Me and My MacBook Pro

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my-macb-proI’m actually very happy with my MacBook even if it isn’t a ‘pro’. Every time I use it I compare it to the many other brands of laptop I use at work and it confirms to me that whatever else you might think about Apple they make some of the best laptops I’ve used in the past couple of years. Not the cheapest. Not the most powerful money can buy, not the most features squeezed into one case, but in terms of an overall good balance of features and flexibility I think they’re out there. Especially for IT pros who might need to run any number of operating systems, you can point to any other laptop you prefer out there and the Apples run all the same i386 OSes your alternatives can, plus OS X as well.

My MacBook has it’s 3rd disk in it now. It’s an original “Core Duo” model and it came with the 80Gb that was standard back then and I’ve upgraded 80Gb –> 160Gb –> 250Gb. I want to emphasise at this point that these upgrades have been caused by storage needs, not by reliability problems with any of the older hard drives, who are now living inside span 2.5″ external storage cases and doing a stellar job of providing space for backups.

It amazes me changing hard disks is easier in the Macbook than it is in the Macbook Pro, but however you look at it, portable storage is only recently starting to chase after desktop storage. Actually even on desktops it isn’t all peaches and cream. I have a Windows desktop and an Apple laptop and I’d love to get an Apple desktop to replace the Windows machine.

However, I can’t really justify the cost of a Mac Pro (It’s not that I don’t have the money, it’s just that I have more important things in life to spend it on) and the iMac is actually quite an unattractive proposition to a ‘techhead switcher’.

If I purchased an iMac, I’d get a 20″ monitor I didn’t need or a 24″ monitor that’s too big for me to use comfortably built into the iMac in place of my perfectly fine 22″ TFT I have now, I’d get tighter memory expansion ability than I currently am used to, which isn’t a big deal for most users, after all, 4 Gigabytes ought to be enough for anybody for now, but when you mess about a lot with virtual machines like I do, you might quickly start wishing for a bit more memory headroom to share between those virtual machines…

As a PC gamer, I’d also want to play some of my old PC games via BootCamp and the current iMac graphics card options are all a little underpowered for some of the games I currently own to really strut their stuff. Actually, so are the Mac Pro options at the moment now I come to think about it, the ATI X1900 series is a great graphics card but it’s not ATI’s varsity any more and hasn’t been for a little while. Isn’t the Mac Pro line due an update soon?

Worst of all, with an iMac I’d lose the ability to stuff several medium-sized hard disks into the case that I currently rely on. If I upgrade my PC to a new one or win the lottery and buy a Mac Pro I could very easily drag all but one of my current desktop drives over to the new machine as part of switching, leave the OS drive in the old machine so I can sell it and bring my data across on the other internal drives with no mess or fuss.

A real shame, I want to switch fully but Apple aren’t making it easy for me.

Now I realise that the iMac is meant to be a complete package and the fact that you can’t / don’t have to open it up and fiddle with the insides is actually a selling point of the product to its target audience. I’m not arguing with that, I absolutely agree with what the product is trying to do here, but there is a gap between that and the Mac Pro for a reasonable cost Apple machine, say a slightly more modest specced version of the Mac Pro that didn’t come with a monitor but cost about the same as a 20″ iMac.

Categories: Computer Technology

Carbonite Is Still All About Protection

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carbonite-online-backupIf you were a big fan of Star Wars during the eighties, the word “Carbonite” would really ring a bell. In the movie, Carbonite was some kind of freezing process that was used to preserve Han Solo.

Now fast forward to the present time, Carbonite still has something to do with preservation. But this time, it’s all about file preservation.

Nowadays, Carbonite is all about online backup. It backs up all the files in the computer, protecting and preserving them online. Clearly, it’s the easiest way to back up everything in the computer. There’s no need to do anything else, just install Carbonite and backup begins.

Installing Carbonite is one easy task anyone can do. The instructions are very simple. All it really takes is a couple of clicks that can do the whole thing. But if there’s one thing worth taking note of it’s the discount code that anyone can use to make this online backup service more affordable.

Carbonite offers some discount codes that can really make it very affordable for everybody. It’s really just a matter of finding the right discount code. But nonetheless, there are websites that don’t just offer Carbonite discount codes but also valuable information about this particular online backup service.

So how does Carbonite work? After installing it, how does it work to protect and preserve the files in the computer?

Carbonite does everything so long as the automatic setting is on. With the automatic setting, all the files from the computer transfer immediately online. The manual setting can be used if there is a preferred time to back up all the files. That’s the only difference between the two settings. But the bottom line is that all the files are transferred online. There’s no need to back up anywhere else. Carbonite backs up all the files and protects them all in a remote data center.

Carbonite makes use of the 128-bit Blowfish encryption process says R-Fate online backup solutions. This means that each and every file that’s transmitted online is encrypted using this highest level of encryption process.

To put it in simple terms, Carbonite does not transfer the files as they are. The files are initially encrypted and then transmitted online. No one can access the files without a password.

Soon as Carbonite transmits all the files online, all the files are safely stored online. There’s no need update them because that happens automatically as well.

