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61 Computer Industry Articles

Group: Computer Industry


Topic: Computer Industry

There are many, many useful web sites from which we developers can glean the information we need to keep up with new technology and trends.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100584, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This is a philosophical article that makes the point that business opportunities are often brief and fleeting in nature.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102817, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses the benefits of buying printer ink on eBay for significant financial savings compared to what you pay in the brick and mortar stores for the same item.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102828, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This is an article about why I think email is the perfect medium for confronting and effectively dealing with bad customers in the computer business or any business.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102812, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article uses the real life story of Napoleon’s attempted invasion of Russia to help illustrate how to gain an advantage in business with minimal material assets.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102810, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article cites some examples of how some of the best business opportunities I’ve found seemed to appear under the most unlikely circumstances.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102813, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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Nice looking mailing and shipping labels make a statement about you - and/or your business. But printing to sheets of laser or inkjet labels can be a real pain when all you want are one or two labels at a time. This brief article talks about one line of label printers that's particularly convenient, inexpensive, plays nice on a network, and is super-easy to program.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100689, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses how I leverage my PC troubleshooting business to help me select the right kind of software design business so I only work for the right people.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102840, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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Things at Prestwood are never boring. This month is shaping up to be one of the more interesting.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100580, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses the pros and cons of letting kids have iPad tablets.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102809, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses how change is a permanent fixture in technology.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102819, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses the circumstances that make mass market or customized software the appropriate choice for a business.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102831, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article talks about a difficulty I have experienced on several occasions with trying to reset Microsoft account passwords.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #103870, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article makes the case that offense and defense are equally important facets to running a technology business or any company.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102827, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses how business policy can determine whether or not a company survives.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102808, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses some ghastly things I have seen in the computer business that can take on a life of their own similar to the Stephen King novel, “Christine”.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102816, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article is a philosophical narrative about how to become a strong presence in the search engine result pages.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102807, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article describes my rational for refusing to use a fixed price labor contract for my programming services any longer.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102800, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article uses the 1993 “Win-Hold-Win” military strategy to help illustrate how one can become more marketable in the computer industry.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102825, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article makes the case for having multiple marketing techniques for procuring new business, rather than just one or two.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102826, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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This article discusses why you can just rest on your laurels after your website is ranked on the first search results page in Google.

Posted By Douglas.M, Post #102824, KB Topic: Computer Industry
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Topic: General News & Trends

Borland to sell Delphi, C++Builder, JBuilder, etc.

Posted By Adam Lum, Post #100298, KB Topic: General News & Trends
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Microsoft, the company everybody loves to hate, has just doubled the value of their Office 2007 products.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100545, KB Topic: General News & Trends
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Here's a great marketing idea, cooked up, no doubt, by some MBA: Punish your customers for being your customers. Sound crazy? Several well-known software and service vendors don't seem to think so.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100766, KB Topic: General News & Trends
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Borland's annual developer conference was held this month in Long Beach CA. Attending the conference for Prestwood were Scott Wehrly, Mike Prestwood, and Kim Berry.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100027, KB Topic: General News & Trends
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Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users

This is a quick topic to get you started presenting data in a grid in an ASP.NET web page.

Posted By Bryan Valencia, Post #102165, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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The talk that surrounds online collaboration can get a bit abstract, with a penchant for buzzwords. For every press release or blog post that says we need to revolutionize our position as thought leaders through synergistic culture building, there's another business that signs up for online collaboration software with no real idea what they're doing. So I'd like to take some time today to talk about more concrete reasons why online collaboration software is a better choice than the alternatives.

Posted By James.B4, Post #102429, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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By avoiding some common mistakes, IT Departments can help minimize operations support and maintenance costs. As a result, more IT budget dollars can be diverted to projects that can help improve organizational efficiencies and overall customer service.
Posted By rsmcclendon , Post #100271, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Good quality programming books. Read on to see how I found and acquired seven of them in less than 15 minutes. Or why we love our iPads, Kindles and other mobile devices.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102528, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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If you're like me, and most techie types I know, you're something of a gadget collector. I'm always on the lookout for new stuff that'll enhance my life in one way or another. Here are a few recent finds.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100695, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Configure your computer to auto log on to a user (even an admin)

Posted By Eric Prestwood, Post #102289, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Ok, no one really needs information on how to make the worst possible web site.  This article was written as a guide how not to do a web page for your business.  As a professional web designer I am well-versed in all the nerdy ways required to carve a web site out of solid stone.  What I offer here is a humorous attempt to get you thinking about the things a business needs to consider before creating or redesigning your web page.

Posted By Bryan Valencia, Post #102164, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Quite a few times, I've attempted to use the standard Explorer to try and track down mysteriously missing disk space... and failed miserably; no nested file sizes. But there's light at the end of the tunnel.

Posted By Eric Prestwood, Post #102360, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Industry links. Add your computer related website to our list of websites.
Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100474, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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List of books and articles every IT professional should read. Add your recommendations!
Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100150, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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About Wes Peterson
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100401, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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We have Vista, they have Leopard, we have an anemic find, they have a great Spotlight. We have the registry, they have, well, they don't have a registry. We are the Empire, they are the Rebel Jedi. Windows vs. Macs, who is the clear winner here?

Posted By juan@pcexperts.com , Post #100779, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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After years of locking up the Office document formats in proprietary binary forms, MS is adopting an XML-based industry standard with Office 2007!
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100412, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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If you use in Internet Router (sometimes also called a Gateway), you may face a new threat.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102181, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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In the past it's been a pain to get end-users to give developers an accurate and complete list of the steps they took to get to a problem - especially if screen-shots are desirable.

