The 5 Best Energy Star Computers

According to an EPA estimate if every computer in the United States was sold to Energy Star requirements, over $2 billion would be saved annually as well as 2 million cars worth of emissions would be prevented.The EPA’s Energy Star guidelines have allowed most consumers to take significant steps in reducing their personal carbon footprint. One of the Energy Star Rating Systems allows consumers to view which personal computer systems are the most energy efficient by EPA standards. Whether it be a small screened laptop or a gaming tower with a 26′ inch flat panel, computers are such a part of people’s lives that it is essential that manufacturers and users take steps towards lessening the amount of electricity used during various parts of both the day and night.

Desktops

Dell Precision 390

The long time trusted name of Dell has continually delivered powerful PC’s for virtually every fascet of life. This Precision 390 offers dual core as well as quad-core professors, Windows XP Professional and up to 8GB of memory. This model offers great capacity for the price range upwards of $800.

Apple iMac 24-inch, 3.06GHz

Apple commands a strong loyalty amongst its army of consumers. For good reason too. This Energy Star rated desktop offers blazing speed with one of the most stylish and slim packages on the market. The 24-inch screen and the shiny chrome type metal holding up monitor above it’s white base makes this brand of computer as much of a decorative item as it is a powerhouse of a computer. This model will run upwards of $2,100.

Hewlett-Packard HP Compaq dc5800

HP’s business models are getting more attention lately due to their high bang for less buck philosophy. The trophy that Dell and IMB once held as a common office computer is slowly being taken away by HP’s consistent high quality. What helps even more is HP’s drive to make as many of their PC’s Energy Star rated as quickly as possible. This particular model starts around $700.

Laptops

Lenovo ThinkPad R61

The laptops with the little red button in the middle of the keyboard that you see all over cafe’s and airports are probably some sort of Lenovo Thinkpad. These workhorses are powerful, light and known for taking a beating and coming back for more. Despite not being the absolute cheapest laptop on the market, these tend to be the most sought after for employees with important information that needs to be taken around in a light and safe package. These particular models start above $800.

Apple MacBook Pro, 17-inch, 2.5GHz

Few consumer laptops are as popular as the MacBook. These slim and chic notebook computers have powerful hardware matched with excellent portability. You would be hard pressed to walk into virtually any cafe with wireless and not see at least one person sporting their own MacBook. Despite being very light, the computer itself cary’s a hefty price tag, well above $2000 for most models.

What all of these computers have in common, whether they be desktop or laptop models, is their energy efficiency built in. The laptops will benefit from this feature even more because of the longer battery life that can be had on a more efficiently ran machine. At one point the cost of owning any high efficiency computer would have been might higher, but market demand is driving the price down so that everyone no matter how great their computing habits are, can help reduce emissions and their own carbon footprint.

Resources:

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.ShowProductGroup&pgw_code=CO

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&pgw_code=LT

Transferring Music from Your Computer to Your PSP

Everywhere you go, you can find kids and adults alike playing on their Sony Playstation Portable. The PSP has fast become one of the most popular entertainment systems available. The beauty of the PSP is that you can take it with you anywhere. You can play it on the bus, at a Doctor’s office, or even on an airplane! And a PSP is designed for more than just playing games. You can use your PSP to browse the Internet, organize your personal files, play movies, and even listen to the latest music. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

My goal today is to teach you how to transfer music to your PSP so that you can use it as your own portable walkman. It is a relatively simple procedure that anybody with some basic knowledge can complete. First, you need to realize that a PSP can only accept certain types of music files. Older PSPs may only be able to play MP3 files. Newer PSPs are designed to also allow for WMA and WMV audio file playback. Nonetheless, I always recommend you choose MP3 simply because WMA and WMV files take up too much space.

Our first goal is going to be to learn how to convert WMA and WMV files to MP3. You will need an MP3 file format converter application to do this. These can readily be found all over the Internet. Go to google.com and search for “free mp3 file converter.” You will end up with a little bit over a million results. Try out a few links near the top until you find a suitable and FREE application to download. Once you get it, just follow the instructions. Most MP3 file converter applications have been designed to be dummy proof.

Once all your music files have been converted into MP3, then you are ready to begin transferring them to your PSP. First, connect your PC to your PSP with the USB cable (should have came with the PSP). Next, hit the ‘Home’ button on your PC and scroll to ‘Settings’. Then, look for ‘USB Connection’ and click on it.

At this point, a dialog box should pop up on your PC letting you know that it has detected a removable device. The PSP will then be mounted to your ‘My Computer’ window. Click on the new drive and search for a folder labeled, ‘PSP’. Double click it and then search for the ‘Music’ folder. If there is no music folder, then make one.

