November 29, 2015

8 Million Users Of Roboform Got It Right

I’ve Been Using RoboForm For 12 Years

Don’t you get tired of always having to remember or write down all those login names and passwords? I know I did. It was kind of funny just how much paper I used to write them all down. I must confess, I had a lot of sites I logged into for various reasons and the free version of the program eventually wasn’t enough after a while. That doesn’t mean you have to pay for the “pro” version like I did, although it is great.

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The good thing about RF is that not only does it keep track of the PW’s and ID’s, it also keeps your credit card information for easy shopping, your home address for filling in forms online, and it’s all secure because you keep the accounts (you can set up profiles for all of your family members who use the computer) safe with a master password if you so choose. Why not give the free version a try and see how you like it?


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We use Dell computers, one of which is a laptop. Recently, the laptop had a repeated error message that the “Dell Dock” had stopped working. I searched all over trying to find a way to ‘un-install’ that feature, all to no avail. It just can’t be un-installed. So, I approached the problem from another direction…I searched for a place to download the Dell Dock and found this one directly from Dell. That’s it! All you have to do is download it, re-install it and then in the options you can choose whether to use it or not.

For my laptop, because of the way I use it, I chose not to have it operational. It is a very handy shortcut that can be out of sight on your desktop though, if you choose to use it. One of the features is that you can right click on the dock once it’s installed and the guide will let you choose where you want to have it located on your desktop: top, bottom, left or right side. You can have it slide in and out, change the color for the dock and what content (shortcuts) it should contain. It can handle quite a few shortcuts, but it will have to scroll if you have more than a certain amount.

You can also click this button to the Dell Dock Download button

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Keep It Running and Keep It Clean

Not passing  judgment on anyone, but there are some people who just have never been shown how to do periodic maintenance on their computers. I’ve put together a checklist of essential things you should do to maintain your computer inside and out. This is for PC’s, not Macs.

Personal Computer Essential Checklist

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Industrial PC vs A Commercial PC: What’s The Difference?

What is a Commercial PC?

The computer for home use is the most typical Commercial PC example. It’s environment is controlled, and the usage is most likely by a few select individuals. They can be networked, or used on a stand-alone basis. Little or no shock or vibration is expected at the work station; it is able to withstand little or no power surges and so it’s imperative the machine has some sort of surge protection. They are most commonly seen in the desktop configuration, or perhaps as a laptop. Many times they are not built for longevity, have limited expandability, and reside in a “tower” or in some other contained unit like a laptop.

What is an Industrial PC?

Industrial usage of a PC is much more robust because the PC (or many, depending on the industry) reside in a much more harsh environment. It could be a “shop floor”, which could also include a mobile use such as in a helicopter, out in the field in a tractor, and in any space that might have some of the following factors:

Temperature: If they are deployed appropriately, many industrial computers can be rated to operate at 109 F (43 C) or higher.

Dust: Contaminants can also be a factor, and so external cooling fans can be attached to the chassis and have special filters.

Industrial Computers also should have: an uninterrupted power supply; they can be relied on to work in humid conditions; expandability to last for extended periods of time; easy access to the unit for needed service (reduced downtime); depending on the desired use, the industrial computer can be on a swivel arm, rack mounted, or in a panel.

In summation, it is unlikely you would be able to use a personal computer in any industrial environment. They just wouldn’t be able to withstand the “abuse”.