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The advent of cloud computing technology has certainly brought more than a slight hint of flair, practicality, and increased convenience to the management of business operations as well as individuals’ lives. After all, since when could you travel from one continent to another and not even have to bring along any of your office paperwork, hard disk, or USB drives?!

With the use of cloud computing and applications like Drop Box and GoogleDocs, all you need is access to the World Wide Web, and you’ve got it all at the tip of your fingers. You can store tens and thousands of important business documents in what feels like ‘extra-terrestrial digital zones.’ You can see cloud computing is going to be bringing about some revolutionary changes in how technology stores and manages data in the future. There have already been some very innovative and funny ways in which we’ve seen people using this nifty cloud system. We share with you 4 of the best we’ve found.

1. Printing off the Clouds

Printing off the Clouds

Yes, this seemingly impossible feat has finally become possible. Thanks to our trustworthy friend – Google. It sort of is, anyway. What you’ll be needing is a development build from Chrome for your Windows. You can remotely print documents held anywhere in your cloud computing network with this feature.. If you’d rather not use Google, you can throw in a few bucks for another remote printing option like Pogoplug or Dropbox.

2. Don’t Forget the Milk!

Remember the Milk

You may or may not be amongst those absent-minded ones amongst us who regularly forget to pick up the milk, but one thing is for sure – a running and easily customizable to-do list 24/7 will help keep you on your toes. Cloud computing applications like TeuxDeux and Remember the Milk are task management tools that will let you prioritize and list your tasks, tick them off as you go, and even ‘remind you’ of deadlines. This could be an email or text message sent to yourself. Looking to procrastinate on your to-dos by going offline? This clever technology works offline and syncs with your calendar on Google while it has access to wi-fi, keeping you on track even in annoying service areas.

3. Panda Anti Virus on the Cloud

Panda Anti Virus on the Cloud

You’ve seen it all now. It’s the first ever free anti-virus software on the computing cloud network, and it’s offered online for free download. Indispensable services like anti-virus can be priceless for your company. Although the level of security on offer is still disputable, and it’s in its initial development stages. The extremely light interface due to its cloud-based system means high speed protection. They really might be onto something here.

Now, that must have given you a hearty laugh! The ironic thing is, as funny as these situations where cloud computing stepped in to save the day may seem, they’re actually quite practical and potential occurrences in your daily life. Makes you think whether you’ve optimized your use of those clouds yet, doesn’t it? Or have you still got your head stuck in the clouds?

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After a period lasting thousands of years in which teachers had only basic language and writing tools at their disposal, the technological age has made electronic wonders instantly available to the hands of educators and students alike, presenting the ability to enrich the learning environment exponentially.

The Apple iPad tablet computer in particular has proven to be an invaluable aid in classrooms of all types, allowing teachers to better present, test and track their material and helping students to better study, research and understand the ideas being taught to them.

If you’re a teacher at any level looking to integrate the awesome power of the Apple iPad into your classroom, get started with these eight best iPad apps for educators:

1. WritePad

WritePad

Keeping track of tens of students, each with their own needs and requirements, can be an overwhelming task, but the WritePad app for iPad makes it simple to take quick, handwritten notes with each converted into readable text with the touch of a button; for every moment that brings an important idea to mind, your iPad offers the convenience of a notepad and the power of a personal computer.

2. Fast Forward Academy

FastForward Academy

This is a must-have app for those into financial accounting and reporting. From various tests and cpa examination available to the online community to help your students in group learning, this collection of apps is simply awesome!

3. Numbers for iPad

Numbers for iPad

This Microsoft Excel-compatible spreadsheet app for the iPad helps you to keep track of students’ grades with ease, allowing you to import your existing spreadsheets in .xls format or start fresh with the iPad.

4. Discover Wikipedia

Discover Wikipedia

This incredible app combines the nearly endless educational resources offered by Wikipedia with a magazine-style overlay in order to turn potentially stale text into a more interactive and pleasant-looking experience. With a built-in search feature, the Discover app can be used easily as a reference for any topic under the sun, both in the classroom and at home.

