Category: Software

Advantages of External Hard Drives

Internal hard drives have more space than ever before. But obviously, we cannot keep pulling it out of our computer and taking it around with us when we travel. Nor can we insert it into anybody’s computer each time we want to share something. A laptop is still not affordable for all and not suited for all situations. The portable hard drive has come up as the answer to such needs. The external hard disk is a plug and play device – just like the tiny USB drive – but with all the advantages of being a complete hard drive by itself. It is now possible to carry around 1 Terabyte of data in a small packet.

The Advantages of External Hard Drives

Let us first weigh the points in favour of external hard disks.

* The first advantage is space – and this alone can be its winning streak. For more details go to www.infozabout.com .The portable hard drive is as good as the old desk top at home when it comes to storage space. For those who have to move around frequently with their data, have the laptop already, and still need more space, this is the answer to prayers.

* Its sheer ease of use is a boon that cannot be discounted. The rise in the demand for easy sharing of music and video files has been particularly facilitated by this gadget. Media files are huge in size when compared to data, and require both more storage space and good reproduction quality. If the DVD was an improvement on the CD in this regard, the portable hard disk is a great leap forward. It is definitely more secure than online sharing as well.

* Security, in fact, is a major advantage offered by the external drive. After all, it is sitting on the table physically outside the computer case. It can be disconnected at even a hint of an impending hardware failure. It can be scanned for virus prior to being plugged in, and disconnected immediately at the slightest warning. What is the use of creating a backup if that is going to be virus infested as well? The external hard disk has solved this problem. Our favourite songs and video clips can be downloaded from the net, scanned and then saved on the external hard drive in a ‘clean’ condition.

* Manufacturers of portable hard drives are competing with each other to make it more attractive. Some of them come with built-in antivirus, firewall and other security utilities. We can buy external hard disks with an OS already loaded, making it as actually like an independent computer by itself. Besides, there is a whole software package that comes with it, along with backup provisions so that automatic copies are created each time we work on a file.

The Disadvantages of External Hard Drives

There are some disadvantages too, but hopefully they can be remedied to a degree with time.

* The first hurdle is, of course, the price of the hard disks. The external hard drive is more costly than even USB drives. This issue will be solved only when larger scale of mass production starts off after the product has gained enough popularity in the market.

* Size is a factor for portable devices. A pen drive is, after all, tiny, light, and very convenient.

Data Loss from External Hard Drives

The easiest way to lose data from a portable storage media is by losing the device itself. Given below are some of the ways in which data can be lost from external disks.

* We are always open to data loss at any given point of time. For more details go to www.make-ezee-money.com .A thunderbolt will not announce itself before striking our rooftop and sucking the data away. Yet, very few people give importance to creating a logical partition for automatic backup within their external drive. This is as important as the recovery disk of a laptop.

* Regular virus scans and updating of the given software is very important. The built-in software will get deactivated unless the registration is renewed within a given period of time.

* Like all other devices, the external hard disk is also susceptible to fire, water, heat, humidity, dust, shock, electric discharge and direct sunlight.

Web Hosting With Free Fantastico

Fantastico Deluxe makes new website creation quick and easy. With over 50 pre-installed scripts to choose from webmasters are only limited by their imagination and creativity.

What Is Fantastico

Netenberg the inventor of Fantastico Deluxe, formerly Cpanelthemes.com is a division of kosmopolis Inc. LLC located in Wilmington Delaware.

They have succeeded in creating one of the most widely used auto installers on the web with over one million users worldwide.

Fantastico Deluxe is a web application included free by many web hosting providers. It contains a collection/library of scripts. Fantastico will auto install the script of your choice on demand.

The task of Installing Content Managers like Word press, Joomla, Drupal, Mambo, and Xoops can be reduced to a few minutes. Furthermore, it is no longer necessary to upload 100's of files through an ftp client taking 20 Minutes or more.
If you use picture galleries then you will quickly take advantage of Coppermine a full feature photo gallery written in PHP and included with Fantastico.

The Fantastico dashboard is divided into sections with each section having its own category and collection of scripts.

The Primary categories are:

1. Blogs
2. Content Management
3. Customer Relationship (support services, chat and help services)
4. Ecommerce (shopping carts)
5. Discussion Boards
6. Frequently asked questions
7. Billing
8. Image Galleries
9. Polls and Surveys
10. Project Management
11. Wiki
12. Other Scripts

Multiple scripts can be installed to different directories. It is possible to Host one or many websites simultaneously on one account. You are only limited by the amount of web space and bandwidth purchased.

