Saturday, July 28, 2018

Is There Too Much Information Available?

In the past, life was much simpler, but in today's technologically charged world, we are constantly bombarded with information overload. True, there are some really important and good details existing, and on the flip side of that coin, there, too, is trash. It is enough to break anyone down to feel lesser of him or her self because of what is out there. Our spirits are strong, but our bodies are weak.

Thus, as an information scientist I'm constantly dealing with the junk inclusive of spam, pages of advertisements, terrible design aesthetics, and epileptic seizure producing websites. It is horrible with all the detrimental particulars that are out there, from pornographic material to extremism in any field. In regard to these fields and sub-fields, everyone seems to have a cause to exceedingly support. Thank goodness for filtering programs and parental controls. We try our best to protect those that we love.

Another problem with so much data getting 'ground out' every day is security. On the Internet, there is a war going on between good and evil, as in life. Malevolent hackers are continually fighting the knowledge and training of white hat hackers with viruses, worms, Trojans, malware, and other malicious software. Newly compromising applications and programs can easily clear out secure databases of personal statistics and finances with the click of a mouse from one unsuspecting administrator, which can spread like wildfire sometimes. Those that are given the greater authority and responsibilities sometimes create the greatest risks.

In the bigger picture, we have to look at all of this and know that there, too, is a lot of good and honest data available. It includes educational and skill-building software as well as problem-solving detailed programs for benefiting our world and mankind. Both art and science have merged into three-dimensional modeling with added depth and visualization techniques. The human brain is one of the most significant and important functioning organisms in the universe. The mind is the final frontier and not space.

I tend to look at all of this information with an optimistically balanced-brain viewpoint. There is an ingrained knowledge and understanding of whom is going to win this war overall in the end. It is a life we all try to achieve for the common good or in respect of the golden rule. People either base their thoughts and actions from religious or scientific beliefs thus bringing conflicts between themselves.

Take The Strain Of Your IT Infrastructure With Hosted Services

Do you sometimes struggle to get the support you need from your internal IT department?

Signing up for Hosted Services will mean that you still have access to a fully supported energy monitoring application over the internet without the need for local installation, backup or the consequential IT constraints, therefore the strain is taken off your servers, allowing them to concentrate on the essential needs of your business.

Using a service like this allows you to use the energy monitoring software in exactly the same way as you would locally but benefit from high performance hardware and high support availability of a hosted service.

Benefits of this service include:

  • Increased data processing capacity through a high specification server

  • Allowing you to use the optimum set-up for the energy monitoring application

  • Less of a reliance on local or outsourced IT support and backup

  • Direct access to the software's support team if required

  • Free software updates (carried out for you by the support team)

  • Ability to access your data from outside your corporate network using a secure connection

  • Option to take advantage of the software's Premium Maintenance and Support Services

The energy management software and database are set-up on a secure high-speed server.

You connect to the secure host server using a URL similar to a website address. To log into the energy management software from any computer you need to use a Windows application called Remote Desktop. All processing utilises a powerful server and a high-speed internet connection (10Mbit) which ensures fast access to your energy data.

Just like when you run the software off your own local server you can have multiple users simultaneously accessing the system. As with the locally run access to your energy management system, this is password controlled and for added security and you can also choose to only allow specific IP addresses to log in.

The benefit of using this service for your energy consumption and monitoring is support staff can log into the software directly to provide a more hands-on support service if required. This includes carrying out regular database health checks and maintenance work if required.

If you are already using the energy monitoring Software in your organisation your existing database can be easily transferred to the secure server.

The hosted servers are situated in a purpose-built data centre with top-level security (T4) where access is only provided to authorised IT personnel.

The site provides a managed uninterrupted power supply and two back-up generators with 30 hours of fuel on-site for 100% uptime. Two back-up internet connections ensure that access is guaranteed.

Automatic backups are ran to ensure your database is protected against loss of data. Optional regular encrypted backups of the database can be provided on DVD if required.

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TEAM consistently produces energy savings that exceed the cost of our services and products.


Process Drives Predictable Results, Lower Risk and Costs

In the recent article Ebola Shows It Is Process-Not Technology-That Will Protect Us on, Jeanne Roue-Taylor discusses how technology alone is insufficient in controlling the disease. She further discusses how process breakdowns increased the risk of transmission. From Eric Duncan not properly being screened before boarding his plane to his first hospital visit, following a properly planned process could have stopped the subsequent infections, where process again broke down. She concludes that process and not technology will best control the spread of this disease. The same can be said when dealing with any issue in business, to achieve success, we need to use technology as a tool to implement well planned process.

Delving into the Ebola comparison further, the CDC underestimated the risk of transmission from the beginning. I believe this caused a false sense of security and possibly contributed to lax safety protocols and a patchwork of standards. In the case of Dr Craig Spencer, who volunteered with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, he was allowed to self-quarantine. A protocol that he did not adhere to when he used public transportation including the subway and Uber. Subsequently, the bowling alley that he visited the night before being diagnosed had to temporarily shut down due to concerns over infection.

