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Demistifying the Cloud Infographic

February 19, 2014 | By | Reply More

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Is Hard Drive Partitioning Necessary?

January 23, 2014 | By | Reply More

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Hard drive partitioning is necessary when you’re adding a new hard drive or SSD to your system. You must format and partition your new HDD or SSD before you can use it.

The best tool for the job is a full-featured disk partition software which allows you to also repartition or change your partition type when you need them. Like for instance, you’d want to move your C drive to an SSD, you can repartition the old drive for media storage.

EaseUS partition manager free is a full-featured disk utility that is so powerful it can make everything done easily for you.

partition managerUnlike most software, the latter includes a helpful user guide describing just about everything that the software can do like Extend System Partition, Merge Partitions, Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk, Convert Primary to Logical Partition, and Copy Disk.

Some people say that if you are installing Windows, the installation process will take care of the formatting for you so you don’t really need a partition manager.

There are actually some advantages of setting-up partitions. Among which includes:

It separates uses for operating system and applications, and for user’s data. Sometimes it’s better to put one HDD more if it’s desktop PC.

Allows users to have more than one OS (Operating System) running on a single computer.
Serves in recovering files in case one of the partitions get corrupted so that other system files may not be affected.

If there are advantages, there are disadvantages as well. Some of which are:

  1. It reduces the total space available for user storage on the disk.
  2. May reduce overall disk performance on systems where data is accessed regularly.
  3. May increase disk fragmentation.
  4. May prevent the user from using the whole disk capacity.

There are two things that you needed to remember when doing a partition:

  1. Always back up data before changing size or moving partition.
  2. Do not delete a partition which contains useful files.

While partitioning can do a great deal depending on the purpose of using it, it’s always important that you know exactly what you’re doing or seek an expert’s advice if you don’t know where to begin.

Surge Protection Systems

January 3, 2014 | By | Reply More

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Power spikes in electrical lines has been a problem for years, but due to the switch from analog to digital data transmission, the power spike phenomena has dramatically increased. One of the problems power spikes present in an electrical component is ground transients traveling unimpeded through a system’s ground wire to deliver crashing and harmful spikes to computer technology and other electrical components.

New surge protection technology from companies like AITTechnology.com have stopped ground transients spikes from doing harm to your computer. As we move into the digital age, it’s vital that microprocessors are protected from ground transient spikes.

This technology is still absent from most surge protection systems, and that gives original equipment manufacturers an advantage when they highlight product differentiation in their electronic components. The new surge protector technology also increases a business’s bottom line, reduces warranty costs, and gives company the distinction of having the most reliable system in their product line.

surge_protectorThis is accomplished when companies include ground transient termination technology. The industry requires an UL-approved, patented ground transient termination technology that connects directly in series with the ground line of electronic equipment on the AC side. The technology protects microprocessors from ground transient spikes because they cause downtime, processor degradation and possible equipment destruction as well as material deterioration.

What can threaten my data?

December 20, 2013 | By | Reply More

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Data is one of the most crucial things you can own. As an individual, it has plenty of important information about yourself but, as a business, it has the details of customers, staff and other important people and aspects of the company. As a result, it becomes all the more crucial and must be protected.

Yet, before you can protect something, you should understand the threats being faced. When it comes to data, you must consider both digital intrusions and physical problems. Disaster recovery taking both into account is available at www.ironmountain.co.uk/services/data-protection/disaster-recovery, but it still helps to learn about the risks to understand just how important this service is.

Digital disasters

As convenient as computers are, they do bring their own share of risks into play. Once you start storing information digitally, you need digital protection to stop intruders stealing information.

These threats are incessant too, no matter what platform you use. For instance, a recent botnet – a virus that steals contact details and spreads itself, typically through scripted conversations – on Android called MisoSMS has been spreading around quickly, sending plenty of previously secure data to attackers in China.

Add in the fact that Android devices are common in the workplace, typically under ‘bring your own device’ work schemes, and the exposure faced by your network and server become ever more apparent.

Yet, even without direct attacks, people can cause servers to crash, files can become corrupt and so much more. As a result, a disaster recovery plan is still needed simply to offer that final back-up should you ever need it, not to mention peace of mind.

