Why Have Networks?

December 15, 2012

Why can’t we simply do our business on a day to say basis on standalone machines, without enlisted the services of networks? The answer to that question is simple, networks provide so many benefits, that they simply cannot be ignored. Granted, their design, implementation and cost, do afford us barriers, but these barriers are far from being insurmountable. In fact, with correctly skilled professionals in place, the barriers are really not barriers at all. The only real obstacle is actually cost. However, the benefits far outweigh the consequences imposed by cost.

 

Consider the benefits:

 

  • Data Sharing – Groups of users are able to exchange information routinely and quickly from one individual to another. This could be a detailed report created by an employee in the UK and accessed by another in New York, saving considerable amounts of time and money.
  • Application Sharing – Groups of users can get access to the set of applications installed to the server. This eliminates the need to install programs on multiple machines. Also, the server is able to keep track of how many users are accessing any program, and can prohibit access to users as licensing permits.
  • Device Sharing – Groups of users are able to take advantage of printers, scanners, fax machines and other devices that can be attached to a network. Companies can buy much fewer devices and spend more on each one, so that better capabilities, and higher levels of service are available. Also, it means that costly devices will be utilised more in a shared environment, thus justifying their high costs.
  • Communication – E-Mail allows users to communicate via text massages, making communication between users fast, easy, and efficient. · Centralisation – All data is stored centrally. This can include items like reports, help guides, templates and curriculum material like assessments and tutorials in an education environment.
  • Compatibility – Since software applications are installed and maintained centrally, it means that users will have access to a standard set of tools and will eliminate diverse formats. Upgrades carried out by administrators need only be performed once on the server and the new software is available to all on the network
  • Security – Each user can only gain access to a network by virtue of an account. Each machine will display a screen asking the user for a username and password before gaining access to the network and its resources. Also, the ability to apply permissions on shared items and data items, prohibits users from gaining unauthorised access to sensitive materials or devices that they are not permitted to use. Accounts can also be configured to force users to change their password at regular time intervals, and prevent them from logging onto certain machines or at certain times.
  • Internet Access – With the proper equipment and software in place, it is possible to connect a network to the Internet either as part of the Internet, or to simply allow users to access the Internet from their place of work. This is advantageous, since it gives users a much wider base for acquiring information and other resources like drivers and software utilities etc.

SSL Checker: Identifying Online Security

December 12, 2012

Online security is a crucial aspect to any website but, as it is often done behind the scenes, it can be hard to identify how good any given site’s security is. Whether you’re inspecting your own site, or simply want to know more about an online business before you trust it – there is at least one simple way to measure a company’s protection: the SSL checker.

 

What is SSL?

Put simply, SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and represents a method of encryption. By encrypting the data before it is sent, the ‘line’ between your computer and the server/website you’re accessing isn’t easy to crack. The data is sent as an encryption, usually around 128 or 256-bit.

As such, SSL prevents people from simply hacking into this data stream and stealing the data. This is important, as it removes any easy ways for opportunistic data thieves to steal your information. SSL is provided by companies such as Thawte and comes in a variety of different forms, although many businesses use the better Extended Validation, known as SSL EV.

If SSL is present, most web browsers will represent this with a padlock symbol. Additionally, the start of the URL should now be HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) rather than just HTTP. If the certificate is for an SSL EV, this will all be green. Most common web browsers will act as a quick, simple SSL Checker in this regard, letting you know what the current situation is with a given page.

Why Should You Check?

Your data only needs to be taken once for the damage to be done. As such, you simply shouldn’t take risks and should never trust a website that doesn’t have the best SSL. Many people already favour SSL EV exclusively. Thinking logically, the argument is that a company, which is ready to make the extra investment, is likely going to great lengths to ensure your safety. The alternative, of course, is a company that does the bare minimum. When your personal and financial data are on the line, who would you choose?

