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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!

Time for a New Droid?

Droid Smart Phone

Droid Bionic – Edgadget

A little over a year ago I finally upgraded from my beloved flip phone to the Driod X. It’s wasn’t easy at first. I had that flip phone for like 5 years! I damaged it at one point 3 years in and I traded it in for the same exact flip phone! Once I finally made the switch I was really happy though. These new smart phones are really like little computers that fit in your pocket and also happen to be able to make phone calls on!

Droid X

The Droid X has been really good to me. I like it a lot. I am only starting to think about the upgrade for two reasons. One I feel like it’s getting slower. I mean I’m sure the processor still moves as fast as when I first got it, but now I’ve really moved into my phone and I have tons of apps running and it’s getting bogged down. That and with the software android operating system upgrades along the way I feel like there is just too much going on for the processor and it’s time for a new more powerful model. The other issue is that the GPS has totally stopped working for some reason. It’s been like that for a month or two now. I should go in and have it looked at but I am do for an upgrade in May, so it’s making think more about a new phone then about fixing this one.

Battery Life

The other main issue I have about the Droid phones is the short battery life. I can’t make it through a whole day for bed to bed without having to charge it. To me that is the test of a battery. It should be able to last from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed. If you need to charge it while you are sleeping that is no big deal and not really that inconvenient at all I don’t think. Between my wife and I (she also has the Droid X) we are constantly looking for a charger cable. I mean I guess typically it’s not that big an issue because we both work in an office and can just plug in. It’s more a problem when I have to travel for the day and I’m not near a plug. I’ve made due, but I really would love to have a phone that would last all day. I would definitely give up some functionality to get that!

My understanding is the short battery life is the price you pay for faster processing speed, and the newer generation of the Driods are no exception from what I hear. So I guess its just going to be a fact of life. The Iphone have much better battery life but they also are slower, so what’s a smart phone user to do?

I have seen larger batteries that are sold both by manufactures and after market. They are a little pricey though and I don’t think they would fit the new phone so for now I’ll probably limp it out until I upgrade.

Which Droid is the new Droid?

I’ve seen a lot of commercials lately for the new Droids. I assume this is because Christmas is coming. Even though I’m not due to upgrade without a fee until May I’m already starting to think about it. I’m getting to be like my brother who has bought every new Iphone as it came out that has ever been released! 🙂

I really need to go in and touch and feel them to figure out what is right for me, but right now, assuming something else newer and cooler doesn’t come out in the mean time, I think I’m between the Razor and the Boinic. Essentiall the Boinic looks like the Droid X 2.0. While the Razor looks like a faster Droid which is much thinner. I think the thinner is kind of cool but at the same time I feel like if anything the surface of the Droid X is too big not the thickness of it. The problem there obvously is if you reduce the surface area then you reduce the screen which I would hate to give up. I guess it’s really going to come down to holding them in my hands to see which is right?

Does anyone have experince with either the Bionic of the Razor that can give me some advice?

Google Chrome

Google ChromeIf you are really up on your browsers then you are hopefully viewing this page on Google Chrome right now (well OK maybe Firefox, but those are the only two real options)! For years I was toiling around with Internet Explorer like most everyone else. I had all ready started using Gmail and was loving it. Then I saw and add on Gmail that said to try Chrome because Gmail ran faster on it. I thought well I really like Gmail and really everything Google does for that matter, why not give Chrome a try? So I downloaded and installed it. I have to say I didn’t really notice that Gmail ran any faster on Chrome but over all the experience was great.

What is better about Chrome

Part of the reason I really like Google products so much is that it’s like you can see the effect of their attitude that you don’t always have to color inside the lines. It seems like every time a new Microsoft product comes out it looks new and slick and has some new functionality, but over all it does everything basically the same way, I assume because that is always what they had done before.