Physical problems

There are plenty of problems that can occur in the ‘real’ world, too. A server, after all, is still a piece of hardware. Hardware can break, be damaged, get stolen or a power cut can render it useless at an important point. In all these cases, the result is the same as a digital problem – your data is either inaccessible or already gone.

This is why disaster recovery is so important, as it covers all these physical threats too. You could have all the best firewalls money can buy, but it would mean nothing if a simple office accident resulted in damaged hardware. Even when you have remote access servers, such as The Cloud, for backup, they still have the same issues on their end – whatever you do, it’s a risk that isn’t going to go away, so alternative disaster protection is a must.

Understanding Data Mining for Sales Growth

May 18, 2013 | By | Reply More

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Companies for several decades have been implementing enterprise software solutions that drive efficiency and lowers cost of operation part of which is the collection of huge amounts of data. As technology progresses, companies continue to find the next generation of solutions that drive competitive advantage.

What companies don’t realize is that with enormous amounts of data they’ve been sitting on for decades may reveal a tremendous amount of insight about what their customers want and how they buy.

In order to be competitive, what companies need to realize is how to mine their data for information about products, customers, and markets. It’s paramount to understand how businesses outperform with PROS sales analytics using PROS big data app because it can drive competitive advantage by providing sales people with opportunities that close, offers that sell, and prices that win.

Mining historical purchasing patterns and identifying its attributes that drive buying behavior is just one of the many features of PROS big data app. Actionable insights that predict customer’s likelihood to make purchases and willingness to pay definitely provides sale people that much needed advantage to know their customer’s well through their buying patterns and knowing what products they want to buy.

Insights on pricing also provides sale people which prices customers are most likely to be attracted to thus improving customer’s buying experience while increasing sales at the same time.

There’s so much companies can do with their data if only they know how to make use of it to their advantage.

Adopting NetApp Storage Systems

December 18, 2012 | By | Reply More

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Most companies all over the world especially those with online resources strive hard to secure their vital information—their data. Protecting valuable data has been an on-going challenge and fortunately there are solutions like NetApp that lives up to this calling and continues to provide innovative software and product-storage solutions unparalleled in the industry while at the same time considering affordable cost to clients.

Comm Solutions, as a NetApp partner, provides its clients with robust technology that can deliver high percentage of ROI (Return on Investment) through data center transformations, increased storage capacity, performance boost of storage systems and 50 percent data center footprint reduction.

netapp storageNetApp can handle different types of files and data from different sources which support Fibre Channel, and iSCSI SANs, NFS and CIFS NAS in the same box.

It also simplifies your data management, boost reliability, and provides scalability through a portfolio of network-attached storage solutions for added flexibility, efficient archiving, among others.
One of the many challenges of growth is maintaining performance while retaining budget costs, thus, NetApp SAN solutions help optimize storage space, reduction of duplicate data and efficient utilization.
Of course, adopting NetApp includes Data ONTAP 8 Operating System which delivers on-demand, hugely efficient, and highly flexible single storage system for efficient data management, application and the ability to cope up with infrastructure growth overtime.

Data ONTAP 7G software on the other hand provides a virtualized data environment giving you the ability to create virtual storage volumes, quick changes and achieve superb storage utilization.

Understanding Data Center Maintenance and Repair

August 9, 2012 | By | Reply More

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As mentioned in previous posts from this site, data center serves a critical role in making sure that information online are delivered in a timely manner and is safe and secure. Since data centers house large and complex computer servers, it is highly important to keep track of its surroundings, the data center room temperature, humidity, etc. among other factors that’s why web server climate monitors exists.

As these factors are being looked upon, part of keeping data center efficiency is through maintenance and repair which Titan Power proves to deliver significantly in their growing client base. Titan Power understands the need for a back-up power and air protection systems that is integrated to interact smoothly within any facility in order to ensure continuous production during emergency and normal outages.

preventive maintenance servicesProfessionally managed maintenance program is critical and Titan Power understands it. Maintenance service agreements, comprehensive scopes of work and electronic field service reports should be handy when needed.

Today’s working environment calls for the safety of its employees so NFPA 70 E Compliance is must because it means the company is taking seriously the safety of its workforce through safety-training programs related to electric hazards and electrical safety.

It is therefore paramount that companies take the issue of its employees’ safety into consideration at all times not only in the data center environment but in all kinds of industries as well.

Data Centers – Where Would We Be Without Them?

