Creating Innovative Writing Software to Conserve Time and Energy

Over the years of writing reams of fiction and non-fiction I have collected more than a few valuable wrinkles: finding ideas, researching, sequential framing, compiling gilt-edge proposals, empowering text with bestselling potential, and most important of all: getting published.

This aggregated nous has resulted in 30 traditionally published works that sell offline and online in ever-increasing volume.

Just recently I took a quantum leap forward and produced seven unique software titles for personal use in conserving time and energy.

FICTION FINDER

Finding a suitable idea in the niche that best suits me is no easy matter and can entail hours of fruitless pursuit. Fiction Finder removes the hassle. I just point and click my way to the perfect idea; the perfect niche.

FICTION FRAMER

Pre-planning is the key to success in writing cutting edge fiction and this unique software enable me to frame the essentials before I uncap my pen.

HUSH-HUSH PLOTTING TECHNIQUE

The background to this little-known strategy is to engage in reverse plotting, which is in effect the process of thinking backwards to arrive at solutions. It works well in evolving murder mystery stories but it can also be applied in any fictional scenario. With its point and click facility the software produces reverse plotting automatically.

FICTION PROPOSAL PLANNER

I find a good idea, the niche that suits me best, I frame my cutting edge fiction and then I write my book. Now I need a winning proposal for publication acceptance. Fiction Proposal Planner provides me with the template; I just fill in the blanks…

NON-FICTION PROPOSAL PLANNER

Works in exactly the same way as the software above but focuses exclusively on composing winning proposals for my non-fiction output.

NON-FICTION IDEAS FINDER

Finding the right idea in a popular niche non-fiction category is vital to acceptance for publication. Ideas Finder removes the hassle. I just point and click my way to the perfect idea; the perfect niche.

EMPOWERING NON-FICTION WITH BESTSELLING POTENTIAL

Empowering niche non-fiction with bestselling potential is easy when you know how. This unique software enables me to frame the essentials before I write a single word.

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Private and Public Digital Evidence and Forensic Investigation

This article discusses the specific sub-field of digital forensics and the types of crimes that would need digital forensics for an investigation.

Digital Forensics

This sub-field of forensics examines data and information from computer storage media so that it may be used as evidence in a court of law or to answer a specific legal question as it may need.

For example in private investigations, digital forensics investigator may use digital forensics at the request of a private attorney for a defendant in a public case. And evidence may be gathered to prove that an employee is using company resources for personal private business use such as selling goods online or visiting the site that is against the company rules and regulation about Information technology. In this case, the employee may be subject to disciplinary action by the company, more personal liability, and perhaps criminal liability.

More so, evidence that proves an employee has violated an employment agreement. For example, evidence may be gathered that proves an employee accessed records or other information without authorization. It may also give that one employee has harassed another employee or perhaps stolen company information.

While public investigations require digital forensics only when a crime has been committed and computers can be used in crimes in one of the following ways, such as, Crimes associated with the prevalence of computers i.e. copyright violations, crimes in which computer is the instrument of the crime or crime in which computer are incidental to another crime such as using it to store illegal records and crimes in which the computer is the target such as crimes that involve stealing information from a computer or denial of service crimes.

Digital Evidence Collection

The collection of digital evidence may have several prominent roles in collection. These roles may include:

  • Physical Technology Collection: Investigators will collect the physical media. Physical media is any technology that stores data or information. E.g. hard disks, PDAs, flash and other electronic devices.
  • Physical Media Analysis: Investigators will analyze the physical evidence for finger prints or other evidence found on the surfaces of the physical technology. This role requires a deep understanding of the technology and may be able to aid the roles of digital evidence collection and digital evidence analysis even when the physical device is severely damaged.
  • Digital Evidence Collection: Investigators will collect the digital data from the physical device. Here, the evidence is the full set of files, folders, and bits stored on the physical media.
  • Digital Evidence Analysis: Investigators will analyze the data collected. Analysis of digital evidence may show hidden information.

Digital Evidence

Digital evidence is both the full set of bits, bytes, and blocks retrieved from the technology. It is also any subset of that full set such as e-mail, log files, text documents, spreadsheets, and other files.

Digital evidence has several unique challenges and questions that must be addressed. The highest challenge is found in modern computers which are implanted as multi-user systems with potentially hundreds of users. Since evidence must conclusively show facts in an investigation, it becomes critical to clear up ambiguities of who owns the data, how the data came to be on the system, and who or what originated the data.

Another concern is the legal issues surrounding the collection of evidence from privately owned devices such as cell phones in private investigations as well the expectation of privacy for employees using company provided resources. While no clear answers have emerged, many businesses specify the proper use of their assets and need employees to waive any such rights to privacy on company assets as part of their employment contract.

Furthermore, this issue has recently become more complicated with the onset of free publicly available encryption technologies. This specific question is whether or not a user retains an expectation of privacy by using encryption on company assets. Clearly, the company has the right to the encrypted version of the data; but does the company have the right to mandate the employee offer an unencrypted version? Subsequently, can a person be ordered by a court of law to give a password to law enforcement to decrypt the digital evidence?