Following Spencer's diagnosis, New York and New Jersey felt compelled to institute a mandatory quarantine of all healthcare workers coming from West Africa; a move that is criticized as an overreaction, uneducated, and political. All may or may not be true, however, time and again it seems that it is human nature to down play or dismiss worst case scenarios until either they actually happen or we catch a glimpse of what may happen that scares us into action. The natural response is to then overcompensate in the effort to both "learn from our mistakes" and show others that we are now taking proper action.

In the business world and life in general, the concept of process is a boring and unpopular topic. Nevertheless, when we view proper planning and implementation of process as integral to our success, mishaps, unexpected outcomes and unforeseen risks are minimized and ultimately avoided. In our business, the smallest step skipped can result in time spent resolving avoidable issues later which result in unexpected costs, downtime and customer dissatisfaction. I do not know the price tag for the treatment the infected patients and sterilization of their homes and the venues they visited. I would be willing to gamble that proper training, planning and implementation of process and safety protocols would have been less costly and controversial. As in the case of Ebola in the US and even minor everyday tasks, technology can make us more efficient but, without process, the results cannot be accurately predicted.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Technically It's a Technical Translation

One of the things that can confuse even the greatest minds are technical translation. Mobile game apps are usually the most difficult to translate due to its specialised terminology. However, there are many translation services with quality translation tools combined with real human translators, who are more than happy to professionally translate any of your apps, games or websites.

I Just Want My Game Translated

If you're thinking about having your game translated, then might I suggest you decide on which language you'd want translated first. This is probably the most fundamental part of your project especially if you're thinking about going international with it. Once you've decided which language you want translated then you're already half way there.

Don't Go Down that Slippery Slope

The next step is actually finding a good translation service, who can assist you on your every needs. Literally. When something doesn't quite translate, we'd immediately know there's a fatal error and finding a solution can take a while. Meaning, finding a professional translation service is a MUST. It will definitely save you time and cost, unless you've just got money to burn!

My Translation Brings All the Boys to the Yard

Who remembers back in the mid 90s where dubbed films were pretty 'interesting', (by that, I really meant it wasn't), but it still kept you hooked even though the translations were awful? Now, you really don't want your audience to comment or complain about terrible subs and dubs on any of your products and don't bother using Babelfish either because that's definitely not going to help. What you need are real professional translators and not some unchecked machine- produced translation. Any bad translation or mistranslation could lead to a lost of trust in your brand and not to mention that the quality of your product will probably be scrutinised and God forbids that your decision in not finding a translator would lead to this humiliating mockery. Get your product localized and you're likely to see a positive outcome.

Just For Fun

One of Japan's famous games: 'Ghosts 'n Goblins' obviously did a wonderful job in their translation. If you're one of the lucky ones who'd managed to have completed the game, then you know what I'm talking about. "Congraturation. The story is happy end" appears after you have completed the game twice. (Yep, twice)!

Lets face it, bad translation was more acceptable back in the days, but now... not so much. It's about time to take translation a lot more seriously and not rely on Google's translation tools either.

Don't Be Cheap!

If you're looking for some of the best translation, then definitely seek a professional translation service, who can provide quality and accurate translation for you.

Ever heard of the saying: "You pay for what you get?" Well, the cheaper the service, the more likely it's going to be some mediocre translation, so you've been warned. Having said that, make sure you're willing to dish the dosh if you really want perfect translation. I'm not saying you'll break your bank, but definitely do your own research and just be prepared to fork out if needs be; since it'll be worth every penny in the long run.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Are You Aware of the Latest Tech News?

Are you worried about the safety of your online account? Do you want to protect your kids online? Have you ever wondered whether the smartphone technology, especially the batteries will become more efficient in future or not? Have you ever thought about the protection of your collectibles with the advent of new improved technologies? You can get all your technologically improvement related latest tech news over net whether you are interested in medical grade ozone technology or want to get acquainted with the present hype of television watching with the CCcam server facility. Starting from the right ways to use public Wi-Fi, email marketing tips to availability of the WordPress theme collection for starting online business professionally, you can increase your knowledge on current technology development with the latest tech news.

Get Some Quick Tech Knowledge

- Online Account Safety - Several people complain about the breach of data about their online accounts. Therefore, if you want to know how to take action against this crime by protecting your online accounts in a professional way, you need to follow the secure instructions. Generally hackers use fullz, which means details of target to get wealth easily. You have to be cautious about opening scams or spam mails. The perfect way to secure your online account is to protect your connection, avoid using public Wi-Fi, unknown sources that might contain virus and more. While you are using cell phones, you can even use hotspot shield VPN for complete security. However, do not forget to use lock down the password along with setting up account alert.