August 1, 2012 | By | Reply More

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It is hardly a controversial opinion to suggest that data centers are an indispensable part of modern life – it really is impossible to envisage a world without the vast capacity and power that data centers grant the business and information technology sectors – much less a world without Google, eBay and Facebook! But what exactly are the major advantages of a data center that their absence would remove? Let’s take a look…

Firstly, the cost to enterprises of running an in-house own data center is increasingly prohibitive, given the growing size requirements of such facilities. As more and more information is transmitted online and more transactions take place online – just as computing power continues to grow – then a data center needs exponentially more power and more hard disk space. Server racks just keep on getting longer and even keeping them cool enough becomes uneconomically costly for most small, medium or even large-sized enterprises.

data centerSecurity is the second big issue – in a world where cyber-crime and espionage is constantly growing, there needs to be a very robust response to security. Most enterprises just don’t have the time and resources to police their IT operations to the level required, and a good data center can give them the reassurances they need. Technicians can be on hand throughout the 24-hour cycle, not just to ensure that the server racks keep on functioning perfectly and that any problems are swiftly dealt with, but also to ensure that information is kept safe and secure and that hacking or phishing attempts are roundly thwarted.

So, where would we be without data centers? The answer is that we would have a vastly more limited cyber-world, with businesses forced to keep their computer operations artificially scaled back due to cost considerations, with the knock-on effect of a hobbled e-commerce sector. Social networks would be slow, unsafe and prone to disastrous infiltration, while search engines would also be grindingly slow and frustrating to use – welcome back to the late 1990s.

It’s safe to say that data centers are not only here to stay, but will keep getting bigger and better so long as the computer world leads the way.

Understanding the Pros and Cons of SAN Storage Systems

May 19, 2012 | By | Reply More

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As the demands for more data consumption grow bigger because of the internet, storage area networks (SANs) become a fad. Adapting a SAN storage system is not as simple as you think it is. If you are looking for solutions that would cater to huge data storage and consumption without buying large servers, SAN might be it.

Why use a SAN?

If you want better disk utilization

If all your storage is tied together through a centralized storage network, SAN gives you the ability to manage it as one such as slicing up the resources to those that needs it most.

If you need a reliable DR (disaster recovery) solution

Critical servers normally have applications that can’t go down, these requires reliable recovery backups when disaster arises.

If you need better uptime for your applications

Simply, uptime boosts apps and business. Downtime spells tragedy. SAN provides data protection algorithms that make sure data stays consistent.

SANFaster backups

Backing up huge amounts of data is a major advantage in using SAN.

Why not to use a SAN?

Having the right staff, budget and business requirements would make sense in acquiring a SAN system however the following scenarios will tell you if it’s not a good choice.

If you have a few inexpensive servers

SAN is good only for several servers that will hook up on a storage network. You can see the benefits of a SAN when have a bunch of servers to hook up to the storage network. You need to justify the cost of SAN investment since it can be pricey.

If you want to save money

If you’re looking at ROI, you have to make sure that your business is growing fast otherwise you’ll end up spending more.

If you need a disaster recovery solution for a single application

A disaster recovery solution offered by SAN is only good for multiple applications and not for just single apps. As mentioned, this can be costly and adapting one may require a fast WAN connection.

Moving to the Cloud?

October 11, 2011 | By | Reply More

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MySQL databases running on cPanel environments are easy to move from one to the other during site migration and as a web developer myself, I really find it smooth and almost error-free but that’s as long as you know that both source and recipient is of the same MySQL version among other parameters to consider.

On environments such as the cloud, migration of MySQL databases can sometimes be a pain. Although cloud hosting environments offer scalability and high availability, the differences between Linux servers running MySQL databases is totally different from cloud hosting servers. However, the presence of a pluggable storage engine for MySQL databases on a cloud hosting environment makes possible what is called a cloud database.

plug and play cloud databaseCloud databases are simply databases housed in a cloud host system, to be exact, cloud databases can be MySQL databases running in the cloud. Xeround offers such system of migrating MySQL databases into cloud hosting environments without altering any code changes to your existing applications. This means, Xeround will be the new database housing MySQL database into a cloud database without any changes in coding, thus, retaining all settings from your existing MySQL databases.

With this, you’re running your software in MySQL system on a cloud environment giving you more scalability and high uptime or availability which is fairly known on cloud services.

