Computer Work Tips
Computer Work Tips

Computer Work Tips

Tips, Tricks and info
for all of your technology needs

Computer Work Tips
Computer Work Tips

Computer Work Tips

Tips, Tricks and info
for all of your technology needs

Computer Work Tips
Computer Work Tips

Computer Work Tips

Tips, Tricks and info
for all of your technology needs

Fruit Ninja App on Android Market

 

Fruit Ninja is a new game that my girlfriend recently told me about and I am starting to hate her for it. It has to be one of the most addicting games I have downloaded recently.

The concept of the game if very simple.  Different types of fruit will fly up from the bottom of your screen and you need to slice them with your samari sword with the swipe of you finger.  Sounds simple enough I know.  The difficult part is that there are bombs thrown in to the mix.  Slice one bomb and your game is over.

Every time you fail to slice a fruit you get an “X”.  Three X’s and you game is also over.  Many time throughout the game you are going to have multiple pieces of fruit and a few bombs all flying around and you will have to work you magic.

My girlfriend and I have an ongoing battle to see who can maintane the high score.

There are also different types of playing modes.  There is the classic mode, which in my opinion the only way to go, along with that there is also an arcade and Zen mode.  In the classic mode you just need to keep slicing fruit.  Easy enough.  In the arcade mode you are on a timer.  Once your time is up you are done.  However there are some frozen bannans in the arcade mode to add a little excitement.  Each banna send the game in to a different type of play.  One will put it in to slow motion while another increases the amount of fruit coming your way.  You cant die in arcade mode but there are still bombs.  In this case though they only deduct points from your total score.

Good luck and happy slicing

GTask Issues

One of my most used app on my Droid X is GTask. It’s essentially the Google task bar from Gmail on your phone. It will automatically sync up with Google Task bar, and you can keep a list just for your phone if you like.

I really like that you can set recurring events and set reminders. It is really helpful when trying to remember to put the garbage! The problem I’ve been having recently is that these recurring event reminders are accumulating. So now when the remind comes up about garbage night, it literally announces about 40 reminders, which I’m guessing is the number of weeks that I’ve been using it to remind me to take out the trash!

I haven’t really had the time to dig into it, or at least no time when I’m thinking about the issue. I’m guessing that I’m going to have to uninstall it and re-install from the Google store (which I notice is now called the Play Store). The trick is I just have to take the time to do it. It’s not as quick as it sounds because I need to write down all the things I have in there that I need to remember, so that I can remember to put them into the app when it’s re-installed.

Then I need to dig into why it’s doing this. I’m guessing it has something to do with the way that I click off the reminder when it comes up. It goes away until the next week when it comes back double. So it’s either a bug or something I’m doing.

I’ll keep you posted as to what the deal is when I get it all fixed up. Speaking of which I guess maybe I should do it now while I’m thinking of it :)

MyFitnessPal App – Droid and iPhone

After finally breaking down and purchasing the Droid phone, I found myself barely using any of the apps that it seemed the entire world was talking about.  It seemed crazy to me to download an app for the small things in life that could just as easy be accomplished by breaking out a pad of paper and writing it down.

 

That was until I found an app that was not only user friendly but accomplished everything I had been looking for when it came to fitness and keeping healthy eating habits.  MyFitnessPal is free calorie counter app for any iPhone or Droid.  It makes counting the calories I consume all day SO easy. It also adds in any exercise that is done during the day so you can get a true count of calorie consumption.  Having been once a huge advocate of the Weight Watchers Plan which I used after both my pregnancies, I knew the concept of keeping weight off was easy – just count your calories.  And although the concept sounds simply enough, the packaging of most foods today does not make it easy.

 

Most meals consumed today don’t come in a nicely neat packaging with all the nutritional information needed in order to correctly count the calories consumed.  A donut out of the box in the work lunch room, a handful of candy out of your coworkers candy dish will not have the necessary nutritional value listed for you to easily know what amount of calories you just ate.  MyFitnessPal helps you add up all the calories from the day and track how many you have left – VERY similar to the Weight Watchers concept that we have all followed.

 

Having a handheld device to easily track all this info makes calorie counting SO simple!  It even calculated the calories burned during your work out!  Being accountable and knowing what your body consumes is the only way I have found to lose or maintain your weight and MyFitnessPal makes calorie counting so easy it’s literally at your fingertips!

