Friday, January 26, 2007

John W. Scherer Video Professor Blog Jan. 26, 2007

Technology abound!

Keep your hardware up with the times
I’ve been teaching people how to use the software on their computers for years, but Video Professor does not have a tutorial on how to upgrade a computer’s hardware. So as a service to you, I like to try and offer articles that can help. By doing simple things like adding more RAM or using an external hard drive to back up your system, you can extend the life of your computer without breaking the bank to buy a new one.
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I’m being watched, but I don’t care
This is encouraging news for IT directors and bosses around the country. According to a recent survey by, 69 percent of workers said they use their work Internet connections for personal use. And, 55 percent of workers surveyed use their work account to receive personal e-mails. What does this survey really mean? Is it that employees just don’t care about the job they have and that they would risk losing it to surf the Web? Or, do employees simply believe that IT experts just aren’t going to take the time to watch them? Read More >

Hey waiter, where’s the fly in my soup?
Are you ready to walk into an eatery and order by using a touch screen? What’s next, a conveyer belt that drops off my food? Call me “old school” but one of the reasons I go to restaurants is for the personal service. I like interacting with the servers. I realize that cost of labor is a big issue for restaurateurs, but it’s personal service that separates restaurants from vending machines.
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Let your photos see the light of day
If you’re like most people, you probably have a hard drive full of digital photos. The problem, however, is that you aren’t doing anything with them. Maybe you’ve been snapping digital photos for years, or maybe you got your first digital camera over the holidays. Well, if you don’t know what to do with your photos, this article can give you some interesting ideas. In addition, Video Professor recently released a couple of tutorials that can help you get the most out of your digital images, including Learn Digital Photography and Learn Adobe Photoshop CS2 Essentials.
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Picks o’ the week!
It’s a darn good thing Video Professor has been so successful. If I had to rely on my NFL picks to make a living, I wouldn’t survive very long. I have to give credit to the Bears and the Colts. There were a lot of people like me who did not think they had a chance to win. For the first time in a while the Bears didn’t just escape with a win. They handled the Saints from the beginning and had control of the game. The Bears’ defense showed why it has been feared all season long. They played a complete game and deserved to take the NFC crown.

Switching gears to the AFC, that was one of the best football games I have seen in a long time. I still can’t believe, however, that a Bill Belichick-coached team would squander a lead in the second half. I give Peyton Manning and the Colts credit. They fought hard all game, and in the end, they deserved to win. It was just odd not to see the Patriots pull it out like they have so many times before.

Heading into the Super Bowl, my playoff record stands at 5-5. I have one last chance to ensure I don’t finish below .500. I think Chicago will give Indianapolis all they can handle. In fact I think they will have a legit shot to win in then end. But, Indianapolis will escape with the win. Have a good week.

John W. Scherer
CEO and Founder