Since your MySQL database remains untouched as you transfer into Xeround, for example, this makes it seamless to transfer from one cloud hosting server to another like Rackspace, Amazon EC2 and Heroku interchangeably.
Xeround is designed as a native cloud database thus this database solution is vendor agnostic – meaning it can run on any cloud service provider.

A good database -as-a-service provider should be easy to set up with your highly available database in the cloud in a matter of minutes without any code changes to your applications, or simply plug-and-play, no architectural or code scaling considerations needed like memcached or sharding, automated database operations and configurations must be available, no vendor lock-in and must be pay as you go without provisioning requirements.

What a Dedicated Server Should Do for You

July 1, 2011 | By | Reply More

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When it comes time to upgrade to a dedicate server the process can be a little intimidating. For starters you might not even be technically fluent enough to understand the specifics. That was certainly the case for me. But in my resulting research and eventual decisions (yeah there were a few) I learned that increased bandwidth comes at a cost of increased responsibility. It isn’t simply a question of whether or not your business website demands a dedicated hosting instead of shared hosting. It’s more about whether or not you have the potential to handle the worries and woes of a dedicated server and if not, can you afford to pay someone who does.

Some computers at CERN computing centerIf you’re essentially ignorant to the whole server thing, you probably need to look for a managed server that’s still dedicated. It’s sort of like the best of both worlds. Where with a hosted server you get the assistance of a web host who takes care of security and updates, when you run on a dedicated server those tasks are yours to figure out. Having a managed server enables you to continue not having to worry about things like firewall services, database management, server monitoring, et cetera.

That comes at the expense of true independence. The first attempt I had at getting a dedicated server with continued outside management, I was basically tricked into paying more for a shared hosting service. You definitely want to avoid that. It’s not worth paying more if you aren’t entitled to superior bandwidth capacity and the freedom to dictate things like what operating system you can run on.

Eventually I found a managed dedicated server that provided me with the freedom I wanted, the bandwidth and service my website needed, and the administrative assistant I didn’t want to deal with and couldn’t afford to pay someone to do.

If you settle for a managed dedicated server always consider the future. You might one day be in the position where you can hire on some IT staff in which case you want to opt for a strictly dedicated server. You’re going to want the full spectrum of security customization and service tweaking that only an IT worker employed by you answering to you can deliver on.

The need to leave the shared server behind is a much more pressing issue than deciding on which kind of dedicated server you want to ultimately use. Allow the wriggle room for dedicated servers to be used for you to experiment with. So long as visitors are able to access the site, it doesn’t matter how often you shop around, though switching from one to another repeatedly isn’t exactly good for anybody. Server technology is the kind you can easily grasp on the go, which works out well when you’re going to be working hard to pick the right choice.

Solid State-of-the-Art

June 21, 2011 | By | Reply More

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If you’ve ever seen footage of aerospace training where they hurl someone on a centrifuge until they hurl themselves or pass out from the g-forces, then you have an idea of what a traditional disk drive looks like when it’s working. It’s essentially a spinning disk, like a CD-ROM, only at rotary speeds well beyond those of the aforementioned space travel training techniques humans can experience. When a hard drive or any object moving that fast is dropped, the results are usually pretty cool to look at if they weren’t so potentially tragic. Unless there’s a safeguard in the design, most moving hard drives that are dropped are usually destroyed on impact along with all the data on them. For this and other reasons, traditional disk drives are dangerous places to be putting precious pieces of information with no alternative backup storage.

solid state driveComputer and software designers already knew years ago, when disk drives were reaching their zenith, that solid state storage products were ultimately going to replace most hard disk drives in future computers. It’s simply the natural progression of things. Above all there is significant increases in storage safety when the storage device has no moving parts. This reduces the chance of dropping the overall computer or storage unit itself leading to permanent loss of data or damage. You simply can’t count out the possibility of dropping a computer no matter how careful you think you are so that matters a lot. The other important indicator that solid state is primed to take over memory for good is that lack of magnetic interference doing damage to the memory. Traditional disk drives, much like their floppy predecessors, are extremely vulnerable to outside magnetism causing complete memory wipe-out. Storage units sans risk of magnetic destruction are going to matter a lot with the rise of the pocket-size computer.

