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Beat the Heat

Gadgets, for the most part, are designed to make our lives easier. We have smartphones to keep us entertained, tablets to keep us connected, and even digital blood monitors to help keep us healthy. But are there devices out there that are designed to help keep us cool? Moderating body heat is an essential part of staying comfortable and luckily, technology has worked to make that moderation more manageable. We are all familiar with desktop fans and air conditioners, but here are three unique personal gadgets that can also help you beat the heat.

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Shuttle Program

Last month we watched as the space shuttle Atlantis took its last trip into space. This marks the end of the space shuttle program but if you look around your home or office you can see proof of the impact the program has had on our lives. Thousands of technologies developed for the space shuttle program have been commercialized and applied in a variety of ways to improve our daily lives.

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Microsoft Office Suite

Depending on what Microsoft Office suite you purchase with a new system, you may discover you have programs which you hadn’t noticed before. For instance, in Windows, here is my Microsoft Office program group:

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Good Business Cards

Business cards are an essential and longstanding cornerstone of effective networking. The format is as standard as the medium, a small stock-paper card with basic contact information and, if you're feeling saucy, a witty catch phrase. However, more and more creative thinkers are handing out extremely memorable business cards that toss out old networking conventions and replace them with unforgettable innovations. The very definition of what is and what is not a business card is changing. If you're looking to improve your networking skills by creating a business card that will have people talking, take into consideration a few of these creative techniques.

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Build your own computer

In the age of computing that we live in, it seems that computer hardware is outdated the moment you buy it from the store. This has caused many people to look at ways of making the most of their computer purchases. Some feel that buying their computer systems from a manufacturer is the best option while others feel that if they build their own systems, they will save money. So, is there a better option? Let’s break it down and look at the pros and cons of a computer system purchase depending on which option you choose.

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Open Source or Proprietary

The way companies are structured has changed as technology has grown. We frequently see companies reorganizing their teams into virtual teams, also known as geographically dispersed teams (GDT). This allows people in different countries to collaborate on a single project. Like most things in life, there are advantages and disadvantages to this style of team and it is not for every business. Is it right for yours?

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Open Source or Proprietary

When looking at software on the market, many people initially look to fill a need rather than a product. Once they understand what their need is, they then look at products which fill that need. This is where they may discover that there are both open-source and proprietary software which provides the functionality they need.

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