Macs Are New Ransomware Targets

The world has been recently swept by a malware bug that has crippled businesses and government organizations in different parts of the world. This ransom malware is known as WannaCry and has affected over 200,000 computers in supposedly 150 countries. Windows PCs are vulnerable to this ransomware especially the older operating systems like Windows XP and Windows 7 that don’t have up-to-date security updates. This vulnerability is related to the implementation of the Server Message Block (SMB) by Microsoft. Fortunately, it seems that Windows 10 wasn’t vulnerable to the attack.

The popularity of bitcoins has made ransom malware a favorite crime of hackers. It means they can monetize their attacks from dazed victims who badly want their data back. While the spread of the malware has significantly slowed down upon the discovery of the kill switch, it does not mean that the worst is over because Macs seem susceptible too now.

Give us your money, or else: Mac users and their computers aren’t immune from ransom-demanding malware after all, as a first so-called ransomware attack was detected by the security researchers at Palo Alto Networks last week.

Mac owners who installed the Transmission BitTorrent client last Friday or Saturday may have infected their machines with a malware program called KeRanger that may attempt to encrypt some of their personal files. The app then displays a ransom note, asking users to pay around $400 to get access to these files again.

Ransomware attacks like these are nothing new for users of Windows PCs, where a number of similar programs have been attacking users for some time. Ransomware programmers typically hide their tracks by asking to be paid in Bitcoin, their apps are often  hard to detect by antivirus software.

(Via: https://variety.com/2016/digital/news/apple-mac-ransomware-1201724188/)

It seems that the target of hackers isn’t individual computer users but more on businesses and organizations that have the capacity to pay the ransom they are asking for. The world may have been blown away by the WannaCry attack but it appears that Mac users must also be wary of the KeRanger malware because Mac computers aren’t immune to malware after all.

Unplug and disconnect storage

The one example of effective ransomware seen on a Mac so far – KeRanger – also attempted to encrypt Time Machine backups, to try to make it impossible for the user to simply restore files from a backup.

Therefore, upon discovering your Mac has been infected by ransomware you should minimise the possibility of backups becoming encrypted too by immediately unplugging any removable storage like external hard disks, and disconnecting from any network shares by clicking the eject icon alongside their entries in the sidebar of Finder.

Are Macs affected by WannaCry?

Put simply, no. WannaCry takes advantage of a bug in Microsoft Windows’ network file sharing system, a technology called SMB. Once WannaCry gets onto a single computer on the network – usually because an individual opened a rogue email attachment – it then uses a bug in SMB to inject itself into all other computers on the network that haven’t been patched.

Macs also use SMB as the default network file sharing technology, so you might initially think Macs could be affected too. However, Apple uses its own bespoke implementation of SMB. While this is fully compatible with Microsoft’s version, it doesn’t suffer from the same bugs or security holes, so isn’t affected by WannaCry – or at least not in WannaCry’s current manifestation.

(Via: http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac/how-remove-mac-ransomware-3659100/)

If you want to ensure your Mac computer stays protected from any ransomware attack, try installing the app, RansomWhere?. It is actually a free app that silently watches out for any signs of encryption in the background. Upon detection, it stops the encryption process and lets you know about it.

Other precautions that are actually pure common sense includes not opening malicious email attachments, avoiding dodgy software, regularly updating your system, and making sure you only install from official websites. Ensuring you back up your data is also a great way to give you the peace of mind knowing you have the same copy of the files that were just encrypted, so no need to worry about paying the ludicrous ransom at all.

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Computers And Safe Air Travel

A lot of the things we now enjoy have been made possible by our continually advancing computing technology. Man keeps on dreaming bigger things and that enables new discoveries and innovations to be made. Indeed, much has changed since our forefathers had first access to computers. And we’re not just talking about the technologies we use at home or smart technology but of even bigger and more complex industries like air travel.

The airline industry needs computers in order to function effectively and to even just basically exist. Airplanes are full of all sorts of gadgets and technologies to ensure a safe flight for everyone. There is so much technology involved yet surprisingly; they all work cohesively every time a plane flies to make sure the plane does as it should do. Not to mention the fact that most passengers now book their flights online, the sheer amount of technology used is just simply mind-blowing.

BRITISH AIRWAYS usually relishes the spring bank-holiday weekend, as families take advantage of the extended break to jet off somewhere pleasant. This year’s won’t end soon enough for the airline. A catastrophic computer failure on May 27th grounded over a thousand flights and caused chaos for flyers.  

