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1221: Managed Small Business and End-User Training
The small business owner and worker of 2008 has been placed at a disadvantage in that they are asked to overcome the steep learning scale for modern office computing. Applications, although becoming more user friendly has become more and more feature rich, thus resulting in unneeded spending, decrease in productivity due to lack of training and in instances I have seen, being sold services that are irrelevant or even non existent. A small business owner I recently worked with was sold a $499.

1222: History of Horology - Sundials to Atomic Clocks
Mankind has always been preoccupied with measuring and recording the passage of time. Timekeeping has been essential for the development of civilizations; from knowing when to plant or harvest crops to identifying important events in the year. Time has historically been measured in relation to the movement of the Earth; a day, is one revolution of the planet; while a year is an entire orbit of the Sun.

1223: Timing Is Everything - Ntp And The Importance Of Accurate Network Time Synchronization
On occasion we all need to know the time and we have a multitude of different devices to tell us it; from our mobile phones and wrist watches to the office wall clock or the chimes on the radio news. But how accurate are all these clocks and does it matter if they are all telling different times? For our day-to-day business it probably doesn't matter too much if the office wall clock is faster than your wrist-watch your boss probably won't fire you for being a minute late.

1224: Instant Messenger Services
Instant Messenger Services requires the use of a client program that hooks up to an instant messaging service. IM essentially differs from e-mail in that conversations take place instantaneously. Most services offer a presence information feature, indicating whether people on one's list of contacts are currently online and available to chat.

1225: RFID - The Looming Threat to Privacy
Radio frequency identification, or RFID, is a generic term for technologies that use radio waves to automatically identify people or objects. There are several methods of identification, but the most common is to store a serial number that identifies a person or object, and perhaps other information, on a microchip that is attached to an antenna (the chip and the antenna together are called an RFID transponder or an RFID tag). The antenna enables the chip to transmit the identification information to a reader.

1226: How To Reformat Your Computer
In some occasions, be it because you have reasons to suspect that the virus you caught has permanently damaged your system, because your PC is getting way slower than it used to be, or even just as a scheduled maintenance practice, reformatting your computer can be an useful way of 'cleaning up the mess' and regain all the computational speed your PC used to have when you turned it on for the first time. This article provides you with an easy step-by-step guide to make sure a smooth reformatting process.

1227: Why IT Standards Fail
Not long ago Shane "Locutus" Shields wrote an interesting blog entitled, "What is the use of standards?" whereby he expressed his disillusionment with standards in the Information Technology (I.T.) field. His discontent is not without precedence. Most of us have at one time or another yearned for standards in our work effort, only to be thwarted by the grim realities of an industry that doesn't like to embrace standards. We all admit standards are a good idea and we should all be heading in that direction, someday... but that day never seems to come because there are forces at play deliberately resisting such efforts.

1228: Basic Barcode Reading Technology - Scanners, Readers and Wireless
An intro to the technology that converts barcodes to useful information. Basic concepts and the advantages/disadvantages of each approach.

1229: Common Problems in Home Computing
Home Computing is a completely different type of computing, where a PC is used extensively by all kind of users including geeks, experts, and novice users. In such cases the problems caused in home computing are also typical example of technical problems. Troubleshooting of such problems is not as easy as people think.

1230: The Joys of CD Duplication
Today, anyone who is planning to get songs, pictures or other information transferred from disc to disc can take comfort in knowing they can have CD duplication done on their media discs. CD duplication is a process which involves copying data to a blank disc from another disc. If you happen to be using an outside service to do the job, what they will do is take two discs which you provide - an original disc containing the information you want transferred, and a blank disc - and process the info transfer.

1231: Computers vs. Money
There are many of us who wish to build quality computers without the aspect of spending thousands of dollars on a single computer. But there are also some of us out there who spends thousands and thousands of dollars on a single computer. Is it really worth it? Read more about the issue here.

1232: NTP Security - Authentication and Trusted Time References
NTP (Network Time Protocol) synchronizes networks to a single time source using timestamps to represent the current time of the day, this is essential for time sensitive transactions and many system applications such as email. NTP is therefore vulnerable to security threats, whether from a malicious hacker who wants to alter the timestamp to commit fraud or a DDoS attack (Distributed Denial of Service - normally caused by malicious malware that floods a server with traffic) that blocks server access. However, being one of the Internet's oldest protocols and having been developed for over...

1233: How to Run a Network Time Server in Windows XP
Time synchronisation in modern computer networks is essential. It not only provides the only frame of reference between all devices, it is critical in everything from securing, planning and debugging a network to providing a time stamp for applications such as data acquisition or email. Microsoft Windows XP has a time synchronisation utility built into the operating system called Windows Time (w32time.

1234: Exciting DIY Microcontroller Projects! - Digital Announcement System
In this project, we look at how we can implement a "Digital 2.4km Run Announcement System." The entire design process can be partitioned into a pyramid as follows.

1235: ITIL - Elegant Guidelines to Simplify IT Management
The advancement and easy availability of new and useful technologies today have enabled thousands of organizations worldwide to implement and become heavily dependent on technology for their business needs. Information technology (IT) has invaded and proved its immense benefits even in the smallest of organizations.

1236: Robots Are Here To Help
The era of Robotics is upon us, Robots can now do those task everyone hates like vacuuming the carpets and floors to making us even a bigger "Couch Potato" were we don't even need to look for that elusive handheld remote control to change channels or adjust the volume. As if you needed another reason never to leave the couch. There is an 11-inch-tall robot -- which looks like the love child of a bird Pokemon and the Pillsbury Doughboy -- is actually a voice-activated remote control with artificial intelligence.

1237: How To Run Great PC Audio
For some people this area is the least important, for others it's everything. Whether you're a hardcore gamer, web surfer or general PC user you can usually get away with using a cheap set of speakers plugged into the motherboard. This provides adequate sound and media that is needed for day to day computing. If you wish to take your audio to the next level, there are a number of ways to go about it.

1238: Microsoft with its New Sync
Giant company Microsoft for years is attempting to invent an in-car computer, however the company is now ready for pole position with its latest effort to weave software into auto design. It has now developed a system called Sync, which lets motorists control car stereos and mobile phones with voice commands. At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates announced about its features in a keynote speech and further declared that it's available exclusively from Ford Motor.

1239: Are Your IT Needs Being Met?
While computer infrastructures are a big part of virtually every company nowadays, not every company has the structure they need. Rapid growth, a change in the way a firm does business or any one of a dozen other reasons can lead to a business outgrowing its current IT methods and struggling to cope with the demand on its systems as a result.

1240: CD Duplication vs CD Replication - Which One Is Right For Your Project?
A lot of people ask "what is the difference between CD duplication and CD replication?" Well here is a little bit of information about both as well as some pros and cons of both to help you make the right decision when choosing a cd duplication/replication process.


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