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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.

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!

Music Download Programs – Apps

free ipod download musicWhen it comes to downloading music there are two major players in the legal category. There are many out there from the Napster days, like limelight and others which aren’t legal (although I heard Napster is legal these days…who knew :). For me it’s not worth the risk, or the guilt of stealing the free music. I mean imagine if you spend years making something that you were hoping to sell and then millions of people came into your garage and took a copy?!

Music Download Programs

Of course the big number one in this industry is the Apple Music Store which is mainly for the Ipod although you can use it for other media too. Digital music had been around for quite a while but it took Steve Jobs to figure out how to make it user friendly for the masses. Once he made the Ipod easy, he then make the music buying easy as well. It was the synergy of those two areas which really made the whole industry flip on end.

The other main player is Amazon. You can get music from the Amazon store just like you can from the Apple Music Store. Typically the songs on Amazon are 99 cents which is cheaper then Apple. Also my understanding is the Amazon files have less restrictions as to how many times you can copy them to your devices. Again, I’m not at all advocating that you buy it and then sell it or give it to others, but if you have multiple Ipods, or would like it on your computers as well then it is your file and you should be able to use it where ever you are!

Not all music downloading programs are created equally of course, but these two really seems to be the most user friendly and cost the least as well (as long as you don’t count stealing the music for free).

How to Transfer Music from Your Computer to Your Ipod

Depending on where you are downloading the music files to they may well end up on your computer, which is handy if that is where you are going to listen to them. More often then not of course you are going to want those files on your Ipod. You may also have an old CD collection from before you had an Ipod that you would also like put on as well. Once you have the software installed and your Ipod linked to your computer it is really easy. It’s just a matter of deciding which songs you want to move and dragging them to the right place. The same is true if you want to move music from Ipod to computer.

What Else Besides Ipod?

Believe it or not there are tons of other devices that play songs out there these days. Sure Ipod was the first and holds the majority of the market share, but most all phones today will play and store music files. I personally have the Droid X and because of that I prefer the Amazon store for my music. The concept really is just the same as with the Ipod though. The point is Ipod was first and they should be acknowledged for it, but don’t be afraid to try something else too. Once something is discovered it can be relatively easy to improve on it by others.

Google Calendar – Keeping Track Of The Family Schedule

Google Calendar AppMy wife and I both have the Droid X. We’ve had them for about a year and a half now and really love them. Sure there are some frustrations that you are going to have with any computer, but over all they are really awesome. Notice that I said computers, and not phones. These things are really little computers that you can carry around that also happen to make phone calls! Both of us came from having flip phones before our Droids and it was like a whole new world!

Google Calendar

One of the really nice perks that we found was the app for Google Calendar. The Droids run on the Android operating system so they all ready came installed with the app. Once we synced them with our gmail accounts we were off and running. We then realized that we could all access to each others Google calendars and life really got easier.

Having a family of four with two young kids life can get really hectic. There is always something going on with school, sports, or some other activity that one or both of us need to attend and be on time. It really used to be a pain to keep track of it all. Don’t get me wrong it can still be hectic of course, but keeping track of it is really much easier now.

Whenever one of us see something that we need to know about we just put it on the Google calendar (which can be easily done right on the phone, or you can do it online if you happen to be at the computer as well). Within minutes, and sometimes less, it is showing on both our phones and online. Also when we have personal meetings, usually for work, where we can’t be available for kid stuff, we make sure to put that on the calendar as well. Then as the days approach and we are trying to figure out the plan we can just take a quick look at the Google Calendar App and know a pretty good idea of what is going to go on. Or if there is a conflict where two things are going on at once, or neither of us is available and need to be, we can see it ahead of time and adjust accordingly.

 

The Groupon App – Don’t Miss Another Good Deal

Deals with AppsSo just in case you have been living under a rock and don’t know what Groupon is, here is a basic definition. Essentially they are a company that finds restaurants, spas, and other companies that are looking to advertise. They they work out a deal with that company which they present to Groupon members. It’s often something like a $20 certificate for food at your local restaurant, which you can buy for $10. They key is that the offer is only good once a certain number of people buy the certificate for $10. This is how Groupon can get advertisers so easily. They say we are going to sell a bunch of certificates to your restaurant for $10, but none of them are good unless we sell 200 of them. The restaurant gets a bunch of people to come in and use the certificates and they get known. It really is a great concept and Groupon is doing quite well. The trick is that it’s not that had a concept to understand so many competitors have entered the market as well, but that is a conversation for another blog.

The Groupon App

So I have the Driod X the Groupon offers an app for the Iphones as well as most of the Android smart phones as well. You download and install it and once it is running on your phone, it is basically a notification system for Groupon. It’ll pop up once a day and let you know that the Groupon of the day is available to view. You can then click in and see what the deal is for today. During your first purchase on the app you will need to enter your credit card information, which you can safe if you like. I did and it makes it so much easier. I can do it on the fly now.

So if the Groupon of the day pops up I’ll hit the botton. If it’s a restaurant I like or know I’ll go to I click to buy button. Since my credit card info is all ready saved it asks if I want to use that card. I say yes, and with one more confirmation it is purchased. Done.

The information is saved, and when I’m ready to go to the restaurant I’ll log in to Groupon at home or work and print out the deal to bring along. There are also options now for some advertisers where you can do everything right on your phone. I haven’t tried this yet but I believe a bar code will come up on your phone and the vendor can just scan it and you are done. Couldn’t be easier.

So if you have a smart phone and like good deals, then you need to download and install the Groupon App. Do it today and you’ll thank me tomorrow!