One may be tempted to argue that no digital bit has ever been seen, so plain sight is not possible and not an issue. This issue of privacy raises the question of “plain sight” while collecting evidence from digital sources. Others may argue that a permit to collect any digital evidence stored on a disk or computer device is enough to collect any and all evidence from a computer for any crime.

The plain sight doctrine is best interpreted conservatively so that any seizure of evidence of one crime revealed during the search for evidence for another crime should be then justified by a permit.

Why Small Businesses Must Consider Software As Service

It has been a decade since the high-speed race of eBusiness started on the Internet super high-way with its complex digital on/off ramps. However, millions of America’s small businesses not only do not have a Web presence yet, according to a report from the Small Business Administration, they are also being left behind the Internet evolution. To compete and survive in today’s Internet-based economy, small businesses need to take advantage of the World Wide Web to become more efficient, reduce IT infrastructure, and increase employee productivity.

According to AMI Partners, global analysts of IT, Internet, and Telecom trends in the global Small and Medium Business Marketplace, “in aggregate, small businesses spend almost as much on IT solutions as large firms, but individual small businesses IT resources and budgets are quite modest”. The average small-size company [1-99 employees] has either no or maybe one half IT person, with an IT budget of less than $10,000″. Lack of time to plan or implement, the cost of implementation, the radically changing technology, limited expertise, and staff training are among the top main barriers that have caused small business to fall behind the Internet band-wagon that started its race ten years ago.

Small businesses need to learn to be more pragmatic in terms of technology utilization. Over the last ten years huge investments have been made by medium and large businesses in implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems using SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and others. While most traditional ERP systems have helped companies distribute business information internally, they have become obsolete in regards to the Internet — the ability to share information not just within a company but with suppliers, customers, partners, and share holders. Additionally, these software systems usually require huge IT investments – an unaffordable option for most small businesses.

The next generation beyond ERP is here, and the time has come for small businesses to competitively participate in the IT race. This new generation is called Internet Resource Planning, or IRP. The introductions of new technologies, such as MS Sql, and .Net architecture, have enabled the IT professionals and programmers to offer Software As Service (SAS), also known as Application Service Provider (ASP).

SAS can deliver software applications (business functions) over the Internet on a subscription or rental basis. In essence, SAS is a way for companies to outsource some or almost all aspects of their information technology needs. For example, Web-based applications such as Customer Relation Management (CRM) can streamline entire business processes and put the customers in the driver’s seat and provide them full control, while enabling companies to cut operating costs and concentrate on process improvement and service enhancement. Utilizing the Internet allows a business to ubiquitously monitor, deliver, share and manage all business-related information with all constituencies, not just the information inside the company. It integrates the supply chain and selling chain into one mega-channel that can communicate to customers, deliver product and service customers 24/7/365. Focusing only on the information inside the company is a thing of the past, and it will no longer suffice.

As recently as only a few years ago, the only choice for companies to automate business functions such as customer relations was to make significant IT investments building the necessary client/server infrastructure. Most of these investment went to purchasing new hardware, installing software and many months of implementation.
Today, web-based systems offer another popular choice, whereby the system and its functionality is not purchased, but leased in an ASP format. In this case, the customer relations management system is simply paid for per employee, per month fee.
Benefits of the ASP Model
As discovered by hundreds of companies utilizing SAS, the business advantages are endless. Among the most valuable benefits, following are worth considering why to adopt SAS:

Software As Service aka (ASP)

Hardware:

Network Server Installation No Investment Required

Troubleshooting & Maintenance No Investment Required

Software:

Database: SQL / Oracle No Investment Required

Software Licensing No Investment Required

Installation on Network & User PCs No Investment Required

Annual Maintenance Fee No Investment Required

Version Upgrades No Investment Required

IT Manpower:

Database Administrator No Investment Required

Network Admin. Support No Investment Required

Daily Backups / Data Storage No Investment Required

Access Any Where, Any Time YES

For companies wishing to acquire new technology, eliminating the fear factor is perhaps one of the greatest benefits of an ASP application. Most SAS companies offer a trial (Test-Drive) period or short-term (monthly) contract period in which users can test drive the functionality of the system. Test-driving an application also has the side benefit of testing how an organization will respond to the changes in work processes/culture. At the same time, employees feel like they are involved in the selection process. Empowering employees can go a long way towards a smooth enterprise-wide implementation.

SAS also eliminates the need for a dedicated IT department and/or contracted IT services. Most SAS systems are developed Internet-ready from ground up and are ready to run inside a browser without any implementation costs, expense and complexity of traditional systems. All that is required is Internet access, and a browser.

Finally, the most attractive advantage of using SAS solution is that there is no capital investment required at all. This benefit makes it very appealing to cash starved or startup companies who want all the same advantages in automation technology as their larger, established competitors, but can’t afford it.
Industry experts agree that, without a doubt, SAS has enabled the small business to take a quantum leap into the technology evolution.