Portable USB Chargers – Simple, Inexpensive and Useful Accessories

51cSWdgxMHL._SL1000_In our new world of rechargeable devices and constant connection, more battery power is never a bad thing. Seeing a battery indicator at 5% and a device begging to be recharged sends many people into a scramble looking for the nearest convenient charging solution. When there’s no outlet available or when you don’t want to leave your device tethered to a wall for the next hour, miniature USB chargers can be a lifesaver whether you’re on the road trying to summon assistance on your phone or just trying to buy some more time on your tablet at a crowded conference.

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Microsoft Access for Beginners – FREE for download

Just as a reminder, my first book, Microsoft Access for Beginners, is still available as a free download in PDF format from Scribd.com. This book covers versions of Access through 2010 and I’m not planning on updating it further at this time but much of the information is still applicable to the current version of Access. If you’ve been wanting to get an introduction to Microsoft’s desktop database software, this is a great place to start. You’ll learn the principles of organizing data into tables, writing queries on those tables and creating the forms and reports to work with your data as needed. If you’re interested general database principles in addition to Access, please see my other book, Your First Guide to Database Design which is available from both Amazon.com (Kindle edition) and Scribd.com (PDF).

Retooling and Refueling Workshop for Professionals – April 27-29, 2015

The Professional Networking Group is holding a Retooling and Refueling Workshop for Professionals transitioning back into the workforce or making a career change on April 27-29, 2015 at the College of Central Florida. Attendance is free but registration is required. Visit the Job Seeker Center’s Specialty Programs at CareerSourceCLM.com or call Robyne Fraize at 352-873-7939 ext. 1141

Professional Networking Group - Retooling and Refueling Workshop for Professionals transitioning back into the workforce or making a career change. April 27-29, 2015 at the College of Central Florida. Attendance is free but registration is required. Visit the Job Seeker Center's Specialty Programs at CareerSourceCLM.com or call Robyne Fraize at 352-873-7939 ext. 1141

Professional Networking Group – Retooling and Refueling Workshop for Professionals transitioning back into the workforce or making a career change. April 27-29, 2015 at the College of Central Florida

On the Importance of Backups and Storage Decisions

Windows 7 installation routine

Re-installing Windows 7 ….

I admit it’s a little bit of a geek thing but I’m in the habit of wiping and reloading my computer systems at least once a year to keep everything working right. I find that, even as careful as I am about what I install, I still work with some major software and Windows systems start to slow down and get a little flaky after awhile with random hiccups that take time to track down. Sometimes, it’s easier just to take a day, back everything up and re-install Windows from scratch.

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Fixing the Orange (or Red) Status Icon in WampServer

As part of my latest project, I decided to try out WampServer, the Windows development environment for developing web applications with Apache web server, MySQL database and PHP scripting (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP – WAMP). Packages like WampServer and EasyPHP are simplified ways to create a testing environment on your PC without spending a lot of time downloading, installing and configuring the individual components. The package also includes utilities such as PHPMyAdmin and SQLBuddy for managing your MySQL databases and writing SQL queries. The software is available in 32- and 64-bit versions and the installation is pretty straightforward.

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ASP.NET for Beginners

31dfef58-1812-4523-ab35-c8bf20fcfd83If you’ve been wanting to learn how to design websites with ASP.NET, here’s your chance! Check out my latest three-part series on OcalaITPros.com where I explain the basics of Microsoft’s ASP.NET framework and how it’s used to create dynamic websites. This series will guide you through creating and publishing a sample application completely from scratch. The series is based on my speaking notes from a recent meeting of the Ocala I.T. Professionals.

Part I – What is ASP.NET?
Learn about the difference between static and dynamic websites and how ASP.NET is used to serve dynamic content.

Part II – Getting Started with Visual Studio and ASP.NET
Installing Visual Studio 2013 Community and starting your first ASP.NET project.

Part III – Building and Publishing Your ASP.NET Application
Completing your ASP.NET project, testing it on on your local machine and publishing it to a hosting service.

 

Laptop Bags Don’t Have to be Expensive

After you’ve bought your new laptop computer, taken it out of the box and set it up, your next thought might naturally be “What am I going to carry this in?”. That laptop you just spent hundreds of dollars for is sitting there on your desk and looks naked and unprotected without one of those fancy laptop bags that will protect your new computer when you take it on trips or to the coffee shop. They’re also great for carrying cords and extra gear as well as a few papers now and then.

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