How Do Technological Advances Affect Business in IT?

Hello everyone, I am writing this short article to educate users on what happens when peoples machines are too slow or too ‘old’ But what is old? 1 year, 5 years 10 years? There is no definitive answer, I have a 5 year old PC that I have looked after and it still zips a long and has no problem when it comes to e-mails, word processing and web browsing. Which is exactly what a business PC needs? So don’t ditch your old PC’s after 2 years and spend a ridiculous amount of money buying new ones, in fact… In most cases an upgrade my only be necessary and as long as you are running weekly virus scans, disk clean-ups and defragmentations your PC should remain healthy.

A lot of the technology market is driven by big companies, they force old products out by stopping all support for them, let’s take Microsoft’s windows XP for example, XP no longer has mainstream support and will stop receiving extended support in April 2014, so what happens after that? You are forced to buy a new operating system thus contributing to the market to keep it running, are you doing this out of choice? I guess not. Don’t get me wrong, you will be glad you did upgrade but people should be able to choose, luckily most of the time they can.

How do you know if you need a new computer or just an upgrade? Well there are a few things to look for, now ask yourself:

– Does my PC struggle to load basic webpages, even though I have a broadband connection?

– When I access data does my PC suddenly make a loud spinning noise?

– Can I not run some games or applications due to insufficient hardware?

If these questions are true then it is time for a new computer, however. If you answer yes to these questions you may be in a bit of luck:

– Do applications take a long time to load?

– Does it take my computer a long time to start-up?

– Does my computer often become unresponsive?

If the answer is yes to 2 or more of these then I would recommend a RAM upgrade which can be very cost efficient, if you do not want to pay for new hardware you can alternatively use windows inbuilt tools which will make a little difference to your performance, these tools being, disk defragmentation, disk clean-up and a weekly virus scan.… Read More

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Type 2 Diabetes – New Technology for Weight Loss and Diabetes Control!

For Type 2 diabetics who need to lose excess weight, keeping track of calories and carbohydrates can be confusing enough at home, but when you are on the move it can be downright discouraging. Self-monitoring is an important part of any weight loss program, and computerized tracking systems can help, according to a report in the Journal of Science and Technology in September 2012.

Investigators at the University of Florida in Gainesville, United States, looked at the use of computerized tracking systems as part of the two-year Pounds Lost study. Non-diabetic, overweight men and women were given four different diets high in nutrients and low in calories and fat.

A computerized tracking system gave the participants feedback about their eating plans and physical activity levels… to help them decide what to eat and what activities to perform.

Those who used the system the most often in the first eight weeks of the study lost the highest amount of weight. By week 32, the participants with a high use of the system lost 8.7 per cent of their body weight, compared to those with a low use of the system, who lost 5.5 per cent of their beginning body weight.

From these results, it was concluded self-monitoring with programs such as smart phone applications could be a help for diabetics needing to lose weight and suggested that similar programs could be useful for people with Type 2 diabetes fighting obesity.

The University of Florida’s Diabetes Center of Excellence lists some interesting computerized systems for diabetics on the go. Two of them:

  • Glooko,and
  • iBG Star,

even allow diabetics to download their blood sugar readings directly from their glucometer to the iPhone or iPod touch. No need to worry about typing errors.

Diabetes Companion, Wavesense Diabetes Manager, and Glucose Buddy, GoMeals, Carb Counting with Lenny, and Islet-Diabetes Assistant also offer useful functions. You can:

  • get advice on calorie counting and meal planning, or
  • keep track of blood sugar levels manually,
  • keep track of activity levels and how they affect your blood sugar, calories burned, and
  • how you feel.

You can even summarize how you are doing over a two-week period and send the results to your health care provider.

Another new device is the continuous glucose monitor, or CGM, a device with a needle that is slipped under your abdominal skin. It provides a tissue sugar reading every 5 minutes. Its accuracy must be tested against a finger stick, but when used with caution it can lower the number of finger sticks needed in a day.… Read More

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About the LG 3D TV

Tv’s are quite the common thing here in America. People love watching their television. It’s no wonder either as a vast array of shows are one. Now, people are looking forward to this new model of television that is coming out later this year. This is the LG 3D TV.

Many people love the brand LG. They have used this brand for a number of years. So many people have used them, that they are ranked as number two in the world. It’s no wonder. They keep making newer and better products. So, it was no wonder when they said they would be bringing out the LG 3D TV.

The South Korea company that produces LG have high hopes for this television. In just this year, they hope to sell a good amount of these TV’s. How many is a good amount? It is said that they would love to sell about four hundred thousand or so.

Right now there are a few of them out there. They come with a good price tag. This price tag is so high, that the average consumer cannot pay for it. That is why mostly businesses have them. They can pay for them. It is said though that they would love to put one out there that has all the features and make you wear the glasses because it will be that good to the general public later this year.

If the 3D feature isn’t enough for a person as we all love the 3D screen, you will love the wide screen it has as well. It will make a nice addition to those who love to watch television from the comfort of their own home. Take it from us. You don’t want to miss out on this one.

