Unplugging a USB device without ejecting it from your computer can be a scary concept. The majority of us know the alarming warning icon that pops up on an iPod when you plug it into your computer. Does the danger associated with preemptively unplugging an iPod pertain to all USB devices?
Most of us have taken the risk of removing the device without taking the proper steps. And for many of us, the device came out unscathed. But what are the other potential outcomes?
One of two things can happen if you remove the device before ejecting it:
- Nothing. Your data will remain undamaged and you will cause no harm to the USB device or to the computer
- The device can become corrupted, along with all its contents. This is sometimes reparable, but can be very frustrating nonetheless
Although many people can just unplug their devices without inflicting any damage, it is still best to eject it first to avoid the inconvenience of lost data that is always a possible consequence.
For a guide to quickly and easily ejecting your contraptions check out this article.
Most of us spend a good chunk of the day sitting at a desk. So, selecting desks that fit our bodies is a vital part of our everyday comfort. There is one factor, however, that many people don’t consider when looking for a desk, and that’s height.
Ergonomically correct office furniture can prevent chronic strain. Not to mention, the increased comfort can help make you more productive.
In order to ensure a desk is the right height for you, you should:
- Sit down in the position you’d be in while using the desk
- Rest your arms at your sides
- Bend your elbow at a 90 degree angle keeping your upper arms in line with your torso
If the desk is a good height for you, your hands should rest comfortable on its surface. For minor adjustments, consider using an adjustable chair or a desk with a pullout keyboard drawer.
Using a desk that is the ideal height can save you a great deal of unnecessary discomfort, including potential chronic back problems. So, putting in a little time and effort to find the perfect desk is typically worth it.
For more information on finding the proper desk height, check out this Lifehacker article.
We’re all bound to work with PowerPoint to create presentations at one point or another in our academic or professional lives. Unfortunately, many of us are still unsure of how to best utilize PowerPoint to create a presentation that is both engaging and informative.
Most professional presenters that use PowerPoint are in agreement that the most important thing to remember when creating a presentation is not to overwhelm your audience. Slides flooded with facts often confuse and bore, not engage, your audience. And even worse, text heavy slides are commonly read by the audience, and in the process, the speaker is ignored.
With this in mind, here are 6 suggestions to consider in order to create a more effective presentation:
- Telling a story is always an amazing way to present an idea. If you are a good storyteller, stick to a small number of slides to accentuate the story and let your speech do the talking.
- If you are presenting how-to’s or other instructional information, try creating simple slides that use a small number of words to make your point, and don’t be afraid to use a lot of slides.
- If you are presenting structured information, use bullet points, not sentences or paragraphs to help your viewers’ eyes scan through the slide and catch each point.
- If you can avoid it, don’t use Clip Art, animations or fancy slide transitions. When it comes down to it, they distract from your presentation and reduce the effectiveness of your message.
- Focus on branding your business by putting your logo on every page and keeping your presentation consistent with your color palette.
- Practice first! It’s usually quite obvious to an audience if you haven’t practiced your presentation using your slides before getting on stage. Avoid the embarrassment and get your timing and speech dialed in before you present.
By using these tips for your next presentation you should end up with a well-balanced and effective presentation that will intrigue your viewers and help establish you as an accomplished presenter.
For more information on how to best utilize PowerPoint for presentations, check out this Inc. article.