A psychologist once challenged children to cross a room without directly touching the floor, using only a pair of boards and a piece of rope. Most of the kids cut the rope in half, tied a board to each foot, and walked across.
When he gave them only one board, many of them figured out how to tie the rope to one end and slide across the room in a gallop. These kids would cross the room faster, on average, than they did when they were given two boards and used them in a more obvious but less efficient manner.
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David Walters had fire breathing down his neck. Literally. In 1988, as a summer recruit for the U.S. Forestry Service, he helped conquer a conflagration in Yellowstone National Park. Today, Walters is preparing to take the heat once again. Only this time he’s a tech-support manager at Microsoft, and he’s facing what could be the biggest potential blaze in the industry’s history–the launch of Windows 95. Says Walters: “We’re prepared for the driest season we’ve ever had.”
Walters isn’t the only one who stands to get singed. Battalions of tech-support staffers throughout the industry are coming up against an incendiary mixture–more novice users, increasingly complex software, and a growing number of compatibility issues. The toll: The average software developer now fields 1.8 million help calls per year and spends about 10 percent of revenue on support, says Bob Johnson, Dataquest’s director of software services. This isn’t a fire you can outrun. It’s get smart or get burne d. So leading companies such as Microsoft are outsourcing to third parties, putting more self-help information on-line and making their products “smarter.”
Microsoft is keenly aware of how much it has to gain–or lose– in supporting Win 95. So it’s launched a full-scale effort to beef up support, spending an additional $50 million on top of its annual $500 million in support expenditures, an industry source says. One of its biggest-ticket items was a multimillion-dollar upgrade to its telcom system to route calls among its own help-desk staffers and its five third-party support providers. Analysts agree that Microsoft has done about everything it can to brace itself Read the rest of this entry »
There are discounts offered by many emergency data recovery services. Most of the discounts are directed towards select groups and industries. There are some companies that offer discounts for emergency data recovery to students. Others offer the discounts to teachers whereas others to military personnel. It all depends on the provider.
With emergency data recovery services, you can be rest assured that you can continue with your work in the shortest time possible because very many service providers can complete the data restoration in twenty four to forty eight hours. It is worth mentioning that it is very important to ascertain the credentials of the service provider you want to employ for your emergency data recovery situation. Go through the reviews left behind by clients who have been previously served. Check out their prices for data recovery services. Only once you’re satisfied with the provider should you proceed.
How An Emergency Data Recovery Plan Works
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Hard drive clicking is a possible complication which may be encountered by any computer user. In simple terms, Hard drive clicking is the hard drive making unusual noises which it ought not to make, in a condition of normal functioning. This situation would arise due to software or hardware related malfunctions. Sometimes, the errors or failures of hard drive itself can cause hard drive clicking. It is worth making ourselves aware of certain causes which may lead to hard drive clicking. When hard drive head is hitting the internal head stop, it may generate a clicking noise. This is often called as the click of death. This is an internal hard drive clicking. If the clicking is external, it may happen due to a loose connection, faulty cable or a faulty power adapter. If the hard drive is on a non-level surface that too may cause clicking. Power supply related problems and power saving setting as well can be reasons for a clicking, once they encounter problematic situations. Hard drive sharing the same power lead as graphics card is yet another reason for the complications. If the circuit board on the hard drive is faulty, it will be indicated through a clicking sound. Highly fragmented hard drives have a high percentage of facing with the error conditions. Apart from that, it should be checked to see whether the problem is with hard drive platter. It is extremely important that the reason for the clicking is identified correctly, in order to address the issue successfully.
Solving disk crashes can be difficult, to say the least.
The procedure that follows after a clicking hard drive starts to show signs of dying are to back up the data. There are some other steps that you can take to make sure that all works well is to try to retrieve data from the hard drive. The simple procedure includes trying to do a head swap. With another hard drive from the same batch. It is not an easy thing for if you make a simple mistake it can ruin all that is in the hard drive. If you change on the factory set pressure things can go wrong on the screws. The worst mistake can be to try to do it on your own at all costs, if you are not an expert.
A data recovery company is imperative in making sure that you get all your data back. It is not a very costly affair and it does not take long. The clicking drive and the other parts are dissembled carefully with a lot of care being taken on the heads to make sure that they do not touch one another. The experts work on your clicking hard drive and retrieved information is given to you to facilitate the running of your affairs.
Among the most common hard drive problems that computer users around the world experience are clicking hard drive and other such noises. There are different hard drive noises and there are also different things causing them. Clicking hard drive sounds may be due to software or driver issues but most of the time; these are caused by mechanical failure. But, this should not send you into panic. You first need to diagnose the problem and confirm that your hard drive is indeed dying on you. Check whether the hard drive is indeed the one that is creating the clicking sound.
Once it is confirmed that you have a clicking hard drive, it is time to backup all your data and have data recovery software at the ready. If you have been doing backups regularly, then this should not be very strenuous to you. You only have the most recent important files that you need to backup. Among the items that you want to backup Read the rest of this entry »