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Month: November 2017

Wireless Network Security

Why Use Security?

If someone is able to wireless connect to your network from the road, near by parking lot, or adj. House here are some things to consider. If they use your Internet connection for illegal activity, YOU areiable, not them. Also, once they are on your network, they may be able to open, delete, or change every file on your computers. There is also the possibility that the unauthorized user could spread viruses without them even realizing it.

So What Should I Do?

There are many ways to secure your connection. We are focusing on wireless security, so we will make a simple adjustment to your router. The simplest way to secure your connection is by using WEP (Wireless Encryption Protocol). Before I go any further, many hackers can find ways around this protection. It is not the best choice for large businesses (over 100 employees), but for home and small business users, this will work just fine.

Step 1 (Configure router):

Depending on your router, the specifics of this step will differ. You need to log into your router. This is done by opening your Internet Browser (Internet Explorer, FireFox, Safari, etc.) and putting the IP address of the router in the address bar (the address bar is where you type web sites such as google.com). This IP address will either be 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1; If you are unsure try both. Once you type the correct one in (and press 'Enter'), a pop-up will ask you for your user name and password. If you have never changed your password, then a default was set for you by the manufacturer. This is not the same user name and password as your computer or Internet Service Provider. If you do not know your default password, find it by clicking here.

Once logged in, look for the wireless section. This is often a button or tab found on the main page. For DLink routers there will be a button on the left menu. Now look for wireless security. For DLink routers it will be on this page. You should see a drop-down-menu. Select WEP (you may also see other choices such as WAP). Depending on your router, you will see some or all of these options. Set them as follows:

Authentication: Open

WEP Encryption: 64bit

Key Type: Hex

Key1: PICK A 10 DIGIT NUMBER

The above 'Key' is your wireless network password. Anyone that uses your wireless connection will need to know it. Normally, you are only required to put it in your computer once and then it will remember it.

Step 2 (Computer Setup):

Now go to your wireless computer and try to connect to the network, it will ask you for the key. Enter it just as you did in the router.

Step 3 (Advanced Security):

If you would like more security then you can change some of the other options in the router. For example, instead of 64bit choose 128bit. Or instead of HEX choose ASCII. All …

How to Use Automation in Music Production

The beauty of digital technology in music production is the simple fact that we can save our work in any condition at any time and recall them in the exact same settings as when we left off (a fact I’m sure many musicians and engineers take for granted). Another benefit is the use of automation: that is we can automate parameters within our music production software. Most of the major software allow full automation of virtually all parameters, therefore placing the limit on our creativity alone.

Automation maybe a feature that many musicians pay little attention too, especially those who are just starting out. At first, automation may seem like a tedious job, and can be a major turn-off since it isn’t the most intuitive thing to do. But proficiency using automation in our music production, whether in the music arrangement stage or the mixing stage, will allow us to explore creative avenues otherwise blocked if we neglect automation.

Using automation in composing and arranging music

This technique may be used more heavily in electronic dance music production than any other style. Listen to the leading contemporary electronic dance tracks, and you can listen to the detailed programming of synthesizers and effects take place to create a stunning soundscape worthy of dance floors all around the globe. Automation is used in EDM production, as a way to manipulate filter controls and other controls that shape the sound of the instruments in the arrangement. It can also be used to bring an instrument in and out of the mix, not only by volume, but also by cut-off frequency and resonance (I’m sure you’ve heard this technique before in EDM). Further use of automation in arranging might be to make effects kick in mid-song, or bring it out during a different part. For example, adding delay to the guitar at the chorus, or increasing the reverb on the snare during the bridge.

Using automation in mixing music

Which leads us to the more subtle use of automation: to mix music. Sometimes, you dial in a perfect EQ for the piano during the verse, but then realize it doesn’t suit the chorus. You could split it up to a different track (which is easier actually), or you could automate the EQ during the chorus. For the vocals, you might add more reverb or switch to a different delay for the coda, to bring it out and add some majesty to the part. The use of automation for mixing is virtually limited only to our creative imagination, as there are a myriad of “weird” effects out there (some of them free too) that can give even weirder sounds when combined with automation.

