The Past, Present and Future of Technology’s Evolution

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In today’s world, computers, tablets and Smartphones run our lives. In a short amount of time, the explosion of technology in the market has many people never imagining their lives without it. In order to understand how we came from the dark ages to where we are today, we should first understand the evolution of technology. Most of today’s technologies were born out of purpose. Search engines are a good example, they were created to sort out the huge amounts of online data. Every new upgrade of a technology creates something that was better than before.

Every time this happens, technology evolves and has become the thing that is essential today. Future new technologies come from ideas that get compounded to form new technologies. Technologies that exist today evolve into more powerful technologies that they were before. With the speed at which technology is evolving, it is no wonder why people are struggling to keep up. The following is an overview of how fast technology and the internet have evolved in just the past few years.

The Past

As recent as the 1990s, the internet was a new commodity that some businesses and homes had. People at that time remember the painfully slow sound of the dial-up signal as it connected to the internet. As more people saw the value of having internet access, technology once again stepped up to eliminate the use of a phone line to access the internet with an even faster way to connect to the World Wide Web. This advance also caused websites to advance and suddenly everyone had either a Tripod or Geocities website all of their own.

About this time, the blogging craze took off on the consumer level. This allowed the sharing of information to become much easier. Rather than handing over a floppy disc or CD-ROM, more people started to email documents or store larger files on a USB drive. With the advance of new technologies popping up, they would compound and form a stronger, faster and better technology. As this technology developed, it changed the way people operated, worked and coincidentally live today.

The Present

Since the 1990s, internet access has popped up nearly everywhere. It is rare to find a place of business, library, or coffee shop without access to a Wi-Fi signal. Even without a Wi-Fi signal in close range, most people can still access the internet with their cellular device or Smartphone. Because of this anytime/anywhere internet access, many businesses have created web apps that will answer the consumer’s common needs. These apps or applications will do everything from sending huge amounts of information to tracking food portions with just the click of a button. One of the differences that is most noticeable with today’s internet is the ability to be personable in such an impersonal setting. It has been social media that has changed the way people engage with each other online.

Even though this form of communication is superficial, it has helped people remain close that may otherwise would have lost contact all together. Even face to face conversations are becoming easier because of web/video conferencing that has broken the barriers of geography. Now, businesses can communicate with customers in more of a human manner, people can have a face to face conversation without having to travel across the country, and people can reach out to others across the world in an easier and faster manner. With all the new technologies influencing how people access each other and information, the future looks promising.

The Future

Technology will allow work to be accomplished faster and easier, internet access will become faster and more streamlined. Devices like tablets and Smartphones will keep evolving to work together better.

Data between these machines will be shared automatically, which will limit the need for human involvement. More and more businesses and people will put themselves in the cloud or have everything stored online rather than on a single device. This will allow an enormous potential to change how business is done, how the traditional office will look and how companies and people will interact with each other on a daily basis. As technology continues to evolve, the world will change with it and create new ways of working together and new habits.

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10 Easy Tips To Speed Up Your Computer

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There are many things that can bog down and slow the operation of your computer system. Here are some ways that you can speed up your system so it runs faster for you.

Turn Off Anti-Virus Programs

Leave your Firewall on but turn off anti-virus programs if you’re playing a game or working with an application that takes a lot of computer power. The firewall can protect you from Internet threats. Be sure to turn the virus protection back on once you’re done. You’ll gain some computer speed with the virus program off.

Plug In Your Laptop

When you run your laptop off of the batter you don’t get as much power from it. To gain some computer speed back you should plug the laptop in when you’re at home and not on the road somewhere.

Turn Off Programs You Don’t need

When your computer starts up there may be several programs running you never use. Close these programs down to gain speed. When your operating your computer normally, only run the programs you need, close everything else. The computer has to switch back and forth between programs and this slows it down.

Memory

Most computers have room for additional memory sticks. Add as much memory as your computer can hold. You’ll gain speed for games and application that require plenty of power such as video programs and photographs.

Virus Scan

Be sure to scan your computer for viruses, malware, and spyware on a regular basis. You may have these malicious programs and not even know it. Eliminating them will speed up your computer and reduce problems with the system. For serious infections a computer technician can help you.

