5 Essential And Useful Software for Windows

Have you got a new Windows based computer? Or did you recently format everything and re-installed Windows operating system? In either case, you need to install a few important softwares that you will need again and again. Windows 7 or 8 come with a list of useful softwares but these are not enough. You need a lot more applications in order to get the maximum benefit out of your PC.

Let us talk about a few important software applications (free or paid) that most people would need to have on their computers. Without these applications, your PC would be dull and not as useful. Each time you format Windows, you might want to re-install all these softwares again. So, this below given list can prove handy for you in future.

1. Explorers for Browsing Internet:
Windows comes with Internet Explorer already installed. However, most people are not fans of this browser. There are much better alternatives in the market which make browsing a really beautiful experience. The popular browser alternatives are Chrome and Firefox.

Good news is that both Firefox and Chrome are free to download and use. They have very nice user-interfaces. There are a lot of free or paid plugins which add additional capabilities to these browsers. You can really get addicted to many of these plugins when you begin to use them on regular basis.

2. Skype for Instant Messaging:
When it comes instant messaging and chatting (whether text or voice based chatting), Skype is the #1 choice for many people. It is one of the most popular messaging applications in the whole world. The voice quality is superb even when you are on a long-distance voice chat.

3. Antivirus Software:
Protecting your PC from malware, spyware and viruses is very important. If your PC gets infected with virus, it can become very slow and almost unusable. There have been many times where I had to format my PC due to virus problems. In such cases, there is a risk of losing important data due to formatting. You may try to recover the lost files using data recovery software but usually that is a long and unreliable process. It is always better to be safe than sorry. So, in order to protect your PC you might want to have a look at Microsoft Security Essentials which is a good program offering solid protection against malicious software.

4. Zipping and Unzipping:
Many big files you download from internet may be in compressed format. So, you need to unzip them first. At the same time, you may want to upload a big file or even a complete folder on the web. In such a case too you need zipping software to do the job. There are 2 excellent choices available to you. The first one is Winrar which is not free but comes with a 30 day trial version. So, you can use it for 30 days to see how you like it. Another software is 7-search which is completely free. You can use it for as long as you like without any problems.

5. Ninite for Installing Multiple Programs:
There are many other important programs which you may require to install. Instead of installing them one by one, wouldn’t it be much more convenient if you can do it all at once? This is what ‘Ninite’ does. It is a cool application which lets you choose from dozens of commonly used software applications and installs them in one go. Some of the programs it can install for you are – Skype, GoogleTalk, Yahoo Messenger, 7-search, Firefox, Chrome, anti-virus softwares, Filezilla, Picasa, Open Office etc.

Service Software Dreaming

We are all amassed and amazed in/by technology, as we know it…virtual wired, virtual here or there, virtual wireless, virtual…mobile! When was the last time that you visited/took advantage of the convenience of Pay-Pal, the ATM, the Kiosk, online financials, for example., banking, or HR services – The Submittal of Cvl/Resume(s)?

What about the “Digital Divide”, “Digital Age Dilemma” – where too many citizens are at a loss of access to the world of digitization? Did a robot take your job? Did a computer application make you obsolete? Data Mining, is it alive and well? Is it/was it a dream to wake up and go to work and receive a pink, blue, brown, or/and purple colored separation notice that was dated yesterday and effective now?

It has to be a damned dream! Yeah, I’m dreaming! I wonder…do robots dream?

It all started with the Ethernet, WAN, LAN, and Virtuality – Private Networks…Bell Telephone thrived in the planting of poles and telephone lines, as did the cable companies. What about their underground cables and telephone networked lines of communication? Could we survive without it?

Software As A Service – The Digital Age…the workforce, will it become Saas?

The 411, did you know that SaaS, a software delivering method that provides access to software and its functions remotely as a web-based/cloud service does a multitude of things? Saas allows organization(s) to access business functionality at a cost typically less than paying for licensed applications since SaaS pricing is based on a monthly fee. Because the software is located remotely, users don’t need to invest in additional hardware. SaaS removes the need for organizations to handle the installation, set-up, and daily upkeep and maintenance…defined as hosted applications.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is a business management system that integrates all facets of the business environment, including planning, manufacturing, sales, and marketing. As the ERP methodology has become more popular, software applications have emerged to help business managers implement ERP in business activities such as inventory control, order tracking, customer service, finance and, human resources.