With Google though it really seems like they aren’t bound by that kind of thinking at all. They just try to rip apart the issue at hand and just try to figure out what is the best, fastest, and most user friendly way to accomplish it. Sometimes I have to admit that they are so far out of the box that it feel weird at first, but then as you get using it you realize they really have the right answer, and you wonder why you haven’t done it like this all along!

For instance when I first started using Gmail it felt really weird, and almost risky, to just archive something I was done with but didn’t want to delete. I mean emails you are done with and want to keep have to go in a folder right? Right?! Nope. They can just go into a large bucket of archived emails. This works so well because Google does search so well. You just type in some words that you remember from the email you are looking for and in less then a second they are listed on your screen. I have tens of thousands of archived emails and I’ve never not been able to find the email I was looking for!

This same kind of thinking has been applied to all aspect of Google Chrome. It really just feels like they have it all figured out. Once you get used to it you realize this is what you have been missing all along! I’m not a real technical coding guy, but over all there are less bugs. Think about how many times you have to reload Internet Explorer, or even have to reboot your whole computer. It rarely if ever seems to happen when I’m browsing on Chrome!

 

How to Increase Internet Speed

If the wheel falls off your car you get out and see that it’s missing and know what to do or at least who to call to get going again. When you internet connection slows everything looks the same except for you raising blood pressure!

It’s the question that almost anyone and everyone that used a computer has asked at one time. How to increase internet speed? There are two reasons this is such a burning question. One is because it is just so frustrating when your connection is bogged down and you just want to get something done and move quickly. The second reason is that there are many reasons why an internet connection will slow, so it happens often.

The other difficult part about a slow internet connection is that, like almost everything involving your computer, it is so intangible. If the wheel falls off your car you get out and see that it’s missing and know what to do or at least who to call to get going again. When you internet connection slows everything looks the same except for you raising blood pressure!

So take a deep breath and check out the list below of possible culprits and solutions.

  1. The wire coming into your house. This is good an bad. The good news is that it’s nothing you did. The bad news is that you can’t control the issue. Depending on if you have FIOS, cable connection, or DSL, you could sometimes be sharing your internet connection on a hub for your entire neighborhood. If all the kids on your block are downloading the latest viral video while you are trying to get your work done, it’s going to slow. You can either slowly slog through it, or wait until later when activity slows. At least knowing that is the issue should at least calm you a bit. If you are still frustrated give the internet provider a call and vent a bit!
  2. Time of the day. Again this is one of those things you aren’t going to be able to control. Depending on your time zone the internet tends to be busiest after people get home from work until bed time. This has gotten even more true in recent years now that movie and television streaming has become so popular.
  3. Your wireless router. Ah, now finally here is something you can control. If you are hitting the internet through a wireless connection, then you possibly might have an older router that is slow. Research the speed of your wireless router and speed of your wireless card in your computer/laptop. If your computer can handle more then pony of the cash and get a new wireless router.
  4. Multiple uses in your home. Similar to the issue when you are sharing your internet connection with the neighborhood, no matter what your set up is, you are definitely sharing your internet connection with the people in your home. Especially if you are moving along fine and there is a sudden drop off, check with the people in your house and see if one or more connections are downloading big files. Now ground them, and your internet connection will speed up again 🙂 **If you have a wireless router make sure it is password protected. You could have unwelcome visitors on your internet connection **
  5. Issues on your PC/Laptop. Overtime you collect many many unwanted files on your computer from internet use. Also your computer can become bogged down with files that don’t involve the internet but slow down things in general. To solve this issue you have two options. First you can back up your files, format your entire computer, reinstall your operating system and other software, and then restore your files. Option two is to use some web based cleaning applications that promise to clean your computer of unwanted files and speed things up. These can really work wonders however you also need to be wary of what you use. There are services out there that mask themselves as an application to speed your internet but are really just installing spam. Do your research and find a reputable application that is really going to help.

So the next time your internet screeches to a halt try to stay calm. Take a deep breath and review the list above. Before you know it you’ll know how to increase your internet speed.