5. QuickVoice Recorder

QuickVoice Recorder

Record mere seconds of a fleeting thought or an entire lecture with the QuickVoice Recorder app for iPad! This useful tool allows you to record any length of audio, limited only by your iPad’s available storage space, offering an excellent way to review your in-classroom process, including lectures, student interaction and question and answer periods.

6. Teacher’s Assistant Pro

Teacher's Assistant Pro

The Teacher’s Assistant Pro iPad app gives educators the ability to quickly and easily track all aspects of their individual students’ progress, allowing for quick notes on everything from behavioral incidents to personal achievements. The app’s extreme customizability makes it suitable for any classroom and student demographic, providing both general and specific tools for different scenarios.

7. Keynote

Keynote

Keynote provides teachers with the ability to create full-featured presentations directly on their iPad, combining textual data with pre-made themes or custom animations, graphics, charts and tables, videos, audio and more in order to deploy an interesting and interactive experience to students. Combined with the iPad’s ability to be easily hooked up to an external monitor or projector, the Keynote app for iPad suddenly becomes a dream for presenting engaging material to any classroom.

8. gFlash Pro

gFlash Pro

Whether you’re a teacher, a student or simply someone with an interest in trivia, the gFlash Pro app for iPad provides you with endless variations of tests, quizzes, games and flash cards on a wide variety of subjects, serving as a standalone tool for educators looking to brush up on a given topic or a source of infinite inspiration when it comes time to construct your own classroom materials.

9. Evernote

Evernote

If you prefer to type on your tablet rather than take handwritten notes then taking advantage of the fantastic Evernote iPad app is practically required! The hassle-free interface allows for typed or voice entries, syncing your notes between computers and other mobile devices in order to allow you to access them from anywhere at any time.

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Given the huge population of not only the world but also any given major metropolitan area, matching houses, condos and properties with the people they’re best suited to can be a major challenge for real estate professionals. While the market slows down and speeds up on a whim, the fact is that many thousands of newly listed properties can be found each day in a single big city alone.

When connecting your clients to the property of their dreams is a must, real estate agents who are in-the-know turn to the many invaluable search tools available across the internet. Whether you’ve got a favorite search tool or are venturing into online real estate tools for the first time, use our list of these five top-notch real estate search tools to help your business focus on what matters – making sales!

1. New York Times Real Estate Listings

New York Times Real Estate Listings

If you’re buying or selling property in the New York City area, there is no resource more efficient and information rich than the New York Times real estate listings. Still gracing the black and white pages of the newspaper itself, the listings are also offered on the New York Times website, featuring a slew of quick search and alerts features to keep you in the loop regarding new listings in your favorite neighborhoods.

New York Times Real Estate Listings

2. Trulia

Trulia

For a full-featured experience aimed at property buyers and sellers in the United States, there is no online tool more suitable than Trulia. The service covers a wide range of areas including New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Dallas real estate, etc. An entirely realty-focused website, Trulia offers features like integrated Google Maps with satellite view, seemingly endless search field possibilities, search saving and alerts, a full-fledged community to gain insight from and an extensive collection of real estate selling and purchasing guides – all with a membership that is absolutely free!

3. MLS

MLS

The king of real estate listings in North America, independently owned MLS offers search-centric websites for both Americans and Canadians with a database of listed properties larger than other any in the world! Offering deep search capabilities alongside an interface aimed solely at real estate listings, MLS allows you to gather detailed information about any property at a glance, providing easy-to-use photo galleries, all aimed at eliminating the need to make first contact with a buyer or seller simply to gather basic information.

Membership to MLS does come at a price given its completeness and real estate agents and avid flippers may find the added benefits worth the price; for the rest of us, searching, viewing and contacting is entirely free of charge and without limitations.

4. Craigslist

Craigslist

Reaching every corner of the world and drawing millions of real estate patrons each month, the long-popular Craiglist is a great spot to find deals and steals from owner-listed properties. Its inherent freeness does make Craigslist a draw for those looking to take advantage but a bit of awareness and a willingness to search promises you gems that cannot be found anywhere else in many cases.

