The Right to Global Internet

Nobody can pretend not to be aware of at least some of the many ways in which mobile technology has revolutionized our society. Everything we do and hear and see is geared towards a mobile lifestyle (which is why I prefer cheap vps hosting), whether oriented towards out personal or our professional lives. Checking one’s email on the run; seeing the latest news headlines on the run; downloading the latest file for work on the run; watching an episode of one’s favorite TV show on the run: all of these are activities which are by now part and parcel of our daily lives, seemingly just another facet of how we conduct ourselves in the 21st century.

But with a little memory any of us over the age of 10 can recall days when wireless internet services were simply dismal, not allowing anything more than a painstaking, hour-long download of one file at a time (and that for something that only weighed a few Kbit!). Continue reading

Putting a Windows VPS Hosting Account to Use

We needed to go fully mobile with our servers. It used to be we could rely on simple dial-up connections for computers at the satellite locations to get connected to our main servers. Now we have tablets and laptops connecting through Wi-Fi and cellular, and we needed to have all of our business in the cloud for ease of access as well as security. I started using a Windows VPS hosting account some time back for our small business. I was used to Windows as the operating system, and there was less of a learning curve for me and my employees.

We run a few group homes that take care of people. Each home has an office that used to house a computer for the managers to use. Continue reading

Ordering Magnets for My Pizza Shop

I have a small pizza shop in the heart of Brisbane. Business has always been steady, but I knew that it could get a lot better too. I was not doing any sort of advertising other than word of mouth, and I realized that I needed to do more if I wanted to stay relevant. The first thing that I wanted to do was find a company that does magnet printing in Brisbane, because I really liked the idea of giving out magnets to my existing as well as new customers.

I recalled when I was in university, we always kept a pizza magnet on our fridge for easy ordering. I couldn’t believe that I had neglected to do that, knowing that people are going to order it even more often because of the constant reminder on their fridges or where ever else they put the magnet. Continue reading

Why Companies Should Consider Leasing Computers and Technology

Many companies are not aware of the significant benefits related to acquisition financing in computers and technology segments. The proper term for this type of financing is ‘ Technology lifecycle management ‘. Most business owners simply consider the following question: ‘Should I buy or lease my firms new computers and software and related products and services?’

Two old adages related to leasing still ring true when it comes to the technological aspect. That is that one should finance something and depreciates, and one should buy something that appreciates in value. Most business owners, and consumers as well know very well that computers depreciate in value. Systems we paid thousands of dollars for years ago are now hundreds of dollars. Walk into any ‘ big box ‘ retailer and see the dramatic moves in technology.

Business owners who finance technology demonstrate a higher level of cost effectiveness. The company wants to reap the benefits of the technology over the useful life of the asset, and, importantly, more evenly match the cash outflows with the benefits. Leasing and financing your technology allows you to stay ahead of the technology curve; that is to say you are always using the latest technology as it relates to your firms needs.

Businesses that lease and finance their technology needs are often working better within their capital budgets. Simply speaking they can buy more and buy smarter. Many companies that are larger in size have balance sheet issues and ROA (return on assets) issues that are compelling. They must stay within bank credit covenants and are measure often on their ability to generate income on the total level of assets being deployed in the company.

Lease financing allows those firms to address both of those issues. Companies can choose to employ an ‘ operating lease ‘ structure for their technology financing. This is more prevalent in larger firms, but works almost equally as well in small organizations. Operating leases are ‘ off balance sheet ‘. The firm adopts the stance of using technology, not owning technology. The lessor/lender owns the equipment, and has a stake in the residual value of the technology. The main benefit for the company is that the debt associated with the technology acquisition is not directly held on the balance sheet. This optimizes debt levels and profitability ratios.

At the end of those operating leases, which are usually 36 months long, the customer has the option of:

1. Returning the equipment
2. Buying the equipment ( not likely though )
3. Negotiating an extension of the financing for continued use of the computers, technology, etc.

Companies that have recently acquired computers and technology can in fact negotiate a’ sale leaseback ‘ on those same assets. This financing strategy brings cash back into the company, as the firm has employed a leasing and financing strategy building on our above noted them – using technology, not owning technology.

In summary, the key benefits of computer and technology lease financing are:

* The company can stay ahead of the technology curve
* Computer leasing and financing has significant balance sheet and income statement benefits
* The firm has flexibility with respect to buying new product, returning existing technology, and generating cash flow for purchases already made

Many of the benefits we have discussed relate to leasing in general. However, technology and lease financing are very perfectly suited to the business financing strategy of leasing.

Is Cisco Systems Really the Proper Bellwether for Computer and Tech Stocks Moving Forward?

The other day, I was listening to some commentary on CNBC financial news discussing the future outlook and forward-looking projections from Cisco Systems. Generally speaking, the tech sector and the analysts from Wall Street investing in the computer and technology industry used Cisco Systems as their bellwether. However, it appears to me moving forward that Cisco may not be good the right baseline. Let me explain.

