Beginning Microsoft Excel

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I come across many users whose area of work require some basic level of numeric computations or entry of series of numbers and values, but for lack of know-how, they perform the basics of these tasks with much difficulty and a burden on their daily productivity.

Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet, otherwise called Excel is the preferred choice for numerical based computations with almost no limit to what results one require.

Other spreadsheet applications are available, but this article is an approach for beginners to familiarize themselves with the basic elements and principles of the most powerful and widely used spreadsheets of all time, Microsoft Excel.

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Why Social Networking will Conflict Workplace Ethics

 “Security is a mesh of actions and features and mechanisms. No one thing makes you secure”. – Vint Cerf – Chief Internet evangelist
Lot of computer users in the corporate world despises the IT guys; these are the ones who decided the browsing blockade. They put in limitation and minimize internet access to numerous users, without any consideration to the effect of the user’s area of interest. The IT guys call it user privileges. The user calls it restrictions.
Sometime in the past, the only reason the IT department will block access to a website, if necessary was, users surfing pornographic pages. Well, not much corporate activity was required online which eats up bandwidth, however employees were occupied during official hours surfing x-rated sites, hence these sites had to be blocked. Read the rest of this entry »

16 Words Technology Introduced

There are words when mentioned; automatically you are able to identify the profession they relate to. Words such as Surgery, Operation and Anesthetics are associated with the medical profession. In the academia; words like Thesis, Convocation, and Matriculation are frequently used. Inflation, Budget Deficit are words that are associated with the economics field. We can go on and on, but the point is that, every true profession have lingua franca, better still jargon they use within but may have diverse relations or even unknown outside their society or profession. It shouldn’t be difficult to identify some basic jargon of your profession; I have identified the basic jargon that are associated with Computers and technology. Truth be told, personally, I may not have heard or used some of them if there were no computers (PDAs, keyboards, other electronic gadgets) in use today in our homes and work places. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Basics Every PC User Must Do Themselves

I come across many professionals who own a computer and they can’t find their way around doing stuffs. They will only use one particular application and any other thing! Call some IT guy.

Their approach to the computer is more of cynicism, naïve or just fear of doing something wrong.

I wouldn’t do that!  What these people don’t know is that the operating system running the computer is a graphical user interface, bundled with a wizard.  Over the years, a lot of programming has gone to the designing of the over-all development of these systems, trying to address user concerns and make them more and approachable and user-friendly.

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10 Basics of the IT Professional

Knowing just how to assign Internet protocol (IP) addresses to computers, detect wireless networks, format hard drives, or install printers to a network isn’t really serious IT business. Fact is, it will be bizarre if you are unable to accomplish them, you may not be an IT Pro after all.

I have identified certain areas that are rarely mentioned but may bring your career down if you are unable to them get done. Arguably, you were not taught in your school, but these are tasks that you need to know to save the situation and your profession.

1. Map Network Drive

This is one of the easiest tasks with one of the biggest benefits (at least in the eyes of the end-user). Mapping drives makes finding data on remote locations such as the server or a PC on the network so much easier for the user. And successfully mapping drives means you won’t be called out again because the user can’t seem to locate the data on the server any longer. The drive(s) when mapped successfully will be displayed in your computer. Read the rest of this entry »

Speed Up Windows Boot Process

Your Windows box might be running slow for many reasons. Viruses, malwares and other user activities may affect the slowness of your computer

Your computer may be slow because you have inadequate RAM; perhaps your computer’s processor is not fast enough. All things being equal, your computer should not take too long to start-up.

I have done a lot of things in the past to boost the performance of my computer, it works out well, performance is improved but then you realize that, it takes a very long time for windows to start after all you have done.

When you experience this frustration, then this can really work for you. You can also try this out to satisfy your curiosity as well. Read the rest of this entry »

The Myth Behind Virus Attack And Hardware!

There have been talks and debates as to the extent to which a malicious code or virus can affect the computer hardware.

VirusThe debate is that, some powerful viruses when executed can crash the hardware (Hard disk, BIOS Chip, Memory etc) of the host machine and can never be repaired.

I am aware of the fact that many people have had cause to believe that viruses really destroy hardware especially the hard drive or the BIOS chip!

I disagree entirely in principle to this notion and I intend to raise the arguments for, and against this technically inclined issue so that you can judge for yourself.

As I seek to dissect this myth, I know we can all learn something new from this very important issue [I hope this article would not be too technical, I would not be making myself clear by not invoking some basic jargon]

The Virus effect

When your computer is infected with a virus and your data is corrupted, is the hardware at risk? (I will not explain the types of Viruses and their effects here since they can be ‘goggled’)

Computer virus is a term applied to any program that is designed to damage data stored on a computer system or network. The virus may infect documents, applications or worst of all system files that are essential to the correct running of the computer system. Read the rest of this entry »

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