Posts Tagged ‘internet’

US Economy Generates Over 1 Million New Jobs

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Washington (AFP) – US companies kept their doors wide open for brand new hires limiting a three-month surge that found a stunning one million jobs created throughout the united states.  A better-than-anticipated January total of 257,000 new jobs that were generated via the internet made for the greatest hiring with a comprehensive variety of businesses enlarging payrolls despite the midwinter economic slow down, since 1997.

Together with the market indicating the 11th straight month of 200,000-plus occupations included, “This was another very powerful employment report for the US,” said Harm Bandholz of UniCredit. Most economists said the new data showed actual signals of the market increasing grip following a bumpy 2014 during which it grew a small 2.4 percent.

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There were weaknesses in the amounts Most of the recent occupations were low-wage positions as well as how many long term jobless increased.  Meanwhile a rise a data point saw as an important indication of labor market tightening — was just marginally over the inflation tendency. After dropping in December, hourly wages increased 12 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $24.75.

While the rise was supporting, economists said the wage movements in the last year were not too consistent to declare that American workers’ pay checks are securely rising.

“The labor market isn’t yet tight enough to create significant wage increase, meaning future consumption increase is likely to be restricted,” said Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

However, said Chris Williamson the Labor Department report was largely great news.

“The US labor market showed no signs of cooling in the beginning of the year, despite recent evidence to indicate the economy moved down an equipment throughout winter,” he said in a client note.

“Wage increase remains a significant disappointment but is at least showing signals of picking up.”

The upsurge in job development in the previous year has dramatically cut against the US unemployment rate. The 5.7 percent speed at the conclusion of January compared with 6.6 percent a year past, and 8.0 percent at the start of 2013.  Analysts consider it is going to drop close to 5.0 percent by the end of this year, eventually placing the deep damage of the 2008-2009 Great Downturn behind.

The January occupations marketplace report was seen as powerful enough to support the march of the Federal Reserve toward increasing its near-zero interest rates at the center of the year.  Fed policy makers happen to be keeping their eyes on employment increases and particularly wages to determine whether the market is growing strongly enough to weather a tightening of monetary policy, with inflation tame.

“With three-month average job increase of 336,000, the Fed may begin thinking about liftoff before June,” said Chris Low of FTN Financial.

John Hargreaves

Author of – How to Hide IP Address

Business Writing – Here’s How to Make Yours a Success

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The world of business requires you, if you seek success, to learn a few things. It is very common to find a great shortage of people that are actually competent with proficient business writing skills. It is obvious that, people do not like to write things in general. It is something people do not like to do. So if you’re trying to move higher up in your company, it is necessary that you write more competently than ever before. The other part of that is if you are the business owner and you have no employees.

New business will not come your way if your skills at writing are lacking. You can outsource your writing, or improve your writing skills to make a huge difference.  The effects can be quickly beneficial, especially if you update your site and blog regularly.  Also on social media, where writing skills are even more beneficial – perfect for promoting any sort of business or service.  Check out some of the useful guidelines you’ll find on advertising on the online TV channels – try this UK ITV link for an example.

The first thing you want to look at, in regard to improving your business writing, is to do more proofreading and editing. It is so important to proofread every e-mail, even if you don’t think they are important look at again.

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Always use as much time as possible when it comes to proofreading longer communications that you are interacting with. The writing should be powerful and well written. It is also okay to find mistakes, but that’s really not the point. As long as you look it over a few days later, you will notice mistakes that you otherwise would not have. It will be so easy to tighten up what you’re writing, and you will wish that you had done this sooner.

Here is one of the most influential tactics you could incorporate into your writing; as simple as it is.

The trick is to keep your subject as lucid and clear to understand as possible. The quality of clarity is critical from emails all the way to business presentations which are based on business writing to some degree. This can be important to all concepts of your business; together with your verbal talents. When you strive to be very clear, you will tend to be concise as well. When you keep your writing short and to the point, folks will view you as a seasoned business person.

No matter what the medium or purpose of your writing, always remember the following fundamental concern of your readers. People are usually egocentric and just want to know how something can benefit them. This belief is real for marketers, advertisers and across the whole board. You need to grasp the notion that people won’t interrupt what they are doing in order to read something if they don’t think it will be advantageous for them. There can be exceptions, for instance reading casually about appealing topics, of course even what they read then should be pleasing and relaxing. Be sure to always let your readers know what they will discover in your writing and that it will enhance their lives. You can move your business writing to intense levels and there is nothing bad about that. By executing this, you will just be paying yourself mightily with time and a boost in knowledge. For starters, you should direct your attention toward the areas that require immediate improvement. After that, pick those topics that are most relevant to your situation and hone your skills. In the end, you’ll be capable of developing pieces of writing that gets the attention of all the right people.