SaaS Strategy:

“Of all the Cloud Computing ideas out there, SaaS is the one that needs attention now!” “Many companies treat it Ad Hock!” As evaluated and concurred, a statement by Michael Bidding, CTO of Fusion PPT, Consulting and IT Services.

Vendor marketing, new services, and cloud strategy have caught business technology leaders in a cloud-computing deluge. Business technologists who now use SaaS described their apps as critical to the missions. Ad Hoc is not Saas. Ad Hoc is an autonomous system of routes (and associated hosts) connected by wireless links. Ad Hoc Network Systems (ANS) are complex systems with cross layer protocol dynamics and interactions that are not present in wired systems. Such a network may operate in a stand-alone fashion, or connected to the larger (system) Internet, operating as a hybrid fixed/Ad Hoc network. A polling of several companies and their CIO’s could gain the most from SaaS by incorporating it into or by making SaaS a part of the overall enterprise architecture.

Cloud Computing – the sharing of computing resources rather than having local services or personal devices to handle application(s). Its goal is to apply traditional supercomputing, or high-performance computing power, normally used by the military and research facilities. Cloud Computing Networks are also larger groups of servers, with specialized connection speed.

Data processing chores:

The shared IT infrastructure(s) contain(s) large pools of systems that are linked together allowing data centers to operate like the Internet while computing resources are utilized, accessed, and shared as virtual resources in a secured and scalable methodology.

Although SaaS is not described as being universal, users who were polled, agreed that it has moved beyond customer resource(s), Human Resource(s), Email, Sales Force Automation, Service/Help Desk, Financial (On-Line Banking), and Backup Applications. All of theses apps are used and more… Business Server Apps have used SaaS for nearly 100 % of its services. Billing, inventories, time sheets, sales, email, and pipeline management share in this Software As A Service Application(s). Businesses enjoy the quick setup and reduced capital expenditures. Another benefit is increased power and employee mobility by way of remote offices via a smart-phone or a home computer (PC). “Mobile Access is the name of the game”, says Michael Bidding. Cloud computing is overshadowing the education about Simple Software As A Service (SSAS). SaaS vendors say portability, privacy, and security is the main points of interest for businesses.

SaaS users say IT organization is the primary driver and C Level Managers or the Line of Business is behind the use of SaaS. Developing SaaS Strategy Teams are encouraged to address the selection of the Right Provider, Signing The Right Contract, having a Detailed Exit Strategy, Management of A Good Working Relationship, the Creation of A Contingency Plan, Digging Deeply Into Interoperability and System Integration In/On IT’s role in Supporting and Involvement, and Alignment to the company’s goals and objectives.

SaaS customers agree and are generally pleased with the apps. They say they are performing better with SaaS than conventional applications and will continue to invest in SaaS. When companies integrate, (and/or plan to), SaaS applications into other business applications, it shows a commitment to the product as part of an overall business architecture. The mixing of internally built custom apps, packaged, on-premises combined with customer configurations, SaaS Apps, and other tools, it becomes more difficult for company’s to understand the risks associated with app changes. The IT organization is ultimately responsible for the smooth operation and running of Federated Architecture.

The future promises to do more by way of companies monitoring their own SaaS performance(s). IT Staffing will not, and in most circumstances, do not have the local ability to determine whether the service is up and running, or if a user is experiencing a problem caused by a LAN on Internet failure. Performance problems are called into the IT Help/Service Desk.

SaaS prices are less transparent and the vendor controls reliance on performance data. IT Teams have to closely maintain bandwidth between the user and the server. Bandwidth is a range within a band of frequencies or wavelengths. The amount of data that can be transmitted in a fixed amount of time;

Digital bandwidth is expressed in bits per second (bps) of bytes per second. Another expression as described in analog, is cycles per second, or hertz (Hz). Bandwidth is the measurement of space and speed, i.e., a fast disk drive can be hampered or slowed by a bus with low bandwidth or space (room). I/O devices are particularly affected by low bandwidth, i.e., an Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) – throughput demands of 3-D Graphics.

