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- 4 Facts You Should Know Before Attempting Computer Repair with Joomla Installed
A busted notebook can be a really stressful situation particularly if the notebook in question is used daily and is an significant part your work, school or company. The objective of this guide is to provide you a few things to look at when it is time to receive your laptop fixed.
Repair vs. Replacement
Among the initial questions that normally come into mind is”Is now a fantastic time to simply purchase a new notebook?” The response to this question is…”It stinks.” Based upon the intensity of your notebook fix, the decreasing costs of the majority of laptops and the era of your broken laptop, it can be a smart option to throw in the towel and then spring to get a new notebook. Repair can be expensive. I tried to do a computer repair in Charlotte NC by visiting local shop there, but prices appeared to be outrageous.
A number of the types of repairs which would justify this activity are:
- A broken LCD display
- A busted motherboard (beyond component level repair)
- A badly damaged case
These kinds of repairs would be the most expensive (generally ranging from $300 to $700) and factoring how long you’ve had your notebook this might be a fantastic time to acquire a brand new one.
Whether you’re replacing your notebook or fixing it, then you still must determine what to do with your information. If you can not turn on your notebook it makes it quite hard to backup your information.
That’s the reason it’s extremely important to do regular backups of your notebook data to safeguard yourself against this circumstance. This may also provide you a means to get your information while your notebook is getting fixed. Some notebook repair providers provide data backup and retrieval with their repairs. Ensure that you inquire about data retrieval and backup choices when talking with a notebook repair support.
Along with recovering your information, you also wish to make sure your information is safe and protected with who you decide to fix your notebook computer. With that said, you ought to be certain to pick a respectable repair service to your notebook restoration.
I really don’t know about you but I wish to learn how much my notebook repair will cost before I ship it in. This can be a tricky situation cause nearly all notebook repair providers will need to diagnose your notebook to learn what’s no way with it until they give you a cost.
Even a number of those notebook repair services that offer flat rate fix, don’t cover the components it requires to repair your notebook. If you’re concerned about repair costs, don’t send your notebook to a business which says they will need to diagnose your notebook before providing you a fix price.
You’re opening yourself up to having a big shock when you learn what the bill will be.
Not All Of Notebook Repairs are Handled equally
There are a great deal of notebook repair services which will just replace a significant part instead of fix the affected region which may cost you 3 to 4 times the price.
For example, let us say you are having trouble with your motherboard. 1 service centre could only replace your motherboard and cost you anywhere from $300 to $700 for just changing a component, when a different notebook repair service centre really takes the time to diagnose the issue and find you have a poor capacitor in your motherboard and fixes the damaged part, saving you the expense of a new motherboard.
I hope this guide has given you some insight to the area of notebook restoration. So before you opt for a notebook repair service center to deal with your laptop fix, do some study, talk together on the telephone and ask questions.
The more educated you are about what to expect and what to look for in a laptop repair service that the more you may save.
- Importance of Low-Carb Diet For Programmers and People Who Seat All Day
d seat all day next to the computer, it is crucial to have some kind of healthy routine outside of your working hours. It could be just going to the gym, or getting a treadmill desk, as an example. The other part of the equation is proper diet.
Maintaining healthy wait while sitting next to the computer all day long may prove to be a challenge.
One particular diet is stand out in the recent years to help you to maintain healthy weight while still allow you to spend lots of hours programming on your computer.
What is Low-Carb or Keto Diet
Low-Carb Diet consist of foods that is really low on carbohydrates. Ketogenic diet even go more to the extreme and allow super limited amount carbs to consume each day. Which in turn means that you need to consume more proteins and fats. Sometimes it will require you to add some low-carb keto protein powder to your diet in order to reach your calories goal.
Ketogenic Diet entails radically reducing carbohydrate consumption and substituting it with fat. This decrease in carbohydrates puts your system into a metabolic condition called ketosis.
While this occurs, your body gets exceptionally efficient at burning fat for energy. Additionally, it turns fat into ketones in the liver, which may provide energy to the mind.
Ketogenic diets may cause huge reductions in blood glucose and insulin levels.It lowers blood glucose and glucose levels, and changes the body’s metabolism from carbohydrates and towards fat and ketones.