 

 

With SSL Checker tools available, there’s really no reason not to, either. SSL is a very simple measure of a company’s capabilities and willingness to protect your data. It’s only a small difference, but the implications are huge, so always look out for SSL and SSL EV certificates when trusting websites.…

Study reveals Mesothelioma Link to Nanotechnology

September 20, 2012

Mesothelioma has long been linked to the inhalation and exposure to asbestos fibers and dust together, such as a scientist, an additional possible cause uncovered for this incurable form of lung cancer, the unthinkable became reality.

 

 

According to researchers from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, the early 90s, the development of carbon nanotubes is an amazing accomplishment for technological applications, but it has not gone without its price . In particular, carbon nanotubes could cause harm to the human body in the form of mesothelioma cancer
When the carbon nanotubes introduced into the wrong environment, is the development of lesions and inflammation of the lungs – similar symptoms of Mesothelioma Cancer and Asbestos . Animals were exposed to the carbon nanotubes, as the researchers was discovered the link. Dr. Andrew Maynard, who published a study in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, described the use of nanotubes and the potential link to mesothelioma cancer. The ability to conduct heat and electricity for nanotubes is what drives their use it. Said

Most Dr. Maynard explains, the nanotubes are converted into exercise equipment. There are no regulations in place with nanotechnology and the use of nanotubes.

 

What are Nanotubes?

According to Maynard, nanotubes are a product of nanotechnology research, one he considered the “poster child” of nanotechnology. The nanotubes are cylindrical structures of carbon atoms, which have been rolled together together. Mice exposed nanotubes developed mesothelioma-like symptoms in the lungs, after Maynard study. Nanotubes are considered safe to off
The use of nanotubes comprises:.

  •  a variety of sports equipment
  • bicycle frame
  • tennis rackets
  • electronic gas detectors
  • Radio

In addition, because of the strength of nanotubes consider many future use to strongly affect several business ventures and areas, and are widely used in industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Automobile
  • aircraft
  • TV box productions
  • Medical
  • Environmental applications

Using Nanotubes

While with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducts research on nanotoxicology, there is little knowledge or research currently relating to the safe handling of nanotechnology.

In addition, Dr. Maynard, that because of the growing nanotechnology industry, which will be probably worth 2600000000000 $ 2014, it will be difficult to adequately and accurately assess nanotechnology safety because of the rapid growth of technology, which also used in the food industry.
transparency of nanotoxicology at some nanotechnologically produced products may in the fall the hands of producers and producers, John M. Balbus, heatlh program director for the Environmental Defense Fund, told the Washington Post that thrive on open communication, nanotechnology, but without they occur, another wave of ignorance mesothelioma victims.
However, he noted that it is possible in advance of the communication about the dangers of nanotechnology with the public because of past mistakes of other industries in hiding mesothelioma conditions from the public.
Finding Help with Nanotube increase related mesothelioma made
people, especially nanotube factory workers who have been with carbon nanotubes have worked or associated with the potential risks should be given with the nanotubes and developing mesothelioma medical help immediately suspended. It may be necessary for these people to find a law firm with the knowledge of mesothelioma-related litigation to develop a mesothelioma lawsuit.

Nanotechnology is a rapidly sought industry, and with millions, if not billions of dollars funneling into it, it becomes imperative for the combination of nanotechnology and mesothelioma.
For more exposed, because only 5 percent of the funds, which is annually billions of dollars going through the proposed National Nanotechnology Institute towards health and safety research, it is important for people with nanotube-induced mesothelioma, a provide action suffering financial compensation for the victims of these irreversible and fatal lung cancer can develop.

 

5 Reasons Not To Use Google Analytics

September 17, 2012

Google has made enormous inroads into the Web analytics community. Their free analytics product has changed the landscape for analytics vendors. Even at large enterprises, Google Analytics is deployed in numerous ways — either as a control, a corporate sandbox, or via the wildcatting efforts of a single marketer trying analytics on for size.

 

But does Google fit the bill for your company?

