its full version.

· Read more about manufacturers of Antivirus programs
Most reliable antivirus programs are products of well known companies. You can spend some time to study more about the manufacturers. You also need to know more about the specific antivirus programs they produce. This helps you to make the right choice as you search for the best program.

In all, there's a need to study various written and published reviews about different brands of antivirus software programs. You can discover the pros and cons of each brand. You can also learn from the experience of other individuals who have used such programs. You'll end up picking the best antivirus software after going through the reviews.

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How To Publish A Magazine On ‘Newsstand’

The iPad Publishing Platform, or more commonly known as the Newsstand appears on every single Apple device right there on the homescreen.

I'm sure you've seen it. You probably have downloaded multiple magazines that interest you.

It was not always this way though. Originally when smart devices came out Magazine Publishers took a huge hit. Sales declined because people were no longer purchasing and reading magazines anymore.

Consumers now had a new outlet to get their news: their smart device.

Only until recently magazine publishers had no outlet to tap into this growing base of customers. But, as you are probably aware of Apple now has the “Newsstand” on the home page of every single smart device including iPhone, iPad, and iTouch.

So that evokes the question of how you can tap into this many buyers and take advantage of all the functionality that the newsstand allows.

But first, what is a magcast?

Well, it's simple really. A magcast allows you to publish content directly to your customers, subscribers, or clients by way of a “written podcast”.

That's right! Magcasts offer all the functionality of a website so you can host videos, mp3s or text based content in it. Magcasts were created to allow businesses, organizations, and individuals alike to take advantage of Apple's new media publishing platform they've called 'Newsstand'.

With a magcast you can deliver audio, written, or even video information directly to Apple devices. You can automatically distribute the latest issues of your magcast, send push notifications to the users devices, or include promo material inside of your magcast.

Image the kind of business you could generate through this value adding experience.

You can use 'newsstand' to build your list and make more recurring sales because Apple offers the option to integrate the consumers information with your email marketing service, and charge them a recurring or one-time fee. With newsstand you can also send customers push notifications.

With the guidelines to email marketing constantly changing push notifications are some of the most effective marketing mediums to take advantage of. If you have not searched magcasting yet you are leaving a lot of money on the table that your competitors will be scooping up in the near future.

See, magcasting is like Facebook back when it first started. It's gaining more and more transaction with a growing user base; however, as a publisher it is relatively unknown still.

Do not you think you could use a magcast to easily position yourself in your industry, grab a huge amount of market share, advertise to more targeted consumers, and do it all by publishing one piece of content a month?

I inherently believe that magcasting is the new email marketing, except much more effective because you are giving your customer what they really want. There's a good reason that large companies have been driving their consumers to magazine subscriptions since after the great depression. The reason is because it is an effective medium of marketing and a low-barrier to entry that almost anyone has access to.

In fact, there are over 600 million registered buyers already who might want to take advantage of your magcast.

I hope this post was insightful and has opened up your eyes to the newest positioning tool that will help grow your business.

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Modern Computer Concerns

When Is Malware Removal Required?

Malware attack is fast becoming the order of the day. Your computer can easily get infected by a dangerous malware at any time. There are hundreds of malware threats and viruses scattered all over the internet. They are regularly created and distributed by several cyber criminals who are always looking for gullible computer users to dupe. If you're not careful when browsing the Internet, you can easily be attacked by a malware. You can pick it up when you visit malicious websites. You can also be attacked when you open suspicious links in spam mails. It's important you know when malware removal is due for your computer.

Signs of Malware Infection

To discover when malware removal is highly required for your system, you have to watch out for possible signs. Your computer is under malware attack when:

· You start seeing all kinds of pop-ups on your browser.
· You start seeing all kinds of browser errors as you try to visit some websites.
· Your browser begins to freeze or hang on regular basis
· The default browser homepage is modified.
· Your access to certain security website is completely blocked.
· You start getting redirected to other websites you do not intend to visit.
· You start seeing all kinds of strange toolbars on your browser.
· Some of the normal computer programs start hanging or freezing up.
· Your computer boots up slowly
· The overall system performance is poor
· You start seeing new desktop icons which you did not authorize
· Your computer restarts without your consent
· You start seeing constant error messages while using your computer
· The system's anti-virus fails to open as before
· Other normal computer programs fail to open
· You can not access Task Manager and Control panel anymore

When you start noticing any of these conditions above above, you have to bear in mind that your system has been compromised by a dangerous malware, spyware or virus. Your system's programs, folders, files and documents can easily be corrupted if you fail to take any action. The system can also crash if the threat persists.