Now Microsoft has provided a tool that makes the entire process ridiculously easy.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102545, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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When editing an email meessage, and clicking on the buttons, "To," "CC," or "BCC," Outlook may display a message about not being able to display the contacts. Unfortunately, the organization of Outlook's menus makes it far from obvious where to go to address the problem. Here's the solution.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100709, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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42. Paradox

Okay. So the official vendor doesn't offer support.  We've fixed that!

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102709, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Okay. So the official vendor doesn't offer support.  We've fixed that!

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102708, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Q: Is PocketStudio compatible with the new Sony CliƩ NX70V PDA with ARM processor PXA250 200 MHz from Intel and PalmOS 5.0?

Posted By Scott Wehrly, Post #100090, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Visiting various computing-oriented stores, and certainly all over the Internet, you'll often encounter merchandise marked down significantly, and advertised as "refurbbished."

The prices are often ridiculously low, and you have to wonder if the item is any good.

Is it?

Read on for answers you might not have expected.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102368, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Aside from the few blessed with a photographic memory, none of us can remember everything. As developers we are surrounded by complex technologies; programming languages, various SQL dialects, HTML, and CSS, to name a few. Although the Internet is a great place to find answers quickly, you often have to wade through a number of "hits" before you find the correct answer. Publisher O'Reilly & Associates has a better idea.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102026, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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About: An email queue is setup for 2+ workers as a queue where those working the queue move emails to subfolders or delete as they proceed. Subfolders sample: Assigned, Completed, Ignored, etc. Good for groups of staff to work. Our support@prestwood.com is an email queue. Our scheduler and tech staff in our Network Operating Center (NOC) work this queue.

Posted By Jon Speare, Post #102693, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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How to fight back against spam and reclaim your inbox. As you may know, the volume of spam messages sent across the Internet has reached epidemic levels. Some industry experts estimate that three out of every five e-mail messages that are sent today are spam. The spam epidemic is costing companies, professionals, and individual users considerable amounts of time, money, and resources.

What is spam, and what can I do about it? Spam is generally defined as an unsolicited mailing, usually sent to many recipients. Most spam is commercial advertising, often for dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, or quasi-legal services. Spam costs the sender very little to send. Most of the costs are paid by the recipient or the carriers rather than the sender. Some effective methods for preventing your e-mail address from being captured, sold or abused by spammers in the full version of this article. Click the title to read more.

Posted By Vicki Nelson, Post #100293, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Technology Debt is a rather loose bucket in which we can lump many things that come back to bite your projects. Put simply, it's like the old Fram oil filter slogan: "Pay me now - or pay me later." Unless a project has a very short life expectancy, the things that are put off today will almost certainly have to be revisited and dealt with later - sometimes with "interest." Here, we talk about what comprises technology debt, and how to keep it from degrading the profitability of our efforts.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100747, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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http://www.kevinwilliampang.com/2008/08/28/top-10-things-that-annoy-programmers/
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102161, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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We all want a good, solid backup and restore solution for our machines. This is about a "sleeper" program I found on my new Windows 7 machine.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102102, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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With my installation of Win7 complete, I moved on to installing my favorite software. Delphi 7 was high on my list but, when I went to install it, Win7 went all "politically correct" on me.

This post is about how I dealt with the problem.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102097, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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As with XP and Vista, Windows 7 creates a handful of folders intended to hold your various documents, music, videos, etc.

By default, these folders are placed on the machine's C: drive.

Depending on your ideas of where such data belongs, you may want these folders located somewhere other than the C: drive; I certainly did.

This is about how to do that.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102096, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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You know (or think) the file is out there.  You have a pretty good idea about one or two things that are (or ought) to be in it.  Find it fast with Windows GREP.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #102013, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Microsoft plans to discontinue sales of Windows XP on June 30, 2008. Because XP is a tried and true OS, and because of numerous problems with Vista, many users and IT departments would prefer to stick with XP. InfoWorld has an initiative to keep XP alive indefinitely. You can help.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100791, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Work Ethic v1 was about working hard, and working long. Straw-boss managers tried to boost productivity by cracking the whip. And it worked, up to a point, in certain sectors.

In recent years, the concept of "working smarter, not harder" has gained acceptance. It is, howver, just the harbinger of Work Ethic v2.

Work Ethic v2 is about an always "on" work force: People that have mastered control of attention, and are gratified by being in "the now."

Here we talk about how to get there.

Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #101899, KB Topic: IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users
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Topic: Lighter Side

Apparently if the first and last letters are correct, the rest don't matter.
Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100694, KB Topic: Lighter Side
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Topic: Role-Based Tech Talk

This article explores and defines the following terms: crash, bomb, hang, deadlock, exception, fatal error, and blue screen of death.
Posted By Scott Wehrly, Post #100106, KB Topic: Role-Based Tech Talk
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An exciting, new grid computing project is underway to discover potential cures for several of the world's most devastating diseases: AIDS, West Nile Virus, and Alzheimer's disease. With virtually no trouble at all, you can be a part of it.
Posted By Wes Peterson, Post #100673, KB Topic: Role-Based Tech Talk
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Topic: Techie Jokes

We can't do this proposed project.

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100352, KB Topic: Techie Jokes
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Last year a friend of mine upgraded Girlfriend 1.0 to Wife 1.0

Posted By Mike Prestwood, Post #100353, KB Topic: Techie Jokes
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