The incident, which was reportedly related to a power failure rather than a cyber-attack, will raise questions about the company’s IT system. But for those caught up in the turmoil, it will simply confirm how the service standards of this national airline have deteriorated. Indeed in some respects it showed a chilling disregard for customers.

(Via: http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2017/05/going-nowhere?journey=d)

Some people have plane jitters and you can’t blame them after watching movies like Turbulence and Snakes on a Plane. You’d realize how vulnerable you truly are when you are aboard the most lucrative vehicle in the planet.

As the nose of the aircraft rose and it started to lose speed, the automated voice barked out in English: “STALL STALL STALL.” Despite the warning, Bonin kept pulling back on the stick, and in the black skies above the Atlantic the plane climbed at an astonishing rate of 7,000 feet a minute. But the plane’s air speed was evaporating; it would soon begin to slide down through the storm and towards the water, 37,500 feet below. Had either Bonin or Robert realised what was happening, they could have fixed the problem, at least in its early stages. But they did not. Why?

The source of the problem was the system that had done so much to keep A330s safe for 15 years, across millions of miles of flying: the fly-by-wire. Or more precisely, the problem was not fly-by-wire, but the fact that the pilots had grown to rely on it. Bonin was suffering from a problem called mode confusion. Perhaps he did not realise that the plane had switched to the alternate mode that would provide him with far less assistance. Perhaps he knew the plane had switched modes, but did not fully understand the implication: that his plane would now let him stall. That is the most plausible reason Bonin and Robert ignored the alarm – they assumed this was the plane’s way of telling them that it was intervening to prevent a stall. In short, Bonin stalled the aircraft because in his gut he felt it was impossible to stall the aircraft.

Aggravating this confusion was Bonin’s lack of experience in flying a plane without computer assistance. While he had spent many hours in the cockpit of the A330, most of those hours had been spent monitoring and adjusting the plane’s computers rather than directly flying the aircraft. And of the tiny number of hours spent manually flying the plane, almost all would have been spent taking off or landing. No wonder he felt so helpless at the controls.

(Via: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/11/crash-how-computers-are-setting-us-up-disaster)

While many of you probably wondered what it is like to inflate a life vest, you wouldn’t really want to wish yourself in such a situation. Airplane disasters don’t always have a happy ending. Once the airplane’s computers or motors malfunction, the pilot can only do so much to salvage the situation. Of course, the goal is to land the plane (preferably on land) as safely as possible and with minimal losses (both properties and lives) but that does not always happen.

Can you also remember what it was like to be completely at the mercy of travel agents when booking flights? It’s the least convenient task and can be quite pricey too. But with today’s technology, you can now do your bookings online and you are free to choose the flight details and the amount you are willing to shell out for your travels. But more than just the convenience, safety should be your utmost concern when you are high up in the clouds in a vehicle that is virtually ran by computers.

Meanwhile, you may not get to fly an airplane in your lifetime aside from those in video games but you probably own a computer or two at home. You hate it when your computer does not work as it should be especially when the hard drive is involved because of the risk of data loss. Unfortunately, it is unavoidable no matter how careful you may be. When that happens, check this link when choosing a hard drive recovery service: http://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/how-to-choose-a-hard-drive-recovery-service/. For more ideas on the tools to be used, this link may be helpful: http://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/data-recovery-tools/.

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The Joy A Smartphone Brings You

Smartphones are life. Can you imagine going through your day without your handy and ever so reliable smartphone with you? You’d even go to great lengths of going back home in the unfortunate event of leaving your smartphone back home. The possibilities are endless when you have your smartphone with you and you likely won’t get bored ever again. Moreover, Internet services have significantly improved to power the increase in demand among web users, so you can surf the web for all you want.

With an advanced mobile operating system that rivals that of most laptops and computers, smartphones are truly an icon of our times. And the best thing of all is that you are sure to have an option no matter what price you can afford. Even if it does not always sink in to you, it’s truly amazing to have almost everything that the world has to offer on a gadget that fits the palm of your hand. For only a decade, their existence has drastically changed our lives – both for the good and bad.

Next month see the 10th anniversary of the release of the first iPhone and the start of a smartphone revolution that has shaped the intervening decade in many ways, both obvious and subtle.

But the birth of the smartphone also presaged the death of something else, something whose absence we hardly remark on but which is of momentous importance – the smartphone has in many ways eliminated boredom in the developed world.

Those moments of idle reflection and those minutes of frustrating inactivity have been rendered a thing of the past by the devices in our pockets, which provide short bursts of diversion whenever we have a moment to fill.