You can always help your system by engaging the right malware removal method. You can download and install a reliable anti-malware program from a good source. You can use such a program to scan your computer and get the malware removed. You can always engage a reliable computer technician to help you out if you can not handle the situation.

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Tips To Speed Up A Lagging PC

One of the most annoying things about a computer is its tendency to slow down after a while. This can be a huge drain on productivity – especially if you're waiting for programs to load, close, the computer to boot up, or the computer to restart. I know what it's like to have a computer take almost 10 minutes to completely boot up! This is unacceptable in this day in age.

So what is the main cause of a computer's lagging speed? Typically the problem falls into a few different categories. The first cause is when there is a lot of extra software on the PC. This can be a huge drain on system resources, especially programs that have not been coded very well. They can drastically reduce system performance – and sometimes you do not even know they are running in the background!

So the first step in improving your computer's performance is to take a look in the Add / Remove Software section of the Control Panel. This is where you can see if there are any extra software programs that might have snuck their way onto your computer. One of the most annoying things these days (and it's becoming a trend) is to have “bundled” software install itself with another program you've downloaded. One example is the case where McAfee tries to install an antivirus software tool along with Adobe Flash. Every time I want to update Flash, I have to ensure that I de-select the McAfee option. Otherwise I'll end up installing a program I never intended to – and this is a program that will run in the background and hog resources. If you get enough of these programs on your system, the computer will definitely slow down.

Another thing that you can do to drastically improve system performance is to add additional RAM. RAM is a physical measure of how much your computer can do at once. If you go to Crucial's website they have an automatic system to determine exactly what type of RAM your computer can take (making it much easier for the average person to get and install RAM on their own). I did this with two computers; it was a breeze, and made my computers run so much faster.

One more common reason that a computer will slow down is simply the fact that the hard drive is full or close to full. This can happen more quickly than you think these days thanks to the large size of video and music files, and the ease at which internet speeds enable you to instantly download them. The best option in this case is to put these files on an external hard drive. If the hard disk that the Windows operating system is on is full or nearly full, the system will have a very hard time running efficiently. One rule of thumb I heard was the keep the OS hard drive half full at all times.

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HP 110-000t Guide – Why Is This the Perfect PC for Everyday Computing? How Can You Configure It?

The HP 110-000t is a modern desktop that offers good reliability and performance. It's capable of doing a variety of tasks for different types of users: students, professionals, casual home users, etc. If you're looking for a good desktop to help you with your daily tasks, this one is a great choice.

It's designed to do essential tasks such as web browsing, emailing, social networking, doing research, etc. It can also handle some entertainment thanks to its good processing technology and high memory capacity.

The processor that the 110-000t comes with is a 3rd generation Intel Celeron dual-core processor. The default option is a G1610 model at 2.3 GHz. There are several options, including Intel Core i3 processors. You can select the processing technology you want this HP desktop to come with.

The desktop comes with some good memory options as well. As mentioned above, it has a high memory capacity. It can hold up to 8 GB of memory. The default option is 2 GB, and it can be upgraded to 4 GB, 6 GB, and 8 GB. If you plan on doing some multi-tasking, and / or stream some multimedia, your best bet is to go with 6 GB o 8 GB. The more memory a computer has, the more quickly and smoothly it can run programs.

The hard drive storage capacity is another important thing to consider when it comes to computers. The hard drive that this HP desktop comes with has 500 GB of storage capacity. It can run at 7200 RPM. There are options to add more hard drive space is 500 GB is not enough. You could go with 1 TB or even 2 TB.

In addition to the hard drive, the computer also comes with an optical drive. The SuperMulti DVD burner allows users to not only watch DVDs, but to create their own.

The HP 110-000t has a nice design that makes it blend in with its surroundings. The design is simple, yet nice and modern. Whether you want to keep it in the home or office, it will fit neatly into any space.

It will also connect to any network thanks to its wireless technology and network card. It comes with 802.11 b / g / n technology and a Wireless-N LAN card. For connectivity to other devices, such as iPods and printers, it comes with multiple USB ports (2.0). You can save all of your favorite files and share them with friends thanks to the integrated 6-in-1 media card reader.

All in all, the HP 110-000t is a perfect desktop for everyday computing, web browsing, and entertainment. You have the option to upgrade some of its features, such as the hard drive and processor, to handle you needs. Perhaps the best thing about it is that it's so affordable. You can get this desktop at a very low price.

