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Your business is hectic. You are worried about missing deadlines and you are doing your best to stay on top of every little detail. ACT! now.ACT! was created for all of your customer relationship management needs. It was designed to keep your business organized so that it could grow and prosper and enjoy increased revenue. In fact it does such a great job of it that it has been the #1 selling contact and customer manager in the world for a very long time.ACT! is not o...

Should You ACT! Now?

Should You ACT! Now?Your business is hectic. You are worried about missing deadlines and you are doing your best to stay on top of every little detail. ACT! now.ACT! was created for all of your customer relationship management needs. It was designed to keep your business organized so that it could grow and prosper and enjoy increased revenue. In fact it does such a great job of it that it has been the #1 selling contact and customer manager in the world for a very long time.ACT! is not only very intuitive it is very easy to use, and it lets you keep every critical detail about both your current customer and potential customers. Not only do you have the ability to track it all, its stored in one place and can be accessed in seconds. It provides you with all of the tools you need to be more competitive and productive.Dont you wish you had all your customer contact information in one place? Are you tired of shuffling through pages and pages of paper looking for that post it or spreadsheet that has all the necessary information?ACT! is a single database that stores all your critical data in one place including detailed contact information, queries, activities that are on the go, customer alerts or warnings, quotes, your to do list, sales opportunities that await you, and so much more.The main contact view uses a tab system so that you can quickly click on the appropriate tab for the information you need. It also allows you to quickly and easily add information. One very useful feature is the time date which instantly lets you know when the information was posted.Youll never miss another deadline once you ACT! Youll stay on top of daily tasks no matter how big or small. If you need to contact a customer it will tell you, the calendar with its multiple views will make it easy for you to glance at your week quickly and look ahead too.You can filter your schedule by appointments, meetings, to do items, and you can prioritize them. You can even create your own custom activity types. Your set with ACT! Nothing will slip through the cracks again.One of the most talked about program features is the ability to automate and track customer communication. You can automate notifying your customers of up coming sales, renewals, marketing promotion, and any other personalized communication you need to get out.You also get plenty of pre-formatted templates whether you need to design a report, send out an email, or write a letter. You can customize them to meet your specific needs or you can create your own from scratch.ACT! has so much to offer yet you can learn how to operate it in detail just by spending a little time in it. Its very intuitive. Instructions are designed for non technical people and theres plenty of support on their web site and by telephone.So shouldnt you ACT! now and stay ahead of the competition?

The Iomega Zip Drive: A Quick History

The Iomega Zip Drive: A Quick History

For many years the floppy disk dominated the data backup market for the home user as they offered affordable data storage. Ok using floppies was akward, slow and highly unreliable but at the time it was all we had. Then along came the Zip drive and the world of data backup changed overnight thanks to the creator of the Zip drive - Iomega. No longer were you restricted to a paltry 1.4MB of disk storage - now you could fit 100MB on one single Zip disk. Later this increased to, a then, massive 750MB of storage space which was completely unheard of at the time.Zip drives worked in almost exactly the same way as a floppy disk except they were physically bigger and provided a much higher data transfer rate than home users had ever seen before in an "external" data storage device. The biggest problem with Zip drives is that although they were similar to floppy disks you still needed a separate Zip drive to read or write to these disks which in turn meant more expense for home users. Also there was a rival technology called the LS-120 or SuperDisk that found favour with many computer manufacturers (ironically enough the Zip drive long outlived the LS-120 in terms of popularity and usefulness) so the Zip drive faced an uphill struggle from it's introduction to an eager computer market. The Zip drive was/is available in a few different flavors. There were parallel, SCSI, USB and IDE Zip drives available on the market at one stage. This meant that regardles of what type of computer you had you'd be able to find a Zip drive with a compatible interface. This meant that both Mac and PC users tended to love the Zip drive although most Mac users tended to favor the Zips bigger SCSI brother - the Jaz drive... that however is the topic for another article for another day. Alas for all their ingenuity the Zip drive has become all but obsolete. The current growth in hard drive storage capacities has meant that any storage device offering less than 10GB - 20GB of storage space is all but ignored as a useful backup device. Any computer user reading this who has ever owned a Zip drive will probably feel the same sense of nostalgia I felt when writing it. The Zip drive was incredibly revolutionary in it's day and paved the way for a real boom in data backup technology for homes and small businesses. RIP Zip drive.... you shall be missed.