Which works great considering that solid state storage is a lot smaller than the necessary amount of hard disk space for a comparable amount of data. But the technological breakthroughs of putting so much on so little are not without their costs, literally. Currently a consumer can get a hold of a 1TB hard drive for about $100 bucks. That same amount of storage space costs $4000 if you’re buying a solid state drive. The differential won’t be permanent nor will solid state drives always be so expensive; analysis indicates that solid state prices drop 50% every two years as technology increases. In the meantime the kind of memory needed for large scale projects is a little hard for consumers to attain in solid state form but eventually it’ll be priced accordingly.

Solid state memory is more complex in design compared to traditional hard disk drives but far more simple in structure. The less movement, the better, as far as computer technology goes. Eventually we’ll arrive at a point where all home computing is performed through a single solid drive hub hooked to a household mainframe and accessed by remote devices throughout the day. Until then keep spinning.

Web Hosting for Small and Mid-sized Businesses

June 12, 2011 | By | Reply More

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Just when you thought that having customers at your store is enough, think again. With millions of internet users increasing each day, you might want to get a least a decent slice of the eyes of these people. The internet is a vast space and with its large sphere of influence, you can basically spread the word out about your business—your products and or services.

serversFirst thing, you must have a website in order to have your business’ presence felt on the internet. However, in order for you to run your website on the internet, you must have a web server, something that would power your website to become live to millions of people on the internet. It’s like paying your utilities but this time, it’s your website. The company that runs those web servers is your web hosting provider and the process of hosting your website on their servers is called web hosting.

Some mid-sized businesses that have been on the internet for quite some time already operates under managed hosting simply because it gives them more freedom from in-house costs of administering web servers, backing-up and security update monitoring and installation.

Web-based businesses who already own their own servers can take advantage of colocation, wherein existing hardware (servers) is housed in an enterprise-class facility with adequate space, temperature control, and utmost security.

Web hosting can be tricky and with the presence of many new players like cloud, you can easily get bumped into something that you might not really know about and when that happens, always ask for advice.

What Small and Mid-sized Businesses Should Know About Web Hosting?

October 26, 2010 | By | Reply More

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Small and mid-sized businesses nowadays need to expand their presence online especially when getting customers and profit is at stake. If you are a business owner or is planning to start one, you just simply can’t rest on your laurels even though you’re reaping revenues offline or on site.

The Internet has been expanding at an enormous rate as users continue to grow and more eyes are driven into this virtual world. Given this vast numbers, would be great if your business will get a share of this audience that are willing to buy online and engage with your company in the fastest way possible?

A great website doesn’t begin with simply having a domain, it must also have a reliable web hosting service that will keep it live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. The competition is pretty stiff in this industry thus, these web hosting providers have to battle for every customer that they could find.

There are endless promotions from different web hosting providers online so it’s essential to find out the exact type of hosting solution that fits your needs without wasting unused resources and to avoid throwing money down the drain since bandwidth costs are most often fixed for shared hosting services.

In case you need more freedom from the technical requirements of maintaining a website, you can always dig the help of managed hosting services.

Existing web-based businesses who already owns their servers but want adequate space, temperature control and security for their hardware on an enterprise-like setting, collocation solutions is the key.

Based on experience, start-ups normally start small and with newly built sites, it’s expected that there would only be few traffic so it’s practical to begin with shared hosting services. By the time a need arises for more bandwidth to handle traffic spikes, then you can upgrade anytime.

Cloud File Sharing from HostedFTP Invades the Blogosphere

June 17, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More

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Who would have thought that you can also maximize the power of cloud servers for file sharing? Yes, you’ve read it right. File sharing in the cloud using Amazon Web Services Cloud.

This giant leap in file sharing is miles better than the over-hyped Dropbox and the costly Box.net services available today. File sharing has never been this good. In fact, it’s blazing fast and you could see that files are being transferred in just a blink of an eye.

I’ve tried it myself and it was definitely amazing. You’ll love it. Want some more?

HostedFTP is a privately owned corporation based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada which provides businesses with reliable, secure and easy-to-use file sharing services hosted purely in the cloud.

Powered by Amazon Web Services Cloud servers, HostedFTP is going to knock you down with its speed which no other file sharing services can match.

An account with HostedFTP includes a FTP server hosting in the cloud as mentioned above, a file sharing plugin which you can brand, customize and implement to your website, and finally, the cloud storage which you can assign with specific drivers or folders with prior privacy protection and added security such as TLS/SSL connections.

