STARTING 1999 OFF RIGHT
CONNECTIVITY TIPS FOR 1999
By Ralph D. Thomas

Business experts say the key words for success in 1999 is connectivity and speed. Let me repeat that!


Key Words For 1999
Connectivity
Speed

Connectivity has to do with the methods and techniques you use to stay connected. It has to do with hardware, software, modems, cell phones, computers, that sort of thing. It must be done with speed. It is becoming increasingly more and more important that you get and stay connected in the right manner in order to stay in business. Personally, I have taken at look at our own situation and found upgrade efforts and a little new hardware was needed. Here are some tips to get you off to the right start for 1999.

STAYING CONNECTED
WITH YOUR COMPUTER

BUYING/UPGRADING YOUR COMPUTER

The holidays are over and computer prices always come down after the Christmas reason. That's not to say that it hasn't become a buyer's market--it really is compared to what it was only a few years ago. Now is a good time to take a look at the computer equipment you have to determine if you need to upgrade or purchase new computer equipment.

If you want a very extensive online help guide on how to pick the right computer for you, you'll find it at the CMP.net site.

HOW TO BUY THE BEST COMPUTER FOR YOU

MY PERSONAL COMPUTER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 1999
Most people who know me, know that I prefer the Mac operating system over Windows. However, I recently purchased a PC Notebook that runs on Windows 98, have a nice office computer that runs on Windows 98 and have a home computer with the Apple logo on it that runs both systems. I have determined that I need to get as good with the Microsoft Windows operating system as I am with Mac. My personal recommendation for a new Windows based computer is DELL. The reason I like DELL computer for Microsoft Windows is that you can have a computer with just what you need on it and nothing more. However, the computer of the year and the savor of Apple is the new iMac. iMac has taken the market place by storm and recaptured and exceeded the market share Apple has lost in the last few years. If you want to purchase a new computer, I recommend the iMac simply because it's so easy to use as compared to Windows.

Aside from upgrading your computer, you also need to take a look and see if you need to upgrade your software. If you use PCs, you will want to upgrade to Windows 98 if you have not already done so. If you use a Mac, you will want to upgrade to Mac OS 8.5. Both of these new operating systems contain features you will be happy with.

If you use AOL, make sure you are using AOL 4.0--it has many new features you will find useful and timesaving. One of the best features I see with the new AOL 4.0 is it's ability to switch screen names while you are online. If you use a Mac, you are going to LOVE the new Sherlock Finder tools! It lets you search your hard disk for actual content of files and will let you search the web for content in the background.

Here are a couple more software tools that you will find quite useful for 1999:

PHONEFERRET
The easiest way to find telephone numbers available through the web for people in the USA. Using PhoneFerret, just enter the name of the person you're trying to find -- it's that simple. PhoneFerret then hunts through the various phone directories available on the net today. To pinpoint your search, PhoneFerret lets you specify the city and/or state where the user might be found. As an added bonus, if you have Dialer software installed on your computer, just click on the search results to automatically dial the number.

PI WIZARD
The PI WIZARD is a program disk developed by Ralph Thomas. This disk is run in your web browser and is an "on-your-hard-disk" collection of the best tools and free databases for private investigators.

THE PI WEB BROWSER 6.5
Developed by Joseph Seanor, this is a excellent tool for the private investigator and is actually a web browser especially designed for the professional investigator. it has buttons you click on that take you to the important investigative look-ups you'll use all the time. Although it is not designed to compete with Netscape or Internet Explorer, it's a very good browser.

WINFILES
Winfiles is a package of shareware utilties that work with Windows 98, 98 and NT. It's highly recommened that you try these great utilites add-ons.

Speaking of web browsers, make sure you have the latest versions. I prefer Netscape. Check their web site out.

AOL TO NETSCAPE CONNECTION
Did you know that you can use a Netscape web browser or Internet explorer Web browser with your AOL connection? It's easy! Once on AOL, just launch the other web browser of your choice and you are in business.

GET A WEB SITE--IT'S CHEAP!
If you don't have a web site, it's the best marketing for your business money can buy. Web sites these days are dirt cheap. It's now estimated that almost 50% of the U.S. population has some sort of Internet access. There are tons of places to put your web site.Whatever service you use to access the internet, check out the options for putting up a web page. Many are now offering free web space. One of the best places to put your web site is inside the PI MALL. For those you do there on web sites, I have some development recommendations at the end of this article.