To your automation discovery,

Endy…

The Features and Benefits of Laptop Computers

When we look around at all the people on their laptops typing away or simply using them to listen to music while we read we may find ourselves amazed at the technological revolution that is upon us. The days of mainframe computers are behind us and the day of mobile cloud computing is here. The laptop is the backbone of the new modern age.

There are so benefits of laptop computers that make them essential in this modern age. Some of those are, but are not limited too, syncing data to the cloud so that it is available anywhere and everywhere, the ability to access the all of the knowledge and information of the internet anyway and everywhere, and having a full service entertainment center capable of player mp3s, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and the countless streaming movies and music sites. The availability of the information of the internet is available because of recent advances in the area of mobile broadband internet. What was pioneered in the cell phone industry has made its way to laptops and cemented itself as a must have for people who use their laptops on the go.

Syncing your information to your home computer, work computer, laptop, and the cloud is by far the best thing about the modern era of laptops. This means that if you are surfing the internet on one computer, then go home and want to be at the exact same page then you can do that. Also, you can use free software and websites such as Dropbox, SugarSync, Windows Live Mesh, and many others to have your data backed up to the web, which in this type of situation is also called “the cloud”, and have it synced across all of your computers at the same time. Another benefit to these types of sites is they make sharing information with team or family members incredibly easy.

Being able to access the internet and feed your media fancy anywhere are the next two best things about laptops. Both of these features can be used while in areas with WiFi, a wireless networking signal provided by the location you are at, or be accessed by the use of a mobile broadband card. These cards can come built in to the computer or be purchased later and added internally or externally via a USB connection.

Laptops have freed people from the desk and allowed the information of the world to be at your finger tips no matter where you are in the world.…

Introduction to Online Auction Websites

Over the years, online auction websites are gaining immense popularity. Online auctions present great opportunities to entrepreneurs and shoppers alike. They offer a common platform where buyers and sellers can bid or sell just about anything. Bidding on the auction websites is convenient and highly cost-effective. Most of the auction portals present automated bidding with a multitude of listing categories and subcategories. They enable buyers and sellers to make transactions in real time. Auction portals are developed on an advanced software solution that makes the e-marketplace secure for bidders and sellers. Moreover, good online auction websites always maintain focus on ease of navigation to maintain optimum website usability.

As a seller, you can make sales quickly in a highly competitive market. Sellers have complete control over their products that are on auction including display of products under specific categories and listings. You can also disclose important product details to ensure transparency and build trust among buyers. Moreover, online auction websites offer tools that assist sellers in listing products and managing their product catalog. These tools assist in adding product images, product descriptions, canceling bids and so on.

For the buyer, bidding on online auctions is fun and extremely easy. The website provides all the essential tools and resources to help members bid with assured security and confidence. To keep the auction transparent, auction websites also provide all necessary information about the product and seller. Moreover, the advanced B2B platform facilitates smooth browsing, easy bidding, and secured transactions.

In this manner, online auctions caters to the needs of everyone.…

5 Tasks Your Online Home Business Can Do On Autopilot

When you run an online home business time and money are limited. So you ensure that you can devote as much time as possible to tasks that generate income. The most successful online businesses use automation in some form or another. You just can’t keep up with everything if you try and handle them manually. Here are 5 ways you can automate tasks for your online home business.

1. Blog Post Publishing

To rank well in the search engines and stay relevant you need to post new and high quality content onto your website a regular basis. The best way to do this is to set up a blog. When you have a blog post ready to publish, you don’t want to have to log into your website and carry out this task manually. All of the top blogging platforms, like WordPress, have built-in scheduling capabilities. This means you can write several posts at once, and schedule them for specific publishing dates in the future.