A personal account with HostedFTP usually costs $10 per month for 10GB storage; group or multi-user account costs $40 per month while enterprise or multi-user/group accounts costs 80 per month.

These prices are fairly understandable because of the cost of cloud servers which were also evident on Cloud Web Hosting.

HostedFTP has chosen Software Critics to be one of the few sites to offer an exclusive lifetime discount of 10% for its readers. Yes, you’ve read it right. No expiration. Simply use promo code SOC upon check-out.

HostedFTP wouldn’t want you to just buy without trying their service so they are offering a 30-day free trial. You can sign-up here for your 30-day trial.

But wait, there’s absolutely more!

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Wireless Camera Powered by Eye-Fi

January 17, 2010 | By | Reply More

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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Eye-Fi. All opinions are 100% mine.

Is there a time when you’ve lost your camera’s USD cable or card reader and you’re caught in the middle of action where your photo shots are badly needed to be uploaded on the internet or needs to be sent to your news editor for an ongoing event?

Those days are over because Eye-Fi absolutely brings the task of uploading photos to your computer to a whole new level. Eye-Fi is a wireless SD memory card (up to 4GB) with a built-in Wi-Fi that seamlessly transfers photos and videos from your camera to your PC or directly to your social networks on Flickr and Facebook. It also backs up and organizes your photos and videos into chronological folders.

In order to fully enjoy the benefits of Eye-Fi, you must have an SDHC capable camera and wireless internet connection. Get rid of those dangling cables and no more old vacation photos sitting on your camera because Eye-Fi makes your camera wireless.

Watch the video below for a short visual tour of how Eye-Fi completely changes the way photos are handled for easy distribution across mediums.

So the next time you buy an SD card, make it Eye-Fi because transferring files doesn’t have to be wired!

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Dropping Dropbox for Good

December 13, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More

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The first time I’ve used Dropbox was last year and the most recent was just a few days ago, apparently it has never been a fruitful one. I’ve finally figured out that it was indeed something that I wouldn’t get any benefit so I’m dropping it totally.

Dropbox basically allows file storage on a drag and drop interface via its downloadable software with folder management capabilities inclusive of 2 GB space allotment for a free account.

Since I can easily upload files through the DropBox folder that comes with it on my PC, I was expecting that if I install Dropbox on another computer or multiple computers linked on a single account, I can have all files synched and access my uploaded files on any of the computers where I linked my account but that wasn’t possible.

Having tried to exit and open the software several times just to make sure I’m doing it right, unfortunately nothing succeeded.

It’s clear to me that Dropbox can only accept files from a single computer using a single account. If you intend to use Dropbox on another computer using a single account hoping that your files are synched, then just drop the idea.

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I don’t need the extra 250 MB free space per referral they are boosting around if they can’t even improve their upload speed which is from 2008 until now hasn’t changed.

Contrary to what they’re bragging about on their site, that it syncs your files across multiple computers, I’m afraid that wasn’t true.

Data Burning With Verbatim

December 4, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More

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Back in the days when I was in high school, 1.44MB floppy disks then was the trend. I can still recall those times when I fancy the colored yet transparent ones that I sometimes tend to keep instead of using.

However, as time and technology progresses, I’ve noticed that they are hardly being used. But there’s one brand that always come to mind whenever I hear the words floppy disks, it’s Verbatim.

It has always been the brand of choice up until my college years mainly because they have delivered so much quality and passion with their brand thus it created a lasting impression that has been unparalleled up to this present time.

Quality has something to do with brand recognition and by far, they have fulfilled their mission. To this day, I’ve been using Verbatim CD-R discs for regular MP3 recordings although I haven’t tried burning DVDs yet with Verbatim DVD-R discs, I might buy one of those for burning holiday videos.

Burning data on a CD is basically easy but choosing the best brand can also contribute to the quality of the finished product although your software and device can go hand and hand, pricing related issues sometimes play a part.

Wireless Transfer from Cameras Made Possible By Eye-Fi

November 21, 2009 | By | Reply More

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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Eye-Fi. All opinions are 100% mine.

Transferring photos and videos from your camera can be a hassle especially if you can’t find the right USB cable at home or somehow forgot to bring it along with you on a leisure trip or conference and you need your photos uploaded online right away for live blogging.