Different Kinds of Ketogenic Diets
There Are Lots of variations of the ketogenic diet, for example:
Conventional ketogenic diet: This really is a really low carb, moderate-protein and high fat diet. It generally contains 75 percent fat, 20% protein and only 5 percent carbohydrates.
Targeted ketogenic diet: This diet plan permits you to add carbohydrates around workouts.
High-protein ketogenic diet This resembles a typical ketogenic diet, however, contains additional protein. The ratio is usually 60 percent fat, 35% protein and 5 percent carbohydrates.
But, only the conventional and non invasive ketogenic diets are studied extensively. Cyclical or concentrated ketogenic diets are somewhat more complex approaches and chiefly used by athletes or bodybuilders.
The data within this article mainly applies to the conventional ketogenic diet, but lots of the very same principles also apply to the other variations.
Weight Loss Factor
A ketogenic diet is a really effective way to lose lots of weight and lower disease risk factors . Research point out that the keto diet is better to the recommended low-fat diet in many aspects.
You can lose weight without counting calories or tracking your food intake cause this diet is so filling. One study discovered that people on a ketogenic diet can lose 2 times more weight than those who restrict their calories on a calorie-restricted low-fat diet. Triglyceride and HDL cholesterol levels also improved.
Another study found that people on the ketogenic diet lost 3 times more weight than those on the diet recommended by Diabetes.
There are a few reasons why a keto diet is superior to a low-fat diet: increased intake of protein, which in itself may provides various benefits. The increased ketones, lower blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity improvement also play a vital role.
If yo are a programmer (Joomla programmer as an example) try this diet low on cabs and see if it can help to reach your weigh goal.
lthough Joomla has been around since 2005 and is being used by more than 30 million people or businesses, it has yet to really kick off in South Africa. It will probably be the preferred choice as the Internet and access to the Internet improves since Joomla is simple and user-friendly. The biggest hurdle is finding a way to bring the computers with Internet access and electricity to the people. For now, many rely on their cell phones or Internet cafes to access the net which limits their chances of needing Joomla.
AS far as CMS or Content Management Systems are concerned, Joomla is being used by some local government offices and municipalities. In Cape Town, there are more than 10 who have launched their website using this open source CMS and they appear to be very satisfied with it.
The Challenges For Joomla in South Africa
Internet infrastructure is an even bigger problem than service delivery. Rather than pinpoint Joomla as being the problem, it’s more a case of not being understood so it’s sidestepped.
Much of the resistance comes from those who are not computer literate yet in a position of power and authority. Since they don’t see how Joomla and a new website can help them achieve their goals for the people and the lack of personnel knowledgeable enough to run the website, the usual reaction is to stick to traditional methods of communications.
At the same time, there is a general consensus that starting and maintaining a website is too expensive for a government agency or small business. Many also believe that the demands of running a website are going to take attention and funds away from current programs. Of course, this general view is not shared by everyone. There are a few forward thinkers in government who have gone ahead with their plans to be online. Some of these official government sites are Northern Cape, the City of Johannesburg, and the Office of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs or CoGTA.
Benefits For Governments to Pick Joomla
Obviously, governments are burdened by a strict budget and monitoring which makes it critical for them to pick Joomla once they decide to go online. The cost of setting up a website really depends on the platform you choose to use and maintaining costs.
- It’s an Open Source with many add-in features and apps available
- It’s cost effective because of the wide range of choices you are given including invoicing, billing, hosting forums and news
- Its standards are high and industry-accepted
- It is compatible with most web browsers
- It does not require a professional web master to oversee daily operations
- It does not require high end computer specs to run properly. Joomla 1.6 version requires less than 9Mb
- It’s easy to customize
- It has great support online and there is a Joomla! South Africa
If a government agency or small business hires a professional webmaster, graphic artist, content manager, and marketing staff, the costs will be incredible. It will require seeking contracts from the private sector. Joomla cuts through all these demands and makes it possible for a Internet savvy, computer savvy person to train in Joomla from within the organization and run the website without incurring the high costs.
