4 Uses Of Fiber Optic Cables

images (13)If you ask many people, they will tell you that they know fiber optic cables for their use in computers. While they are heavily used in that area, they are also heavily used in other areas including:

Cable television

I know that you can’t get off the couch due to your favorite program. Did you know that you are receiving the signals courtesy of fiber optic cables? Telecommunication companies are now heavily using the cables as they have greater speeds and bandwidth. The cables are also cheaper compared to copper wires.

Telecommunication companies are also heavily using the cables in speeding up communication in telephones. Due to their installation, you are able to connect faster and have clear conversations regardless of where you are calling from.

Medical applications

Fiber optic cables are widely used in medicine and research. In medicine, they are majorly used in intrusive surgical methods where it’s used in reducing the number and sizes of incisions. The cables are also used in biomedical research where they are used in the field of prosthetics where the researchers are working in developing real-feel prosthetics. Researchers are trying

Data Center, Server, Computer and Laptop Hard Drive Destruction

download (44)An extensive title, but it is all-encompassing none the less. In my 14 plus years of touching devices, I can say that I have seen and felt thousands of pieces of equipment. Though the scenarios in which I am working with the different types of equipment, and the clients certainly do vary. So what are some of the situations that allow for me to handle these various pieces of equipment? Good question, so here is my short list… data center relocations, A/V relocations, data center decommissioning, and green recycling projects.

I would attest that physical security in my field of work is number one, and my clients feel the same way. My thought is the people I work with are so aware (nervous) about chain of custody, CYA, and the end result being nothing less than exceptional. This is no matter the scope of work we are performing. I often find myself hearing clients expressing in a subtle way that they really want to know I care about their project, reputation, and it’s not just about hitting their wallets as hard and fast as

LI-FI – An Economical and Eco-Friendly Alternative

download (45)With the advances in technology, every day a new idea is being nurtured in some one’s mind that might change the way we function. One such ground breaking idea popped in the mind of a brilliant Professor in University of Edinburg, UK, Harald Haas back in 2003. His idea was to use Light Emitting Diodes as a medium to transfer data from one system to another. This topic became widely popular after his TED Talk in 2011.

Now, the question of the hour is what exactly is LI FI?

LI-FI is a short hand representation for Light Fidelity. Fidelity as per a dictionary is being faithful. As per its name, it can be safely said that this technology functions on light.

In simple terms, it is a possible alternate to Wi-Fi. While Wi-Fi uses radio signals wirelessly, LI-FI is the concept of using visible Light Spectrum.

Getting into details, LI-FI works with the LED lights that are turned into wireless transmitters. To receive data from these lights, we need a dongle of sorts, that acts like a modem. This dongle can be connected to a laptop or

USB Memory Sticks – Advantages Over Disc Formats

download (43)USB sticks, or flash drives as they are also known, are becoming an ever more popular format for the transfer of data between businesses and also to for business promotion to potential customers. At the current time of creating of this article (March 2016), memory sticks that are capable of holding as much as 512 GB of data can be purchased easily on-line at a surprisingly low cost. Amazingly, a USB drive that will hold 1TB of data can also be obtained, but currently, these are expensive. The rate of technological advance will mean that the current high price will tumble over the next twelve months as order numbers grow and manufacturing costs are lowered due to bulk purchases.

A 512 GB USB stick can contain the same amount of information as over 20 regular Blu-ray DVD discs. The format may currently be a little more costly than the Blu-ray DVD discs but there is little to compare in terms of the convenience of the format as opposed to a pile of Blu-ray DVDs. The USB drive occupies little space and can be secured

Should Everyone Become PCI Compliant?

download (41)In PCI Compliance, there is a lot more to your business than your website. If your business is dealing with credit card numbers over phone, or carries out face-to-face transactions, or holds up records of credit card number; then all of this has nothing to do with your website and it is really necessary for your business to meet up with PCI requirements. Well, now a question might come in your mind that does every business needs to be PCI Compliant; the answer to it has already been given above. In this article you will find answers to the question that trouble you with PCI requirements.

Should I Be Worried About PCI Compliance?

A business receiving payments through credit cards from customers needs to be PCI compliant, even if that business gets paid via credit card once in a year. The number of transactions doesn’t matter at all, even if your website is accepting third party services like PayPal or Google Checkout you are required to be PCI Compliant because it is your business that is accepting payments via credit cards and not your website.

What

The New Role of the CIO – Business Transformation Partner

images (12)It is becoming increasingly necessary for Industries and Organizations to improve Productivity, Reliability and keep pace with the ever increasing demands. Never before has there been such a pressure on Business-the Production and Engineering departments to keep up to these demands.