5. Kijiji

Kijiji

Not terribly popular in the United States, eBay’s Craigslist alternative has proven to be a hotbed of real estate listings in many other parts of the world, most notably Canada. The ability to list for free means that many self-sellers utilize the platform and the ability to easily include galleries gives Kijiji a leg up on Craiglists where details and photos are concerned. Like Craiglist, Kijiji is broken down by city so zoning in on a particular area of interest is a breeze!

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Are you of the widespread opinion that anything and everything can be found on the internet, at the touch of a button, and for free?

If so, you’re far from alone. In fact, the internet has evolved into such an incredible hub of instantaneous information that some scientists believe it’s affecting our memory.

However, while everything from how to cook the perfect steak through to the answers to life’s big questions are all available at our fingertips, there’s one thing that remains exceedingly difficult to find online: step-by-step advice on how to troubleshoot your car.

Yet don’t fret: here are four great sites that will help you on the quest to troubleshooting your car the Google way.

How Stuff Works

How Stuff Works

Arguably the web’s number one educational resource (after Wikipedia of course); How Stuff Works has grown through the years into an unbelievable learning tool.

With everything from historical lessons through to an insight into the inner workings of the great Einstein’s brain, How Stuff Works is the encyclopedia for the 21st Century.

Best of all, head over to the site’s highly comprehensive ‘autos‘ section to get instant access to information of a quality and volume unavailable even in most books.

AutoZone

AutoZone

AutoZone is a dedicated motoring site that, while its primary purpose is to sell, the site still offers a vast library of high-quality and best of all, free, information.

Simply register with the site (for free) to get access to AutoZone’s comprehensive vehicle repair section.

This section includes a fantastic feature that enables motorists to pinpoint precisely what is wrong with their vehicle according to characteristics including sounds and smells.

Also available is a huge selection of ‘vehicle repair guides’ that are again, completely free, and yet contain information of a quality akin to that which you’d get from a paid equivalent.

2CarPros

2CarPros

2CarPros is, as the name would suggest, a site owned and operated by two highly knowledgeable motor professionals.

The site is essentially based around questions and answers. Ask a question such as ‘why aren’t my brake lights working?’ and wait for a kind and helpful expert to offer you an answer.

In addition, visitors can ask their question directly to a team of car electronic technicians, by typing it into the central text box on the homepage.

In addition, the site contains countless detailed and illustrated articles that are also available to browse completely free.

Yahoo Autos

Yahoo Autos

Finally we have a resource brought to you by one of the web’s longest-standing search engines; Yahoo.

A large portion of the site is dedicated to information on car manufacturers and warranties. Valuable information no doubt, but not much help when it comes to troubleshooting.

However, Yahoo Autos also boasts an impressive selection of vehicle repair tips and advice all, of course, for free.

The section is based around ‘frequently asked questions’ which although named as ‘frequently asked’ is actually one of the most comprehensive car question and answer libraries available online. Pretty much any imaginable problem can be answered by the copywriting team behind Yahoo Autos.

As well as the fact that all the answers are incredibly detailed, Yahoo Autos also benefits from a near absence of advertisements and underlying attempts to get you to purchase something. The site is let down however, by a lack of videos, photos and other illustrations that help to take a troubleshooting advice piece from good to great.

Lastly, if none of the above worked, try car insurance estimator to never have troubles like that in the future…

And finally:

Remember that no amount of pictures, videos and detailed descriptions is a substitute for hands on experience in troubleshooting problems with your car.

Taking the matter into your own hands is great, but remember that cars are dangerous machines, so if you’re unsure about your ability to find or fix a problem yourself, take the problem to a professional.

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As an avid fan of applications of all kinds, I read a lot of best-of lists around the web. But when these lists include apps for note taking, they always seem to miss several of those that I have found to be some of the very best.

Here is a collection of 10 note-taking apps for various media devices that you are sure to love and use regularly. Most you have probably heard of, some might be new to you, and some have been there all along but are woefully ignored in today’s tech savvy times.

1. Notalon (Windows)

Notalon (Windows)

Made a couple of years ago with students in mind, this is actually a highly functional app for people running Windows that find themselves needing to take notes quickly. You don’t have to worry about formatting as it does that for you, simplifying the process to give you easily readable notes that can be exported to PDF for easy storing, sharing and use. It is free and has been downloaded more than 9,000 times, which isn’t bad for a niche open source project.