The idea that it is free so it must be unreliable is completely false in this case because over 30 million people have learned to depend on it for their needs. That certainly speaks well for Joomla!
- Joomla! Day Vancouver
The Vancouver Joomla! community invites you to the first Joomla! Day Vancouver. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 14th, 2008, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM, and will be held at the Vancouver Public Library in downtown Vancouver, beautiful British Columbia, Canada .
Joomla! developers and enthusiasts from the greater Vancouver area and all over the world will attend this important community driven and inspired event. Many are flying in for Joomla! Day Vancouver and the Sites and Infrastructure Working Group’s general meeting scheduled the day before. This will be a great gathering of community members and a perfect opportunity to network with others.
The presenters and coordinators for Joomla! Day Vancouver include some of the original creators and maintainers of the Joomla! CMS framework:
- Brad Baker – Joomla! Core Team Member
- Chris Adams – CEO of Rochen Limited
- Levis Bisson – Joomla! Core Team Member
- Michelle Bisson – Joomla! Core Team Member
- Steve Burge – CEO of Alledia
- Louis Landry – Joomla! Core Team Member
- Jennifer Marriott – Joomla! Working Group Member
- Toni Marie Swats – Joomla! Working Group Member
- Wendy Robinson – Joomla! Forum Workgroup Member
- RMD Studio
- Jentekk Web Solutions
- Peer Globe Technology
- Tazzu Networking Community
Tickets are only $25 CAD if you register online or $30 CAD on the day of the event. This nominal price covers admission for an entire day of presentations and networking, a Joomla! Day T-shirt, coffee, tea, light snacks, and a chance at several great prizes.
Mark your calendars and plan to attend this exciting event:
The Date: June 14th 2008 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
The Location: Alice McKay room at the Library Square Conference Centre in the Central Vancouver Public Library Building, 350 West Georgia Street in Vancouver, Beautiful British Columbia, Canada
Joomla! Days are for everyone, from the Joomla! beginner to the wise veteran of this award winning content management system. At Joomla! Day Vancouver you will have an excellent opportunity to meet members of the Joomla! Core Team and Working Groups and to discover ways to get more involved with the project and community. We are confident that attendees of Joomla! Day Vancouver will have a great time together and look forward to hearing about the success of this event.
- Joomla! Day South Africa – Durban
The South African Joomla! community is pleased to invite you to the first Joomla! Day South Africa – Durban, an event to be held June 20 and 21, 2008, at the Varsity College, Durban North. Durban is the third largest city in South Africa, a popular destination for tourists, and considered to be the busiest port on the African continent. It is an ideal location for those interested in Joomla! to gather.
Joomla! Days offer an excellent opportunity to learn, network with other Joomla! users and developers, and discover ways to contribute to the Joomla! Project. The South African Joomla! community has been hard at work to ensure that this year’s Joomla! Day event is at least as informative and fun as the three previous successful South African events held during 2007.
The Joomla! Day South Africa – Durban Agenda presents two full days of activities:
Day 1: Business Community Day—The agenda for Friday, June 20, is designed around the needs of the business community. Those who have roles like Web master, business decision maker and marketing manager will find helpful, relevant topics. The Business Community Day is a non-technical event focused on helping make a business case for using Joomla. If you need help and information to determine whether or not Joomla is suitable for your business, this session for you.
Day 2: User Community Day—The agenda for Saturday, June 21, is focused on the Joomla! user community. This is a technical and business session, covering topics of interest for those who set up and manage Web sites for themselves or clients. Topics on this day will cover Web site security, migration, templating, extensions, hosting and business strategies for Web site developers.
Joomla! Day South Africa events are run by the Joomla! Southern African Community Portal, a non-profit organization. Register online now to attend. Your registration includes refreshments, a Joomla! t-shirt and an information packet.
Joomla! Days are well-attended worldwide. A key benefit of attendance is the opportunity to connect with members of the Joomla! community, including speakers, designers, Web site builders and developers. We wish the very best and an enjoyable Joomla! Day event to our South African Joomla! community.
