March 19, 2011

Good Ideas about Writing as a Mental Process

DTUAD5QRHT74 The most important part of the writing process happens in the brain. The actual conversion of the thought into a digital format using a keyboard is the physical portion of the process and is the easiest thing to do. It is what happens in the mind that we should focus our attention to when talking about writing. It is where it is determined whether or not the writing process would be successful.

As we grow, we learn some attitudes that somehow get stuck in our minds because they help us deal efficiently with problems that may confront us in our daily lives. However, some of these ideas may prevent us from doing well in other actions that we may want to do. An example of this is the mind's preference to dealing with abstract ideas that serve as shortcuts to facilitate our thinking process.

But in communication, we should focus more on how our audience would receive out thoughts rather than how our minds have conceived them. Failure in communication happens when the brain of the person we are talking with is unable to appreciate the raw and abstract ideas that our brains are working on. There should be another step that would transform the raw ideas into something that the brains of our audience would find easier to digest.

Good writers are able to perform this step automatically and seamlessly at the speed of light and so what comes up in the written form is something that their audience is more receptive to. In journalism, we are advised to write about concrete objects rather than abstract ones. This is because physical objects are easier to imagine since they have concrete counterparts in the objective reality.

And so I must tell you, aspiring writers, to allow your minds the wonderful experience of working with concrete objects that are easier for the brains of your audience to digest. Another way of saying this is give your mind permission to delve into the details of things which could mean more work for your mind but result in ease of understanding by your readers.

Management gurus exhort us to begin any activity with the end in mind. This is another way of saying that we should not get mired in what we are doing that we somehow get lost and forget what we are aiming at. There are always two parties to the communication process: the speaker and the listener. The speaker knows more about the thoughts that he wants to impart to the listener. Thus, it would be easier for him to adjust his communication to approximate the capacity of the listener to understand the thoughts rather than the other way around.

It would not be logical for us to wait until the recipient is ready to understand the meaning that we want to impart and then repeat the communication of our ideas the way that we want it to be. It is the responsibility of the one who originates the ideas to fashion his thoughts in such a way that his audience would more readily understand them. The speaker should ensure that he uses a style and language that is appropriate to the listener for communication to be successful.

What you want to say is more important than the mechanics of how you say it. Another way of saying this is that being understood and accomplishing the goal of the communication process is more important than making your writing grammatically correct. Grammar is the accepted way of using a language to ensure that everyone is using a similar structure when communicating in that language. Using the language correctly helps in making sure that your message is well understood by your audience. But getting mired on grammatical issues would only detract you from focusing on your message which is the primary reason why you are communicating. When the concern for grammar impedes the flow of your ideas, your goal of becoming a good writer would be put in jeopardy.

There may be a psychological factor that is preventing you from becoming a good writer. You might have had a bad experience early in your life that has to do with the way you write. You could have had a traumatic experience relating to something that you have written which led you to conclude that you would never become a good writer. That idea in turn has become a self-fulfilling prophesy and now you get stuck whenever you start to write.

No one is born a good writer although life experiences could make one develop a self-introspection that could help one become a good writer. In such a case, I would suggest that you take a giant mental leap and start believing that you're on your way to becoming a good writer. Gather all experiences, ideas, and thoughts contrary to this maxim and dismiss them as false and not in line with your true nature. Start writing and constantly improve your writing until you are satisfied with the result.

Be more introspective. Talk to yourself about things that you care about. Learn how to express feelings in words. Review the knowledge that you have come to know and express them in exact language. Try imagining something good that you have written. How does it look? How long is it? Look closer and imagine what sentences have you written there. Now make that idea a reality and start writing it now.

Make continuous learning an integral part of your mental construct. Make it a goal to know as much as you can about a certain topic that interests you. Imagine a certain process and list down the steps needed to be undertaken for that process to be done. Be inquisitive. Be interested in how things work. Learn to ask questions. You can create an article by first listing the questions that you want answered. Writing the article is just a matter of answering those questions one after another. You need not concern yourself with how your article is to be organized because by organizing the questions in a logical order, you already have organized your article.