2. List-Building

One of the most important tasks for your online home business is developing a list of email subscribers. Whenever someone visits your website, offer them a free resource or product in return for their email address. Your autoresponder software can then send them your freebie on autopilot. You can literally schedule a year’s worth of email delivery ahead of time. This improves the relationship you have with your audience.

3. Social Media

Social media allows you reach out and connect with your target audience. The online world has become very social and your customers are using platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Your online home business needs to be on social media too, but it takes a lot of time to log-in to all the social media sites every day. There are plenty of social media automation tools which can schedule your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram posts.

4. Comment Moderation

Your website content can become a magnet for internet trolls and spam. Akismet software saves you time by filtering incoming comments that are nothing more than click-bait, trash and self-serving backlinks.

5. Website Research

Google Alerts will send you a notification every time a relevant search term or topic appears somewhere on the web. For example, if your online home business is about childcare, you can set up a Google alert for “child car-seat guidelines”. Ensure your search terms are included in quotes or you could be bogged down with the amount of notifications you receive.…

Relationship Between Cloud Computing and Virtualization

Cloud Computing is a technology, used by several companies who wants to reduce costs, and have access to programs and applications which are not physically installed in their computers or servers. The concept of electricity maybe compared to how this technology works, although the consumer does not know where, and how the power is produced, consumers still have access to power whenever they need just by plugging in an appliance and turning it on. This concept is almost the same as cloud computing, but the main kind of communication used with this technology is the internet. Cloud computing as defined by NIST or National Institute of Standard and Technology is a technology that provides scalable IT capabilities that are offered as services through the internet for multiple users, many users will then share pooled IT resources reducing costs and resulting to greater computing efficiency.

Think of it this way; a company that uses computers will need several systems to provide services, communicate and store information, this also means the more computers you have the more software licenses, servers and storage devices would be needed as your company grows. Behind all these are several people working all day long to make sure that servers, applications and storage devices are working properly and updated. The company will also then need spaces to store these servers and storage devices, and to prevent overheating you will also need cooling appliances which costs money. With cloud computing several of these procurement are taken off. If these company use or migrate to cloud computing they will just need the computers and sometimes a single server to run the business smoothly. All the other computing needs are then outsourced to the clouds, which are servers and storage devices in different locations which can be turned on or off depending on the company’s computing demand. No more expensive software licenses, no more need for several servers and support people to maintain all these. This company will then pay the cloud computing provider as they use the services, it’s like taking a cab and paying through the meter.

Virtualization is a technology which helps companies and individuals to utilize their computers, applications, storage devices and servers more efficiently. This can be defined as running multiple instance of something (Operating System) in something (Computers) when it is only designed to run one instance. There are different types of Virtualisation. Server Virtualisation – Is a type of virtualisation that consolidates multiple physical servers to virtual servers and is then ran on a single physical server. Application Virtualisation – an application is ran on another host where it is installed and is remotely accessed from a different computer. Example of which is desktop virtualization, Presentation Virtualization – runs on a met frame like Citrix, the application is then run in a different host however can also be seen on the clients screen. Network Virtualization – This type of virtualisation uses the network in a carved up way, which can then be run …

The Negative Effects of Technology on the Planet – Our Cultural Vision is Driving the Destruction

The negative effects of technology are numerous. In our march to progress we have degraded the natural world. Forests are chopped down, topsoil is washed away, rivers are polluted and our waste is dumped in the oceans.

On the surface this appears to be a relatively recent problem. If we went back 100 or 200 years it would seem that mankind treads quite lightly on the planet. On face value the culprit is industrial technology. However this is not the case. The culprit is our cultural vision; our cultural vision wields technology in a destructive fashion.

Prior to civilization all cultures on the planet saw themselves as belonging to the world; they were a part of it. These cultures had varying degrees of technology. Some were very primitive, others quite complex.

But the negative effects of technology were non existent. All technology was exercised within certain natural laws. Civilization changed this. Instead of seeing man as a part of nature people saw man as a separate and higher order of being. Thus the rest of nature merely existed as a resource for man’s benefit.