(Via: https://www.irishtimes.com/business/innovation/how-smartphones-killed-off-boredom-1.3076980)

There is no such thing as boredom anymore. You no longer have to wonder how to kill time when there are countless things you can do with your smartphone. The memory of going crazy when you have nothing else to do a couple of decades ago is nothing but a distant memory, something that the younger generation won’t be able to relate to.

Part of this article came together for me in the shower. Why is it that ideas so often come to us while doing mundane tasks? It’s because moments of boredom free up our mind to think creatively. And regular bouts of boredom play a powerful role in building cultural intelligence (CQ).

Yet who has time to be bored these days? As I travel across the U.S. and around the world rarely, if ever, do I see people who are bored. And that’s largely thanks to smartphones!

You can fast forward through the boring commercials watching your favorite show, pass the time waiting in line by scrolling through your social media feeds, or sit through a religious service or class by surfing the web and texting. I’ve even seen security personnel and traffic cops using their phones to alleviate boredom. I recently stayed at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur where a VIP was staying. Security was everywhere. Yet several of the security officers were leaning against the wall scrolling through their phones every time I walked by them.

Our smartphones are an insurance policy against ever being bored. Granted, not everyone across the world has one – I still catch glimpses of elderly people in certain communities who are simply sitting outside apparently doing ‘nothing’ – but the reality is, most of us reach for our phones whenever there’s a minute to spare.

(Via: http://www.management-issues.com/opinion/7262/boredom-smartphones-and-cultural-intelligence/)

While we have high praises for the wonder that is our smartphone, it has some unintentional drawbacks. We may hate boredom but it does us some good after all. Your sense of creativity and innovation are heightened by feelings of utter boredom. The convenience offered by smartphone use reduces our creativity by providing us answers to our questions right away. It prevents our mind from thinking out of the box. We also miss out a lot on the beauty and benefit of actual conversations with other people and not through chat threads that we so adore now.

Let us remember that it is us who are in charge of our lives and not our phone dictating us on what to do. You forget to live in the moment because of your constant preoccupation with your smart gadget and it’s making you miss out on some of the finest moments of your life. While boredom is the least of your worries with a smartphone to keep you company, hard drive failure is a nagging threat to all computer users. When trying to recover your data, avoid these http://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/hard-drive-failure-recovery-three-major-user-mistakes/ and save yourself from the headache of data loss forever. Make sure you ask for the professional help of someone like us http://www.harddriverecovery.org/clean_room.html who understands clearly everything about data recovery for your ultimate peace of mind.

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What Is All The Buzz With Apple’s New Ads

Apple users have been complaining for a while about not seeing or hearing about any updates on Mac’s computer line considering how many changes can now be seen on new Window-powered computers that abound the market today. That’s because for quite some time, Apple focused on iPhones and their sales are primarily what kept the company afloat during the years when its computer sales were waning up until today.

Recently, the company aired their switch ads that show how easy it is to switch data from your phone (an Android one) to an iPhone and the obvious perks of using an Apple product are just some of the reasons why you should make the switch from an android phone to that of an iOS. The ads are so streamlined they can even work very well on certain social media platforms like Instagram without the need for spoken words too. The visuals speak for itself. It resembles old “I’m a Mac” ads that featured old pals, Hodgman and Long that were quite entertaining too.

The new spots, which appeared on YouTube on Monday, are too short to be called ads and too abstract to engage on any emotional level.

There’s no dialogue, just brief illustrations of the difference between “your phone” and the “iPhone.”

In each, the screen is split neatly down the middle. Invariably, a character travels (either by their own volition or through someone else’s) from one side to the iPhone side. If the character is running slowly on the “your phone” side, they speed up on the iPhone. If someone is snooping on the main character on the left, they’re alone and secure on the right; if they’re ploddingly playing piano on the “your phone” side, they’re a concert pianist in the iPhone space. 

Each transition is accompanied by a few on-screen words that promise more speed, ease of music transfer or better privacy.

There is a small thread of connection between the memorable theme music from the old “I’m a Mac” commercials, but it’s also all over the map, especially because some of the music is there to help illustrate Apple’s point. In the speed spot, for instance, the music starts off slowed down and distorted and speeds up to normal when the runner reaches the Apple side.

(Via: http://mashable.com/2017/05/22/new-apple-switch-ads/#s4VfdH7JKkqu)

The message of these ads is quite clear – everything is so much better when you are using an Apple device. These ads are short yet sweet and showcase the superiority of Apple gadgets from other smartphones sold in the market.

Apple is notoriously secretive.

The California technology giant almost never speaks about upcoming products before officially announcing them. Journalists who ask about rumours and reports might get told “no comment” — if they’re lucky enough to get a response.

