The Importance of Local Area Networks (LAN)

A typical LAN network

A typical LAN network

A local area network, often abbreviated to LAN is an interconnecting computer network which links up computers in one building such as a school, different rooms within a home, computer laboratory or an office or offices within a building.

The term is used to describe a small localised network of joined up computers. On a larger scale a wide area network, abbreviated to WAN is often set up over a much larger area, between different buildings and sometimes stretching between different countries.

Local area networks often have superior data transfer rates to wide area networks and there is usually no need for a leased telecommunication line.

One of the most important features of a local area network is how the information is shared between computers. Previously ARCNET, Token Ring and other similar technology standards have been used to connect computers on a LAN, however, these days Ethernet (over twisted pair cabling) and Wi-Fi are now the main forms of communication technology which enables computers to share information on a LAN.

LANs used in office buildings

LANs used in office buildings

A big issue with LAN is safety and security of information shared. There is little doubt that tablets and smart phones have revolutionised learning for educational campuses, but safety is often overlooked. Network security threats and challenges on traditional port-based firewalls can be a real headache for those operating a LAN. It’s important  to ensure the LAN has application visibility and control to safeguard against harmful or inappropriate content too.

Some companies in the Healthcare sector are now using wireless LANs to access patient medical records from mobile devices at the patient’s bedside. This has potential to improve patient care and treatment accuracy, it can also reduce the overall cost of health care delivery by alleviating duplication of effort and inefficiency associated with hard copy patient records.

Many world–leading organisations like T–Mobile, Ministry of Defence, Prudential and many sections of the NHS and the public sector now employ LANs, it’s big business around the world.

Network companies offer their knowledge – from infrastructure to security, mobility and collaboration – for support everywhere the network reaches. They can also help a client choose a network with the smartest new technology built in. Typical areas where a third party network company can help a large company include: Systems Integration, Data Recovery, Application Development, It Support Services, Network Security Services and Penetration Testing.

From initial feasibility study and design, to full implementation and support, LANs help companies deliver the solutions that give their businesses advantages within communication, with no limits.

Article by Simon Lucas.

Choosing a Digital Camera

Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

If you’re looking for a good quality and reliable digital camera then you are going to do have to do a lot of research to find out which camera is best for you. There are dozens of online guides to buying a digital camera, and a visit to your local newsagents will provide you with a selection ofs digital camera magazine and “which” type guides.

An alternative option is to visit a good high street camera shop. There are plenty of shops which will be able to offer advice but ideally you will want to find a high street store with a good reputation and one with members of staff who specialise in digital cameras with knowledge of the latest products on the market.

One such shop is Jessops. Jessops has an extensive range of digital photography products, including digital cameras, camcorders, digital SLRs, camera lenses and camera accessories. Their collection includes products from some of the top brands including Canon, Sony, Nikon and more, so you can be sure of gaining a good all round perspective of what’s on the market.

Jessops stock a great range of compact digital cameras for point-and-shoot style, every day photography, and digital bridge cameras for those not quite ready to take the leap into digital SLR cameras which allow far more control and precision when capturing your subject. Completing their cameras collection is the range of compact system cameras which now includes the new Canon EOS M. Also new to the range of DSLR camera’s is the brand new Canon EOS 6D and Nikon D600.

Cannon SLR Cameras

Cannon SLR Cameras

There are some great deals on popular cameras and accessories such as the Canon Eos 600d, Nikon D7000, Nikon D5100, Nikon D800, Canon Eos 1100d, Canon Eos 650d, Canon Eos 1d and the Nikon D3100.

To make the most of your photography experience, Jessops offer a fantastic range of camera lenses to compliment your digital camera and to enable you to always get that all important shot. You’ll need somewhere to store all of those high quality photographs and that’s where Jessops will also be able to help, they stock various memory cards, from 2GB to 64GB.

Jessops also offer a full range of camcorders. The range includes compact, pocket and pro camcorders, allowing you to film in full HD. They also sell a wide range of accessories, including bags and cases, flashguns, tripods, batteries and more.

Browse the full range of digital cameras, camcorders, digital SLRs, camera lenses and accessories and buy online today. If you order by 5pm you can expect FREE next day delivery when you spend over £50.

Article by Simon Lucas

The Future of Battery Power

AA Duracell Batteries

AA Duracell Batteries

In electrical terms, a battery is a device consisting of one or more electrochemical cells that convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy. Most is us use batteries every day, and probably never give them a second thought, but without them, our lives would be very different.