Dust

Make sure your compute is cleaned often. The buildup of dust can slow down the entire system and even destroy the sensitive components. You can do this yourself or have a qualified technician do it for you. This should be a part of any sensible maintenance plan for your computer.

Defrag

Run the defrag program to speed up your hard disk. This can eliminate many problems with your system. You can do this on a periodic basis to gain more speed.

Upgrade

Software programs come out with upgrades all the time to fix programs with software and install new features. These new upgraded programs can work better on your system and you can gain speed by using them so make sure you have all the upgrades for your software. This is particularly important for the drivers of a video or sound card.

Watch For Error Messages

An error message means something isn’t quite working the way it should. Try to fix these yourself but if you can’t then see a technician. Errors can slow the system down and cause more problems if you leave them without doing anything.

Check Connections

Sometimes a bad connection can cause problems. Make sure all your cords are working correctly and upgrade older cords if there’s a need. Check the Internet connection too to make sure you are getting a proper connection if it seems slow.

5 Tips for Computer Programming Beginners

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Tip 1

The first tip might sound rather harsh but it needs to be said. This also goes beyond the scope of programming and relates to life in general, however as mentioned it needs to be said.

IF you don’t LOVE programming THEN choose a different profession. It is as simple as that. Computer programming requires hours if not days of sitting in front of your machine and figuring, debugging and rewriting codes until it is working – but even when it is working you would still need to improve upon it.

The world of programming or the world of technology in general is constantly growing and changing so you will always need to be educating yourself with the latest updates.

All of this requires passion, enthusiasm and motivation and all of those arise from your love for this subject of study. If your motivation is money because you have heard somewhere that being a computer engineer brings in easy money then please refrain from getting into it. You will waste your money and most of all your time.

Programming requires love, just like anything else in this life.

Let us move on to the rest of the tips. Shall we?

Tip 2

Don’t look at computer programming as a set of commands and functions. Instead look at it as a tool for solving problems.

That is what computer programming really is – it is a problem solving tool and nothing else. The functions and commands are all details, which come into play after you have decided how to solve the problem.

This is a major point to be understood because most beginner programmers have a tendency to just jump into details without even thinking about the problem. Some of them don’t even know what the problem is all about and they are already deciding what loop they are going to be using. That is not a good habit, which leads me into my second tip…

Tip 3

Before programming anything you should understand the problem you are trying to solve. If it sounds simple then you are absolutely right, it does, but as stated above most beginner programmers don’t follow it thoroughly.

I know that there is a great joy in writing a program that can solve a particular problem. This great feeling could almost become addictive to the point where you just want to solve the problem without understanding it. If you can resonate with that then you need to start working on that habit.

Problems need to be understood clearly. You need to understand the requirements, you need to understand certain exceptions about the problem, you need to come up with a couple of plans on how to solve the problem and then choose the most elegant, shortest and most efficient solutions out of all.

I know it sounds tedious, but this is what will separate you from bad and clumsy programmers. Remember – being successful is not easy but it sure as hell worth it in the end.

Tip 4

Spaghetti code is a sin. Don’t over complicate what can be done just in a few simple steps.

Beginner computer programmers have a tendency to over complicate simple problems because they love the feeling of writing more code. This is good because that means they are passionate about computer programming; however that passion needs to be controlled.

Of course this will only come with experience, but it is also good to be working on it as soon as you start programming so it doesn’t develop into a nasty habit.

Try keeping your code clean.

You should be able to see your code without scrolling to the right all the time. It should be nice and short – unless the function names themselves are very long and you can do nothing about it.

Keep your blocks organized.

Most of the code editors these days will do this for you, but it is always good to stay aware of the fact on how organized your code is.

This will largely help you with maintenance in the future.

Tip 5

My last tip for the beginner computer programmers would be to start from ONLY one language and don’t mix anything else during the process.

If you start from C then go ahead and learn it as fully as possible. Dedicate at least 2 years for learning it fully and absolutely.

After you have learned one language, moving on to other languages will not be at all difficult. I have started learning PHP after Java and started programming with it in less than a month.

The secret is the fact that most programming languages have MANY similarities. Of course some syntax will differ here and there, and some functions will have different names – but what stays the same is the CONCEPT of programming which is what matters the most. Once you have learned the concept of programming learning the language will not be a problem at all.