Choosing an analytics platform (or switching) bears careful consideration. Here are some well-known situations where Google may not be the right choice for your organization’s Web analytics effort:

1. You’ve got a significant investment in another tool

Whatever the size of your organization, you may already have invested in a robust analytics platform for which you pay a licensing fee. This tool may not be configured properly, and its impact may seem underwhelming. If you are comfortable with your level of investment and want to maintain continuity of data, don’t switch. Instead, make sure the tool you have is properly deployed and that access to it is properly governed. Fixing this tool’s deployment will be a cleaner solution than starting from scratch with Google.

 

2. You’re too big

Even at large organizations, Google Analytics is kicking around somewhere. In some environments, it can remain that way. You can allow folks to get a taste of what analytics can do quickly, then graduate them to the enterprise tool that is probably already in place. Google Analytics is a great answer for small-to-midsized companies, but with the huge importance placed by large enterprises on accountability, reliability, security, continuity, unity of data, and overall corporate oversight, Google makes a relatively poor choice. Don’t banish Google from the corporate campus. But don’t switch over. You’ve already grown well past it.

3. You care about data security

There are three levels of Web analytics security awareness: high, in which all data stays inside the firewall; medium, in which your data goes to a paid, secure third party that processes the data and protects it for you; and minimal, in which you are not at all concerned whether data stays inside your firewall or is even owned by you. Google Analytics takes your data, provides no guarantee of security and owns the data they collect from you. For most larger organizations, this alone makes Google unacceptable. For many others, knowing that your data might be sold to a competitor should give you pause. If it does, GA may not be right for you.

4. You need advanced analytics

Google does a great job of allowing you to drop a simple tag on a page and track basic reports. For folks who know little about how analytics really drives strategic marketing decisions, these simple reports may be adequate. But the basics don’t often enough answer business questions. An expert can push Google to go almost as far as the more robust tools will go, but at a certain point, it will max out. If you are deep into custom measures, calculated results, multivariate testing, integration, or simply need data that requires extensive parameter definition, Google probably will not get you to the big show.

5. You need a “neck to choke”

It’s a terrible phrase, but one we are all familiar with. It means you need to be supported by a team you are paying to provide a level of service. This service is critical enough to the organization that it cannot be allowed to fail. The only way to gain an acceptable level of security is to use a tool supported by a company that cares about your success. They know that if they don’t live up to the service level — if their service goes down, for instance — you will hold them responsible. Google Analytics is free and does not provide a guarantee. If you need a neck to choke, use a paid solution — not Google.…

Technological goal is in or is not there?

June 17, 2012

We have said in our special dedicated to the World Cup: the current edition on Brazilian soil is the first to adopt the so-called Goal Line Technology which is a technology developed to help the referee and his assistants to make quick decisions on so-called ghost goal. In other words, a complex system composed of cameras and software can provide a clear answer in a few seconds and some to the question is in or is not there?

 

It was enough to wait until the fourth day of the tournament to see it in action. We are in the 48th minute of France-Honduras Enema receives a perfect pass from the right, coordinates and firing in from an intended bottom of the bag. However, the ball bounces on the pole to the left of the goalkeeper only to end up in the hands of Validates a little ‘clumsily pushes him towards the line rather than block it.

Technological goal

That all happens in fractions of a second goalkeeper realizes the error and does everything possible to remedy before it is too late, the ball to bring it within the field of play. In the moments after confusion reigns in the field and the referee had no alternative but to rely on technology FIFA to formalize the second goal in favor of the French national team.

It is in effect the first real technological goals for Brazil 2014. The use of the system has not avoided the light of controversy between supporters of “was in” and who claims that the analysis of the replay the ball has exceeded all of the white line. Matter of inches, maybe even millimeters, that make the difference between a network and the attacker validated a sigh of relief for those who defend. According to Casey Keller, ABC commentator and former goalkeeper of the national plan, the ball would not be coming into port in its entirety, at least according to the pictures provided by television replays.

To add fuel to the fire was also the message shown on the big screen Bier-Rio stadium: “No Goal“. Here is what sparked the fury of the Honduran soccer players and fans in the stands. The message, however, was misinterpreted, as it related to the non-allocation of network Benzema, as his shot hit the post. The official score sheet shows in fact an own goal by goalkeeper Valladares and not a mark of the attacker French.…