Acer One Happy – Upgraded Performance and Style

The Acer One Happy is Acer’s newest installment to the “Aspire One” line of computers that made them so popular in the netbook market. The One Happy combines everything I loved in the original Aspire One and upgrades it to supercharged performance levels and style without much of an increase in price.

I’ve been excited for the One Happy since I heard about it, and now that it’s finally available, I can’t wait to get my hands on one. From what I can see, and from what other users are saying about it, it looks like a force to be reckoned with. Let’s take a look at what it’s got to offer.

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How to Become a Business Analyst

The role of a business analyst is one of those roles that people don’t particularly understand. Everyone has heard of business analysts however if you are one and are asked what you do, your response will likely be met simply with relatively blank nods of approval. One of the reasons that people don’t entirely get the role is that it is an incredibly varied profession. You are likely to even find that what one business analyst does for a living can be entirely different to what another does despite having the same title.

The essential task of any business analyst however is to evaluate an overall structure and subsequently assess how to improve it. This can be the structure of an entire business or simply a portion thereof. Should it be an entire business, the job will consist of analyzing it’s sales and marketing departments, accounting, systems management, labor, data warehousing and even its facilities. Through this activity the business analyst will evaluate the level of efficiency offered by the current structure and if found lacking will suggest alternatives. This is done with the intention of increasing overall business efficiency, stability and of course productivity and corresponding profitability.

There is also the misconception that business analysts work primarily in the IT sector but this is not the case. Though there are many IT business analysts, there are also business analysts working in marketing, accounting and various other financial capacities. The primary reason that this misconception exists is because a very high proportion of business analysts do indeed work in IT but this is solely because this is where there is currently the most demand for their services.

A Career Full of Variety

Business Analysts can of course be found in IT but also in finance, banking, telecommunication, insurance and a wealth of others. The reason that somebody with experience as a business analyst can move between industries so easily is that they generally take a very abstract view of businesses when they are analyzing and evaluating them. Therefore the analysis and evaluation of two completely different companies in completely different industries can essentially require an identical skill set.

Many people choose this career specifically for this reason. Such choice means not only a lot of freedom to move between industries should you find yourself tired of the one that you are currently in but also by being qualified to work in many different industries your career becomes pretty recession proof as you can always hop into an industry that is currently experiencing growth.

There is also the fact that even within an individual industry, the role is by no means fixed. The role is not even pre defined in many situations and in one company a business analyst may primarily be involved in strategy devising and sales planning, while when he goes to work at another company, he may be involved in analyzing the developmental process for example.

Educational Requirements

Due to the extent of the variation present within this career path, there exist no particular educational requirements to take on the role. However due to the fact that a business analyst is essentially tasked with improving the overall efficiency of a business, some demonstration of an ability to not only do so but to do so better than the existing management is of course required. Therefore many of those that end up working as business analysts enter the role after having acquired a lot of experience in either technical matters such as programming or engineering or within more general business roles.

There are still some qualifications that can be gained and though not a requirement they will definitely increase your chances of obtaining employment as a business analyst. They include but are not limited to the Certified Business Analyst Professional certification offered by the International Institute of Business Analysis. There are also a few consulting companies that offer training courses in this area.

Career Outlook

For many years now there has been a surge in positions for analysts of all kinds. Unlike many career paths, the recession has done little if anything to slow this down and may even have done the opposite, as companies are now fully aware of the costs of not maximizing the overall efficiency of their operations.

Should you find yourself in this career, you can expect to earn between 48,000 and 73,000 dollars per annum depending on both the size of the company that you work for and the amount of experience that you have amassed. There are also multiple possible contract vacancies across many industries and therefore freelancing is not only possible but also potentially incredibly lucrative.

In Review – The Acer D260 – Acer Getting it Right

Acer has been really spearheading the netbook charge with trying to get affordable and great netbooks onto the market since the trend really started to take off. The Acer Aspire One series of netbooks has been popular with consumers and reviewers alike, as it combines all of the features people want in their on the go machines with a name that they can trust.

