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10 sounds that make us miss the olden days of tech

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Technology is improving everyday which had lead to new creative thought and improvement in mobile app and gadget.

Yesterday Afternoon when updating myself online i found this great article on digital trends and i decided to Share it with you…As you  all know that Technology is improving everyday which had lead to new creative thought and improvement in application  and gadget.These days, technology is eerily quiet. You have complete control over which sounds you hear and when you hear them. If you want to silence your smartphone, all it takes is the flip of a virtual switch or the press of a touchscreen button.Remember when technology was loud and obnoxious? while many of the sounds from days past annoyed us to no end back in the day, it’s so fun to reminisce now that we’re rid of them forever. Thanks to YouTube and the amazing archive that is the Internet, we’ve put together this charming list of antiquated tech sounds.

WARNING: While reading this post you may suffer from traumatic flashbacks and fits of nostalgia.

1. Typewriter

When visting a friend of mine at Office Technology department of Yaba college of technology , and i look at the way he is typing on his Typewriter , i laughed no wonder Malarie Gokey the author of this article describe it as the oldest dinosaur whose sounds we’ve unearthed is one that has been popular since the 1860s and alive in some incarnation since the 1570s. The typewriter enjoyed more than 100 years of uninterrupted domination in the lives of journalists and writers everywhere before finally being displaced by computers in the 1980s and 90s. Of course, if you’ve ever ventured into your parents’ basement or gone to a flea market in Brooklyn, you’ve seen a typewriter in person and maybe even used one. If you get real sad, there’s always Tom Hanks’ viral Hanx Writer typewriter app on iOS for those of you who long for the era of clacking keys, ink ribbons, and whiteout.

2. Rotary phone

If you were around in 1960s through the 80s, you probably grew up dialing your best friend’s digits into this slow-moving wheel. The rotary phone first arrived in the 1890′s and became popular in 1900s. For the next 60 odd years, people went through the painstaking process of entering seven to nine numbers into the rotary dial. There was a lot of waiting involved, so it was a good thing calling 911 only required three swipes (though it seems unfortunate that folks had to wait for the 9 to go round).

3. Busy signal

Remember when people actually had land lines and sometimes the signal was busy? Then you had to hear this horrible sound for what seemed like forever. And then you’d have to try calling again, and again, and again until it stopped.

4. Pager beep

Before there were text messages, there was the pager. First used to call doctors to New York City hospitals in the 1950′s the pager quickly became the ultimate device for businessmen on the go and the tech savvy. Then, in the 1990s, hip-hop culture picked up the pager and glamorized it. Ice Cube, Destiny’s Child, and other major acts referenced pagers in their songs. Pagers were so cool and so annoying. Oddly enough, many doctors still use them today. Remember this terrible sound?

5. VCR rewind

We know it’s hard to believe, but yes, there were movies before Netflix. Once upon a time you had to go to actual movie theaters to watch anything (gasp), but then the world got really advanced and created the VCR and VHS tape. The only bad part about the VHS was you had to rewind it when you were done or face the wrath of your older sibling when they popped it in the VCR a week later and had to wait a minute or two for the darn thing to rewind … and they would wear out pretty fast. I think we can agree that VCRs can stay in the past.

6. Floppy disk drive

Saving your class project on a floppy disk when everyone else had CDs was not fun — ask any 90s/00s kid who had cheapskate parents. But before floppy discs became lame, they were the best and only way to save and transfer files from PC to PC. Up until Apple eschewed the floppy disc drive for the CD-ROM drive, Floppy discs were the bees knees — even though the drives sounded ridiculous while reading the small discs (and unless you had an old 5-inch drive, they also were not floppy at all even though the word floppy was in the name).

7. CD skipping

If you were around in the 80s, you probably heard about CDs from your rich friends. 90s kids may have owned a cassette or two before their rooms became full of CDs. Cassette tapes existed for a very long time before CDs, but once they arrived in the early ’80s, CDs took over quickly. Then Apple released the iPod, ending the reign of the CD with the MP3, which is now being replaced by the likes of Spotify and Pandora, but we digress. The thing about CDs is that they’re delicate. Scratch ‘em once and you’re stuck cursing the world every time the CD skips right in the middle of your favorite song. In honor of this horrible experience, we give you Tony Soprano.

