Monthly Archives: October 2016

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About Scanning Solutions Improve Your Workflow

Many companies operate under the impression that scanning documents is a simple, but limited, method for document storage. Although scanning does indeed reduce storage costs, there are many more benefits to implementing a scanning solution than storage alone. In fact, electronically archiving your business records is just one small step you can take toward improving operational efficiency and lowering document costs.

Regardless of your specific industry, a successful scanning solution will reap many benefits, all of which will ultimately have an impact on your bottom line. Once your documents are scanned, document management software ups the ante by adding a laundry list of practical benefits that can save your business time and money. Scanning paper documents and storing them electronically also creates a centralized file cabinet with secured areas, limiting access to only those employees with permission to access specific files. In addition, the document management software records who accessed the document and provides an audit trail. Consider the fact that 90% of US companies had a security breach in the last year from people accessing hardcopy documents. Sadly, many of these breaches go undetected because there is no way to know who accessed these documents when they are in paper form.

Imagine the amount of time you spend hunting down specific documents. Now multiply that amount of time by your total number of employees. If time is money, a successful scanning solution will turn back the clock.

Here are just a few of the many benefits of a scanning solution:

• Increased productivity

• Shortened document retrieval time

• Increased compliance

• Reduced labor costs

• Streamlined auditing

• Reduced storage costs

It’s easy to imagine just how valuable combining a scanning system with a document management solution can be. And it’s also simple to see how inefficient it is to manage your business documents without these tools. For example, without a proper system in place, a customer might call with a question regarding his or her order. Because of the many steps involved in a given purchase, your employee must follow a veritable trail of breadcrumbs in order to answer the customer’s inquiry.

Oftentimes, this results in time lost, which, for your average customer, is frustration gained. A successful scanning and document management solution will allow all the documents associated with particular orders to be accessed by anyone at any time. This way, when the customer calls, your employee is ready with the correct answer almost immediately.

So, while scanning business documents is often useful, it is barely scratching the surface of scanning potential. Embrace the process of real-time scanning, and watch as your company’s workflow drastically improves.

Richard Hermann is owner and CEO of TC Technologies, Inc. The company has been awarded the CompTIA Managed Print Trustmark and is dedicated to delivering Smart Office Document Solutions for our clients. This includes cost containment, cost reduction and business process enhancements to improve the production and use of documents both hardcopy and electronically.

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Now Put Your Best Foot Forward With Morph Transitions with PowerPoint 2016

Building a swashbuckling PowerPoint presentation indeed is not an easy affair. To craft a good example of PPT one requires regimentation of thoughts, precise content and off course good transition features too.

Working on the last aspect mentioned above, Microsoft has brought a brand new transition type or feature simply known as “Morph”. With this innovative “Morph” feature it is now lot more simple to craft attractive slide templates as the building block for an exceptional PPT example. Most amazing facet of Morph is that it can be applied automatically to move or transform objects, shapes, charts, SmartArt, pictures, words or characters across the PowerPoint templates and best part is that all this can be done with just one click.

Going by the dictionary meaning Morph is defined as “To change smoothly from one image to another using computer animation”. This is what this new automatic feature encompasses for users i.e. smoothly bring change.

With Morph’s cool features it is pretty simple to zoom in, spin, resize and alter colors of an object in a slide PPT. Similarly, word rotation, font resizing, alteration in font type etc. can also be applied. There is more, as movement of characters can also be achieved with Morph. One significant point that needs to be underlined here is, keeping the character case or capitalization same for the whole slide is essential to apply this transition. Last but not least, PowerPoint 2016 and Office 365 is an essential requirement to apply Morph.

Now, let’s comprehend how exactly Microsoft’s new automatic Morph feature works.
First and foremost, to apply any sort of Morph two identical PPT slides are required. This can be obtained by copying one slide design. If not identical, than the two presentation slides should have at least one common feature so as to apply any sort of Morph.

Coming to application of Morph in PowerPoint Presentations, than it is a short and simple just a three step procedure:

1. Firstly, make a replica of the original slide by clicking “Duplicate Slide” option or simply with Ctrl+D.

2. Secondly, apply desired alterations in the replica or second PPT slide.

3. Finally, apply Morph transitions in replica or second PPT slide to move objects, words or character as per your style.

Let’s have a close look at the step by step procedure for better comprehension of the Morph application.

1. To apply the transition just select or pick the second replica slide.

2. After this bring the cursor on the ribbon or tool bar to select “Transition Tab” or in case of Android “Transition Effect”.

3. A menu will open here. From this menu select “Morph”.

4. On selecting “Morph”, further various “Effect Options” will open like Objects, Words or Characters.

5. Now select the desired option as per requirement to apply Morph.

6. Apart from this, adjacent to “Effect Options” other options like of “Sound”, “Duration” and “Apply to all” will highlight.

7. Set these parameters as per the requirement of the specific PowerPoint show.
In nut shell, Morph actually bring myriad of effects to make a PPT model truly a jaw dropping one. Another equally significant factor here is that it saves users precious time, which otherwise could have gone waste to create same effect with Motion Path Animation.

By and large, Morph makes object, word or character movement pretty smooth thereby giving a professional touch. Moreover, as Morph is an automatic transition feature hence there is no need to understand the theory. Simply click and start!