The battery (or “voltaic pile” as it was first known) was first invented in 1800 by Alessandro Volta. It was then technically improved by Daniell cell in 1836, and since this time batteries have become a common power source for many household and industrial applications.

There are two different types of batteries: primary batteries (disposable batteries), which are designed to be used once and discarded, and secondary batteries (rechargeable batteries), which are designed to be recharged and used time and again. Batteries come in various shapes and sizes, from miniature cells used to power hearing aids and wristwatches to battery banks the size of rooms which provide standby power for telephone exchanges and computer data centers.

The most common type of battery that the general public come into contact with in the UK and which are familiar household items will be primary batteries. Well known makes of primary batteries include Duracell batteries, Varta, Energizer and Panasonic. All of these will be used in items such as remote controls, toys, games and other electronic objects. Typical household size batteries would be AA, AAAA and the smaller CR type batteries which power watches. 9Volt batteries are less common these days and are recognised by their rectangular shape.

Battery Powered Cars - The Future

Battery Powered Cars – The Future

Perhaps one of the most exciting advances in battery technology is the increased innovation in electric cars. While electric cars have been around since the very beginnings of the automobile, the eventual popularity of the internal combustion engine meant that battery powered vehicles would remain more for very local travel such as milk carts and for short distances. However, many cars are now using hybrid technology and the expense of petrol and diesel around the world is leading to major advances in electric cars, many see the battery powered car as the future of green eco-friendly travel. Buses are also now being manufactured as hybrid with emphasis on green travel.

Whilst technology, design and usage vary greatly, in truth, the battery is simply a way of storing energy for later use. The future of the battery as a power source is a bright one and technology and innovation will continue to improve performance ensuring the simple battery is not something we can live without.

Article by Simon Lucas

Make the most of your HDTV

HDTV (Sony)

HDTV (Sony)

Technology is improving as well as getting cheaper, which means that most of us have a HDTV standing proudly in the living room. With so many functions, channels, and new things to do, it can be difficult to know even where to start. Make sure that when you’re using your HDTV that you’re making the absolute most of it.

Get the settings right

If you want to watch films or TV in a dark room, which is the preferred way of viewing the latest blockbuster purchase, then your TV will usually be too bright on its factory settings. If your find your eyes hurt when watching your LCD HDTV, then the backlight may need dimming. The backlight controls how intense the light is emitted from the TV and changing it can make viewing much more pleasant.

The colour is changed by the ‘brightness’ and ‘contrast.’ If dark colours are washed out, your ‘brightness’ is set too high. Alternatively, if shadows are getting lost in the darkness (eyed being lost by a heavy brow, for example) it is set too low. The ‘contrast’ controls the whiter and brighter colours. Too low and the colours will be washed out again and too low makes everything murky. Make sure to adjust the ‘colour’ setting so that the skin tones are realistic, rather than over-exposed by the TV’s colour decoder.

HDTV settings

HDTV settings

Gaming is much better

Not only have TVs advanced in design, gaming consoles have as well. The graphics, the gameplay and the competitive nature of consoles and games have all been improved to make gaming on a HDTV much more enjoyable. They have also become so much more than a ‘geek’ toy. They have changed into home entertainment systems that are accessible to all the family. With games being created that increase joint interaction, engaging in family activities together in the evenings has become a lot easier. Don’t just use your TV as a passive entertainment device – make it part of your evening bonding with your family with the use of a games console.

Make it interactive

You’ve just purchased a new HDTV and now the industry talks about Smart TVs. This is the integration of television and internet. Although they mainstream versions of these are still in the conception stage, there are a few on the market that come with a large price tag.

Companies, such as, offer a cheaper alternative than buying a new TV – Android TV. Plugging it into your HDMI port will give you access to your internet connection, with an Android 4.0 interface. You can download apps, such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer, and play videos through them the same way you do on your laptop. Home entertainment just got much more fun and accessible to everyone.

Don’t be too fooled by the fancy manuals and confusing terms – setting your TV to a comfortable viewing experience for you is what is important. There are more detailed and advanced guides to getting the best use and picture out of your TV, but these are a few of the essentials to start off with.

