Technology is a great part of our daily lives these days, and so many devices we use are based on new technology. With people all over the world using various tech gadgets, it might be hard to narrow down a choice to just one. Tech gadgets are great but there is definitely one that stands out to me, which I would not want to be without.

If I had to pick just one tech gadget to use for all of my personal needs, it would definitely be a laptop computer. Laptops these days have everything inside them, which incorporates a variety of applications and programs. Laptop computers basically can be your cell phone, video or camera and it can also function as a place to find all your needed information. Anything you need is right there in front of you on the webpage, which fits all of my personal needs and more. You have the ability to watch videos and clips through websites such as YouTube and you also have the ability to view movies through websites like Netflix.

A laptop computer can basically do everything that all of the other tech gadgets do, but just in a different format or program. Skype is a video chat program you can use to video conference with your friends and family, so you could use that instead of a cell phone. Yahoo! Mail also has a chat or mobile text feature built into their mail service, which enables someone to chat with someone via text or regular chat. Although it can be annoying at times, it is a great way to communicate with friends and family, especially if they are long distance. Not to mention that you can still use your regular electronic mail to get in touch with those you need to communicate with, so you really do not need a phone anymore.

The laptop computer, especially for me, signifies every tech gadget into one where there are endless possibilities. It comes down to the ability to do everything I need to do in one general location, without having to worry about an application for this or a cell phone for that. Laptop computers also have the ability to call people, where you can talk to them just as you would on the telephone if you have a microphone. Most computers come with a microphone although they are usually pretty cheap and often break. Newer computers come with so many different programs that enables you to have virtually anything you need within a click.

I am also partial to choosing the laptop as my only tech gadget because of freelance writing and online surveys I take. Without my laptop computer, I would not be able to write articles or do surveys, which all earn me various types of compensation. Since I use my laptop for income purposes, I do not think I could choose another product because I need it to make money. I also use the computer a lot for watching videos on YouTube, which I am unlikely to ever give up. If I could not listen to my music everyday then I would be very upset, because music is therapeutic for me. Without the ability to login to YouTube and click a video, I would literally go insane and probably get depressed. I know that a lot of phones have the ability to handle videos from YouTube but it is not as good downloading the videos fast without buffering. Also, the ability to maximize a video or movie and watch it in full-screen on your laptop is something I enjoy. No matter how fast or small they make cell phones or how Internet-equipped they are, nothing beats having a laptop. Choosing one tech gadget is easy for me because my laptop is essentially a big part of my life and without it, I would definitely be lost and more broke than I am now.

These days it is easier than ever to setup your own website. Advances in design software and browser technology has brought us into the era where web pages can be created and published in a matter of minutes. Community web portals such as and allow users to create web pages using plug-ins that run in the browser itself.

When you create your web page, you are creating something that you want other people to see. Maybe you just want to share photos with your family, or maybe you’ve written some great fan fiction that you want to show off to every other Harry Potter fan. No matter the reason for creating your page, you are going to want people to look at it, and while they are looking at it you want to keep them happy so they come look at it again.

Designing a really good web page is hard, well beyond the scope of this article. So instead of telling you what you should do, we are going to tell you some things that you should not do. By following the advice in this article, we can’t guarantee you that you will have a great web page, but we can guarantee that it will drastically reduce the number of people who are horrified by it.

Big Blocks of Text
Ideally, your web page will look a lot like a page out of a magazine. Your text will be evenly spaced with breaks between paragraphs. Reading long passages on a web page is not as easy as reading one in a book, so give your reader’s eyes a break by giving them nice bits of white space. This will allow them time to take a breath, absorb what you just said, and move on to the next chunk.

Horizontal Scrolling
Unless you use some really specific coding on your web page, most web browsers will happily wrap the text at the end of the screen. This way your users just have to keep scrolling down to read what you are trying to say. Sometimes however, even the most well intentioned web page designer can accidentally “break” the browser window and cause it to think that it is bigger than it actually is. This is most often caused by having wide pictures on your page. If your picture is 1000 pixels wide, then any user who has their desktop set to 800 by 600 will suddenly find that they have to horizontally scroll across your page to not only see the entire picture, but anything that you have written.

Mouse Followers
Imagine going to a web page that you really want to read. You arrive at that web page and while you are navigating around, you notice something odd. There is stuff following your mouse around! Maybe it’s a cat, maybe it’s a hundred cats, or maybe it’s a bunch of different colored text that chases your mouse around, and when you stop moving the mouse, reassembles itself into a clock. No matter what it is, it’s distracting and annoying. They were kinda neat 5 years ago for 2 minutes, but not anymore. You want people to read your page, so stop distracting them!

You are sitting in your office/den/bedroom, browsing the web looking for the latest figures/antiques/American Idol gossip when all of a sudden Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” starts coming out of your speakers. Only it’s not even the real version of the song, it’s a cheap MIDI of the song that sounds like someone is playing it on their Gameboy. When people are browsing the web, if they want to listen to music they will choose their own and put it in their CD player. They don’t want you forcing music on them, especially if you are doing it just for the heck of it. There might be a few, a very few, web pages out there that warrant having music embedded in them, but I have yet to run across one. If you insist on doing this, at least give your visitors fair warning.

The human eye is naturally drawn to movement. If you have a happy face on your web page doing the Macarena, then that is what your visitor’s eyes are going to keep being pulled toward. Do you want your readers reading your vacation story, or staring at the dancing happy face? If you need to draw attention to something, use different colored text or a different font. Never, ever, have more than one animation in one browser window unless you are intentionally trying to trigger epileptic fits.

Unnecessary Plug-ins
People are uncomfortable downloading unfamiliar software to their computer, and rightly so. Therefore you should avoid placing anything on your web page that forces your users to download a plug-in. People have gotten used to Java and Flash, and putting something on your page that requires one of those is generally okay. However people are not going to want to download “Joe’s Super Cool Weather Info Plugin” just so they can see the current temperature (plus great offers) whenever they visit your web page.

Your website is a gift to your friends, family, or the whole world. Try to make your web page as neat and clean as possible. Most likely you want your web site to be one that people come to again and again, so you want to make sure that when people are reading your page they are not distracted or annoyed by a bunch of cutesy bells and whistles. Respect your visitors and they will respect your website.