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Say Bye Bye to My Fear of Technology

Posted: June 27, 2011 by lenahaase in solving IT-problems

Customer satisfaction, especially in the technology sector, has become difficult to fulfill. Whenever people buy new computers, they prefer different functions and features. As a consequence, they are often unsatisfied with their choice: either the software does not have the right functionalities or there is an oversupply of different features, which makes it impossible to find the one you are looking for quickly. Customization has become a key element. In order to offer customers a variety of different choices, software developers allow the use of Plugins and Add-ons.The term Plugins and Add-ons often refer to a third party software, which is meant to interact with a certain program.

It mainly extends the functionality of a system by adding different features according to the user’s preference. They are responsible for almost the same activity with only little distinction. Take for example your web browser, in order to watch videos, you would need to install a plugin, called flash player. Flash player is not native to any browser, so it is also compatible to all other popular web browsers like IE, Firefox, and Opera. In comparison, add-ons that are meant for Firefox would only work with Firefox.

Personally, I have installed a Flash player because I wanted to be able to watch moving contents. I am very satisfied with my decision because the installation of the plugin (which is by the way completely free of charge) enables me to get better explanations to my questions or to simply watch short videos. Especially when I research possible solutions to a certain problem, it is easier to understand it when I have the opportunity to watch how things are working (in little videos) than just read about it. Installing the flash player plugin was a good decision for me because it helps me a lot with the learning process.

Another add-on I am using is the Adblock Plus for Firefox. Since surfing on the Internet has become a daily activity for me, I got totally annoyed by commercial pop-ups. Whenever I have opened up a new website I was confronted with shopping offers and new deals. It really disturbed my research work, so I was wondering if there is a way to get rid of it. That is why I became very interested when I heard that there is an add-on, called Adblock Plus. The installation is pretty easy and free of charge. It is offered on Firefox.

This Add-on prevents commercial pop-ups to open up if you visit new websites. It is especially useful if you are changing webpages steadily and you keep closing and reopen sites. All in all it really helps me to speed up my Internet surfing.

Moreover, since many people have a WordPress account, it might be a good idea to inform you about WordPress plugins. There is for example a Twitter plugin, which connects your WordPress account with your Twitter profile. This Process enables you to transfer contents from different sides directly to others.  By using this application, you have the opportunity to reach even more people.

To get more concrete information how it works, check out this video:

 

All in all, I support the further development of plugins and add-ons because I can freely chose among them and install those, which are fitting to my personal preferences. It enables me to customize my Internet experience and I have clear advantages by using them.

Quite amazing what is possible nowadays….

Facebook knows your Face!

Posted: June 23, 2011 by lenahaase in development, social life
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Everyday, more than 100 million photos are tagged on Facebook. It works like this: Users can mark people they know on photos. Then, Facebook connects these marked pictures with the fitting profile.

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Are Computer Monitors Harmful to Your Health?

Posted: June 16, 2011 by lenahaase in health
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Using electronic devices several hours a week has become normal for us. Checking emails, surfing through the web, or talking on the phone belong to our daily routine like eating dinner or brushing teeth. (However, there are exceptions everywhere!)

One can do lot of great stuff and we love the advantages the Internet offers us. We can stay in contact with our family, check the most recent news just with one click, and extend our knowledge continuously. However, did you ever think about which impact the permanent usage of computers has on your body? (more…)

Since we upload our personal data online, we have to consider the consequences. Businesses, e.g. Facebook, guarantee great privacy protection, but when it comes to outsiders, who can still ensure safety?

If we register on a webpage or if we buy something online, we are leaving our traces everywhere. Contact data, bank connection, home address… a real treasure for hackers. A hacker is defined as a person who breaks down the security system in computer networks for several reasons. Some of them hope to make big profit; others just want to show how easily they can crack down the security barrier, or because they are motivated by the challenge. (more…)

It is quite stunning how a little machine has evolved over a few years and is now able to accomplish almost every action. The computer has a long history of success. Nowadays, most people could not imagine living without a computer and frankly speaking, it is impossible! The humanity has created a complex technique, which is powerful and irreversible. However, the development of new technologies is still in process and improvements are made wherever they seem possible.

The age of the modern computer was initiated by two separate technologies: automated calculation and programmability. Using calculation devices has a long tradition in humanity. Some of them were very successful and survived for a long time, e.g. the Sumerian abacus, which was created 2500 BC.

Around the end of the tenth century, there were drawings of a machine that answered Yes or No to the questions it was asked (binary arithmetic). The year 1642 marks the invention of a mechanical calculator, which was able to perform all four arithmetic operations without relying on human intelligence; a real big step towards modern technologies. Mathematicians and engineers try constantly to improve it in order to make it more flexible and powerful. Charles Babbage was the person who first theorized the computer. Taking his approach in consideration, the first mainframe computers were developed in the 1960s. (more…)

Oh no! Not another term paper!”

I am a student in the second semester and when I am not going out or having fun, I have to prepare myself for three presentations, three exams, and three term papers this year. (Oh dear!)

Many of you might be in the same position and at a certain point one just want to give up and throw the books against the wall.

When you find yourself in such a desperate situation, it becomes increasingly attractive to look for web sources and to just copy and paste existing work. The Internet offers a variety of more or less professional written articles, essays, etc.! (more…)

Schon GEZahlt? How the Internet takes over!

Posted: May 8, 2011 by lenahaase in politics
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Ppssst! Prevent we are not here!”

That is the way most people try to get rid of the official who got sent out by the Fee Collection Center of public-law broadcasting institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany (GEZ) in order to inspect your home and to collect a broadcasting fee. In Germany, you are obliged to pay for the use of electronic devices. In former times, you just had to pay for TV sets, but nowadays you also have to pay for the ownership of a computer, when it has access to the Internet.

Many people don’t respond to the registration request made by the collection center and consciously do not pay the monthly charges out of protest against what they feel is a ridiculous cause.

Is it a ridiculous cause? Is it unjustified that we have to pay a broadcasting fee for computers? Since the Internet has expanded a lot over the past years, more and more Internet platforms are offering free movie streaming.  The regional public broadcasting agencies are uploading their TV shows and series on the Internet and you can watch the recent episode for free.  Is the Internet displacing the normal TV set how we know it from the 80’s and 90’s?

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Blogging Expert?!

Posted: May 5, 2011 by lenahaase in about us
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Blogging – what do you really know about it? What is a perfect blog? Is there a perfect blog? You include a great deal of your personality, your opinions, and your ideas! You upload it on the Internet where everyone can read it. Are you prepared for the responses, for criticism? What if people say that your work is absolutely ridiculous and meaningless?

Questions I asked myself before I wrote my first blog post. How to chose a topic, which interests others and also me? I had to dig deep and was evaluating alternatives. A lot of ideas came up, but nothing convinced me completely. As a first step I tried to structure all my thoughts and ideas by creating a mind map: (more…)

Share the Ride!

Posted: April 26, 2011 by lenahaase in development
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“Hey! Are you the guy who will drive to Berlin today?” A sentence I used very often this morning….

Like many others, I went home for Easter last week to spend some quality time with my family. I come from a little village that is about five hours away from Berlin, which is quite a distance to overcome, especially if you do not have your own car! So I was thinking about the most convenient way to travel, (as an impatient student I really have to save money and time!). I checked many offers on the internet, e.g. Deutsche Bahn and bus organizations. (more…)