Reward yourself when you have written something that you think is an outstanding work. Multiply that kind of work several times until you realize that you have now become a good writer. Reinforce the thought that you are a good writer. Never let a thought or idea that is contrary to this belief stay in your mind. Think of how you can still improve your writing skills and undertake it. Realize that you're on your way to becoming the best writer you can be and no one can stop you now.

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March 15, 2011

How you can Recover Seamlessly from your Laptop's Hard Disk Crash

The secret to being able to promptly recover from your laptop's hard disk crash is to prepare for this catastrophe happening to you.

Your laptop's hard disk would be the first of the most critical hardware that would most likely break down. It will eventually die out after one or two years of constant use because there is something in the way that it is made that makes it prone to early failure. The hard disk is a mechanical device that features a spinning disk being read and written electronically with a read/write head. It is a fragile equipment that you should not rely on to last for a long time.

To make sure that you would not be left without a computer when your hard disk breaks down, it would be a good idea to buy a spare mobile hard disk that you can readily replace your old hard disk with when it crashes. It is best to buy this replacement hard disk at the time when you purchase your laptop. You then can save time checking out the specifications and local availability of a replacement hard disk when your existing hard disk breaks down. It can save a lot of stress and trouble after you have just found out that your hard disk has crashed.

The files that you have created in your laptop represents a great deal of time and creative investment. You should not leave them in your laptop without backing them up. You don't need a sophisticated backup program that you need to study for and use for sometime before you become comfortable using it. If your laptop has a CD or DVD drive that can burn blank discs, you can just copy your important files to CD or DVD disk and keep the disks on a safe place. You have to do this regularly and don't fail to do so at the time that you have set down based on how frequently you change or add to your data.

If you have a large amount of data to backup, then you should study how your laptop's backup progrm operates and use it to backup your files. Follow the instructions carefully and perform backup activities when they fall due. Have enough external media space available so you would not miss on backing up at schedules times. Label your backup media carefully and keep them on a safe place away from dangers of them being destroyed or stolen.

Check if your laptop came with a disc containing the installation files of your operating system. If you don't have one, ask your computer dealer how you can get a copy of the operating system's installation files. Your hardware manufacturer may be able to provide one upon request or you may be asked to download the files and burn them on a blank DVD. Be sure that you have a working operating system installation disc and keep it safely stored for use when your laptop's hard disk breaks down.

Check also if your laptop came with a disc that contains the hardware drivers for the components inside your laptop. If you don't have one, your hardware manufacturer may have provided a means by which you can create a CD or DVD disc containing the hardware drivers for your laptop’s components. Don't wait for your laptop to break down before creating this drivers disc. If you still don't have one, make one now and keep it at a safe storage place.

You may have purchased additional hardware for your laptop and installed their drivers using the driver disc supplied to you by your hardware vendor. Keep this disc in a safe place so you can readily reinstall the drivers when your hard disk fails. You may have also bought software applications that you use in your professional or business activities. Keep the installation discs of these applications in a secure place so that you can promptly reinstall them when you replace your broken hard disk.

Your laptop may already have software applications installed when you bought it. However, it may not have shipped with the installation files for these applications. When you replace your hard disk, you would need those installation files to reinstall your software applications. Your computer manufacturer may have provided you with a way to create a disk that contains your software application installation files. You should not wait for trouble to happen and make one now. Otherwise, you will have to download them from the Internet at a time when your laptop is not usable because of hard disk failure.

Your laptop's hard disk is designed so that you can replace it when it breaks down. Remove your laptop's battery before replacing your computer's hard disk. There will be a disc sign on the place where your hard disk is installed at the back of your laptop. You will need to remove two screws to open this storage space. Never pull the cover of the hard disk up because the hard disk's interface with your laptop may break. This is very important. Never pull the cover up. Instead slide the cover toward the side of your laptop. You can use a small flat screwdriver to slide the cover away.