But for all its mystery, Apple can’t stem every leak. Reports and speculation inevitably swirl in the run-up to rumoured launches, while many of its products are released on a regular annual schedule.

Here are some of the things we should look out for that Apple has in store for all of us this year:

  • A Siri smart speaker

  • The iPhone 8

  • The iPhone 7s and 7s Plus

  • Improved Macbook, Macbook Pro, and Macbook Air

  • New iMac

  • 3rd-gen Apple Watch

  • 4K Ultra-HD Apple TV

There’s even word of more investments in health technology and more upgrades on Apple’s computing line that is in dire need of an upgrade for a long while now.

(Via: http://www.businessinsider.com/apples-rumoured-launches-iphone-8-siri-speaker-macbook-pro-2017-5)

It’s been a decade since the first iPhone was launched and a lot has changed since then. The smart technology has been so successful that almost everyone owns a smart gadget these days. There is so much more in store for the loyal Apple users this year. Patience is indeed a virtue and it will soon pay off for everyone who always wondered what Apple got under their sleeves all this time and these ads are but teasers for more to come.

But just like any other tech device, your Mac may fail for various reasons. It can give you quite a headache especially if you use your computer daily. Read this link on Mac data recovery: http://www.harddriverecovery.org/mac-data-recovery/ to find out how you can recover precious data on your Mac computer or ask for our expert help if you don’t want to beat around the bush and want the issue taken cared of right away. It’s a comprehensive article on what you need to understand when it comes to Mac recovery. Meanwhile, if you run your own business and happen to use an older RAID hard drive, you can count on us for professional assistance at a price you can afford when your hard drive fails. This link: http://www.harddriverecovery.org/raid-data-recovery.html can also help broaden your knowledge about RAID hard drive failure, so you don’t panic the next time you face the same problem again.

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Computer Fails In Space

We use computers or a similar technology such as a smartphone or any smart gadget in our daily lives. We use it for personal use, school, work, or leisure. The popularity of these smart gadgets has brought the World Wide Web even closer to the masses, thus the use of social media and the Internet has also catapulted into fame. Today, you can’t see a home without a personal computer or laptop to help them stay connected to the web.

These tech advances are even more crucial when it comes to space technology. Flying rockets, manning the space station, and sending astronauts or robots to explore uncharted planets is a big risk and challenge you can’t just easily do so without the help of advanced computing technology. Unfortunately, the technology is not always reliable and problems arise that requires immediate solutions because these trips to space aren’t just risky but mighty expensive too.

The primary device failed on Saturday, leaving the $100bn orbiting laboratory to depend on a backup system to route commands to its solar power system, radiators, cooling loops and other equipment.

The station’s current five-member crew from the United States, Russia and France were never in any danger, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a statement.

Station commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineer Jack Fischer, both with NASA, will partner for the spacewalk, which is expected to last two hours, the US space agency said.

Earlier on Sunday, Whitson assembled and tested a spare electronics box to replace the failed device, which had been installed during a spacewalk on 30 March, said NASA spokesman Dan Huot.

NASA’s last emergency spacewalk took place in December 2015 when two US astronauts left the station to release the brakes on a robot arm’s mobile transporter.

(Via: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nasa-international-space-station-iss-computer-spacewalk-broken-mission-emergency-a7749956.html)

Modern technical computing devices are crucial to the success of space launches and the various space exploration programs. It is not an easy feat to send a man to space or make sure they survive the long months manning the International Space Station. They need sophisticated computing technology that can keep them safe all the time and not use an untested technology that will not only compromise the mission but endanger their lives too.

The 50-pound data relay box, known as a multiplexer-demultiplexer, or MDM, is one of two “tier 2” command and control computers mounted in the station’s power truss that route commands to a variety of critical systems and relay telemetry from them to the ground. While the one operational tier 2 MDM can handle the full load, NASA managers opted to replace the failed box as soon as possible to restore full redundancy.

And so, Whitson and Fischer will venture back outside just 11 days after completing their most recent excursion on May 12, switching their spacesuits to battery power around 8 a.m. to officially kick off U.S. EVA-43.

Whitson checked out a replacement MDM Sunday and she will install it by herself Tuesday, working on the front side of the station’s power truss. The box is about the size of a small microwave oven.

While Whitson focuses on replacing the failed MDM, Fischer will mount two antennas on the Earth-facing side of the Destiny laboratory module to improve communications with spacewalkers.