2. PaperPort (iPad)

PaperPort (iPad)

If you are one out of every three people you probably have an iPad. It seems that everyone has jumped right onto the Apple bandwagon, which isn’t surprising. The company has revolutionized handheld personal technology in the last several years, and the iPad is one of the best tablets on the market. PaperPort is a great app for it that allows you to create, sort and share notes either typed or written in free hand. It is also free.

3. CintaNotes (Windows)

CintaNotes (Windows)

This is a really cool notes manager that has more features than most. It works by allowing you to clip text from any browser or app that allows copy/paste while providing a source link to the original information. There is a tagging system for organization, multiple PC and device syncing, and it can run from a flash drive. It also has an on board search system with predictive text to find notes quickly. It has been free and available since 2008, but it was updated this month and regularly since its launch with bug fixes and optimization.

4. FetchNotes (SMS and Web)

FetchNotes (SMS and Web)

Simple note apps? There are a ton of them. Simple note apps that work by using SMS? There aren’t so many of those around, and the best is FetchNotes. It has a great hashtag system similar to Twitter for easy sort and search, and it has no filler or fluff.

5. Evernote (Multiple PC, Mobile and Phone)

Evernote (Multiple PC, Mobile and Phone)

You have probably heard of Evernote before. It is the single most popular note taking application and has grown to become the No. 1 life organizer available on the market. I would even go so far as to say it is the best mobile app you can get for free — especially since it will work on more than just mobile devices, compatible with most. They have a collection of other apps, such as Evernote Food and Skitch.

6. EasyPad (Android)

EasyPad (Android)

For those who have an Android phone, you can always keep a digital notepad with you. Scribble down appointment details while using your phone for a call, organize lists and keep sticky notes on your landing page.

7. AK Notepad (Android)

AK Notepad (Android)

Based mainly around SMS sharing and easily set reminders, this is another great Android application you will be sure to enjoy. You can also backup all notes on Catch.com, which is an added benefit you will probably want to take advantage of.

8. Notesaver (Firefox)

Notesaver (Firefox)

I love Firefox add-ons, as they are a simple way of improving efficiency without having a million applications all over the place. Notesaver is a nice, simple one that allows you to clip any text from a webpage and save it to Word with a source link.

9. Sticky Notes (Windows)

Sticky Notes (Windows)

Don’t laugh, I love Sticky Notes. One of the most overlooked but handy ways to keep visible reminders on your desktop, I use them constantly and to great effect. The app is found in your Start menu under accessories, and they will stay on your desktop even when you restart or turn off your computer.

Conclusion

These are 10 easy, free ways to get the most out of any device and take notes. What are some of the apps you prefer for the task? Let us know in the comments.

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Whether you love or hate the iPhone, there are a couple of certainties that no one can deny concerning Apple’s flagship product: Its intuitive interface and wild popularity have made it one of the most polarizing products in modern history. But while opinions may vary greatly concerning the iPhone’s rank among competing devices, no one can deny Apple’s ability to give smartphone users an amazing punch with the perfect combination of hardware and software in each device it releases.

While users of other smartphone platforms, such as Google Android, can look directly at what is offered by the iPhone 4 when deciding whether or not to make a change, the question is a less sure one for owners of the barely outdated Apple iPhone 3GS. With the 3GS being claimed only a short time ago as the absolute pinnacle of smartphone capabilities, many Apple fans are uncertain as to whether the iPhone 4 represents an upgrade that offers true value for the money. Whether you are a teenager, the business owner or a photographer, you were most likely to be waiting for the new iPhone!

If you’re an iPhone 3GS owner still unsure as to whether the iPhone 4 offers enough to make it worth your while to upgrade, take a look at this iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 comparison to give you a more clear idea as to the differences between the two.

Comparing Specifications

Processor, RAM and Storage: The power under the hood determines how fast your iPhone can run apps, switch between screens and perform other tasks and here the iPhone 4 offers big upgrades. The smartphone’s processor sees a big jump from one clocked at 600MHz in the iPhone 3GS to one clocked at 1GHz in the iPhone 4, giving users a marked jump in processing speed and ability. With available RAM doubled from 256 MB to 512 MB thing only get better, finally allowing for, among other things, the long awaited multitasking ability promised by Apple to be included in iOS 4.

