Thursday, December 28, 2017

How Organizations Can Restructure Themselves to Churn Out Home Grown Architects at a Rapid Rate



Abstract

Every software architect has played the role of a software developer, but very few software developers will get the opportunity to play the role of an architect in their future. Evolving into an architect or at least a good one takes years of dedication to technology, its concepts and emerging trends as well as best practices. There are too few decent architects out there and at times the scarcity of architects is quite alarming. Alarming as it may be it is still not too surprising though since we all know the abilities and skills expected of an architect are quite demanding these days and are very rare to possess. It's quite a stressful, responsible and critical role in an organization that is required to steer projects towards success. Even though there is a huge demand for quality architects in the market they still remain a scarce breed and they come at an ever increasing high cost. This article talks about how an organization can rethink its structure to address the underlying issue for scarcity of top architects and focus on developing home grown architects rather than depending on high cost lateral architects.

1. The Generic Structure

The most crucial element in a software organization is the quality of its software developers. The second most crucial element is how these developers are molded into having an architect's mindset for the future. In most organizations' structure the developers' core skills get lost amongst the various duties and responsibilities he must perform as he climbs up the professional ladder. This generic structure that consists of software developers, tech leads, business analysts, project leads etc. leads to the dilution of technical skills and the resource loses focus on areas that he expected to concentrate on.

This leads to the creation of generalized resources rather than resources with specific skillsets. Even in organizations that focus on creating technical streams there is too much overemphasis on specific roles within each stream that actually dilutes the quality required of a good actual architect. Most seasoned enterprise architects will tell you that there are only two kinds of technical resources i.e. 1) Developer 2) Architect, everything else in between is a pure overhead and results in dilution of the qualities required by a good technical resource.

2. The Simplified Structure

Very few techies these days have the pure raw passion for coding and development. A harsh reality is that most software engineers are keen on working just for a couple of years as a software developer before rushing to a management school. The even harsher reality is that a lot of software development abilities get lost in the unnecessary hierarchies built into the various streams in an organization. The technical skills of a resource loses priority and techies are expected to take on lead roles and management duties as well. Whilst those streams are absolutely necessary for those individuals who are keen to pursue management streams, a conscious efforts should be made to preserve the core techies from getting swept away by such streams.

Core techies are a rare breed and need to be nurtured and preserved if an organization aims to generate their own breed of competent and well versatile architects. Simplifying the organization structure or at least the part that applies to technical streams is the most important step in achieving this goal.

3. The Way Ahead

Simplifying the organization structure in no way means scrapping out the existing structure since those too are very crucial for producing the next line of management, solution architects and business analysts hence these streams have evolved. However it is important to modify the streams that are meant to generate core architects for the organization. As mentioned earlier, core technologist considers only two basic hierarchies in the technologies stream i.e. you are either a developer or an architect or both. All other levels in between serve as nothing but hindrances or filters that dilute the qualities required to become a strong architect.

An architect is someone who has stayed very close to development for many years before he goes on to create conceptual designs for systems himself. It is imperative for him to be conceptually very strong and this can happen only when he has "been there and done that" himself. Most technical tracks or structures give various other roles to techies which include UML modeling, designing, some even involve requirement gathering etc. These tend to divert the architect away from coding thereby weakening one's concepts gradually over the years. Gradually coding complex architectures by being a developer for all so many years is one of the best ways to gain a proper insight into the architecture domain from the inside out. Some of the ways to simplify organization structure with respect to the technical streams are explained below.

3.1 Persist with only two roles in technical stream

There should be only 2 major roles in a technical stream I.e Developer and Architect. The main reasoning behind this is that we would want to develop architects who are fresh with coding and have not been out of coding from past many years. When architects are out of touch with coding they become 'conceptual architects' rather than 'practical architects'. 'Conceptual architects' are an extremely dangerous breed since they come up brilliant architectures that might be altogether un-implementable or may not be what is actually required. This is one of the major reasons for project failures and disasters especially from a technical standpoint. However having technical resources work as developers until the very last stage before transitioning into architects helps avert the production of these 'disastrous' architects but rather develops well rounded, grounded and practical architects who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves to get the job done during production and go live scenarios.

3.2 Develop multiple sub roles for the developers

Developers should have fulfilled multiple roles, all of which are related to coding before transitioning into an architect's role. These roles are put in place to ensure that the resources work on different aspects of a project. The most common mistakes that happen in technical streams in various organizations are that technical resources are indeed assigned multiple roles as he grows up the ladder but those are mostly in areas around design, requirement gathering and other high level documentation related activities. This results in technical resources having less time to exercise a concentrated effort on coding and on understanding the workings of different architectures they are working on. For example: developers with 1-3 years on experience can focus on low level coding activities like user interface, validation, front end business logic etc. resource with 3-6 years' experience can focus on coding on business classes, business logic and data transfers between objects, resources with 6-9 years of experience can focus on coding the framework, overall architecture and common reusable components.

Having such roles defined ensures that the technical resource remains as close as possible to coding before he transitions into an architect's role.

3.3 Versatility on multiple technologies

It is very important to ensure that the developers who aim to become architects work on numerous technologies. This helps give the developers a better insight on the architectures in different technologies. It also broadens one's perspective in different ways that is difficult to describe. Working on multiple technologies help architects to understand "real world" problems better and equips them with a better ability to prescribe practical architectures for the same.

4. Conclusion

In conclusion, all we need to do is have a minor change in our thinking and perception of the technical stream and restructure the same to reap huge benefits in terms of cost and productivity. Change is the only constant in life and we must change and adapt our structures as well to better suit the modern requirements. By doing such kinds of minor restructuring within the technical streams in an organization we can help develop an architect engineering machine within the organization that will help us save costs and design better and more practical solutions whilst churning out efficient home grown architects thereby reducing the organization dependencies on high cost lateral hires.




I am a Technical Architect with 13+ years of experience in Architecture, Design, Development and Deployment. Have performed Architecture Assessments, provided technology consulting and created strategic roadmap for multiple customers across different BU's. Core areas of expertise are Enterprise Architecture, Application Architecture, SOA, Systems Architecture, Integration Architecture and Systems Architecture. Working mainly on Microsoft technologies at the moment.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Key Considerations to Working With a Document Management System

Purchasing a document management system

Many of the major systems managing documents present equivalent functionalities. Though the differences are often minor; there could be a specified service that seems to be utterly essential for the business and becomes a significant factor with regards to selecting among distinct systems of document management.

On an equal footing, cost is a substantial driver to think about. The cost of applying a document management system comes-with the software's base expense, network hardware necessities (a number of servers may perhaps be needed to operate the software); localized workstation needs, application or amendment bills and the general expenses that will be incurred.

The cost certainly varies based on organization size and sort of items. However, prior to doing, the listed below questions must be answered:

* Is the price of your document management software genuinely the finalized price or could it be a "base price" that would be boosted based upon the additional programs obtained by the company?

* Does the cost comprise technical help and support and long run up-dates?

As much as price is concerned, there're 3 points to always remember: the expense of applying the managing document system itself, the fee for customizing or adapting it to company-special requirements and also the cost of training staff members. It's critical to go serious into the customization price, especially in the case of high-end solutions, where the cost indicated isn't commonly the specific cost. Training expenditures may also deviate, with sessions that range from exclusively 2 hours to possibly one or two extensive days. Additionally, help in the field can even be required after the implementation.

Furthermore, system administration may well involve significant bills based on the program. As an example, any SQL-based product might demand a minimum of a part-time committed administrator, whether external or in-house. Consequently, administration costs and the price of presenting the training necessary to upgrade the talents of the office personnel that is going to deal with the system of document management must also be taken into account as costs.

Applying the document management system

There are really no firm, fixed laws concerning the implementation of a document management system. However, knowledge signifies that some sorts of implementation usually work better than the others.

Though, it's genuine that each enterprise is distinctive and different from the rest; and therefore, each implementation consists of certain aspects and details to contemplate. It is likewise genuine that agencies don't deviate as much as it may appear. That's why this is essential to learn the system of document management plus its out-of-the-box functions well. Systems are normally dependent on many companies' guidelines and, that's why, it's worth investigating how useful it could be to adapt a few business procedures to the recent functions, instead of starting a software adaptation project that often might emerge to be expensive.

Having said this, before employing a system of document management in the business, it's necessary that you contemplate two concerns: How would you exactly want the program to work within the organization? Do the diverse regions and divisions in your enterprise require diverse security levels?

Consequently, the first point to take into consideration is the firm's structure: Is it a smaller organization or a big organization with a number of independent parts or departments? This might originally appear unimportant, nonetheless it basically has a great influence on the system of document management to implement and the structure that you desire to put in position.

It's similarly significant to pay emphasis to profile groups. The business may possibly have distinct forms of profiles (Accounting, Human Resources, Management, etc.) and as a consequence, it could possibly involve different security levels where top secret data is concerned, so as just permitted working team can access certain data.

And finally, when setting up security levels, it is necessary to look at that there needs to be a balance in between security and convenience. If security prerequisites are too high plus the system becomes blocked too often, this can hinder functionality and consequently production. This aspect should be in-depth researched so as to define the satisfactory security level and also an proper efficiency level.