(Via: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/failed-computer-requires-quick-spacewalk-repair/)

You see just how big of an impact computers have on space missions especially when they don’t work out as planned. In this case, the problem was said to be a hardware issue. The space station actually uses as many as 44 MDM computers that have total control of everything in the lab. When one of them fails to work, it can be disastrous to everyone on board so it must be taken cared of immediately. Hence, there is the need for the urgent spacewalk by no other than Whitson herself who also installed the device about a couple of months ago to ensure everyone’s safety.

While only a handful of people get the rare opportunity to work as professional astronauts, many of us deal with computers every day. Like the incident in space, the hard drive is also one of the most vulnerable components of your computer and its failure can be disastrous especially if you don’t have a backup in place. If you find yourself in a similar situation, check out this link to learn more about hard drive recovery service: http://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/how-to-choose-a-hard-drive-recovery-service/. To give you more insight on the types of data recovery tools often used to recover data, this may probably help: http://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/data-recovery-tools/.

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Beefing Up Servers For The Cloud

We are in a digital age that is quickly overwhelming humanity with mind-boggling technologies year after year. While it seems that the majority of mankind has openly embraced technology in their lives (especially smartphones and smart gadgets), there are still countless technologies out there that baffle us or we are yet unaware of for good measure. For example, we are all aware of cloud computing and even make use of cloud storage ourselves but that mostly describes what we know about this rising technology.

We know so little about how servers work in cloud computing. We just know that the cloud must need lots of servers to provide storage for all the data coming its way, and we are talking about lots and lots of data from all corners of the world. Fortunately, companies into cloud computing like Amazon are taking care of this matter and ensure our data stay safe and accessible to us in the cloud, so we need not worry about it ourselves.

Organizations make use of cloud infrastructure to take help of cloud computing to perform their day to day work to continue their operations. Cloud infrastructures are typically accessed using a pay-per-use model, unlike structures of payment that enable users to subscribe to vendor services for a set price or subscription-based pricing models. Instead of purchasing cloud infrastructure from a provider, organizations can also build their own cloud infrastructure in their premises. An organization using a service provider cloud is termed as public cloud; when an organization uses its own infrastructure, it is termed as a private cloud; and when an organization uses bits of public and private infrastructure, it is termed as a hybrid cloud.

Cloud infrastructure empowers the organization or company to manage traditional workload data by using an open private cloud deployment model. Organizations deliver cloud constructed cohesive infrastructure as a service in order to make new investments, technologies, and upgrade to better capture and position them in the market and to improve manageability. Cloud infrastructure services are generally used across all major verticals such as government, telecom, healthcare, banking, manufacturing, financial services, and others. The global adoption rate of cloud infrastructure services is increasing due to the growing implementation rate in Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America regions.

(Via: http://www.military-technologies.net/2017/05/23/cloud-infrastructure-market-trends-and-forecast-by-2024/)

The people’s preference for doing most things online and the number of digital documents and data they accumulate requires far more sophisticated and extensive data storage management than your traditional hard drive can provide. Moreover, the use of mobile gadget continually rise along with the increase in businesses taking their business to the web means there is a greater need for reliable data storage more than ever. The cloud provides the solution we have all been looking for without driving us insane.

Hitachi will supply IBM-made mainframe computers loaded with its own operating systems starting in fiscal 2018, beating a retreat from hardware development in the age of cloud servers.

The arrangement was announced Tuesday. Hitachi will continue developing operating systems for mainframe machines. New products will offer improved compatibility with Hitachi‘s “internet of things” platform Lumada. 

Mainframes have been widely used across Japan‘s public and private sectors for in-house computer systems since they emerged in the 1950s. Japan was a particularly big market, with Hitachi, IBM, NEC, Fujitsu and others all competing for a piece of the pie at one point. 

(Via: http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Deals/Hitachi-IBM-to-collaborate-in-mainframes-in-the-cloud-era)

Amazon may have dominated the cloud business industry but perhaps not for long as Hitachi and IBM have teamed up and finally came to terms with the reality that cloud computing is the norm of data management and storage these days. It may be hard to beat Amazon’s achievements in cloud computing but the two will try their best to beef up their own servers and tap the cloud market that is quickly growing by the minute.

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Private Servers For Dummies

When we think of servers, we often picture out stacks of these tech wonders housed in pristine environments of major tech companies. This program supports other computer programs in one or more computers used mostly by big enterprises. There are actually different server types depending on their purpose. However, have you ever thought of getting one for yourself? The rise of private servers among small business owners is growing in popularity these days, so it might be an option for you to consider anytime soon.