Due to this world-view civilization used their technology to subjugate nature. Indigenous societies never did this. Using technology in order to bend nature to man’s will is what creates negative effects. The negative effects of technology are not inherent in the technology itself; it is what we use it for that is the issue.

For most of civilization’s history the negative effects of technology were localized. When the Phoenicians destroyed the forests of what is now Lebanon the trauma was local. When the Greeks and Romans collapsed due to the exploitation of their land with advanced technology the effect was local.

Destruction of the natural environment has been taking place since the birth of civilization yet it is only now that we are seeing it on a global scale. Our industrial technology has progressed to the point where we can do more damage in 100 years than we could in 10,000. But again this is not a problem of the technology. It is the fact that our cultural vision sees us as separate from nature that allows us to destroy it.

Nobody knows if industrial technology is sustainable because we have never used it in a sustainable manner. But perhaps it is possible to do so.

The way our culture operates is unsustainable. If we cannot find a way to operate a complex society within natural laws then we will inevitably return to a much simpler existence. We cannot blame technology for our own shortcomings. We are holding the technology so it is up to us to use it for good and not for the destruction of the planet.…

Benefits Of Learning HTML And CSS

Programming is incomplete without inserting the basic HTML codes and CSS. These two are the most important parts in any website. If you wish to learn these two simple, but effective languages, then you should perhaps find the best training center. You must be thinking that there are so many websites available these days, plus there is provision of watching online video tutorials as well, so why should I waste my money on the training centers. Well, let me give you an answer to this question. I totally agree with you on the fact that there are websites and online video tutorials available, but will they tell you each and everything in the right order? What if you don’t understand a certain concept? How will you clear your doubts?

There are several other drawbacks of taking the online assistance. These websites and video tutorials are good for those people who know something about these languages. For the starters, it is better to go and find good training institutes who provide all the information regarding these two languages. If you want to learn HTML and CSS, then here are some of the following tips that can help you in the right direction. First of all, I would like to shed light on, ‘why you need to learn HTML’?

HTML is one of the most basic languages you would ever learn in the IT. But, there can’t be any web based applications without having the HTML codes, so you have to learn it. The most important reasons for learning the HTML is to create links, which are known as Hyper Text Links. In common man language, these are called the Anchor Links. These are the essential links, which are used for SEO (Search Engines Optimisation) purpose to create back links. The SEO field relies on the back links, especially when they are placed in the articles naturally.

To make those back links, HTML language is used. People who are doing affiliate marketing will also have to take the help of the HTML to place the codes in the advertisements that they put on their website. By doing this, they will be able to check if the affiliate ID is incorporated properly or not. Moreover, it will also allow them to make all the changes in the codes, such as changing the size, color and other things. You can do a lot of different things by learning the basics of HTML and CSS. You can create your own website from the scratch, with a complete control of the look and feel of the website. You can also place your content, media and all other information anywhere on the website.

Let us now discuss about the basics of CSS. I have outlined seven points, which will give you an idea about the use of CSS.

1. You can present the data logically.

2. You have several more options in the CSS.

3. CSS perfectly complements HTML.

4. Editing can be easily done in the …

Privacy Issues Surrounding Biometric Technology

The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center have provoked in-depth discussion and study of existing security measures, their shortcomings, and how to enhance security to prevent similar terrorist attacks from occurring in the future. Biometric technology has risen to the top of the list as a possible solution. The government is not the only entity exploring biometric security systems. The financial services industry see biometrics as a way to curb identity theft. Biometrics are intrinsic physical characteristics used to identify individuals. The most commonly used biometric is fingerprints but others include, handprints, facial features, iris & retinal scans, and voice recognition.

Soon after 9/11 there were calls for the issue of national ID cards containing biometric information on an RFID chip implanted on the card. The argument is that national ID cards will increase security by identifying individuals with their unique fingerprints which are much more difficult to counterfeit than standard photo ID cards. There is also a movement toward biometric passports. It looks like biometric passports are coming soon. National ID cards may follow.

