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Cloud Computing Mobile Solutions

June 19, 2014 - 11:44 am - Posted by Scott (guest blogger)

A lot of people, as well as businesses and companies, are looking at getting cloud computing solutions for their storage requirements. This has never been truer than now, with Office for iPads and iPhones working almost exclusively with cloud storage.

To get the maximum benefit from cloud services you, just like a business or company, need a fast and reliable internet solution for their mobile device. The importance of fast data has lead to brands focusing their service solely on ‘data only’ sim card. Check out Mobi-data for an example of this specialist service (and a free sim card to boot). This company is a great example of how to get the best out of cloud computing as their extensive network coverage, nationally and internationally, ensures constant connectivity reliability.

For those unsure of what exactly cloud computing is, broadly speaking it means to store all of your data and software in one central storage location, referred to as the “cloud”. With a company the size of Microsoft moving software like Office to cloud computing based solutions, it is clear that the whole IT and PC industry is moving in this direction. Companies like Amazon, Sky and Netflix are all offering streaming video services which are enhanced for mobile devices, and very soon Google and Apple will be offering games that you play via the cloud rather than install on your device. A good, reliable network for 3G is essential.

Running applications and software like Office in the cloud computing space is as amazing as it sounds, but only with the right network deal. Having a fast and reliable internet service, specifically for all smartphones, is essential to getting cloud computing to work for you. If you try to run cloud services without a reliable and fast connection, you are just going to get frustrated with the slower way your data and media files are accessed and of course risk losing valuable data due to disconnections. Read the rest of this entry »

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Clean Archives Version 4.3 Released

May 18, 2008 - 11:44 pm - Posted by iDunzo

Small update to allow Clean Archives to work with WordPress version 2.5.x and above including 2.6.x.

Please note that if you are running an older version of WordPress prior to release 2.5.x, you will either need to run Clean Archives 4.2 or 2.2. Check the clean archives project page for more information.

A completely rewritten version of clean archives is in the works and should be released within the next couple of weeks, so keep checking back for more information.

Thanks for your continued support.

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Google Tweaks Gmail Calendar Sync

April 23, 2008 - 11:25 am - Posted by iDunzo

Google first offered up the ability to sync your Gmail and Outlook calendars in early March.

Since then, it’s received a bunch of feedback on the usability of the product and has decided to make some changes. The changes are welcome, indeed.

Making sure calendars between devices, platforms, and PCs are all in sync can be a serious pain.

Last month, Google sought to lessen some of that pain with its Google Calendar Sync product.

Unfortunately, it didn’t quite go all the way. Users sent in feedback on a few issues, and Google felt an update was necessary.

The Official Gmail Blog wrote up a brief entry explaining the changes. It said:

“Previously, your Google Calendar e-mail address needed to be the organizer or an attendee of your Microsoft Outlook events for the Outlook events to sync to your Google Calendar. Now, when you choose to do a 2-way sync or a 1-way sync from Outlook calendar to Google Calendar, all of your Outlook events will be synced to your Google Calendar.”

This latest enhancement should relieve some frustration of users who were caught in the organizer/attendee web.

Google is auto-updating people who use the sync program, but if you’re impatient and want to download it directly, you can. The new version is 0.9.3.2.

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Time lapse video of Google Doodle creation

February 14, 2008 - 7:48 pm - Posted by iDunzo

A time lapse video that shows Chief Google Doodler Dennis Hwang draw a Google Doodle from start to finish.

He creates a doodle that commemorates the Lunar New Year and invites students to join the Doodle 4 Google art competition.

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Factors involved: Making one of the best business websites

February 12, 2008 - 11:01 am - Posted by Scott (guest blogger)

With web design growing all the time across the world, it’s important to make sure that you work with the right company and also get the best bang for your buck that you possibly can. With so many talented designers out there, all working for different prices and distinctions, you can really afford to pick and choose your designer.

However, one common misconception among business owners is that a cheap website will do – this is not the case, certainly not for a business that wants to attract customers. A business website needs to have a clean, sleek and professional look to it, it needs to have some key features and then also as much customer usability and support integration as is possible in your budget. What do I mean by all this? Perhaps it’s better seen in an example – look at Wongaforbusiness.com in your browser. What you may notice after the slider tool is the sheer amount of information being presented to visitors landing on the homepage, there’s essentially everything a first time visitor could want to know right there on one page – this usability and convenience is something you should look to incorporate yourself.
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Look Out, World, Here Comes Tom Edison

February 11, 2008 - 4:58 am - Posted by iDunzo

February 11, 1847: Thomas Alva Edison is born.

Edison is front and center in the pantheon of prolific inventor-entrepreneur-opportunists. Alone or jointly, he held 1,093 patents, a record unlikely to be approached, let alone surpassed.

Thomas Edison received his first patent in 1869, at the age of 23. It was for an “electrographic vote recorder,” which allowed a legislator to cast a vote for or against an issue by turning a switch either left or right. It was a complete flop, ironically because it was too efficient and interfered with the ability of pols to lobby for vote-switching — something that was commonly done during the time it took to count votes by hand.

Edison’s extensive background in telegraphy influenced the direction his inventing would go, and he spent a lot of time ignoring his day jobs and concentrating on his moonlighting projects.

It was his development of an improved stock ticker and the sale of its patent for $40,000 (around $600,000 in today’s money) that gave Edison some financial independence and allowed him to turn to full-time inventing. Talk about opening the flood gates.

Over the course of his career, these were just a few of the things Edison either invented or had a hand in developing: the carbon transmitter (which made a practical telephone possible), the phonograph, the incandescent light bulb, the kinetoscope (forerunner of the modern film projector), the dictaphone and the mimeograph machine, along with a mighty host of lesser-known things.

He built the first functioning central power station (in Brockton, Massachusetts), and his laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey, is generally acknowledged as the world’s first true research-and-development center.

There were some failures along the way: Edison came out on the losing end of the battle over direct current versus alternating current with George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla, and his attempt to marry audio to silent film — which resulted in The Great Train Robbery in 1903 — wasn’t a success. A few ideas were just loony: a concrete piano, for example.

But nothing is perfect, not even genius, and while Edison’s genius is indisputable, history has judged him less kindly in ethical matters. If his personal ambition didn’t exceed his intellect, it certainly came very close to matching it.

In an era characterized by its ruthless, cutthroat business tactics, Edison was at the head of the pack. He didn’t care whom he stepped on or exploited to achieve his ends, and he muscled in on lesser-known inventors to make some dubious patent claims.

Edison was a man with many colleagues, subordinates, competitors and even admirers, but few friends. He had a family, which he largely ignored. He was a very old man, sidelined by poor health, before bothering to stop and smell the roses.

His payoff is that he remains the iconic American success story, with all that it means.

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