Soft Download Stuff – Mostly Free Software Online

enter games softI remember when I was young and computers were still kind of a new idea (well lots of people had computers at this point, but they were still rare enough that a family would share one big PC). I’d periodically trek down to the COMPUSA or some other computer store to find some software. Maybe it would be a game that I had in mind, or some application that I needed (OK wanted), or maybe I would just stroll through the long aisles of software boxes (which contained 3.5″ disks) to find something interesting, the same way I’d look for a movie at Blockbuster.

Although I think there is one long aisle of software in the local Staples store, those days are mostly gone. I mean you can find everything you need online and then download it and have it installed by the time you’d warm up the car and leave your driveway!

It’s Usually Free

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not at all advocating stealing software. If it has a price, then you should be paying it. But there are just so many free options out there that if you are willing to look around a little bit then you can usually find an option that is free for you to download and install. Soft download stuff can really be found with just a quick Google search most of the time. When you get looking, if you are like me, you’ll often end up finding options that will cost you a fee, but as you look into them you decide that they are worth the money.

These downloads are really getting more and more like smart phone apps everyday. Just like on your phone you do a search for some software (app) that will do what you need. When you find it you will find some free options and some pay options. Often the free options will do everything you need just fine. However sometimes you’ll find a pay options that is just so function and slick that it’s worth spending the money.

Beware the Free Online Virus Scan

virus scannerMost anyone that has ever accepted something for free in life now understands what it means when people say that nothing in life is free. You never get something for free unless it is expected that you’ll do something else. So when you see an ad for a free online virus scan you need to think twice about what the real cost is going to be.

What is really happening?

At best you are actually going to get a virus scan with the results of all the known viruses on your computer but you’ll need to buy the software to actually be able to remove them. At worst you won’t get a scan at all, but it’ll just be installing viruses onto your computer while you think it’s conducting this free online virus scanner. This is a very common scam that you should be aware of.

This is why you also see ads from time to time for a free virus scan and removal. It’s such a common scam that there are companies that just focus on showing you how to remove the junk you get when you tried the free virus scan. The trick here is often it’s the same company that gave you the first set of viruses when you tried the free virus scanner. Only this time you got set up again. Instead of getting the solution to the viruses you got, it is just installing new ones!

Microsoft Virus Scan

There has been a lot of talk ever since Windows 7 came out about the Microsoft Virus Scan solution. It actually is free (typically with a paid copy of Windows 7 of course) and can be installed very easily. It really works very well actually, and it what I run on my system.

Windows systems were starting to really get slammed quite a bit by computer people because of all the viruses and issues floating around for Windows PC’s. Apple was really getting traction because there really aren’t viruses on the Mac’s. I’m not sure if this is because they are better at protecting against it or that Mac’s were less common and programmers tend to be PC folks. Either way, Microsoft had to come up with a way to combat that argument when people were ready to buy another computer. Their answer was to offer a really solid virus protection for free. For now it seems to be working.

 

So the next time you see an ad for a free virus scan you’d be better off to pretend that it says free offer to steal your car. The intent of the folks behind the ad is the same!

Mint – A Website And App To Keep Track Of All Your Finances

small business financial softwareMy new favorite financial site is Mint.com! I used to use Microsoft Money for years and years. I liked it but I didn’t like that it was specific to just my computer. If I wanted to check something and I was away from my house, or my computer was down I couldn’t get to it. I know Money was supposed to have some functionality where it would go web based but I just never got into it.

One the Cloud

Mint however is 100% on the cloud. So as long as you have an internet connection you can get to everything that Mint has to offer. Any place, any time, as long as you know your user name and password. I love it.

You also basically never have to enter transactions anymore either. With Money I would often not trust the link with banks websites, or it wasn’t working. So I’d end up entering all the transactions manually. What a pain! It got at the end where I was really not using any of the Money functionality other then the bills section.

Recently Mint added a bill reminder that I don’t like quite as well as Money’s but it is close enough, and everything else is so much better that I finally scraped Money all together and exclusively use Mint.

It doesn’t just sinc up with my banking account either. It will link up with almost any account that I can think of that has something to do with my finances. So it hooked up to my auto loans and tracks them over time. It hooked up to all my checking and savings accounts obviously. It also hooks up to my retirement accounts, as well as my kids college plans, so I can get a good snap shot of what is going on there too.

Reporting

One aspect that I really like is the budgeting and reporting options that Mint offers. The one I use all the time is the net worth over time. To me that is really the measurement of your true financial health. Your net worth is what you have left over, or still owe, after you closed all your accounts and cashed in all your chips. You want it to be obviously positive, and continuing to grow over time (unless maybe you are in retirement and are starting to spend your savings). So it’s a great way to keep track of your financial health.

The budgeting is great too. You can set up as many categories as you want and set up monthly budgets for them. Then Mint will automatically track you spending in the accounts you link up, and tell you through out the month how you are doing on your budget. It’s a really great way to keep track of how you are doing and where you need to be!

Cool Web 2.0 offerings

One really cool aspect of Mint is the 2.0 social functionality. So it’ll keep all the the information it gathers without and personal data and can track and trend. If Mint notices something that might be out of whack with your spending it’ll give you a notice. So when you log in you might get a popup that saying something like, “You are spending 35% more then other people in your area on auto insurance”. It’ll give you a link to get a quote for auto insurance and see if you can save some money. It’s a great way to save money you didn’t even think about, and this is also one big way that Mint makes it’s money as well, on these kind of referrals.

So sit down and sign up for Mint.com and get your finances on track and in control.