Screen Resolution and Capabilities: The screen offered by the iPhone 4 is another place where the smartphone takes a big step up. Where the iPhone 3GS gave users a brilliant VGA display, the iPhone 4 boasts an even better screen with double the resolution for a truly crisp picture when using games and apps and watching videos.

iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4

Dimensions and Battery: While the length and width of the iPhone 4 remains almost exactly the same as its predecessor, the real bonus is found in the 9.3mm thick updated form factor, an 24% improvement over the 3GS.

The battery life offered by the iPhone 4 will be enough to win many 3GS owners over in and of itself, boosting talk time from five hours to seven hours – a whopping 40% increase!

Comparing Added Features

iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 Compared

Cameras: Say goodbye to the low-quality 3 megapixel standalone camera found in the iPhone 3GS and say hello to a five megapixel back-facing camera along with a low resolution front-facing camera for video chat. The iPhone 4’s main camera also offers HD capability, LED light and backside illumination when recording video clips and boasts the same tap-to-focus feature so well-loved by iPhone 3GS owners.

New Features: Besides offering upgrades on the standard iPhone offerings detailed above, the fourth generation iPhone also boasts completely new and unique features not to be found on previous iterations:

  • The latest iOS 4 operating system.
  • Two microphones to assist in better recording via noise reduction.
  • FaceTime video calling built-in without the need for additional apps.
  • Motion control is refined with a 3 axis gyro, giving apps and games completely new physical manipulation abilities.

iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 Compared

The bottom line is this: if you love your Apple iPhone 3GS, you will love the changes to be found in the iPhone 4. While many people were hoping for major form factor changes, Apple believes it has found the best possible shape and size for a smartphone and has worked instead to improve the phone’s features and abilities, leaving users with a device they recognize while boosting capabilities enough to make an upgrade more than worthwhile.

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If you need to provide an online training course, whether for your employees or to your students, the ProProfs Training Maker is a simple, intuitive tool to help you do it quickly and with absolute minimal hassle, allowing you to focus on content instead of technical headaches.

ProProfs

1. Organize Your Needs and Ideas

The first step in creating your online course is bringing together your ideas, combining them with the desired outcome and then working to present them in a easy-to-learn manner to your trainees. Because online course editing all takes place on a single screen when using the ProProfs Training Maker suite, you can easily put your ideas into testable format by making temporary pages and then viewing them as your trainees will with a simple click of a button.

2. Create the Online Course

ProProfs Training Maker presents its users with simple tools that get the job done, breaking down each section of the course into chapters and allowing you to create pages from there. You can write articles using the included rich text editor or add existing documents, even those in PDF format. Likewise, images, videos and even presentation files are a breeze to include; simply upload via the Training Maker interface and they instantly become a single page in one chapter of your complete online training course.

3. Create the Comprehension Quiz

One of the most celebrated tools included in the ProProfs Training Maker package is the Quiz Maker utility. This simple but powerful creation tool allows you to deploy a quiz of any size and length, based on an array of question formats: multiple choice, essay-style, fill-in-the-blanks and true or false.

Creating your quiz is very similar to creating the training package as a whole; the ProProfs platform has obviously been designed to allow for intuitive work flow between project topics and types. Create and edit questions and include text and media in order to provide extra instruction; the possibilities are endless!

Online training quiz

4. Utilize Statistics to Understand Your Trainees Better

Whether you’re a teacher or a hiring professional, you can go ahead and rejoice now; you will never have to grade another quiz again so long as you depend on ProProfs Training Maker and Quiz Maker tools.

From creation of your quiz to grading to even statistical analysis of overall results, the Quiz Maker tool takes care of all of the mathematical work for you, leaving you with simple statistics to use as you need them. See how many people have taken your course and quiz, the time they took to complete each section or question and more, all presented per trainee or overall, as you require.