Designing the document management system

Technical aspects of system like the location where documents might be amassed or whether a new server could be expected or not (most document management systems involve a stand-alone server) should be evaluated just before making a choice.

Systems of document management develop "profiles" or "templates" to make organization easier and facilitate faster search features. A few of the standard profiles or templates are Client, Subject, Kind of Document, Writer, etc. It's essential to determine if these templates/profiles are appropriate or if your company demands more profiles. In this case you'll need to request the required profiles. To do this, the underneath questions must be clarified:

* What profiles does your business need?

* What parts or departments require diverse templates?

* How should e-mail, faxes or other style of electronic data be dealt?

* Is there any other functionality that ought to be inlaid in to the system?

Legacy documents

One more key question to bear in mind when enacting a document management system is:

What do you desire to do with the present documents? Every single business has a major number of documents that were formulated before applying the document management system and are not accessed any further basically because they've turned obsolete or have even fallen into disuse. In an effort to organize these older documents, our recommendation is that you make a group for them all, being then changed on the new system by users each time they access any of these for the first-time. This way, this activity will be easier and take less time; and for that reason, it can be less expensive in comparison with converting all old files towards innovative system instantly.

With regards to shifting from one managing document system to another, the system might contain some conversion/migration option that facilitates flipping older information quickly. This would also be a point to consider when choosing a document management system.

Integrating our document management system with our existing business software

Guarantee the document management system proposed could be quite simply integrated with the applications usually used by your enterprise and with other less often used applications.

The majority of document management systems can't be incorporated with highly common database software. For that reason, you should adequately evaluate the applications that will be used at your organization as well as their compatibility and level of integration with the document management system to implement.

Embedding e mail in to the document management system

With exponential increase of email, the ability to organize emails has become of extreme worth. Bundling all electronic mails (and their attachments) in to a single document repository, together with business documents, scanned documents, etc. is becoming a lot more important.

Client-related electronic mails and email messages sent and/or received by different staff members must be appropriately included in to the document management system; so as they are open to any staff (on the relevant authorization) who has to access them all for work objectives. Moreover, it is important to evaluate how the pre-existing emails that are previously saved should be addressed. For this reason, the business must establish rules directed at interpreting how email messages must be saved in the document management system.

Scanning

Inside our society, where we utilize less and less conventional paper, document scanning is getting increasingly more demanded. An organization is required to be increasingly efficient, attempting to cut down the room or space set aside for document storage or making information more accessible by scanning it. Again, the solution is based on employing an excellent document management system.

Standard storage system vs. document management system

Dissimilar to regular file storage systems, a good managing document system presents agencies several capabilities that allow managing documents in a more efficient and reliable way.

Document management systems were created to support institutions create, store, monitor, command, edit, manage, organize and recuperate the data from documents. This concept demands a centralized repository (whether inside or outside the premises) to save any type of information used around the enterprise. Moreover, and finally, it gives a safe environment that guards restricted information from harmful access.

If you are reluctant between keeping your old fashioned file storage system and applying a great document management system, do not worry. With assistance of the professional plus the Information Technology employees in your business, go over all of the questions formerly described and select among the many document management systems accessible on the market the one which best fits the necessities. You will surely notice the change.

 

Monday, November 6, 2017

An Overview of the Block Chain Technology and Its Benefits

In recent times, block chain technology redefined the Internet and led to the emergence of a new type of internet where digital information is distributed without copying. The technology was conceived and devised primarily for crypto currencies, digital currencies like the Bit-coin. In contemporary times, bit-coin is referred to as the digital gold and the total value of this currency is close to about 9 billion US dollars. Block chain technology can make other type of digital values. The functioning of the technology is encapsulated and therefore the user can use it without having to know it in detail. However, it is always recommended to have a basic notion about the technology in context before using it as this adequately simplifies the use.

The functioning of the technology is pretty much encapsulated implying that there is no need to know about the working of the block chain technology in detail, a fundamental idea about the working of the technology is more than sufficient for individuals using it. In simpler terms, this technology can be defined as a digital ledger of commercial transactions which is incorruptible and can be programmed to record not just the financial transactions but anything which has value associated with it.

Information stored as part of the technology in context is quite similar to the same in a spread sheet or any distributed database. Just as a spread sheet containing values can be regularly updated, the block chain too can be updated from time to time. The records stored using the block chain technology are not kept in a private location, instead, such data source are kept in public domain so that they can be verified on a timely basis. Using such a technology, the information is not held by any centralized servers instead they are stored in several database servers across millions of workstations, computers that are connected to the internet. It is because of this that the block chain data cannot be hacked or corrupted.

Since in this technology the blocks of information can be assessed across more than one point in the network therefore it cannot be controlled by a single entity. Since there are multiple copies of block chain information available across networks therefore such technologies do not have a single point of failure. Other facets of this technology are that it is transparent, incorruptible, very much decentralized because the information related to the technology in context is stored in several host machines across the network and all these factors contribute to making the block chain network highly secure.


Face-Less or Face-Full of IT Support?

I'm looking at IT Managers, Head of ITs and CTOs shaking their head at the very thought of having an insourced IT guy taking up desk space and the head count budget.

This is all about SMEs, my favorite kind of companies to work with, perhaps a global presence, no more than 400 employees.

It's Monday morning the docking station at your desk isn't turning on, you've checked the power cables and everything else you can think of. So you go to the last resort, you pick up the phone and dial IT support, an internal number that quickly gets redirected out of the company to an external provider, they don't know who you are, asking what company you work for, name, telephone number, how important are you in the company, how long can you wait without complaint? All these questions being thrown at you, they can't fix it and have to send an engineer and oh, it's a hardware fault which is a 12 hour SLA, someone will be in touch, come out to you hopefully today to replace the dock, sorry about that. "How was your experience with IT this morning?". Another victim of outsourced IT hassle on a busy Monday morning that has once again annoyed and ruined another employees view of IT.

Let's take the VIP and personable approach to the same Monday morning docking station situation. That telephone number you ring goes through to an employee of your company, Charlie, he gets into the office at the same time as you, you smile on the train at each other occasionally, you know Charlie, would recognise him down the pub after work on a Thursday, he's at the company events, this gives you hope and comfort, instills confidence in your IT department. Charlie comes over in 10 minutes, he even brings his cup of tea and he has a replacement dock in his hand already. Charlie runs the same checks you did, but you're having a quick chat about what happened over the weekend, you're at ease, Monday is getting back on track quickly. Charlie replaces the dock and pops your laptop back on with a smile, docks your laptop turns it on, it's at the login screen and you logon, Charlie's work is done and he gets back to his desk. "How was your experience with IT this morning?".

IT support is one of the most key, integral and important departments in a company. Yet computers are attributable to dissatisfaction in the work place... Let's give your employees the best start in their job and the execution of their duties with some friendly, onsite IT support, can you afford not too?

I've been involved with IT support for the last 10 years and in VIP support and what I call highly personable support for SMEs for the past 5 years. For me, the key to a successful IT service is sometimes just to have a cup of tea with the end users of your system and understand their pains and pitfalls, get to know how they utilise the IT system and how we, as a department feeding into the company can make their processes easier. With outsourced IT support, this is rarely possible, it's so key and important in these highly technological times to bring a friendly face back to IT support, after all, a computer replacement with a cup of tea and a quick chat about the weekend is probably what you're end users are looking for!


How Technology Has Improved Education Levels

The use of technology in learning institutions has increased. According to a recent study by CompTIA, up to 78% of teachers believe the use of technology in schools has positively influenced student's productivity while 65% of educators believe the use of technology has made students more productive and learning exciting.

Technology is today used in almost all aspects of our day-to-day activities. People have become accustomed to the use of devices developed through technology. Despite a smaller percentage of individuals claiming the use of technology has done as much destruction as good, education is one of the areas where its use has completely transformed the way people study and educational institutions operate. Here are six ways how the use of technology has managed to help improve education standards.

1. Online Resources

You can always research on the internet for any educational information you need. You are always bound to find some help on the web from the broad range of resources available. The use of online resources such as studying tips, free courses, and secure custom support will help improve your grades.

2. Multimedia learning

People learn in different ways. While some individuals learn better visually, others do so using audio. This has made most education institutions and teachers to change their tact. Instead of focusing on lectures and giving notes, most educators and schools have resorted to using of multimedia to help teach their students better. It comprises use of auditory, visual and kinesthetic. With technology, there is always a way you can effectively learn.

3. Use of E-books

Nothing bores a learner like having to lug around a pile of books for a curriculum. You can carry your entire course materials wherever you go in a tablet. You can always open the eBooks and do light studying wherever or whenever you wish like reading. The e-books are also known to cost less compared to the usual paperbacks making them affordable to most students.

4. Worldwide tutoring

The Internet is not just known for having the unlimited amount of information online; it also contains an infinite number of minds! With technology, you are now able to receive help from anywhere irrespective of your location. This is beneficial especially to people who are interested in learning other languages.

5. Online Editing

There are times when you might need a second opinion but might not have a friend around to have a look at it. Reading through your work and making corrections before submission is one thing you can never afford to ignore. You are most likely set to miss on something when you decide to edit all by yourself. Sharing your work with an online editor is one efficient method you can always use to help improve the quality of your paper.