Business has no other choice but to identify “issues”, adapt “new technologies”, de-bottleneck and implement Engineering/Process IT Innovation drives wherever practical and possible.

Information Technology is not the business, it is an enabler. By enabling the business, the IT strategy, architecture and projects should be dictated by the larger Organization business strategy, architecture and programs. However, we often see a Disconnect between the IT and Business Strategy.

The IT strategy

The CIO or the Chief Information Officer can play the role of a partner and assist the Business team achieve their objectives.

IT is perceived as not providing value to the organization. Why is this?

Typically the CIO and the IT team’s role have been restricted to Implementation, ‘Support’ & ‘Maintenance‘ of Enterprise needs related to IT hardware and Software.

IT teams have in the past procured specific software and hardware, have got tied down by the lock in

Customers Get in Touch With New Innovation

download (40)No matter who you are or where you are, you are likely feeling the growth of touchscreen technology. Today, regular flyers typically go into check ins and flight info using self-serve stands and soar through airport check-in, skipping the otherwise long lines. Busy drivers may use automobile touchscreen systems to find instructions, control air temperature level and more. And business people who require interaction access at all times invest in sophisticated communication devices to stay in touch.

Whether it’s utilized by people visiting the ATM to get some quick money or casting a vote, touchscreen innovation is taking off, transforming everyday tasks into quick and convenient experiences.

The innovation appeals to all ages and in a variety of markets. Retail outlet store merchandisers are using touchscreen as a brand-new marketing technique to engage consumers while providing item info at the touch of a finger.

FOA Schwarz, for example, has actually installed 17-inch Planar touchscreens as part of a customer design center for the Custom Car Factory in its New York store. Using the Planar touchscreen stand, buyers can customize their own Hot Wheels car with unique

Is PCI a Law?

images (11)With the requirements set up by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), a lot of businesses scratch their heads and ask whether PCI is a law. The answer to this question is very short and simple no PCI Compliance is not a law.

Will PCI Compliance be a Law in Future?

To make the things more clear, let’s go in detail about this topic. At the moment it is not a federal law; but still there are some state laws that are in effect (while some might go in effect in future) to implement the requirements of PCI DSS. The story does not end here there is a big press on from the industry trade association and legislatures, to pass a federal law about breach and security notification.

Plastic Card Security Act

In 2007, “Plastic Card Security Act” was established in Minnesota which stated that if a company is breached and later on it is discovered that the company was storing prohibited PCI data like CVV codes, magnetic stripe, track data etc. then it is required to repay banks and other individuals costs linked

Recycle Old Computers Thoughtfully to Prevent Bio-Hazards

download (42)Recycling of old computers and electronic gadgets is not only a matter of accruing profit, but also a clever stride to take, towards the creation of a cleaner world; free of e-wastes. The correct method of e-waste disposal task makes the entire difference.

Technologies and electronic gadgets become obsolete within no time and get vanished away from the market outpacing the speed of their emergence into our lives. The first generation of computers, for instance, provides a perfect example of such discovery of mankind that have gone through the ups and downs of ages to become one the most powerful electronic human-friendly device, the sixth generation of computers; a completely new version of computers that have accelerated the society to reach new heights. But the days are not so far when this wild progression, will cause this smart machine not to perform, but sit idle on the pages of history.

Here the most important question arises regarding about what needs to be done with these time-worn machines and computers. They cannot serve as alluring show-pieces neither can be stacked up to consume spaces inside the

Glossary of PCI Terms

download (39)Here is a glossary of terms associated with PCI.

Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV)

In order to be PCI Compliant, you will require a successful scan certificate from an Approved Scanning Vendor. An ASV will certify you that you are up to all the technical requirements. ASVs are enlisted by PCI SSC on the basis of their performance.

Audit log

It is the record of activities of system up to a certain date; but it should have enough details to track back sequence of events that go from the beginning of transaction to the end.

Card holder Data (CD)

Cardholder data contains full Primary Account Number (PAN). Cardholder data also contains the following information:

· Name of the Cardholder
· Expiration Date
· Service Code (optional)

Card holder Data Environment (CDE)

It is an environment containing all the processes and technology including the people that process, transmit or store customer cardholder information or authentication information. CDE also includes connected system components and virtualization technology like applications, servers etc.