I’ll admit that Acer has had some bad spots in the past where they just haven’t lived up to expectations with the quality of their machines, but that all seems to be in the past. Today on the chopping block is the Acer D260, a dual core machine that packs the punch that other netbooks just don’t seem to have. It has slipped under a lot of radars so far, but hopefully that’s all about to change.

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Netbooks for Sale – Should You Buy One?

Netbooks are becoming more and more popular with folks looking to have an ultra portable computer without a sacrifice in power or speed from their machine.

This article is going to give first time netbook buyers a brief overview of the benefits and drawbacks of owning a netbook, as well as outline some of the current best netbooks for sale on the market today. If you’re looking to be better informed before you make your next netbook purchase, you’ve come to the right place.

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Buying Cheap Netbooks – An In-Depth Guide

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there are so many netbooks in the market today that’s it’s often impossible to figure out what netbook is right for you. If you’re looking for something just to have around the house so you don’t have to boot up your desktop or laptop every time you want to look something up on the netbook, your choice in netbook may be completely different from someone who needs a netbook for work purposes and can’t be bothered to lug a huge laptop to and from the office every day.

If you find yourself struggling to understand all of the features within a netbook and unsure which are the best netbooks on the market today, be sure to keep on reading so that you can make an informed decision when it comes time to buy.

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Toshiba NB520 – Toshiba’s “Other” Computer

Today on the chopping block is one of Toshiba’s entries into the netbook market. While not as popular as some of their other models, the NB520 still packs a punch that has been widely well reviewed for both its price point and specifications. While I haven’t actually used the NB520 myself, I’ve spent a good deal of time researching the computer and have found both the best and worst features of it to present to you.

Hopefully by the end of the rundown, you’ll have a better understanding of what makes this netbook tick and why it may or may not be a good choice for your next computer purchase. So, with that let’s jump in to all of the good stuff.

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3G Netbooks – Browse the Web Away From Home

The biggest problem with netbooks and computers in general these days is how tethered we are to our home wireless Internet connections. Being able to get online whenever we want has become a big part of daily living, and at least for me, I feel lost when I’m away from the Internet for more than a few hours or days. Since getting an Internet connection for my phone, getting email on the go has been a breeze and a lifesaver in some situations. But what are computers supposed to do? Having a phone connected to the Internet is great, but it isn’t as nice as being able to open up a laptop on the go and browse the web with ease.

3G enables netbook users to utilize the same connectivity that cell phones use to get online while they’re on the move. If you’re looking for a netbook that not only allows you the freedom to use your computer without having to lug around a large carrying case as well as get online anywhere you have a 3G cell phone network connection, I suggest you keep on reading. I’ve done some research and dug up all of the information you need to get started in the 3G netbook world, as well as which computers are best suited to the task. Without wasting anymore time, let’s dive right in.

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Fitness Courses – The Skinny on Where to Get Skinny

We all know that it’s difficult to not only lose weight, but also find the time and motivation to do so as well. What you’ll find below is my best attempt to compile all of the information I can about where you can start getting fit, how much it’ll cost you, and how you can fit it all into your busy schedule.

As a working adult myself, I know that it can be tough to try and cram everything into your day that you’d like to. Hopefully armed with information you’ll be able to start getting fit without completely interrupting your regular routine.

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Mini Netbooks – The Quest For Smaller Size

“Which netbooks are the tiniest and are the best pick for me?” Not only do I get this question landing in my inbox on a regular basis, I also come across it on forums and sales sites at least once a day. It’s really the million dollar question that all of the netbooks in the market are trying to answer to. Which one can truly be the smallest ones available for consumers to pick up?

Netbooks, by definition, are meant to be small. Their form factor is what is supposed to make them appealing to customers. Because many computer users don’t have the strength to carry around a full sized laptop wherever they go, the netbook was meant to fill in the awkward gap between not having a computer handy that you could do work on and doing without a computer altogether (clearly not an option in the day and age we live in).

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