Archive for 2014

Social Sites Deliver the News

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

It comes as no surprise that many Americans are now getting their new from the web, or more specifically from social networking sites. But the scale of the exodus from traditional media seems to be increasing. According to a report by the Pew Research Center, now more than 3 in 10 US adults get their news from Facebook.

The majority claim that although it’s not the main reason that they log in to the social networking site, they do read the news stories when logged on. Perhaps the more worrying statistic is that only a third of users on the site, get their news from an organisation or journalists news feed. This suggests that they’re getting their current affairs and news directly from friends.
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There are other sites which people are turning too, including YouTube, Twitter and Google Plus. Although in many places and establishments many sites like this including Facebook are blocked (workarounds are common though).

There is no doubt that social media sites like Facebook are going to be a major sources of news for many users in the years ahead. It is hoped that traditional news media with qualified and respected journalists are still represented well on here. The problem is that these sites are largely responsible for controlling what we see and have access to primarily through their algorithms.

The control doesn’t stop there though either, especially if you consider the practice of geotargeting. Websites also control who is able to access their site depending on location. So for instance a site like Pandora or Hulu, blocks anyone who tries to access from outside the USA. The BBC won’t allow anyone to use the wonderful Iplayer application if they are based outside the UK. In fact you can’t watch any of the UK TV stations online if you’re outside the country – unless you use a technique from this video.

The Latest Way to Get Cluttered Garages Under Control

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

As the weather starts to get warmer, and Spring approaches, many people start to look for ways to clear the clutter out of their homes. Often, people are surprised to find that their garages have become all but unusable due to the clutter that has built up over the winter months. When people are looking for a fast way to make space inside the house, the garage often becomes the designated dumping ground. Coming up with garage storage solution can be one of the most useful things one can do to get clutter under control.

There are many good options available for people looking to reclaim their garage space. One often overlooked idea is to make the most of the available vertical space in the garage. When we are creating our cluttered mess, it is seldom done with any planning. We simply set things down on the nearest flat surface. When we take things in a vertical direction, we quickly start to clear out floor space.

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An example of going vertical with your garage storage is installing some basic shelving along the garage walls. Depending on the depth of the shelves, they can be used to hold everything from small items all the way up to containers filled with items we do not use every day. These containers themselves can also often be safely stacked at least two or three levels high beneath the lowest shelf in your garage. You will be amazed at how far this can go toward clearing the garage floor area.

Some people take the idea of getting things off of the floor even further. Lofts can be built that will hold a tremendous amount of household stuff, but that can require quite a bit of work and do it yourself know how. A much simpler solution that works quite well is purchasing pre-made overhead storage racks. These are ready made, metal devices that are mounted to the ceiling of the garage. Depending on the model purchased, they can often hold a couple of hundred pounds safely. An added benefit of buying the pre-made racks is that several of them can be installed right up against each other to create massive amounts of open floor area. When your garage is very cluttered, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of getting things in order. Before you panic though, take a close look at your situation and find out what kinds of helpful products might be available to help you achieve your goal of getting your home back in shape. You might be surprised at how painless getting organized can be.

Jeremy Halls

Writer of BBC iPlayer Ireland.

Assessing Server Loads for Proxy Servers

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Of course one of the most important aspects of running a proxy server is speed. However you’re never going to know if your server will be fast enough unless you do some basic load estimating beforehand. No one will want to use your super secure proxy if it runs like a three legged donkey.

So how do you estimate the expected load on your server? Well there are several questions you need to ask yourself of which the most important is simply – how many users?

The important concept here as regarding speed is how many concurrent users. That is how many users will be connected at any one time, this has by far the biggest impact on performance.

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Other load impact will be what type of use, what type of content will be downloaded and how many accesses per second, hour or day will be involved. Imagine the impact on a server of a few hundred users browsing text based resources and downloading the odd graphic file. Then contrast this with the same few hundred users streaming or downloading HD quality videos and films. The difference will be phenomenal, the reality is that your users are much likely to be in the second category. People use secure proxies not only for keeping themself safe online but also to bypass geotargeting blocks to watch things like the BBC and US TV channels from other countries. There is an example of such high security services which run against a network of international proxies. This software acts as a front end – for switching between proxies automatically – this video.