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HP Pavilion 15t-e000 Review – An Affordable, Reliable Notebook With Good Customization Options

Anybody who is looking for a reliable notebook at an affordable price may interested in the HP Pavilion 15t-e000. It's a good choice for everyday computing. It's nothing fancy, but its relativity makes it a good notebook.

One of the best things about it is that it can be personalized. It's available in many different colors, including black, blue, white, red, and purple. Black is the default option. Every color looks nice with the HP imprint on the case.

The display that this system comes with is a high definition 15.6-inch diagonal BrightView model. It has a resolution of 1366×768 and LED-backlit technology that makes it easy to see in any lighting condition, or lack thereof. Everything, including images and text, is displayed clearly and vibrantly.

The amount of memory a notebook has is another important thing to consider. The 15t-e000 can be customized with 4 GB (1 DIMM), 6 GB (2 DIMM), or 8 GB (2 DIMM) of system memory. The more memory a system has, the more easily it will be able to run programs. Multi-tasking is also a simple process when there is enough system memory. You might want to upgrade to 6 GB or 8 GB if you want the ability to run more programs at once.

With a fast, powerful processor, you will be able to run programs and entertainment with 3D graphics efficiently. The options for the HP Pavilion 15t-e000 include two AMD quad-core processors: an A4-5000 and an A6-5200. The default option, the A4-5000, can run at 1.5 GHz and comes with AMD Radeon HD graphics. There is an option to upgrade to the A6-5200 processor runs at 2.0 GHz and comes with 1 GB AMD Radeon HD discrete graphics.

The drives that notebooks come with include a hard drive and an optical drive. Save all of your files, documents, programs, and multimedia on the 500 GB hard drive (5400 rpm), and back them up on the SuperMulti DVD drive.

If the 500 GB is not enough for the hard drive, there are options to upgrade to 640 GB, 750 GB, and 1 TB.

The networking technology includes the 802.11 b / g / n WLAN network port. There is an option to add Bluetooth technology if you need it. You should be able to connect to the internet anywhere you go. The 6-cell Lithium Ion Battery will keep your notebook running for hours.

The HP Pavilion 15t-e000 obviously has a lot to offer considering that it's a mid-priced notebook. You can empower it even more if you want to upgrade some of the features. It has a nice, durable design that gives it a long lifespan.

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HP ENVY TouchSmart 17t-j000 Quad Edition Overview – A Laptop With Great Customization Choices

These days, people want as much storage and performance as possible in a laptop PC. Laptops can offer just as much speed and power as a desktop. In fact, many people are choosing to use laptops such as the HP ENVY TouchSmart 17t-j000 Quad Edition as a replacement to desks. While it's not light like an ultraportable notebook, it can still be transported around and used on vacation or business travel.

If you want a laptop with a 17.3-inch display, then this is by far one of the best choices. It offers a bright display with a full high definition view. The default choice for the display is a 1600×900 resolution model in HD +. There is also an option to go with a full HD 1920×1080 display with anti-glare technology.

The design of the 17t-j000 is pretty impressive. It has a metal construction, which makes it simple, yet elegant. It looks great with its brushed aluminum design and full-size keyboard. The keyboard is backlit to make it possible to type in dim light.

There is no limit to the activities you can do. If you want to have video chat, you'll find that the notebook comes with two microphones, a quality webcam, advanced noise reduction software, and so forth.

You can also enjoy a variety of games thanks to the processor, graphics technology, and high amount of memory. The processors you can choose from are all 4th Generation Intel Core i7 models. The default option is a 4700MQ model. There are other options if you want to upgrade. The 4700MQ, however, should be sufficient enough to run most programs smoothly and easily.

The laptop comes with Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics, which are exceptionally better than the 3000 graphics from previous generations. Still, it's not enough to run the more demanding games. If you want to be able to run games smoothly, HP offers NVIDIA GeForce GT graphics for the 17t-j000 Quad Edition.

For the memory, the notebook comes with a sufficient amount: 8 GB. It can be expanded up to 12 GB or 16 GB if you need more system memory. As for the hard drive, there are a number of great choices, including hybrid hard drives and dual hard drives. The default option is a 1 TB hard drive (5400 rpm). You can go with a 1 TB hybrid hard drive, 1.5 TB dual drive, or a 2 TB dual drive.

The optical drive that it comes with is a SuperMulti DVD burner and Blu-ray player combo. It's no wonder that the HP ENVY TouchSmart 17t-j000 Quad Edition is such a top-selling laptop: it comes with enough customizability and expandability to impress any user. You can keep it around for years to come, and rely on it to take care of all of your needs.