- Future Technology Growth - You surely see that tech-specialists and scientists are coming up with a plethora of technical machineries, gadgets and more for improving the quality of life of people around the planet. From efficient LED light bulbs, room sized video games, new improved debit or credit card to microbe destroying robot, you can get to know about all along with being a part of the technologically enhanced world. You will be surprised to know the latest tech news that tech world invented an Ebola annihilating robot that consists of special UV C wavelength xenon light source which proves to be effective on the Ebola virus. Now, Plastic card is also on news for past few months and it will be available in market from upcoming year. This special digital card will be able to replace your entire debit, credit, gift cards into one single Meta digitized card. In fact, the inventors of blue LED bulbs awarded with a noble peace prize for saving environment in a different way.

- Protection of Collectibles - If you are a collector, all your possessions are surely priceless for you and you obviously want to ensure security for avoiding the mishap of burglaries. However, before you install and invest your hard-earned money in any protection system, you should consider evaluating your valuables first. Now, all you have to do is start using RFID technology or tags to track your belongings. You can also use wireless security cam, motion sensor viability along with concealed behind the locks.

If you want the current update on technology discovery matter, going through latest tech news will help you a lot to gather necessary information.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

All You Need to Know About USB Drives

If you still haven't gone to the cloud, you are probably using the USB drives quite often. Most of the laptops these days, at least the higher end ones, do not have a CD-ROM. Instead, they all have USB slots so that you can easily use USB devices. They are easy to use and quite helpful.

If you're still not familiar with them, here's all that you need to know about them.

This drive is a small data storage device. It is portable and can be used for transfer of data between different computers. These drives have no power source of their own and can be operated only when plugged in. USB drives can be purchased in different sizes, ranging from 1 GB to 512 GB. They serve the same purpose as of floppy or CDs. As the USB drives can be used more comfortably, they have replaced floppy disks and CDs over the years. Here are a few things about USB drives.

Purpose of USB drives

The main feature of a USB drive is to transfer data. Besides that, it is used to store data externally, speed up the computer by boosting the ram and creating some space for the computer to run programs. It is used to run portable apps, troubleshooting and also to run an alternate operating system.

The hard drive vs USB flash drive

A hard drive is an external hard drive. It is similar to an internal drive except that it has a casing to protect it. It stores data by using disks. On the other hand, USB flash drive is also an external storage device. Unlike hard disks, it is in a solid state which means you have less chance of losing data. Some people also refer to these as a keychain drive.

Few awesome ways of using it

A USB drive can be used as a key to lock and unlock a computer. It can be used to revive a virus hidden system. It can be used to boot an operating system. It can be used to run portable apps, games and utilities. To list, there are many more.

Few drawbacks

The small size of the USB drives to assist portability is not only their advantage but it is also a disadvantage as it can be easily lost. Over the time they become corrupted and unreadable. These devices can easily corrupt the system as they can be a storehouse of viruses, especially if you do not have a good antivirus system installed.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Cultural Diversity and What It Means to IT Managers

Recently I sat in on a meeting between a group of IT developers (contractors) and Federal program managers. Just a routine project review.

As I looked around, it struck me that we were really quite a diverse crowd. In the room were people from China, Viet Nam, India, Russia, Somalia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Iran, as well as a few U.S.-born folks.

This kind of diversity has become quite normal for our industry. In that sense, the IT business is a real meritocracy, where talent is valued regardless of race, creed, or national origin.

Yet this diversity can also make a manager's job more challenging, for not only is there a constant need to understand and deal with various personality types, but also, increasingly, a need to recognize how cultural differences can come in to play in one-on-one and group dynamics.

As an illustration, one time I was working with a customer that had engaged a leadership training and organizational development consultant to help them to build stronger project teams.

The consultant was talking about motivation, and used psychologist Abraham Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs" to argue that the desire for self-actualization is the ultimate motivator; that is, the individual's desire to realize his full potential, or to be all that she can be.

Well this made good sense to me, and indeed many people accept Maslow's hierarchy as practically self-evident. Yet for many of the participants in the training, the idea of self-actualization being the universal, deepest need was highly questionable, if not completely off base.

For although Maslow's hierarchy may reflect a deep truth for Western cultures, it has little relevance to much of the world's population, particularly those cultures that engender a collectivist rather than individualistic worldview. In a collectivist culture (e.g., Japan, India), community or group needs have a much greater moral weight than individual needs - fulfilling group needs is more personally rewarding than fulfilling one's individual needs. This difference is not merely philosophical; not simply a matter of how one thinks, but rather is deeply ingrained and felt, and part of one's being.

In fact, the collectivist - individualist contrast is but one of many dimensions of cultural difference that social scientists describe.

