Work More Efficiently With A Clean Desk

On December 21, 2012, in Uncategorized, by ZelmaHudson20

You know it’s time to de-clutter your desk when there isn’t even enough room on it for your morning coffee. And what about underneath your desk? Does it resemble a snake pit of cables and wires? It’s tough to work when you have to shovel past papers to get to your keyboard. Happily, there are simple ways to both reduce the clutter atop your desk and get rid of the sprawl of computer cables and wires under it.

  1. Tackle the wires – There are two good options here: one inexpensive way is to invest in a few large binder clips. These clips, obviously, work great for keeping papers in order. You might be surprised at how effective they are for keeping computer cables under control too. The more costly option is to invest in wireless charging pads. These pads enable you to charge everything from a wireless mouse to a digital camera to your smartphone. No longer will you need a multitude of wires to plug into your mobile and wireless devices. With a charger, you can just connect these devices to one mat-shaped device, often called a powermat, to recharge them, again considerably reducing your reliance on computer cables and power cords.
  2. Reduce desktop clutter – Often, our desks can become cluttered with papers. The easiest way to reduce this is to use less paper. We rely so much on digital communication it is an easy shift to use programs like Evernote to store your notes. Also, try not to print documents, just store articles and reports in folders on your computer. If you must print things out, file them away as soon as you are done reading them. This will keep you well organized and minimize clutter.
  3. Throw things away – This may sound easy, but it’s amazing how often we will write ourselves a note on a sticky note and not throw it away when we no longer need it. Furthermore, after a meeting, we may not need to keep a printout, yet we do. These notes and papers can accumulate. Practice throwing away what you no longer need or have a digital copy of.

Do you know what to look for when you are looking for a new laptop? A writer for the New York Times, Sam Grobart, recently wrote an article that gives some tips. Some of the suggestions he gives may surprise you. Most laptops will be used to watch movies, surf the web, email people, and use general office programs. If this describes you, then the most important features to pay attention to are screen size, memory, and weight.

Weight matters

The reason that weight is so important might be obvious. Laptops are supposed to be portable. The more it weighs, the more stress it will put on your back as you tote it around. Look for a laptop that is less than 6 pounds. Luckily, most laptops weigh less then that.

Screen size

If you like watching movies or videos on your laptop, aim for a screen that measures 13 inches diagonally. This is the perfect size: big enough for movie-watching but not too big for a carrying bag.


One important feature to look out for is how much RAM a laptop has. Most consumers are going to need laptops that have at least 4 gigabytes of RAM. If you opt for anything less, your computer will be too slow and may create lag when you’re streaming movies. One helpful tip that Grobart gives is that when you are using your laptop, either keep it connected or keep your power cord on hand. This way you don’t have to worry about the battery.



When your doctor has to access your health records—everything from your allergies to the treatments you were given during past visits—does he or she pull out a manila envelope filled with scraps of paper? Or does your doctor log onto the computer? The odds are becoming increasingly high that your doctor turns to the computer.

Electronic health records

That’s because the number of physicians embracing electronic health records (EHR software)—which are just what they sound like—has steadily grown over the years. According to the most recent data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of office-based physicians with access to EHR software stood at 57 percent in 2011. That’s a growth from the 50.7 percent of office-based physicians who reported the same thing in 2010.

Electronic records good news for patients

This, incidentally, is good news for patients. We want our doctors to be organized. We’d like them to have the ability to access key health information speedily. With health-record data stored in computers, they can do this. They won’t have to fumble through piles of paper to find our medical histories, what types of medication we are allergic to, and whether we’ve gained 15 pounds since our last visit. This information will all be available to them at the touch of a keyboard. EHR systems may also shorten the wait times that we face when we visit our doctor’s offices. If doctors aren’t wasting time shuffling through paperwork, they can take more time visiting with patients and diagnosing them, whilst seeing patients in a more helpful manner.

Federal government encouragement

The move toward digital documentation is being encouraged by the federal government as well. They are also encouraging physicians to file prescriptions electronically. This seems like a good move as the pharmacists are not as likely to make mistakes and patients are less likely to loose their prescriptions.



You Don’t Need To Spend A Fortune On Live Chat

On December 12, 2012, in Uncategorized, by x1a3aw8j

Live chat is a great way to allow your customers to contact you. If you like the concept of them being able to go to your website and ask a live agent a question, you may want to look into live-chat.

Anyone home?

As a recent post by Ivana Taylor for the American Express OPEN Forum states, live chat helps make your business more available for your customers. And that’s a key for small-business owners who would like their enterprises to thrive today. Live chat has a way of convincing customers that your business is staffed by real people. As the OPEN Forum post says, visualize a customer entering a department store and not seeing anyone walking the aisles or manning the cash registers. That’s how it can often seem to visitors to your website. They cannot help but wonder if anyone’s really there behind the site. Giving these visitors the option to communicate with your business through live chat can dispel this uneasy feeling.

Live chat apps

There are many live chat apps out there. Some are costly, but there are several out there that are great for the small business owner. A very simple one is called Olark’s live chat tool. This is simple to use, and, as there are no extra features, easy to maintain. However, if you are looking for something a little more robust, one of these three may be what you are looking for., SnapEngage, and LivePerson are all inexpensive and have the added feature of allowing the business owner to live chat via mobile device. This is very convenient if you are always on the run.

The trend

Live chat has developed into a recent trend as it can put companies ahead of their competition. It can help small business owners win the confidence of clients and create long term relationships with them.



Apple And The Coming Of Holograms

On December 7, 2012, in Uncategorized, by s1x8s7

Remember when tablet computers sounded like the stuff of science fiction? Or how about smart phones? There was a time when phones that permitted you to surf the Web and send e-mail messages sounded like the technology of the future. Now these are the technologies of the present. So what’s next? Ben Kunz, a writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, has his own prediction: holograms.

Apple and holograms

Kunz believes that our Apple devices will quickly display interactive holograms, similar to what Robert Downey Jr.’s character was able to utilize in the movie The Avengers. This prediction is not based solely on the conjecture of one man. It is based upon some recent Apple patents and acquisitions. Along with the extreme competition in the tablet industry really should not be over looked. Apple is going to need to take a daring step soon to stay ahead of its competitors. Will that step be holograms?

Apple’s plans

Apple’s hologram idea might include coordinating a forward-facing camera and sensor that track the positioning of viewers’ eyes with a screen that can create beams of light at different angles. With this technology, each viewer’s eyes would receive a different angle of the image. This might create realistic-looking holograms.

The future of 3D?

What’s the biggest issue with 3D holograms? 3D technology has so far failed to seize the imagination of consumers. Kunz writes that the sale of 3D TV sets have been slow. Even games like Nintendo’s 3DS handheld system, which don’t require players to wear 3D glasses, have seen lukewarm sales. So why would Apple spend heavily in the technology to make holograms? Apple seems to have a history of taking failed ideas and making them succeed. This goes all the way back to the days when Apple took the idea for the mouse from Xerox, made it more efficient, and saw sales soar. Apple also debuted its iPhone and iPad devices long after Microsoft first tried to introduce a pen-based tablet PC that never quite caught on. Also, Apple’s 3D holograms will be different. They’ll be a great deal more realistic, and they won’t call for users to wear 3D glasses to view them. So what’s the message here? Prepare for holograms. Once Apple’s programmers get to work on a technology, they seldom misfire.