Windows 8 Review

In the past few months I had been hearing a lot of buzz about Windows 8 but hadn’t had the chance get my hands on it.  With the recent release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, I decided it was time to give it a try.  I created a virtual machine on my desktop system using the free VMware Player.  I set up the virtual machine to have 1 GB of memory, a single CPU core and 60GB of disk space.  It actually booted up and ran surprisingly quick given the limited hardware specs.
Windows 8 Consumer
The first thing I noticed is that it is a huge departure from previous versions of windows.  First of all it boots into what Microsoft calls the “Metro” interface.  This is a large full screen menu consisting of square tiles which are essentially application shortcuts.  Some of these tiles are “Live tiles” which means that they display up to date information right on the tile.  For instance, the Metro email app will display a preview of your most recent message right on the tile once you set it up.
When you click any of the built in metro tiles, it launches a nice pretty full screen “Metro” application.  The built in metro apps include, Mail, Calendar, Photos, People, Weather, Maps and more.  The windows desktop that you have come to know and love is not gone though.  There is a desktop tile which takes you to the classic windows 7 style desktop, but it is not exactly like the windows 7 desktop. Probably the first thing you will notice when you go to the windows 8 desktop is that there is no start menu.  The Metro home screen is essentially the replacement for the classic start menu.
There is also a different way to close apps and to navigate between them.  If you put you mouse in the upper left corner, you will see a thumbnail of your most recently open app, and if you roll your mouse down the left side of the screen you will see thumbnails of the rest of your open apps.  You can click on any of them to switch to it, or drag it down to the bottom of the screen to close it.  To return to the Metro home screen, put your mouse in the lower left corner and click on the icon that pops up.
I actually really like the look and feel of the new metro apps and the new home screen but at this beta stage, the navigation does feel a little clunky on a desktop PC using a keyboard and mouse.  I also think that you will find yourself spending most of your time on the classic desktop until more applications release a Metro styled version.
I cant help but notice that the new UI seems to be geared much more toward tablet or touch users.  And I bet it is very slick for a tablet environment, but I think for desktop PC users, it still need a little polishing.  Hopefully this will happen before the final version is released.

Windows 8 Is Here

I’ve mentioned Windows 8 before here at Computerworktips.com. Most of you, all though assuredly not all, are likely running Windows 7 right now. I work for a slow adapting employer and we just recently upgraded to Windows 7 if you can believe it. I’m fairly certain the next time we upgrade it will be to Windows 9!

Yesterday Microsoft shipped the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, so it indeed is here. Windows 8 is upon us! The interesting thing about Windows 8 is how most of the talk is about how Microsoft is really banking everything on this upgrade. It’s not just a list of small tweaks and a reason to release something now. Windows 8 had been put together in a way to really try to capture the tablet market as well as the more traditional laptop/PC market. The question that remains to be answered is whether is going to be as nice and successful as Windows 7 was, or if the traditional users are going to be too frustrated with the new look and feel to end up hurting it’s market share. Time will tell.

In the mean time if you would like to download Windows 8 and get behind the test drivers wheel, then go to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download and download it today. Let me know what you think!

Games Soft Processor

For older games (like from the Atari era) or newer smaller games (like the apps on your smart phone) it is a common practice to set them up and run them on a soft processor. A soft processor is microprocessor core that can be wholly implemented using logic synthesis. To me this basically means a soft processor is something you virtually create using programming instead of an actual hard processor which is a chip on a board that physically exists inside your computer.

These soft processors make a great fit for the older style games. Think Pitfall, Pacman, or Qbert, just to give you an idea. You can make them for different sized but if you really need something huge like would run some of today computer games which are smash hits you would go with a larger hard processor.

These games soft processor are also a nice fit for the type of games which run on today’s smart phones like Angry Birds. Today’s smart phone app games are much more sophisticated then the Atari classics of yesteryear but they are still small by today’s standard for sure.

So if you are looking to run existing smaller games, or maybe even create your own, you definitely need to consider the soft processor.

Microsoft Office 2007 – Free Download

Free Trial Microsoft Office 2007It seems like it really was just yesterday when Office 2007 came out. There are a few perks to 2007 that I really use quite a bit but my first impression was that it was the same thing only they moved all the buttons around and now it’s confusing to use instead of being user friendly! And that heartbeat button up at the top left just makes me feel like I have to rush, lol.

Well it’s been sometime now and I’ve gotten used to where everything is and that’s not longer and issue. There were some bug fixes and technical upgrades, but probably the number one upgrade that impacts my day to day work is that Excel no longer has the 65,000 line limitation. That really is a big one when you are playing around with data files. There is still a limitation but it’s more like a million lines depending on how many columns you have. That is much more manageable.

Microsoft Office 2007 Free Download

While I’m never an advocate of stealing or pirating software there are some legit places you get get a free copy of 2007 for legit reasons. The obvious one is that if you own a copy all ready and something happens to the install and you don’t have a backup disk of some kind, then Microsoft will usually allow you to download a free copy. I suppose that isn’t really like you can download Mircosoft Office for free because you originally paid for it but it counts.

If you really want Microsoft Office free then the best bet is to find a Microsoft Office free trial to get the ball rolling. Some new PC setups come with the trail version installed all ready, and you can also download this trail version Office 2007 as well. It basically it just like the full version except you have a limited number of uses before it locks you out and you have to enter a user key which you get when you go online and pay for it.

 

So if you don’t all ready have Microsoft Office 2007 then I definitely suggest getting a copy especially if you can find one for free, at least to try it out. If you are like me then it’ll take a little getting used to at first, but once you do it’ll feel as comfortable as previous versions and the new upgrades are worth the learning curve.