- Content Management
Site Administrators – Simplicity & Control
At first glance, you will appreciate user interface improvements. The Joomla! 1.5 Administrator is more refined and the main menu simplified.The global configuration was substantially reworked for simpler presentation and greater control.  An important improvement for our international community is having Joomla!’s entire Administrator available in one’s own language using language packs made available at joomlacode.org.
Joomla! administrators will find a number of improvements in ease of site management. A single installer is available for all extension types, including languages.  The media manager is improved visually and functionally. Images, documents, presentations, and more, can now be stored. Other improvements include multi-delete capability, batch file uploads, and an ability to view media in icon and list formats. 
The core article manager is simpler. Gone are dual editor areas from Joomla! 1.0. Now, a single editor with a “Read More” button for separating the introduction from the full article, supports a more natural writing process. A very popular improvement is Joomla!’s new image manager enabling you to browse media folders to select and insert images directly into your article as you write. There is also more control of article pagination than before.
The complexity of choices and steps in the menu manager for Joomla! 1.0 have been completely redesigned for 1.5 in favor of simplicity and elegance. Usability improvements, such as the ability now to change the menu type, make changing your site much simpler. Any menu item can now be used to designate the default page. Selecting menu types is now an elegant drill down process supported by a new navigation tree; collapsible parameter sections simplify choices and increase productivity. Other helpful interface improvements include contextual tooltips and the ability to sort any menu manager column. 
One of the more significant functional improvements are search engine friendly URLs, easily implemented within the global configuration. With SEF URLs in place, system generated duplicate content is eliminated, greatly improving site search engine optimization.
Designers – Freedom & Imagination
Designers will notice marked improvements with Joomla! 1.5. Under the hood, the code base was better organized by separating program logic from presentation logic. What this does is empower designers with 100% control over how Joomla!’s content is presented. Now, template designers can use custom layouts, often referred to as template overrides, instead of the typical table heavy output from Joomla! core. The designer’s imagination is the only limit and implementation could not be easier since simply placing a layout file into a designated place makes this possible. This model is being adopted by third party developers who want to offer the same flexibility for their extensions.
Another new addition for template designers is an ability to create custom module chrome. Module chrome is how module output is wrapped in a template. While Joomla! 1.0 has a handful of ways to render modules Joomla! 1.5 gives the designer ultimate freedom in the ability to create whatever chrome is appropriate.
With 1.5 the need for end users to manually edit variables and settings in template files is ancient history. Template parameters are a new feature that allow designers ability to construct templates in such a way that users can change settings from within the template manager interface. The template manager has also been freshened up with features such as the ability to edit any CSS file for the template.
Developers – Rapid Development & Logical Structure
But, the most dramatic improvements to Joomla! 1.5 exist for developers which means good news for future enhancements. The design and architecture of the code base has been planned and executed using current development methodologies and design patterns. Joomla! has been separated into a three tiered stack to keep the internal structure clean and allow developers to leverage the different layers as necessary. The first and most interesting layer for developers is the new Joomla! 1.5 framework. With Joomla! 1.5, developers have an object-oriented, pattern based API that follows best practices and is organized into well structured and logical framework packages.
The Joomla! framework is built to support backwards compatibility to PHP 4.3 while also supporting the most current versions of PHP 5. Developers leveraging the framework will have easier transitions with newer versions of Joomla! since underlying classes have been designed with forward compatibility in mind. The idea is to ensure we have a solid foundation for future development while taking advantage of as much code reuse, as possible.
Some highlights of the new framework include the document package which gives the extension developer control over the entire document rendered on any given page load whether it be an atom feed, a PDF document, or a standard HTML page. The parameters system gives developers a simple, yet extensible way of generating XML based HTML forms for display. The extensibility of the parameters system allows developers to create their own form control objects as well as leverage the many core control objects, ranging from date selection calendar widgets and menu item selection boxes to standard text input fields.
Perhaps one of the most powerful features of the framework is the new MVC based component objects. Developing using the MVC design pattern gives developers a platform for rapid application development and prototyping. The clear separation between logic and presentation helps ensure code reusability and maintainability. Developers can hook into nearly any part of the application stack using Joomla!’s newly reworked events system, implemented according to the observer design pattern.