8. Dot Matrix Printer

It’s no secret that printers are loud, but no printer shuffles along more loudly that the Dot Matrix printer from the 1970s. Boy was this thing LOUD.


9. Dial upNowadays the Internet is super fast. Even “low-speed” Internet is fast. Don’t believe us? We suggest you go talk to someone who lived through the 90s. You need only say three words to this person: Dial-up Internet. That loud groan you’ll hear is the collective frustration of every person who ever had to suffer the torture of dial up. Not only did you take over the phone line, which gave your grandmother anxiety attacks because she kept getting the busy signal (see above) while she dialed you on her rotary phone, but you also had to wait half an hour for anything to appear on the screen.But that wasn’t the worst part. Oh no. The worst part was the sound. That horrible dial-up ton

10. AOL You’ve Got Mail!

No doubt you’re still traumatized by the dial up tone and just experienced a horrible flashback, so we’ll end things with a much nicer sound that many of us actually miss. So here it is. You’ve got mail!

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Here is Why You Should Use Web Content Filtering

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In today’s hyperconnected era, the internet has become critical for your business performance. It allows your staff members to seek information, collaborate, and share files in real-time. There are also many web-based platforms that can simplify almost any aspect of your business operations, from bookkeeping to project management.

However, do your employees always use the internet the way they should?

To take a break from their complex daily activities, even your most diligent employees will surf the web, share videos, and quickly scan their social media accounts.

Even though taking a selfie and posting it on Instagram or responding to a friend request on Facebook takes only a few seconds, stats say that these activities may harm the overall workplace performance and cause greater costs. According to Office Team, employees spend 5 hours weekly on non-work activities, which may lead to a worrying loss of $15.5 billion in lost productivity.

One of the most effective solutions to this problem is web content filtering.

Web Content Filtering Defined

When you’re filtering online content, you’re using a piece of software to identify and exclude any forms of inappropriate or dangerous content for your company. These tools recognize character strings that, if matched, indicate that the content is not appropriate for your organization. These could be suspicious files, spammy website content, pornographic content, and even social networks.

Now, let’s see what the benefits of web content filtering are for your business.

Tightened Network Security

The number of cyberattacks is growing. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that this trend will die down in the next few years. Namely, today’s online hacks have evolved, which makes them harder to predict and recognize.

Above all, most of them target small businesses. Research says that more than 70% of companies that are hacked are SMBs. The reason for that is simple – small businesses still don’t understand the importance of cybersecurity and are not equipped to fight sophisticated online threats.

One of the most frequent types of cyber threats is phishing attacks. The hacker’s goal is to deceive a user to steal their valuable data. This form of online breaches involves a myriad of tactics that are carried out through emails, social networks, IM platforms, etc. Some well-versed cybercriminals even build fake sites that look trustworthy and then ask users to provide their sensitive data.

Unsurprisingly, employees’ negligence is the greatest cybersecurity risk. Most of them will click on spammy ads, odd links, and download files from unreliable resources without thinking about the consequences of these activities.

This is where web filter solutions help. Namely, they provide services like information control, URL filters, traffic control, proxy control, behavior analyses, and online bandwidth management to prevent infected files from reaching your employees’ inboxes. And, even if an employee receives a malicious file or link, web filters will instantly block their access to such content.

Greater Workplace Productivity

Social networks are often being referred to as workplace productivity killers.

Still, is banning them a good option? Probably not.

First, this may hurt employee satisfaction and indicate that you don’t trust them enough.

Second, social networks are important for building brand awareness. When reposted on your company’s profile, your employees’ behind-the-scenes photos and videos may help you humanize your brand.

However, web content filtering lets you set stricter rules on what kind of content should be accessed at work. You don’t have to block social networks, but you can always filter out not-suitable-for-work (NSFW) websites, such as online shopping platforms, as well as gambling, torrent, gaming, or entertainment sites.

Maintaining Brand Reputation

Your employees’ lack of knowledge may not only hurt your network’s security, but also ruin the reputation your company has been building for years. Just remember that U.S. Airways’ social media manager accidentally published an X-rated photo on the company’s Twitter account. Even though they reacted fast by deleting the photo and apologizing, they still received lots of negative press.