Role Of The Web Designing In The Success Of Your Business?

Business of Web DesignSummary : the role played by the web designing process while creating a website is important as the look and the content of the website is very important for promotion of the business.
Going online with your business is a bold and progressive move for promotion of your business. If you are present online then the chances of your product to a lot of people are much better than the other modes of advertising or marketing. For your website to be effective and efficient at the same time simple and easy to browse, you have to take help of professional web developers while web designing your site. Designing and creating a website is not an easy task which you can do it by yourself with the help of any DIY kits. This process is a creative process which needs certain qualified people who are experts in these kinds of tasks.

Hiring the professional experts is the best way to ensure the website for your business is created in a professional manner and it will be a perfect representation of your business. The web designing process includes the look and content of the website so that maximum people are attracted to the website because of the look and presentation of it. This is important because if there are lots of people who are attracted to your website and browsed it, there are chances of better profits for your business which is the main reason for creating the website in the first place. While selecting a web developer for creating your website go for an experienced and reputed developer so that you will get the best possible design for your website.

As the website can also perform the task of online store and a platform where people can communicate with you about complaints, good reviews and suggestions about your product so that you can improve it, the web designing expert should design the website considering all these things which can prove to be very beneficial for your business. The name of the website, the eye catching designs and the usage of key words which are perfect for your product are part of the process of web creation. Your web developer should help you and your business by creating the best website which the perfect website for your business. Website is just like the virtual identity of your business and therefore it should reflect the qualities and concepts of your business so as to give an idea about your business to the person browsing through it. So create a website which can be considered as part of your business ideas and therefore it should be handled in the manner you are handling your business i.e. professionally!

Online Business Management

small business management softwareOnline business management can mean different things for different businesses. For instance for a very small business this kind of person might be more of a coordinator or a personal assistant. However, for a midsize to large company it can really be a high level long term planning type of position. If you business is based online then it really might be heavily involved in the day to day operations. If you have a large brick and mortal operation though this person might spend more time looking and long term planning for everything from hiring and HR issues to fixed asset management to business planning of dollars and cents.

In my opinion I feel like the best fit and more interesting online business management position is for an online endeavor. If everything is all ready online there is no change that you are really the outside and no reason to think you won’t be heavily involved in the real decision making. Especially in a smaller to mid-sized company this can really be the exciting type of position because you are so involved in the operations and it can be so different from day to day. It really isn’t going to be one of the positions where you feel like you are just punching widgets all day everyday for your whole career. One day you might be working with an IT consultant planning what equipment you are going to need over the next 5 years, and then next you might be working to help put together a major contract that will cover you sales goal for the entire year.

Another common role for an online business consultant is putting together business proposals, typically to help secure financing. Depending on how much money the company is looking to borrow these can be really involved processes and reports with lots of market research and forward thinking of what you can reasonably expect the company performance to look like.

So if you own a company which really needs someone to look after the long term planning while you are in the trenches making sales contacts and dealing with operations an online business consultant can really be right for you. And if you are someone looking for an exciting career and have a great head for business then it can be a great option as well.

Computer System Consultants – How Can They Help?

Computer Consulting FirmsWhen you talk about a computer system consultant you are usually talking about a business setting. If you are looking for help with you home network then it is usually too small for someone like a computer system consultant, so you are usually just going to have the same guy come in that would fix your personal hard drive. A computer system consultant suggests a whole other level of involvement. This is the kind of person or team of people that are going to come in an assess your overall needs and put together you software and hardware, including servers for all you employees, for 10 to hundreds of thousands of employees.

How to know you need a Computer Consultant

The easiest illustration to use when describing how to know when you have a need is the small business that grew quickly. Maybe you started your business out of your garage and it took off. You hired one person then two people, and a year later your have a dozen or so employees. The next year you are walking through you new office space and realize you have people working for you that you’ve never met.

If you find yourself in this kind of growth situation you likely stated with a personal computer. Then you needed more so you have one of your people go online and find the best deal of some PC’s. Then a few months later you hired 5 more people and bought 5 other computers. Somewhere along the line you added a server in the mix for storage. Now you have people in the office, in the field, and working from home all on different setups and you are trying to support it all. At this point it can easily get to where you are spending more resources on getting people connected and working with your next work instead of doing whatever you business does to make money. This is the perfect definition of a time when you need a computer system consultant.

What does a Computer System Consultant Do? 

Basically once you’ve chose the computer consultant and hired them then are going to come in and see what you do, how you use your technology now, and how you would like to use it moving forward. They will then custom make a plan for a whole solution of technology set ups that will work for all your people and operative smoothly. Often these same consultants will offer tech support for a fee, so if you choose you can totally outsource the headaches. Of course this is going to cost you, but it is often much cheaper once you calculate how much you have spend in time and resources trying to do it in house.

So when you find yourself in need of a good computer consultant don’t hesitate. Get them in and let them set up something that will really work for you. And consider hiring them to do the support as well. Get back to making widgets and making money, instead of wasting time and money on things that aren’t going to make you any profit!