In these situations, you definitely need a medium that would help you do the job efficiently without the added clutter. You don’t necessarily need to be a professional photographer in order to use an Eye-Fi card, a wireless SD memory card that allows seamless transfer of image and video files from your camera to your PC via its built-in Wi-Fi.

Eye-Fi enables streamlined file uploading capability from camera to PC or from camera to file sharing sites like Flickr and social networks like Facebook, respectively without the need of a computer by simply having an SDHC capable camera and a wireless router.

Wireless SD memory cards like this revolutionizes the way data are transferred from one point to another which means that we’ll be saying goodbye to USB cables anytime soon should memory card manufacturers make a 360-degree turn into this development.

Would you spare the cable or adopt the wireless?

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Data Recovery: Are They Always Possible?

November 19, 2009 | By | Reply More

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Lost files are just a thing of the past. If you’re fond of watching sci-fi movies and crime related drama, you may have already seen some plots wherein sometime within the event of a crime, traces of evidence were found normally on electronic equipments particularly computers.

You might be surprised that when you’ve deleted unwanted files and cleaned up the recycle bin, you always assume that everything’s clear on your computer. Well, it’s not. Deleting files from the recycle bin does not physically erase data from your computer. They just simply become leftovers in your hard drive which can be retrieved using powerful software.

Accidental deletion of files is not a problem nowadays since data recovery software can do the trick and restore the files you’ve lost. Laptop data retrieval or mac data recovery is something especially designed for Mac PC’s data restoration in case of sudden data loss caused by mechanical damage, natural disasters or virus attacks.

On a larger scale, server data recovery plays an integral part in saving multitudes of data from permanent loss due to occurrences of system failures.

Safeguarding highly confidential information nowadays can be tough but as long as there are avenues where we can get some help in times of a need, then I’m certain that our precious information will remain intact.

Dropbox Releases Iphone App, Moves To a New Home

November 12, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More

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If you want to make sure that your files completely secured and backed up, you probably might have heard of Dropbox, a file backup solutions provider that sync your files through your computer and the Dropbox website.

Dropbox have an easy to use interface although it can be confusing at times. It comes with downloadable software that will sync your files across your chosen networks and can be easily accessible anytime.

Dropbox

Dropbox

Recently, then have released their iPhone app which is available for free from the App Store and is 3.0 compatible. You may also expect that future update would include optional passcode locking, better images handling and loads of value added additions. For non-iPhone users, you can also hope for mobile apps soon.

Before I even forget, then have moved to their new home, it’s now www.dropbox.com. Just to set expectations, their service is free only for 2G storage accounts so expect an additional cost for excess usage.

I’m not really a big fan of Dropbox because the first time I used it was last year and unfortunately it doesn’t suit my taste. If you’re planning on synching files especially large folders, you can’t always expect that it will always be fast because still, it all depends on your internet connection speed.

iSCSI SAN Software and Storage Virtualization: An Overview

September 24, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More

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It’s going to be a little bit tough this time discussing something as obscure as this topic but I’ll certainly do my best to make it lighter and understandable as I can.

Web hosting as we all know operate on virtualized servers. Considering the concept of Storage virtualization involves the abstraction of logical storage from physical storage which means virtualization of storage takes place by making data independent of its location.

Having a little concept about web hosting, normally an IP is provided. An iSCSI (pronounced eye-skuzzy) also known as Internet Small Computer System Interface that is IP-based serves as the storage networking standard for linking data storage facilities. Whenever SCSI commands are carried over within the network, iSCSI facilitates the data transfers over intranets and manages location-independent data storage and retrieval over long distances using its existing network infrastructure. It also makes possible the transmission of data over local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and the Internet.

As a popular storage area network (SAN) protocol, it provides organizations the ability to consolidate storage into data center storage arrays while at the same time providing hosts (such as database and web servers) with the illusion of locally-attached disks making it a lot better than the traditional Fibre Channel, which requires special-purpose cabling.

Having iSCSI storage software makes possible the conversion of any standard 64-bit or 32-bit Windows Server into a scalable SAN that can work over an existing Ethernet network. A great example of this is that of StarWind Enterprise Server that helps organizations build rock-solid, high-performance IP SAN on IT-friendly budget.