ProProfs stats

The combination of simplicity and power is the real feature that sets ProProfs Training Maker apart from the rest, giving everyone the power to сreate trainings covering any subject you can think of. Even with no previous experience in either course creation or the technical tools needed to put it together, ProProfs makes the entire experience not only simple and enjoyable, but accessible to all.

Disclaimer: this is an independent unbiased review

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Mobile phones have come a long way from simply allowing us to exchange conversation, and mobile apps have come a long way from simple calculators and time-wasting games. The modern iPhone is a tool in nearly any situation, offering the traveler in particular an endless array of useful apps and functions to make every trip easier and more secure.

If your travel plans have you heading to the Windy City, for business or pleasure, check out these Chicago-friendly iPhone apps to assist you with everything from train and bus schedules to local sports awareness!

1. iTrans Chicago CTA

iTrans Chicago CTA

Chicago is a big city and so offers typical big city public transit opportunities, including extensive bus routes and the famous El train. To save yourself the headache of trying to figure out the workings of an unfamiliar metropolitan transit system, the iTrans Chicago CTA app offers maps with directions to all major stops and stations, full schedules for the El and direct Google Maps integration for step-by-step directions.

2. MultiCam Chicago

MultiCam Chicago

If public transit isn’t your thing and you plan to have a personal vehicle to help you get around during your stay in the Windy City, consider the MultiCam Chicago traffic app. The only thing worse than an unfamiliar commute is an unfamiliar commute that leaves you stuck in unending gridlock and this app helps you to avoid those situations with its access to views from highway and freeway cameras located around the city.

3. Chicago Parking

Chicago Parking

Like any big city, Chicago’s parking opportunities, especially in the city’s core, are very limited. If you need a parking space, even in a hurry, the Chicago Parking app will assist you by offering details of more than 300 parking garages around town, including maps, parking rates and even pay booth locations.

4. Chicago Cubs Trivia

Chicago Cubs Trivia Chicago Cubs Trivia

Whether you’re a general baseball buff or a fan of the well-loved Chicago Cubs in particular, the Cubs Trivia app will help you to test your knowledge of everything from player stats to trade details. Kill time in the back of a cab or top up that trivia to impress your Chicago-based clients!

5. Buster

Buster

Another Chicago transit app, the Buster iPhone app offers something of a twist on the official CTA app. While Buster offers information and schedules pertaining to buses only, excluding the El train, it does feature handy extras like a countdown clock to watch as you wait for your bus to arrive in freezing winter weather and the ability to save oft-used routes for one-click access down the road.

6. Wright Around Chicago

Wright Around Chicago

Fans of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright visiting the Windy City will appreciate the handy Wright Around Chicago app, a virtual tour guide showcasing 21 locations around the city containing Wright’s renowned work. Besides offering a map, Wright Around Chicago also includes tour opportunity details and pricing, turn-by-turn directions to each location and a special planner to help you organize your Chicago day trip.

Another useful tip to mention here: get the Go Chicago Card to avoid standing in lines and save time!

7. UrbanSpoon

UrbanSpoon

Not related to Chicago in particular but no less useful to those visiting that city, the famed UrbanSpoon app for the iPhone offers city-by-city food guides and restaurant details, including extensive listings for your favorite Midwest metropolis. Boosted by augmented reality functions that are simply unmatchable in the iTunes app store, UrbanSpoon allows you to use its “scope tool” to stand on any Chicago street with your camera to see available restaurants, specials, food varieties and distance from where you’re standing.

For less than the price of a single hard copy of a traveller’s guide you can own all of these apps and more, making your trip to Chicago easier, safer, more efficient and more fun. Whether you’re impatiently awaiting your bus, desperately searching for an open parking spot or looking to refuel after a long day, your iPhone can easily be your most important travel tool!

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It is possible for you to be able to connect to your home computer from a different location, and work with your files, photos and software. With Virtual Network Computing (VNC), you can connect to your home computer’s desktop from any computer with Internet access.

The VNC technology uses remote capabilities to control another computer over a network. Everything is seen/done in real time, so there is no lag time on applications, installations, etc. By using this type of technology, you can successfully manage your client accounts or interact between computers.