An application is a program of a group of programs designed for end-users. Two general classifications of software are systems software and application software. Systems software consists of low-level programming that interacts at a basic level, which includes the operating system(s) compilers, and utilities for managing computer resources. Application(s) software sits on top of systems software because it is unable to run without the operating system and system utilities – (Interface is the interaction between computer and user).

Customer Resource Management (CRM) tops the list(s) of SaaS utilization. Human Resource (HR) applicant tracking, for more than a decade, has grown from the tedious task of hand-to-eye sorting and is poised for more growth as SaaS has proven an invaluable tool in its People Resource endeavor(s), i.e., application(s), testing, benefits, and other personnel record tasks and core functions.

Business Intelligence (BI), Application Program Interface(s) (API) – Windows, Excel, Access, SQL, etc – routine sets, protocols, and relevant tools for building software applications – by providing all of the building blocks, API makes it all easier to develop a computer program. Programmers put all the building blocks together, ergo, a program interface designed for end-user(s).

SaaS offerings are limited compared to most conventional offered in a variety of platforms on premises, or in the cloud. “Microsoft is winning customers to its SaaS-Based Exchange”, says Mr. Bidding. “SaaS is growing.”

IT Organization members will have to learn new skills an craft new strategies that allow them integration legacy infrastructure with fast growing SaaS portfolios.

So the next time you’re taking advantage of the convenient Kiosk(s), ATM’s, Pay-Pal(s), Internet, or Smart-Phone Web Navigation, remember the software dream and its relationship(s) to your life style and/or livelihood.

Have you ever wondered if robots have dreams?

Til next time…

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iPhone Application Development Benefits and Restrictions

After the launch of iOS 6 and iPhone 5 this year, it has been reported that the popularity of iPhone has sky rocketed. Many users of iPhone 4s are also getting software upgrades to iOS 6. The iOS6 is packed with 200+ new features making it the most popular software upgrade for iPhone. iPhone has always been the most popular smart phone and its popularity has made developers and programmers to develop thousands of applications making the handset more useful and practical for its users. If you have an idea of an application, here are some reasons why you should choose the iPhone platform:

Why should you prefer iPhone for your application idea?

• Currently in the market there are many brands of smart phones available. The iPhone dominates them all. Approximately 6 million sets of iPhone have been sold until now and the sale hasn’t slowed down. iPhone gives you a tremendous opportunity to market your application idea to millions of users worldwide.

• SDK of iPhone is available for download and any one can create and market their applications on the Apple App Store. This kit provides all the tools necessary for iPhone application development. There are companies who have successfully developed and marketed hundreds of applications for iPhone, and can be hired to develop your idea into an application.

• iPhone applications are popular. iPhone users use these applications to have fun, perform tasks, surf the internet etc. iPhone is not just a phone today, it has become a very important part of its user’s life.These were some of the benefits of why you should choose iPhone platform for your application development. But there are some restrictions put down by Apple for development and running of applications. Here are some restrictions which you should keep in mind before starting on your iPhone application idea.

Restrictions and limitations of iPhone applications

• The most major restriction applied by Apple is that the users cannot run two applications at the same time, no matter how important both applications are. For example, if you are busy in one application and you need to open another application to complete your work, you will have to close the first application and then move on to the next one. This is sometimes frustrating, especially when you are surfing the internet or checking your email, and you receive a call, you will be disconnected from the server if you take the call and will have to sign in again.

• Second limitation is that iPhone does not allow you to run third party applications in the back ground. This means that you are on an application chatting with someone and you receive a call. You will be disconnected from your chat window and shown offline to the other party once you take that call.

• iOS version compatibility issues also arise sometimes. If you develop an application for the iOS 6, you have to put in some extra effort and develop the application so that it would run on the previous versions as well. Although this issue has not been reported too much but still it is a problem for the developers and programmers.

Although these limitations and restrictions are sometimes frustrating but they haven’t effected the sale of the iPhone or its popularity. iPhone still is the leading smart phone in the market capturing almost 30% of the smart phone market. Up until now there are almost 700,000 different iPhone applications available on the internet. We can clearly say that popularity and the benefits of iPhone application development over powers the limitations put forward by Apple.