Biometric identification is nothing new. Humans have been identifying other humans biometrically since the beginning of time. You recognize people you know by their facial features, their voice, and other biometric features. What's new is introducing technology into the mix that compares a given biometric with a stored database of biometrics to verify the identity of an individual. An individual place their finger on a fingerprint scanner and the image is compared with the database to verify the person's identity. Promising as it is, biometric technology has not been without hiccups but biometrics are advancing quickly and becoming more and more prevalent in security systems.

Fingerprints are the most commonly used biometric identifiers. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conducted a study that showed single fingerprint biometric systems had a 98.6 percent accuracy rate. The accuracy rate rose to 99.6 percent when 2 fingerprints were used and an almost perfect 99.9 percent when 4 or more fingerprints were used. The study results show that biometric identification is near perfect which is not surprising given the uniqueness of human fingerprints.

The US-VISIT program, which is an acronym for United States Visitor & Immigrant Status Indicator Technology, currently requires foreign visitors to the US to present a biometric passport containing 2 fingerprints and a digital photo for identification purposes before being granted admission to the US Of Course the biometrics are compared against a vast network of government databases full of known and suspected terrorists and other criminals.

On the surface biometric technology may sound like a panacea but it's use has raised significant privacy concerns that need to be addressed. Here are six major privacy concerns: storage, vulnerability, confidence, authenticity, linking, and ubiquity.

Critics wonder how the data will be stored and how vulnerable it will be to theft or abuse. Confidence issues center around the implications of false positives and false negatives. Can the biometric data be used to link to other …

What Requirements Does a Dot Net Developer Need to Fulfill?

Microsoft Dot Net is a useful software development component. It provides tools and libraries to the software developers so that they can create Windows-based applications in a more efficient manner. A Dot Net developer is a software programmer who has specific skills using .Net to develop software and computer applications. For people who are in the midst of looking for developers for your projects, there are some areas you need to take note. You are advised to look for competent programmers who can really assist you to complete your tasks successfully.

First thing first, you need to be clear about the responsibilities of a .Net Developer before you start looking for suitable candidate. Seriously speaking, the programmer is required to:

• Work hand in hand with other software engineers and architects to develop a logical series of instructions referred to as programming code for the computer to communicate with the networks, applications and databases.

• Create new software applications to suit the business needs

• Modify, repair, test and enhance existing applications

After knowing what the developer is required to do, the next area we need to take into consideration is the academic qualification. In general, a programmer should have degree qualification in computer science, information technology or any related discipline. If the programmer is not a degree holder, you may take a look at his or her working experience. If the candidate has extensive experience dealing with .Net development tools, you can consider getting him or her in. Check with the candidate whether he or she is familiar with maintenance of ASP Applications, e-Commerce solution, online education and learning, social networking sites, corporate web applications, and so on.

At the same time, a good dot net developer must be competent in carrying out all the important tasks. It is a must for him or her to have the following skills in:

• Classic ASP

• Microsoft SQL 2000 / 2005

• MS Access

• JavaScript, XML, DHTML, AJAX and CSS

• VBScript and JScript

Frankly speaking, if the programmer does not have the above mentioned skills, most of the employers in the job market are not willing to hire him or her.

Besides the skills, we should also take serious consideration on the general qualities of the programmers. They should have qualities as follow:

• Good passion in work

Having great interest in work is important. The programmers should love and enjoy what they are doing.

• Good learning attitude

Learning is a continuous process. We can’t stop at certain stage. Good developers must have positive attitude in learning. They must always grab the opportunities to learn new technology so that good applications can be adapted.

• Some “intelligence”

Honestly speaking, intelligence is something very subjective. What I mean here is the “personality” of the person. Being a programmer, he or she must be smart and sensitive to respond to all changes. It is important for a programmer to be open-minded and willing to take new challenges from time …