Did you know that if Apple computers had been amongst the 30 Dow stocks in 2009 that the Dow Jones industrial average would be 2500 points higher than it is right now today in May of 2012? It’s true. And if we took Apple computers as the new bellwether for the computer and technology sector it would have outperformed all of the others (combined) and actually taken away quite a bit of their market share, and profit potential as well. Therefore, I would not suggest exchanging Cisco Systems for Apple as the new baseline, but I would recommend taking Cisco’s performance and future projections with a grain of salt.

Next, I’d like to explain that the personal technology sector is much different than the IT sector. Oracle, SAP, IBM, Cisco, and others including all of those companies working on government and military contracts for cyber security are in a totally different realm. The smart phone, tablets, and personal tech markets are global, and unbelievably broad in nature. One thing I had always noted, and I noticed this in technology news – is that technology has almost become synonymous with Apple. That kind of leaves everyone else out in a different category.

Am I saying that Cisco is irrelevant? No, of course not, however taking their statements and conference calls as an estimation and potential progression of the entire tech sector makes no sense whatsoever. Much of the government spending has to do with decisions made in Washington DC, lobbyists, and congressmen with pet projects to modernize the federal government with more computers opening the way to the future eRepublic – government as a giant computer and website – hmm, that might be okay?

Businesses and corporate expenditures on IT does have some bearing on the personal tech market, but not very much, as it is only one venue for companies like Apple. These Cisco conference calls are always enlightening and helpful, but they do not appear to be as important for projecting the future in technology stocks as they once were. Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it. If you’d like to discuss tech stocks, go ahead and shoot me an e-mail.

What Can Frontier Do for You?

What can Frontier do for you? Well, if you are in the state of Minnesota, then there is one major thing that they can do for you. They are able to give you high speed internet. This is not the only thing that they have to offer, but it is one of the biggest things that they are known for. This article will take a look at as to why Frontier internet in Minnesota is one of the, if not the best company to go with for high speed internet in Minnesota.

To start off we will take a look at their high speed internet. The internet speeds that Frontier is out of this world. They are by far one of the fastest in the state. Continue reading

The Commercialization of Virtual Reality Computers and Technology

The rate or progress for Virtual Reality is indeed stunning. So too is the commercialization of products, services and potential applications. For instance researchers, teachers, politicians and innovators are always stacked with projects that need a Virtual Reality Technicians skill sets to the audience, customer or funding groups better visualize.

Of course as things move forward much faster standardization is also coming to a head. Many VR consultants and leading edge thinkers speak of granularity, verbs and software programming methodologies, but none are completely certain that is how things will work in the future in VR, yet we all see this is the push. It is amazing all the competing VR standards, theories and directions the market place is working with now. It is pretty insightful and although 4 years old now is pretty much on the money.

One of the reasons I make this statement is because someone mentioned in an article about the slicing of food on the kitchen in virtual reality and the sound of the knife in EOX (basically that is surround-a-sound) and the granularity (individual animated pixels) dividing the object and yes all that is good for action sequences, explosions, car crashes in video games, VR Life II type things and such, or simulators for training, but there is an issue with combinations of multiple scenarios, with AI and the size of the program, current bandwidth, storage devices, etc.

We can talk all about the future as the VR Technicians see it and we can discuss all the applications for Government, Military, Business, Healthcare, Earth Sciences, Space, Training, Psychology, Sports, Sex, Politics, Distance Learning, Sales or V-travel and yet in the end a standard is needed so that the theories, methods and philosophies can all be on the same page to move the ball down the field and attract the capital needed to bring the VR World into a blurred reality with the real world and to make a profit in doing so. ROI is what the real world is about.

We must never forget that as we create the future Utopia in Virtual Reality. I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple; to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.

Computers And Technology in the Modern World Versus Living Like a Caveman With No Tech

Some folks out there are really upset with how technology is “ruining their lives” as they say. But is it the technology or is it the people who are allowing the technology that was suppose to make their lives easier making it more distracted, shallow and hurried? What if we had no tech at all and we all lived like cave dwellers? Realize, I only compared modern men with technology to cave men because Gieko did it!

Not long ago, an astute future thinker noted after reading an article; “Is Technology Good or Bad” that some of these modern devices do more harm than good, while others are very good for humanity. Well, indeed, this brings up a good point and if you read “Data Smog” and understand the Unabomber’s Manifesto and see his points on this topic, you can understand where our astute thinker is coming from,

Perhaps, we should see technology as “tools” created by men, like the 100th Chimpanzee that used a rock to crack open sea shells for free sushi. Maybe we should see technology as neutral, like money. I like technology, you know like air-conditioners, heaters, ovens, telephones, and airplanes, don’t you?

Some of the stuff takes people away from what it is to be human, as if that is noble in and of itself, I wonder? Perhaps, our astute thinker is right, maybe we need to get back to a more holistic lifestyle for humanity. Of course, that really ought to be a choice.

The holistic universe seems fine and humans have most likely forgotten more than they’ve ever known. The human mind is very powerful and most humans have the genetic potential to tap into it all, but don’t perhaps distracted, by yes modern invention and tech devices.