Selecting a web hosting service that provides free Fantastico can save you time and money especially if you plan to host multiple sites on one account. It is not uncommon for some providers to charge a yearly fee of $9 or more to access just one of these pre-installed scripts. Installing all of these scripts without Fantastico can run upwards of $360 year on top of hosting fees.

But one word of caution, some web host do not properly upgrade scripts with current versions, which can be a security risk. With programs like WordPress this may not be a problem if you add the automatic upgrade plug-in when installing the sortware.So before buying make sure scripts are updated frequently.

Fantastico Deluxe provides endless opportunities to get website feedback through live chat, surveys and polls. Develop free website content through discussion boards that help to improve ranking and increase search engine traffic.

Hosts that offer free Fantastico De Luxe

• Hostmonster
• BlueHost
• LunarPages
• Hostgator
• FastDomain

Features

Hostmonster

• $4.95-$6.95 per month
• Quad Processor Performance Servers
• Linux operating system
• Apache Server
• UPS Power Backup/Back-p generator
• OC-48 Backbone connection
• Courtesy Site Backups
Free Domain
• Unlimited Domain Hosting
• Multimedia Support
• CronJobs
• Ruby On Rails
• Founded 1996
• Location Utah

BlueHost

• $6.95 per month
• Quad Processor Performance Servers
• Linux operating system
• Apache Server
• UPS Power Backup
• Diesel Generator Backup Power
• OC-48 Backbone connection
• Courtesy Site Backups
• Multimedia Features
• Host Unlimited Domains
• Location Utah

LunarPages

• $4.95 per month
• 2000 Mbit Connectivity
• Ddos Protection
• Tape Backup
• Power Generator
• Multimedia Features
• Ruby On Rails
• Dreamweaver Compatible
• MySql Databases Unlimited
• Email Accounts Unlimited
• Email Auto Responders Unlimited
• 4 Data Centers
• Location California
• 100+ Staff Members

HostGator

• $4.95 per month
• Unlimited Disk Space
• Unlimited Bandwidth
• Free Setup
• CronJobs
• Ruby On Rails
• Unlimited Disk Space
• Unlimited Bandwidth
• Host 1 Domain
• Location Texas and Brazil

FastDomain

• $5.95 per month
• Quad Processor Performance Servers
• Linux operating system
• Apache Server
• UPS Power Backup/Back-p generator
• OC-48 Backbone connection
• Courtesy Site Backups
• CronJobs
• Multimedia Features
Free Domain
• Founded In 2005
• Unlimited Hosting Space
• Unlimited File Transfer
• Unlimited Domains

Glossary

Linux- like Windows XP, 95 is an operating system. Created by Linus Torvalds from the University of Helsinki in Finland 1991. Unlike Windows Linux is free open source software created under the GNU (General Public License).

Apache- is a web server used to display web pages on the World Wide Web.

UPS- called an uninterrupted power supply better known as a battery back-up.

CronJobs- is an automated program allowing the user to repeatedly run a scheduled task on a specific date and time.

OC-48- A fiber optic backbone used in large networks OC stands for optical carrier. The speed of an OC-48 is equivalent to 1344 T1 lines or 43 T3's.

Ddos Attack- stands for distributed denial of service.

Ddos- Attacks are can be initiated by Trojans that search out and install themselves on computers with outdated virus protection and patches. These computers collectively form a network of systems that can execute an attack on an a website by sending massive amounts of traffic which overload bandwith rendering the site unusable to visitors who try to access the site or service.

Ddos- attacks can also be exploited by software bugs.

Hosts with Ddos Protection

1. Lunar Pages
2. HostICan
3. Host Department

In Summary

This list of features is by no means exhaustive. It is recommended that you visit each webhost for a complete list of products included with each web hosting account and any reduce pricing associated with special offers.

Really? You Don’t Need A Website Disaster And Recovery Program? Why?

If you answered YES to that, you're dead wrong my friend. Let me prove it to you by giving you real true-to-life examples.

Recently, I asked this question to one lady webmaster named Dorothy and she said quite simply,

"Well, why should I do that? My webhost said that they guarantee 99.9% of the time, my website will be OK. Besides, I don't know how to do it if that's technical stuff. So why should I care?"

That is the mindset of many people like her who really believed that the 99 % uptime guarantees found on the promises page of their webhosts is already their website insurance.

First of, what's a "Disaster and Recovery Program"?

It's all about a business owner's plan of actions, systems and procedures that ensures business continuity when disruptions and disasters arise in the normal course of business.

Every major corporations and businesses worldwide have this on their yearly agenda as part of their risk management assessment. It's also known as the "Business Continuity Program" in the corporate world.

