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Why not work as a computer programmer?

Posted on April 14, 2022 at 5:46 pm

If you are starting out in work or seeking to change your career, a job as a computer programmer is worth considering. Many young people who are good at computer studies and use technology daily show an interest in programming and soon realise that a career in this field can be rewarding financially and have good career prospects. Good programmers are in high demand and so the chances of obtaining a job in this sector is promising.

The role of a computer programmer is mainly about creating the code that enables software applications and operating systems to work correctly. An experienced programmer then checks the coding to ensure there are no issues and that the program continues to operate correctly. It is likely that a few projects will be running at the same time so multi-tasking and organisation will be essential skills that are necessary.

In most cases a degree in computer sciences and mathematics will be required although with relevant experience other qualifications may be acceptable. A knowledge of and experience with the major programming languages is however essential. An apprenticeship within a computer programming company could be a really good way to learn on the job and gain further experience.

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Speeding up your computer, how easy is it?

Posted on March 13, 2020 at 10:36 am

It can be really frustrating when you are working on your computer and it is running slow but is there something that you can do to improve the situation or do you need to seek professional help and support. Even though a good deal of optimisation happens automatically on your computer there are a number of steps you can take which will improve the speed of your computer.

The first thing is to look at the programmes that are installed and whether they are starting up automatically when you switch on your computer. Uninstalling programmes that are never used and disabling auto start up is a simple step that can be undertaken.

Making sure that all updates are installed is a measure that is wise especially the anti-virus. Many anti-virus software companies offer programmes that can speed up your computer and will identify any problems with your system and clean your internal drive.

Another issue that can affect the speed of your computer can be rectified in your computer settings. If you are using power saver mode, this can slow down performance. By changing the settings to high performance or balanced mode means the speed of your computer could be boosted instantly.

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What types of content is most popular on the social media sites?

Posted on July 19, 2019 at 1:13 pm

Social media is being used more and more by businesses as a marketing tool.

A lot of businesses struggle to know what content to put on the social media sites to get the most out of it and to engage their followers. We have summarised some of the most popular social media sites and the types of content that is often used most on these sites.

Facebook – Quick updates, funny stories or images always go down well on Facebook. Also, sports and entertainment posts seem to do great on Facebook, so if you are within these industries then you may want to start here.

LinkedIn – On LinkedIn, content regarding luxury goods, jewellery and airlines received the most interactions across LinkedIn as well as posts reading job postings or vacancies.

Instagram – and for those of you within the arts industry then Instagram is the place to post your content. This image based social media platform is the ideal way to show off your creations and stir up conversation.

Twitter – Twitter is great for quick snippets of information and to direct people to full articles. If you often have news to share then Twitter may be the perfect place for you to do that.

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Fancy Bear: A New Cold War?

Posted on August 30, 2018 at 9:55 am

If you’ve not already heard of Fancy Bear, you’re clearly not following the latest cyber-security news as closely as you should be. In the new information age, communication & transmission of information is of course easier and quicker than ever before, but in turn, so is espionage; or at least, for those with the relevant skills or facility to develop or pay for them.

The media has certainly been full of stories about supposed Russian intervention in not only the US elections, but also in the British General Election, the EU Referendum, and a number of other votes held across the EU and Europe.

Fancy Bear is part of this; alleged to be at the heart of the hacking of Democrat emails to the benefit of the Trump campaign, it is a cyber-espionage group widely believed to be connected to GRU, the sister agency to the former KGB (now FSB). GRU is much less well-known than it’s sister agencies, which concentrate primarily on internal security and have come to prominence through their integral role in spy dramas like Bond, but it’s purpose is perhaps more concerning to us. It aims to ensure external security; that is, influencing political conditions outside the Russian state to benefit Russian interests.

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Be wary of third party software

Posted on June 30, 2016 at 10:10 pm

All too often, when we install some new software on or PC or laptop it also tries to install a number of other things too. I often have it when installing an anti-virus, it will then try and change my default browser and also asks me to install clan up tools. Sometimes these boxes are already pre-selected meaning if you just wiz through the install you can install and make changes without even realising you have done it.

Whenever you are downloading software from the internet you need to be very careful and be sure that it is genuine. Unfortunately software that is downloaded from the internet can contain viruses which can be extremely hard to remove from your PC/ Laptop once on.

If in doubt then take it to a professional PC repair shop and ask them to install the software for you, there will most likely be a cost but often it is worth it to avoid the hassle.

 

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Google+ removes interstitial ads

Posted on July 31, 2015 at 9:42 am

Google have announced that they are going to remove the interstitial ads that were shown to mobile users when visiting the Google+ pages through their mobile web browser. Goole initially created a page that popped up on your web browser (on mobile devices) that asked you if you wanted to install the Google+ app. This page would then take you through to the relevant app store to allow you to download the app.

Following some extensive research Google found that only 9% of people actually would click to download the app whilst a staggering 69% of visitors left the site completely. Following this they then shrunk the ad to be that of a banner that ran across the top of the browsers. They found that an additional 17% of visitors stayed on the site but still no more downloaded the app. With this information they made the decision to scrap the interstitial ads altogether as they would rather retain a larger percent of their customers than get them to download the app.

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Microsoft office 2010 training; does it make business sense?

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Many questions have been asked regarding the benefits of Microsoft office 2010 training. Presently, spreadsheets, documents and charts are a way of life in as far as presentations are concerned. To be to compete in the business world, you need to be familiar with the software. Moreover, they are of great help especially when it comes to keeping track of your finances at home. Without the training, it would be difficult to take full advantage of this innovative product.