Managing Across Generations: Make the Most Out of a Multi-Generational Workforce

It is a unique time in the workplace. Co-workers could be from four very distinct generations – Traditionals, Baby Boomers, Gen-X, and Millenials. Each group grew up under very different circumstances and as a result each has very different values, needs, and concerns. From a manger’s perspective, getting the best performance out every employee requires a flexible approach to leadership, particularly when it comes to communication.

Let’s look at each of the groups – where they came from, what’s important to them, and where they are now. While not everyone within a particular age group fits the descriptions exactly (especially if they were born on the edge between groups), these generalizations will help in the understanding of the group as a whole.

Who They Are:

Traditionalists

Born between 1925 and 1945, they grew up with the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. Most have lived in one place and worked for one company. The traits of Traditionalists include dedication, sacrifice, and discipline. They believe in conformity, want to make a contribution, and leave a legacy. Their contribution in the workplace is history and experience. Other generations may seem them as uncreative, authoritarian, and rigid.

Baby Boomers B

orn between 1946 and 1964, they grew up with Vietnam, Watergate, and the civil rights movement. They shared a mass culture and saw results for their efforts. The traits of the Baby Boomers include optimism, team orientation, and an openness to change. They believe in independence, financial security, and coined the phrase “workaholic.” Their contribution in the workplace is perspective, being able to look at situations from multiple angles. Other generations may see them as self-absorbed and too work-focused,

Generation X /Gen-Xers

Born between 1965 and 1982, they grew up with divorce and daycare, widespread layoffs, and family relocation. The Gen-Xers challenge authority and see work as a way to live. The traits of the Gen-Xers include multi-tasking, independence, and need for variety. They believe in work-life balance, diversity, and flexibility. Their contribution in the workplace is the ability to multi-task effectively. Other generations may see them as disrespectful, impatient, and too focused on their personal life.

Millenials

Born between 1983 and 2002. They grew up with the Internet, global marketplace, and terrorism. The Millenials have experience the greatest amount of change of any of the groups. The traits of the Millenials include creativity, busy schedules, and civic involvement. They believe in social responsibility, collaboration, and education. Their contribution in the workplace is originality. Other generations may see them as naïve, spoiled, and impulsive.

Tips on Communicating with, Motivating and Providing Feedback:

Traditionalists: use face-to-face communication, be more formal, tell them what you want done, and use inclusive language (we, us). Demonstrate that their experience and wisdom is respected and valued. This group believes that no news is good news. They need very little feedback.

Baby Boomers: be direct and open, expect questions and be prepared to answer them, present options, and set goals. Demonstrate that they are a valued member of the team. Boomers don’t need much feedback, say once a year, but they will want documentation to support the feedback received.

Gen-Xers: use e-mail as primary communication tool, share information immediately and often, and ask for their feedback. Set the goal and let them do it their way and allow them to break the rules. This group wants and needs constant feedback.

Millenials: use e-mail, communicate in short bursts (think text message), and explain the value of their work. To motivate provide learning opportunities. This group needs feedback, but is happiest if they can receive it electronically.

Choosing Computers for Your Small Business

We live in a very technological age, and if you are running or starting a small business, more than likely, you will be using a computer to help maintain financial records, perhaps generate invoices, and many other business tasks. There are many options available to Small Business Owners to choose from to best meet their technological needs. While many big box stores are selling computers and computer hardware at very low costs, these machines often come with little or no support available from the retailer, and if warranty repairs are required, it is often necessary to place your machine, along with all of your valuable business data in a box and ship it to the manufacturer to have the issues addressed. This could leave you and your small business without your computer for several weeks, or even months. Also, many times, major brand name computer manufacturers use non standard custom made parts in their computers and can be very expensive to repair or upgrade. Because of these issues, I would recommend partnering with a local computer manufacturer or consulting firm to help you best establish your technology infrastructure in such a way as to best meet both your current and future business needs. Many of these local computer manufacturers are experienced working with small businesses, and may even be able to provide help with your software needs as well.

When choosing computers for your small business, there are many things to consider. I would recommend using a higher end computer or laptop in an effort to extend the life of the machine and make it last as long as possible. This will help avoid the disruption to your business that comes with replacing computer systems. When replacing a Small Business computer, it is necessary to install the new hardware, and then install all of the business software and migrate data to the new machine. Depending on the type and amount of data, this can be a very time consuming and costly procedure and can also render your computer unavailable for use by your business during this time. By choosing a more powerful computer initially, and allowing clear hardware upgrade paths, you can minimize this disruption. Choosing a computer for your Small Business that is more powerful with clear upgrade paths will also help to avoid the disruption that comes with the need to learn a new operating system or software package. Hardware and software are tied together, and when replacing a computer, it is often necessary to upgrade to the latest operating system because that is all that is available. This can then lead to compatibility issues with other software that may be used by your Small Business. There is also the possibility that devices such as printers or scanners will no longer be compatible as well and will need to be replaced. This is why you are much better off simply choosing a more powerful computer for your small business and minimizing the need for frequent upgrades to help ensure the smooth flow of your business.