You will have to remove four screws on the cover to disengage the old hard disk from the cover. Ensure that the screws will not roll down the floor and get lost. Check first how the old hard disk is placed on the cover before finally removing it. Place your new hard disk on the cover in the same way that the old hard disk had been placed. Screw the new hard disk ensuring that you do not tighten the screws too much. Place the back the hard disk to your laptop by pushing and sliding it toward the center of the back of your laptop. Replace the two screws that attaches the hard disk cover to the back of your laptop. Replace the battery and turn the laptop on.

Go to the BIOS setup and choose the option to boot from the CD ROM drive. Insert your operating system installation disc and reinstall your operating system. Use your hardware drivers disc to reinstall the hardware drivers of your laptop's components and peripherals. Use your applications disc to reinstall your application programs. Finally, restore your files to the new hard disk by copying them back or by using your operating system's backup program.

The key to the smooth restoration of your laptop to its former usable status after a hard disk crash is a good preparation for when the eventuality will happen to your computer. Follow the steps that I have outlined and you will be able to recover your laptop promptly and easily from a hard disk failure. Avoid the stress and financial cost that hard disk failure entails. Be prepared for when this catastrophic failure will happen to your laptop.

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March 13, 2011

Ensure that you can Easily Restore your Gateway Vista Laptop after a Hard Disk Crash

Hard disk failure is the one catastrophic incident that can render your Gateway laptop useless. It is very important that you can readily and easily restore your laptop to its former useful status so as not to jeopardize your professional or business activities. To be able to recover promptly from such a catastrophic failure, you need to prepare for that eventuality happening to your laptop computer.

There are two things that you should do to ensure that you can readily and easily restore your Gateway Vista laptop after a hard disk crash. You should backup the files that you have created regularly and you should save the hardware drivers and application software setup files.

There is no backup system that will fulfill the needs of everyone. Your backup system can be as simple or sophisticated based on your own particular requirements. In my case, I am content with backing up the latest collection of my files on DVD disks. It is not the most economical scheme but it serves my simple backup requirements. Most of all, it is a system that I understand and know how to restore files from.

The Microsoft Vista operating system has a backup program in the Control Panel that you can use to backup your files. You can study it and see how it works and then use it to backup your important files. A lot of technical people have worked on this program and designed an almost foolproof scheme for backing up your data. It requires a bit of understanding though to use it properly. If you care enough about your files, learning how to use the system would be a good investment of your time.

To use the Vista backup system, logon as an Administrator user in your Vista Gateway laptop. Open your control panel, click on System and Maintenance, and then click on Backup and Restore Center. Click on the Backup Files button and follow the instructions from then on. Read and understand help articles on backing up your files from the Help program of your Vista laptop. Click on the Start button, click on Help and Support, and then search for help information on backing up your files.

Your Gateway Vista laptop came to you ready to use with hardware drivers and basic software applications already installed. It should include a DVD disk that contains the operating system installation files. However, you may not have a CD or DVD disk that contains the hardware drivers and the software application installation files. In that case, you have to make your own to ensure that you can re-install these programs once your hard disk fails.

You will not be able to restore your Gateway Vista computer to what it has been previously without the hardware drivers and software application installation files. To ensure that these programs are always available to you, you have to create a DVD disk that will contain all the files that you will need to restore your Gateway laptop to its former useable status.

To create your application and drivers recovery discs, click on the Start button, click on Gateway Recovery Center, and then click on Gateway Recovery Center. Click on Applications and drivers external media and then click the Next button. Click Create system recovery discs and then click Next. Insert a blank DVD disc on your DVD writer drive and follow the next instructions until you have finished burning the recovery disks. Label the discs based on the instructions given to you by the recovery program. Keep the recovery discs in a safe place for your use later when your hard disk crashes and you need to make a fresh install of your Vista operating system.

When you experience trouble with your hard disk, you will need to buy a replacement disk and replace your old hard disk with the new one. You then can use the Vista installation disk that came with your Gateway laptop to make a fresh install of your operating system. You can then use your application and drivers recovery disc to re-install the software applications and hardware drivers to make your laptop usable again. Finally, you can use your backup discs to restore your data to your new hard disk.

In the meantime, prepare for your Gateway Vista laptop's eventual hard disk failure by backing up your data regularly and by creating software application and hardware drivers recovery disk now.

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