I know your online business and your websites are important to you. So why then should it not apply to your online business as well?

You know that many times, disaster strikes us when we least expect it. Sometimes it even happens when you have a major product launch or a full-blown advertising campaign when, all of a sudden, your websites went down and boom, all your efforts and investments went down the drain as well.

If hackers happen to pick your site for fun and notoriety, managed to break in to deface it or release worms, Trojan horses, DDOS attack bots and the likes that damage your websites as a result, what will you do after?

What about fires in the datacenter where your server is located or maybe a hard disk failure on your web hosting server? There are even cases of errors in technical configurations, substandard server hardwares, overcrowded hosting servers, technical incompetence of support staff and other problems your host wouldn't tell you about.

These disasters have ruined too many online businesses in the past. And my websites are not spared as well. Believe me when I tell you that it happened to my websites many times even on my own dedicated server! It only shows that disasters do happen and even your webhost sometimes cannot do anything about it.

Website hacking and defacing, viruses and worms, server crashes, server hardware failures, datacenter fires, network failures, electrical faults, technical support errors, long recurring service downtimes and other website disasters can immediately put you out of business. And that's just one of the effects. Not to mention loss of face, loss of opportunities and loss of time.

Why?

Because downtime is just not acceptable these days. Your customers and visitors can't wait all the time for you to be back online. If they can't find you, they can't buy from or trade with you and going to the competition is easy as a click of a mouse. Your advertising and promotional campaigns are put to waste because of your dead websites. Lots of money are lost in recovery and restoration as well as in lost opportunities that you will surely miss out.

That's why we all need to make the planning for disaster and recovery a high priority item in our online business especially if you are seriously making a lot of money from it.

By the way, I'm not scaring you at all. But think about it for a moment. Imagine a situation wherein you and your websites are in total chaos, you don't know what to do because you don't have a website backup, you don't have a restoration plan and you don't really know who to run to or talk to about it.

You see, each webmaster should have a comprehensive plan of action. Your disaster and recovery program should not only target your webpages (html, images, photos, audios, zips and other files). You should know that there are other website components that you need to take care of too.

For example, many websites nowadays have MYSQL databases installed to store and manage their customers, sales, products, files and visitors data among other things. MYSQL is free to use so many people naturally are using it for their website scripts. There is a good chance that you are using or have used it too, right?

So when disaster strikes, not only are your webpages at risk, your precious MYSQL databases are also at risk. Most of the time, webmasters have local backups of the webpages, files and scripts on their hard drive which can be easily restored. But MYSQL databases need a special backup procedure for you to extract it straight from your website control panel. You can't easily create it and upload it like your html, pdfs and zip files. Your web hosting server creates and grows these databases for you real time. So if you're not technically inclined to know this as a webmaster, you might disregard it and face the risk of loss in the future. Yet losing your business data is like losing your business continuity. Once it's lost, you'll find it hard to recover.

Another website component is your website scripts. They need a disaster and recovery plan too. Say for example you purchased a PHP script that has an auto-install auto-update feature from the seller. Most often than not, you have no copy of this script on your local harddrive (since the seller might have installed it for you for free) much more the version updates that are automatically applied to your website each time the seller releases a new one.

If you fail to backup your whole PHP script configuration, then it will be very hard for you to restore this script to its last state. Imagine getting back to version 1 or older version of your scripts. You'll end up paying the seller or a top programmer lots of money to restore this for you if you're even lucky enough to have the script from the seller again for free. If not, you have to pay for it again.

Crazy eh?

What a waste of money just because you don't have a disaster and recovery plan. Not only that. You will lose face, customers or visitors, momentum, opportunities and most of all, time to recover and restore everything to its last working condition.

You sure wouldn't want to go back to where you started, would you?

So here are five (5) simple steps you can easily do to setup your own Disaster and Recovery Program for your online businesses:

1. First, REALIZE that your websites and all the other components are always at RISK. If you still believe your webhost that nothing can happen to your website no matter what, you won't be able to know until you've lost everything. I know this and I speak by experience. If you can sleep at night well knowing that as a webmaster, you're in control, then it really pays to do it yourself. If you're still not convinced, answer this question: "Would you really put on some stranger's hands the fate of your online business?" Remember that, most of the time, you've never even met or talk to your webhost.

2. Second, BACKUP ALL your website files, scripts and databases on your local hard drive, another remote server or another offsite media. This means you'll download, store and update these files from time to time. You have to do this patiently on schedule (better once a week or best daily if you have high traffic database-driven websites). You will use these backup files to restore your website to its latest state when disaster strikes. Usually, web hosting control panels like Cpanel, Plesk, Ensim and Webmin have a backup and restore facility page where you can do this. Please check your control panel manual for details.