Depending upon the size of your business, and the number of computers that are needed, you may need to consider a network. A network in it’s simplest from consists of several computers connected together either with wires, or wirelessly in such a way as to allow them to share resources. These resources can consist or data, printers, or even an Internet connection. This can be a very convenient method of allowing users to share information. Depending upon the number of computers you have for your small business, you may want to consider purchasing a server to manage everything and provide centralized backup. I have detailed in this article: (Building a Home or Small Office Server) some of the arguments for installing a server for your Small Business.

You will most likely also have the need to print while running your small business. Choosing a printer can seem very complex with the options that are available today, but in reality, it comes down to a matter of several simple choices. Does you small business need a simple printer, or a multifunction device that can also function as a scanner, copier, and possibly even a fax machine? After you have made the decision between printer or multifunction device, next you must consider if you exclusively need to print black and white, or if you will have the need to print color documents as well. A black and white or monochrome printer will be significantly cheaper than a color printer, and while you may be tempted to save money, if you foresee a need for color printing in the future, if may be a better decision to purchase a color printer initially than to purchase a monochrome printer only to need to purchase additional equipment in the future. The third major decision that you need to make when purchasing a printer for your small business concerns the volume of material that you expect to be printing. If you only expect to print a few hundred pages a month, perhaps you are suited best with the lower cost inkjet printer. If however, you foresee printing relatively large numbers of pages, you will be much better choosing a laser printer for your small business. While there is additional cost involved in purchasing a laser printer, a laser printer is much cheaper to operate and will pay for itself over time. A laser printer often produces higher quality prints as well, and copies produces by a laser printer will not smudge or run in the event they ever become damp or wet.

As you can see, there are many decisions that go into developing a technology plan for your small business. Careful thought should go into this process along with research to determine what will best suit the needs of your small business both now and in the future. Technology should be helpful and integrate into your business to help it grow. Be careful however to select a technology path that is both useful and usable within your business environment. Technology should never be a hindrance to your business, and you should never invest in technology simply for the sake of technology. If an individual piece of hardware or software does not have a clear purpose at the time of purchase, it is often better to forgo purchasing it, rather than later trying to integrate it into your business in some way as a means of justifying the purchase. A reputable consulting firm can help you evaluate your business and better determine your business needs with a more in depth knowledge of the current technology that is available. If however, you are uncomfortable with the recommendations that are provided for your small business, do not hesitate to contact another technology provided to receive a second opinion. Any technology investment can be a very significant expense to your small business, and making wise decisions can help your small business grow and prosper and actually save money in time and efficiency.

A Plan is Just a Piece of Paper

To make a business grow in an organized fashion, a business owner has to establish goals and he has to know why those are his goals. Then he has to decide how to achieve the goals and, finally, he has to decide what has to be done, day by day, to move along the chosen paths. It’s like going on a trip – where are we going; how are we going to get there; and which direction are we going in today.

Many business owners have not thought this through. Is their primary aim to have their business make lots of money and if so, why? Are they passionate about their product and primarily want the best product possible? Do they primarily want a fun work environment, working with friends and family with time off when they want it? These goals will often not be compatible and, without a clear primary goal, it’s like planning to go west and deciding, at each crossing, to take the road which looks the most attractive. The traveller will end up somewhere and it may or may not be where he wants to be. What is certain is that it will not be the best place he could have reached.

Once a business owner knows what he wants to do and why, he can plan the route to get there and he can make every decision count towards achieving the primary goal. The key here is that he can but doesn’t have to. If his primary goal is to make lots of money, and he could save a lot by firing the old guy who’s close to taking a pension, he doesn’t have to do it. He can see the highway which will take him straight to his destination but that doesn’t mean he can’t take the scenic route and spend the night in a small inn overlooking the ocean. He just has to know how to get back to the highway and how much the side trip is going to delay him.

While small excursions off the main plan can be beneficial, sometimes the whole basis for the business changes. Illness, death, natural disasters and even the passage of time can change what the business owner can do and what he wants to do. If the highway is blocked, the business owner can turn around and take the next flight to his destination but if it no longer makes sense to go there, the plan has to be scrapped and a new one put in its place.

