Cloud computing risks

02/12/2016 Main
Cloud computing risks
 

Cloud computing, or SAAS (software as a service) first started to appear around 10 years ago. Companies, in particular larger corporations did not want datacentres and software problems to be their own problems. They wanted to outsource and basically have IT technology as a utility service, with appropriate service level agreements. As with any outsourcing this allowed business to focus on their own business, and not the technology driving it. Read more

Cloud computing risks
 

Cloud computing, or SAAS (software as a service) first started to appear around 10 years ago. Companies, in particular larger corporations did not want datacentres and software problems to be their own problems. They wanted to outsource and basically have IT technology as a utility service, with appropriate service level agreements. As with any outsourcing this allowed business to focus on their own business, and not the technology driving it. Read more

Gangster Games

24/11/2016 Main

Hey everybody, welcome back to my computers and electronics blog. I recently picked up a copy of the newest mafia games used online at http://www.for-sale.com/mafia-game ,  and it got me thinking. Gangster and mafia style games can be some of the coolest games and some of the most popular. Everyone knows about the many iterations of Grand Theft Auto and Mafia, but what else is out there? Well fear not because I am here to show you some games that didn’t quite have the same stature as the blockbusters but are amazing games in their own right. So without further ado, follow me into the speakeasy and we can discuss this more privately. Read more

Hey everybody, welcome back to my computers and electronics blog. I recently picked up a copy of the newest mafia games used online at http://www.for-sale.com/mafia-game ,  and it got me thinking. Gangster and mafia style games can be some of the coolest games and some of the most popular. Everyone knows about the many iterations of Grand Theft Auto and Mafia, but what else is out there? Well fear not because I am here to show you some games that didn’t quite have the same stature as the blockbusters but are amazing games in their own right. So without further ado, follow me into the speakeasy and we can discuss this more privately. Read more

Make life easy

07/11/2016 Main

Make life easy Read more

Make life easy Read more

Stand up arcade machines

07/10/2016 Main

Stand up arcade machines Read more

Stand up arcade machines Read more

Bluetooth Headphones

06/10/2016 Main

Yesterday I got a crash course in Bluetooth technology! I had no idea about all of the applications the wireless protocol can be used for. It all came about because my stereo headphones finally bought the dust. I am a total audiophile so having a good set of headphones is a requirement for me. I had a really nice set which lasted a long time so I haven’t had to buy any in ages, which means I missed out on the advances in headphone technology. I went into my local Hi-Fi store when mine broke and was looking at new sets when I noticed that one set I picked up didn’t have a lead. Bemused and befuddled, I called over the assistant and asked how I plugged them in. She laughed and explained that they were wireless headphones. Now to me, wireless headphones are headphones for a radio, but no-one really calls the radio a wireless anymore. Read more

Yesterday I got a crash course in Bluetooth technology! I had no idea about all of the applications the wireless protocol can be used for. It all came about because my stereo headphones finally bought the dust. I am a total audiophile so having a good set of headphones is a requirement for me. I had a really nice set which lasted a long time so I haven’t had to buy any in ages, which means I missed out on the advances in headphone technology. I went into my local Hi-Fi store when mine broke and was looking at new sets when I noticed that one set I picked up didn’t have a lead. Bemused and befuddled, I called over the assistant and asked how I plugged them in. She laughed and explained that they were wireless headphones. Now to me, wireless headphones are headphones for a radio, but no-one really calls the radio a wireless anymore. Read more

Mind Mapping

05/10/2016 Main

There are many ways available to organise digital data and communicate ideas to teams of people. Whether via a simple word document, a complex spread-sheet or a database of useful entries, the organisation and dissemination of data is a crucial thing to the smooth running of offices. This is especially true if you have large teams of people to work with. Losing track of data or not representing it in a way that people can readily understand is one of the foremost problems that will slow down the way you work and decrease your efficacy as a working unit. Read more

There are many ways available to organise digital data and communicate ideas to teams of people. Whether via a simple word document, a complex spread-sheet or a database of useful entries, the organisation and dissemination of data is a crucial thing to the smooth running of offices. This is especially true if you have large teams of people to work with. Losing track of data or not representing it in a way that people can readily understand is one of the foremost problems that will slow down the way you work and decrease your efficacy as a working unit. Read more

Pac-Man Arcade Machine

20/05/2016 Main

Back again people and today I am going to talk about what I believe to be the greatest computer and arcade game ever created! I am of course talking about Pac-Man! Now some of you might be asking yourself “Really?” And I must agree that is a very subjective claim. But it is what I believe, so there you go. Onwards! Read more

Back again people and today I am going to talk about what I believe to be the greatest computer and arcade game ever created! I am of course talking about Pac-Man! Now some of you might be asking yourself “Really?” And I must agree that is a very subjective claim. But it is what I believe, so there you go. Onwards! Read more