There you have it. While the first tv is out and being bought, there is still more headway to go before it comes available to everyone. Be prepared for when it does though. You don’t want to miss out on this one. It’s just one of those gadgets you just have to have.… Read More

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Why Driver Mental Health Matters

Why Driver Mental Health Matters

The HSE has reported findings showing at least half a million large good vehicle drivers experienced anxiety, stress or depression arising from their work in 2015-16. These stats are getting worse as time progresses. Currently, 30% of self-disclosed ailments at work within the transport and logistics sector are due to anxiety, stress and depression. To this day reporting mental illness comes with the risk of stigmatisation. 95% of workers suffering from mental illness who call in to report they are sick give other illnesses as the reason. Also, a majority of workers who are diagnosed with mental illnesses hide this from their employer with only 22% disclosing their diagnosis.

Why Is Mental Health Critical?

In the past, people have treated mental health as a taboo subject. You could not broach the subject of your struggles with mental health. It was seen as a weakness that you could not share. Progress is now being made with positive discussions and debate around mental health becoming a common thing. However, unless these conversations are brought to the forefront, the transport and logistics industry, specifically HGV will lose its large talent pool of drivers. This is adding to the fact that mental health-related issues use up £100billion in the UK logistics sector.

There are many factors that contribute to stress among HGV drivers. Odd working hours, long shifts, night shifts, tough traffic, strict deadlines, mental exhaustion and physical fatigue all play a part. All these will affect mental health on the job or spill over to home life. Limited time and flexibility to exercise mean the drivers lack one of the best alternatives to counter stress. This creates a difficult environment to work in leading to stress, anxiety and depression.

Gender also comes into play. It has been proven that men shy away from disclosing or sharing their mental health issues as compared to women. They prefer to bottle up their problems. This is widespread in many industries but transport is highly affected. Isolation and failure to speak about mental health mean depression, stress and anxiety take a toll on the individual if they are not treated.

Loneliness

HGV drivers give loneliness as a top mental health issue they face. The long hours that can stretch to a number of days spent away from their loved ones and home weigh them down and burden their mental state. HGV drivers feel like they are alienated from their families and social life due to the short period of time they are with the family. Diminished personal life negatively affects their mental health.

How Can You Improve HGV Drivers Mental Health?

You can work towards ensuring that your organisation or any other address the mental health concerns of HGV drivers. The following are a few suggestions for you:

Voice the issue! Speaking about mental health is the single most important step towards tackling the menace of poor mental health. Talking about mental health means that the problem is known to exist and cannot be ignored. Sharing on … Read More

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Why Are An Increasing Number Of Marketing Professional Working From Home These Days?

Why Are An Increasing Number Of Marketing Professional Working From Home These Days?

The figure has risen by 8% since last year, and it is very likely that the number of marketers who work from home on a regular basis will continue to increase in future years.

Why exactly have an increasing number of marketing professionals started to work remotely, and why are marketing executive jobs so popular? As part of our 2019 Marketing Survey, we asked 1/3 of the respondents currently working from home what their major reasons were. The following is a more detailed look at the top reasons.

1. Avoid Commute/Travel Time

Avoiding commuting or travel time was the top reason that marketers gave for them working from home (WFH). A majority of the participants in our survey live in areas such as Oxfordshire, Essex, London, Hertfordshire, and Cambridgeshire. For those who live in these locations and having to commute for work into the capital, working from home allows them to avoid busy London traffic as well as train or tube delays. When city-based employers offer flexible working options such as WFH it increases their chances of being able to retain staff by improving the life/work balance for their employees who don’t need to be in the office physically on a daily basis. That is something that is evidently quite important. Our survey results reveal that a life/work balance was the third major reason why marketers are looking to leave the jobs they have currently.

2. Increased Productivity

Respondents told us that the second main reasons why they worked from home once a week at least was because they think they are more productive working at home. Given that many marketing positions have a creative nature to them and the strong argument that more flexible working conditions benefit creativity, having the ability to work remotely with fewer distractions is something that many creative and marketing professionals strongly prefer.

There can be numerous distractions in open-plan office environments, including loud co-workers, office gossip, and spontaneous meetings that can contribute to reduced levels of productivity.

3. Childcare and Other Types of Caring Responsibilities

The third major reason why more marketers work from home is to work around their childcare or other types of caring responsibilities. Remote caring enables parents to be available more for school pickups and drop-offs, to care for their children when they are sick and other obligations having to do with their children, and still have the ability to work on a full-time basis.

Care responsibilities for ill, disabled or elderly partners, relatives or friends is another major reason why many marketing professionals say that they need to have flexible working arrangements, like working from home. Carers Trust statistics show that almost one in eight workers are carers as well, and the number of individuals who act as carers within the UK continues to increase every year.

4. Well-Being And Mental Health

Another very common reason that was given by many participants was that working from home allowed them to focus on their well-being and mental health. OnePoll.com carried … Read More

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