Become a Licensed Septic System Contractor: Eagle County Colorado Environmental Health Licensing Requirements

Septic system contractors install, repair and clean wastewater treatment systems. Across the United States many utility or health departments have specific guidelines contractors must meet before they start to fill jobs. The guidelines may be general across states. However, oversight agencies and departments will be different. In Eagle County, Colorado before contractors can start to perform on-site work on septic or sewage disposal systems they must be licensed by the Eagle County Environmental Health Department.

To insure that septic system workers comply with the requirement, the department maintains a list of licensed septic system contractors for the county. In the event that a contractor is not properly licensed while performing work, the department may require that the contractor cease or stop performing septic system and sewage work until the license is gained.

Complete Septic System Installer and Cleaner Licensing Application

To complete the installer and cleaner licensing application, applicants should fill in their legal name, telephone number as well as the name and mailing address for their contracting business. Other key pieces of information that will have to supplied include an email address and the location of the primary disposal site.

In the event that a contractor is paying for the license for an employee who works at their shop, they should provide the employee’s name on the application under “Name of person taking test.” After signing and dating the licensing application, pay the prescribed fee. Typically the fee cost about $25 and can be paid for with a check or money order. Include the fee with the application and mail both to the Department of Environmental Health, P. O. Box 179, 500 Broadway, Eagle, Colorado 81631.

Take and Pass the Septic System Contractor Licensing Test

Telephone the Department of Environmental Health at 970-328-8755 to schedule to take the septic system contractor licensing test. Because the test covers state and federal septic installation and repair standards, it is important to allow several days, about two to four days, to read through the study materials and the septic guidelines that are available for download at the Eagle County Colorado Environmental Health website.

 

In order to pass the examination and gain a license, septic system contractors will have to be well versed in installation and repair standards like the state calculations for sewage flow and characteristics, the preferred location for eight foot soil profiles and how deep septic tanks should be installed. The department allows each applicant to practice the examination before taking the official test. Take advantage of the practice tests because a score of 80% or higher is required to pass the test and gain a license.

Pass the Septic System Contractor Department Inspection

Schedule a septic system inspection through the Eagle County Environmental Health Department. Make sure that the septic or sewage system being installed meets each of the requirements listed on the inspection checklist included with the department’s electronic licensing materials. Types of inspections that are required to be completed include installing the clean-out between the tank and the house, raking the soil interface and building inspection portals with each of the trenches. While going through the inspection, be certain to secure the inlet and outlet with tar tape or a rubber gasket.

3 Reasons why you need to buy a Wireless Home security system

Installing a security alarm system was previously a very struggle and many property owners had to employ professionals to complete the job. However with the actual advent of cellular technology the process has turned into a lot simpler. Modern security systems could be deployed in an exceedingly limited time without any assist from professionals. This is exactly why wired security systems have become obsolete.

Wireless Home security system

In addition to help ease of installation a radio security systems has a number of other benefits as nicely. For instance it’s much more efficient in preventing robberies along with other crimes. Also a radio system can end up being installed in locations where wired techniques can’t reach. A couple of years back wireless security systems included numerous bugs as well as limitations but that isn’t the case any longer, thanks to the entire advancement in cellular technology.

Here are the very best three reasons why you need to purchase a cellular security system rather than a wired 1:

Better security:

Jeopardizing a cable security system isn’t very difficult. Someone could make the system ineffective simply by cutting off telephone and power outlines. Even individual components could be disabled by harmful the wires that connect these phones the main component. On the additional hand, each element of a wireless system is attached to the main component via invisible sun rays. Even highly resourceful burglars think it is hard to override a radio system. Since wireless systems continue to be new on the market, criminals haven’t found lots of loopholes that they are able to use.

Negligible price difference:

Gone are the times when wired systems were previously much cheaper compared to their wireless counterparts? Today the distinction in cost is nearly negligible. You can buy a wireless system in the buying price of a wired 1. Of course this involves some serious research in your part and you may have to sacrifice several components but the advantages are totally worthwhile.

Wireless Window Home Security system

Other benefits:

Wireless alarm systems have a number of other benefits as nicely. Firstly, components of a radio system are simple to unmounts and you will move the whole system in one place to an additional. This can end up being extremely beneficial should you travel a great deal or change houses very frequently. Secondly wireless systems give a stylish and clutter-less look to your house, unlike wired systems which are generally unpleasant to look at because of the huge number associated with wires.

There are benefits of using a radio home security system however it doesn’t mean which traditional systems tend to be completely useless. You are able to still keep your house and family secure by investing in a wired home protection system.

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