6. Study Groups

Despite preferring to explore alone, there are times when you might be assigned a group project. However, scheduling a meeting with your group students can be impossible. With technology, there are online platforms making group discussions easier. You can easily share notes and other materials and collaborate through video chats. You can also decide to connect with other students doing a similar course even if you are not in the same group.

Technology is here to stay. Instead of opposing the use of technology in education, it is best to embrace it and use it to help improve your education by furthering your studies. Gone are the days when one will have to go through the entire encyclopedia researching for what you can get in seconds with the use of technology.

Laravel: An Overview

Laravel a free PHP web application framework is used in the development of web applications. The architectural framework it follows is MVC (Model - View - Controller). It consists of an open source framework with a striking and dignified syntax. It targets the application functionality which makes the work of the web developer an effortless task. It provides high-level contemplation of common web development patterns, easy shortcuts for repetitive programming tasks, and clear conventions for how to solve problems. Most sites have a certain set of functionality (like data validation, etc) and a framework prevents you from re-writing it each time you create a website.

Laravel is one unrestricted tool that helps to make large robust applications. Its outstanding features and high utility makes it the most used PHP framework ever.

This web application framework was created by Taylor Otwell in 2011 and this framework has accomplished in bearing to the intentions that it was conveyed for i.e. developing web applications using the MVC model.

This web application framework comes with an ample amount of features:

• It includes a timely moderate packing system which also comes with a bonus of a devoted dependency manager.

• It has categorical ways for accessing relational database through routing.

• It has high development speed and extension skill to use multiple modules.

• This framework comes with additional utilities that benefit in application formation and maintenance.

• The direction of this framework is towards syntax.

• This framework is of great benefit when the developers are looking out for something that can provide effortless authentication with simple and easy to use interface.

Companies using Laravel technology use it for its high readability and broad user-friendly features. Another reason that makes Laravel being favored by the developers is that they do not get a complication of spaghetti coding while working on this framework and are also offered with trouble free syntax.

Another reason why companies are bent towards this framework is that it offers dynamic software solutions at an affordable price. A website that is built using Laravel PHP framework is profitable and delivers high routine performance. Companies using Laravel development services are Wattpad, Webrazzi, Gitlab, Engine, Digital, Doorbell, Snapwidget, Bold Commerce, Payzip, Abacus, Moltin.

Laravel developers in any system can use it to provide the following services to their clients:

• Customized Application Development
• SEO friendly Application Structure
• Web Based E- commerce Solutions
• API Integration
• Online CRM Solutions
• Multilingual Solutions
• Payment Getaway Integration.

You, Me and Technology: The Truth

Can you figure out what you and I have in common with Technology? If you think a little you will find out. Read on for insights.

You and I both love to take advantage of technology. Yet when we do that, we overdo it sometimes costing our health and most of all, our eyes and back.

Eyesight will start to deteriorate and our back pain will develop. We need to move our hands and legs while taking breaks and walk around a bit. Otherwise our body will start to malfunction and start to give symptoms.

Other than that, loving technology with limits is great. You get to learn a lot about tools and software over the mighty reign of internet. They come to your aid when you carry out computer tasks and make life easier for you. So you and I have nothing to lose.

On the other hand, we must set aside technology for a while and enjoy the beauty of life, recreate and recharge our batteries. In other words, we need to have fun with friends and family. Then we can go back to work with refreshed energy and vigor.

Now technology is a broad term. You and I cannot focus on everything at the same time. So we need to narrow it down to our field of expertise and focus on those stuff and skills that would augment our tasks at home and work. You and I should learn these things within a deadline, yet go slow, grabbing skills one day at a time.

We should keep in mind about improving our technology skills all the time so that we do not lag behind. Then we should set an example for others, sharing our knowledge, disseminating them as much as we can through teaching, writing and speaking because sharing is not only caring but also productive. So remember to share with others through a suitable medium because when you help others, you cannot do so without helping yourself first.

So we should give credit to technology since it has entwined with our lives, benefiting us to great lengths but at the same time we should keep ourselves under control without doing too much of it and being addicted.

The absolute truth about you, me and technology is that technology is never ending and we need to need to pace up with it for a lifetime because life itself is a never ending learning process. So as much as we need to have fun and recreate, we also need to give valuable time to tune technology skills to our finger tips.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Tips on How to Clean Up Disk Space in Windows

A few years ago, the storage capacities of hard drives were limited. At present, hard drives have improved and can already hold a lot of files. In fact, hard drives continue to get bigger due to the advancements in technology. Then again, despite such improvements, hard drives still seem to lack space. Users just do not seem to have enough space for all their files and programs.

If you use your computer often, you may have a similar problem. This is especially true if you have an SSD or solid-state drive, which is much smaller than a traditional mechanical hard drive. Anyway, there is no need for you to buy a new computer. These tips on how to clean up disk space in Windows should help you solve your hard drive problems:

* Run a disk cleanup. Your Windows operating system includes several built-in tools. One of these is the Disk Cleanup, which can delete unimportant data and temporary files. To run it, just right-click on your hard drive and choose Properties. Then, click on Disk Cleanup and choose the files that you want to delete. It is recommended that you get rid of temporary files, recycle bin files, and log files. Press OK and you are done.

* If you want to remove your system files, just click on Clean Up System Files. Take note that system files usually do not appear on the list of files. Then, click on More Options and choose Clean Up to delete your system restore data. Remember that this button removes everything except the most recent restore point. Hence, you need to make sure that your computer is properly working before you use this function. Otherwise, you will no longer be able to use system restore points that are older.

* Remove applications that take up a lot of space. When you uninstall some of your programs, you will be able to have more free space. However, there are programs that do not really use a lot of space. So if you want to free up a lot of space, you should choose programs that use a lot of them. Go to your Control Panel and check out Programs and Features. Then, select Size to find out how much space your programs are using. If you cannot find Size, click on Options at the top right corner and choose Details.

* Analyze how much disk space you have. You can download a hard disk analysis software program to scan your hard drive and find out which of your folders and files take up the most space. See to it that you do not accidentally delete vital system files. Just delete your personal data files. You can also view Program Files and uninstall the programs that take up a lot of space. Sometimes, the size of space that programs use is not displayed in Programs and Features. This is why you should get a tool that displays exactly how much space your programs are using.

* Delete temporary files. You cannot delete temporary files using Disk Cleanup. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser caches, for instance, cannot be cleared and they can take up a lot of your hard disk space. So in order to get rid of temporary files, you need to use a registry cleaner. A software program like this is useful in removing junk files and preventing "DLL, SYS, and EXE" errors.

* Scan for duplicate files and delete them. You can use a special application to search your hard drive for unnecessary duplicate files. If you want to have more free space, you should remove the files that clutter up your hard drive.

* Reduce the space you use for System Restore. This can reduce your restore points and copies of files to restore, but it can free up a lot of disk space. Then again, you may only want to do this method if these features are not as important to you as the hard disk space that they use.

* Disable System Restore. If you feel that reducing the space you use for System Restore is not enough, you can disable the feature completely. Just keep in mind that doing so will no longer allow you to restore your system to a previous state.

* Disable Hibernation. Each time you hibernate your computer, the data of your RAM are saved in your hard drive, particularly in the C:hiberfil.sys file. Because of this, its system state is saved without having to use power and you are able to access your data immediately when you open your computer. If you disable hibernation, you will remove such file and free up some disk space.

These tips on how to clean up disk space in Windows are easy and useful. However, disabling System Restore and Hibernation are not ideal unless you are in desperate need of disk space. Also, make sure that you review your files before you delete them.

 

Secure Data Destruction: 4 Ways To Destroy A Hard Drive



Are you looking for ways on how to destroy your hard drive? Here are some of them:

Burning

While heat won't destroy data it will aid in turning your platters into liquid piles. There are a number of ways on how to burn the device. One of the ways is by using fire. This can be in the fireplace or hobo barrel. All you need to do is to toss the device in the fire and then leave it there for some time.

Another way is by using a blow torch. Here you need to put on some protective gear, hold the platter at distance and watch it melt.

If you are an adventurous hard drive destroyer, you can use a thermite. You should fill a large container with sand and then place the platter on the sand. You should then light a container of thermite over the platter. This technique produces a lot of heat that destroys the hard drive.

You can also use sugar and saltpeter. You should mix sugar and saltpeter in a soda can and place it over the hard disk.

While burning will destroy the device, you should be careful. For example, you should avoid doing the technique indoors as it tends to produce fumes that are harmful. The technique is also dangerous because sometimes there are explosions that can be harmful.

Hammering

This is the probably the fastest and most direct way of destroying the platter. You need to place the hard drive on a hard surface and then hit it with a hammer. You should ensure that you wear protective gear. For example, you should wear goggles and safety gloves.

You should also ensure that you are the only person in the room. This is to avoid hurting anyone with flying bits of glass and metal.

Magnetizing

You need to use giant magnets. If you have money you can buy the magnets; however, if you don't have money you should take your drive to a local junk or scrap yard. The good side with this technique is that it not only aids in destroying the drive, but it also ensures that all the data is erased.

