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The Pros And Cons In Cloud Computing

The issue of cloud computing has raised many debates and disagreements between entrepreneurs.

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What Makes A Smart Home

You might often have this uneasy feeling about what you did and didn’t do at home in your hurry to get to work.

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The Pros And Cons In Cloud Computing

The issue of cloud computing has raised many debates and disagreements between entrepreneurs. While many argue for the many advantages it comes with, others choose to dwell on the dark side. Each with enough points to prove their stands.

Even with these arguments and debates raging on, many businesses are toying with the idea of making the switch to cloud with eyes on the relative ease and efficiency it provides.

However it is not all wonderful as you will see by the end of this article.

That said, some of the advantages of cloud computing include the following:

Saving Of Cost And Time

Many businesses that have switched over to cloud computing often report a reasonable decrease in costs. That is not all, it also saves time as the types of software in cloud help lighten arduous tasks in the business world.

Dependability

Majority of software development companies in cloud computing provide good customer support.

There are employees who are most times experts in the area where they provide customer support, making troubleshooting hassle free and problem-solving.

As a result of this, cloud computing is completely dependable.

Backup Servers

The developers of cloud computing software provide a higher step in technology. These companies have many servers in activation, which ensures that whenever a server fails, the backup server will come into use, preventing interruptions to your work.

Storage And Easy Access To Stored Information

Cloud computing provides free cloud data storage which cancels out the purchase of unimportant storage compartments. Since the storage is on cloud, it is easy to sort and organize.

Mobility

Since cloud computing exists on the internet, access to your stored files become easier. You can access them from anywhere in the world, as well as store them. Access does not always have to be with a computer. A tablet or smartphone with an internet connection is enough.

Some of the disadvantages, however, are outlined below.

Cost

This is a bit of an irony. While cloud computing saves time and money, it also comes with costly software. Each new custom program created means more costly software. Again, an initial down payment, after which monthly payments are made is a likely payment plan by cloud.

Down Servers

As more people are getting on to cloud computing, the servers go down every now and then. Sometimes the reason may be due to weather, system updates or malware. Which ever it is, if the backup servers fail to work, your work will most likely be seriously affected.

The issues Of Compatibility

Program are lost at times due to the integration of a whole new system because of compatibility issues. This usually occurs in cases of pre-existing documents which a company wishes to retain.

Cyber-security Concerns

Data which may be priceless to companies can be hacked into when stored in cloud computing as this service is offered online. This is a big downside to cloud computing.

Perhaps with better improvements in cloud computing, we will see most if not all of the problems go away. Until then, cloud computing is a potentially double-edged sword.

How Magazines And Newspapers Get Digitized

Since the emergence of the information era, the demand for paper newspapers and magazines has been dwindling. This is because companies are taking advantage of the era and the tools it provides to grow their company by producing these magazines and newspapers online.

This move is known as digitization. It is a process through which information is changed into a digital form through image capturing. There is a scanning process which newspapers and magazines undergo. The pictures contained in them are captured and saved as microfilm.

After this process, those pictures will be converted to texts before they are proper tagged and indexed so they can be easily found in the archive. However, many companies take different approaches to digitization.

Newspapers and magazine companies often give out the work of digitization to other companies so they won’t have to make extra spending on manpower, equipment and time which is very important to publishers. As such other companies digitize their articles and news for them.

These companies offering digitization services always own the technology for such work, which they dutifully maintain and upgrade, with a technical team that provides solutions and ideas on how to put out better digital services. This makes for various approaches to digitization.

However, the general procedure for digitization are listed below.

Receipt Of Files

Files will be sent from client to an outsourcing company immediately an agreement is reached. These files are either hard copies or soft copies, although they mostly arrive as soft copies. The newspaper agency makes sure that the copies are in accordance to agreements with Media Monitoring Companies.

Removal of Unimportant Pages

Ads, images, pictures, obituaries, change of name notification and all other such things on a page will get the page tagged as irrelevant and removed as it is not needed anymore.

Conversion Into Text

As the files are made to go through the system, they will undergo a conversion and become text files.

This is because the system is built for just that purpose.

Identification Of The Quantity Of Articles.

A newspaper page may contain up to three articles. Identifying how many articles there are makes for more efficient and time serving digitization.

Tagging Of The Article Elements

Based on the client’s requirements, articles will be divided in different segments and tagged accordingly.

XML tags include: language, pre-introduction, name ,introduction, ID, story, Document date, blurp, physical position, quote, fact box, logical position, headline, teaser, sub-headline, byline, image.

The client is expected to choose from the list of tags.

Correction

Corrections are made with help from the auto correct features which the system is equipped with. The product will then be saved in an XML format.

Quality Control

Another check with be done on the quality of the product by a senior specialist to ensure that there are no mistakes. If there are, they will be corrected.