In layman’s term, a private server is a virtual machine that one administers privately. You don’t just place a server in any location because it often comes within a group. Moreover, servers need sufficient power supply and a stable Internet connection aside from them being obviously noisy too. And just like laptops and computers, you can buy a private server in a similar manner these days.

Virtual Private Servers (VPS) have taken the small business world by storm. The advantages offered by VPS are considerable and can save any business a lot of money, but are more obvious in the small business community where a few thousand dollars can mean the difference between success and failure.

A VPS removes the need for your company to have its own physical servers. Access to a VPS gives your company the same advantages of having a physical server, but the operating system is run on the cloud. Anything that can be done on a physical server can be accomplished on a VPS without the expense of owning or leasing the physical equipment.

A small business that wants to save money on operating costs but has the need for a dedicated server can find a substantial number of companies on the internet that can fill their needs, but not all of these companies are created equal. Cost, security, performance benchmarks and other factors vary from company to company and there are tradeoffs for the customer to consider.

(Via: https://www.techworm.net/2017/05/virtual-private-servers-5-things-look-taking-small-business-online.html)

Cost is one of the factors you have to consider when deciding whether a private server will work for your burgeoning business venture or not. Find out if what it offers can compensate for the cost you are shelling out on such an investment. Next is security as cyber crimes are increasingly becoming common these days. Even big and global brands aren’t safe from these cyber hackers.

Lawyers on both sides of a debate over the authority of the state’s sheriffs to bar private process servers from working in their counties were pressed by an active Georgia Supreme Court bench that hammered away at arguments questioning the plain language of the relevant statute and a “conspiracy” among the lawmen to freeze out private service in Georgia.

“It comes down to a gross abuse of discretion” for the sheriffs to enact a blanket, near-statewide ban on the servers and effectively nullify the law, said Parks Chesin & Walbert partner A. Lee Parks, representing the Georgia Association of Professional Process Servers (GAPPS).Some Georgia process servers work under the authority of the superior courts, which keep a list of such servers from whom litigants may choose.

But once a private server who is not on such a list fulfills the required training, bonding and other requirements, he or she must apply to a county sheriff for statewide certification.

Under the law, the sheriff must grant the certification which allows the server to work anywhere in the state. After that, the server can apply to work in any county, “provided that the sheriff of the county for which process is to be served allows such servers to serve process in such county.”

(Via: http://www.dailyreportonline.com/id=1202786361064/Justices-Mull-Sheriffs-Conspiracy-to-Ban-Private-Process-Servers?slreturn=20170431081032)

Unfortunately, there may be some challenges to having your own private server but as long as you can prove that its use is for a good cause, you’d be able to use one as you see it fit. Always remember, though, to do your research first before you spend on a private server of your own. Aside from considering the cost, security, and performance, also include control and stability before making such a big purchase. You want to make sure your private server works for you and not become an additional burden that will take its toll on your business performance.

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Computer Coding Basics You Should Know

Knowledge and understanding of computer are crucial today because computers are used in almost all industries and institutions. If you have a genuine interest in computers and can see yourself making a living (or even a career) out of this interest, then taking computer classes make perfect sense to learn the vital computing skills you need out there in the real world. Computer coding is one of those classes that are getting much attention these days. Basically, computer programs run on codes. These codes tell the computer what to do – from simple text documents to more complex computing tasks.

Even though most people are now using computers in their day-to-day, only a few truly understand how computers work. Some justify their ignorance by the fact that they often use smartphones daily instead of actual computers and that you can always call on tech support for help for most of your computing troubles but wouldn’t it be cool to grasp what happens inside that expensive and sleek device most people and businesses can now live without.

College students have flooded into computer science courses across the country, recognizing them as an entree to coveted jobs at companies like Facebook and Google, not to mention the big prize: a start-up worth millions.

The exploding interest in these courses, though, has coincided with an undesirable side effect: a spate of high-tech collegiate plagiarism. Students have been caught borrowing computer code from their friends or cribbing it from the internet.

“There’s a lot of discussion about it, both inside a department as well as across the field,” said Randy H. Katz, a professor in the electrical engineering and computer science department at the University of California, Berkeley, who discovered in one year that about 100 of his roughly 700 students in one class had violated the course policy on collaborating or copying code.

(Via: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/29/us/computer-science-cheating.html?_r=0)

Computer program/ software involve working with algorithms. It may not mean much to you but these computer commands or instructions makes your computer do lots of things for you. Experts in the field no longer consider coding as an engineering feat but more of an art because you basically create lots of unarguably wonderful things with it.

