Tag Archives: Technology

The Disappearing Digital Divide – Children and Technology

It’s not all about text messaging and being social.  When kids want to know the answer to something they just Google it; they read news, find online communities and experience different cultures through online social interactions.

Today’s children are not afraid to sit at a computer and experiment or try new applications or even learn graphic design or how to program at an early age.

Read more in the Webopedia Tech Bytes Blog.

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Webopedia Blog: Top 5 “What Is” Technology Questions

Check out my new blog entry on Webopedia.com.

Over the seven years that I’ve been writing for Webopedia, many things have changed.  Our site finally lost the “ancient” look last year (yay!) and we have a great design now. Webo’s on-site search engine has been greatly improved, and even our parent company has changed.

What hasn’t changed is the editorial focus and dedication to writing easy-to-understand tech definitions that anyone can reference to learn about the world of computers, technology and the Internet.  That’s what Webopedia has always done (since 1996) and this is what we do best.

Webo Blog: Tech FAQ: Top 5 What Is Technology Questions Answered
Posted: Jun 21st,2011 by Vangie Beal

How to Shorten a URL

A URL shortener is a way to make a long URL (Uniform Resource Locator) shorter.  URL shortening services are Web tools (or services) that allow you to provide a long URL to a specific webpage and obtain a much shorter URL from the service provider. This Webopedia reference guide will help you understand what a URL shortener is and how these URL redirect services work.

How to Shorten a URL Using a URL Shortener Service
By: Vangie Beal, 06-22-2011

Online Banking Purchases Lower Merchants’ Transaction Fees

Consumers topping up mobile wallets and shopping online with a bank account instead of cards can save retailers hefty credit card transaction processing fees.  Mazooma makes this connection for retailers.  Many consumers are comfortable  using online banking, but the missing piece of the puzzle for merchants is how to connect consumers with their bank accounts during the checkout process.

Online Banking Purchases Lower Merchants’ Transaction Fees
By Vangie Beal, June 23, 2011

Review: Salesforce.com CRM Spring 11 Release

With new Chatter and Jigsaw integration, Salesforce.com has once again redefined online customer relationship management (CRM) with its Spring 11 release.

With so much attention focused on Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, one wonders if Salesforce.com is at all worried about losing ground to Microsoft. The answer, according to Salesforce, is no. The company says that with Salesforce Chatter and Jigsaw, Salesforce.com has yet again redefined CRM, and Microsoft is still playing catch up.

“Microsoft CRM is doing the same for CRM that Zune did for digital music players; inferior product with no innovation so Microsoft tries to attack on price point,” Scott Holden, Salesforce senior director of product marketing, told eCRM Guide.

Competitive jockeying aside, the Spring 11 enterprise edition expands on Salesforce’s already successful cloud CRM platform and also includes Chatter integration and visible results of the company’s Jigsaw acquisition. In this eCRM Guide review, we look at the new features and discuss and how Salesforce.com users benefit from these integrated cloud service technologies.

Read: Salesforce.com CRM Spring 11 Release Reviewed
By Vangie Beal

Server and Desktop Virtualization Explained

Server virtualization and desktop virtualization can be a confusing topic if you don’t know the inherent differences between the two virtualization technologies.  In computing, virtualization means “to create a virtual version of a device or resource,” however many computing devices and technologies can be virtualized, including a server, desktop, storage, network, or even an operating system.

This article defines two of the most common virtualization technologies: server virtualization and desktop virtualization, and explains the differences between them.

The Difference Between Server and Desktop Virtualization
By: Vangie Beal, October 26,

Small Business Tips: Selling Digital Goods Online

Selling digital goods online is a great, low-cost business for any entrepreneur who creates non-tangible products. We offer five tips to help you choose the right delivery service provider.

Selling digital goods online can be a good small business for any entrepreneur who authors these types of products, as this type of small business has little upfront costs to start — with the exception of having your own Web site.

For the ecommerce aspect of the small business, you will need a digital goods delivery system to handle the sale and downloading of the product. When you use an online service provider for the transaction, you’re responsible for creating or providing the digital product, uploading the files to the online service, and providing contact and payment details in addition to writing descriptions of each item.

While there are a number of digital good service providers online, not all offer the same features; but there are some key things you should look for. Here are five tips to help budding entrepreneurs choose the right digital delivery provider for their small business.

Small Business Tips: Selling Digital Goods Online
By Vangie Beal, April 28, 2010