Five Laptop Or Pc Accessories That Will Increase Your Efficiency

Multitasking is the need of this generation. You need to be able to check your email smoothly while you are working on that office presentation. Playing your favourite game while uploading pictures of last night’s party on Facebook must be without any hindrance. In the midst of all this multitasking, what if you are in a flight without the comfort of your home’s charging point? The expectations from a laptop/PC have undergone a sea change. Computer manufacturers have tried to match up to these expectations but there’s still a long way to go before you stop needing any supporting accessories for your laptop/PC. Here’s a list of five such accessories that make your life easier:

  • Wireless Mouse

Call me old school but howsoever responsive your laptop’s track pad maybe it’s not as smooth as the physical mouse. A lot of people feel the need for a mouse but then don’t want to block that USB port, which they might need for connecting other devices to their laptop. It is here that a wireless mouse comes into the picture. Incredibly easy to set up and not so pricey, it is a must have unless your first encounter with a computer was in the form of a laptop, in which case you are completely fine with the laptop track pad.

  • External Monitor

Imaging you are preparing that ‘all important’ presentation that will decide whether an investor puts his money in your idea or not. You have all the data you need in a couple of pdfs. Isn’t it irritating to the hilt to juggle between those two pdfs, your PowerPoint presentation and numerous other things that you might have open on your computer? Yeah, there are latest laptops which allow you to divide your computer screen into various parts and work on them simultaneously but unless you are in possession of such a computer, setting up an external monitor is the best that you can do.

  • WiFi Dongle

This is indispensable if you are using a personal computer. Most old models do not have the WiFi capability and even those which have are following the old WiFi standards. You can’t change your PC just because of this one issue. Instead, the solution is to invest in a WiFi dongle. They come really cheap and all you need to do is plug them into one of the USB ports and you are good to go. You will experience huge improvements in speed and reliability of the network. This means a lot of time is saved which would have otherwise been wasted by you just staring at the screen, waiting for that file to download.

  • External Battery

This is a no-brainer. Just like your smart phone, your laptop’s battery is limited. An external battery becomes a necessity if you cannot work without your laptop, be it because you are uncomfortable working on a tablet or because all your important data is on your laptop. Not as cheap as the wireless mouse or the WiFi dongle, it is nevertheless a good investment to make.

  • Laptop cooler

How many times have you felt enormous heat on your lap while using your notebook/laptop? It’s no rocket science that high temperatures aren’t good – neither for you nor your laptop. A laptop cooler ensures that the operating temperature of the machine doesn’t harm the machine or you. There are different types of laptop coolers. An active laptop cooler is another machine which needs a power source. It might be one which can work while being connected to a laptop’s USB port or it might be one which needs to be connected to a power adapter. Whichever type it is, what an active cooler does is use external fans to drive all the heat generated by the laptop away from it. A passive cooler, on the other hand, is nothing but a ‘chilling mat’. All you need to do is place the laptop on this mat, which doesn’t need any power source. Its surface is made from such a substance that it can absorb heat from the laptop, thereby preventing the temperature to rise too much.

Coming to think of it, some might call these accessories a luxury. But in today’s times, when lines between a ‘power user’ and a ‘general user’ are getting blurred, these items have come to be seen as not only add-ons but also efficiency enhancers. A few years back, an external hard disk was considered as required only by those who had a lot of data. Now, it is a necessity. With the advent of technology, laptops might get exceptional battery backup, smoother multitasking features and very little heating issues and then some of these accessories might get irrelevant. Till then, spending a little on these seems to be a good decision, considering the time and effort that you save.

4 Common HTTP Error Codes And What They Mean

While browsing the internet, you are bound to encounter one error code or the other. Unless you are a tech enthusiast, this can get really irritating as all your online work might hit a roadblock. If it is a onetime issue, then calling tech support might be fine. However, some of these errors keep cropping up from time to time. Not only does it prove expensive to get professional help every time but also hampers your productivity as you need to wait till the matter is resolved. Hence, it is encouraged that you put on your technical hat and try and understand the most common error codes that bug you and find out how to get rid of them. Most of the errors that we encounter on our browser are HTTP error codes. HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. HTTP is the foundation of all data communication that takes place over the World Wide Web. Here is a list of some very common HTTP error codes that plague the internet and what they mean –

  • 404 (Not Found)

This is the simplest of all. Absolutely true to its name, you will get this error code when you are trying to access a web page which does not exist on the internet.

What this means: This can mean a lot of things. It can imply that either you entered the domain name of the website incorrectly or that the website is no longer online. In case you didn’t type the URL but just clicked on a link that you got from somewhere, then it might mean that the URL was broken or that the web page has either been moved somewhere else or has been permanently removed.

How to get rid of this: The first thing that you should do is check if there are any typing mistakes that you made while entering the name of the website. In case of a shared link, check the completeness of the URL. Also, clearing your browser cookies might help in certain cases.

  • 403 (Forbidden)

You will get this error when you are trying to access a web page or resource that is forbidden.

What this means: This effectively means that you cannot access the resource or web page as it is forbidden. Sometimes a website’s server maintains a list of machines that are allowed to access the particular resource on the website. Now if your machine is not on that list (called the whitelist) then you might get error 403. You might also get this error while trying to access a file on the server. This might happen because the file permissions on the server are restricted.

How to get rid of this: The solution to this error is to try and access the web page or resource using a machine that is on the white list. You can also talk to the server administrator and get him to change the file permissions on the server.

  • 401 (Unauthorized)

You will get this error when you are trying to access a web page that is restricted, meaning that not everyone can access it.

What this means: This means that the web page can be accessed only if you are authorized to do so. Most likely, you will get this error after a failed login attempt. The login attempt is necessitated because of the restrictions on the server. This error might seem similar to 403. However, there is a difference. In 401, you are prompted to enter a password and access the resource whereas in 403, you do not have the authentication option – either you are allowed to access the web page or not.

How to get rid of this: Since this is an error which crops up after a login page, it is very likely that you might have entered the incorrect password. More often than not, going back to the login page and re-entering the login credentials correctly gets rid of this error.

  • 500 (Internal Server Error)

According to Google, this is the most searched error code on the internet. You will get this error code when there is some problem with the server of the site but they are not able to specifically pinpoint what the issue is. So this is a general sort of error.

What this means: Most of the time, this error means that there is something wrong with the server on the website. Now, this ‘something wrong’ is most likely a programming error.

How to get rid of this: Since this error is caused because of an error on the part of the website’s server, there is very little you can do. However, the tried and tested techniques that you can attempt include refreshing the web page, clearing the browser cookies or the eternal ‘come back later’