3. Third, LEARN how TO recover and RESTORE your websites to its latest state. Since your online business is important, you must be able to quickly recover from any disaster. A quick restoration plan should be in place and rehearsed during the "good times" so that when "bad times" come, you're well prepared for it. Remember, if you know how to build your websites, you must also know how to rebuild it too. This is needed not only during disasters but also if you're transferring to another web host or web server.

4. Fourth, COLLABORATE, if you're not a programmer or technically knowledgeable about websites, scripts and MYSQL databases, with someone who has that knowledge. When disaster strikes, you should be able to quickly pull someone who can do the technical stuff for you if you don't know how. My suggestion is to get someone from Elance.com or Scriptlance.com. Since these sites are working on a project bidding system, you'll get better service at lesser price. There are risks involved here also but that's another matter. What's important is for you to know the places where to get help when you need it.

5. And lastly, STICK WITH YOUR PLAN and do it DILIGENTLY. You can never tell when problems will occur so you have to be ready all the time. And this can only be achieved by being serious to the above four (4) steps.

Remember, this disaster and recovery plan is your own insurance for your online business. You don't have to pay someone to do it for you. You can do this if you'll just realize that your online business is always at risk and it's important that it continue so that you will benefit from it in the long term.

As you become triumphant over any online disasters you will be facing, you will know how good it is to be in total control.

And that, my friend, is a great feeling.

Sony Ait-5 & Ait-4 Tape Technology

The revolutions per minute (rpm) of the Sony AIT-4 data tape format’s helical scan head is 4,800. Information of higher density is recorded at an angle that is relative to edge of the AIT data tape reel. Loop of the AIT-4 backup tape drive is closed and the tape path is adjusted by the “self adjusting” mechanism that helps in accurate and highly precise tracking of the data tape. New and unique system of ATF (auto-tracking following) has been added to the AIT-4 tape drive which improves the tape drive’s effectiveness. For tape flutter, the servo adjusts itself and therefore it enables the space between the tracks to be much nearer when recording the data onto the tape reel.

The tape head (MIG metal in gap) of the Sony AIT4 tape drive is redesigned and enhanced. The average life of the AIT tape head is about 50,000 hours. AIT4 tape drive has mechanism for controlling the tape tension. It controls the tension of tape reel at one half. The other mechanisms of helical scan and the innovative tape head geometry help to further reduce the pressure between the tape media and head. The servo mechanism controls and monitors the fluctuations in the tape tension and helps in reduction of wear & tear of both the tape head and tape reel.

Sony AIT5 backup tape format is now even more robust and reliable as it has the new AME-III technology. The AME-III feature (Advanced Metal Evaporated) has incredibly enhanced the data storage ability and the data density. The other data tape formats paint the magnetic particle merely so this makes 50 percent of the magnetic material active. In AME technology, cobalt is used which is then vaporized and is applied directly on to the AIT tape reel. So the AME technology results in almost 100 percent pure magnetic material in the AIT data tape format. AIT tape cartridges suffer less from loss of data because of the AME technology as they loose less magnetic particles. It is because of the AME technology that the Sony AIT5 data tape media has remarkable 400,000 hours of life at duty cycle of 100%. Sony AIT-5 has ability of end-to-end passes of 30,000.

Sony AIT5 backup tape technology offers numerous advantageous and reliable features one of which the most important feature is the WORM (write once read many) technology. Backed up information on the tape cartridge cannot be wiped out or changed but access to the data is possible with the WORM technology in the AIT 5 tape format. WORM is very cost effective and beneficial for the storage of archive regulated and sensitive data. Sony AIT5 tape format provides all the advantages of WORM media technology. All the generations of AIT (advanced intelligent tape) format including the fifth generation AIT5 tape format has memory chip (MIC) in the AIT data tape cartridges. Memory in cassette (MIC) is non-volatile chip. MIC is built in the AIT tape cartridge. MIC enables the AIT tape media in fast searching of data and quick loading of tape media.

AIT tape media does not keep on tape index it rather maintains the information of system log, tape status, file index, backup information, user definable information and cartridge history. AIT-5 tape format takes further this innovative and groundbreaking technology of MIC. Sony AIT-5 tape media uses the remote R-MIC chip which is the advanced form of the MIC chip. In this AIT backup tape format, there is no need of connector and the memory chip communicates with the AIT tape drive remotely.


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