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Technology Transforming Future Generations

download (18)Nature Valley launched an ad campaign in early July that showed a huge difference between the generations alive today.

They asked 3 generations the same question: “When you were little, what did you do for fun?”

From the grandparents and parents you heard answers like berry-picking, growing watermelons, playing baseball, and building forts.

The children’s responses to the same question included video games, texting, sending email, and watching videos. Nature Valley didn’t stop there, though. They spread the gap even wider when asking the kids how long each day they spent on their electronics. They responded with at least 3 to 5 hours everyday and one little girl aged around 6 said she would “die” without her tablet, their tagline following: “Nature has always been a part of childhood.”

What changed from one generation to the next?

There are currently 6 living generations today:

  1. The Greatest Generation (1901-1926)
  2. Silents (1927-1945)
  3. Baby Boomers (1946-1964)
  4. Generation X (1965-1980)
  5. Generation Y/Millennial (1981-2000)
  6. Generation Z/Boomlets (after 2001)

Technology was introduced during Generation X and Generations Y and Z grew up not remembering a time without certain technologies. The technological revolution that brought along the first mac computers to cell

CD and DVD Printing and Packaging – Preparing Your Artwork

download (17)Creating Artwork for CD or DVD On-Body Printing

Always use a template

This sounds fairly obvious, but there are a few very good reasons why you should always design using a template.

1. If you’re printing onto a printable CDR or DVDR using an office inkjet printer then you need to carefully measure the printable area of your chosen disc because they can vary wildly in terms of exterior and interior diameter.

2. If you’re going to be supplying your completed CD or DVD artwork to a professional printing company then they will have their own printable area constraints for the particular brand of CD or DVD that they supply. In some instances the printer may print right up to the centre hole of the disc but other printers may prefer not to. Check with them before beginning your design work and ask for a template to be supplied.

3. A template supplied by a professional CD and DVD printing company will be at the correct resolution (300dpi to 400dpi) and will specify any additional requirements such as inner and outer limits for any text that is included

What You Need To Know About VPNs

download (16)VPNs make it possible for businesses and individuals to communicate and transmit data over a wide area network. The cool thing with VPNs is that you are able to send private information over public channels. Since VPN relies on WAN connections, computers connected to the network don’t need to be physically nearby-they can be countries or even continents apart and they will communicate perfectly.

Types of VPNs

There are many types of VPNs with the main ones being:

Virtual private dial-up network (VPDN). This is a user-to-LAN connection where users have to connect to the company LAN. As a company owner, you need to set up a NAS (network access server) and then provide your users with software that will enable them to reach the NAS from their computers.

You should note that this type of VPN requires a third party to provide encryption services.

Site-to-site VPN: as a company owner you have to invest in dedicated hardware that will make it possible for your multiple sites to connect to your LAN through the public network. It’s good to note that most of the site-to-site VPNs are

Apple Watch – First Impression

download (15)Apple Watch has been around for a few months. Well, in some countries at least. It arrived here, in Thailand in mid-July and I made sure I got it on the first day it became available. So, after calling all the people I know have anything to do with Apple, I got it reserved. Into a car right after work, 2 hours in traffic, another 30 minutes to find a parking spot and another 20 to find the shop and… I was finally able to put my hand of the watch. Or rather, to put Apple Watch on my hand.

The first thing you want to do it to link it to your iPhone and start playing with it but… you need to be patient. It takes a few good minutes to boot. It seems like forever as you want to play with your new Apple Watch right away. After all, this is very different from any other Apple product.

So, 5 minutes passed and I was at last able to play with my new toy. First thing I wanted to do was to check

Empowering Campus With College Management Systems (CMS)

images (1)The education ecosystem has broadened its horizons to innumerable courses and educational institutions are experiencing a huge influx of students as a result. Another prime concern is to stay in the race, apparently lead the race of educational institutions in respective genres. For this, the college needs to live up to the expectations of regulatory bodies like NBA and NAAC. So, it’s not only about automating and expediting the college management procedures, it’s about time and resource management too.

College management software comes with a whole bunch of benefits for sure. It is a surefire tool for campus automation. The different modules of a CMS manage the workflow automation of different departments of the college and even the processes.