Shredding

There are many industries with shredders that you can use and all you need to do is to rent some time with it and destroy your drive. There are also some companies that have shredders that are specifically designed to destroy hard drives. All you need to do is to visit these companies and ask them to destroy the device on your behalf.




We provide secure data destruction services that ensure that your data is safe and can't be accessed by anyone. One of the best services we provide is hard drive shredding services. To know more visit our website now.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Will Chip Technology Really Make Your Credit Card More Secure?



The government is promising to make your credit cards more secure. In fact they are going to require that every card have an embedded chip built-in by fall of 2015.

The goal is provide better security than the old swiping method and hopefully avoid the problems of fraud caused by hackers at Target and other retailers.

The old swipe machines will eventually be laid to rest. So sometime probably after October, 2015, retailers will be liable for fraudulent purchases as a result of using one of the older swiping devices.

Every other economic power nation uses these chip cards, the U.S. is the last to come online. Why?

Credit cards companies have fought this due to the pricier expense of card production. Payment terminals are also costly to upgrade causing retailers to turn the other cheek. The complexity of the entire U.S. credit card system is also an area of concern as the two main credit card players, Visa and Mastercard, are interfaced between retailers seeking easy transactions and banks seeking secure transactions.

While adoption of chip cards has slogged along, fraud in the U.S. has risen. Those magnetic stripe cards, in use in the U.S. since the 1970s, are easy to clone.

According to a report from BI Intelligence, The U.S. accounted for 51% of global payment fraud costs in 2013. The cost of U.S. payment card fraud grew by 29% in 2013, from $5.5 billion in 2012 to $7.1 billion last year.

Experts claim the chipped cards will make it all safer. Three firms have combined for the most widely used chipped card called "EMV", representing those that developed the technology Europay, Mastercard and Visa.

EMV cards include a microchip that creates single-use codes for every transaction instead of relying on the card number, making the data useless if it's stolen. Some experts believe these this technology could cut some form of credit card fraud in half.

Citing a United Kingdom study, a research firm, Aite Group, said following chip card adoption, counterfeit card fraud dropped in the U.K. to $67 million in 2013 from a whopping $151 million in 2004. Fraud from lost and stolen cards also dropped by a third during the same period.

So how are the chip cards used? One way is to require buyers to enter a passcode personal identification number or PIN after the chip has been read. This effectively protects them from both counterfeit cards and the use of lost and stolen cards.

The other type of transaction reads the chip, but then asks for the signature. A little like what we have today without the magnetic stripe.

It appears the chip and sign method is what the U.S. will use first. Walmart is first on-board, currently the only major retailer accepting chip cards in its stores. Square has announced they are launching new technology that will use the chip and sign methodology on mobile devices, a boost for retailers. Some however believe thieves will adjust to this quickly and fraud will occur at current levels.

Until the PIN and chip method are fully in place, don't expect to feel fully secure from credit card fraud. Experts believe it could take several years for this system to be put in place unless another major breach occurs and consumers start screaming for a major change.




George Rosenthal is a founder and partner with ThrottleNet Inc.. ThrottleNet offers an array of technology services and products to help business owners achieve their corporate goals and accelerate business growth. These include cloud computing, custom software and mobile application development, and outsourced Managed Network Services which helps companies improve their technology uptime and IT capabilities while, at the same time, reduces costs.

Monday, September 18, 2017

10 Life Hacks for Seniors Which May Prevent Insomnia

1. Make Changes in the Bedroom
Family caregivers should make sure their loved one`s bedroom is the most comfortable place for them. Your loved one`s sleeping area should be comforting and all the outside lights should be blocked by using curtains which may not cause sleep disruption.

2. Don`t Consume Heavy Meals
Eating heavy meals and high fat foods may leads to a distressful sleep in some seniors. Your loved ones can choose whole grain foods, smoothies, and drink more water which may provide a comforting sound sleep.

3. Avoid Electronic Device around the Bed
Seniors may have a hard time sleeping if they have a TV or laptops in their bedroom. These electronic devices may distract your loved one`s sleep and may change their sleeping patterns. These devices may also enhance stress level of your loved ones.

4. Create a Routine before Going to Bed
To enhance melatonin which is a sleep inducing hormone, your loved ones may create soothing changes every night before going to bed. Yoga may help some seniors in getting their body and mind relaxed. Family caregivers can also suggest their loved ones to have a warm shower which may boost a comforting sleep.

5. Avoid Stimulants if Not Necessary
Caffeine, alcohol, energy drinks and high sugar foods are some of the stimulants which may cause insomnia in some seniors. Drinking coffee or black tea may prevent your loved ones from having a good night sleep. If your loved one has a habit of drinking tea everyday then he or she can consume it 6 hours before going to bed. In this way their habit may not cause sleep disruption.

6. Reduce Stress
Minimize the things which may cause stress and anxiety in your loved one`s life. Family caregivers should not put things in their loved one`s bedroom which are work reminders or sleep distracters. Stress and depression may also cause insomnia in some seniors and may make it difficult for them to sleep longer.

7. Consult a Doctor
One of the best ways to decrease insomnia in seniors is to consult a doctor. In this way your loved ones can receive an expert`s advice on treating insomnia and may reduce the stuff that is enhancing it. The doctor may go through your loved one`s medications and can provide a tailored routine and lifestyle changes for them to follow to decrease insomnia.

8. Limit Sleeping During Daytime
Senior adults who may face difficulties in sleeping at the night can limit their afternoon sleep. This may help them in feeling sleepier during the night. Your loved ones can avoid daytime sleep entirely which may make them more likely to sleep longer at night.

9. Exercise
To reduce insomnia in seniors, exercise may help in regulating their sleeping patterns. Your loved ones can start aerobic exercises such as running, cycling, and doing sports which may assist them in decreasing insomnia.

10. Adapt Ways to Slow Down Brain Activity
Your loved ones can avoid mind stimulating things like TV, computer, work load pressure, and stress to ensure good sleep and to tackle insomnia. Seniors can perform calming activities before going to bed which may help in turning off their brain.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Support Arm Systems - The Link Between Man and Machine

Support arm systems have proven their worth as an ergonomic link between machine, operating equipment and personnel, but the demands they are subjected to are increasing all the time. With support arms, control panels can be easily and accurately turned, lifted and swivelled so that operators can monitor their machine at any time.

Nowadays, these systems should be quick to assemble, simple to adjust, suitable for individual installations, designed in a uniform way, capable of bearing high loads and must facilitate cable management.

What is needed is an intelligent modular system with a consistent design over a wide range of loads. A wide-ranging modular system that offers the user consistency in terms of function, installation and project planning, in one uniform design and covers all the load ranges up to 180 kg that the market calls for.

Support arm systems can be created for the 60, 120, and 180 kg load levels (relative to a jib length of one metre) with a uniform function, installation and project planning system. The arm system, consisting of support section, intermediate hinge and angle pieces, can be mounted on top of a machine or on a side panel. Wall and base mountings, as well as flexible top-mounted joints and wall mounted hinges, are available with horizontal outlets for assembly. In addition, system adaptors permit adaptation to the next size down of support arm reducing the weight at the end of the jib and cost of the system.

With no need to dismantle, the system already installed can be adjusted with ease or their rotation range can be limited retrospectively. So user-friendly, all that is required is to remove the cover plate of the relevant arm component and manipulate the screws with a screwdriver.

To avoid unwanted electrical interference, support sections are also available as open versions with an X-shaped geometry. This version, in lengths of 500, 1,000 and 2,000 mm, offers the user two separate cable ducts in one section to allows control cables and power supply to be laid separately from one another. Removable covers on angle pieces, couplings and joints enable easy access. Through the open section, which complies with IP 54 protection category, the user can quickly and easily install cables - even with a DVI or VGA configured connector.

So far there has been no validation for support arm systems that specifies safety in electrical installations, thus just how plant constructors build safe operating solutions from an electrical engineering perspective lies within their own discretion and ultimately, something that is not often considered, within their own area of responsibility.

In electrical terms, many installations are now no longer state-of-the-art. Cable installations within support arm systems often lack any passive internal safety devices, such as edge protection elements to prevent chafed cables. Automatic potential equalisation should be standard with a support arm system, without any extra work and additional costs to users.

Where previously the focus has been on the mechanical structure, cable installations within these systems often had no passive internal safety devices, such as edge protection elements, to prevent chafed cables. Active protective measures were also absent, such as automatic potential equalisation throughout all the elements of a support arm system to protect the operator from live electrical voltage in the event of a defective cable.

With a support arm system all the rotating elements have so-called sliding contacts to ensure a reliable electrical contact throughout the entire system. Clever edge protection elements made of plastic, which can simply be clipped onto the inner section between extrusions and corner pieces, prevent cables from becoming pinched or chafed.

As an integrated modular system a support arm system offers plant constructors uniform function, assembly and engineering solutions in one design, offering major time savings during assembly, adjustment, and service.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Top 7 Proven Home Remedies for Leucorrhea Treatment

Excessive vaginal discharge, foul smell, spotting on underwear - yes we are talking about the leucorrhea. Leucorrhea is one in most filthy female vaginal infections. This condition is enough to make the women feel peeved and uncomfortable. It is awful but these days it has become a common problem among the females. To manage this vaginal infection, leucorrhea natural treatment is fruitful.

