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Back to School Laptops To Consider

Kids are already heading back to school and besides the usual notebooks and pencils kids these days are increasingly stuffing laptops into their backpacks.  For parents like myself who had no idea where to start here are some cool tips to choose the best laptop for your kids.  There are so many choices and a great time to buy with back to school sales.

Dell – Latitude 3330

Dell - Latitude 3330

Let’s start with the Dell Latitude 3330 . This is great if you want a really basic laptop, no frills computer it has Windows 7 Pro which is also nice because not everybody likes Windows 8.  The tiles are gonna driving you know crazy but if you can afford it.  One tip is that you upgrade to the core i3 processor for better performance.

 

 

Dell – Latitude 3330 13.3″ Notebook – Intel Celeron 1007U 1.50 GHz (4 GB RAM – 320 GB HDD – Intel HD Graphics – Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit – 1366 x 768 Display) – $579.00, 7.99 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Asus – VivoBook X202E-DB21T Grey 11.6″ Notebook (1.8 GHz Intel Pentium 2117U, 4 GB DDR3, 500 GB HDD, Intel HD Graphics, Windows 8, LED Backlight)

Asus - VivoBook X202E-DB21T Grey 11.6

This one is great for just throwing in your bag going to the library going or to the coffee shop.  It has a touch screen and comes with Windows 8 which is the latest operating system all for $425 so this is deal.

 

Asus – VivoBook X202E-DB21T Grey 11.6″ Notebook (1.8 GHz Intel Pentium 2117U, 4 GB DDR3, 500 GB HDD, Intel HD Graphics, Windows 8, LED Backlight) – $425.00, Free shipping – Available at Adorama


Lenovo – IdeaPad Yoga 11s Silver Gray 11.6″ Ultrabook (1.5 GHz Intel Core i5-4210Y, 4 GB DDR3, 128 GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 4200, Windows 8, LED Backlight)

Lenovo - IdeaPad Yoga 11s Silver Gray 11.6

This is one of my favorite one from Lenovo. A super nice touchscreen, with Windows 8 but the really awesome thing about it is, the foldable keyboard which allows you to use it as tablet, prop it up and use it as a touch screen so you can watch movies.  
Actually this is an ultra book laptops. So it is a laptop and a tablet and a bit pricier.   This is a really nice computer, that comes in many colors. Great for being more stylish than anyone else in college.

 

Lenovo – IdeaPad Yoga 11s Silver Gray 11.6″ Ultrabook (1.5 GHz Intel Core i5-4210Y, 4 GB DDR3, 128 GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 4200, Windows 8, LED Backlight) – $814.88, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Sony – VAIO Fit 15 SVF15A1BCXS Silver 15.5″ Notebook

Sony - VAIO Fit 15 SVF15A1BCXS Silver 15.5

If you want a little bit of a bigger screen, try the Sony Vaio fit 15. This is a larger laptop with a 15.5 inch screen. Perhaps you don’t want to carry around a large laptop or your are a film student or a big movie fan.  This is full HD screen so movies are going to look gorgeous on this screen.  It also has a roomy keyboard.  You can add in a touch screen and a better processor.

 

 

Sony – VAIO Fit 15 SVF15A1BCXS Silver 15.5″ Notebook (2 GHz Intel Core i7 3537U, 8 GB DDR3L, 750 GB HDD + 8 GB SSD, DVD±RW, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Windows 8, LED Backlight) – $1049.99, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com


Apple – Macbook Pro with Retina Display Silver 15.6″ Notebook (2.0 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB DDR3, 256 GB SSD, Intel Iris Pro Graphics, OS X Mavericks, LED Backlight)

Apple - Macbook Pro with Retina Display Silver 15.6

And this is my personal choice. I have been using Mac for 3 years now and ever since I switched from Windows to iOS, I will never go back. The performance is stellar! This is a heavyweight when it comes to performance and handling all those applications too. It’s great for kids who are into graphics like my daughter. She loves to do animation and graphic designs so this computer is a good bet for that.

 

Apple – Macbook Pro with Retina Display Silver 15.6″ Notebook (2.0 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB DDR3, 256 GB SSD, Intel Iris Pro Graphics, OS X Mavericks, LED Backlight) – $1649.00 (43% off), Free shipping – Available at B&H Photo-Video


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Humanity And Technology

Are you not surprised by how fast technology has robbed us of our regular nuisances and even activities that we actually need to be considered as social beings?

During my time, which was not too long ago, we do not have these high-tech appliances, gaming consoles, portable gadgets and other electronics which make life so easy for the youth of today. We had it hard and labouros instead.