For example, anthropologist and organizational behavior expert Joerg Schmitz identifies no fewer than ten "cultural variables" that make up a cultural profile:

Environment - viewing people, objects and issues from perspectives of harmony, constraint or control
Time - focused on the past (tradition), present (immediate action), or future (planning)
Action - reflective, relationship oriented (being), or task oriented (doing)
Communications - largely non-verbal and implicit (high context), or explicit (low context)
Personal space - public or private
Power - egalitarian or hierarchical
Individualism - collectivist or individualistic
Competitiveness - cooperative or competitive
Structure - flexible or ordered
Thinking - deductive or inductive; linear or systemic

There's a lot for an IT manager to consider here! Perhaps step one is simply to make sure that we're not wearing cultural blinders - that we are at least open to the possibility that our various employees and coworkers may each have a fundamentally different way of seeing things that is just as "right" as our own perspective!


How To Really Get Rid Of Those Useless Temp Files

Here's something I do whenever I want to be 100% sure I've deleted as many temp files as possible, since I've seen Disk Cleanup leave stuff behind every so often.

    1. Click on the Start button.

    1. Click on Computer (My Computer on XP).

      1. Click on the Organize menu near the top left corner of the window (Folder Options on XP).

      2. Click on Folder and Search options.

      3. Click on the View tab

      4. In the Advanced Settings section navigate to Files and Folders \ Hidden files and folders, click on the Show hidden files, folders, or drives radio button and uncheck the Hide protected operating system files option. When you do this last step you'll get a dialog box stating that deleting or editing protected system files can make your computer inoperable. Click on the Yes button to follow through with unchecking that option. Don't worry; we'll be careful.

      5. Click on the OK button to close the Folder Options window.

    1. Double-click on the C: drive to open it.

    1. Double-click on the Users folder (Documents and Settings on XP).

    1. Look for your user profile and open it.

    1. Navigate to AppData \ Local \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Temporary Internet Files (Local Settings \ Temporary Internet Files on XP).

  1. Select all the folders and files you see in there and delete them.

You're bound to get a message that some folder or file cannot be deleted due to it being used. Don't worry. Just press the CTRL key while you click on the offending folder or file and continue deleting the rest of the files. If you again get the same error message on a different folder or file repeat the same process above to unselect it and continue deleting. Once you're done there should only be a few folders and files under Temp. A lot better than the hundreds you probable started with. Now let's continue.

    1. Click on the left arrow located in the upper left-hand side of the window until you're back in the AppData \ Local folder (Local Settings on XP).

    1. Double-click on the Temp folder and delete everything in it. Again, as explained above, unselect any folders or files that are being used and delete the rest.

    1. Once again, click on the left arrow to go back to the AppData folder (The root of your user folder on XP).

    1. Navigate to Roaming \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Cookies (On XP the Cookies folder is located within the root of your user folder.).

    1. Delete any folder and file you see in there.

    1. Click on the C: drive, navigate to Windows \ Temp and delete every folder and file you see in there.

  1. Go to the Desktop and empty the Recycle Bin.

Don't forget to follow step 2 to go back and put a check mark on the Hide protected operating system files option.

Arturo Rubio has worked in the Information Technology field for more than 14 years. He's also a freelance writer and has written about computers, photography and history.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

5 Reasons You Need a USB Drive Today

Today, you will find new software out there in the market every day - developers are cashing in on the increasing demand for apps while companies are trying to increase revenue. While a life without television, phones and computers was the way the world worked a century back, today it's quite different.

Unless you have already adopted to the cloud and store all your information over it, you probably are using these every day. In fact, these are pretty handy to send information from one place to another.

Here are the 5 things why you need to love these and use them every day.

1. Major device used for transferring data

USB drives are the major way of transmitting information between computers. It has superseded all other means of data transmitting devices. They are fast, efficient and more authentic. With the help of these drives heavy data can be transported at the least time possible by whatever other way.

2. USB drives act as external storage devices

They are the most widely used external storage devices today. No one uses a floppy or CD-ROM's today, your desktop probably doesn't even has a space for a floppy disk today. If you're using a laptop, you might not even have a CD-ROM drive too. You can have all backups done to the device easily. Unlike other devices, they are not easily damaged and can be used roughly.

3. Installation of operating system can be done using USB drives

For a new PC or laptop, the OS can be installed with the help of a USB drive. They are preferred over optical disks since a few PCs and laptops do not have the optical drives to run them.

4. It acts as a mixed tape

One need not pile up a smart phone with songs to listen in a car. The cars today have built-in USB ports. All that one has to do is to insert your drive in port and let the songs play for you. The smallest flash drive can hold numbers of songs than your smart phone.

5. One can have a larger number of apps stored on a USB drive

It is the best place to store apps. Having too many apps on a PC makes it a mess. You can store them in your flash USB drive and can use it only when needed.