Gadgets are always the most welcomed around the workplace. They boost efficiency by performing certain tasks more rapidly but they have also been known to boost employee morale as some of them are quite fun to use. The following list might show you that some gadgets are most suited for the workplace than for anywhere else.

All-in-one PCs

These PCs have the advantage of being small and compact. They thus need little space. These are rapid computers and is a good investment if you are still attached to the desktop computer feel. These PCs come right at the middle of the taste of those who like tablets but still need desktop computers to work efficiently.

Self-stirring mugs

These mugs have the ability to create a stirring motion in your drink and thus it is the perfect gadget for the lazy tea or coffee drinker. Usually a button is located at the handle of the cup and once pressed, this spins the drink. This is perfect as people would not have go around and look for a spoon every time they want some drink with sugar or milk.

Facial recognition Time system

These biometric time clocks work by allowing people to clock in and out without necessarily having to show a badge or to touch the screen. The system would automatically compile time and attendance by identifying the biometric features of each employee.

Allied Time has operated in the time clock business since 1967. Their products are suited for companies wishing to integrate time systems in the workplace such as fingerprint time clocks and facial recognition system.

Most internet users are familiar with internet errors such as 404 Not Found and 403 Forbidden. However, there’s a new internet status code that is being proposed by Tim Bray, a developer advocate – for sites that are blocked for ‘legal reasons’.

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Bray, who has experience in developing key Internet standards, says, “I’ve been told by the chair of the IETF HTTP Working Group that he’ll give the proposal some agenda time at the next IETF meeting. It’s not a big proposal; shouldn’t take long.”

However, the recognition for the need of a new code first started when Terence Eden tried to access The Pirate Bay to no avail. When the site’s server denied his request, Eden then expressed the need for a new “HTTP code for censorship”, which not only caught on sparking discussions on Slashdot and Hacker News – until the time when Bray agreed to turn the ‘idea’ into reality.

With the code (451) taken aptly from Ray Bradbury’s novel, Farenheit 451, which deals with censorship, the proposal for the error code if approved, will not only furnish the details on the restriction but also mention which legal authority is imposing the restriction as well.

Bray also thinks that once official consensus is reached, there would little or no work on the engineering side in order for servers to provide “explanatory text with a 451”. In the end, of course, this effort is to ensure that when censorship does happen, it takes place out in the open and thus, provides pertinent information for users everywhere.

A question that has been asked about Twitter over the years is whether it is a technology or media company. The answer, in not being so simple, is simply a variation of both – according to Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter.


He explains further, in saying, “I think of us as a technology company because I think the future of the company is in building on an extensible platform that allows third-party developers and companies to add value to Twitter in a way that is accretive to Twitter and is accretive to our users. I don’t need to be or want to be in the content business.”

To support his statement, he also mentioned that is not in the content business because instead of having reporters or a newsroom, almost half of Twitter’s employees [1300 in number] are engineers who are working on building the technology around which Twitter runs on while also continuously creating new features for its users.

In fact, he also wishes to encourage companies and developers to build products and tools inside the Twitter platform – instead of creating external Twitter apps.

Speaking of new features, Twitter as a whole, is also evolving into something different by experimenting with media-like products some of which NASCAR and Olympics-branded pages. Twitter currently also has employees that help V.I.Ts such as athletes, media outlets, politicians and celebrities to use its features well. Thanks to this content available by V.I.Ts, “engagement rates on ads” are also great as opposed to traditional Web ads.

Yet even though Costolo still maintains the fact that Twitter has and always been a communication platform, experts think that these ‘experiments’ being conducted make Twitter more of a media company.

Summary: Network operation centers are designed to handle a variety of complex tasks that are meant for teams that are light years ahead of their time.


Today’s network operations centers are hardly what they were decades ago. Technology has advanced and evolved to the point where plenty of functionalities are now automated. The latest in visualization and communication technology has come together to create a center that’s calibrated to handle the most complex tasks.


Mission Critical Tasks for Everyday Use


Network operations centers, which were once reserved for the highest levels of government, military, and high-end businesses, are now considered standard infrastructure for a variety of different mission critical tasks such as: traffic control, telecommunications monitoring, communication networks, transportation traffic monitoring, and more. Furthermore, the network operations center video wall that’s usually integrated within the command center comes loaded with an abundance of features that are easily accessible to any specialist.