Photography And The Cell Phone

Photography And The Cell Phone

Nearly every modern cell phone (telefone celular) has a camera feature. Though they are far away from modern age digital camera, "cell phone" cameras can still be used to produce good quality photographs. The cell phone (telefone celular) has some additional features that are not yet available on digital cameras and so may even be able to provide some advantages. The best way to obtain quality photographs is to understand the specifications that are available on these devices, enabling you to make an informed decision when choosing your mobile product, ensuring that it meets your requirements.The size of the cell phone (telefone celular) screen will affect the quality of viewing on your phone only. It will not affect the quality of your photograph when downloaded to your computer. However, the pixels that your cell phone camera uses will affect the quality of the image a great deal. The minimum resolution you should use is 1.0 mega pixels if photographic images are an important feature for you. Higher resolution of 3.0 mega pixels and up is available on current cell phones (telefone celular). The higher the number of pixels, the better quality the photographic image will be when reproduced. This is because the pixels are the amount of dots used to create the image; the more that are used, the less the image will break up when enlarged.The memory size of your device will directly affect the number of photographs that you can store. This will affect your output, and also give you less scope for getting that perfect shot. Your device will detail how much memory it contains, and this amount is usually very low, to store only a few photographic images. However, the memory capacity can be supplemented by purchasing a memory card that is compatible with your cell phone (telefone celular). The largest currently available is as much as 2 Gigabytes, which can store large numbers of photographs. The exact number will vary as the number of pixels directly affects the amount of memory used. The settings of your picture image can often be changed also. The picture quality is better the higher the resolution you choose. Lower resolutions take up less memory and so can be useful if you just want to send images to friends and family, if are running low on space or if the quality is not of importance. It is also important that you can store your pictures. If you purchase a cell phone memory card (telefone celular), make sure that it also be compatible with your computer or that it can be hooked up to a USB that is computer compatible. Your device should also come with a USB that you can use to download your pictures. This enables you to clear your cell phone regularly, maximising the use of the camera feature. Once stored, your photographs can be manipulated using programs such as Photoshop, as with any other photographic image. A major advantage of a camera is that it can be used to send pictures direct to friends and family with a compatible [*_*] (telefone celular). These can be sent via multi media messages, which although relatively expensive are now appearing in [*_*] contracts as part of a package. Digital photos can also be sent via email if the [*_*] (telefone celular) is internet enabled. Any photographic image can be sent for free via infra red or Bluetooth to another compatible device. This is an excellent way of sharing images, without the need for downloading first, which is both fast and functional. This means [*_*]s do have an advantage over other photographic devices to a degree, as they do not yet have this feature. This article is under GNU FDL license and can be distributed without any previous authorization from the author. However the author's name and all the URLs (links) mentioned in the article and biography must be kept.

Palm Software Revolutionized Handhelds

Palm Software Revolutionized Handhelds

PalmSource has developed Palm software, which is most suited for handhelds, an d continues to upgrade it constantly. Software is available to perform a variety of functions ranging from running Web browsers, calculators, address books, date books, picture files, video files, smart phones, digital cameras, or pretty much any other function that can be imagined for a portable computing solution.Jeff Hawkins developed the first Palm operating system, called Version 1.0, for use on the original PalmPilot 1000 and 5000 series. The PalmPilot Personal and Professional editions introduced the soon upgraded version 2.0. Later, version 3.0 was introduced with the launch of the Palm III series. Support for color, multiple expansion ports, new processors and other valuable services were added in versions 3.1, 3.3 and 3.5 to provide.The introduction of Tungsten T, a PalmPilot designed for business applications, saw the launch of Palm OS version 5.0. This was the first Palm software that could be loaded on ARM devices. A significant feature with Palm software is that the newer versions are not radically altered from the older ones. In fact, a great deal of backward compatibility is required, as all new Palm applications are developed under the aegis of Palm Application Compatibility Environment (PACE).PalmSource re-branded its operating systems in 2004. The Palm OS 5 was renamed to become Palm OS Garnet, and Palm OS 6 became Palm OS Cobalt. The dedication to constant improvement of its operating systems has made PalmSource the market leader in handheld software. PalmSource software now supports a wide selection of LCD panel resolutions, one-handed navigation, and telephony components.Just a few examples of the most common applications that are included with the Palm OS are:1. Address Book/Contacts: This versatile software allows personal information to be entered in several user-definable categories, providing several slots for phone or e-mail entries.2. Blazer: This is a Web browser, providing access to the Internet for the new model smart phones and handhelds launched by Palm.3. Date Book/Calendar: The date book and calendar software functions not only as a standard organizer, but can help the user maintain daily, weekly or monthly schedules through the application's alarm facility to alert the user.4. Calculator: This gives Palm users the functionality of a standard 4-function pocket calculator. In the advanced mode, it will help the user can use perform specific jobs related to math, finance, statistics, logic, weight, length, area, and volume.5. Expense: This application allows common business expenses to be easily tracked by the user.6. HotSync: This is a very important software function that allows communication between the PalmPilot and the user's PC. It can be used for any number of functions, such as installing new software or backing up important data.Of course these are not the only applications that come with Palm OS. Some of the most popular other programs are notepad, digital photo album, to do list, and video files.

Have Bookmarks, Will Travel!