Tips on a User friendly Tablet

22/04/2016 Main

My laptop is fantastic and I’m really enjoying using it but I’m wondering if I should also get myself a tablet. I decided to stop driving some years ago when the arthritis in my legs made it difficult to break and use the clutch in my car. So, I travel by train and bus absolutely everywhere. I am blessed to live very close to a train station and, what with my old fogey discounts, I regularly go on day trips to other towns, cities or country villages. It’s a bit of a pain carrying my laptop around with me but I like to do this because I have become addicted to reading the news online. For one, it’s free but also I can be more selective about the news I read online, choosing news sites that report with integrity rather than the readily available newspapers that sensationalize the news or try to persuade readers to hold bigoted points of view. I prefer to seek out news that is reporting on real events and the reality of our world today. I don’t care much for hearing about Lady Gaga’s latest fashion faux pas or why I should be scared of Muslims. So, I’d like to be able to read the news during my long train journeys but not on my heavy laptop. After all, once I get to my destination I have no use for the thing but have to carry it around in my backpack until I get back on the train to return home. It’s a pain for a man of my age with arthritis and general aches and pains. The thought of using a tablet terrifies me a little. I’ve only just started to get my head around using the laptop. What I’m looking for, therefore, is something really simple and user friendly. Can anyone recommend a tablet that is lightweight and super simple to use. I imagine I will only use it to access the internet so it doesn’t need to have any fancy features, other than its ease of use. Thanks in advance for your help! Gerrard. Read more

My laptop is fantastic and I’m really enjoying using it but I’m wondering if I should also get myself a tablet. I decided to stop driving some years ago when the arthritis in my legs made it difficult to break and use the clutch in my car. So, I travel by train and bus absolutely everywhere. I am blessed to live very close to a train station and, what with my old fogey discounts, I regularly go on day trips to other towns, cities or country villages. It’s a bit of a pain carrying my laptop around with me but I like to do this because I have become addicted to reading the news online. For one, it’s free but also I can be more selective about the news I read online, choosing news sites that report with integrity rather than the readily available newspapers that sensationalize the news or try to persuade readers to hold bigoted points of view. I prefer to seek out news that is reporting on real events and the reality of our world today. I don’t care much for hearing about Lady Gaga’s latest fashion faux pas or why I should be scared of Muslims. So, I’d like to be able to read the news during my long train journeys but not on my heavy laptop. After all, once I get to my destination I have no use for the thing but have to carry it around in my backpack until I get back on the train to return home. It’s a pain for a man of my age with arthritis and general aches and pains. The thought of using a tablet terrifies me a little. I’ve only just started to get my head around using the laptop. What I’m looking for, therefore, is something really simple and user friendly. Can anyone recommend a tablet that is lightweight and super simple to use. I imagine I will only use it to access the internet so it doesn’t need to have any fancy features, other than its ease of use. Thanks in advance for your help! Gerrard. Read more

Excel

10/04/2016 Main

So, in my last ‘Silver Surfers’ class, a class designed for old crones like me to learn how to use a computer, our teacher taught us about Excel. I had only ever been aware of this word being a verb before, not a noun. First I’d heard of the computer programme ‘Excel’.  But, oh my, what an exciting class it was. Excel is a spreadsheet that allows the user to store information, calculate figures and so forth. It’s sort of like an accounting book in electronic form. I was fascinated by this programme. We learnt how to create a basic spreadsheet that can store information about the birthdays of our friends and family, including how old they are going to be. As we all take our own laptops to the class, despite the teacher providing them for us, I was able to create the spreadsheet on my own laptop and, therefore, I now have this wonderful and handy database at the touch of a button. I can open up the spreadsheet, glance at it quickly and select the tab for the month I want to look at. Once I press this tab it brings up all of the data I inputted relating to the birthdays of my loved ones for that particular month. And if I knew the individuals date of birth the spreadsheet also tells me what age they are turning. What a fantastic piece of kit. I’m wracking my brain now to thin of what other handy uses I could find from Excel. If you have any ideas I would welcome your feedback. Till next time folks, Gerrard. Read more

So, in my last ‘Silver Surfers’ class, a class designed for old crones like me to learn how to use a computer, our teacher taught us about Excel. I had only ever been aware of this word being a verb before, not a noun. First I’d heard of the computer programme ‘Excel’.  But, oh my, what an exciting class it was. Excel is a spreadsheet that allows the user to store information, calculate figures and so forth. It’s sort of like an accounting book in electronic form. I was fascinated by this programme. We learnt how to create a basic spreadsheet that can store information about the birthdays of our friends and family, including how old they are going to be. As we all take our own laptops to the class, despite the teacher providing them for us, I was able to create the spreadsheet on my own laptop and, therefore, I now have this wonderful and handy database at the touch of a button. I can open up the spreadsheet, glance at it quickly and select the tab for the month I want to look at. Once I press this tab it brings up all of the data I inputted relating to the birthdays of my loved ones for that particular month. And if I knew the individuals date of birth the spreadsheet also tells me what age they are turning. What a fantastic piece of kit. I’m wracking my brain now to thin of what other handy uses I could find from Excel. If you have any ideas I would welcome your feedback. Till next time folks, Gerrard. Read more

 

Learning About Technology At Last

22/03/2016 Main

Hi there, my name is Gerrard or Woodbine Gerrard, as I am known to my friends, due to my preference for smoking Woodbine cigarettes! I am 73 years old and had never used a computer before until recently. My son bought me a laptop and pretty much ordered me to start using it so that he could keep in touch with me more easily. So, I joined a ‘Silver Surfers’ computer club and here I now sit, able to create my very own blog. Throughout this blog I will talk about my experience with learning about technology and becoming proficient at using a computer. I hope you enjoy reading about my accomplishments as well as my blips!

Hi there, my name is Gerrard or Woodbine Gerrard, as I am known to my friends, due to my preference for smoking Woodbine cigarettes! I am 73 years old and had never used a computer before until recently. My son bought me a laptop and pretty much ordered me to start using it so that he could keep in touch with me more easily. So, I joined a ‘Silver Surfers’ computer club and here I now sit, able to create my very own blog. Throughout this blog I will talk about my experience with learning about technology and becoming proficient at using a computer. I hope you enjoy reading about my accomplishments as well as my blips!