I caught my self just sitting back thinking about computers and computer technology. It was a whimsical thought really.Noting too deep or fancy. I was just considering how far we’ve come and how quickly.It is common knowledge that in the 1950′s, a computer that would fill a Wal-Mart store had nothing on the computational power and storage capacities of the modern smart phone.At that time, the internet just got started and the web wasn’t even a dream. I can remember a television news broadcast from 1980 of the newly invented computer networking. It took several hours and hundreds of dollars to transmit a newspaper from one computer to another. This was 1980 mind you. A mere 30 years ago.Only 20 years ago, the internet was really starting to take root. At least among geeks. And it looked like DOS (Remember DOS?).As little as 10 years ago was well before Twitter and Facebook and YouTube. That was when Google got its start. And Bill Gates called the internet a “passing fad”. Right. Good call, Bill.Although the internet still isn’t replacing the desktop for App hosting and file hosting, it is running web pages with App like effects and speeds. And there are how many files being hosted online as backups?Indeed, much more traffic is on the smart device internet than on the browse-able web.Think Xbox Live. Think Smartphone texting. Or Netflix streaming. While some components of some of these may be accessed by a web browser, the majority aren’t.Now we’re looking at the possibility of a web 2.0 being much faster and more reliable. Not to mention the interface moving into multi-touch and even brain wave activated.We’ve come a long way in 60, 30, 20, and 10 years. I’m personally looking forward to the next of each.
Virtual reality is getting better and better each year. Many gaming companies are now talking about the next evolutionary step in VR and the next generation of this computer technology, but they are not just talking about gaming, Indeed, they are also planning on using this computer technology for education, reducing the psychological problems of PTSD, high-tech communication, and even space communities.One advanced thinker suggests that we build Virtual Reality Urban environments for all, virtual reality habitats, where you can create your own world, any world. If so, one must ask if such thinkers have given any thought as to which culture or nationality might have the best chance in accepting this computer technology in a sample program, and which cultures might have the toughest time accepting it?This might be important as human culture seems to dictate much of their perceptions. Such pre-conceived attitudes could be drastically different with humans from different regions or mindsets, so where would we put such an urban VR system? Some may even deem it against their religion.So where should the studies or test projects be located; underground, isolated, or would you put the experiment close to the resources and money of an urban human area? If it were put into a large city, then it might catch some media PR buzz, helping the project or it could backfire, especially if things are not well-liked at first or if it gets poor ratings while the bugs are still being worked out.Perhaps, you are aware of the Biosphere II project outside of Tucson, it didn’t work out, but it is interesting the psychological issues of its failure. A few people inside had personality conflicts that led to psychological problems in the confined environment. It became quite a mess. Think on this.
As a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, a Certified Computer Forensics Specialist,
Network and Security Consultant, Software Developer, and Data Recovery Expert, my passion for
technology is undeniable. I also enjoy helping people, especially when it comes to my passion.
This white paper is centered on 10 important points to keep your computer network up and running
properly.1) Make sure that all important data is backed up to a Tape Drive, External Hard Drive, USB
Drive or any other form of storage which can be taken off site.2) Make sure that someone in your office is responsible for frequent back-ups of your data off site.3) Constantly communicate with your collective staff about the importance of back-up storage,
which includes but is not limited to data files, addresses and emails. If you are using Outlook or
any other email client, ensure its content is also backed up.4) After you have verified your back-up storage, consider testing the solution and
methodology. I recommend performing a Backup and Disaster Recovery Test every 6 months.5) Any Computer Systems (Servers, Workstations) which are critical to your business
operations should have a surge protection and a battery backup.6) It is very critical that every Computer System has Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Protection
in place. I would recommend Norton Anti-Virus if you don’t have any in place. For Anti-
Spyware there are several available tools which can assist in fulfilling these requirements, such as:Microsoft Windows Defender Beta:http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspxLavasoft Adaware:http://lavasoft.com7) Regular maintenance of Computer Systems, which includes physically cleaning out
Desktops and Workstations. Due to electrostatic energy the Computer Systems accumulate
allot of dust which clogs up the cooling fans. A computer that runs hot, does not run long.
Routine checks on hardware is highly recommended.8) Updates, Updates, Updates. All major programs including Microsoft Office, Windows XP,
Anti-virus Protection, Anti-Spyware programs have to be frequently updated. Perfect
software does not exist; therefore software development firms are always releasing updates
and patches to resolve bugs and security issues in their products.9) Select only a few vendors for services and products. It is easier to manage and oversee your
inventory when purchasing Computers, Laptops and Printers from the same vendor.10) Limit the access of your users to the information necessary to complete their tasks. Shared
files or folders with confidential information, such as databases or financial spreadsheets,
should be limited to only those that actively process this type of information.
Use these tips to improve your computer technology management. Besides, technology was
designed to keep you ahead and not behind.