Payroll Technology for the Modern Business



The modern age is becoming more and more electronics based. Advances in digital technology are meaning that many jobs once done by qualified and permanent members of staff are slowly becoming redundant. It’s an unfortunate fact of the modern age, but one which should be embraced, not only that, companies who stay ahead of the game by making the most of modern technology will no doubt have more time to spend on what drives the income of their particular industry or trade.

One such area of work is in payroll or accounts. Many companies spend vast amounts of money on emplying payroll clerks or temp staff to ensure wages get paid on time and accurately. However, advances in electronic payroll solutions electronics and HR software means that there are companies who now specialise in purely taking care of large corporations or businesses wages departments.

A payroll company will often be far more cost effective than seeking out, training up and employing someone internally.

By outsourcing payroll duties electronically, a company CEO or Manging Director can find more time to concentrate on their workforce who are actually bringing in the money for the business.

Electronic payroll programmes and software have advanced dramatically with the popularity of the Internet. Wage structures and payment processing can be activated and reviewed online securely and by a simple click of the mouse button.

Typical reasons for using a payroll company include:

  • Breadth of Service – Offering a variety of integrated solutions available to support your payroll, HR and compliance needs – no matter how diverse they may be.
  • Efficiency – Payroll companies are often prompt to respond to your needs. Be it from the initial sales enquiry, through to implementation, delivery and ongoing support.
  • Technology – They are constantly evolving and updating systems and processes to provide you with the latest technology available in the marketplace.
  • Peace of Mind – A payroll company will have a dedicated team of solution experts so you can rest assured your business and employees are in safe hands.

So, whatever industry you are in, whatever size of organisation you may be or whatever situation you may face, taking advantage of a payroll company to look after wages and accounts can be part of your company’s success.

Article by Simon Lucas

UK Gadgets & Gifts Store

Veho Noise Cancelling Earphones

Veho Noise Cancelling Earphones

So Christmas is on its way, you’ve bought all your gifts but you still have a few really difficult friends or relatives to buy for.. time is running out and you can’t bear to go traipsing around the busy shopping centres with half empty shelves for yet another day just, and just for a handful of presents. Well what about looking in an online gadget or gizmo shop, you may just find that special something which is both unique and interesting.

Gadget shops have been around for many years, ever since the invention of hand held computer games, gadget shops have supplied people with quirky unique gifts and fun electronic toys and games.

Shopping online is also a lot less stress free than high street shopping and with fast delivery services at little additional cost you can sit back and shop form the comfort of your own home.

One such online gadget shop is Gizoo.

Gizoo is a one-stop-shop for unique and useful Gadgets, Gifts & Gizmos. Here you will find some really great gadgets for men, women and children, Christmas ideas and birthday present ideas. Gizoo stocks some practical gifts as well as money-saving and eco-friendly gadgets and gifts which will appeal to many.

Gizoo Gifts and Gadgets

Gizoo Gifts and Gadgets

If you’re hoping to find the latest must-have gifts and most useful gadgets or games then Gizoo will be a great place to start looking. Gizoo has been dedicated to bringing online shoppers the latest gadgets at the best prices around since 20012. They also deliver fast and with a high level of customer service.

Popular items you may find in Gizoo include:

Gifts, gadgets, items for the home and garden, travel and leisure products, eco gadgets, toys, games, electronic gifts, health and fitness products and a varity of discounted items for that special bargain.

The website is easy to navigate around and ordering is extremely simple. There are solar toys for children, eco friendly light bulbs, computer accessories, automotive ideas such as digital tyre inflators, i-pad cases, cardboard radios, noise cancelling earphones and many more inventive and entertaining gifts.

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Case Management Software UK

Police Investigations

Police Investigations

When a crime happens in the United Kingdom, if it is brought to the attention of the police it will soon be logged and recorded digitally or electronically.As information about the crime gradually builds a portfolio or case is built. This case can be accessed by police officers who are dealing with the crime investigation, and in some cases by legal teams and people in authority such as governments.

The old days of recording details of a crime on paper alone meant that time was often wasted when one force would request information from another. The beauty of recording information about a crime digitally is that police from all regions and police forces can potentially access that information at the click of a mouse button. This can help in researching crimes committed between different areas, for instance, a criminal who operates within several counties can be more easily tracked when information is linked up.

Some companies will supply police forces with case management software or incident management software and it’s an increasingly useful and versatile way to track information relating to criminal activity.

Software companies help develop police software for improving the management of information and procedural compliance as required by corporate policy or government legislation.

Crime Information stored Electronically

Crime Information stored Electronically

Types of software include investigation software, incident management software and intelligence software.

