Upgrading Networks and Operating Systems for Small Business

Why should a business upgrade their networks and operating systems? First, let's discuss what networks and operating systems are. What is a Network? According to the Florida Department of Education, a network consists of two or more computers that are linked in order to share resources (such as printers and CDs), exchange files, or allow electronic communications. There are many types of networks.  Let's look at the most common networks that are commonly known. Local Area Network (LAN) Wide Area Network (WAN) Personal Area Network (PAN) Local Area Network (LAN) This type of network typically consists of a computer network in a single area, such as an office building.  LANs are commonly known for having wired connections.  LANs are great because they are relatively inexpensive but also provide high speed and security. Wide Area Network (WAN) This type of network is similar to LANs, except that it's on a much larger scale.  WANs occupy large areas, such as within the bounds of a state or even country.  WANs can contain a series of LANs.  The Internet is a prime example of a worldwide public WAN. Personal Area Network (PAN) This type of network is probably the most common network that everyone has experience with.  A PAN is a computer network consisting of an individual within a single building, such as a home or office.  PANs can also be referred to as a home area network (HAN).  This network typically consists of devices such as a computer, laptop, cellphones, telephones, or even a video game console.  If you have a modem in your house, it's likely that you have a...

How to better plan your travel and save: Business Trip to Chicago

Milwaukee to Chicago Have you ever wanted to plan a trip to Chicago?  Well, if you have, then it would be wise to thoroughly devise your plans for the trip.  Whether you're traveling to Chicago for business trips or just to have some fun, it would be advised to research your options when it comes to travelling, lodging, dining, and the such.  Let's face it, we all have a desire to save money.  With patience and research you could save money while making the most of your time in the famous city of Chicago.  Let's look at the tasks and activities associated with a five day trip to Chicago. My Options and Alternatives Milwaukee-to-Chicago-Tasks-Arnold-Jason-Prado   Travelling Options There are many options that are available to you when travelling to Chicago.  Everyone is different and we all have our own preferences.  Some people would prefer to drive to drive to Chicago with their own vehicle.  Others would prefer to ride a bus to Chicago.  There are some who would even prefer to ride an airplane from Milwaukee to Chicago.  Let me explain the advantages and disadvantages among these options. Bus – Greyhound Advantage There are a couple of advantages of taking the greyhound bus to Chicago from Milwaukee.  First off, taking the greyhound bus is probably the cheapest option to travel to Chicago.  This is by far the greatest advantage of taking the greyhound bus. The prices of the trips vary from time to time.  For example, the trip from 3:55 am to 5:40 am costs $10.00.  The trip from 7:00 am to 9:00 am costs $9.50, and the trip...

CompTIA A+ Certification

Why should you get certified?   Why should you get certified for CompTIA A+?  First off, let’s talk about what this certification actually is.  The CompTIA A+ certification is an entry-level certification that validates a person’s understanding of hardware and software of computers.  The certification consists of many aspects of a computer that include PC installation, troubleshooting, networking, PC hardware, mobile device hardware, and much more. The A+ certification consists of two separate series, the 800 series and the 900 series, that cover different fundamentals of PCs, software, and operating systems.  The series number does not make a difference in certification.  This will be touched on later.   The importance of the A+ certification is that it essentially proves that a person understands the basic components of a computer that involve troubleshooting, proper computer safety procedures, and other skills to maintain and configure a computer. The A+ certification could provide many benefits to a person when it comes to their future career or even current career.  For example, the certification is likely to enhance your chances at getting employed.  Having that A+ on your resume and character boosts your credibility and shows that you have the required knowledge to perform the job.  According to CompTIA.org, employers tend to look for IT certifications, such as the A+, for five reasons:   Certifications provide employers a reason to fill open positions. Many companies’ IT staff are capable to holding certifications. Employees that are IT certified are said to be great employees. The importance of IT certifications are increasing. Training is important, but not enough.   The difference between 800 series and...