Modules and Benefits

The major concerns of any college include systematization of the entire admission procedure. It includes applications, shortlisting, admissions, roll no generation, id generation and more. The fees management module is a more sophisticated module because it takes care of the various fees applicable and integration of the same as well. The different fees applicable to a student vary from admission fees, scholarship fees, mess

An Online Store for Desktops – Necessities Simplified

download (14)An online store for desktops – the idea may sound new, but the need is vintage…

The average age to play with computers and other technical gadgets was once above 15 or 20, which has considerably reduced to merely 2 to 3 years. It seems like the new generation is born techie. Generations back when Pier Giorgio Pretto invented the first commercial desktop personal computer, no body could predict that the time would come when papers will be replaced by desktops in the offices so largely. Since, the desktops have their own utility and plus points of usage it is still a household necessity as well as a commercial utility.

A few months back my boss asked a simple, yet important question from me, “Because it seems like laptops have taken over desktops and tablets have taken over laptops, do you think that the market or utility of desktops is going to vanish someday around?”

Well! I spontaneously answered that could not happen. Advanced technology may produce more advanced desktops with revolutionary features but their utility can never dissolve.

Now when the usage of desktops is

Electronic Contract Manufacturing Today

imagesFifty years ago, all components of an electronic product were manufactured by the same company that produced the final product. This meant that the manufacturer had to purchase the raw materials, employ experts, carry inventory for each and every individual component that goes into the product. In addition, this made it extremely difficult for small companies with small runs to enter the market and compete.

The market was ready for ‘electronic contract manufacturers’ that specialized in the design and manufacture of specific components that would then be sold to the OEM to be placed in the final product. Narrowing the focusing of a company to just one product or component, allowed them to offer economies of scale in the acquisition of raw materials, talent and expertise in the design process, and equipment for production. This cuts costs for the original manufacturer and frees up their capital.

With this new structure, manufacturing companies were able to produce a better product, more efficiently, and easily scale up or down to customer demand. In the design development process, usually the most complex and difficult part of the process,

What Makes a Biometric Attendance System Worth Installing?

download (13)Any enterprise, small or large, needs to adopt an effective method of employee handling. Primitive systems of registering manually, timecard punching and others, were not accurate and adept for attendance. Companies had to suffer huge losses due to fraud physical presence by any employee in the name of the other. Moreover, the organizations weren’t able to determine any employee’s arrival and departure time if proper attention was not given to it.

So, what can become a solid solution to avoid such obstacles and offer acceleration to the proper functioning of any business? Only an attendance system that involves Biometrics can solve such problems. It can easily present to you productive results. These systems are economical and offer better results than other attendance methods or procedures. Any movement of the visitors can be tracked by them, thus, making it suitable for companies to keep a watch over their staff.

A perfect biometric attendance recorder will help in time management of your business. Opting for such an economical attendance registering approach will also save a lot of paper work and remove the hassle of searching numerous files

Trends in Biometric Technology 2015

download (12)The world today moves ahead with technological advancements every day. In this digital age where dependence on online businesses and marketing is growing, the security threats are also not much behind. In this field, Biometric technology has played a massive role in enhancing security, which is a step-up from the previous password protection or Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) methods.

Biometrics is quite useful and better for a number of reasons. It uses technology that examines a human body’s characteristics like DNA, facial patterns, eye retina, and hand measurements for authentication processes. A person is identified by the blood vessel pattern beneath the skin – which is unique to each individual. Such a process is quite secure as cloning a human’s DNA or facial patterns is a much harder task than cracking passwords. This year saw various trends in Biometrics Technology, which is most likely to rise in the coming years.

Some of the trends are as follows:

1. Incorporating biometrics in money transaction businesses

Online shopping is a major source of income and a usual trend these days thereby holding many security threats as well such as

How A Fingerprint-Recognition Attendance System Works

download (11)A fingerprint-recognition system is a biometric technology system wherein attendance is guaranteed with a single scan of the fingers. In present days, not only is physical thievery a dangerous crime but with the onset of internet, identity thefts, credit card frauds are common thefts.

The use of biometric technology is on a rescue mission to counter these security threats. Biometrics not only ensures security but also guarantees a human that he/she can sleep well if their belongings are governed by this technology. A major application of biometrics that comes in handy in almost every institution be-it government or private is The Fingerprint-recognition Attendance System.

What is a fingerprint-recognition attendance system?