If you live in a medium-sized city, chances are your local law enforcement is utilizing some type of network operations center that can handle every task needed for the police to keep an eye out for crime and other misnomers. Moreover, these network operation centers are more capable than the original versions at NASA – which is quite a step up in regards to technological advancement.


Final Thoughts


If you’re looking to incorporate a command center or network operations center for your business – which is now more accessible than ever – it’s important that you understand the costs, issues, and other important factors that play a crucial role in the success of the center. You’ll want to consult with a professional integration company or a designer such as, which specializes in creating custom command center furniture consoles and more. Otherwise, you’re throwing caution to the wind – which you know could be the biggest financial mistake that you could ever make.

When you buy a computer with Windows 10, or first boot up after an OS upgrade, there are some things you should do (and change) immediately. Here are some of most important:

Enable system protection and create a restore point

The first thing you want to do is enable system protection and create a restore point. When you install software and new devices, things can go wrong, and the best method of recovering from that is to have a restore point that you can apply. Just remember to create a restore point before you install any new apps or add new hardware.

Enable file extension and hidden files

This is the first thing that power users do when the set up a new installation. However, even normal users can benefit when they can see the extension of the file they are about to open. For example, when a virus changes an image to an executable, you will be able to tell immediately.

Set a PIN

One common mistake is to disable the login screen. Without the login screen there is no security, and if your computer is stolen, you can lose all your data to a thief. Make the login experience easier by setting a pin instead of a password; it is secure and easy.


When you come from an upgrade, there will be a folder with the name “windows. Old”, which contains all the operating system files from the previous installation. Once you have a stable system and will not revert to the older OS, you can delete the folder and recover a lot of disk space.


Thanks to Bitcoin, not a day goes by without some news from the Cryptocurrency world. However, a lot of people don’t know or don’t understand how cryptocurrency and the blockchain works. Here is a quick primer on the blockchain, the entire technology on which cryptocurrency is built.

When dealing with virtual currency, the biggest stumbling block is the confirmation of stake and existence. For example, in a real-world transaction, when someone gives something to another person, both people are party to the transaction. However, when the currency is virtual, confirming the transaction id harder. The solution to the problem and one that presents several other advantages is the blockchain.

The easiest way to describe the blockchain is as a ledger of all transactions. There are two ways the blockchain operates. When someone confirms a block, it becomes read-only, and nobody can change it. Also, the block is distributed across the entire network of nodes. When a new happens in the network, like a coin transfer, it is only available to the recipient when the block is confirmed, which can take as long as 15 minutes.

With the distributed nature of the blockchain, it is secure from corruption. Unfortunately, this very same technology makes it theft easy. Much like cash, when you lose it, it is gone forever. Which is why it is very important that owners of bitcoin secure their wallets.


Summary: Technology has advanced to the point where video walls are the staple in today’s command centers.

It might be difficult to believe at first, but video walls can improve an organization’s security and efficiency by improving its video wall systems.

Now, video walls are designed to deliver real-time information via digital solution within a command center. The allocation of funds towards an optimal video wall can result in a drastic improvement in both ROI and productivity. Most companies go with third-party integrators like to create a quality video wall.

“Video Wall” – The Term

Video walls are often believed to be high-end, expensive displays that are utilized in stadiums and lobbies of expensive hotels. However, while the technology suits the cause, they can also be utilized within a command center of an organization for security measures. Organizations of all sizes are now finding that video walls are increasing in quality and decreasing in costs, making them ideal to purchase in bulk without having to spend massive amounts in overhead costs. Needless to say, they’re an attractive option and a hot commodity on the market.

A Change in Technology

In the past, it would be ludicrous to spend valuable company resources to digitally display information. However, manual signage systems would become obsolete over time and video walls had their chance to shine. Additionally, they catch the eye and automatically pull information from the company’s primary system – and at a low price point, it makes logical sense.

Video walls do not have to be spectacular. They don’t have to be the latest model on the market. Rather, a small installation can still provide a high-profile platform and deliver an impactful visual expression of the organization’s message. It’s a win-win for any company.