It is scientifically proven that to treat the leucorrhea naturally, use of home remedies is quite effective.

Why does leucorrhea haunt the females?

Female's genital parts are moist and covered most of the times that's why females are highly prone to this infection.

Possible causes of leucorrhea

Poor genital hygiene
Hormonal imbalances
Improper lifestyle
Unhealthy eating habits
Bacterial and fungal infections
Genital wounds due to excessive itching
Diseases like menorrhagia and diabetes
Indigestion
Constipation
Anemia
Stress and anxiety
Here we are listing the Top 7 Proven home remedies for Leucorrhea Treatment

Banana

Bananas are considered as an effective home remedy to treat leucorrhoea naturally. Being disinfected in action Banana helps to extrude the harmful microorganism from a vagina.

Directions to use

One can consume one to two overripe bananas daily.
Repeat it until you observe the noticeable change.
Ladyfinger (Okra)

Ladyfinger also comes in the category of effective home remedies for leucorrhoea. Mucilaginous nature of ladyfinger helps in the elimination of mucus from a body. In leucorrhea, it works well to reduce the vaginal discharge.

How to use

Take ladyfingers, wash them and cut into small pieces.
Boil these pieces 15-20 minutes in the water until water is reduced to half.
Allow cooling and strain it.
Add some honey and consume 2-3 times in a day.
Pomegranate

Therapeutic properties of this fruit help to ward off the vaginal infections. Fruit, its leaves, and rind are very helpful to treat the leucorrhea. Hence, it is an effective home remedy to treat leucorrhoea naturally.

How to use

Consume one glass of fresh pomegranate juice daily for one month.
Grind 25-30 fresh pomegranate leaves with 8- 10 black pepper.
Add this mixture in half glass of water.
Strain and drink it two times every day until you observe a noticeable change.
Another option makes powder of dried rind of a pomegranate.
Make the powder of dry the rind of pomegranate.
Mix 1/2 to one tablespoon of this powder in 3-4 cups of water.
Use this solution as a vaginal spray.
Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds are loaded with the immunity booster properties. In leucorrhea, this helps to balance the pH level and micro flora in a vagina.

Directions to use

Take two- three teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in 3-4 cups of water and boil for 25-30 minutes.
Strain and let it cool.
One can use this water as a vaginal wash many times daily until the symptoms get lessen.
Indian Gooseberry (Amla)

Being a good source of vitamin c, it helps to boost up the immune system. Moreover, Amla is loaded with the antimicrobial properties that help to ward off vaginal infections.

How to use

Make a thick paste by mixing one - two teaspoons of Indian gooseberry powder with honey. Consume it two times in a day.
Another option is to boil one teaspoon of dried Indian gooseberry root powder in one cup of water until it reduced to half. One can add little sugar or honey as per taste. Eat it on an empty stomach every morning.
Cranberry

Cranberries packed with the antimicrobial, antifungal and antioxidant properties. These properties help to fight against the bacterial, viral and fungal infections. In leucorrhea, cranberry helps to eliminate the bacteria from vaginal wall.

How to use

Drink one glass of fresh cranberry juice once or twice for best results.
Fig

To manage the leucorrhea, consumption of figs is very good. Laxative action of figs helps to eliminate the toxins and waste materials from the body. They work in an amazing way to resolve the problem of excess white vaginal discharge.

How to use

Soak 5-6 figs in overnight in one cup of water. Next step in morning is to blend the soaked figs in water. Consume this solution on an empty stomach.
Alternatively, you can grind the equal quantities of the bark of the fig tree and banyan tree to make a fine powder. Add half -one tablespoon of this powder in two-three cups of water. Use this solution as a vaginal wash.
Additional tips

Maintain the proper hygiene.
Wash your undergarments daily and let them dry under the sun.
Don't wear dirty, tight or synthetic undergarments
Change undergarments at least 3-4 times daily.
Wash the vaginal area and surrounding area.
Wipe from front to back after using the toilet.
Avoid oily foods.
Avoid coffee, alcohol and aerated drinks.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) Is an expert herbal practitioner based in Chandigarh and participating in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of ancient healing treatment of Ayurveda not only in India but also abroad. He has researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical based treatments. He is the author of 'Ayurveda- God's Manual For Healing', an informative book for people interested in learning the basics of Ayurveda, diet and principles of healing according to Ayurveda.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Senior Friendly Computing Series: 5 Barriers to Senior Internet Use



For many Seniors and their loved ones, Quality of Life is the "bottom-line" objective. We propose that the internet is intimately involved in accomplishing and maintaining that goal. Seniors use computer and internet technologies at relatively low rates. Unique personal barriers make adopting technologies challenging.

This is the third article in the "Senior Friendly Computing" series. Its focus is on the 5 Barriers to Senior Internet Use: Physical, Mental, Psychological, Technical and Social.

1) Physical influences

Age related wear and tear or the influence of disease processes result in general slowing of nearly all physical functions. US Census reports detail 59% of the 65+ group and 35% of the 80+ group are internet users while greater than 50% of the 65+ population have disabilities, handicaps or chronic illnesses limiting participation in the Information Age. Sensory functions are frequently compromised. Those relevant sensory functions include: vision (ie. Macular Degeneration), hearing (progressive deafness), and touch. Motor deficits involve posture requirements and physical access to the computer (Arthritis, Osteoporosis, degenerative processes, and spinal deformities).

2) Mental influences

Cognitive functions include memory, language, thinking, socialization, and emotions. There are several designations for varying levels of the "Senior moment". Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Age Related Cognitive Decline (ARCD) are examples. According to the Alzheimer's Association, "Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular Dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common cause." Other common causes include Parkinson's, Huntington's, HIV, MS, etc. Chronic illnesses may present with reversible cognitive compromise like Diabetes, Thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies. Wide variation in cognitive function may compromise memory, information processing, understanding and following instructions, also task completion.

3) Psychological influences

Here are several psychological reasons: a) Lack of understanding or knowledge about the uses and the value of the internet b) The perception of insurmountable difficulty and interface complexity c) Illiteracy and a steep learning curve d) Fear and apprehension about failure, change, abuse, reputation damage, security violations, and loss of autonomy e) Common Senior concerns are: I'm too old to learn, I'm unfamiliar with the hardware and software, I've no contact with other users, and only kids use the internet so I avoid social media f) Some Seniors have general discomfort with all digital technologies (computers, GPS, phones, readers, blue-tooth, etc.) g) Unclear motive/benefit: no reason for use, no social motive, no relevance, lack of measurable returns, delayed or prolonged period to benefit h) General resistance to: all new technologies, intrusive/invasive monitoring, required learning and adaptation i) Eccentricities.

4) Technical influences

Technical support should be human, friendly, willing, patient and accessible always. Support availability is a major decision factor for many Digital Seniors. The industry has evolved to implement Senior friendly modifications involving the keyboard, mouse, web access, and internet visibility. Emphasis is applied to restrict unwanted emails, make internet access easier by avoiding passwords yet maintaining security, advancing touch screen features which includes one touch video conferencing. Continuous computer change remains constant. This time it's for the better.

5) Social influences

Frequent internet users who are 65+ are called "Digital Seniors". Cost of purchase, maintenance, repair, and upgrades of hardware/software pose a major obstacle to many Seniors due to fixed incomes. Need and relevance are important variables in establishing an adequate return on investment. Availability of free computers and internet is restricted in rural settings. Access to free computers/internet and public transport plus handicap accessible services seem easier in metropolitan areas. Digital Seniors are frequently found where there is family support especially with younger family computer users. It's important to recognize that certain cultures are biased against computer and internet technology.

These are the major challenges to Senior well-being: memory deficit, social isolation, mobility compromise (personal movement and transportation), and declining ability for task performance. These 5 Barriers to Senior Internet Use deprive the "Silent Generation" of the advantages and benefits of internet based technologies. The next article in the "Senior Friendly Computing" series will address the many benefits of the internet which enhance that well-being.




V V S researches and discusses the vital relationship between Seniors and the internet in a series of informational articles titled Senior Friendly Computing. Pertinent topics include: statistics, barriers and benefits, who uses and who doesn't, favorite reasons for Senior use, safety tips, industry modification, and helpful information resources. This article, 5 Barriers to Senior Internet Use, identifies physical, mental, psychological, technical and social challenges that limit access to "the world in a box" for today's Digital Seniors. Our goal is to highlight trends between Seniors and the Internet while promoting access to all. Let V V S help improve Senior well-being for you and yours.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Important Factors You Cannot Forget When Buying An Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential oils have gained so much popularity because of their numerous benefits. They are largely used for aromatherapy and this kind of therapy is no longer limited to spas, but has found its way into homes. Most people love the calming effects of essential oils and use them not only to control moods, but to also enjoy restful peaceful nights.

A diffuser is used to release the selected essential oil or oils in just the right amounts and intervals depending on the preferences of the user. With the increased popularity of the oils, different kinds of diffusers have been created. It can be confusing if you are not very familiar with the diffusers, but using a few helpful factors it becomes easy to select the best.