Only by asking yourself these sort of questions can you hope to estimate the total load on your proxy and the hardware required to cope with it. The server administrators which rely on simple statistics like the number of users will definitely underestimate the resources required and will end up with a slow and unusable server.

Source: Jim Greenhoff – IT Videos

USA PCB Sales on the Rise Again

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Manufacturers of printed circuit boards (PCBs) have has another good year in 2012.  Numerous reports have suggested substantial growth for most PCB producers such as Plexus Corp and TTM Technologies who are two of the most prominent listed on  the US NASDAQ.  This situation is in stark contrast to the period of 2010-2011 where sales plummeted in a direct link to the global recession.
It is interesting to examine this particular fall, as normally the PCB market doesn’t conform to global economic conditions quite as strictly as this case.  But in 2010 the global market too a severe nosedive simply because of the huge fall in demand of related technical products.  These included all sorts of electronic consumer devices and some telecommunication products.  There were some positive news in that period, especially the growth in the market for PCB driven smart cards, but overall the outlook was bleak.

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A couple of years on and that has changed substantially, despite no huge increase in the global economic situation.  New markets are expanding and the PCB market has gained from the huge demand surge for smartphones and tablets.  We’re not out of the woods yet but the recession is beginning to look like it does have and end.  In the US there are still major challenges but some positive economic data is being released.  In Europe nothing much has improved but perhaps a slight trickle of consumer confidence is beginning to return.

The real reason is of course the incredible surge in demand for mobile devices like phones and tablets.  The functionality has been increasing rapidy meaning consumers are keen to buy and upgrade these devices as soon as possible.  Consumers are using these devices more and more and they are rapidly becoming an important part of their lives.  People are running their lives on their smartphones and the entertainment options are increasing too.  Only the other day I saw  young businessman organising his day’s itinerary on his smartphone whilst he streamed the BBC onto his tablet.  I did discover how he did this as I thought you couldn’t watch the BBC in America.  I believe he used a technique like this – to watch Iplayer USA, although I’m not completely sure.

There is no doubt that the outlook for PCB manufacturers looks very promising.  The fast pace of innovation and technical advancements are fueling demand for products with circuit boards.  This report was compiiled by John Greenhoff, blogger, video producer – and technology reporter: more info.

 

Rental Car Company Introduces Excellent Enterprise Car Rental Deals & Puts Quality Rentals in Easy Reach

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

A new Rental Car Deals Company called MyCarRentalCoupons has recently added Enterprise Car Rental Deals to add to the already large list of car rental discounts available to help customers get a better deal online. whilst Enterprise Rent-A-Car already offers competitive pricing, now Customers can benefit from even better discounts through the use of promotion offers and coupons. The company states that consumers can save as much as $40 on their car rental through utilizing the coupons and discounts available. This is a massive saving on already low prices.

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With over 20 leading car rental companies in the US, each competing for your business, there will no doubt be more deals and discounts available for you to use. My Car Rental Coupons aims to have the latest discounts available by working with all the leading car rental companies. They have already notice an increase in traffic over the holiday season as many people travel for their holidays and need a loan car. Even companies are reporting that they have little or no vehicles left.

To get the best deals though it’s also worth checking out local deals by using the internet.  Just to explain there are often two sets of rates for car hire – an international one for visitors and a local rate for people who are resident to that country.  Often the car hire rate for a Florida resident for example may be much cheaper than that offered to a UK tourist who is on holiday.  It’s worth checking this but you’ll need to hide your location when you access the web site – try looking at an American rental site using a fast USA proxy and see if you get a better rate

MyCarRentalCoupons is a web based tool to help you find amazing deals and promotions for some of the biggest car rental companies including Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and more. There you will find the latest Enterprise Car Rental Coupon Codes for 2014 to get the best deals online and information about the company can be found on the website too.