Therefore, web content filtering may be one of the most effective ways to maintain a spotless brand reputation in the digital world packed with spam. URL filtering and real-time monitoring of online activities will reduce the disasters caused by employees misusing the internet, such as publishing offensive content, illegal file downloads, or publishing inappropriate content on your corporate accounts.

Conclusions

The power of web content filtering goes far beyond improving cybersecurity. This is one of the most effective ways to limit your employees’ access to non-work sites and, in this way, increase their productivity and prevent them from sharing any inappropriate content.

Sure, to get the most out of this strategy, don’t forget to educate your employees. They need to know how their use of the internet impacts the overall image of the organization. Most importantly, they should be aware of the major cyber threats and know what to do if they come across them.

 

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Windows 10 tops Windows 7 as most popular OS

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Windows 10 tops Windows 7 as most famous OS

Windows 10, which was released about three and half years ago, nows top Windows 7 as the most popular OS. A report from Net Marketshare puts Windows 10 in the top spot for desktop operating systems. It’s the first time Microsoft’s OS took the top spot since hitting the market three and a half years ago.

Windows 10 tops Windows 7 as most famous OS

Windows 10 held 39.22 percent of desktop OS market share in December 2018, compared to Windows 7 which sit at 36.9 percent. This is a statistics that is taken Microsoft three and a half years to accomplish, and it shows exactly how mainstream Windows 7 has been since its release almost 10 years prior. The more recent Windows 8.1, meanwhile, is a distant fifth — more than a percentage point below Windows XP.

Windows 10 is now in place on 700 million devices, comprising a broad range of products. Microsoft gambled with the release of a convertible operating system that could bridge the device between PC and tablet, and it appears to have paid off. As has the decision to bring the OS to its Xbox platform.

The market share milestone is an important one for Windows 10, and it comes just a year before Microsoft ends its extended support for Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020. Microsoft have no choice than to convince businesses with deep pockets to move up to Windows 10, rather than settling on the Extended Security Updates (ESU) program for Windows 7 one year from now.

All of this marks a nice end to Microsoft’s solid year, which found it once again at the top of the most valuable companies. Apple, which is now in the No. 2 spot, secured No. 3 on the OS list, with 10.14 Mojave pulling in 4.73 percent of the market.

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Google Is About To Fix Terrible Lag Issues On Chrome OS Tablets

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So many complaints have been made by users about the Pixel state performance especially when the device is in tablet mode and Users also claim they encounter lagging issues  while in the said mode, apart from having a janky experience overall.

According to report, It seems Google is now aware of the issue, at least. Since the Pixel Slate’s sluggish and stuttery user interface is becoming a deal breaker for most consumers, Google is reportedly planning to roll out an update that will improve the performance of its flagship tablet.

Chrome Unboxed has uncovered that Google aims to address performance problems present on the Pixel Slate, particularly issues with lag. What’s more, the fix might actually be a simple one.

Pixel Slate Lag Issues

For sometimes, Many Developers have noticed that much of the performance issues stems from the performance-intensive way the tablet draws rounded corners, and they especially persist when dragging down to reveal the overview mode.

“A lot of animation jank seems to be coming from the use of Mask Layers to create rounded corners. This combined with background blur adds a lot of additional steps in the paint/rendering pipeline,” according per the bug’s description.

When rounded corners are disabled, the performance allegedly improves, even on the Celeron-based Pixel Slate, which is the entry-level model of the lineup.

“The performance (fps increase) and memory improvement (tiles don’t get discarded and we actually see the content) is quite significant on Nocturne Celeron when rounded corners are removed.”

Of course, turning off rounded corners likely won’t solve every lag and performance issue present on the device, but it’s an easy and uncomplicated start, and should significantly increase performance for users who enter overview mode on a regular basis.

When Will Google Release This Fix?

As to when Google plans to release the fix is another story. The company has labeled the bug as high priority, at least, but bear in mind that the discussion dates back to November 2018, which suggests a solution might not be around the corner. Also, Google hasn’t formally acknowledged the Pixel Slate’s performance issues, making it harder to predict if and when the fix is coming.

That’s quite unfortunate since a number of reviewers liken the Pixel Slate as a successful attempt from Google to reinvigorate the tablet landscape, apart from being a worthy competitor to the Apple iPad. Clearly, Google has quite a room for improvement on the software side of things — and definitely on the hardware as well.

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