Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done. The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier. Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users? Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog. The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim. The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim. To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer. I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest. Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up. Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining. The most overlooked advantage to owning a computer is that if they foul up there's no law against wacking them around a little. One would think that if you're anonymous, you'd do anything you want, but groups have their own sense of community and what we can do. In all large corporations, there is a pervasive fear that someone, somewhere is having fun with a computer on company time. Networks help alleviate that fear. There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home. The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents. Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. The computer is a moron. If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out of it but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and no-one dares criticize it. Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning. To err is human--and to blame it on a computer is even more so. If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside. I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
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Often it is best to call some technical help desks late at night i.e.those that are open 24/7 or have overseas offices, for example there is less call congestion late at night with Qantas Frequent Flyer.

It is worth considering, if you have not already done so, to authorise a member of your family or other trustworthy/reliable third-party to have access to your provider, so that they can also assist you in dealing with these companies. It can save a lot of time and trouble. Further, it allows another person to assist you without having to necessarily be physically present next to your machine/equipment.

With most if not all companies you need to contact you can inform the operator that you do not wish to have your call monitored.

When calling companies with automated (and annoying) voice systems instead of going through the slow and tedious process of answering questions, only to have them repeated when you get through to an actual human, instead deliberately make yourself misunderstood. It may take a few goes, but often will get you through to a person quicker as the automated voice cannot understand you. Another trick that sometimes helps to bypass lengthy queues is to intentionally get connected to the wrong department and the operator will then internally pass you through to the correct area.

If you own a GPS ensure that you do not enter your exact home address in "MY HOME" as it is becoming common for thieves to steal such devices from your car and 'navigate' to your home whilst you are out. A useful address to enter into your GPS is your local police station.

Did you know that you can simply type your search term in the address bar of your favourite web browser. Doing this will automatically bring up the results in your default search engine or in some instance go directly to the web page you are after.

Studies (see some links below) have demonstrated that dual-monitor setups improve efficiency.So if you only have one monitor and wish to extend your screen real estate why not invest in another monitor now. They should be of equal size and your computer's graphics card should be able to support dual or more monitors.


LCD Monitors are continually declining in price as well as getting faster and larger. 15" Monitors pretty much no longer exist, with many manufacturer's starting their offerrings at 17". Monitors can have speakers, inbuilt webcams and more. They can be standard or widescreen. So if you are in the market to upgrade your existing Monitor or are looking to set up a dual-monitor system call GCS Contact Us

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