A Biometric device such as finger scanner consists of –

(a) A scanning device

(b) Software that converts scanned information into digital and compares match points

(c) A database that stores the biometric data for comparison

To prevent identity thefts, the data encrypts as soon as gathered. To convert the biometric input, a software application uses specific point identification of data as match points. These match points in the database process use an algorithm that translates that information into a

How to Get The Best From Your Monitor Calibrator

download (10)You’ve bought your monitor calibrator, installed and updated the software, connected the measurement instrument and you’re all ready to make your first display profile. Accurate on-screen color is just a click away.

Or is it?

Before calibrating and profiling a monitor for accurate color display, there are a number of ‘pre-flight’ checks you should carry out to ensure that the results you get are as good as possible.

Uniformity assessment: It’s not worth attempting to profile a display if it significantly fades at the corners or has a localised color cast, as any judgements you make will be affected by this. A quick way to visually test uniformity is to set a neutral mid-gray desktop pattern and close all windows. Older-style CRT displays usually have controls that allow you to adjust for mis-aligned screen display and various other screen geometry faults, but there isn’t anything you can do about a faulty LCD panel; be aware that LCD manufacturers do specify tolerances for uniformity and defective pixels.

Clean the screen and position the measuring device: LCD panels don’t attract dust the way electrostatically-charged CRTs did, but it

Display Eye-Catching Content With a Video Wall

download (9)It’s tough to impress today’s audiences-everything must be bigger, brighter, and bolder. The best way to catch audiences’ attention is to capitalize on the latest technologies that allow you to display vivid, eye-catching content sure to captivate any viewer. How can you accomplish this? The solution is a video wall installation.

What Is a Video Wall?

A video wall is a display using multiple screens. This allows users to create larger images by using all of the screens together or stream different content to each screen individually. Sometimes one screen isn’t enough, and using one extra-large screen can be extremely expensive. That’s why using an installation with multiple screens is a more customizable, dynamic, and cost-effective solution for all of your content.

This type of display will come in handy in a variety of environments, and this technology is currently in high demand. In today’s forward-thinking world, there is an increasing interest in bright multimedia content, which is possible to show anywhere thanks to advancements in flat-screen technology, higher screen resolutions, and new innovations in Pro A/V manufacturing.

Do You Need a Video Wall?

There are plenty

Video Wall Controllers and Other AV Technology Becoming More User-Friendly

download (8)Have you ever wanted to really dazzle an audience with high-definition screens that showcase your brand? Video wall systems are one of the most in-demand AV technologies right now due to their versatility in a variety of environments. But sometimes these new and rapidly improving technological innovations can seem too complicated, and tech novices can feel a little left out of the changing 21st Century marketplace.

That’s why there’s a new wave in technology manufacturing right now that’s putting a focus on user-friendly and intuitive design. Even watching commercials or checking out your local electronics store will show you the direction the world is moving, as phones, computers, tablets, and AV technology are increasingly designed not just for tech-savvy geniuses, but for the average consumer with no technical training.

We live now in the era of technology, meaning almost everyone, from business owners to regular folks, relies on technology in almost every aspect of life. Many electronics companies are still figuring out how to make their products simpler for the average user, but others are already leading the way towards a technologically intuitive world.

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The Importance of Protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

download (7)The effects of a data breach can be devastating to any company and can have far reaching effects. Target estimated the credit card data breach costs, after insurance reimbursement at $105 Million. In addition, 40 million payment cards and 70 million other records, including customers email addresses and phone numbers were stolen. This breach was severe enough for the CEO to resign.

The Ponemon Institute released a report in September 2014 indicating that 43% of companies had experienced a data breach in the past year and that was an increase in 10% over the prior year. It’s not a matter of if your company will be attacked, it’s when it will happen. According to the report, the magnitude of the breaches is increasing and more than 80% of the breaches were caused by employee negligence.

I do believe that we will see a flood of lawsuits pertaining to PHI data breaches and with the stringent HIPAA laws in place, medical practices and the associated industry can expect to pay exorbitant penalties.

Companies need to protect PII, PHI and PCI from both internal and external threats and

Importance of Computers!

download (5)A computer can be defined as a general purpose device that is programmed in a way that it can carry out a set of logical as well as arithmetic operations in an automatic manner. As a sequence of operations can be changed readily, the computer is capable of solving more than one problem. Conventionally, a particular computer consists of at least one element for processing which is typically called the CPU and there is also some form of memory. This processing element carries out various arithmetic as well as logical operations and also sequencing and a control unit.