It has become an everyday activity for kids, like going to swimming classes, football practice or ballet lessons. Every week thousands of children go off to computer coding classes.

Their parents may hope that the programming clubs, often facilitated by the voluntary group CoderDojo, will give them a headstart in life, propelling them to a highly-paid job with a dotcom – even if the mothers and fathers are not quite sure themselves what coding actually is.

“Everyone should learn how to programme a computer, because it teaches you how to think,” Apple tycoon Steve Jobs insisted 20 years ago.

And it seems parents have taken the message to heart since CoderDojo was set up as a charity five years ago. The multi-national movement, which was set up in Cork, has provided free classes in coding for more than 70,000 people, both in Ireland and abroad.

(Via: http://www.independent.ie/life/family/learning/in-code-we-trust-the-benefits-of-giving-your-children-a-head-start-in-coding-35225092.html)

It’s not a bad idea to send young kids to coding school if they really want to. Never force them to do something they don’t like because it defeats the purpose of learning. However, if your kid doesn’t really like to dabble with computers just yet, you can ask them nicely to give it a try considering how increasingly important computers have become in our lives. It’s that vital that computer coding is now being considered to be integrated into the school curriculum similar to what Britain did.

While kids learn how to build websites among other equally cool things in these classes, there are some things they aren’t equipped yet to handle such as data recovery services. For the elite who are using Mac computer line, check out this link to learn more: http://www.harddriverecovery.org/mac-data-recovery/. For businesses using an server systems like RAID, http://www.harddriverecovery.org/raid-data-recovery.html may be what you are looking for.

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Chips For Smartphones, Not As Food

Technology is a wonderful thing. It has actually given a new/different meaning to lots of things we used to know. Apple is not just a fruit. Blackberry isn’t either and same with chips. Tech companies may have gotten the inspiration from food in creating these world-changing innovations and it has forever changed the meaning of these things especially with smartphones. Who does not own a smartphone these days, right? Aside from not being cool, you miss out on a lot of things with a low-tech lifestyle. Social media and messaging apps are among the most popular features of these smartphones aside from popular games that forever erases the word boredom in your dictionary.

Smartphones also fuel your love for self-photography a.k.a. the taking of “selfies”. The latest smartphones often have high pixels and allow you to upload photos directly to your various social networking sites or even share to friends on messaging apps. High-tech mobile chips make all these things happen. It’s such a tiny object that holds just as much importance as any computer out there.

The Galaxy S8 may not be able to beat the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s in speed tests, but it still delivers remarkable performance. The phone is the first one to offer users new 10nm chips from Qualcomm and Samsung, the same kind of chip technology that will be found in various other flagship handsets this year, including the iPhone 8. But chip manufacturing process is only part of the story. Sure the smaller chips get the more efficient and the faster they become, but these mobile chips are all based on ARM designs. So whenever ARM releases new chip designs, it’s good news for smartphone lovers.

ARM did exactly that at Computex — it announced a couple of new processors that are likely going to power next year’s phones, including the Galaxy S9 that Samsung is already working on.

These chips are the ARM Cortex-A75 that will likely be used by Qualcomm, Samsung, TSMC, and others to create flagship mobile chips, and the Cortex-A55 that will power many of the future mid-range handsets. Finally, there’s also a new Mali-G72 graphics processor for next year’s phones.

(Via: https://bgr.com/2017/05/29/galaxy-s9-snapdragon-845-chip/)

These new mobile chips spell the future. They aren’t just your typical chips that provide known features you already have in your mobile arsenal right now. You’ll now have a taste of augmented reality, machine learning, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence in the palms of your hand.

Back in March, ARM revealed a new technology called Dynamiq, which allows a combination of smaller, more power-efficient cores and larger, more powerful cores to be used on the same design. Previously, there needed to be an equal number of large and small cores. With a maximum of eight cores in a cluster, it’s now possible, for example, to have seven ‘Little’ A55 cores and one ‘Big’ A75. Not only does this offer more flexibility for manufacturers that use its designs, but the company says the Dynamiq family will be able to increase AI performance by more than fifty times over the next three to five years.

ARM says the “ground-breaking” Cortex-A75 boasts a 20 percent mobile performance boost over the older A73. It adds that the new processor can offer laptop-level performance while using the same amount of power as existing mobile processors. ARM sees the A75 being used in large-screen devices (laptops), servers, automobiles, and, of course, smartphones, where it will provide additional performance for advanced workloads such as machine learning. And thanks to improved instructions-per-clock efficiency, single-threaded performance is improved by around 20 percent.