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HP Pavilion HPE h9-1215t Phoenix Review – A Desktop With Great Graphics and Custom Features

As far as HP desktops go, the Pavilion series has always been the most popular. They have always been customizable desks with great upgrade options and expandability. The HP Pavilion HPE h9-1215t Phoenix in particular is a great choice for those who are looking for a mid-range desktop that can be customized in a number of ways.

It's pretty stylish with its sleek black tower and horizontal, red LED lights. The components are housed in armor-like casing. A landing pad for connectivity is built inside of the tower. You can connect all of your digital devices to the HPE h9-1215t for syncing.

A lot of people choose to use this desktop for gaming. It's less expensive than a regular gaming machine, yet it's just as capable where most games are concerned. It can be used for other entertainment as well. Thanks to HP's Beats Audio Technology, you can expect impressive surround sound. You can watch movies in high-definition. This Phoenix PC is capable of delivering quality video, images, and colors to a compatible display.

The system is powered by an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor (3rd generation). There is an option to go with a 3.4 GHz model or a 3.5 GHz model.

There are a few options when it comes to the memory. The HPE h9-1215t can hold anywhere from 8 GB of memory to 16 GB. There are options for 10 GB (3 DIMMs) and 12 GB (4 DIMMs). With the right amount of memory, your games and other multimedia will run smoothly.

Since this is an entertainment desktop, it comes with some good hard drive and optical drive configuration options. For the hard drive, both SATA and Solid State Drives are available. Choose up to 3 TB for the SATA (7200 rpm) or 256 GB for the SSD. There is enough room for two optical drives. You can add a second one to your order when customizing this Pavilion. The choices include a SuperMulti DVD burner by itself, with a Blu-Ray player or writer, or all three.

The 2 GB NVIDIA GeForce graphics the desktop comes with offers connectivity for high-definition displays. You can connect the desktop to just about any display, including HDTVs, thanks to the VGA, HDMI, and DVI connectivity.

Thanks to the exclusive LinkUp technology offered by HP, you can access other computers that are part of your home or office network. Not only can you access them, you can interact with them and transfer data.

HP Pavilion HPE h9-1215t Phoenix clearly has a lot to offer. It's a good mid-range desktop that can handle most games and multimedia. It comes with enough expandability to make it useful for years to come.

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Why Do Moms Love Technology That Much?

We say it over and over again: technology makes our lives easier. You probably heard from your grandmother that you're lucky enough to have this and that to make your chores significantly effortless. And this is what we have to be thankful for. If it were not for the technologies we use today, maybe, we might have sworn how hard our lives are a long time ago.

Although some say that technology has its disadvantages- which is true- its benefits absolutely outweigh its damages. In the grand scheme of things, technology improves our quality of life. And moms like you are the main beneficaries of this, bar none. What made me say this? Well, just read on.

1. Technology is at your fingertips. As technology becomes more advanced, gadgets become even handier. Take your smartphone for example; now that it is made to perfectly fit in your pocket, you can always have it to help you with whatever you do.

2. Connections are made easy. Social networking sites have bridged people from afar to form cordial relationships. With the super busy schedule moms have for their whole day, including their nights, they find it hard to reconnect with friends. And here comes social media to the rescue. It keeps you up-to-date with all the happenings.

3. It makes you a smarter shopper. Knowledge is power. The more you know, the more empowered you are. And with apps that keep you updated with sales and the best online deals, you're sure to get the best value for your money, even if that's a luxury gadget from an online mobile store.

4. It makes you brainy. We begin to feel uncomfortable whenever we are confused with a question posed by our kids that we can not seem to answer. You may deny it, but human nature dictates one's tendency to impress, even with his / her family members. And here you have a very powerful tool, the internet, to be saving your grace in these brain-draining situations.

5. It strengnthens bonds. Technology has the ability to merge people and keep them “essentially” closer. It creates a connection to all the aspects of one's life, be it family, friends, or work.

6. It makes you do everything. Most things nowdays can be accomplished with just a push of a button. With your automatic appliances and gadgets completely or partially doing your work for you, you're sure to be stress-free and happier. As they say, “A happy mom makes a happy home.”

7. It gives you some “me” time. Gone were the days when the domestic women of every household were viewed as boring people. Now, because technology makes your work light, you get to have some time to care for yourself and allot some time for more family bonding.

Never think that technology can only be enjoyed by the tech-savvy; even moms get their fair share of gains from it. And if you, my beloved reader, are one of the moms who didnt yet see the wonders of technology- though I doubt because you are currently reading this-then what are you waiting for? Be a techie mom to make your life more worth living.

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