YOUR MODEM SPEED
Still surfing at 28,00 bps? It's time to look at your modem speed. Things are getting faster and you need to keep up. The new technology for massive use is 56K modem speeds. Here's an important web site guide on the complete subject:

INTERNET SPEED CENTER FROM EARTHLINK
Understanding Modem Speed Technology

http://www.earthlink.com/internet/speed/
Everything you wanted to know about faster speed on the Internet is found here. You will find information about the newer 56K speed technology, ISDN and ION as well as high speed cable access.

STAYING CONNECTIONED
WITH YOUR PHONE


We live in a time when there are hundreds of more telephone options now than ever before. Here are some phone tips for 1999.

Get Your Email Through Your Cell Phone
Check with your cell phone service. Many are offering email hookups.

Undercover Phone
For years, many investigative agencies have maintained a cover phone in their office. This is used to get subjects of their investigation to call the number under pretexts. Put a caller ID box on it and make sure you block outgoing caller ID. You might consider placing a Voice Changing Security Phone on this line.

Phone Forward
Business and professional people need to be available by phone. It's just not a smart idea to use an answering machine if you can avoid it. That can easily be accomplished when you are away from your phone by diverting the call to your cell phone, home phone or any other phone you are going to be it. It's like having a virtual presence. To find out more, check the new product called The Telephone Call Diverter.

Recording Connection
If you operate in a one party consent state, you will want to have telephone tape recorders hooked into your telephone line ready to record any interview you need to make. For an extensive selection of specialized long play tape recorders, go to:

Automatic Long Play Telephone Tape Recorder Products
http://www.pimall.com/nais/e.record.html

Managing Your Outgoing Calls
It's becoming increasingly more important to manage your outgoing calls. You want to keep a record of them for your own investigative purposes and billing purposes and have a way to restrict long distance calls when you are not around. The prefect devise for this is The Telephone Information Manager.

PSE Lie Detection Technology Extremely Cheap!
Using PSE technology as an indicator of deception used to be extremely expensive. Equipment and training used to cost upwards of ten thousand dollars. Now you can utilized this technology for under $200.00 on your computer. What a way to get an indication of deception concerning those in person and telephone interviews. To review this inexpensive software go to the Truster page.

DOING YOUR OWN WEB PAGES
If you do your own web pages to stay connected in the connected economy, here are some great tools I have discovered.

Three New Software Programs (All Adobe):
Pagemill 3.0
ImageStyler
ImageReady


These are all Adobe products. Pagemill 3.0 is a very simple and easy to use web authoring tool and the upgrade is worth getting. ImageReady lets you fine-tune your graphics so the files are smaller and load quicker on your web site. ImageStyler is a new Adobe program that is designed to make web graphics for your web site and it's very powerful. Aside from the snappy web graphics you can easily create using this program, the software will automatically make rollover graphics for you. For more resources such as free animated graphics, how-to articles and free online books and very nice javascripts you can use, go to The Private Investigator's Computer Resource Center.

LEARNING FOR BETTER CONNECTIONS

 COMPUTER BOOKS AND MANUALS FOR INVESTIGATORS

 Learn Powerful Software The Easy Way!
POWERFUL SOFTWARE TRAINING CD ROMS

 The Year 2000 Solution!
Y2K Computer Crash Scenario

  Just Released! Start A New Investigative Specialization In Computer Data Recovery!
Disk Detective- How To Recover Information From A Computer
 How To Investigate By Computer 98  Free Searches On The Internet 98
 The Internet Blackbook  Naked In Cyberspace
 The PI And The Internet  Public Records Online
 Computer Investigator's Seminar  Computer Crimefighter's Handbook
 Computer Privacy Handbook  Computer Crime Law For The PI
 Secrets Of The Super Searchers  The Online Expert
 NetSpy  The Online 100
 Secrets Of A Super Hacker  The Information Broker's Handbook
 Sourcebook Of Online Experts  Government Info On The Internet
 Ultimate Internet Terrorist  Cyber Crime


 

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