(Via: http://www.techspot.com/news/69489-arm-new-processors-boost-future-smartphones-better-ai.html)

While you don’t really see it, these mobile chips make a world of difference to your entire smartphone experience. Design is not the only thing that sets smartphones apart like back in the days but what’s really in it, a.k.a. the mobile chip used. Nowadays, smartphones can be just as good as a regular PC. From single core to dual core and now quad core, it’s basically a mini PC or a handy computing device that you can take with you wherever you go.

If you don’t own a computer because you use your smartphone to do everything for you all the time, you spare yourself from the stress brought about by hard drive failures that plague most computer users. This link http://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/hard-drive-failure-recovery-three-major-user-mistakes/ may be helpful for them even though smartphone users really need not bother themselves with these details at all. When looking for a data recovery service company to help you retrieve lost data because of a hard drive failure specifically on a Mac, this link may prove helpful to you.

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Still In The Dark About Data Recovery Costs?

Data is such a precious commodity. We hear it far more often than we’d like to admit these days. It is why both individuals and businesses alike go to extreme measures to ensure their data is safe and accessible at all times because they would lose their business without it. It is not always cheap but better to be safe than sorry. Once you lose your data, getting it back isn’t always that easy and you may have to shell out a lot of money in trying to retrieve it.

Fortunately, there are lots of companies that are into data recovery, so you can be sure to get your data back and save yourself from all the headaches. If there is one bad aspect of data recovery, though, it has to do with its pricing. The prices data recovery companies are asking can be a lot and businesses and individuals aren’t always so thrilled to find out how much they have to pay just to get their data back from oblivion.

There’s a lot that’s commonly misunderstood about the art of data recovery. Many would-be customers underestimate just how much we can retrieve from a damaged hard drive with the right tools and techniques, while others make the mistake of assuming they’ve permanently deleted their files when getting them back would, in fact, be trivial. Others wrongly assume that modern storage methods like flash memory are the Achilles’ heel of the data recovery engineer.

Most of all, though, customers misunderstand how much it costs. Their price expectations at the outset of a job vary wildly, and the quotes they receive from data recovery companies sometimes serve only to muddy the waters – certain costs may be hidden, the capabilities of the provider unproven and the amount of recoverable data unknown.

Here is an essential fact that you should know about the sophisticated and techie art of data recovery:

The first rule of data recovery: You pay for time, not quantity

The first thing you should know about data recovery pricing is that you’ll almost always be charged by the time the job takes, not the amount of data you need to recover, and any company that says differently should be eyed with suspicion.

Think about it: if you bring a shattered hard drive into the shop, the recovery job is essentially the same regardless of whether you’re attempting to grab a single file or several gigabytes of data. The real work is getting the drive to function again, not to transfer some or all of its contents to a fresh medium.

(Via: http://blog.krollontrack.co.uk/concepts-explained/data-recovery-pricing-explained/)

Data recovery pricing often depends on the media type involved, the file system in place as well as the extent of the damage among other factors. Data recovery is kind of expensive with some companies charging a minimum of $500 for just a single recovery while some charge it depending on the amount of data to be retrieved.

Online backup and disaster recovery provider Axcient today said it is offering its on-premise BDR virtual appliance free of charge to managed service providers, encouraging them to deploy the technology at customer sites.

Axcient Free, available for download from the company, provides full recovery of data for up to three servers and 20 terabytes of data, CEO Justin Moore told MSPmentor.

“This is a highly disruptive, free version of our platform,” he told me. “We are giving away the local part of our recovery-as-a-service platform.”

MSPs can think of this as a freemium offer. While organizations will still have to pay to replicate the backup to the cloud, they can also just use the free local backup if they wish as an easy way to dip their toes into BDR. Buying the cloud service is not required to get the free local backup.

(Via: http://mspmentor.net/backup-and-disaster-recovery/040914/axcient-free-disrupts-local-backup-and-recovery-pricing)

This initiative is somewhat unheard of in the industry as most companies offer their service for a specified fee. This is a breath of fresh air for businesses and individuals that use data in their daily operation because it’s free. The data storage management of businesses may fail them and the last resort has to be the hiring of the expert services of data recovery firms that don’t come in cheap.

Visit this link to learn more about data recovery pricing http://www.harddriverecovery.org/pricing.html or even ask for our expert help when you face such a situation yourself. You shouldn’t fret over data loss problems nor should you spend a fortune to get it back once you lost it. If you are using an older storage version, this link: http://www.harddriverecovery.org/raid-pricing.html may offer valuable insights on RAID recovery pricing. We can also help you out on this, so don’t hesitate to call us for help.

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