Diffuser type

The mode of operation is what determines the type of diffuser. Generally there are ultrasonic diffusers which create ultrasonic vibrations that break down essential oil particles released into the air; nebulizing diffusers which work by blowing air on the surface of the oil creating fine spray or mist. There are also heat diffusers which heat the oils leading to their dispersal and evaporation at rapid rates and evaporative diffusers that blow air on pad saturated with the essential oils. Look at each of the options and the advantages of each to make an informed decision in the end. It is also important to remember that some of the diffusers work silently whereas some may produce noise as they operate.

Area coverage

Diffusers are not as large and hence finding the right spot for them in your home should not be that hard to do. However, it is important to consider how much of the space in the room they will be able to diffuse and circulate the essential oils to. A diffuser that covers a considerable amount of space is better than getting multiple devices to cater to your needs. Know the exact needs you have as far as coverage goes and you will be able to select the device that suits your space best.

Cost

When it comes to cost, the type of diffuser, the brand and the size may determine the prices attached. The design of the diffuser can also determine the amount you pay for it. It helps to do a comparison between the best essential oil diffusers so you are able to choose one that falls within your budget and one that is also bound to serve all your needs effectively.

Quality

Aromatherapy is something you may want to enjoy for a long time to come and this means that you need to settle for a high quality diffuser. Look at the materials used in making the diffuser so you can choose a durable piece. It may not be very advisable to go for very fragile materials considering you are prone to knocking it over, especially if you love it on your bedside stool. Think long term when weighing between best oil diffuser options.

Essential oil diffuser reviews can be helpful in getting you the best one for your home. Consider all options when looking for the best aromatherapy diffuser including the mode of operation and it will be easy to settle for a good device.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

How To Stop Thinking About Technology

Is technology always on your mind? It need not be. It's a wide world out there for you to venture and experience a lot of other fun stuff which may be missing from your life. Please stop thinking about technology for a while. This article gives you seven ways for that. Read on to find out.

Here they go:

1) Life is not only about cell phones and digital screens. The more you focus on them, the more UV rays radiating from them deteriorate your eyesight and may even lead to blindness. It is so much better to spend time, cuddle and chitchat with your family members for a greater while.

2) You don't want to be contacted every five minutes by your family or friends. Switch your cell phone off and enjoy the scenes and sceneries around as you drive on the highway. Let your hair down, drive carefully and enjoy the beauty of life.

3) There are so many fun activities to do instead of sitting slump on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and watching the TV. Be active and join the volunteers team of your community and do some volunteer work for instance, mowing the highly grown grasses of your environment and planting new seeds for growing trees. Working as a team and spending time in mother nature will definitely raise your spirits and make you look forward to doing more of it again and again.

4) Instead of staying addicted to technology, engage yourself in one or two hobbies in your spare times. It can be cooking new recipes or plotting a fiction story whatever you love and spend your time fruitfully. It will definitely broaden your outlook and you will be wiser day by day as you engage more in hobbies you love.

5) Instead of opening your digital screens, borrow books from the local library and make time for reading them. It may be anything you like to read in your niche or a niche you are beginning to get interested. You become learned by the number of books you read every month and you will soar to great heights.

6) Instead of staying glued to technology, find a way to better your fingers at playing the piano which gets little attention in the piano space of your home. Get more musical sheets and play more and more until you are ready to play in a concert for fund-raising reasons for sick children or adults near about your community. God will acknowledge your good intentions and shower on you with more blessings.

7) Instead of chatting with new modern girls or celebrities, control yourself, get real and buy roses for your spouse to show how much you love her and how much you appreciate her contribution to the family, without whom your life would be empty.

These are seven special reasons why you need to stop thinking about technology for a while, be manly, carry out responsible activities as a spouse, parent, colleague or Boss and make the most out of everything from your life.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Acidity - Home Remedies

If you are suffering from acidity, then you can try some home based remedies to obtain instant relief from it. Therefore, below we are mentioning some home based remedies to cure acidity problems.

Following are the Home Remedies for Acidity:

Consume water:

Water is considered as a natural remedy, and consume a minimum two glasses of water in the early morning on a regular basis. This will be useful to maintain the acids level in the stomach.

White Vinegar:

Whenever you consume meals then add white vinegar, which is useful to lessen the acidity and also useful for the better digestion of food. It is suggested to take 2 spoonfuls of white vinegar with your meals.

Jaggery:

Consume jaggery in appropriate quantity is one of the most effective home based remedies to cure acidity. It really works out if you consume a small quantity of this product i.e. near about 10 grams along with your meals.

Holy Basil:

Holy basil is regarded as an effective way to treat the acidity problem. The persons who are suffering from that, it is advised to consume holy basil leaves on a regular basis.

Milk:

Another remedy to cure acidity is milk, which is a popular way to treat acidity problem. You can also consume other dairy commodities so as to keep it away the problem. It is recommended to consume the milk after your meal.

Ginger:

Ginger is a natural remedy to obtain relief from acidity. Actually, it is advised to add flavor of ginger to each and every food product to stay away your body from acidity problem.

Mint Leaves:

Mint leaves, which is an ideal thing to chew with boiled water to keep acidity at bay. Additionally, mint juice is also great thing to obtain a relief from acidity.

Anise Seeds:

Anise seeds along with boiled water are the best way to cure or treat the acidity. Afterwards, allow the mixture to leave it for some time and then add a spoonful of honey to increase its effectiveness in curing the problem.

Juice of Ginger:

A juice of ginger mixed with roasted cumin seeds and rock salt can be considered as the best choice to treat the acidity.

Coconut Water:

Coconut water and aerated drinks are keenly useful in targeting acidity and reviving the normal secretion of stomach acids.

Aloe Vera:

Aloe plant can also be regarded as the best home based remedy to cure the acidity, according to the experts.

Pineapples and oranges:

By adding salt in pineapple and orange juices is also an effective way to obtain relief from acidity.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Benefits Of A Fiber Optic Cable

Let us begin with understanding what exactly these fiber optic cables are; it is firstly a cluster of network cables that contains certain glass fibers in the form of strands that are placed inside an insulated casing. They are specifically designed for long distances, a performance data networking that is very high as well as telecommunications.

If you compare the function and potential of these with the wired cables, these optic cables have a much higher bandwidth and thus have the capability of transferring data over long distances.

Of course there are a certain reasons behind companies making use of this material of fibers rather than any else.

Let us have a look at the advantages:

• LESS EXPENDITURE TO BE TAKEN CARE OF

Of course the amount of money needed matters a great deal. Anyone would opt for a cable line that is cheaper compared to others and at the same time gives excellent service. It is said that tons of miles of this kind of cables can be made to be available at a much cheaper rate when compared to the other types. This not only saves your provider but saves a great amount of your money as well. So you should definitely opt for this kind to save the extra money from getting spent.

• THE CAPACITY OF CARRYING IS MUCH HIGHER

Since these fibers are thinner in diameter, more number of wires can be bundled together for use when compared to the other types. This gives a much broader pathway for more number of phone lines to be crossed over the same cable line or maybe get more number of channels through the cable into your set top box. Either way the benefits are in abundance. Therefore more the carrying capacity more beneficial it gets.

• VERY LESS CHANCES OF LOSING DEGRADATION

Probably the best and the most useful features for all the users of this kind of cables, the possibility of degradation of optic fibers are much less and so people invariably opt for this to not face the problem of loss of signal. It can be a really irritating phase when you have a cable line that has endless issues with the catching of signals. Hence to avoid that problem people opt for the optic fibers and enjoy the use immensely.

Seeing the top most benefits you can easily make out that there are some really noteworthy benefits of the usage of these materials that can give you a much smoother run, so without any further delay or discussion you should totally opt for these.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

9 Months in, Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury Continues to Improve Paralyzed Patient's Life

Asterias Biotherapeutics is a biotechnology company, which is dedicated to regenerative medicine. Recently they have launched a new medicine AST-OPC1 that offers embryonic stem cell based treatment for patients with spinal cord injuries. The medicine was under trail for a while and now it has been declared completely safe and highly effective for patients with spinal cord diseases.

The trial involved injecting the medicine into the affected area and patients showed improvement in their upper body function within 3 to 6 months after the therapy. Asterias Biotherapeutics conducted a press release in June, 2017, in which they have clearly stated the effectiveness of the medicine. It also recorded the detailed results after 9 months of the trial.

It was conducted on 6 patients. Each one of them received an injection of 10 million AST-OPC1 cells after 2 to 4 weeks of their injury. After 9 months, it had been noticed that all the patients showed improvements in their finger, arm, and hand movements.

Spinal cord injuries affect more than 17,000 people around the world every year. With the announcement of AST-OPC1, certainly they now have hope to restore their upper body movements. Dr. Edward Wirth, Chief Medical Officer of the trial said, "The new efficacy results show that previously reported meaningful improvements in arm, hand and finger function in the 10 million cell cohort treated with AST-OPC1 cells have been maintained and in some patients have been further enhanced even 9 months following dosing."

Coming back to the trial, it involved patients who were suffering from severe spinal cord injuries in the neck that resulted into lack of feeling and loss of neck down upper body movement. The team at the Asterias Biotherapeutics quantified the results of the therapy by referring them as "motor levels" of improvements. These motor levels were associated with different levels of movement abilities. In the press release, the team confirmed that restoring the movement abilities, "can result in lower healthcare costs, significant improvements in quality of life, increased ability to engage in activities of daily living, and increased independence."

