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‘Entrepreneur’ is a beautiful word. It sounds good to say and stands out on a resume or in a conversation. However, two things about it are more than a little difficult. First off, spelling it can be a real doozy without a spell check or dictionary close by. Secondly, and more importantly,...

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How to Protect Your Phone from Water

Posted by Paris Paraskeva | Posted in iPhone | Posted on 22-04-2012

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It’s only common sense that water should not directly come into contact with any electronic device that hasn’t been specifically adjusted to be water friendly. Phones are no different but what makes them more susceptible to water damage is the fact that they are with us all the time and if we come into contact with water, chances are that they will as well.

Now there are a couple of basic steps that are or should be always performed after a phone has been fully or partially submerged in water or any other liquid.

The steps that always need to be taken are the following (keep in mind though, that all this is done for the sole purpose of removing all the water from both the inside and outside of the device):

IT Support: Internal vs. External

Posted by Paris Paraskeva | Posted in Technology | Posted on 17-04-2012

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There’s a lot to weigh up when deciding whether your business would better suit internal or external IT support.

Of course, if you’re an expanding company you may have already hired an ‘IT guy’ or two. But there’s a lot riding on just one or two people and sometimes you might need to get outside help in.

So…do you bear the burden of the extraneous cost of an emergency call-out from a firm you don’t hold a contract – or do you open a contract with an external IT firm?

I’m here to help you decide, with just two simple points to consider…

10 Free Sites that you Could Be Using!

Posted by Paris Paraskeva | Posted in Technology | Posted on 11-04-2012

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1. Dropbox

Dropbox allows a person to store videos, documents and other files in one place. When you put your files into your account you can access said files from several different places, including another computer or even your smartphone.

2. Paperless Post

If you plan to have a party or other event in the near future it can be difficult and expensive to send out all of the invitations in the mail. The Paperless Post website can provide you with digital invitations that you can email to people. While many of the cards are free, some may cost you.

Are Open Source good choice for your Business?

Posted by Paris Paraskeva | Posted in Technology | Posted on 07-04-2012

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Many companies have recently jumped on the open source bandwagon and implemented this type of solution for their business. Open source refers to software that is available in code form and can be changed and improved by the public at any time. This type of software uses an open-source license instead of a copyright, which allows its users to make modifications.
While some people prefer open source solutions because of the cost savings associated with it, there are other advantages and disadvantages of these solutions that your business needs to consider before also jumping on the bandwagon.

Tips on Improving Your Productivity With Your iPhone

Posted by Paris Paraskeva | Posted in iPhone | Posted on 06-04-2012

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An iPhone is a great toy with hundreds of time wasting apps and a great intuitive interface (not to mention the beautifully crisp display on the new iPhone 4S). However for many people this is secondary to its use as a practical tool and as a great way to boost productivity. If you want to get more work done on the go, then there are few better ways to do so than with the iPhone. Here we will look at how you can go about accomplishing that and turning your iPhone into a productivity center.

Google Play With Their Branding

Posted by Guest Post | Posted in Technology | Posted on 04-04-2012

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Google has long been trying to demonstrate to us how it’s ‘more than just search’ and has been putting a lot of effort into their branding. It seems now that wherever you go online you will see the word ‘Google’ slapped across the screen whether it’s on AdSense, whether it’s on your e-mail, or whether it’s on their own page.

There are still corners of the web where Google doesn’t make it’s presence known, and for a company that likes to say it’s own name so much (like a corporate version of Tourette’s) , it has largely been quite subtle with its handling of Android (which Google own). This just wouldn’t do, and so they have rectified it by renaming their ‘Android Market’ as ‘Google Play’…. Which is about as subtle as World War 2.

3 Reasons Switching to Outsourced IT is a Smart Choice

Posted by Paris Paraskeva | Posted in Mac, Technology, Windows | Posted on 03-04-2012

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Picture the scene: You are a busy agency, with many clients and lots of IT requirements. Then all of a sudden in your IT team you have some illnesses, someone quits and you have to let someone go…suddenly within a day or two you are left with a major gap in your IT resources. Just then a potentially big new client comes along and, because you are unable to get things together in time, they walk away. Meanwhile a project your IT team had been working crumbles due to lack of man power. Panic ensues and before you know it your back’s against a wall.

Not a nice picture is it?

Tablets Vs PCs – The End of the Line for the Laptop?

Posted by Paris Paraskeva | Posted in iPad | Posted on 30-03-2012

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Is the tablet slowly gaining market share over the Laptop and even the traditional PC? Tablets are extremely portable as well as being easy to use, but do they have the processing power to beat your PC?

Tablets are pretty cool. You can sit on the sofa and browse the internet or do it while standing in a queue at the bank or on the tube. You can watch movies on it, while sitting on the couch, at the bank or on the tube, but does it have anything else going for it apart from a hefty price tag at the moment?

Five Must-Have Office Gadgets for the Work at Home Executive

Posted by Paris Paraskeva | Posted in Uncategorized, Windows | Posted on 30-03-2012

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When exploring synonyms for the word gadget, I came upon the following: thingamajig; thingamabob; doohickey; widget; doodad; gizmo; jigger; and please remember the dictionary form, doodah. What an amazing plethora of choices!

To my mind gadgets are just that. So, for those of us from the twentieth century the upcoming items were necessities: mechanical pencils with extra lead and erasers; stapler; 3-hole punch; magnetic paperclip holder; and a 3-tier in and out tray (in, out, and pending). However, as we became workaholics of the twenty-first century these items became somewhat obsolete, giving way to these more sophisticated items: an up-to-date laptop computer with its side-kick, the PC with a 20 – 24” monitor to guard against eyestrain and speedy internet service; an all in one printer, scanner, copier, fax machine; an external hard drive; one of those pocket size USB/flash drives; and a cell phone with superb internet service and unlimited long distance calling plan.

5 of the Most Popular iPad Apps for Business Owners

Posted by Paris Paraskeva | Posted in iPad | Posted on 25-03-2012

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When you have an iPad, it’s easy to start all but drowning in apps. But when you own your own business, being overloaded by all kinds of things is a given. You can use the very best apps and few others. The following are some of the best apps going when it comes to having your own business and making it thrive. Trust that these are some of the tools that will drive your ultimate success.