Some day scientists will find a way to use micro chips to convert neuron-electrical impulses into one’s and zero’s to send thoughts – thought swapping communication over long distances. I’d say human probably already have that capability due to the cells and bacteria that makes us one with a larger system, quantum physics will one day prove that too.

But since, humans do not seem to be able to do this in and of their own will or do not know how, science and technology will find another way. Is that then an alternate genetic path, becoming one with machine, nanotech biotech manipulation of the overall system that we call human? Hard to say, but think on this using your mind?

How the CRTC Will Influence Cloud Computing and Technology Adoption in Canada

A ruling by the CRTC has the potentially change the landscape and stump growth for consumer technology as well as business. As it currently stands there are internet service providers that offer a no bandwidth or unlimited internet usage. Fair use net policies exist a reasonable solution for when the network is stressed or being bombarded seems to be a reasonable compromise for most users. The new net-usage policy is based on how much bandwidth you consume.

For users that surf and research topics of interest and for email will not be impacted as much. The rest of internet users that watch videos online, stream and download music will be affected adversely. Internet capping of data rates and usage could affect how technology is used. Higher internet usage fees means that using technology such as your PC, net books, smart phones and iPads can rapidly drop if bandwidth usage is capped.

Services such as Netflix and TekSavvy that depend on internet usage can be influenced in a negative direction if usage is capped. Be prepared to pay more for monthly internet packages and as you scale up.

One of the problems that result will be that of business users that rely on VOIP for their global communication strategies. We recently received an email that we have consumed over 75% of our monthly bandwidth usage which was very surprising as we don’t stream or watch many videos online and this month not much if any streaming has occurred. It then occurred to me that Skype and VoIP are included in bandwidth usage. How will this impact on Vonage users and will this change the way Vonage will be billed and will users revert back to phone service for their business communication needs? How much will your cell phone package go up a month if that usage is capped, business users should brace themselves as their cell packages will increase. Business users that use the net from their smart phones will definitely be impacted. Will paying more for internet surfing impact the way iPads are used in Canada thus limiting adoption, how much will small business owners suffer with these new regulations? This one aspect of this decision.

Another major impact that may result is the adoption of cloud computing or SaaS for vendors. The products of cloud and SaaS vendors can be impacted especially for small businesses who are more prone to adopt cloud based technology. If you are currently using Salesforce, Plex, Netsuite another ERP, CRM or any other enterprise software that is cloud/SaaS based may be in for a surprise in their upcoming bills at least in Canada. This constitutes bandwidth usage so will this influence cloud adoption for enterprise software adoption and by how much especially with services such as backup/storage services, IT as a service and other outsourced services could possibly be affected and what about gaming? Will sales of video game consoles decrease because not only will games have to be purchased but now online usage will be charged based on usage especially length of time when joining gaming communities and participating in perpetual forums.

Something to think about when going cloud; another software evaluation criteria to factor in the TCO equation when comparing software. Incidentally, there is an online petition circulating to overturn this ruling. http://www.Openmedia.ca has accrued over 100 000 signatures so far to overturn this ruling. Feel free to petition this decision if this new ruling seems unfair.

Thank the CRTC for giving the internet companies another way to overcharge their customers. Chime in and let your voice be heard.

Computer Printer Technology

The computer printing technology that is used today is a far cry from that which was first used at the dawn of the computer age. Many of the older technologies are now obsolete, although they were at one time in widespread use. Other newer print technologies have replaced them and the way forward is forever changing as new computer print technologies come to the fore.

Obsolete Printing Technology

As time has passed and the computing powers of modern day PC’s have changed there has been a huge advances in the fundamental printing systems used by computers. The print technologies listed below are now obsolete, but did at one time play a large part in the computer printing industry.

Typewriter
In the early part of the evolution of computer printing there were a number of computer printers that were simply computer-controllable versions of current electric typewriter technology. These computer printers coul “type” faster than humans at averaged a speed of 15 characters per second.

Teletypewriter
One of the most popular computer printers of its time, this type of printer could be easily interfaced to all non IBM computers. Teleprinters were a little slower than typewriter printers and averaged about ten characters per second.

Dot-matrix
The original dot-matrix printers were extremely popular computer printers during the 1980’s. They were able to produce not just characters, but also images although be it of a lower quality. There were two types of dot-matrix computers available at this time, namely:

– Ballistic wire printers
– Stored energy printers

Did you know? Some dot matrix printers could be upgraded to print in colour. This made them extremely popular for both home and office use during the 80’s.

Modern print technology

There are a number of modern printing technologies that are used today in both home and office printers. Although the list below does not include all of them it does include the most important and well known modern computer printing technology:

Toner
Toner printers include both laser printers and LED printers. As with digital printers they use a xerographic printing process.

Liquid inkjet
Liquid inkjet printers print by propelling different sized droplets onto the printing surface (paper). This is the most common of all modern home and small office printer types.

Solid ink
Solid ink printers are also called phase-change printers and are a type of thermal transfer printer. These types of printers are more commonly used in both office and education environments. They are particularly good at printing on transparencies and non-porous printing surfaces.