Are you drained of trying to keep up with all your PowerPoint designing projects? You’ve explored for innovative presentation designs before, but wished you had more assistance. Does this sound familiar? Well indeed this does. Don’t worry! Just contact Chetna Sharma to convert a possibility into reality so as to capture the minds of your audience. Chetna is presentation designing expert at http://www.slideteam.net helping businesses to accomplish more with their PowerPoint presentations. At SlideTeam, Chetna oversees an experienced and talented presentation designer team that specializes in crafting bespoke corporate presentations.

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The Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

Batteries today are omnipresent today that they are invisible to us. Running in cars, digital cameras, drones, bulbs, mechanical tools, inverters, ships, trains, airplanes, windmills and even in satellites. The basic science behind the battery is chemical energy converting to electrical energy containing three main components: Anode, Cathode, and Electrolyte. The revolution in the battery over the years are through several stages of chemical combinations and implementations. Starting from Voltaic Pile to Daniell Cell, then from Lead-Acid to Nickel Cadmium battery, further evolving to Alkaline Battery, Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) and then finally to Lithium-ion battery. These are available in all shapes and sizes as per the need along with its possibly packed power capacity.

Working: The Lithium-ion battery pack consist of graphite, oxygen, metal, and of course lithium, which runs in a cycle of discharging and charging. While producing energy, the lithium moves back to the positive cathode across the electrolyte, and while charging, the ions move to the positive anode. This cycle repeats over the course of time and degrades the potency of the ions in providing the electric charge. The lithium-ion has 250Wh/kg (Watt-hours per kilogram) of energy while NiMH has mere 90Wh/kg. This is a vast difference for a small, portable and noiseless rechargeable battery.

Concern Parameters: The 10 parameters that a Lithium-ion battery pack’s development covers are high specific energy, specific power, affordable cost, longer life, better safety, wide temperature operating range, non-toxic, fast charging, lower self-discharge and longer shelf life. In the early stages, the cost of a Li-ion battery was $3000 per kWh, while Lead-acid battery cost $150 per kWh. But over the years, due to multiple benefits of Li-ion battery pack, being 150Wh/kg more than the NiMH, the cost is dramatically falling costing now $150 to $240 per kWh. Tesla’s goal is to reach $100 per kWh on lithium-ion battery packs for the cars.

NEW ERA: In 2005, there was a total of around $4900mil in the sales of lithium-ion batteries while in 2015 it is spiked to $15200mil wherein $4800mil is in automotive alone. It is expected to reach 10% on the total number of cars on the road to be battery EVs by 2020 from 0.3% today and to 35% by 2035. There is an even higher growth rate in China, Europe, and Japan when compared to the US. Statistically consuming 1900TWh for Li-ion battery pack by 2035, which is equivalent to power the whole of US for 160days.

FUTURE: There is still a lot to develop the battery technology as over the years we haven’t come up with anything further than lithium-ion battery packs configured in parallel or series to deliver the desired voltage, power density, and capacity. We sure have changed the contents and the proportion of the combination of raw materials to enhance the capabilities, but there is still a lot of work that has to be put into the battery technology. The targets are to reach over 700Wh/kg to that of 400Wh/kg we are on today. By 2020, 75% of batteries are expected to contain cobalt, in some capacity at least along with better anodes and enhancing electrolytes.

In the long run, lithium ion battery pack is to be cheaper and more efficient over to the existing ones. Moreover, Lithium Air technology is in cultivation, which shall have 10times the energy density than Li-ion. The world for lithium ion battery pack isn’t going to end for the next half century at least, making it the highest developing area in technology.

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This Definition of VPN Authentication and Encryption

The fundamentals of creating a VPN are Authentication, strong Encryption and a method of secure Key Exchange. Authenticate the users, securely exchange keys for encryption then encrypt the data using the generated keys.

Authentication is used to validate a users identity using one or more of a number of methods:

Something you have – can be a key card, a security pass, drivers licence, a passport or similar. The possession of one of the above items is usually enough to confirm the identity of the holder. The problem with this is that the device can be lost or stolen, and sometimes used by other persons.

Something you know – a password, pass phrase or some other known information that can be used to calculate function from a secret message.

Something you are – A physical characteristic of your body such as your finger print, the retina print of your eye or your DNA.

Encryption is a means of taking some plain readable text into a cipher text utilizing some form of algorithmic mapping. The intended receiver of such a cipher text must have the means to reverse the process by knowing the same algorithm, but an attacker cannot know the process.

Encryption systems must use mathematically complex algorithms so as to provide a good enough deterrent from attackers to be able to use some brute force method of calculating the algorithm in use. Two common methods of encryption are Symmetric Encryption Systems and Public Key Encryption Systems:

Symmetric encryption simply uses an identical key for encryption of the plain text and decryption of the cipher text. and decryption at both ends. The encryptor applies the key to the plain text data which results in a cipher text. The decryptor reverses the by applying the same key to the cipher text to reveal the plain text data. The most common symmetric encryption system is the Data Encryption Standard (DES), of which there are several variations.

Public Key Encryption systems are a lot more complex than symmetric encryption systems such as DES and depend upon mathematical functions that are often referred to as “trap-door” functions. They involve complex mathematical formulae which normally involve exponentiation to high powers, modular arithmetic and the products of large prime numbers. The algorithms yield an encryption mechanism and an encryption key which can be made public and a decryption algorithm and decryption key that is kept secret. The mathematics of the algorithms is so complex that it is not possible to deduce the decryption mechanism from the encryption mechanism alone.