On the road, in the airport, at a client’s site, or simply at home on the couch. These are places you can’t – or don’t want to – plug your laptop in. Want to keep your laptop running as long as possible without searching for an outlet? Here are 5 tips to help:
1) Keep your screen dim. A laptop’s backlight requires a lot of power. Reducing the brightness conserves battery life.
2) Turn off unused hardware. Your Bluetooth and your Wi-FI receiver can both be turned off if not in use. Unplug your external mouse or other device. And mute the PC’s sound system. Not only will it save power, it avoids annoying everyone else around you.
3) Don’t multitask. Run as few programs as you can get away with. Stick to one application (word processor, browser, or whatever) if possible. (If online keep your antivirus and firewall on … Keep reading
Dragon Dictation for the iPhone (and Dragon Email for BlackBerry) is an easy-to use voice recognition application for your smartphone. The application allows you dictate messages that are quickly converted into text that you can use in an email or text message. The best part: it’s absolutely free!
To try Dragon Dictation, go to the App Store on your iPhone and search for “Dragon Dictation.” On your BlackBerry, visit App World and search for “Dragon Email.” Download the app, and you’ll be ready to go!
This app is great for attorneys who need to dictate case notes, or doctors who want to transcribe patient information.
A Nexxtep Lunch-N-Learn Hosted by Chief Technology Officer Ryan Williams
iOS4 is the newest version of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system, which is the software platform used by all models of the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The biggest new features are enhanced security, multitasking (ability to run more than one app at the same time), email threading, the iBooks app, a digital zoom for the camera, and folders.
This update is available on the iPhone 3G, 3GS and comes with the new iPhone 4. Some features are not available on the iPhone 3G (multitasking, wallpaper changes), and it is not available at all on the first generation iPhone or the iPad. A new operating system for the iPad is expected to come out at the end of this summer.
Updating the software is free and easy.
Simply connect your phone to the computer using your iPhone cord.
Wait for iTunes to open. It should ask you if you’d like … Keep reading
Spell check is one of the best features of Microsoft Word. It frees us from the worry of typos and the inconvenience of thumbing through the dictionary on a regular basis. But the dictionary does have its downsides. If it doesn’t recognize a word, it underlines it in red. This can be very distracting if you use a lot of words that aren’t in the official Word dictionary. Believe me, when you work at a company called Nexxtep and have the last name Shenton, it happens a lot.
One way to get the red out is to create a “custom dictionary” in Word. You can add words to the dictionary that aren’t already there. You can also add proper nouns or technical terminology. For example, if you work in a medical office and use a lot of technical terms and abbreviations, you can add them to your dictionary.
Here’s how:… Keep reading
For the most part, the internet is a great tool for kids and teens, but there are big risks that come along with using it. Your child might innocently accept or share files that could expose your computer to viruses and spyware. Or worse, he or she could be exposed to disturbing images and even child predators. The first step you should take in monitoring your child’s activity is to lay down some clear ground rules. Tell your child up front that you will be monitoring their behavior, frequently. Here are some other suggestions:
Have you ever lost an hour of work on your computer?
Now imagine if you lost days or weeks of work–or imagine losing all your financial statements, tax returns and all the work files your company has ever produced or compiled.
Imagine what would happen if your network went down for days and you couldn’t access e-mail or the information on your PC. How devastating would that be?
Or, what if a major storm, flood or fire destroyed your office and all your files? Or if a virus wiped out your server…do you have an emergency recovery plan in place that you feel confident in?
How quickly do you think you could recover, if at all?
If you do not have good answers to the above questions or a rock-solid disaster recovery plan in place, you are quite literally playing Russian roulette with your business. With the number of threats … Keep reading