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Microsoft Update to Negate Issues from Intel’s Spectre Fixes – PC Mag

This is an interesting article from PC Magazine online January 29, 2018 by Rohith Bhaskar. Intel has been in the news for their Spectre fixes lately that seem to be causing stability and performance issues. The company warned users last week that its Spectre fixes have been causing problems such as random reboots, they also warned users that the fixes may cause “Data loss or corruption” as well. Microsoft has now stepped in to play ringmaster and has issued an update for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 that temporarily disables the fixes. In a blog post from Microsoft, the company has sai...

Study Finds Long Hours at the Computer Can Result in CVS -TechGig

The following article is from TechGig.com.  Computer professionals often face a number of eyesight issues due to excessive usage of the computer, tablet and mobile phones. The prolonged usage of the display can lead to blurry vision. This condition is known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). A recent study by Bank of American shows that a number of computer professionals around the world suffer from CSV. The survey result suggests that most computer professionals turn on their cell phone right from the moment they wake up. The use of computer, tablet or smartphone goes on until the tim...

MICR Line Format Explained

It is the character-recognition technology invented in the 1950s that has allowed financial institutions to streamline or ease their check processing and clearance of cheques and other documents. The characters are printed with special MICR Fonts and are known as MICR Characters, which must be printed with MICR Toner or MICR Ink. It is important as once a check is deposited into the bank, it is sent to a central location for processing, where high-speed readers/sorters read the MICR line information by sending a magnetic charge to the paper and reads the routing number and the account numb...

Decoding the USPS Intelligent Mail Barcode

The Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMB) is a 65-bar barcode for use on mail in the United States. The term “Intelligent Mail” refers to services offered by the United States Postal Service for domestic mail delivery. It effectively incorporates the routing ZIP code and tracking information included in previously used postal barcode standards.Use of the barcode provides increased overall efficiency, including improved delivery, and new services. The main component of the barcode is the Delivery Point Identifier (DPID), an eight-digit number that encodes the destination of the mail. This is th...

Top 20 Security Printing Methods Explored

Billions of dollars are spent annually to combat the crime of counterfeiting. With the advent of color laser printing creating counterfeit documents became a major security concern. The printing industry has the challenging task of creating counterfeit proof methods for checks, passports, currency, and other financial documents.  An entire print market segment is dedicated to the science of security printing has developed various methods. As new methods are developed to protect currency and other important financial and federal documents the counterfeit market continues to crack the code. ...

Automated Proof Approval Through Online Portal

In today’s fast paced world getting a quick proof approval can make the difference of a statement going out on-time or late. In the world of statement printing being on time is essential as a late delivery can have financial repercussions. Many statements need to go through an approval process prior to being released into production. BelWo’s challenge was to develop an automated process for data processing and then creating a portal that automatically posted the proof to a secure web portal for client approval. Upon posting the proof the client would be notified via email that a pr...

Automated Document Factory (ADF) with Quadient Inspire

Challenge A high volume statement client needed a way to streamline their order entry and billing process. Too much time was devoted to writing work orders for daily jobs. The work orders were written before the data was processed causing the Client Services Team to go back to the MIS and re-input the numbers for each service manually. The manual process was causing errors such as number being transposed or items not be accounted for in the inventory system. In addition to incorrect numbers the process relied on someone being available to write work orders, files that came in overnight were o...

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Implementing Quality Assurance, Quality Control, & Testing

What is the difference between Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Testing? Each of these three terms are often used interchangeably, however they are three very distinct processes. Quality Assurance The role of Quality Assurance (QA) is to identify the processes necessary to test for defects and errors. The QA process verifies products meet client standards and expectations. The QA process validates procedures, and verifies processes ares are correctly implemented for projects. Creates processes to find errors Focuses on Process Designed to identify and remove defects Q...

Test Data Defined

What is Test Data? It is the data which is made by software tester to create and fulfill all the scenarios according to the requirements of the client. In each project we produce their are varying data requirements and business rules. Test data is created to verify the multiple business scenarios and find errors in placement and possibly calculation. In utilizing test data the quality assurance team can verify each requirement is complete and all quality standards have been met. One example of when test data proves its value is in the testing of tax forms and invoice statements. In many ...

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