In order for the VNC to have a successful connection, it requires a setup on the server on your home computer, and a setup on the viewer that’s on the remote computer.

The steps to work with your computer using a VNC platform are:

  1. Install the VNC server, and
  2. Install the VNC client.

Both of these would need to be present and working on their respective ends for it to be successful.

Installing the VNC server

Installing the VNC server

A comprehensive VNC server and client software that is effective to use is RealVNC. It allows for file transfers and uses your Windows passwords and usernames to authenticate the VNC server connection. Usually, the VNC server will be your host computer, the place where you will be retrieving and accessing the information that you’ll need.

Mac users can also access a free download to use that is very effective called OSXvnc. You simply download the software, install it and initiate a password. After this process has begun, you then start the server then to begin the connection.

Installing the VNC client

Installing the VNC client

With your Windows installment, you can also download and install the RealVNC software, but make sure to start the viewer but not the server. Once that has finished downloading, you are ready to begin managing and using any computer.

Ideally, these basic steps will work in setting up this process. It may be necessary to tweak something, but that will just be to make things flow smoother. For instance, if you have a computer that has a slower network connection, “best” is the ideal compression setting which will give you a quicker connection response. It’s also a good idea to use a USB memory stick with a VNC viewer on it each time you remote access a computer so you don’t have to download and install it each time.

For this software, wireless mobile technology offers more beneficial features that will appeal to many people. The VNC technology is also available to use in a mobile device environment. The RealVNC software is platform independent and can be used anywhere. Users can use it to link their mobile devices or other smart devices to their cars and use it to manage files, transfer files and even troubleshoot any computer problems.

The VNC technology is a comprehensive and adaptable tool that is great for managing systems in any environment, whether that’s on a desktop or mobile, and doesn’t require any lengthy or complicated steps to get right into the process.

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Everyone, even those with healthy eyes and no vision problems, have to go to see an eye doctor on a fairly regular basis. As we age, and especially in a time with so much digital media keeping us looking at a glowing screen for hours at a time, eyesight becomes more blurred. More people need contacts and eyeglasses than ever before, and it is Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) that is mostly to blame.

But for all the problems they can cause, your devices can also offer you some help. For example, the iPhone has a couple of apps that can help you test your vision to know what you might need to pop into the ophthalmologist’s for a checkup.

Apps To Check Your Eyesight

Vision Test

Vision Test

This free app is now in version 2.0.3, and was named the top medical program on the iTunes market in 2010. It has continued to be a huge success since then, with tens of thousands of downloads and many satisfied users. It works by allowing you to conduct tests for your visual acuity, astigmatism, color blindness and more.

Without a doubt, this is a valuable resource in helping you to keep track of your visual progress and decline, and in catching problems you might not even realize you have.

Eye Test

Eye Test

This is a slightly more advanced vision app that works by offering more tests, most adapted from professional ones. Many eye doctors have been encouraging their patients to download it. While it costs $0.99, it is worth that amount, and that is such a small fee for a medical program that you can’t really complain.

However, when it comes down to it, it offers a lot of the same thing as Vision Test, and so either would be acceptable. I personally prefer the interface on this app, however, as it is more colorful and attractive.

Other Interesting Apps

There are many other apps you can find that deal with eyesight. Here are a couple of cool ones to keep an eye on.

I Can See

I Can See

Have you ever been in a situation where a magnifying glass could really come in handy? No, I am not talking about Sherlock Holmes here. I mean more if you find yourself trying to read the fine print on a contract or the words on a menu, and you have forgotten your reading glasses. Us older folk know how it goes…

This app works by allowing you to scroll the camera along the content you need to read, and turns it into a magnifying class with the words more clearly shown on the iPhone screen. Free, extremely handy and just kind of cool.

GlassesOff

GlassesOff

Not yet on the market, this app is expected to be launched sometime this year. It is an interesting vision program that works by teaching the eyes to process blurred images, putting off the need for reading glasses. So far it has tested well with clinical trials, and so should be on the way soon enough.

Conclusion

You have to work to keep those eyes healthy. In between eye doctor visits – which, let’s be honest, are going to be infrequent at best – you can use these apps to test and improve your vision. What are some of your favorites?

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