The computer system is not at all a simple machine. It is just like a very modern and a very highly complex calculator. It is capable of doing or performing almost all the functions at a very speedy rate which helps us a lot to progress and search in our businesses and homes. A computer can therefore be called as a calculator that includes a twist as it not only performs very fast calculations, but it is also capable of having various other special characteristics. The

Benefits of LED Technology and the TIR Lens Manufacturing Process

download (4)Benefits of LED technology

LED or Light Emitting Diodes have potentially replaced the traditional lighting source for its cost and size advantages. It was initially used as indicator lamps in a number of electronic devices. However, continuous development in LED technology had led to embrace this technology in all types of general lighting.

LEDs are extremely energy-efficient and can consume up to 90% less power than conventional fluorescent bulbs. As such they help to massively cut power costs. Because of low power usage, LEDs are becoming popular light sources in remote areas that use solar panels. LEDs also have long life of up to 60,000 hours compared to 1,500 hours for luminous bulbs. Moreover, they are durable and can withstand shock, vibration and extreme temperature. You can also improve safety by using LED since they produce 3.4 btu’s per hour compared to 85 for incandescent bulbs.

People are using LEDs in a variety of applications, including residential lighting, aerospace, architectural lighting, automotive, aviation, broadcasting, electronic instrumentation, entertainment and gaming, and more.

Especially in the micro-projection system, use of LED optics will increase over the years. It

Tips for Successful Project Delivery: Customer Engagement, Respect and Communication

download (3)What if a professional athlete set a standard where winning was not enough? Instead, they had to achieve a personal best or break a previous record year after year.

What if a new theme park opened on schedule, with no delays, and offered tickets to the first one million visitors to return at any time and bring up to 100 guests at no additional charge?

Welcome to my world. As an IT provider, I face the similar challenge: that is, delivering a project experience to customers that will not only achieve all project goals, but also blow them away.

I have delivered on hundreds of projects for customers in my career and I have seen projects go smoothly and poorly. I have seen projects end with both the customer and the provider feeling a sense of accomplishment, and I have seen projects drag on for months, even years and then dwindle out almost as if customer and provider conceded defeat for any of the following reasons:

  • lofty project goals
  • misjudged budgets
  • technology that couldn’t be wrangled in

Sound familiar to anyone? These are some of the reasons why PMI (pmi.org)

What Tool Helps You Conquer the 7 Biggest File Migration Challenges?

download (2)Want to eliminate platform migration headaches? Reduce cost, effort, and lost time? You’re in the right place. I want to share some tips to help you simplify your migration activities.

I have been performing file-based migrations for well over 20 years, primarily with EMC Technology. The majority of migrations have been SMB-based including server-to-server, server-to-NAS, and NAS-to-NAS migrations.

Some of the tools that I have leveraged over the years include:

  • ROBOCOPY: This Microsoft utility, originally part of the Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit, has been around since 1997.
  • EMCOPY: This EMC utility is used primarily to copy to a Celerra based file system; however, the other tools in the suite comprised of EMCopy, Sharedup, and LGDUP have been used on several occasions, even in conjunction with Robocopy.
  • RSYNC: This UNIX utility is used for NFS migrations.

As technology advanced, storage vendors provided a way to perform these migrations using internal tools. Some of the tools were developed for disaster recovery while others were developed explicitly for data migration. Two examples include:

  • VNX Replicator: This tool can replicate from Celerra/VNX to another Celerra/VNX array.
  • Isi_vol_copy: The isi_vol_copy utility from Isilon uses NDMP

Tegile: Economical Way To Accelerate Enterprise Applications!

download (1)Gone are the days when companies used traditional flash to handle workload. There are several drawbacks of this conventional storage – you can use one flash for a specific type of workload; you can get the fast performance by spending several bucks, and several others. Tegile is the company of a new breed of innovators which brought its products to reduce the dependency of enterprises on heavy and expensive systems. Its products (hybrid and all flash) are enough to handle any type of workload.

From small-scale industries to well-established organizations are using its system. The company introduced its eccentric products keeping the users’ demand in mind for both All-Flash and Hybrid. All of its solutions are based on two types of architecture. Intelligent Flash Arrays for Hybrid & All-Flash, and IntelliStack Converged Infrastructure solutions.

The IntelliStack is developed by integrating the computing power of Cisco UCS and storage feature of Tegile. And thus, you can provide the configurations which are certified, pre-validates and pre-sized. If you are looking for a system, which can work best for your latency-sensitive, business-critical applications, then you should opt