Baffling IT Terms

Editors note:  We catch ourselves speaking "computerize" to our clients all the time.  Of course we try really hard not to.  But a word or a phrase that is totally foreign to a non-technical person today, becomes part of our language down the road.  In 1995, very few people knew what the "INTERNET" meant.  Today, it's a regular part of everyday conversation and our lives.  This article tries to explain a few of the more arcane terms used in technology.

When talking or reading about technology, it can sometimes feel as if you need to know a completely foreign language. Not only are many of the words confusing, but the use (some might say the overuse) of acronyms can further complicate the issue. According to the results of a survey conducted by IT recruitment consultancy Computer People, 75 percent of respondents admitted that they waste over an hour a week finding out what something means so they can complete their work.

Lost productivity isn’t the only problem. In a VIA Networks survey of small and mid-sized businesses, over 26 percent said that confusing technical jargon had led them to make the wrong purchasing decision. It’s time to cut through the confusion!

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Top Computing Center eNews Articles 2012

What did our readers read in 2012?  We did a review of all the articles published in our monthly Computing Center eNewsletter as well as everything posted on the Business EDGE News site on the web.  Here's a list of the top five articles viewed in both which is a complilation of our web and email management stats.  Thank you for reading!  We're always looking for good story ideas for us to research and good articles to publish.  Send your story ideas and articles to: Lisa@compcenter.com

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Writing for the web

Writing is writing is writing…right? Well, not entirely. Over the years, tried and true methods for writing for the web have evolved, and they may be very different from the writing techniques you’ve learned (e.g. composition or journalistic writing).

For a lot of us, when we’re asked to write an article, a blog post, or a page on our website, we break out the writing skills we learned in school. In school, we “composed.” (You have an introduction, a body, and a conclusion, plus those pesky topic sentences or “controlling ideas.”) Maybe you learned the journalistic style (important facts first, the “inverted pyramid”).

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Computers - Is consumer grade equipment good enough?

Sure, it's enticing. You’ll save money right now if you run out to your local big box store or hop online and purchase that computer or that combo firewall/wireless router that's on sale. But is that money saved really worthwhile for your business in the long run?

They say that a penny saved is a penny earned, but when it comes to your businesses technology, that penny saved may cost you a lot more later on down the road.

The main reason is that the majority of equipment sold at the big box stores are for home users and aren't made for the higher demands of work environments. Think about it—is that computer that's on sale really going to meet the demands of your business, be compatible with your accounting and other software, last a long time, and really connect to your network? Probably not. Let's begin by taking a look at the most widespread piece of technology throughout any business in the country—the computer.

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Evolution of the web

Regardless of who claims to have invented the Internet, it is pretty well agreed that the technology became "real" in 1990 and the World Wide Web came into being in 1991.  And as we all know, over the past 22 years, the Internet has become the dominant communications and content medium all over the world. From the use of smartphones to tablets, to laptop and desktop computers, web searches, emails, and tweets touch virtually all of our lives and for some dominate our daily activities.

The folks in the Google Chrome group along with some others have come up with a beautifully designed two page graphical website that depicts the growth of the World Wide Web and the use of the Internet.  It's located at: www.evolutionoftheweb.com.  

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