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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

Netflix has Lost Ermm Lost

Friday, August 30th, 2013

It may be just me, but as I get older I get more and more annoyed with bad service and incompetance. This has led me to returning from a family holiday and having a mojor tantrum with the online streaming service Netflix.  Now although my age is partly to blame, I must insist that Netflix take part of the blame as they have been completely hopeless.   Here’s someone else who has a similar experience and found a way to fix it –

Basically they make available a series like Lost with well over a hundred episodes and then suddenly delete it without warning.  I got to about episode 25 and was really enjoying it when it was pulled, the chap in  the video was only ten from the end!  Now I know that licenses expire, problems arise but surely if you care remotely about your users you don’t suddenly delete something that large without at least giving some warning.  I mean how about – Lost is expiring in two weeks – catch it while you can.  Then at least you’d have the option to stop watching it or stay up late and grab some more before it expired.

But know Netflix just deleted it, no warning, no apology nothing – people are angry and you can’t blame them. Who’s to say they won’t do it again – is it worth starting to watch some new series if Netflix are just going to pull it !!  For me it’s not so bad, I have at least learnt with my experiments and this research about watching British television online that you can access lots of stuff using proxies and VPN software.  Fortunately the US version of Netflix still has the series available, but I’m tempted to just give up on the company and try someone else instead.

Shame on you Netflix !!

Gimme Back My Netflix

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

About a year ago, I started to get into streaming media for a variety of reasons.   My first and probably biggest driver was the cost and overall quality of my cable package, I mean I can live with paying $80 a month for a decent entertainment package, but not one that is filled with rubbish.  So I started to look online for alternatives in both quality and costs.  My first port of call was the cheapest, downloading stuff on my very fast cable connection from the newsgroups, which believe it or not is entirely possible.  If you want to check out this route then buy yourself a decent NAS (Network attached storage) and download big blocks of stuff – some devices can do this automatically. It kinda works but is very fiddly when you start missing one part of the download and the whole thing won’t play, or a file gets deleted or archived half way through your download.  After a while I looked at the private downloads – the services which mirror news sites and give you a dedicated client to download – stuff like Bintube and Usnext all work very well.

The problem with these is not specifically the service, but just the junk that gets uploaded to Usenet groups. Lots of times the files are not what they say, and often they are encrypted with a password.  To get the passwords you need to go through some crappy spam filled advertising pages, which flood your PC with malware (so the uploader gets paid).  To be honest it’s not worth the hassle although if you filtered to trusted uploaders and did batch downloads it’s an option worth considering.  I did this for about 12 months before getting fed up with the various hassles and incorrect files.

I then moved to a couple of subscription services which were completely legitimate – LoveFilm from Amazon and Netflix from someone else.  Both these give a free months trial to test out.  You can stream direct to your computer or any net enabled device like an Xbox 360, Wii or one of the many dedicated media streamers.  I tested for a month on my laptop and chose Netflix, best value and biggest choice I thought.  I even shelled out on a great little streamer called the Roku which connects to your TV and streams to that directly.  Works like a dream for a few bucks a month as long as you have a decent 5mb+ internet connection.

I was happy, and with technology that’s quite unusual for me.  Until I went abroad, I packed up my laptop and Roku and went to live in London for 12 months.  I had to do some work there , so I figured I could enjoy my Netflix account from there as I had a good internet connection.  That’s when  I discovered that all Netflix accounts are not equal, the American one is the best by far, the UK version of Netflix is hopeless and that’s what you get connecting from London.  Fortunately I discovered how you could get American Netflix outside the US, but it took me a while.  So then I got the best of both worlds – I could access BBC iPlayer without having to use a proxy like this and could use the American versions when I needed.

Anyway hope this post has helped, check the link above if you’re having problems with International versions of rubbish media sites.

Do We Have Any Privacy?

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

All this talk of spying and surveillance is getting to me, I feel llike I’ve been up to no good – even though I haven’t.  If you look at the online news, you’ll see loads of articles and reports of extensive spying networks – there’s even an article on the UK setting up a bugged cyber cafe at the last G8 conference  – wow how cool is that!  But the problem is that although you’ll probably learn lots of useful and interesting stuff from eavesdropping on presidents, despots and prime ministers – you’ll not learn much from me.

Well you’ll learn a lot about me, but to be honest I don’t think a lot of my web searching habits are really anything to do with MI5 or the FSA. Sure they’ll learn I spend a lot of time looking for bargains on Ebay, that I perhaps drink a little too much and that my obsession with Kylie Minogue is perhaps not that healthy for a man of my age.  It’s not really the work for spymasters and anti-terrorist organisations, well is it ?

The problem is that most of our applications and our online activity is just so easy to spy on. Take email for example, I’ve just read an excellent article entitled – How Secure is Email.  To discover that every email I’ve ever sent has been completely readable by anyone who had a mind to, is rather disconcerting.  An email is always sent and received in clear text unless you take the care to encrypt it, which of course most of us don’t.  The internet as a transport mechanism doesn’t help either, your data is transported via a series of servers, routers and bridges owned by a huge variety of people , organisations and governments.  Which of course means that any of these people can just have a quick peek at your data whenever they feel like it.  Or more worryingly, like PRISM can just store everything then run a computer program to have millions of quick peeks whenever they like.

So is it just unreasonable to expect privacy in the modern world?  Should we just expect that everyone and their dog will be able to see whatever you do online?  Personally I say no, I don’t agree that catching one stupid terrorist every ten years is a big enough pay off for spying on 60 million people 24/7 for a decade.