Part of iSCSI SANs disaster recovery mechanism is its ability to allow entire disk arrays migration across a WAN with minimal configuration changes, thus, making storage “routable” in the same manner as network traffic which can also be applied in extreme cases whenever there are prolonged outages. In simple terms, it can function as a back up.

I have only discussed the salient points of the topic and tried not to be too technical as much as possible. If you have any questions or insights that you would like to share, feel free to do so at the comments section. This post was brought to you by our friends from www.starwindsoftware.com.

ATM Card Skimming and PIN Capturing Scams Exposed

September 1, 2009 | By | 6 Replies More

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Most of us may not be aware that at some point when we always thought that withdrawing cash from ATMs guarantee us full security then better think again.

As criminals continue to lurk in our society, we cannot remain complacent because there are variety of ways that these bad guys can get on our way especially with our valued resources and confidential information.

If you often find yourself withdrawing cash from an ATM  or Automated Teller Machine, then better read this post so it can help you understand how your valuable information and hardly earned cash can be stolen in a snap. The presentation that you’ll be reading below is courtesy of Commonwealth Bank and was prepared by Simon Grubisic.

Overall, it pays to be vigilant. Being extra careful can actually fight ATM Card skimmers. Have you been a victim yourself?

The Next Generation in Credit Card Anti-theft Solution

June 20, 2009 | By | Reply More

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The emergence of new threats on credit card security continuously challenges merchants on a daily basis thereby PCI Security Standard compliance has been a keen requirement to counter the possibility of any harmful impacts these may have on consumers. As merchants try to keep up with PCI Security Standards, the cost, time, and resources that come along with it are just overwhelming and as the recent breaches have proven, even merchants that are compliant find PCI compliance management does not guarantee security.

However, a smarter approach to PCI compliance had been developed using credit card tokenization and Transparent Redirect method. This unique and secure credit card data storage solution collects the sensitive data that is entered directly from the merchant’s website whenever payment is made by a customer. The data then never touches the merchant’s server instead these data or credit card information are stored in a vault and a unique “token” is returned to the merchant after the transaction. The “tokens” are as good as credit card that can be used for future sales, refunds, voids, credits, reporting and reconciliation. This solution completely eliminate the handling, processing and storage of credit card data without changing the user interface while providing merchants full control over the data which makes it useless to criminals even if the token are stolen. With this emerging security trend, the scope of PCI Compliance is significantly reduced and simplified and no credit card data is compromised.

File hosting websites, which is better?

December 8, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More

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Are you tired of looking for a better file hosting website that gives you faster download and upload service? A bigger or even unlimited file storage and is free? Plus, it allows you to earn bucks?

If you said yes to all of these, then I highly recommend Filefactory. From their website, below are the substantial benefits each member can get:

  • Free and simple file hosting service. Allows you to host files up to 300MB for free (means 300MB maximum per file). You need to register to avail of the service and you have the option to download FileFactory Turbo Application which allows faster file uploading without having to visit the site, multiple threads, and resume download. All you need to do is open the software and voila! Uploading is just a breeze. And also, you can download your own files limitlessly.
  • Upload any type of file. You can upload movies, music, documents, images, zip files or technically, files with different file extensions. 
  • Access your files anywhere. Files can be downloaded from any computer with internet access. No need for any special software installed to be able to download your files. Creating a free account and organizing files into folders is quick and easy.
  • Share your files with anyone. You can decide who you want to share your files with. You can Keep your files private, or send your download links only to friends or family. Alternatively, you can choose to share your download links on blogs, forums and social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.
  • Handy file sharing tools. Use our handy flash widget to embed your folders or music on your blog or profile.
  • Create and share slideshows with FileFactory Slides. Share your photos with family and friends using an advanced slideshow editor. Create cool effects, add text, and resize and rotate images which can be embed in your website or blog.
  • Earn cash for hosting your popular files. FileFactory Rewards boasts to be one of the most generous programs online that claims to pay consistently for all types of traffic and pay for each successful download. 

Updates on FileFactory: 

FileFactory Rewards can earn you $20 per 10,000 downloads and pay for all file sizes above 20MB. To get a free account, simply click Filefactory signup.

Notes: I’ve been using this online file sharing website for almost a year and I find it satisfying because of its fast server downloads and uploads. However, the monetary rewards that come along the service is somewhat too good to be true but if you can manage to get 10,000 downloads then it would be much better.