In case there is a need to restore a file from Carbonite, all one has to do is to launch the Infocenter. The interface of the Infocenter is very easy. Just click on “Restore” on the left had side. There are three options under Restore. These are:

• Search and restore
• Browse your backup
• Restore all your files

If a file has been accidentally deleted, it’s best to click on the “Search and restore.” Carbonite has a thirty-day guarantee; meaning it keeps all the deleted files thirty days after it has been deleted. So even deleted files can be restored from Carbonite.

This online backup solution is very affordable. In fact, you can even make it more affordable if you use a Carbonite offer code renewal for your home plans. Now if you have your own business and would like to use Carbonite, then you should get hold of a Carbonite Server offer code to save on the service.

Carbonite offers unlimited online backup. This means all the files in the computer can be backed up at a fixed amount. There’s no need to worry about extra charges. So aside from the fact that it’s easy to use, it’s also very affordable. It’s perfect for anybody that wants to protect all the files in the computer.

So from the Star Wars movie from the eighties to the present time, Carbonite is still about preservation and protection.

Categories: Cloud Computing, Cloud Technology, Online Backup

10 Services And Products That Are Being Replaced By Computers

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future-of-computingComputer technology has come a long way. With powerful computing power and the creative genius of innovators who are harnessing the power of technology and the creative mind, more and more products and services appear to be on the verge of being replaced by computers and related technology. Below are what I believe are products and services on the verge of being replaced by computers.

1. Bank Tellers: The proliferation of online banking means that the brick and mortar bank is soon on its way to fossilization and a place in a museum. If the Automated Transaction Machine (ATM) had not already given the personal teller a clear signal that he or she was no longer an entirely necessary service, the now ubiquitous online banking services offered by all major and minor banks across the nation will certainly spell the end for redundant tellers.

2. Paper: Paper is resource that has cost the earth heavily when it comes to carbon sinks such as the South American rainforest and soil stabilizers such as the evergreen forests of the northwest United States. So it is with a happy countenance that we predict the redundancy of paper within the next decade or so, as electronic documents take over the niche formerly filled by blank sheets.

3. Insurance Agents: Door to door insurance agents, thankfully, will soon become a distant past memory, as more and more insurance companies realize the advantages of peddling their insurance packages online and making themselves available to customers actually seeking their services for a fraction of the cost of face to face solicitation.

4. Travel Agents: Fewer and fewer travel consumers are going to brick and mortar travel agents as the majority of travel plans are being made online. Travel agents will still operate, but their range of service will be greatly expanded as fewer and wider geographic barriers will exist. What’s more, efficiency will be greatly enhanced, as agents will no longer wait for customers to come to the agency location, but will serve a much larger online market.

5. Real Estate Agents: Buying and selling homes and property has become an almost entirely online experience. From perusing the real estate news to scanning lists of available for sale homes to the communication between agents and clients, the process is rarely completed on a face to face level. Moreover, real estate agents are becoming redundant service, as sellers are able to get in touch with buyers directly and cut out the expense of a flesh and blood agent.

6. Music Stores: Virgin Records and HMV will very shortly be closing their doors in many locations as the demand for brick and mortar music stores decreases to nothing and more and more of the total percentage of music sales occurs online. I-Tunes has already paved the way for music to be distributed entirely online and, in doing so, cutting out large amounts of overhead cost while not passing that saving on to the consumer who seems happy to continue paying the same rate online as he or she would in a conventional music store.

7. Cable Television: With cable consumers less and less satisfied with the rates and packages available through conventional cable providers, and with digital and satellite services often outside an average consumers budget, online television will be become ever more prevalent as the millennium progresses. For instance, for fifty dollars, a consumer can usually purchase twenty eight channels. Some of those channels broadcast the same content, sometimes at the same time, while almost eighty percent of the content will have no interest to the consumer whatsoever. It seems only logical that a pay per channel or even per program service online would attract a substantial proportion of the television entertainment dollar.

8. Movie Theatres: Movie theatres across the country are hemorrhaging money as fewer and fewer consumers choose the traditional venues of entertainment and their attention is ever increasingly split between film, television, music, and other forms of entertainment. As a result, Hollywood and other worldwide film production and distribution centers will have to explore new routes to get their products to the consumer. For films, the obvious route is online distribution. Movies, both released and unreleased are already widely illegally distributed online, so it only makes good business sense to make clean and easy to work downloadable copies of films available online to compete with bootleggers and provide a new alternative revenue stream. Like music, similar fees could be charged for downloads as for more costly distribution methods such as theatres and stores.

9. AM/FM Radio: The AM and FM channels are quickly being replaced by satellite radio and by live streaming over the internet. Live streaming in particular is a virtual twin to a on-air broadcast, except the signal quality of live streaming is easier to control and can be received anywhere with the proper connection.

10. Ticket Agents: High street ticket agents are a thing of the past now that the internet has revolutionized the way we buy tickets. In years to come there will be no high street ticket agents what-so-ever, all tickets will be purchased on the internet with ease and without the hassle of all that queuing malarkey.

Categories: Computer of the Future, Future of Computing Technology