Why take the training?
The Microsoft office 2010 training will see to it that you are equipped and ready for the product. It also makes you familiar any changes that may be associated with this software.

Notable changes in the product
The product features web based versions which were not there previously. This enables users to use the product online. The applications are referred to as Office Web Applications. They can be used through the various browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. Its desktop version is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP SP3. In addition, the product also comes with a 64 bit version.

Options for Training
There are a variety of options in as far as Microsoft office 2010 training is concerned. These include on-site training, online training and through the do-it-yourself videos. Whichever type you decide to go for will adequately prepare you to work with this product. Experts in the previous versions of the product can also learn a thing or two through the training.

Corporates are encouraged to make arrangements for their staff members to go through this kind of training. This will provide them with an edge, especially given the competitive nature of today’s business environment. Given the advances made in the technical world, this training makes business sense.

Volume Licensing and Software Assurance (SA)
Companies that have paid for the service above have their training covered. This is because Microsoft offers them an e-learning resource as a bonus. This means that the companies can train their staff members on the latest technologies from Microsoft at no extra cost. Companies that don’t have Volume licensing have to get training resources on their own.

This product features the “how to get started” function just like its predecessors. This covers the basics for beginners and offers users important tips. However, this may not be ideal for people using a Microsoft product for the first time. A novice may have a hard time understanding workings that the tutorial explores through.

Available resources for training
Businesses can opt for free guides in the form of e-books on Microsoft 2010. These electronic books study the upgrade paths and changes that this product presents. The downside of these books is that they may be fairly difficult to find. This may necessitate the services of experts in this field who know just where to find them. The support section of the Microsoft website also features some information on the product. Computer based Microsoft office 2010 training probably offers staff members with the easiest way to improve on their Microsoft skills.

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Will computers render labour obselete?

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Over the last few decades there has been a growing trend, whereby the amount of labour required to produce something, or provide a service, has greatly reduced as a direct result of computer generated automation. Of course, computers keep getting more and more advanced, so does that mean that labour will continue to become less and less needed? The answer; definitely. Recently, due to computers, we have seen a massive jump in the capabilities of cars to drive themselves. Cars, of which you could previously only get one able to maintain its speed (cruise control), or park by itself, you can now get ones which are able to break in response to traffic, and pedestrians. This is just one example of many, even so, looking at this, how long would it take for an operating system to be designed which is able to render driving obsolete? Google has even been on record stating that autonomous vehicles may well be a reality for ordinary people in 5 years. Even if this is a bit optimistic, the accomplishments which we seem to see more and more quickly arise are sure to make a significant impact on the economy, on our lives, and on the entire social fabric of the modern world.

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Google CEO Interview

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Google’s CEO has said in a recent interview that he believes that with the improvements in technology over the next 20 years, we will likely see that many middle class jobs that work on the internet, will be lost. This comes as no surprise to many, as you only need to look at the last 10 years to see how much of what was once a necessity to do manually, has since become automated and jobs become redundant. This shows a clear trend towards many other jobs in the internet economy will likely also become unnecessary. Unfortunately, many of the jobs on the internet are unique, and many of the job holders will likely be unable to find comparative work elsewhere. Meanwhile, there will still be a lot of highly technical work and also design work which will still be available.

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CRM software- Customer Relationship Management designed to change the way you do Business

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 10:54 am

Today, businesses have to roll up their sleeves. With each passing day, businesses face new challenges. One of the most important challenges that these organizations have to deal with is competition. The reason why competition is fiercer today than it was a few years back is because there are an increased number of customers who are quite rational. These customers do not only know what to expect from a product but they also know how they are supposed to be treated. Organizations that offer excellent customer service, for that matter, often lead the competition. An ideal way of improving customer service, and other ways of doing business, is by investing in CRM software.

CRM software is supposed to help business owners in more ways than one. Most importantly, the software is designed to help businesses manage sales, improve customer support, conduct marketing activities effectively, and manage inventory; all these in a single system. This, as a matter of fact, is the least that anyone should expect from the software. A software product that does not deliver these basic benefits may not be worth your money.

The software will help you, as a business owner, to automate the most important tasks. After you achieve this noble goal, the least that you should expect is increased productivity. The cost associated with the automated tasks will, as a matter of fact, reduce dramatically. The most important benefit of automating tasks is that it allows you to focus on selling. The amount of resources you previously dedicated towards managing data will be freed. Remember that any software is not worth investing in unless it helps you reduce costs and improve efficiency. Luckily, CRM software will help you achieve these objectives.

The software will also be critical in helping you connect with your customers. In the current business world, the way you connect with your customers is as important as the quality of products or services that you offer. If you can connect excellently with your customers, thus, you will be far ahead of the pack. Others will have to chase you; it will not be your role to chase them. Luckily, the CRM software will effectively help you to connect, engage, and develop long term relationship with your customers. The software allows you to design your own rules. In that way, you can choose how you will be communicating with your customers from your account.

The software will also help you do something that other software may not; and that is, helping you gain visibility of your sales cycle. Unsurprisingly, it will help you align your sales objectives with your business’ overall strategy and long term goals. With all these benefits and more, you cannot afford to be left behind. Invest in CRM software and gain an upper hand in the sternly competitive market. The software is a worthwhile investment as it will help you reduce costs; and most importantly, it will help you do things more effectively.

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