After 9 months of clinical trial, the researchers at the Asterias confirmed that 50% of the patients (3 out of 10 patients) showed two motor levels of improvement. And all the 6 patients involved in the trail, showed at least one motor level of improvement. However, some of the experts might say that recovery from spinal cord injuries is possible without stem cell therapy. This is true. But no other study or therapy showed patients regaining their two motor levels of improvement within 9 months of the treatment.

Earlier data from 62 untreated patients showed that 29% patients got back two motor levels of improvement with 1 year whereas AST-OPC1 promises massive improvements within 9 months. Dr. Edward Wirth also confirmed it when he said, "We are increasingly encouraged by these continued positive results, which are remarkable compared with spontaneous recovery rates observed in a closely matched untreated patient population."

Two motor levels is equivalent to higher quality life. For any person suffering from spinal cord injuries or upper body paralysis, achieving two motor levels is a dream and with AST-OPC1 it does not seem a distant dream at all.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Does Your Heart Stop When You Sneeze: What's the Truth?

You already know how it feels to sneezing - you sense that threatening tickle in the back of your nose first followed by the gasping intake of breathing and a cathartic blast in the end. Anything that irritates your nasal passages could allow you to sneeze. Discomfort in your nasal passages signals the brain, and then your body responds by managing the muscle tissue in your nasal passages to expel air powerfully. There are several myths and interesting facts associated with sneezing. Some people say sneezing makes your heart stop. Is it true?

Does Your Heart stop when you sneeze?

The simple reality is no! Sneezing does not make your heart stop. There is an increase in the intrathoracic pressure when you sneezing. When this happens, the blood circulation to your heart is decreased. This consequently creates your heart modify its regular heartbeat for a short time to adjust. What it means is that your heart does not stop when you sneezing, and actually, there is a change in the rhythm of your heartbeat, which may make you feel that your heart has skipped a beat. Does your heart stop when you sneeze? Now you know the response.

A sneezing is an involuntary nasal reaction caused by irritation to the mucous membranes. There are many traditional beliefs about sneezing, such as the notion that the heart stops beating momentarily during a sneeze, essentially "killing" you for an instant, which is why it's common for someone to "bless you" after a sneezing. The truth, though, is a little different.

Just before sneezing, a lot of people relax slowly. This improves pressure in the chest and briefly inhibits the blood flow to the heart, which can reduced hypertension and boosts the heart rate. But as you exhale, your blood pressure improves and heart rate, consequently, goes down. At one time, sneezing arouses the vagus nerve, which operates from the brain through the stomach. In general, any moment the vagus nerve is stimulated, the body's reaction is to reduce the heart rate. The effect of this is minimal, however, slowing the heart perhaps only a single beat.

• No Sneezing with Sight Open

Have you ever asked why you can't be on the lookout while sniffling? Your eyes reflexively shut every time you have a coughing scene, and specialists have diverse clarifications for this. Some belief in it is a transformative modification primarily to defend your eyes from anything that leaves your nose or mouth as a result of coughing. Others are from the perspective that it happens because of muscle withdrawal. At any rate, the old spouses' story about eyelids shutting to defend your eyes from taking out is surely not genuine.

• Numerous Factors can Cause Sneezing

You may think just dirt and spice up could allow you to sniffle, yet the truth is several elements could allow you to wheeze.

Dust, clean, and spice up are the typical guilty parties, however, you may wheeze when you sniff impactful smells. Any modification in temperature, particularly colder air could allow you to wheeze. You may furthermore sniffle while culling your eyebrows predominantly in light of which it bothers the nerves associated with your nose. Many people may furthermore wheeze while popping pimples or rubbing their eyes. A number of people even wheeze when they are presented to brilliant lights, and this is because of an acquired characteristic called photic sniffling.

• Sniffling and Superstitions

Strangely, significant amounts of superstitions are connected with wheezes. The old Romans and Greeks were of the viewpoint that coughing to the privilege would bring you luckiness, while something awful would happen for sniffling to one side. Many people say "favour you" when they hear somebody wheeze, while others may say "to your wellbeing" in the same circumstance. Those people believe in that coughing is your spirit's approach to leave your body, however, it packs back in when somebody says "favour you".

• No Sneezing in Sleep

The mucous layers swell when you rest, which allows you to touchier to the dust particles noticeable all around, so you should sniffle more in relaxing. In nevertheless, all muscle tissue other than the ones that management your eyes get to be deadened when you enter profound relax, such as muscle tissue that management a sniffle. Amid superficial relax, the nerves that cause a sniffle are furthermore stifled, so you are additionally not prone to wheeze in shallow rest.

For a lot of people, this goes unnoticed. But in certain cases, when you sneeze, it can slow the heart rate or lower the blood pressure to such an extent that it causes a person to pass out. In the medical literature, this is known as sneezing syncope. Some people may also have an exaggerated reaction to a sneezing or a cough if they have a genetic heart abnormality, or if they are taking medications affect their heart rate, like beta blockers.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

5 Things a Child Knows About Technology That You Don't

How do you feel about your kids? Ever felt they are smarter than you about Technology? How could you tell? Do you have living proof? This article demonstrates this fact. Read on to find out.

Here are a few examples:

1) Your kid is faster than you at figuring out and playing computer games. They know better when to hit enter, spacebar, ESC key and arrow keys. In fact, they are better than you at playing these games.

2) Your kid is better at discovering new stuff about your cell phone, which you never knew existed. Take all the help you need from your kid.

3) Your kid knows the easiest way to find information by giving a search on Google bar. They will use simple non-connecting words and yet they will find the required information.

4) They will find a way with other digital gadgets before you and work on them intelligently. In fact they can pace up with technology faster than you. So be sure to interact with them.

5) How about a toy car, train or Lego set? After you have shown them the main theme behind them, they will be more creative and discover further innovative stuff about them and show you which will surprise you very much.

So never underestimate your child. Play and laugh with them with digital gadgets or toys. You will always have a lot to learn from them. They will teach you in a way that you can never teach them.

The five ways I demonstrate here really exemplify to you how amazing kids can be. So feel great that your kids are smart and the more they grow up, the more they will outsmart you. Take it easy and as fun. There is nothing much to worry about. You just get smart too by learning and picking up cues from them.

Never belittle them or hush them away. Encourage them always their creative and bright sides with Technology and they will grow and mature in ways that you may have never imagined. It is your duty to bring out the very best in them. So help them with their curiosity and inquisitiveness about Technology. They will feel gratified and fulfilled, which in turn will give you immense joy and bliss.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Things To Know While Installing A Fan Power Cord

There is no argument over the fact that power supply is a delicate but extremely important part of a computer system. Since the supply is the only power source for every single part within a computer system, it is often taken for granted that the load on a small power supply within the case of your computer is excessive.

Taking this into consideration, it should go without saying that the power source must have a built-in fan to keep it cool and working. The fan power cords are one of the most important component of the cooling source for the power supply since a minor shortage or damage in it can lead to a halt in the cooling source which will ultimately damage the power supply and hence, give the computer system unusable.

Having said that, let's take a closer look at how to install a fan power cord in an appropriate fashion to keep your computer cool and working.

Appropriate Fan Power Cord:-

The first and the foremost thing to consider here is that not each one of the fan power cords is compatible with all kinds of computers. Therefore, it is of prime importance to make sure that you are capable of finding it that is specifically built for the model or brand of computer that you have. Using an incompatible fan power cord is only going to raise more complications.

Computer Position:-

If you are familiar with the computer systems, you may already be familiar with the fact that most of the cases on the computer systems can not be opened until placed on its side. Therefore, before installing a fan power cord, you are going to have to make sure that your computer system is at its side to remove the casing in an appropriate fashion without putting any of the internal components of the computer system at risk.

Open The Case:-

As clear from the above-mentioned discussion, once you have placed the computer on its side, you may now remove its case gently to show the internal components of your computer system which is going to include the power supply as well as the cooling source for which you have to install the power cord.

Remove The Power Supply:-

As mentioned earlier, the power supply of your computer comes with a built-in fan. Therefore, you are going to have to remove the power supply to install a new fan power cord. All you have to do is slide the power supply out and it will show the port for the fan power cord.

Mount It Back:-

Now that you can see an appropriate port for your fan power cord, plug it in and once done you can slide the power supply back in and connect it back to the motherboard. Once done, all you have to do is to put the casing back on and place the computer in its original position.

Turn it on and the cooling source will begin to serve the purpose.

It should go without saying that installing the cord in a wrong way puts all the components of your computer at risk. However, the above mentioned tips precisely will help you to make sure that you don't end up being a victim of such an incident and that your computer system keeps on working in properly.

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Improving Digestion - Tips, Tricks and Essential Facts

Given the important role played by the digestive system in ensuring proper functioning of the human body, every individual must take an interest towards improving digestion.

While a good digestive system has a positive impact on the overall functioning of the body, the reverse is equally true. There are several ways in which poor digestion can throw your system out of gear and this in itself should provide sufficient motivation for you to learn how to improve digestion.

