Companies often face a fundamental challenge when it comes to technology. Evolve and adapt or die. There is no in-between. There is no holding on to old business models. Technology is a cruel and unforgiving mistress that changes at an astounding pace. It has systematically changed entire centuries-old industries such as print and newspaper production. Conventional printed books and newspapers are beginning to become an endangered species, in favour of digital books and online content.
The word hacker often conjures up images of seedy guys in dimly-lit basements, banging away on keyboards and trying to get into government networks. These hackers use their skills for malicious intent and are called crackers. They are individuals who actively break the law to gain unauthorized access into computer networks that they don’t own or control, either to cause destruction or for financial gain. Unfortunately, the word hacker has a negative connotation because of the mainstream media.
Deciding on a career can be a challenging task, especially if you decide that you want to work in the Information Technology (IT) field. Like the medical field, those working in IT need a broad knowledge base, a wide range of skills, and a positive attitude towards work and learning. Of course, like medicine, there are also many career paths in IT. Just as a doctor can be a general practitioner or specialize in a specific area, the same is true in IT; you can be the “expert of everything” for a small business, or specialize in a specific subject area.
Wireless networking is one of the most popular types of technology in the world. It’s in places such as homes, coffee shops, hotels, and airports. It’s one of those technologies that should be great; it should be reliable, secure, easy to use, and fast. But in a lot of cases, it isn’t any of those things. Why is that? There are a few fundamental principles for understanding how wireless frequencies work.
Computer systems have become so integrated into our daily lives that it’s nearly impossible not to use them. Many household devices, such as thermostats, stoves, and washing machines all have embedded computer systems controlling them. With the world around us becoming more and more connected, it’s not hard to imagine a future where all of your devices are always communicating with each other. A future where all your devices form a smart home and everything you need is at your fingertips.
Just because a computer is old doesn’t mean it is not still useful. It might seem slow, but speed is relative. What if I said you could make your computer faster, easier to use, have very little risk of viruses, and have access to a library of thousands of free applications? What if I also said that this could be achieved with very limited computer knowledge? All it takes is a little time, research, and a free operating system known as Ubuntu.
April 8, 2014 might still be over 400 days away, but it is a day that has meaning. After that day, Microsoft will no longer provide updates for Windows XP. Windows XP will reach the end of its life, having lived for almost 12 and-a-half years. Windows XP went on sale on October 25, 2001 and remained on sale in one form or another until January 31, 2009. While it had a few problems early on, mostly with the change in user interface design and some huge security holes, Windows XP eventually became a fairly stable and reliable operating system (OS).