I always tell my daughter whenever she breaks out in rants and complaints about how hard her assignments were or how difficult to complete a certain task, about my generation and how we did things back then. I would always brag that her generation would never last a “second” in my generation. And why is that? Here are some reasons why:

Completing a certain project entailed a lot of hard work, plenty of “cartolina” and art papers and colored pencils and starch paste and tons of creativity. We did not have smart boards to present our presentations. We used papers glued together to make big poster-size murals or presentations.

When we need to research on a subject matter, we had to either ask our parents to drive us to the public library which was kilometres away. And when we reach the library, the work was just about to begin. First we would go to the index catalogue area where long tables with cabinets consisting of tiny drawers, the size of a 5×6 index cards were kept. They were arranged alphabetically and coded so we would write the codes down and proceed to the place or floor where the shelf was located. And once we find the shelf, the work did not stop there. We had to search from the top rack down or vice-versa or check on the tiny codes written on the spine of the books. We were lucky if the books were arranged accordingly but it was like finding needle in a haystack. Then we had to write down our research on pads of papers. Our simple assignment or report would require 8 to 16 man-hours to complete with so many books to read and notes to write.  Now, kids have computers as early as 1! I had my first computer when I was about to graduate in college and even then, it was still the big and chunky monitor with green or orange fonts on the screen. The youth of today could easily get the answers to their topics at the tip of their fingertips. And yet, they still complain!

If we wanted to see, play or even talk to our friends, we practically have to lift our butts off the chair, reach for the door,  open the gates and walk! Yes, we walked all the time, most of the time that was why we barely got sick then. We were fit as early as 1 year old! We would go to our friends’ houses, rang their doorbells and ask their parents if we could play in the nearby playground. Back then, safety was not a concern because kids were treated as kids. We could play non-stop until late afternoon and we were safe. If you belong to the middle class or rich families then you could call your friend and chit chat. Only few had phones then. We had our phone installed when I was about 8.

We were active bunch of kids. We rode the bike, climbed trees, did cartwheels on the grassy playground, ran with our pets, walked to school, enjoyed camping, trekked hills, helped our parents and elders with household chores, did our assignments regularly, slept around 7 p.m., watched TV only with the supervision of adults and timed, heard mass regularly, and played, played, played. We had so much fun growing up in the 70s!

Media was not harsh. Not much violence were shown and definitely not much sleazy films were allowed on theaters. These shenanigans only came out in the 90s onwards and since then, everything spiraled out of control. Even small kids these days have been exposed to violence and malicious contents. Kids are being robbed of their innocence. And during our time, we were innocent until way past our teens.

We paid respects to our elders. We would always address them with “sir,” “madame,” or use our Tagalog word “po” at the end of each sentence when talking to our parents and adults.

We wrote long mails to our families and friends who lived far away. We didn’t have this email thing then. We knew every mailman who came and the schedule of their arrival so we would all wait patiently near the gate to greet our friendly mailman.  He would delight on the sight of three smiling kids with some dogs around, waiting for their parcels or letters from favorite family members and friends. What a joy!

We are all God-fearing and we hold that close to our hearts until now. Today’s generation is very diversified with deviant beliefs being thrown on other people’s faith and faces.  It’s not that sacred anymore…

Those are just few of the examples of how it was like living in the 70s. It was fun. It was happy until technology came and changed the symbiosis of life.

I think, Albert Einstein said it best, “It has become appallingly clear that our technology has surpassed our humanity.” Although he said it in connection with the atom bomb he created, it still is relevant to how technology has changed humanity. I just hope it doesn’t make humans devoid of values and faith.

Tight I.T. Measures

The world wide web is a vast technological universe where information passes through different channels quickly from one person to the other. All these are done through the network. So, if you are a company, you should take a lot of consideration when it comes to protecting your company’s trade secrets, clients’ profiles, business portfolios, employees records and even highly confidential issues. These valuable information must be restricted to outsiders if you have a company-wide network which provides access to employees.

Information Technology can be protected making sure that proper access levels are granted to users and firewall is installed. Legal department is also involved to ensure that proper legal process is in place and errors & omissions insurance is also taken to cover any liabilities or setbacks that may arise on the breach of these confidential issues.

It is for this reason why companies must be very vigilant with their information and database because modern technology has so many ways of breaching tight security measures.

Updated Business Presentation

I remember preparing reports and presentation using Excel and PowerPoint to show graphical data and colorful charts. Modern age has changed a lot in the way we produce our reports and presentations. There are new software aside form the usual MS Office bundle that we can all use and create our very own presentation and charts. One of these software is Inet’s dashboard scorecard software which provide at-a-glace report on how the business has been in terms of performance. This software is really helpful especially for business managers and executives who want to see the report in a summary and snapshots. You do not have to go through the slides upon slides just to get to the information you actually need.

I have not used this software yet but it seems very useful and direct. I wonder if our company will get licence for this software so those who prepare reports can easily make their presentation using this software.

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