Good news: now you can use your favorite software on any computer! In my previous article http://www.resortlabs.com/articles.php?page=7, I compared online versus standalone bookmark managers and mentioned the possibility of storing Internet bookmarks on mobile storage devices, such as flash drives. However, time moves on and computer technologies are constantly progressing. The prices of flash drives have plummeted and their ever increasing storage capacity now allows them store not only data but also the applications that use the data. This advance in storage technology has resulted in a new class of software known as "portable software."So, what is a portable program? How does it differ from a regular program? A portable program can be run from a mobile storage device such as a flash drive. A portable program does not usually require any special installation. The portable program and its data can be copied to a mobile storage device. It can then be used on any PC by simply plugging in the storage device. Ideally, "portable software" does not leave any traces on the computer where it was run. No entries are made in the system registry or desktop shortcuts, no files are saved to the hard drive or, if they are saved, they are deleted as the program is closed. The settings of a portable program are stored on the device that the program is run from, i.e. on the mobile device. Thus, a portable program can be called a clean, even sterile "weapon."Many new and portable versions of the more popular programs, both freeware and shareware, have recently appeared in the software marketplace. These include Portable Firefox, Portable Thunderbird and Portable OpenOffice. A more complete list of currently available portable software applications is available from this website: PortableApps.com.Mobile device manufacturers are racing to offer us the most recent technologies that allow portable software to run automatically when we plug in our flash drives. For example M-Systems, now part of Sandisk, recently created the U3 platform. This is a mobile storage standard that supports application autorun as well as many other features. The list of software complying with the U3 standard is available on the website software.u3.com.Portable software is becoming more and more popular among PC users. This trend is especially important for computer software such as "bookmark manager" s. Portable bookmark managers eliminate the primary advantage of their online competitors - their ability to access bookmarks from virtually any computer connected to the Internet. Now you can just carry your bookmark collection on a flash drive in your pocket, together with the program that allows you to work with it, anywhere you like: to access your bookmarks all need do is plug in your flash drive to any computer.So, what portable bookmark managers are currently available?- Bookmark Base: http://www.boomarkbase.comThis program is perfect for inexperienced users. Bookmark Base has a very simple user interface. The program has a set of basic, but adequate, features that include importing and exporting bookmarks for web browsers such as IE, Firefox, Opera; adding and removing folders and bookmarks; checking the availability of web resources.- Portable Bookmarks: http://www.portable-bookmarks.comThis is a more powerful program for managing bookmarks. As well as the standard features found in all bookmark managers, Portable Bookmarks has a flexible bookmark search tool that can search on several criteria. It also has a duplicate search tool. In addition, it can automatically synchronize bookmarks with IE Favorites and download descriptions and keywords from Internet web pages. This program supports the U3 technology mentioned above.The confrontation between online and standalone bookmark managers has now moved to a new level with, I am sure, the imminent appearance of further portable versions of bookmark managers in the software marketplace. At this time, this new breed of portable standalone bookmark managers has the initiative.

What Is The Difference Between Cordless & Wirless Headphones?

Wireless headphones gives you the flexibility to move away from your stereo or television without feeling like you're going to miss something important. No longer do you have to wait for the next commercial.This freedom gives you the opportunity to move and work throughout the house and not miss a single thing. Would you like to hear the football or baseball game upstairs without having to move your stereo up there? Or maybe go outside for a few minutes to take the garbage out. No problem...you haven't missed a thing.Remember, the head sets themselves do not plug directly into your Ipod or stereo or tv. With each unit you purchase, there is a base unit with infrared technology that sends a signal to your headphones.This power unit is what plugs into your stereo or television. Also, the base usually is the cradle (on quality units) for recharging the head set as well.As mentioned earlier, this technology allows the freedom of wireless to be available for mp3 players and other hand held devices. This is great for those wanting to exercise and who is always fumbling with the cord on their head set.Many people trying to work out are so bothered by the cord the only thing they end up doing is untangling the cord or fixing their earpieces to be more comfortable and have a better fit.Also, you should know the difference between wireless and cordless. Many people think of them as the same, but they're not.Wireless means you most likely have to stay in the line of sight of the base unit. The technology behind this is similar to that of your remote control for the television. The standard range is about 30 feet. Some units are available with more mobility, but signal strength can be lost. This makes most of these units more compatible with home or office use than anywhere else.There are units available which have multi-user capabilities. This is great for one or more persons to share the exact same audio signal. A setup like this, makes music sharing easy and convenient.These setups are available for home office and standard office applications. Salesman selling on the telephone are no longer strapped to the desk. This allows freedom of movement.Being stuck in one position for long periods can actually tire someone out. With this, the telemarketer can stand and take a brief walk or stretch without the cumbersome burden of cords. Instantly, the work environment becomes a more productive and enjoyable experience.This cord-less technology makes it easy for a teacher to section the class room into groups. Each group can share the media from a single device.Result? The entire classroom is able to enjoy the freedom of mobility while still remaining productive. No longer are the students being stuck to their desk. Structured settings just became more relaxed. When the student does not feel burdened, the learning experience can become more enjoyable.Wireless headphones and the resulting technology is no longer limited to just a home stereo. The world is on the move and the wireless headphones technology is moving right along with them.

Summary

Your business is hectic. You are worried about missing deadlines and you are doing your best to stay on top of every little detail. ACT! now.ACT! was created for all of your customer relationship management needs. It was designed to keep your business organized so that it could grow and prosper and enjoy increased revenue. In fact it does such a great job of it that it has been the #1 selling contact and customer manager in the world for a very long time.ACT! is not o...