Encryption

The conversion of text into coded form is known as encryption. Only the people having the specific decrypting codes can get access to such data and

A Super Anti-Wrestling RC Quadcopter

images (9)When I first saw JJRC H31, its super anti-wrestling ability surprised me. As for the beginners, it is very easy to make your drones fall on the ground because of unskilled operating. As a result, this new RC drone is very suitable for novices. Except for that, it has other excellent features. Let me show you more about it next.

Appearance Design

It is a 6-axis-gyros RC drone with 4 channels so that it has the ability to complete stable flying and it is easy to control. With a perfect arc design, it has the great performance to maintain balance even at high altitudes. Normally, it supports the flight skills of ascending, descending, forward, backward, left sideward flying, right sideward flying and 360 degrees rolling.

Additionally, it has a size of 31 x 31 x 7.2cm and it offers you two colors options, including green and white. Made of ABS and PS materials, it has a super strong structure, which ensures the safe flight.

Features

Exactly, the prominent feature of JJRC H31 is the super anti-wrestling ability. Depending on the strong structure, it will be intact even it

Biometric Attendance Machine Vs Manual Maintenance of Attendance

images (8)Organizations are exploring every possible way to increase their revenue and control their cost. Time attendance machines are used by all size of organizations to record when an employee starts and ends their work. And it will allow them to know for which department the work is performed or carried on by the employees. Apart from tracking when an employee is working, organizations can even track that when an employee is not working, that means it allow the organizations to track the meal and break times of an employee. A time attendance machine allows organizations to cut their labor cost, increase compliance and enhance overall control.

Based on the size and requirement different organizations uses different tools to record the attendance and other activities of their employees. Some organizations use Biometric Attendance Machine, Fingerprint Attendance Machine, and some organization follows Manual Maintenance of Attendance. Manual Maintenance of Attendance is suggested only for the organizations having fewer or very fewer employees.

Manual maintenance of attendance requires an efficient and skilled HR to log employee work hours and attendance. Under this system paper punch cards and punch

Camera Design Service Vendors Gearing Up for a New Phase With New Standards

download (36)Not many companies are well versed with camera designs and their tweaks and hence few players are moving towards custom development of board cameras and smart vision sensors based on different processors. Also with the advent of several cameras and camera architectures, companies now have a strong base to build new products.

Some companies can design cameras to customer requirements in short timelines too.

The Challenges

Companies usually face the challenge of meeting hardware and software design specifications of the camera.

High definition images might have to be clicked at regular intervals, sometimes in a fraction of a second! Some companies now opt for drones that would house several cameras, and then try to stitch and synchronise the images simultaneously, so that the shots can be taken from all possible angles.

Also the core challenge here is to reduce the camera size since the product needs to be a marketable product that also needs to be considerably affordable.

For such a camera design, companies strike a balance with its hardware design, PCB design, Bootloader porting, and the efforts expended on Device drive modification, Camera app development and Testing

What They Are, and What to Do About Them

download (38)Did you happen to find a PCI compliance fee on your statement? Want to find out what it is? Want to discover if it is legitimate? Want to get rid of it? Well then you are just in the right place to get all your questions answered.

Lately merchants are seeing annual or monthly PCI Compliance fee on their statements. In rare cases both the fees annual and monthly could be found on the statement. For merchants that don’t have any clue about PCI Compliance, find the PCI Compliance fee as another way of getting tricked by their processors to get some money. I won’t be saying that it is a lie; to a certain extent it is true.

What Merchant’s Wonder

A basic question that arrives in a merchant’s mind is what am I getting from paying PCI fee? This is a question that should not be asked in your mind but instead it should be asked from your credit card processor. And to further ask the processor about what type of service or product you are being provided by giving this extra fee.

As there

A Better Way to Read Magazines and Newspapers

download (37)Reading magazines is one of the most common hobbies among women in the age demographic of 18-49. Magazines are the second-highest circulated publications of the publishing industry, with newspapers being the first. Traditionally, magazines were bought from newsstands located at the corner of every city street. However, with a change in trends and digitization influencing most industries, digital newsstands are the new thing that the industry has to offer.

What is a Digital Newsstand?

A digital newsstand is the latest product of the recent developments in digital magazine publishing software. Several distribution platforms offer content in the form of magazines, newspapers, and journals, digitally which can be accessed by anyone with a smartphone. These are mostly available on a subscription basis, but a large variety of free content is also available.

With the advent of tablets with 10-inch screens, much like a magazine cover, the publication houses began adapting to a digital format rather than regular print. These digital newsstands were an instant success as they offered a richer reading experience with several interactive systems which made newspapers, magazines and journals more interesting. Digital publications also

How Much Do PCI Companies Charge

download (35)There is much more to being PCI compliant than just getting a PCI SAQ filled or going through a quarterly vulnerability scan successfully. There is a lot of work and resources required by the business to go through to make sure the customer credit card data is secured.