Poor Digestion - Causes and Effects

Digestion is described as being poor if it is slow and this has two-fold implications. Firstly, the body is unable to absorb nutrients from the food in quantities that it should, eventually leading to deficiency within the body. Secondly, food left undigested in the stomach for longer duration soon becomes a breeding platform for harmful bacteria which in turn can lead to several illnesses.

If ignored over a period of time, poor digestion assumes a chronic nature and can lead to problems like fatigue, constipation, bloating and even allergies. But what causes digestion to slow down? Some factors that contribute towards poor functioning of your digestive system are -

· Eating habits - Living in an era which is dominated by fast foods and processed foods has its repercussions in form of inefficient digestion. On being constantly bombarded with excess sugar, salt and unhealthy oils your digestive system has little choice but to slow down.

· Lack of exercise - Given the sedentary nature of contemporary lifestyle, most people do not indulge in as much physical exercise as they should. This causes their metabolism to slow down which in turn has an adverse impact on digestion.

· Insufficient water and fiber intake - Water is the best catalyst for your digestive system in addition to being the ideal cleansing agent. From this it draws that drinking insufficient water would interfere with proper breakdown of food and also flushing out of toxins. Likewise, not consuming fiber in sufficient quantities has been found to lead to constipation which is indicative of poor digestive health.

Ways of Improving Digestion

An ideal digestive cycle is defined by four Rs', namely remove-repair-restore-replace. Removal entails flushing out of toxins from within the body followed by repairing of tissue and digestive track. Next, you must try to restore digestive health by including probiotics and fiber in your diet and making it a point to drink water in sufficient quantities. Having restored it, further improving your digestive system entails replacing unhealthy food groups with organic and healthy choices.

How About Using Digestive Health Supplements?

Diet and lifestyle changes notwithstanding, another way by which you can improve digestive health entails using digestive supplements, preferably those that are based on natural elements. There are indeed natural ingredients, like licorice, chamomile, peppermint and ginger that are capable not just of sorting out your digestive problems but also improving the overall condition of your digestive system. Mint and cinnamon are other natural products that soothe your digestive system and hence are recommended for improving digestion.

How would you react if told that many of these natural ingredients can be combined to form an effective digestive? Yes, it is indeed possible to combine several ingredients like licorice, black salt and certain species of leaves to form a powder that can play the role of a digestive. All you need to do consume a teaspoon or two with a glass of hot water for improving digestion and enjoy the benefits without any fear of side effects.

Final Word

Natural digestive supplements are based on the premise that the best way to restore good health is for the body to be as close to its original mechanism as possible. Combine this with the fact that digestion is one of the most important processes that can ensure good health for many long years to come. So, to use one to achieve the other does seem to be the logical path to take to enjoy long-term benefits.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Natural Trauma Care

What if the unthinkable happens? You have an accident, but you are nowhere near a hospital. What do you do?

Is there such a thing as "natural trauma care"? The answer is a resounding YES.

1. Small nicks, cuts or scratches: You can dab on cornstarch. It will stop the bleeding almost immediately. Additionally, oddly enough, spider webs work very well if you can find some. Grab a good sized spider web, blow off the spider and any other bugs or debris and wrap it around or place over the injured area. Once the bleeding stops, remove the web and clean the cut thoroughly.

2. A bloody nose: If you are experiencing a bloody nose open a bottle of vinegar and inhale deeply through your nose. Keep doing so and the bleeding should stop within a short time. Vinegar burns the blood vessels cauterizing them closed.

3. For a bleeding wound: Apply a little sugar and let it melt over the wound. This will stop the blood from continuing to flow.

4. If you suspect a blood clot: You can take the herb Dong Quai to help break up the clot but do try and seek out medical attention as soon as possible as blood clots can be incredibly dangerous depending on location.

5. Ice: Reducing the temperature drastically slows bleeding as well as helps prevent future inflammation and bruising at the site of injury.

6. Small wounds: Cayenne pepper sprinkled into the wound will help to stop the bleeding as well black pepper.

7. Splinters: To remove small splinters from the skin easily, wet a bar of soap and rub the sharp end of a sewing needle in it, so that the needle has a liberal coating of soap. Then rub the soapy needle in the opposite direction of the splinter. As soon as the splinter has some soap in it, squeeze it, and it should come right out. This method is painless and is good for use on children. For removing splinters of glass from the skin pour some hydrogen peroxide on the skin. The splinter will bubble itself out after a few minutes. Do not squeeze as more tissue damage may occur.

8. Burns: The best thing for a burn is to apply cool water liberally. Do ensure that the water is not too hot or too cold. Blisters will be formed, but that is a part of the natural healing process. If you want to avoid blisters you could try one of these home remedies. Cut a tomato into wedges and rub one slice on the burn. The acid from the tomato takes the pain away and the burn will not blister. You can also use cold water and vinegar compresses until the pain goes away and then apply potato slices on the area.

9. After any injury for overall healing - Arnica Montana 1M (trauma care blend) Specifically designed to speed recovery from a major physical trauma, TraumaCare™ is generally considered too strong for a minor bump or bruise.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Covering the Electronic Logging Device Mandate

The ELD (Electronic Logging Device):

An ELD (electronic logging device) is an electronic quick fix that allows expert commercial vehicle carriers and truck drivers to conveniently track and record their hours of service.

The Advantages of an ELD:

ELDs assists to avert any un intentional or deliberate HOS (hours of service) breaches, as well as any penalty to the driver due to a lapse in documented logs. Improved consent with HOS guidelines assures drivers have acceptable rest to run commercial vehicles carefully.

The Electronic Logging Device Mandate:

FMCSRs (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations) were revised by the FMCSA to upgraded design and performance standards for ELDs.

The Final Rule or ELD mandate states that operators of commercial vehicles will need to use ELDs or electronic logging devices. Drivers and carriers must all have ELDs in their trucks by December 18, 2017.

ELD:

Allows the driver of a commercial motor vehicle to sign in and select Off-duty, Not Driving and On-Duty, or On-duty.
Get connected to an engine of the vehicle to track when the vehicle is in action.
Get authorized on the website of FMCSA.
Provide information in a regulated layout that can be addressed to law enforcement in distinct formats i.e. in USB, wireless web solutions, or Bluetooth.
Illustrate a record of work status so that the driver can promptly glimpse the hours of service in a day.
The Legislative History of the Electronic Logging Device:
Law enforced by Congress on July2012
Proposed rule circulated by DOT on March2014
Final rule enforced by DOT in Dec 2015
Start of ELD application on Dec 2017
The Distinction Between EOBRs, AOBRDs, and ELDs:
AOBRD, ELD and EOBR are used interchangeably on a regular basis and they have distinct features that exclusively separate them from one another.

EOBR: Electronic Onboard Recorder is used when referring to the device that stores electronic logging attributions.
AOBRD: Automatic Onboard Recording Device is used when defining an electronic gadget that matches conditions to be utilized rather than documented log books.
ELD: It is utilized as a segment of the recent language to define the systems in the fresh mandate. Electronic logging devices converge with a vehicle's engine to track motion and power status, driven miles hours, while AOBRDs and EOBRs do not.
Acknowledge If Your Vehicle Is Influenced By the ELD Mandate:
The mandate applies to all vehicle drivers who are presently required to have documentation RODS. The vehicle drivers use Electronic Logging Devices, to preserve RODS in seven or more days out of every single month. The FMCSA assumes these mandate will influence 3.5 million drivers.

A Wireless Device or a Smartphone to Be Utilized As an ELD:

Any wireless device or a Smartphone may be utilized as long as the gadget matches the technical needs and is registered and certified with the FMCSA.

The Exceptions to the ELDs Mandate:

While this mandate will impact number of commercial drivers, there are circumstances that are immune from the mandate:
Drive away - tow away affairs: If the commercial vehicle is being managed as part of the freight (the vehicle is the product being transited).
Short-haul drivers: Drivers who utilize the 150 air-mile radius exception or the 100 air-mile radius exception.
Pre-2000 vehicles: Models of the vehicle dated 1999 or before based on the VIN (vehicle identification number).
The Hurdles Yet To Face:
· Sharing ELD information from truck cab to roadside law enforcement.

· FMCSA Public Meeting in May.

Saves The Industry Money And Time:

The FMCSA evaluates that the common vehicle driver fills out around 230 RODS each year. And as a consequence, the mandate is proposed to save each vehicle driver about 18+ hours utilized to complete and send documented driver logs. Moreover, paperwork for documentation savings for each vehicle driver every year is counted to be approximately $700.

The ELD mandate will more over assist the industry by:

Lowering fuel prices: By controlling excessive vehicle idle times, organizations can develop incentive schemes for drivers that assist fuel usage.
Cutting truck spare time: Fleet administration system users can acknowledge curbed downtimes of a vehicle by approximately 16-17% and enhanced vehicle usage by 14%.
Boosting safety: Drivers utilizing ELDs have an extremely low total crash rate (decline of 11.5%) and an avoidable crash rate (decline of 5%) against fleets not utilizing ELDs.
Final Speculations:

There are surely more queries out there concerning the ELD, we believe this article assists you to get a better understanding of the devices and the way it will influence the industry.