These different types of case management software solutions have a wide scope that covers law enforcement and any public or private sector organisations with investigation or enforcement responsibilities.

By being at the forefront of such technologies, police forces can be better equipped to be one step ahead of criminal activity across the UK.

This type of software is not unique to the UK though. Other countries utilise case management software and this can help in tracking down and linking up data on international criminals and crime activities throughout the world.

In some cases crimes will never be preventable, crime will alsways exist, but with the aid of case management software and the companies which develop it, police forces throughte the UK can help make the streets a much safer place to walk at night!

Article by Simon Lucas.

iPhone 5 Covers

apple iphone 5 x line case clear

apple iphone 5 x line case clear

iPhone 5 is the latest offering from the Apple corporation and many are describing this new piece of technology as Apple’s best design to date. There is no denying the iPhone 5 is truly beautiful, and the features have advanced a long way since the first iPod, the iMac and the original iPhone.

Apple’s most recent member of the family is thinner, lighter and more powerful than the iPhone 4S. The handset is made from the same anodized aluminium which Apple uses in their laptops. The case comes in a choice of either ‘black and slate’ or ‘white and silver’.

As with all iPhones, you’re going to want to consider investing in one of the many iPhone 5 Cases on the market. The iPhone 5 currently retails in the UK at anything from £500 upwards and this expensive piece of phone technology requires a robust and stylish cover.

There are several online stores which stock a wide variety of iPhone 5 Accessories and iPhone 5 Covers, such as Orange, Vodafone, Amazon, Mobile Madhouse and Apple of course.

Apple has fitted the iPhone 5 into a  taller shell than the iPhone 4S, however, it’s also wider. This new shape design will require a new case to accommodate the change in design.

iPhone 5 has a new display which measures four inches from one corner to the other, which means it’s a slightly larger screen than previous iPhones which are 3.5-inches corner to corner.

apple iphone 5 leather flip case

apple iphone 5 leather flip case

You get a better screen resolution with iPhone 5 too. The iPhone 5 offers a screen resolution of 1136-by-640 pixels, compared with 960-by-640 of previous models. If you hold the iPhone 5 in landscape orientation, the screen will now display a 16:9 film without black bars at the top and bottom which is great news for move addicts.

If you consider how much use you will get out if this new phone, and the size of the screen, a reliable case or cover will be essential and it’s worth doing a good search online to find something which suits your style. As mobile phone devices such as the iPhone continue to become more and more important in our every day lives, so we need to make sure our little electronic friends are looked after while in your pocket or in your hands.

Leather cases are often the best for style and comfort when handling but can be expensive, but whichever iPhone 5 case you decide to buy, make sure it’s going to suit your requirements.

Article by Simon Lucas

How to Find Local Appliance Parts Stockists Online

Finding the right pieces for any electronic appliance was once upon a time something of a struggle if the truth be told. Yes, back in the day, should you have been on the search for a single component for a range of appliances, it would have been a fairly unpleasant task and one which would have included wandering the streets in order to find a specialist store which was able to provide the kind of component which would lend a new lease of life to your particular machine, but these days, said task has been made much easier than you might have thought possible.

Finding local appliance parts stockists online is actually far simpler than ever before, and all you need to do in order to track down the right piece of machinery for your faulty appliance is, well, follow the advice which are about to lend you.

Find local appliance parts stockists online and you find the answer to an age old problem; how to save money in the long run when an appliance seems to be completely and utterly beyond help. Well, the first thing you need to do in order to prolong the lifespan of pretty much any machine you care to save is pop online. Yes, in order find local appliance parts stockists online, you need to know where to search and the best way to kick this quest off is to log onto the world wide web. Once you are connected, you then need to follow one or two paths. If the truth be told, the location of any stockist is pretty much irrelevant, particularly if you are seeking a single component. In this instance, the best thing you can do is seek out a stockist such as Ransom Spares, a website which is literally filled with handy pieces and useful components; the kind of booty which has the potential to save you tons of cash over the years.

However, if you are looking to find local appliance parts stockists online, then a simple google search for the kind of stockists you seek, further altered by area should see your search come to a pleasant and successful end or you can fill out a parts request form here on the Ransom Spares website.

So, if you can, we would strongly recommend that one of these simple tasks are undertaken because then, and indeed only then can you track down the right component for your particular task.

Article by Simon Lucas