A lot of businesses get confused when it comes to setting up a budget for PCI compliance. Commonly the budget kept is too small that it becomes really difficult for IT departments and third parties to provide upgrading to the equipment and to meet the latest security standards; such actions makes the security at the risk of getting breached.

Dependence of Cost of PCI Compliance

The cost of PCI compliance totally depends on the number of transactions made per year. There are two types of businesses one that process more than 6 million MasterCard or Visa transactions each year. Then there are businesses that make less than 6 million MasterCard or Visa transactions per year.

Variables that affect the cost of PCI compliance

The cost you are giving for your PCI audit totally depends on the setup of your organization.

What’s Your Printing Policy?

download (32)Businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs and reduce their carbon footprint. But, what if there was a way you could do both at the same time?

Well, actually there is. By establishing a printing policy at your company, you can drastically reduce waste and save money. A printing policy outlines rules and standards regarding how employees can print. This includes everything from establishing limits on how many pages each employee can print, to mandatory default settings, and when color printing is allowed.

Have you ever walked past a printer or MFP and asked yourself whether the jobs sitting in the output tray are ever claimed or whether that email you came across could have been printed in black and white rather than color? If so, a printing policy can help address and erase doubts to ensure your office printing is being conducted at the most reasonable cost possible. And although printing policies can be useful at businesses of every size, they are perhaps most beneficial at large enterprise-level organizations where printing waste is often substantial.

But, printing policies are not a one-size-fits-all arrangement.

Customer Engagement, Respect and Communication

download (33)What if a professional athlete set a standard where winning was not enough? Instead, they had to achieve a personal best or break a previous record year after year.

What if a new theme park opened on schedule, with no delays, and offered tickets to the first one million visitors to return at any time and bring up to 100 guests at no additional charge?

Welcome to my world. As an IT provider, I face the similar challenge: that is, delivering a project experience to customers that will not only achieve all project goals, but also blow them away.

I have delivered on hundreds of projects for customers in my career and I have seen projects go smoothly and poorly. I have seen projects end with both the customer and the provider feeling a sense of accomplishment, and I have seen projects drag on for months, even years and then dwindle out almost as if customer and provider conceded defeat for any of the following reasons:

  • lofty project goals
  • misjudged budgets
  • technology that couldn’t be wrangled in

Sound familiar to anyone? These are some of the reasons why PMI (pmi.org)

What Tool Helps You Conquer the 7 Biggest File Migration Challenges?

download (34)Want to eliminate platform migration headaches? Reduce cost, effort, and lost time? You’re in the right place. I want to share some tips to help you simplify your migration activities.

I have been performing file-based migrations for well over 20 years, primarily with EMC Technology. The majority of migrations have been SMB-based including server-to-server, server-to-NAS, and NAS-to-NAS migrations.

Some of the tools that I have leveraged over the years include:

  • ROBOCOPY: This Microsoft utility, originally part of the Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit, has been around since 1997.
  • EMCOPY: This EMC utility is used primarily to copy to a Celerra based file system; however, the other tools in the suite comprised of EMCopy, Sharedup, and LGDUP have been used on several occasions, even in conjunction with Robocopy.
  • RSYNC: This UNIX utility is used for NFS migrations.

As technology advanced, storage vendors provided a way to perform these migrations using internal tools. Some of the tools were developed for disaster recovery while others were developed explicitly for data migration. Two examples include:

  • VNX Replicator: This tool can replicate from Celerra/VNX to another Celerra/VNX array.
  • Isi_vol_copy: The isi_vol_copy utility from Isilon uses NDMP

Creating a History in the Field of Education

images (7)Learning has seen a major transition in the last decade. For years, students have been using only textbooks for their study, which actually made the entire learning system boring. Today, printed textbooks have been replaced by digital learning software. Students are now using laptops, tablets and other learning tools instead of textbooks. While students are embracing technology, which has made learning more fun for them, and parents are happy that their children are finding learning interesting, and thus performing better in their academics, digital learning has become quite popular among teachers as well. Today, we see that schools and colleges are introducing eLearning as one of their core forms of learning methodology.

Digital learning has several benefits, which are highly unlikely to be found in a typical age-old classroom setting. This is only because, it is powered by technology, thus offering attractive benefits.

Personalized learning method: Digital learning can be easily customized by teachers, according to a class’s need and even every student’s need. Based on the student’s strong and weak areas, the learning method adopted for each student can be different, suiting their requirement