Staying Safe on the Web

As a computer support person, I’ve worked on many personal computers and talked to people about the way they use the Internet. One of the biggest complaints I hear is that the computer is “running slow” and, not coincidentally, that’s the same problem for which many support services will advertise fixes and specialized software. I can almost count on the fact that when I get to the customer’s house, I will find a machine that’s loaded down with a lot of software, much of which appears to have been installed from the Web and includes everything from browser toolbars to entertainment programs and “system utilities”. Since many of these programs can run in the background even when not being used, this is the first problem that I fix.

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Alcatel OneTouch – Fixing dark video problems on the camcorder

Yesterday, I reviewed the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce smartphone that I picked up last week. As I mentioned, one of its quirks is that the videos taken through the camcorder feature are sometimes extremely dark, so dark as to be unviewable. This only seems to happen inside and I was not able to get it to happen outside, even in dim surroundings.

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Alcatel OneTouch Fierce – Budget Phone Review

About a year ago, I got tired of the high smartphone bill I was paying for my HTC EVO
and, after trying out an ultra-budget TracFone solution, I decided to switch over to MetroPCS and a $20 Huawei phone. Over the past year, that’s probably made up for at least some of the money I threw at Sprint but I missed my mobile Internet connection and all the Android utilities I’d become so used to. I also got tired of pocket-dialing people on the cheapo Huawei keypad and the phone was starting to act flaky.

610214634436So, this past week, I started looking at some of the budget offerings from MetroPCS and saw the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce. Since it’s been out for a few months, it was as low as $29 depending on the line options and that was good enough for me.

The OneTouch actually surpasses the EVO that I had in some ways, although three years later that’s not completely surprising. it’s running Android 4.2 (Jellybean) and has a hi-def 4.5 inch screen with plenty of room to work. This is a 4G phone which is already an improvement over the 3G service I was limited to with Sprint. The service from the combination of the MetroPCS and T-Mobile networks has been pretty good so far, even outside a major metropolitan area.

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The Heartbleed Bug – What You Need to Know Now

HeartbleedOne week ago, it was announced that a new security threat had been discovered on the Internet, one that has affected many of the most commonly used sites such as Facebook and Instrgram. This threat, known as the Heartbleed bug, was discovered by a member of Google’s security team and researchers from a company called Codenomicon which subsequently named and publicized the bug in order to prompt affected sites to apply the needed fixes.

Not surprisingly, there was a lot of immediate confusion, hysteria and misinformation making the rounds. Now that the dust has settled a little, here is what you as an Internet user still need to know in order to keep your information safe.

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Ocala I.T. Professionals – Come Join Us!

The Ocala I.T. Professionals is a new I.T. networking group in Ocala, Florida. It’s purpose is to provide a forum for people from all areas of I.T. and all levels of experience to come together, discuss the latest technologies and work together on projects and new opportunities.

meetupWe’re currently using to organize the group and enable people to sign up and stay informed on the latest meetings. The meetings are being held every two weeks in various locations and the intention is to alternate between presentations on various technology subjects and casual social gatherings where the members can relax, get to know each other and talk shop over food and drink.

So, if you’re in Ocala and have been looking for a group of like-minded I.T. people who will understand you when you talk about the latest programming tools or hardware, come join us!

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Why I Don’t Do Unpaid Overtime and Neither Should You

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“In many countries working overtime is unusual and unpaid overtime is rare or may even be illegal. People value having a life outside of work and the thought of slaving away for their employer for nothing is unimaginably stupid to them. Yet we in the US (and in many parts of Asia as well) often think nothing of it.”

A few years ago, I left a company where my boss actually told us that the company felt it could ask us to work as many hours as necessary because we were salaried. We were told if we weren’t working overtime, we weren’t busy.

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What is JavaScript?

JavaScript is a programming language that is used in the majority of the world’s websites. While HTML is the primary language of the web and is used to display most of the content, JavaScript is used to carry out special functions on the web pages. These functions can include such things as displaying the date and time and showing notifications to the user, processing information entered by the user into web forms, displaying sophisticated graphics and animations and much more. In addition to websites, JavaScript is also used in some desktop applications to create custom scripts for document processing and other functions.

javascriptJavaScript routines, known as functions, are run in response to page events such as the page load or the click of a button. One feature that makes JavaScript distinct from other web languages like PHP and ASP.NET is that the code is run by the web browser, i.e. Chrome or Firefox, on the user’s machine rather than on the remote web server. The advantage of this is that operations can be carried out and the page content can be updated in the browser without refreshing the page and having to resubmit the data involved. This reduces the transfer of potentially sensitive information and saves time for the user.

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What You Need to Know About Database Technology

In the modern world, our daily activities follow and leave a rich trail of electronic data from e-mail and text messages to credit card transactions and medical records. At its simplest, the data could be an address book or contact list stored in a text file while more complex information such as a store’s inventory and customer information might take up terabytes of space on network servers and require full-time administrators to maintain it. Most of this data is stored in electronic databases of one kind or another where it can be searched, sorted and easily retrieved as needed.

After a basic understanding of how to work with computers, knowing the basics of how data is stored and manipulated is an important part of being technically savvy in today’s world. Whether you work with large amounts of data and need to organize it better or you need to communicate with the people who do, the better you understand the technology, the more effectively you’ll be able to face the daily challenges that come from living in a data-driven world.

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What is HTML?

HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is the basic language used to create web pages that can be displayed on the Internet and read by web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. It uses plain text like the text that you see here, which is marked up with formatting codes that web browsers recognize and use to format the text on the screen. While other scripting languages might also be used in various websites, HTML provides the foundation. The current version of the language is HTML5 although this version is not yet used by all websites, many of which still use HTML4 and other variations of the language.

The idea of hypertext, the addition of links to electronic text, goes back to 1974. In 1991, this concept was adapted for use on the Internet by physicist Tim Berners-Lee when he released the specification for HTML in order to provide a standard format for sharing information over the Internet. This invention and the creation of the protocols and software necessary to transmit and receive HTML documents enabled the development of the World Wide Web.

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Surviving the Job Interview: Asking the Right Questions

“Do you have any questions for us?”

For some people, that’s the most challenging question in a job interview. They’ll spend time preparing a resume and anticipating the interviewer’s questions but thinking of questions to ask in return gets the least attention. Some people don’t even see the point in asking questions when they’re just hoping to get the job so they can start paying bills again.

Still, the questions that you ask tell the interviewer a lot about you as a potential employee, especially your level of interest in working for the company rather than just collecting a paycheck. When a potential employee has no questions about the company at the end of the interview, he or she can appear lazy or apathetic, which are never desirable traits in an employee.

In any professional position, it’s important to find out as much as you can about the company where you might be working for years. That company will have a place on your resume and will impact the future of your career. The right questions will also demonstrate your knowledge and perspective on your chosen field and that you take the time to do research before making a decision. This demonstrates an intelligence and analytical skill that companies like to see in their professional employees.

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