Submission

The client gets his products from the digitization company.

These steps may look simple but much painstaking efforts go into them to ensure that when these new articles go online, there will not be a single blemish that will reflect back on the company.

What Makes A Smart Home

You might often have this uneasy feeling about what you did and didn’t do at home in your hurry to get to work.

You may even be right about them and an appliance that is not supposed to be switched on is working at home. Perhaps the security alarm was not set.

If you have a smart home, you can connect the devices and appliances at home to keep in touch with you and with themselves and through this way ensure that everything is alright at home.

As long as the devices in your home makes use of electricity, they can be put under your command. You only have to choose the means of giving this command. Remote? Voice? Tablet or smartphone?

These applications are used for home security, entertainment and even the regulation of temperature.

The smart home which was an unusual industry is growing into a full-blown customer trend, perhaps because it is a draw for the wealthy.

In any case, smart homes and home automation are becoming common in an increasingly alarming way.

With sales of automation systems being projected at $44 million dollars by the end of 2017, there is little wonder as to why many established technology organizations are joining start-up companies to launch new smart home products.

This is made easier by the success of smartphones and tablets everywhere, whose constant internet connections means their features can be exploited and they can configured for many different uses. The phrase Internet of Things (IoT) comes to mind.

In a smart home, all the devices and appliances make use of machine to machine technology (M2M). They communicate with each other using the existing electrical wires in the home. They are controlled with remotes or keypads which are transmitters.

You can stay in your sitting room and turn off the light in the other room through the use of these transmitters which will issue a message to go through series of command. All of this happens very fast.

However, electrical lines can get overwhelmed and these messages may be relayed to the wrong devices or may not be relayed at all.

Some companies, like Z-Wave and ZigBee provide systems that use radio waves to communicate. The mesh network these technologies provide means there is more than one way for a message to get to its destination.

A Source Routing Algorithm is used by Z-Wave to find out the fastest route for relaying the messages. Each device has a code embedded in it before it is plugged into the system which is controlled by a network controller.

ZigBee, on the other hand shows the mesh networking concept. Messages run around like bees (refer to the name) in an effort to find the best way to the receiver. ZigBee uses a standard put in place by the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for wireless networks.

There is more flexibility in using a wireless network for smart home devices, but they may experience interference. The company, Insteon provides a means of sending messages with both electrical wires and radio waves.

Smart homes are on the rise, and with it the technology to maintain it. No doubt in years to come we will see more efficient smart homes as the idea and steps in polishing it are inexhaustible.

What To Look Out For When Hiring IT Support For Your Company

A business that is not on the internet these days is marching backwards fast, it is like a tortoise in a race with well-fed horses who is very well bound to lose. So how do you continue your busy work and still maintain a much valued internet presence? You do this by hiring IT personnel.

Now, place yourself in this scenario: you have five employees in a hurry to meet a deadline and deliver to a client. They are locked onto your company’s computers rounding up files and getting the products into shape. Then all of a sudden the computers stop functioning.

Your employees, one by one, fiddle with the servers with little or no knowledge whatsoever of what they are doing. They keep fiddling this way and that way trying to get your servers up in order to continue with their rush to meet the deadline.

Valuable hours pass without any progress. The deadline is not met and your client bails. First of all you have lost a business opportunity. Secondly, their trust is gone. They can’t depend on you to deliver anymore, so they bid you farewell and move along to your competition.

Dreadful, is it not? This disaster can be avoided when you hire the right full-time on site information technology support person. Trust me, it will not be a waste of your time or money. However, if you would hire the right person for the job, there are factors to consider.

Working Relationship With Others

Your IT support person should be able to communicate with your other employees, especially when tempers rise over technology issues that keeps being a nuisance. His ability to calm things down will ensure that these problems are quickly resolved.

Willingness To Help Out With Other Tasks

If there is no fault to be corrected or a server that needs to be put in order, what will this employee be doing? It is important that you get candidates who are willing to step up and help out in other jobs, such as maintenance, and possibly crafting a long term plan.

This long term plan will be  for staying abreast of and managing your company’s evolving needs while keeping up with the latest technology. Your ideal IT employee should also be open to  recruiting, training and management of new IT employees when you need them.

Ability And Willingness To Access Existing Information Systems

Your candidate should express his readiness and qualification to analyze and provide reports on the functionality of your company’s existing equipment. He should be able to suggest new software and justify upgrades with a budget to this end.

 

Making Your Technology Cyber-secure

Cyber-security for your company is very important and you would want to hear him outline his plans on how to provide that. If the security of firewalls, spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware fails, what would he do? If a hacker gets into the system, what will his response be?

Availability

A server or a computer system crash does not know the difference between working hours and weekends. It can occur at any time. It is of the utmost importance then, that your IT person should be on call every hour of every day. Do not hire someone who is uncomfortable with this.